Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,422
Reviews:
1,786
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
Wants:
330
Gots:
1,115
For Trade:
21
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,422 |  Reviews: 1,786
Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like dirty motor oil coming out of the can, big frothy brown head that dissipates in a minute or to, leaving some nice lacing and a dark brown film in the glass.
Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, smoke and ash.
Flavors follows with some chocolate, licorice and raisin.
Nice oily mouthful, as close to ten-fidy as anything.
This is one great big Imperial Stout. Awfully good stuff.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccg
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeti is one of my favorite-looking stouts. Rich and dense, with a thick, fluffy, creamy head that lingers forever and lots of tiny bubbles clinging to the glass.
The smell is sort of a milky sweetness with some chocolate, a little coffee, and that hard-to-describe floral scent that I also get in the stouts I've had from Mikkeller and To Ol -- some kind of Northern European hops? Whatever it is, I like it. It's not the simple sweetness of a milk stout. There's still sweetness in the smell, but it's more complex than that.
You'll find the same notes in the flavor, but with a bit more subtlety.
Yeti has a bit of a prickly feeling from the carbonation, medium body, nice oily feeling.
Yeti has a strong component of bitterness, but if you're in the mood for that, this is one of the best stouts you can buy off the shelf.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wingnut93
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cfred371
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a dark ruby red, and looks dark brown in the glass. No light is getting through the glass, and a nice finger of khaki head sits upon the top of the beer.

Smell: First thing I get is a leather and anise, followed by some dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste: The taste follows the nose-leather and anise, some bitter chocolate and coffee. The leather is a bit overwhelming for me, and is why I am not so big on this beer. At times there's a toffee hint that can be grabbed, and is enjoyable.

Feel: medium full with carbonation. The beer certainly has a bitterness to it, and is slightly drying.

Overall: While flavorful, the taste of this beer is something geared towards others, and not something I enjoy. I'd be curious how one of the many variants tastes in comparison, as it could drown out that leather taste for me.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with a creamy, bubbly mocha brown head. Surprisingly good retention; there's always at least some head, and nice splotchy lacing.

S: Tons of dark chocolate; plums, burnt raisins, licorice, anise; a little bit soy sauce/umam; burnt sugar, toffee, and a bit of espresso/dark roast coffee, blending with the sweet dark chocolate, like mocha. Also a very woody character.

T: Very sweet dark chocolate upfront, with toasted brown bread, caramel, and toffee. A hint of the soy sauce/umami, but it's very subtle. Not quite as dark fruity as the aroma, but there is a bit of burnt raisin and dried black cherry. A lot more roast than the aroma, like roasted coffee beans and burnt toast. This leads to a more bitter finish, with lingering cocoa power, black coffee, and earth.

F: Starts out full and chewy, but tapers off into a lighter finish. Not as thick as one might expect, but fairly satisfying. Moderate carbonation.

O: Still holds its own as a very good imperial stout. Definitely worth buying on multiple occasions.

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Photo of eng_lee
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of elle_belles17
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tharper178
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Timtac
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marvicsin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SandmanGator
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid, solid, solid beer. It never disappoints, but it pales in comparison with some of the heavier beers made by Great Divide. It's a reliable beer but if you get the chance, take a risk with one of the funkier stouts and porters.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StrobeLite
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmorris15
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thisXwar
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jp32
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a dense brown foamy head on top. If there was a color darker than black, that's what I'd score this one at. It looks exactly like how I hope every stout is about to look before I pour it in my glass. Smells rich and malty, somewhat sweet. Delicious smelling, without extra bells and whistles.

Taste department is also strong. Roasty and rich with coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate. Slight twangy sharp hop notes that I would probably perfer this without, but they don't interfere with the other terrific flavors of this beer too much. Smooth and silky up front, leaving way to a harsher, more aggressive aftertaste.

Heavy mouthfeel and body, well carbonated. Enough malts to please Bigfoot in this one. An imperial stout I likely will be buying again and again.

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Photo of beagleyx2
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregStoner
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,422 ratings.
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