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 aforbes10
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

4-6 month old bottle picked up a while ago at City Wide. Decided last night to drink it finally. Pours big and black tar colored with foamy, cream-topped khaki head. looks impressive. Hoppy, chocolate odor, full of fruit and treacle, fudge and cream. The odor of a good imperial stout makes it for me almost as much as the taste does and this one really makes the grade. Taste is great...a massive beer full of drity, leafy hops, roast chocolate malts, anc clingy boozy fruits. Hoip character bitters the beer throughout, especially on the finish. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. glug glug. A great beer. my only question is why this doesn't cost more? Holy crap, i'm rich! i can buy tons of this decious elixir

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber.

It's completely opaque, even when held up to bright outside sunlight. The head is small but sticky and laces well.
The words roasty and crisp come to mind for the aroma, it's a bit mellow as compared to other representations of the style, yet there's some complexity; roasted bakers chocolate, vanilla bean, very malty.

Creamy mouthfeel is the first impression, very smooth and enjoyable in a sipping manner. Roasted malts dominate at first, flavors of burnt chocolate and coffee, background sweet vanilla, all followed by a twang and slight hop kick with fairly mellow bitterness. Alcohol strength shows an ample character in the finish and twangy aftertaste as well.

Definitely a sipper, and not as "in your face" as say a Storm King or a Rogue IS. But it holds it's own and is right there with the front running Imperial Stouts in complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of faernt
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drink Imperial Stout often. I am a fan of the style. When I opened this up it met all the usual expectations. It has no flaws on style. It's drinkable and since so many breweries are yanking their prices up for the special big's a relief to buy a really good beer at a reasonable price.

I'll buy it again and again. It does the job. Don't jack with the price.

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

Warm Caramel
Chocolate Malted
Biting "Pine Flower" hop explosion

Deep rich
opaque Black - brown maroon
with the solid tan head
of superfine carbonation
always on the rise

surprisingly thin and clean
for its superbly
robust complexity

a desert
a beer
a gourmet confection
and a Pine flower
all in one
very good

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

Wowza, Yeti Imperial Stout is one very pleasant beast. It pours from the bottle a nice dark color (not pitch black but almost there). There is a beastly proportioned coffee colored head which sticks around for some time. The smell is a very nice aroma of malt, coffee, and floral hops. The taste is both a sweet and bitter smack to the senses, with a hearty coffee kick to to teeth. There is a chewy coating to the lingual side of the teeth, the tongue and the palate. This is a true delight. I certainly recommend searching for this beast!

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

It really is amazing how weather can affect one's affectations for a particular beer. Its 34 degrees and snowy, and the perfect compliment on my day off is to revisit a nice RIS like Yeti. My first review was during much warmer climes. A: Deep dark, opaque black. Impervious to light. Blacker than my ex-fiance's heart. (Not to sound jaded, I actually called the wedding off), with a dark brown head and nice residual lacing. S: Too much to note: toffee, carob bean, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate. Very complex. T: Sweet out of the blocks with a strong, hearty, malted presence that transitions into an alcohol soaked hoppy bitterness. In a word: Delicious. M: Substantial, thick, viscous and chewy. Perfect for the style. D: Given the cold temps I find sessionability limted due only to knowing the ABV, but for sheer enjoyment, I could drink this all night. I am glad I revisited this beer during the winter months. I'll be in Denver in 3 weeks and I will indulge in all the Great Divide beers ad nauseum. Great Divide and Conquer!

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Photo of nortmand
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, with a solid, lace forming brown head.

Very roasty aroma. Chocolate and some hop edge as well. Awesome.

Sweet roast and hazelnut. Chocolate and a solid, resinous hop bitteness. Some bitter orange notes as well.

Ginormous body, silky and luscious. Very strong, yet so silky smooth, that I could drink two of these. Awesome and clean. A very good brew.

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

Taste: A perfect example of what an imperial stout should taste like; fruit, chocolate, and coffee, with a nice hoppy finish.

Body: Smooth and silky.

Appearance: Pitch black, totally opaque.

Aroma: Sweet fruit candy, chocolate.

Head: Nice brown head that dissapated quickly but left a light layer the whole way down.

Lacing: Quite a bit of lacing, very sexy :-)

Carbonation: Medium carbonation.

Have Another?: Definitely.

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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 barleywinebrewer
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so, at this review there are 428 reviews posted. I won't try to redescribe this beer in the face of so many variations. What I will say is that this beer was sampled from 12oz bottles. An exceptional RIS with few peers. I love a good RIS and this hits all the charactersitics of aroma, taste and body that to me are must haves.

Unfortunately for me this is outside of my beer market so outside of trades or trips south this one will go down as a definite wish it was in my area.

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

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass.

Pours an extremely jet black with barely visibly ruby edges, and two fingers of dark tan head that retains nicely.

The smell is wonderful: sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, raisins, and dark fruit.

The taste is quite sweet up front, with chocolate, roasted malt, and fruit notes prevalent, followed by hops and a slightly bitter coffee finish.

The mouthfeel is creamy, and drinkability is high. The strength of this beer is barely noticeable.

A very nice ale. one of the better Imperial Stouts there is.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a large snifter. Very opaque black color. Dark brown head with hints of red in it. Dense bubbles which leave a smattering of lacing after a sip.

Heavy notes of molasses in the nose. Burnt sugars and roasted malts as well. Also suggestions of dulce de leche and caramel.

Upfront I taste sweet molasses followed by burnt caramel and dark cocoa. Roasted malts impart the flavor of espresso or a dark French roast coffee. The finish is bitter hops and oak notes. The alcohol is present as you exhale.

The mouthfeel is slightly viscous. Expansive with a slick feeling going down. Very substantial and quite rich.

Very nice sipping stout. Rich and complex. Things only seem to get better as it warms. I'm looking forward to aging a few.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black. No light passes through, there are no hues of any other color when held to light. This is black. There is a perfect two finger mocha colored head that has good retention and leaves tons of lacing.

Aromas are of sweet dark chocoalate, toffee, coffee, and roasted malt.

Taste is great. Sweet chocolate and toffee initially, giving way to some roasted malt and a little citrus from the hops. Hops here are pretty noticeable for a stout. There is a long lingering roasted coffee like bitterness on the palate.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth and creamy.

The 9.5%ABV is almost unnoticed and this is highly drinkable.

This is a great RIS and I will purchase this again, even though I have to go out of my way to do so.

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

Poured from bomber into traditional pint glass. Sampled in connection with a Rogue Shakespeare stout several months ago during a scenic drive after one of our first snowfalls of the year. A great time for some Imperial Stouts.

A - Gorgeous dark and oqaque brown/blackness with a good 1 1/2 inch caramel, pillowly head. Lacing is purty.

S - Not too intense, but coffee and chocolate malt is nicely aromatic.

T - Very dry roasted malt with alcohol and chocolate flavors. I am surprised at how noticable the alcohol is in this brew, but it is delicious regardless.

M - Dry with moderate carbonation that is rather smooth.

D - Great for a snowy day with chilly winds and freezing feet.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours total black with a rocky brown head that sticks around forever. Plentiful chunks and swathes of lace are left on the glass. The aroma is of soy sauce, dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee beans and some citrusy hops. The taste is full of dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, prunes and other dark fruit and soy sauce. A formidable balast of hop bitterness shows as the beer warms. The finish is boozey and somewhat hoppy with some bitter chocolate malt. The mouthfeel is very thick and lightly carbonated, alcohol heat is kind of mouth numbing.

This is a great Imperial Stout. Very robust and full flavored, a little less (or no) soy sauce would make it perfect.

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Photo of mmcave
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic, an inky opaque coffee black, with rich brown head that dissipates to a centimeter or two. Nice sticky lacing all over the glass. Smells surpassingly of hoppy fruit, up against a toasted malt, black patent, dry roasted coffee beans, chocolate and yeast. Taste is medium bittersweet roast, balanced through out with a dark chocolate style bitterness. Some fruit comes out toward the mid section and on the swallow there is a battle between the fruitiness and the toasted coffee character. This is a tasty RIS, but it is strange to me, because of the their hop choice, not that it is bad by any means it is just very different than I am used to in RIS. I except all the toasted stuff, coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, but not so much the fruity hop stuff. I like this, how ever I think I prefer the my RIS with out the fruit, but this is still damn good. So worth having. I can't wait to try the the oak aged yeti.

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Photo of cbl2
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/17/2006 $7.99 22 oz. 9.50% No best by date.


Solid inky black, viscous like mud with an inch of creamy dark brown head, darker than any head I've encountered before.


Coffee, chocolate, roasted figs, hints of smoke and a touch of peat.


Rich thick viscous syrup that is sweet with flavors of redolant ripe cherries dipped in chocolate, coupled with fresh mochachino. Hands down the best RIS I've ever encountered. I'm so glad that Great Divide is available locally now, though my liver is somewhat alarmed.

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Photo of peabody
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black as heck with lots of brown suds and lots of lacing around the pint glass.
Smell is coffee burnt malt with lots of yeast. Great Divide has a wonderful yeast.
Taste is perfect. Sweet malty start with just a hint of bitterness.
Alcohol comes into play then the sweetness of the malt and sugar takes over.
I can't get this around here and it is already one of my favorites..
Mouthfeel is malty and sugary with lots of carbonation.
Drinkability is high here if you like this heavy dark brew.

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

Served in a snifter @ 59 degrees. Pours the color of Hershey’s chocolate syrup, with a creamy head the resembles an over cooked flan. Completley opaque, and dense. Truck loads of Americn hop aroma. Grapefruit, and evergreen to be precise. Burnt sugar, carmel, dried fruits are apparent. Each drink is bliss. The hop character starts with ’shock and awe’ type attack, then a big slap of rich dark chocolate takes the middle, and finishes like a bitter cup of gas station joe with chocolate flavoring. Top that off with a mouthfilling body, and a slight alcohol burn, and you have a staple beer for any stout lover.

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Photo of kzczp0
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle purchased this past August in Fort Collins Co. Not ink, but pretty darn close. Has amber hue in the head that stays low with super fine bubble detail and lacing that hasn't changed from initial pour. Deep carmel, toffee and chocolate smell tastes exactly that til the strong taste of hops and alcohol finishes with some cigar and chocolate. This brew is very rich with oily mouth feel which I like. The alcohol is strong but seems to be separate from the overall taste which reduces my "taste" score somewhat. The lacing and carbonation have not changed in the 20 minutes I have tasted. This is an excellent version of Imperial Stout that needs to hide the alcohol somewhat.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black color with rich, thick, dark brown head. Aroma was a magnificent carmel-toffee, with hints of chocolate. The flavor was a continuation of this toffee-caramel-chocolate, and the alcohol crept in as the beer warmed to be a perfect complement to the malty-sweet-candy shop flavors. Left an excellent sweet-dry palate. This is the best Impy Stout I’ve ever had.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with hints of amber around the edges when held to the light and a nice dark brown 2 finger head and decent lacing. Smells of dark roasted malts with some dark fruits and coffee also present. Taste is of roasted malts, followed by somewhat citrusy hops. Also present are caramel, toffee, espresso, and some molasses. It was a bit more hoppy than I had expected but the flavors were well balanced. Good mouthfeel, thick in body but smooth. The high ABV is well hidden behind the nicely balanced malt and hop flavors. Very drinkable.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 22 oz. bottle as a warm-up prior to Thanksgiving Dinner with friends. Poured into my new favorite tasting glass, the 25cl 'La Rulles'.

A: Dark charcoal brown, nearly opaque, with the faintest hints of auburn. A half-finger creamy mocha-tan head, soon a scattered film.

S: Delicious sweet malts, smells of chocolate, toffee, raisins, plums and bourbon oak vanilla. An ample dose of hops

T: Rich toasted malt flavors of coffee, chocolate, peat. Some fruit and toffee enter the mix and then a deeper, darker charred bitterness concludes each sip.For a 75 IBU RIS, this maintains a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. All good flavors, not quite as complex as some others I've enjoyed from this style (including its Yeti's Oak-Aged version).

M: Smooth & warm. Not too thick, not very oily or syrupy either. Has a full body and mouthfeel but finishes with a fairly clean, lightly roasted bittersweetness.

D: A very nice RIS, one that I'm sure I'll have again. The balance and flavor are quite good; my wife tried a couple sips and declared it to be the first of this style that she would drink. That's saying something. Recommended.

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Photo of zeff80
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a dark black color with a one finger, chocolaty-brown head. It leaves good lacing.

S - It smells strongly of malt, chocolate and caramel. The alcohol aroma is also present.

T - Tastes of toffee, chocolate and malt. The carmel flavors come through more and more as it warms.

M - It is soft and creamy, but a fairly heavy beer.

D - Unbelievable. I've never found a RIS that I didn't like but this may be the best.

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

Pours an engine oil brown, completely opaque. One finger of solid brown, thick foam head that fades very slowly leaving heavy lacing. Great looking dark stout. Nose is dominated by strong hops (cascade?), cocoa-like chocolate malt and coffee, with some sweet malt in the background. Taste is sweet malt quickly dominated, though not overwhelmed by bitter hops (75 IBU advertised on bottle). Things even out to a good balance of hops against the malt, but overall this is a nicely bitter stout. Mouth is thick, viscous, and semi-creamy. Drinkability is very good though it is a heavy, moderately bitter beer.

Overall, a nice bitter hopsy strong stout, great looking and enjoyable. Paired with steak and potatoes, this was a real winner for me. Cheerfully recommended.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,361 ratings.
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