Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,459 Ratings
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.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of Jay82
3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of ADemshar
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Diplomat11
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Seabass1964
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of neorunner
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Lance87
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of anon
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of tatums1984
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of OptionParalysis
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of vahughes
3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of tylerprince
3.02/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle dated 3/7/12 into a pint glass and choked down with a slow cooked BBQ pulled pork sandwich.

A: Pours pretty darn close to pitch black; little light gets through. Unfortunately, no head whatsoever, despite a solid pour. No lacing either.

S: Chocolate, overwhelmingly, with hints of toffee. Earthy hops are well blended with the chocolate for pleasant aromas.

T: Starts off chocolate, but quickly gives way to a highly astringent, herbal hop quality. Unfortunately, the hop character dominates and lingers, leaving behind an unpleasant medicinal bittnerness. The first thing that comes to mind is an herb I took while a child (astragalus). This isn't much better, and I question how much more palatable it would be even after considerable cellaring. None of the stout-like flavors linger - they come in strong when it hits the tongue, but vanish into a sea of overwhelming bitterness (and this from a DIPA fan and fervent drinker of Old Rasputin RIS).

M: Not at all creamy. MF-wise goes down smooth, almost crisp. Does not foam in the mouth. Alcohol is evident. In summary, has none of the qualities I look for in a stout.

O: Another huge disappointment from the folks at Great Divide. I'm normally a huge fan of the brewery, but this was pretty darned near undrinkable. I'll be sticking with the oak-aged Yetis, which are DELICIOUS.

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Photo of Raoul_Dork
3.02/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad.

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Photo of Jcorn
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Love IPAs & porters but this is way too much for me. Probably very good if you like stouts though.

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Photo of pinyin
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this one based upon the price point and the reviews here on BA, but sadly I was let down once again by a highly touted stout, that turned out to taste like coffe grinds and rubbing alcohol.

Well, that might be a bit of a stretch, but I really should have bought the sixer of Dragon Stout or the 4 pack of Old Rasputin instead of the two bombers of Yeti Imperial.

this is definitely not an imperial grade product just based upon how prevalent the taste of alcohol was.

Texture and color were nice but this taste so average and redundant.

Would not purchase again.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of quasimoto
3.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Its very black, very very black witha big fluffy tan head. Dark tan.

S - Strong aroma of hops in there, not IPA strong but a good wiff of it starts this off. Its followed up by some sweet molasses, dark chocolate, and strong alcohol.

T - The high bitterness hides a lot of the flavors. There are the typical chocolate and molasses, with a background of a coffee/hops mixture flavors. But the sharpness on the tounge hides a lot of it.

M - It is big and chewy. The carbination wraps the tounge and once again the bitterness encompasses all.

D - It along the BJCP guidelines of a Russian Imperial Stout, but it needs a stronger flavor profile.

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Photo of Thomasweir
3.07/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beertinez
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost black. 1 finger, chocolate color head.

Smell of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. The nose is mostly sweet. I can also pick up an alcohol smell.

The taste starts off with very sweet malts, sweet chocolate, followed by roasted malts. I'm picking up this tangy, tart, syrupy flavor near the finish. Molasses, i think. It finishes with huge hops and a lingering bitterness

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Combine that with the high ABV and you get a sipping beer. Not very drinkable.

Overall, i thought this beer was ok. I like hoppy finishes in my beer but im used to it with an IPA/DIPA not with a stout. I like my stouts creamy, sweet, and lightly hopped. Also, i wasn't a big fan of this tangy taste i was getting on the finish. it was weird.

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Photo of NODAK
3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is very chocolaty...a semi-sweet and roasted chocolate smell is very noticeable with some floral hoppiness in the background.

Pours black in the glass with a loose, dark brown head of about an inch.

Taste has a pretty interesting mix of floral hoppiness and roasted chocolate malt with a hint of coffee. While still certainly a malty beer, this beer has more hoppiness than most beers of this style. The finish has a very roasted quality to it, with a bit of sharp bitterness along the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel seems a little thinner than most beers of this style.

I wouldn't count this amongst my favorites for style. It's a personal preference I'm sure, but I don't think the floral quality helps in this beer...I really just would prefer less hoppiness...and it just seems a little thin in general.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The first beer on my 4th July American beer evening. Poured into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice.

Darker than a dark night on a moonless hill, a deep tan coloured head sat on top of the smouldering body. The head however soon left leaving a thin collar around the glass.

The aroma was of rich fruitcake, slightly burnt or overcooked, baked plums were also in the smell.

The taste was of dry burnt caramel, with the hops adding to the dryness. As the beer warmed, it appeared to lose some of its dryness, but it was still pretty dry to me.

Over hopped and to much alcohol for me. I am no expert on Imperial Stouts, but if this typical, then they obviously aren't my cup of tea.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: It's like a black hole, no light will escape.
S: Molasses, strong coffee.
T: Dark-roast coffee bean (burnt is the proper word). Citrusy American hop aftertaste. Bitter from all sides (roasted malts and hops).
M: Full-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Well, this kind of hoppiness is really not to my liking, so I can't drink much of this. Amazingly, the hops seem to overwhelm both the alcohol, the roastedness, and the maltiness!

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,459 ratings.
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