Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,390 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 ddarden
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I am so glad Great Divide started bottling in smaller bottles. Nice light brown head that hangs on and slowly deflates into a rocky covering. Plenty of lace left on the sides of the glass.

The beer itself is jet black as an imperial stout should be. The initial smell is chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, and something sweet. No real alcohol present in the nose of this beer.

The first sip is chocolate and coffee upfront. The sweetness of the malt comes through in the middle and then ends with a nice combination of hop bitterness and alcohol warming. The alcohol is very present in the aftertaste but not in a terrible way.

This beer is very chewy and thick. It coats the tongue and the bitterness hangs with you for a while. The overall drinkability is good and it is one of my favorite RISs.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chuck for this bottle.

Appearance is black as black can be, with a coffee-like tan head which sits on the beer like a collar. A good start indeed.

Aroma is a little vinous. Hops and alcohol beckon too, not bad.

Taste is very rich indeed. A 'train wreck' some could describe this as - but in my opinion it's a great coupling of different carriages (sorry!) of flavour. Notes of cocoa mingle with hops, malt, and carried by a distinct carbonation which certainly helps in this case.

To sum up... one great 'big' beer packed with flavour and richness.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Dark muddy brown with a sticky 2 inch carmel colored head that stayed throughout the whole drink. Smell is of raosted carmel nuts with a hint of warm apples. Taste of of chocolate coffee with hints of espresso and roasted almonds, alcohol is masked very well, I was really feeling this one after it was over. I could sip this one all night it went very well with the pizza I was eating and wished that it wasn't over, damn fine stout from the good ole Great Divide.

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Photo of oelergud
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opague black body. Huge brown undulating head with great retention and lace. Bubbles of all sizes.
Very strong and spiced molasses, caramel, brown sugar and hops with a grassy hint in the nose.
Intense flavors of burnt cocoa and coffee bean. Caramel on steroids and a pleasant smoked note spanning the whole. Plenty of residual sugars. Incredible aftertaste of dark chocolate truffle with a generous serving of rough hops spiking the experience.
Beyond full body. Thick and heavy finishing somewhat dry with a good coating.
Great brew and highly drinkable. Beware of the Yeti's strength though. The alcohol is not readily apparent in the smell or taste but it's there alright.


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Photo of Teke0611
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of the 12oz bottle into my handy Lion-branded "stout" glass.. Poured well, with a small head. Dark as can be - nothing was showing through it even when held up to a window. After a sip, a tan-brown lacey head slowly crept back down into the glass. Some hints of carbonation in the mouth, along with definite roasted malt and wood flavors. Perhaps a hint of an un-sugared chocolate? Quite drinkable, this is a good beer!

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Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two fingers thick light brown head into a pint glass. pours so dark that it's impossible to interpret any shades except black. great looking brew.
s - smells very syrupy and sweet. hints of caramel and toffee.
t - very malty and roasty with a sweet aftertaste.
m - very heavy and chewy.
d - incredible from beginning to end. creates a warming sensation as you drink it from it's heaviness and higher alcohol content. a great beer on a winter's night.

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Photo of krckrjck
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok...this is my first post so bear with me.

22oz bomber poured into a water goblet.

A - pours jet black. very thick and creamy look. 1/4" head that stuck around for a minute or so.

S - burnt coffee and malts at first then followed by dark chocolate with a little licorice. a faint smell of hops at the very end. more alcohol smell when the beer made it to room temp. got more balanced as it warmed

T - YUMMY!! first thing i notice is the balance. it's very true to the smell: coffee & chocolate with the beautifully balanced hop finish. nice drying alcohol finish. takes like a 6-7% beer, not a 9.5%. taste got sweeter and more blanced once it got to room temp.

M - like carbonated milk. smooth, smooth, smooth. perfect carbonation. just enough to feel alive.

D - suprisingly high for a 9.5% beer. i spaced it out over an hour & i could easily have another if i didn't have to work in the morning.

overall a fantastic beer. a great start to many reviews to come

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Photo of JBStith
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeti Imperial Stout is awesome...

A: Pours pitch black and thick like used motor oil. So dark I think almost created a blackhole in my kitchen. Thick dark brown head, the color of brown sugar. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Toffee, coffee, malt, and alcohol.

T: Same as smell. Very slight sweetness immeduiately attacked by alcohol, then bitterness. Part of the bitterness taste like black malt, not hops (acrid, but in a good way).

M&D: Coats the mouth, but is certainly not overly heavy. Mouthfeel is dominated by alcohol and bitterness (again, in a good way). Quite drinkable for such a "stout" beer (pun intended). I can't wait to have another one of these this winter.

Yeti reafirms everything I love about stouts and everything I am learning about imperial versions. An absolutely terrific beer.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has an awesome look to it. A pitch black beer with a darker tan head that leaves solid rings of lace down the glass. The smell is quite complex with roasted malt, chocolate, and a sweet maltiness. The taste is very similar to the smell though in reversed order. The first thing noticed is the sweetness of the malt, followed by chocolate and then a coffee like bitterness from the roasted malt in the finish. I may even be picking up on a hint of hop bitterness as well, but that may just be the coffee like bitterness from the roasted malt. The mouthfeel is quite thick and sticky. For drinkability, it's not too bad. I could grab a 22 oz. of this sip it over an evening.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a 12 oz single.
Great looking beer black with mahogany tinges round the edge..fantastic and huge light brown head.
Good roasty aroma, dark coffees, chocolates, burnt oats.
Nice smooth semi-sweet roasted bitterness, slight fruitiness,hints of alcohol and no more, a certain wine like flavor a deep burgundy wine, becomes sweeter, hints of raw demerara sugar.
Complex beer indeed.
Great mouthfeel..keeps you guessing.
For its style this is quite drinkable, in that the alcohol is largely hidden..though it does tend to heat the belly after a while.

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Photo of walleye
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured black with a huge brown head that left a lot of lacing. aroma roasted malts, coffee, dark sweet chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, alcohol comes ot nicely along with some sweet oranges. flavor wow this beer is packed with roasted flavor from the coffee, malts to a nuttyness, got some dark cherries and a hint of citrus. very good beer.

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Photo of Drew966
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeti Imperial Stout pours a virtually pitch black color with only the slightest amount of brown head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. This is a very aromatic beer, good strong chocolatey malt stands out, with a little bit of hops in the background. Big taste too, chocolate malts are noticeable, alcohol is fairly well hidden, though I suspect that drinking this bomber is going to put me in bed for the night. Overall this is truly an excellent beer. Well worth seeking out and even hoarding! LOL, well, seeking out and drinking anyway. I'm trying to stop hoarding, no room left in the fridge for food. Enjoy!

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Photo of rodrot
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured black as night into a 16oz pint glass with a half inch head that lingered. Aroma was of espresso coffee, licorice and hops. Taste was of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some brandyish/liquor flavors. A nice hop bitterness added to the mix of flavors. Mouthfeel was very rich and thick. This is not a stout for the faint of heart and is better suited for a cold, cloudy day in December than a warm muggy day in June. But hey, I drink whatever I'm in the mood for. I plan on cellaring some bottles of this beer for the upcoming fall and winter.

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Photo of trep
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle thanks to prAna

Pours dark black, blacker than black. No light penetrating except the edges which are a burnt orange color. One finger head fades to leave massive bubbles strewn about, as well as a bit of lacing.

Charred wood, roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits...DARK i say! Some smooth vanilla and oak woodiness to round everything out. Hardly any alcohol.

Very hoppy as well as roasty. Dark bitter chocolate comes through and finishes quite bitter. Sticky, oily mouthfeel that coats your mouth and seemingly oozes down your throat like pepto bismol. The burnt woodiness also comes out as it warms. Not too bad. Very complex.

Alcohol never really shows itself in this one. Quite easy drinking, in fact. To drink more than two of these would be pushing it though.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left an espresso foam colored two finger head with excellent retention and amazing web-like lacing all the way down. The body was the richest, darkest possible brown, almost black, very rich looking.

Smell - chocolate, toffee, coffee, tea, dark breads, some hint of esters, but overall a thick, hearty, caramelly, rich roasted maltiness.

Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Rich roastiness like chocolate and coffee, with caramelly tones of toffee and caramel, and some tea-like tones, and of course, dark bread. The roasted malts here are perfectly done - no burnt flavor, or smokiness, no acridity, just pure rich roasted heartiness. Finishes with some slight alcohol astringency, not too much really, this beer hides its abv exceedingly well.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, a little chewy, low carbonation, some hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - rich, hearty, and satisfying, the only thing here is the high abv.

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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 SaCkErZ9
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer was about 50 degrees when poured but has been in 90 degree weather for about 10 minutes now. A huge, stiff, mocha colored head forms on top of a pitch black, syrupy looking beer. Tons of lacing all the way down the glass as the head recedes.

Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, plums, raisins, alcohol. Very enticing indeed. Not much coffee which is fine. Slight hop presence by the way of citrus in the aroma as well.

Taste is sublime. Very smooth and creamy. Raisins and mollasses hit me first followed by the hops and then the chocolate. In the finish, a sort of rum character emerges giving this a nice finish. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste. At 9.5%, the alcohol presence is somewhat subdued, making this a wonderfully drinking beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is warming (which is a little tough to handle today with the heat) but pleasant. Body is medium-full. Carbonation seems to be perfect.

This is a great Impy. Probably one of my favorites so far. I would like to try this on a colder day to see if the tastes and aromas and overall feelings and interpretations are the same. A great beer in my opinion.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh baby, this brew pours like oil. Dark, dark brown with a brown chocolate foamy head. It's got a nose like a cafe mocha, rich dark toffee chocolate aromas. Very very inviting. Fantastic taste, this brew is all roast. Follows up with a nice chocolatey after taste. The mouthfeel has slight carbonation with a strong alcoholic tone. Smooth and delicious, highly recommended.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from a bomber.

This beer pours jet black with a creamy tan head that holds nicely and laces well. The smell is rich roasted and chocolate malts. The taste is rich roasted chocolate malts again. This beer is if nothing else, extreamly smooth. Just a great mouthfeel. Overall highly drinkable, just a fantastic brew.

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Photo of taez555
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a thick pitch black body with a small thick brownish tan head.

Nose was a huge fat creamy chocolate, toffee, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, ice cream and slightly dark fruit smell. There's definitely a bite of hops and alcohol giving a nice little sting. Extremely inviting.

Full bodied and very thick. A rich creamy coffee, dark rich chocolate and dark dark espresso bean taste. There's a strong citrus hop bite that really balances almost perfectly with the bite roasted malt bite. Never overpowering but sits perfectly in the mix. Bitterness is almost identical. Big and present, but just enough and not too much. Grapefruit peel, charcoal and some leafy piney hops as well. Ends surprisingly smooth without much of a long lingering bitterness.

Great Divides big beers are out this world good, and this beer is no exception. Big, creamy, full bodied, just enough bite and just enough bitterness to be both in your face and yet never overpowering. Almost the session beer of big beers.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In the glass it was black, not dark brown, full blown black. When I held it to the light I still could not determine it's clarity or lack thereof.
If you were to take 8 ounces of milk and add 4 heaping tablespoons of Nestle's Quik powder that would be close to the color of this dense mousse-like head.
Lace was indulgently thick and sticky.

Smell was dark toasty malts, chocolate milk (Whopper Malted Milk Balls), sweet dark fruits. The reported 75 IBUs and the alcohol were well hidden.

Taste is charred sweet dark fruits, bitter coffee beans and warming alcohol. Perfumy, bitter, lingering aftertaste.

Medium-heavy bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Looked incredible, smelled like heaven on earth. I just really had trouble getting past the heavily perfumed after-taste. I could not drink this regularly. Sorry guys.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a murky black with a good brown red head. The head lasts very well and produces good lacing. Has a very nice aroma of roasted malts with hints of toffie and carmel chocolate. The taste is blended excellently. Has a good amount of hops to produce a smooth sweetness with its malt backbone. Has a medium body and a good amount of carbination. This is real good. A nice bold stout with soft touches to produce an excellent brew.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black beer with no head but slick as oil when it comes in contact with the glass.
Espresso, deep chocolate, will dominate your nose. A slight hop aroma whiffs by barely noticeable.
Roast malt, chocolate, and coffee with another hit of hops, small but noticeable. As an Imperial I would think hops wouldn't be noticeable. Still a great beer though.
Thick and chewy with the 9.5 ABV coming on slow and warm makes this great sipping brew that I will definitely have again.

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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 TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Great Divide bomber into a Stone IPA glass. Right off the beer looked really good, dark black color with chocolate milk colored foamy and thick head. It smelled rich and malty.

The taste is dominated by chocolate and hops, with a burning alcohol presence. Pretty good stuff.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,390 ratings.
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