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 doopiedoopiedoo
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been bugging the lady at the local beershop to order me some Yeti because Jeffo told me I'd like them. After a few weeks she got them in. Now having a Yeti is a big flippin' deal in Holland as it should anywhere else...

Poured into Hoegaarden glass. The dishwasher is running and has my snifters in it.

It looks pretty thick. Not quite the thick motoroil look I like so much but also not the lightest I have ever seen. Nice to fingers of a tan head on a deep dark black body. This is a great looking stout.

Chocolates and coffee on the nose with tons roasted malts and smells of hops.

Tastes is all that the nose promised. Balanced so well that nothing has the upper hand while all flavors shine when it's their turn.

It has a wonderful full body. It's smooth with a perfect amount of stout carbonation.

The ladu ordered a whole case of these and in Holland these might not sell too fast. I so hope that other people will try this and love it as well. This is a beer that very stout lover needs to try because it's just damn good.

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

When I first cracked this bomber, my entire kitchen smelled like Hershey’s syrup and hops. needless to say, I started drooling.

This pours jet black with a head that looks like it came from a cup of hot cocoa that leaves a thick lace. Even the mag-lite to the side only registers subtle browns and purples. This is dark folks!

A closer investigation of the smell reveals big barley with a subtle roast to it along with some cleverly paired hopps. Reminds me a lot of Storm King by Victory.

Superb flavor! Wow! There’s a huge malt with only a slight roasted flavor that is neatly paired with a sweet floral hops. This flavor disintegrates into almost a chocolate pudding in both flavor and texture. The finish is a creamy chocolate milk with only a hint of the hopps and roast that leaves the palate dying for more.

The mouth feel is pure smoothness. Delicate bubbles and big creamy texture.

This is an awesome beer. Highly recommended.

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

A good time to review a classic beer, a true example of brewing excellence. #500, for now.

A- Pours pitch black with a head as dark as a Yeti's heart. It almost looks like chocolate ice cream floating on a body of oil. Lace coats basically the entire glass, making it actually look like an empty sundae glass.

S- Dark. Notes of dark roast malt, cocoa and licorice in the forefront. Some alcohol comes through but it only adds a nice edge to this. Some coffee as well. It all blends very well, a dessert. Hops are noticeable, rounding it all out.

T- A strong flavor indeed. Huge dark roast bitter cocoa, heavy roast malt and an even charred edge to all the dark flavors. Alcoholic edge here as well. Earthy hops round this out, as I have always noticed with this one. Some dark fruit notes, common in the style.

MF- Huge thick body with a very nice creamy feel. Higher carbonation for what I am used to in the style but it goes down smooth. Warm from the alcohol and bitter from the roast malt and hops.

DB- For the style, this one goes down smooth and easily. It has the rough edge I love for the style but is silky smooth. Kind of like Racer 5, this is a true staple of a beer style. It baffles me that someone could not like this beer but I guess that would be full proof of everyone having unique palates.

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

A- Pours motor oil black (and about the same consistency!) with a great light brown head. Lacing down the sides is perfect. Over all as pretty as a Imperial as you can get.

S- holy crap, smells like a double IPA, great citrus hops with some grassy undertones that make it special, also can get big whiffs of chocolate and coffee on the nose as well. So far so perfect!

T- Like a flavor explosion in my mouth. definitely roasted malt and coffee, with a big hint of chocolate. Not as hoppy as it smelled, but probably due to the fact that it is such a malty beer. still a bit of bitterness that as the beer lingers is more pronounced.

M- it also feels a bit like motor oil in the mouth, in a good way though! nice carbonation that makes it easier on the palate as well. Might be a little lighter on the mouth but it would be hard to change anything so far in this beer for fear of screwing it up.

D- One of the most drinkable Imperial stouts I have had, definetely can have a few pints, but probably wouldn't be able to drive home afterwards. Overall a KILLER beer

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Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful jet black with a dark golden foam head. dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and dried dark fruits on the nose and taste, utterly fantastic.

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

Found a 4-pack with the new labels at Oak Tree this weekend. I guess this will be about as fresh as I'll find this beer, as there are no bottling dates indicated. I plan to drink one now and every 3-6 months to see how this comes along. Into my snifter

A: Pours a pitch black with a dense one-finger dark brown head with great retention. As the head recedes, it leaves a good deal of foam on the side of the glass. Very appealing.

S: I'd seriously forgotten how hoppy this beer is! Lots of aggressive citrus (lemon and orange zest) hops up front with an equally intense dark chocolate with just the hint of creaminess to keep this from being overly bitter. There's some coffee grounds in there too. As it warms up, you get some dark fruit character as well. All in all, wonderfully balanced and wonderfully complex.

T: Holy crap on a stick, this is fantastic. Starts off with an equally potent dark chocolate with a solid hoppy bitterness to balance it out with coffee and cream thrown in to balance it out. This is simply spectacular in balance! In addition, it has some vinous character with a dark fruit/red wine character coming through on the bitter and creamy finish

M: Medium-to-big in body that is silky smooth on the palate with a soft, lush carbonation and a wonderfully bitter finish. I can't possibly ask for more

D: This is going way too fast. I could probably drink another tonight

Notes: I usually dislike the aggressively hoppy stouts and porters but this beer shows me that it _is_ possible to brew a hoppy stout that I like. Exceptional stuff. This makes me even more intrigued to try Darkness. Time to ISO?

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Photo of mfergus3
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown color, with a milk-chocolaty head. Nice two-finger head.

S - Hops, touch of malty grain, and a hint of alcohol. Hoppy smell but not overpowering - very pleasing,

T - Complex malt body, hint of coffee, toffee, a creamy taste is definitely there. Somewhat bitter. Somewhere between dry and sweet, a touch of sweetness is present. Candied plums? No descernable burnt or astringent flavors. Hops are definitely present, adding earthy tones and only the slightest hint of fruitiness Overall a very complex taste, enjoyable.

M - Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

D - Goes down surprisingly easy. Clearly not a session beer, but very drinkable for the style.

Overall a great beer - I'd recommend it, and certainly will be drinking it again. A great beer for hopheads looking for an imperial stout.

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

I consider myself a RIS connoisseur and this is one of my favs now. But apparently I must say more because this site has a minimum for a I am adding this worthless text which every reader must now view. Doh! Not enough is some more worthless words.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a large pilsner glass.
Appearance is astounding. Starts pitch black. Others have used motor oil to describe, and I agree-in a good way. For a split second it looks uncarbonated, and then the tiny bubbles start to cascade up and form a gorgeous froth.

Smell's sweet and bitter at the same time, like a fine dark chocolate, followed by a bit of alcohol but not
overwhelming. Hops are evident in every sniff, but they do not drown out the other smells. Then the smoke hits. Awesome.

Taste begins with espresso coffee, then chocolate. A little alcohol but not overwhelming. Hop finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little more carbonated than other RIS's. Leaves a little bitter aftertaste.

Overall this is an outstanding beer. The hoppiness is distinct and welcomed. I will be drinking all winter.

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

Pours deep black with a wide tan foam head, very little retention. Aroma is of malts, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, dark fruits. Taste is rich and complex, very solid Imperial Stout, coffee and chocolate notes are dominant, some alcohol and roasted malts. Great bold body with low carbonation. Excellent beer.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz’s of Imperial Stout…it’s a beautiful thang. Pouring out into my goblet it leaves the bottle with viscous reluctance. The body is dead black, impenetrable, etc. thin brown head emerges and then recedes to a thin ring about the edge of the glass and a greasy cap. The nose is ripe with damp, dark berry esters, charred malt, coffee and bitter chocolate. Berries and bitter chocolate up front on my palate, all the great flavors of a good Imperial Stout are here espresso, charred malt. One thing that set this apart from other Imp Stouts to me though is the fresh green hop presence, almost immediately I started tasting citrus/pine hop flavors and they just became more prevalent into the finish. Bravo!, this may be the hoppiest stout I’ve had to date. The mouthfeel is a tad lacking, not too shabby anyway. That charred bitter/hoppy aftertaste is mind-blowing though, I have to get more of this!

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours out like motor oil with a tan-brown head that forms to roughly 1/4 inch, sticky lacing left behind with each sip.
S: Roasty, oatmeal, bakers chocolate, light coffee bean aromas, lactose and caramel
T: Begins with a slight piney hop bitterness, some grapefruit shines through while a massive amount of oats assault the palate. Grainy oatmeal hits strongly, while a bready-caramel charactered malt presence takes control and leads the way. Oats, plums, figs and raisins infiltrate next, accentuating the malt presence. Nice bready graininess in the finish with a touch of bitterness round the brew out. Some coffee, smoke and tobacco flavors seem to appear randomly throughout each sip.
M: Thick, full and creamy with a moderate carbonation level. Extremely smooth and slick.
D: Amazing drinkability for an RIS, complex and invigorating while being balanced and layered in flavor. Recommended-

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

Reviewing from notes

A: Poured black/very dark brown with a dark brown head and good retention. Excellent lacing.

S: It was stored cold and the first impression from the aroma was a dark chocolate milkshake. Yum. More complex dark roast aromas make themselves evident as it warmed. Really quite beautiful for a stout.

T: Again, very much dark chocolate. A malt bitterness that is restrained and nicely balanced with a slight sweetness.

M: Thick, lovely, barely any alcohol burn.

D: Delicious and drinkable. As a fan of stouts, this is a treat. All my notes said: "love it love it love it" which I think sums it up perfectly.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Drank this from the cask at Falling Rock Ale House in Denver. Perfect temp brought out the many layers of this exceptional Imperial Stout. This is a treat!

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

Poured this from a 2012 bomber around 8 months old.

Either Great Divide has improved the recipe of this brew since the Bros reviewed it back in 2003, or they were just dead wrong on their tasting. This is a phenomenal beer, perfectly balanced with roasty chocolate malt and well-balanced hops. Absolutely NOT a sub-4.0 rated brew here.

Pours pitch-black with a really dark brown foamy head. Aroma is pure roasty malt, coffee, dark chocolate, perfectly balanced. Taste is pure roasty malts with up-front coffee and molasses/chocolate with just a hint of booze. Aftertaste is more of the same, but never wavers from the initial flavor profile and certainly never goes south. Flavors are well-balanced, creamy, yet still pungent and non-tiresome. I just drank an entire 22 oz. bomber and my palate is not saturated at all. The flavors are consistent from the first sip right to the last. A top-notch brew here, one that I would be proud to keep in my fridge. The ONLY drawback might be the price -- nearly $10 for a bomber is a bit rich for my blood, but the high quality is certainly there. If you have the cash to blow on this brew, it's definitely worth it, no doubt in my mind. A solid A+ beer and completely deserves one of my highest ratings.

As an aside, I always laugh when people say "A good beer, but not as good as other RIS's." I call bullshit on that one. Notice that nobody ever actually NAMES the other RIS's that are supposedly superior. For me, the closest peer to Yeti is Founders Imperial Stout, but it's just about a tie. Slightly different, but equally high in quality. Don't listen to anyone that uses B.S. to justify their rating. Show your experience or shut the hell up.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Divide- Yeti Imp. Stout

A- Dark thick black with a dark brown thick whipped head. Big solid messy lacing down the glass, looks like hot chocolate.
S- Solid bitter dark chocolate with a light touch of cream.
T- Thick milk and dark chocolate malt with a light touch of cream, sugar, lightly burnt roasted coffee beans, and a dollop of resiny pine hops.
M- Thick sweet and dry chocolate dominates throughout. Creamy feel with a touch of bitter hops near the end. Thick sweet fudgy finish.

Overall- This is hot chocolate with a touch of alc. Very tasty very sweet. This is so good! 1 of the best RIS I've tasted.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber let to warm on the counter & then into my Funky Buddha snifter.

Jet fucking black & a caramel reddish hued brown khaki head leaving lacing everywhere. It's everywhere!!! Booze legs cling to the glass to accompany the lacing.

Huge sweet & dark mocha chocolates with an ice cream like sweetness and a strong booze presence. Coffee beans, vanilla, and a touch of cinnamon. Thick, rich, smooth soft mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, amazing imperial stout, world class brew in my humble opinion. This will be my go to imp stout!

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Photo of stevegamburg
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had my first one yesterday watching the Bears spank the Saints in the NFC Championship game.
Pours pitch black and I knew I was in for a treat when I saw how dark and thick the head was.
Tastes awesome with very dark malt and a fair amount of hop bitterness.
I haven't had an Imperial Stout this good in a while. In my opinion, it is one of the best out there, second only to Victory Storm King.

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Photo of StevieW
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 bomber.
Black. No color, no tints, Black. Darker than I thought a beer could be. Impressive, creamy, dense, bubbly, dark tan head.
Smells of fresh baked chocolate cake, roasted coffee, and sum soaked cherries and raisans.
Taste was a myriad of thick creamy smooth German chocolate cake, roasted bitter expresso bite.Also a nice hop bite. Roasted expresso bitterness snaps you the other way, and leaves your head spinning. Then a nice supersmooth underneath of alcohol that doesn't surprise you, but walks, like a supermodel with a smile, and wraps you in a blanket. Finish is smooth but yields a subtle undertone of rum soaked cherries, plums, and roasted fruits. Bitterness is a constant reminder of the need for more of this sooner rather than later. Very impressive stout, one to remember for a while, it's really the only one I remember from our recent Imperial Stout tasting session. Compliments of the BelgianBum from his recent trip to Colorado.

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Photo of mcintits
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Oily black with a beautiful thick espresso brown head and lacing that just wants to hang around the glass in layers.

S - Sweet and a little malty with notes of burnt coffee, chocolate and hops.

T - Sweet and a malty to start with a chocolate and then slightly burnt coffee taste coming next. The hops finish it off and linger for a little while without being too bitter. Very complex taste with a little alcohol on the finish.

M - Not too heavy. Sticky on the lips and velvety smooth on the tongue with a little carbonation.

D - Delicious, good for sipping anytime.

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

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Photo of gfshoexc
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first review on here, and a great beer for it.

poured from bottle into pint glass

A: pours a deep black. hints of a dark reddish brown at the very edges of the glass when held up to a light. a dense, coffee & cream colored head that reduces to a ring in fair time. sticks around for the whole brew leaving tight sticky lacing the whole way through

S: chocolate and espresso are prominent with hints of toasted malt and molasses

T: wow. true to the nose, with chocolate and coffee coming out quickly. didn't catch the hoppiness at the end. that some reviews mention

M: not too carbonated. feels quite smooth and somehow sticky.

D: i could easily go for a second after finishing the first

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Photo of mtalley999
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a room temperature 22oz bottle into a generic class borrowed from the hotel bar.

An aggressive pour resulted in a huge amount head that slowly dissipated leaving substantial lacing. The color of the head reminds me of chocolate milk. The beer is jet black with no light showing through.

Aroma is very good. My first smell gave me a strong hop aroma with roasted malts and chocolate on the back. Second smell was less hops, more malt and chocolate.

Wow. The taste of this is just awesome. A combination of roasted malts and chocolate with a hop presence and a faint hint of coffee. A bit of alcohol comes through on the finish, but not in an unpleasant way.

Mouthfeel is silky and viscous, and lingers for a while after that first sip.

I'm suffering from a pretty good cold right now, so I know my sense of smell and taste is affected. Even with that being said, this is an awesome beer. I'll be adding it into my normal rotation at home and I can't wait to taste it once this cold is gone.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, now this is an Imperial Stout.

This poured a dark can't-see-through-even-though-held-to-light, formula 44, dark ass coffee bean color with a solid finger of cappcino colored froth head. The smell was a lovely slap of toasted coffee and roastiness.

The taste was a wall of chewy toffee and coffee goodness that really masked the alcohol content rather well... the toastiness just kept exploding and my mouth couldnt get enough like a piglet on the teat. I highly reccommend this Imperial Stout that fully lives up to it's name... don't let the Yeti scare you.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle in a stein
Appearance: poured very syrupy and black as night with a rich and thick dark brown head
Nose: flowery, chocolate, coffee
Taste: hops infused with dark chocolate, spicy and rich finish
Mouthfeel: thick and rich
This is amazing and I can't wait to try the oak aged Yeti.

2nd Review 11/6/14
22oz bomber in small kolsch glasses served at fridge temps. Date on the bottle is Feb 26, 2014 so this bottle has about 9 months of age on it.

Appearance: creamy head, thick and rich dark brown head of medium to small bubbles. Opaque, black, no light getting through even on the edges of the glass. The head shrank to a small layer on the top of the beer and rode the glass down.

Nose: roasted coffee, chocolate, rich dark malts like chocolate and black. slight flowery hop note but really faint

Taste: thick and full bodied, coats the mouth in cream, still has a slight hop bitterness but that has not really left as much as I would have thought after the few months. Chocolate, coffee, a little toffee, milk chocolate, just a wonderful example of a RIS.

I need more bottles of this to age. I'm going to get a hold of the coffee and barrel aged versions as well.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best example of a regular imperial stout in tne world. This is the style that this brewery is known for. Its absolultely dynamite. Tons of coffee flavors fighting woth deep dark chocolate. The flavors are dominating and take over your mout. This is a great afters dinner drink or pair it up with a chcoclate death dessert. I love this beer and the whole series. Great job great divide. You hit alot of homeruns with me.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,388 ratings.
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