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.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of WrathsU
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black. Thin head that doesn't retain too well.

S - Milk and dark chocolate tones. Caramel, and brown sugar are prevalent as well.

T - Alcohol all the way through for sure, also notes of bittersweet chocolate and molasses.

M - A bit more alcohol burn than I'd like but also a smooth creaminess when it goes down.

D - Overall a decent beer. Not the best, not the worst. Probably a good beer to judge other in the style against.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I reviewed this beer once several years back, and have been puzzled why my scores were so utterly different from other reviewers. With much, much more beer under my belt (so to speak), I sat down to try this beer again. To control for any bias from previous experience or the reviews of others, I tasted this beer blindly.

A: Dense, black beer with a sticky, caramel head

S: Malts and dense fruits are the main thing I smell... Sweet, but not overpowering. Very nice.

T: Everything indicated by the nose was delivered in a very lush, balanced flavor.

M: Thick at first, but carbonation is sufficient to balance it. Sticky, though not unpleasant finish.

D: I don't particularly find stouts very drinkable, but this is better than most.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black with a finger’s worth of mocha foam with surprisingly good retention for its ABV--now this is what an imperial stout is supposed to look like. This stuff is DARK even as it’s being poured; not quite Founders dark, but getting there. Geographic lacing clings to the glass as the beer recedes. The aroma features molasses and dark chocolate, along with a curious spiciness akin to coriander. Not sure if that’s the yeast, the hops, or something else, but it is certainly unexpected.

The taste features a huge, piney, peppery hop kick up front before yielding to roasted malt and molasses. A touch of warming alcohol lingers on the back end along with strong roast malt notes. Not a complex flavor profile by any stretch of the imagination, just intense. Medium-full body and smooth mouthfeel are appropriate for the style, if unremarkable.

Overall, this comes off as an imperial stout for IPA connoisseurs. The presentation is gorgeous and the malt profile is fine, but the abundance of hops takes it outside of my comfort zone. Admirable boldness notwithstanding, this isn’t a stout I would gravitate toward as a course of habit.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- pitch black color, maybe half a finger at most of mud colored lacing around the rim of the glass,
Smell- light smell of malts
Taste- malts, some coca flavoring
Mouthfeel- some sweetness, smooth, carbonation
Drinkability- good, very drinkable and enjoyable

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. Black with a quarter inch dark brown head. Foamy. Head hangs around.

S. Roasted malts. Coffee. Has a peated smokey arroma. Hint of herbs and spice.

T. Bitter. Dark fruit, grapes, raisens, plums. Has a unique (for a stout) citrus/lemon peel taste. Not too boozy.

M. Medium. Runny for a stout this big. Finishes warm but fairly easy.

O. Eh. Nothing wrong with this but nothing great either. Got some interesting mixtures of flavors but nothing that knocks your socks off.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Last night session evolved around several RIS and Yeti was on that list. Poured a thick motor oil black with a 4 inch mocha coffee head that cascade to 2 inches. Left an excellent amount of sticky lacing an the glass. The aroma was harsh, roasted almost burnt malt, strong coffee witn a hint of vanilla. The flavor was intense but a tab harsh. Started of the way it ended, strong long bitter chocolate and dark coffee, that left a tart residue on my lips. Was surprise by the mouthfeel, medium to full body, softly carbonated with a small bite of alcohol and watery. The appearance led to to believe that this would be a thick even syrupy brew. One think I did notice was the hops shined through when consumed cold as oppose to warm when the harsh elements came out. Overall, I like this brew. Although, I enjoyed the Oaked Yeti more. Yeti has alot to offer in boldness and complexity.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the first imperial stout that I have been fortunate enough to try. Needless to say, it was much stronger than I expected.

It had strong chocolate and coffee tastes. It also had some hop character. This little bit of foam is dark brown. Placed beside a porter, the porter looked like water almost.

Though the beer initially seemed to strong, I got more used to it with every sip. By the last sip, I really enjoyed it. And, at 10% ABV, this beer is not for the lightweights. In all, I will try this style and this beer again. For a first time drinker of this style, just give it a chance to get used to it.

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Photo of champ103
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a jet Black color with the consistency of motor oil. A huge rocky, creamy, tan head that sticks around. Does not leave a lot of lace though.
S: Some sweet malt with chocolate and toffee aromas. Maybe a little dark fruit. Tons of hops. A grapefruit bitterness lingers, and is at odds with the malty aromas. The nose is huge.
T: Follows the nose. Dark chocolate and toffee flavors. Again, tons of hops. It gets a bit harsh though as the beer warms.
M/D: This is such a creamy and rich beer. A truly exceptional coat of the mouth. As the beer warms, the bitterness and alcohol come through which makes this a little hard to drink. A sipping beer all the way.

This is an interesting beer. One of the most bitter stouts I think I have had. Interesting and worth a try. Though there are other stouts I will reach for first.

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Photo of Mojo
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - dark mahogany brown, almost black with the thinnest of heads, only a small retention ring, and no lacing to speak of.

S - Coffee, chocolate, soy sauce

T - Very chocolate malty with coffee notes. The finish is warm due to the high ABV but a soy sauce salty taste just kind of ruins it for me.

M - very nice and thick

O - lots good about this one; I just wish the soy sauciness was not there.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown black color with no head and no lacing persent. The aroma is big and full a nice big milk chocolate presnece alobg with some dark fruits. The taste has a chocolate and molasses backbone. In the middle is a big bitter hop nite presence. The hops are earthy. The malts don't completely balance out the bitterness. On the back end the is a coffee and dark fruit taste. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a slight alcohol burn. Overall it was an okay beer the hop bite isn't as balanced as I thought it would be and ditracts from the malts.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. No obvious date, but it looks like there's a batch number stamped near the bottom rim.

Appearance - Black body. Even the pour doesn't let light through. Medium-small brown creamy head with good retention and great lacing.

Smell - Coffee and chocolate hop and malt characters, respectively. Malt comes through as it warms.

Taste - Harsh bitterness upfront, quickly smoothed out by creamy sweetness. Subsequent sips are much more balanced toward the malt as the bitter lime-peel astringency takes a back seat. Warming alcohol underneath.

Mouthfeel - Luxuriously creamy and smooth. Slight astringency and alcoholic warmth underneath. The only noticable carbonation is in the head.

Overall Drinkability - Great wintertime sipper. Balanced well but not boring. Some boldness but not particularly complex for the style.

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Photo of Ya_Boy_Uneek
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- its nice, black, like black velvet. It hugs the curves of my lightly fluted pint glass. Its kind of sexy in a dark alluring way.

S- rich, robust coffee and caramel. I picked up slight grass & fresh tilled earth smells after a deep sniff. Just love those earthy smells in this beer.

T- Its kind of a toss up. I have much better, but I did enjoy it. I wont buy the 22oz bottle again, definately not at the 9 dollar price point.

M- Nice, coated my mouth like a good rich creamy cheese would while drinking a nice CAB wine. I drank this beer alone, without food and it did well. As it warmed, mouth feel improved quite a bit.

O- I'd buy this again in a "Build Your Own 6pack" situation, but at 9bucks for a 22oz single, or 14 bucks for a 6pack, I'll pass. You'd be better off with Stillwaters Folklore Imperial Stout in this price point.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- really dark and thick looking on the pour. A big sandy reddish brown colored head rises up. Decent retention but nothing superb. It slowly fades to the typical RIS collar.

S- the nose lets you know this is a well hopped RIS. Its full of roasted, charred, peppery, meat tenderizer, and some chocolate notes.

T- well balanced. The finish is hopped and slightly bitter which helps to even out the chocolate and roasty characters found on the front.

M- Lighter than it looks. Dry with mild to medium carbonation. Slightly sticky

D- goes down easy. Easier than a lot of beers like it. Its just not living up to its oak aged brother.

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Photo of gregshead
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a smooth black with a good 2-3 fingers of khaki brown colored head.

S: Deep roasted grains and some alcohol smell.

T: Taste is very similar to the smell but not as much heat as the smell might suggest.

M: Smooth and creamy feel in my mouth. Very nice.

D: Overall, an enjoyable RIS but it isn't the first one I would reach for.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a snifter glass after warming up to 50F. Side by side comparison with the Oak Aged Yeti version.

A - Motor oil black with a thin cocoa lace ring diminishing down to nearly nothing.

S - Grassy and somewhat sweet. The malt and hops have a fresh feel in the nose, but they are competing with each other. Also picking up some toffee and a little black coffee. Good, though I'd prefer the hops toned down and more complementary.

T - Mainly, toffee and coffee, haha. Seriously, the roasted malt comes through like strong coffee, and there is a nice sweetness to it as well. I'm liking it more as it warms up, flavors are coming out and overtaking some of the bitterness I detected initially.

M - Oily at first becoming a little creamier as it goes down. Bitter finish. Overhopped for the style IMO.

O - If it were not called a RIS I might be more receptive, drinks more like an English ale/Stout hybrid. Stouts are my favorite styles right now and this one is on the lower end of my tastes. I much prefer the oak aged version of Yeti, but I'm still not excited by either version.

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Photo of Ben4881
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Brewing Co.

The Yeti pours thick and black as motor oil. One of the darkest I have seen, not even a suggestion of light could get through this beer. The head is about an inch and I wouldn't call it tan. This head is coffee with cream brown, on par with the darkness below it. However, it fades quickly leaving very thick lace in some parts of the glass, but not all. As the glass drains, the lace loosens up a bit, but remains semi-spotty.

I was expecting roasted coffee, chocolate, nuts, or a combination of sorts. However, the overwhelming scent is hops and alcohol. Faint notes of something roasty and toasty linger in the backdrop. As I pull my nose away, I sense something sweeter like caramel. But, up front, its all oily hops.

After the smell, I am a bit apprehensive, but still intrigued. First contact is quite soft and subtle. Surprisingly, there is not a whole lot of flavor going on up front. However, once the sip slides past the tongue, hello dry hop bitterness. As advertised in the smell, a strong lingering hop flavored aftertaste fades rapidly to faint alcohol to match the warm feeling swilling in the stomach.

A mouthful feels stagnant and thick, as I envisioned from the blackness of its appearance. There is very little carbonation. Some carbonation is detectable, but does not attack the tongue. The mouthful seems heavier without feeling thicker. I prefer a little livelier feel to relieve the stockiness.

The dry bitter hop aftertaste is its strong point. This imperial stout may make for a decent capper to reawaken the nasal passages. However, I don't see myself indulging in another right away.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

New review and I'm gonna give this one another chance. Pours out a thick, inky black with a full burnt sugar head that sticks to the glass, leaving chunky and raised lacing. Aroma is chocolate ganache, medium roast coffee, orange/grapefruit oils, and subtle alcohol. Flavor starts off with intense roasted character that carries on throughout, along with a sweet underlying chocolate. Through the middle, there appears an out-of-place fruitiness from hops and the yeast. Some piney notes come out too and just don't sit well with me. Big bitterness from hops and highly-kilned malts in the finish in conjunction with lactic acid. There are some good things going on in the flavor, but it's all over the place and is something of a mess. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and viscous, but I'd really like the carbonation to be a touch more subdued. With some wild-ass flavors and super thick mouthfeel, drinkability is a little rough. I'd really like to try this with a few years on it. I'd take the oak aged version over this any day, even considering the price.

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Photo of wingnutter
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

Pours jet black with a thick, juicy brown 2 fingered head. Retained a film and had decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Alcohol aroma was pretty big, which I didnt care for. Hints of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and hops. The smell didnt captivate me enough to want to keep smelling it. One sniff was enough.

Taste: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. I could really feel the alcohol upon swallowing. Being 9.5% ABV I knew going in there would be some alcohol in the taste, but its not masked very well at all. One it warmed, the alcohol presense actually faded a bit, but it was still a bit much.

Mouthfeel: Slick, oily, and very nice. If I could get past the alcohol this would rate higher for me.

Drinkability: I cant go higher than 3.5 here because of the in-your-face- alcohol. Plus, at 9.5%, drinkability is limited no matter HOW good it tastes.

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Photo of tykees88
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice rich black with a dark tan heavy head.

S- It smells hoppy, oaky, and then of course there is that rich scent of roasted malts.

T- It tastes much like it smells. The malts greet you then give way to an oaky hoppy flavor that finishes with a bite and burn of alcohol.

M- Big beer. It's how it should be.

O- It's good. I will say that. But there are alot of other Impy's to try and I am not going to pay 4.50 for a bottle of this. Sorry

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head that dissipates quickly leaving lace all the way down the glass. Smell is spicy floral hops, roast, some coffee and chocolate. Taste is a balance between hops and roast, like they are both fighting to be the dominant taste. Thick mouthfeel with a coffee aftertaste. A decent impy stout, and I'm sure it would be fantastic in a year or so, but I think the hop taste and aroma are to up front right now. I prefer my stouts less hoppy.

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Photo of soulfly967
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Poured nearly black in color with a thick, frothy dark tan head that refused to fall and left tons of lacing. The smell is of roasted malts, coffee, and hops, but none were all that dominant. The taste profile begins with malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and finishes with a hoppy bite and some alcohol, but nothing sectacular. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy with nice carbonation. The drinkablility of this brew was not quite what I was hoping for. Overall, this was a decent beer, but I probably would not seek it out again.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really like the color of the head on this beer, its a big chocolate milkshake looking tower of tight lacing.
The aroma gives of a fragrance that is impossible to confuse with anything but sweet melted chocolate. It's a very inviting chocolate aroma even though it's powerful enough to overpower the other milder aromas of smooth espresso.
What a smooth drinking stout, everything about it is creamy, the flavors are more creamy but not syrupy milk chocolate with a bit of dark coco powder and espresso. the bottle says tons of hops, but im not noticing them here much.

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Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a four pack. Appears to be from 12/2007.

A - Am I pouring out Molasses here? Pours almost like motor oil also. Very thick and dark. The head was very slow to form, quick to disappear.

S - Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose. Lots of sweetness on the nose. This thing has to be made with tons of malted barley.

T - Starts off with an unassertive malt note which immediately builds to more of a roasted malt sweetness. There is bitterness, but it plays second fiddle to the pile of fermentables/sugars in this beer. Bittersweet chocolates. Some phenolic undertones. Finishes with an interesting spicy aftertaste. Almost astringent in someway. Not sure it is intended by the brewer. Aftertaste reveals the bitterness, which apparently was hidden by the sweetness.

M - Thick and creamy. This baby has backbone. Fits my definition of a RIS - all the body of the piles of sugars plus the phenolic dryness.

D - Potent and thick, this beer is more for the single than the session. An excellent start or finish to a night, but not something I could come back to more than once in a session. Admittedly, I doubt that is the goal of the style.

A good RIS - I'd put it in the same vein with the Rogue Imperial Stout. Love to have it, but not my favorite in the style.

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Photo of tbmurphy89
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Oil (no light shines through this one), head is a chocolate color.
S- Hops, alot of hops, hint of chocolate
T- roasted malt flavor with hops on the tailgate.
M- Coats your mouth like a thin jacket.
O- I like it. Not something to drink too much of at 9.5 % plus the "liquid bread" effect with the stout style.

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Photo of Naes
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is jet black with a tall dark tan head. Lacing and retention is good.
The aroma is quite roasty with an alcohol presence and some sweet malty tones.
The flavor starts out quite sweet with the toffee/coffee flavors and becomes semi bitter with hops near the finish. There is a definite alcohol presence along with it being roasty and chocolaty throughout the entire sip.
Mouth feel is full bodied and mildly carbonated.

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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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