Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An onslaught of the senses. It starts with big, roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. YETI gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops.

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Photo of cavedave
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This elixir pours reluctantly into my tulip. It is a thick and alive deepest brown, opaque, with a thin brown head of thick determined foam atop.

The smell is stupefyingly rich and complex. To use the usual catchphrases and categories for describing this seem inadequate. I shall say only that fireworks of joy erupt in my nose, it is temptingly sweet and aromatic beyond reason.

The taste, ummm, what a wonder of darkest coffee, chocolate, fierce herbosity, deep burnt caramel, balanced so that each sip features a different lineup in creating a taste masterpiece. Words again fail me to adequately describe exactly how delicious this dank brew is. As this last sip fades I am craving madly the next.

The feel in the mouth is fantastic. Yeti has infiltrated past the touch capsules of my tongue, and has extended nerveways of deliciosity and delight straight into the flavor section of my brain. Believe me this description is more accurate of the mouthfeel than any analogy I could use.

Drinkability is extremely dangerous for a brew of this power. I warn against the amazing drinkability of this luscious stout.

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Photo of RickS95
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on Feb 6, 2012

Only the head keeps this from being a 5. It pours like old used motor oil. It's thick, black and looks chewy. The head forms slowly. It's very dark brown. As soon as it hits a finger thick, it just disappears. There is sparse lacing, but it's really an attractive beer for a few seconds.

Licorice or anise, alcohol, possibly figs, and roasted grains. It's simple and sweet. As it warms, bittersweet chocolate scents emerge.

Huge hit of roasted malty stuff up front. As it works its way back, slight toffee flavors develop before alcohol and hops end the treat. For what it is, I'm not sure you improve the flavor.

For such a big drink, it's extremely smooth. It's creamy and goes down a bit too easy given its high ABV and 75 IBUs. It's equal parts sweet and bitter, and enough bite from the alcohol to let you know it means business. Full bodied.

This is really a solid beer, borderline perfect. There's nothing wrong with it and improvements are nothing more than nit picking. It's a great dessert beer or a night cap. Hell, it's good whenever you have it.

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Photo of waldowin
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a roasty black, thick as tar with no splashing. A tan head forms exceedingly slowly, but continues to grow long after th pour, until it is a monster, and refuses to fade.

Smells of cherries, plums, sourdough. Thick, sweet and inviting.

Taste is of espresso, cherries, plums, and a hint of smoke in the finish. Outstandingly smooth and enjoyable!

Mouthfeel is large, smooth, and silky. The smoke/coffee/hops give it a nice bite at the crest of the tongue, making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Slightly thicker would have been good, but with this ABV, I'm not sure that's possible.

Careful, once you start, you can't stop. It's a good thing I only have this one 22oz bottle, or I'd be in real trouble. The ABV WILL get you eventually, though, so pace yourself.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very pitch black beer with a medium foamy beige head that quickly let itself down to a nice white lace in my glass.

Smell is quite weird, at first I thought I was smelling an american barley wine, fruity, hoppy and floral sweet notes. Then more I was drinking it, the smell change from what above to caramel and malty, to a dark chocolate finish.

Taste is hoppy at first, where it tickles your palate then followed by a floral touch which ends with a distintive roasted coffee taste. A very complex beer that drinks itself in three stages, Hops, malt- chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, it's a big stout and looks the part. This has a nice firm burnt froth that makes my heart race as it makes me wait.

Such a nice nose: Chase the dragon over this brick of burnt dried fruits and molasses that was soaked in hop juice. Don't worry about defining the hops, it's hoppy.

Tastes of rich dutch cocoa, and cherry jubilee that has been lit, and re-lit a few times. There's residual alcohol, and it's topped with crinkled dried mint leaves. Great Divides big beers have such creamy mouth appeal. This is impossibly easy to quaff, I just don't get how I can sit here and pound such a large beer. I don't care, GIVE-ME-MORE. Getting slapped by the yeti is a treat.

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Photo of RedWingsRool
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a new favorite. Lots of chocolate and coffee, not too strong tasting for an aged beer.

Very Dark like motor oil with a slight light brown head. laces the glass nicely. The ABV is nicely masked with a creamy chocolate taste. Will definitely be coming back to this beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

03/28/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Purchased in early 2006.

Appearance- Super black in color with a nice chocolate malted powder colored head. Probably a good 3/4 inch at the pour. A nice 1/8 inch remains. Lacing is about average...spotty.

Smell- Mostly some deep roasted chocolate malts with a whiff of coffee grounds. A bit of a hop bite as well.

Taste- Has a cigarette ash flavor the same as the Founders Bourbon Stout I just had. It lasts for a few seconds and then the coffee and chocolate roasted malts take over. A very nice hop bitterness is present as well. Great overall flavor combinations. Alcohol is present, but melds well with the beer.

Mouthfeel- One of the more creamy imperial stouts I have had. Lower carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Right up there with my favorite stouts (Stone and Alesmith). Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 2" tan head on a black body. Good head retention.
S- Toasted and burnt malts. Chocolate grains, hint of black currents, light grass hops, and hints of alcohol.
T- Nice roasted and burnt flavor with chocolate flavors blended in. Grassy hops come out and leave a nice size bitterness on tip of my tongue. Maybe a light hint of black currents or even black berries? Alcohol tickles tongue a little bit and warms up back of throat. Very nice complexity to it.
M- Full rich body with low carbonation but alcohol and hops tickle the tongue to make it feel a bit bigger than it actually is.
D- I think this is an amazing stout. It just has a great blend of flavors. I think this could easily be one of my favorite RIS that you could drink every night (unlike something like the Dark Lord where it's more for a special occasion).

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Photo of matthewalee
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 YETI old bottle. Blue, White and Yellow mountains, wait...white mountains...yellow yeti!!!

poured into a Deschutes snifter

A - looks like used oil. dark brown. murky

S - chocolate, wood, oak and some sour berries. awesome aroma

T - sticks to the side of everything. outstanding! old chocolate, fruit, caramel and more caramel and tobacco...has been with me for 45 minutes.

O - nice find in South Chicago! someone had some idea about something good!! Age has done wonders for this RIS! I have 3 more I found and cannot wait to find any reason to pop one open

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on March 2008; this one is about 3.5 years old. It seems odd that I've not ticked regular Yeti before, but oversights do happen.

A - The brew pours a silky black hue and is capped with a scant smattering of bubbles that recedes to form a reddish encircling wisp. Despite the lack of head, spotty lace is still deposited.

S - As soon as I cracked this bad boy, I could smell a potent hoppiness. After three years! Notes of pine and grapefruit zest mingle with bittersweet chocolate, leather, and licorice, with an additional soft fruity note in the nose. As I dig deeper, I get suggestions of chocolate-covered strawberries and cherry pipe tobacco.

T - The flavor is a smorgasbord of delectable nuance; chocolate-covered raisins, dark dried fruit, leather, pine, white grapefruit pith, licorice, and navy rum are all notable impressions. It is complex, intense, and absolutely delicious. I must say that I am somewhat surprised at the notes I do not find present; the brew is sans vanilla, toffee, caramel, smoke, roast, and perhaps some other de rigueur elements of RIS, and yet it is very very successful without them.

M - The feel is silky-smooth, softly vibrant and super rich; totally enhancing.

O - The superb integration of all elements is a key to my appreciation here; this is a great beer. Overall, this is one of the better aged stouts I've had. Time serves this one very very well. It is also worth noting that this brew is immensely superior to the 3 year-old Expedition Stout I had quite recently.

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Photo of billybob
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

very impressive appearance in the glass. pours as dark as a black hole no light is allowed to pass though. three finger dark tan head that holds very well and sheets of lace with every sip.

aromas of burnt malt, coffee, dark molasses and some alcohol come through.

taste is complex, sweet up front, fruity, roasted/burnt malt, coffee, smokey, charcoal, with a pleasant bitterness from start to finish and it gets better as the beer warms a little.

very smooth mouthfeel and carbonation is ok.

only had one 12oz. to try so don't know if three or four or more would be to much but i would like to try.

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Photo of DavidST
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. I've had this for a while it was bottled 1.5 years ago, bottled date of Mar. 25, 2010.

This pours a pitch black, motor oil consistency with a nice mocha head which leaves a lacing, absolutely no light gets through the black color. The smells are of dark chocolate, roasted malts, a little of hops. The feel is very thick completely coats the mouth, among the best I've had. The taste is beautiful, dark chocolate, bitter malts and bitter hops. A wonderful IRS.

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Photo of bark
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pinch back; the compact two finger head is deep brown. It sinks slowly, leaving lots of fine lacing.

The smell is bitter and hoppy with lots of roasted malts. I noticed some coffee, almonds, cocoa and some alcohol.

The intensive taste is sweet, generous and inviting. Lots of roasted (almost burned) malt and a growing clean dry bitterness. Notes of mild coffee, brown sugar, toffee, alcohol and roasted meat are present. The long and strong aftertaste got pleasant notes of cream, chocolate toffee, nuts, cappuccino and an elegant fresh bitterness.

The carbonation is mild to medium; the bubbles are very small. The liquid is thick and very creamy.

If one wants to brew a powerful Russian Imperial Stout, there are lots of unwanted flavours that could spoil the palette. But Great Divide knows exactly what they want and how to get it. Brilliant!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass. Very dark, like a Guinness but with a darker and 'gooey' head. Looks like a Yeti.
Smell of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Had a bit dark fruit. Raisin, molasses.
Tastes of chocolate and coffee dominate. Roasted malt and toasted biscuit. black plum, some raisin, black strap leather. Goodness
Easy drinking once you get used to it. Looks thicker than it tastes, drink at cellar temp.

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Photo of LuckySkuff
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a truly delicious beer. I also have a bottle of the Oak Aged in my fridge - new purchases at Whole Foods market, apparently the first day in stock as well (God bless the NC PopTheCap campaign).

I'll be succinct, as so many others have already put it better than I. Pours a delicious dark brown color, completely opaque, with a beautiful inch of dark tan-colored head. (note: with an aggressive pour, lots of head.... a very slow, careful pour yielded almost none)

Smells of roasty-chocolate and maltiness: the high alcohol rating is completely shrouded by the complex tastes.

Mouthfeel is perfect for an Imp Stout; thick, rich and velvety, with a nice alcoholic warmth felt in the back of the throat on the way down. Tastes like semi-sweet chocolate with coffee highlights in the background, a nice cavalcade of malts crowned with a slight bitterness. All in all, perhaps the best Imperial I've tried; of course, I may change my mind after I try the Oak Aged tomorrow evening.

Cheers mates!

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Photo of bytor
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark obsidian black almost no light here

S- Coffee oak slight chocolate

T- Awesome malty choco coffee goodness with a hoppy bite at the back of your tongue.

M- Thick.. almost like you'd expect motor oil to feel like. much staying power

An excellent beer that I'll look for again. I love the fact that the bitterness clings to the back of your tongue. A very well done beer indeed. Now I see why it made this month's issue of BA.

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Photo of beergambit
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark drink, with a mouthful of dark fruits hops. The color is just great to admire in a glass lacing is thick. Taste recommendable to anyone. You can taste the burnt caramel, fruits and hops, masking the high alcohol contents of course not in a extreme way though. Smooth down to the last sip.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a pitch black with a massive, fluffy khaki colored head. Beautiful head that rests on top of the beer with sheer brilliance. Incredible trails and patterns of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

Unbelievable aroma of roasted coffee beans, heavy dairy and snappy hops.

Smooth milk chocolate and caramel flavors mixed with a sugary cream sweetness. The mouthfeel is extremely soft on the palate. Dark roasted malt backbone with a freshly brewed espresso quality. Biting and clinging hop command on the finish.

Without question a marvelous and enjoyable double stout. This beer presents depth, complexity and drinkability in one package. Highly recommended.

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Photo of meich75
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Very dark and very thick, kind of like used motor oil. So far my favorite imperial stout, had a nice strong flavor in the beginning with a smooth aftertaste. I tried it the first time straight from the bottle and it was OK. Tried the next time pouring into a glass to release the flavor and it was definitely much better.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so, at this review there are 428 reviews posted. I won't try to redescribe this beer in the face of so many variations. What I will say is that this beer was sampled from 12oz bottles. An exceptional RIS with few peers. I love a good RIS and this hits all the charactersitics of aroma, taste and body that to me are must haves.

Unfortunately for me this is outside of my beer market so outside of trades or trips south this one will go down as a definite wish it was in my area.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ink black with a thin, French-press coffee-like head; head reduces quickly, but leaves thick rings of lace; top looks a little oily; so black light will not pass through this! I can't even see carbonation bubbles.

Big and roasty, with dates/raisins and dark chocolate, and somewhat sweet. Easily the most assertive aroma I've encountered in a RIS.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Wow! So good. A little sharp on the tongue and a slight burn through my nose; it's not an overpowering alcohol flavor though, thankfully; it's just more of a sensation in my mouth and nasal passage. The hops and malts are really big here but manage to stay balanced. There's a nice bitterness mixed with doughy and roasted maltiness. The texture is superb--thick and creamy--and it has a perfect level of carbonation. Aftertaste leaves a good bit of toffee sweetness.

This lives up to the hype and is well worth the affordable price of $5. It's probably the best RIS I've had to date and maybe my all time favorite beer. Score another one for Great Divide!

Side note: I had the Oak Aged Yeti and it, too, was equally fantastic. As expected, it was a little softer and smoother, with nice hints of oak and vanilla. I actually liked the regular Yeti more simply for it's assertiveness and personality though.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated May 24 2016 (Aged 6 months),into a Cigar City snifter.

Thin 1/2 finger khaki/brown head,with dark brown splotches.The head dissolved into a dark khaki ring around the glass,with a nice lacing in the middle.Also leaves a beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.Silky jet black color,absolutely no light coming through the glass.There is still a decent amount of carbonation for an imperial stout,aged 6 months.

The nose is black licorice,cherries,dark roasted malts,some dark fruits,and small notes of rich dark chocolate.

The palate follows the nose with some cherry,chocolate,and dark fruits on the front.Some toffee and caramel as well.Im getting some hints of coffee too.Nice warming alcohol finish,with a smokey,chalk flavor.I feel like there are slight hints of piney hop bitterness hidden in there as well.

The body is like molasses,very thick and sticky.The texture is right on the border of syrup.Nice little hop fizzle on the tongue...Just enough.

This is a very good Imperial Stout,one of my top 10 definitely.It is even better with a little aging...I can't wait to try this one at 1 year of aging!!!!

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Photo of acrawf6
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a beautiful black, one of the most potent black hues i have had. Almost no light at all come through. Great tan head foams up. Beautiful indeed.

Smells quite interesting. At first smell, i honestly have to say it reminded me of my dog's old dry dogfood, but that really isnt the case. I just wanted to bring that up if anyone else first got that. Very natural smell. Sweet smell and like a dry fruit like prunes, perhaps. Very potent smell. More malty than the hops in it. To me the smells remind me of a barley wine.

Taste is quite good. Very complex. First it is quite sweet and heavy. the hops (75 ibus) is quite present, more than i expected. It is very creamy. Lots of toffee flavor comes through, a very good amount. Under that is the coffee flavor. Does have quite a sherry flavor to it, or port wine. Aftertaste is more malty and a deep sweetness like molassis. Aftertaste also has a slight chocolate hint to it with some more coffee flavor. Alcohol does slightly come out in the aftertaste, but at 9.5%alc. by vol., not all that direct.

Mouthfeel is great. Very, very creamy. Great balance. good amount of carbonation.

Overall, i think this beer is quite incredible. This beer can be enjoyed right after being bottled, or after time cellared and be great either way (havent tried the aging, but i'm sure it would be). So full and complex, but still so very drinkable. What a great beer! Can't wait to try the oak aged tomorrow....

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best stouts I've had the pleasure to taste. The aroma and flavor overwhelm the senses with cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla and caramel. Feel is so slick and exceedingly smooth. Booze is well hidden, too well. If I could get my hands on a dozen bottles I would.

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Photo of jmalex
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I needed something delicious to crack open to root on the Jaguars tonight, and sure enough when I opened the fridge, there was Yeti staring right back at me. Been saving this one since May, so this will be a special treat.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel chalice pitch black. A one-finger tan head forms and takes a while to shrink down. When it does, it forms a hearty collar and almost full surface coating. Lacing comes in spotty points as I drink.

SMELL: It just the perfect balance of chocolate and roast coffee with a nice licorice accent and a neutral hop aroma for perfect balance. Not much more needs to be said. This is exactly what an imperial stout should smell like.

TASTE: Once again, this is really spot on. The taste mirrors the smell perfectly. It's hopped quite robustly with a piny and slightly citrus hop choice. Alcohol is almost indetectible except slightly on the finish. Brilliant.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick, chewy, and robust. And carbonation is low, but not too low.

DRINKABILITY: As I said, alcohol is nearly indetectible so a bomber is absolutely a single serving of this. Sure it's a huge imperial stout, but as far as they go, this drinks like one of the best.

Wow. It's been a while since I've had a Yeti, so I expected good things, but not like this. This is absolutely fantastic. If you ever need to explain to someone what a Russian Imperial Stout is, give them a Yeti.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,387 ratings.
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