Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,779 Reviews
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 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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Photo of isaac
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22 oz bottle to pint glass.

A - Pitch black, with a dark beige head (2-fingered and chunky with big bubbles). the lace is thick and slowly crawls down the glass

S - Wonderful citrus hops smell and big chocolate malts. Berries and coffee also make a showing, as well as slight, burning alcohol.

T - Much maltier and more savory than the smell - the hops are almost completely knocked out, except for a small hints in the background. Delicious and creamy until the finish, which is, for lack of better term, all soy sauce.

M - Thick and creamy, though the slightly over-done carbonation along the tongue takes away from any sense of "luscious" or completely "smooth."

D - Not a bad beer, interesting you might say. however, i don't think i'll be having this again - i like a little more bittersweetness in my impy stouts, and this one is just too savory.

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Photo of Graham21
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is black and head is very nice two finger head. coats the glass like a snow flake. It's rich like butter!!! It definitely has a buttery oily taste to it. It has undertones of caramel and chocolate. Tastes like freshly cooked greasy choclotate chip cookies. Also a bit of fruits and a deep burnt malt flavor, along with some hops, and fruits.

Too rich to have more than one, this beer is thick and coats the throat well. Leaves a bit of alcoholic taste. Nice imperial stout made wery well for tasting, but def. not a session beer.

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

A- deep dark brown, maybe black, 3 finger frothy, thick, creamy brown head, good lacing, really good retent.

S- roasted malts, coffee, sweet cream, burnt malts, alcoholic

T- burnt malt galore, also roasted malts, sweet creamy flavor, hint of caramel. strong sweet warming alcoholic finish, coffee in the aftertaste.

M- creamy and smooth, coats the palate a little bit

D- good brew, no complaints to register here, pretty drinkable as well.

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Photo of CWiggins
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this beer several months back. Now that I have some experience tasting and reviewing beer, I thought I'd retry this one. It pours black-as-night in a syrupy manner into my Sam Smith pint glass. A beautiful light brown head formed, but it soon withered away into a thin lacing that remained throughout the session. I'm always impressed when a stout is this thick and creamy in appearance. This is sure impressive thus far!

The aroma is of dark malts, chocolate, and coffee, with hints of dark cherry, brown sugar, molasses, alcohol, and a delightful hops bitterness. It doesn't have as big a smell as some other stouts, but it makes up for that in sheer complexity.

What a flavor! The sugary sweetness appears first, followed by dark coffee, chocolate, and a wonderful alcohol sensation. There's no hiding the alcohol here; it's upfront and in-your-face. The finish is mainly a hop bitterness, with lingering aspects of toasted malts and bread. I found the alcohol to persist throughout each gulp.

A creamy mouthfeel completes the package. It's incredibly smooth; there's practically no carbonation at all. It coats the mouth, fills all available surface space, and the full body makes you feel complete and full.

A wonderful libation. I can't wait to have a few more of these over the winter. Thanks a bunch, Great Divide!

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Served at room temp because I like it that way, ok?

A- This is midnight black with really dark reddish brown head that consumes 1/2 the glass.

S- Deep burnt woody with notes of sweet caramel and sugar.

T- Wow. Deep burnt, earthy, bitter aftertaste. Sweet dark chocolate through the middle. Slight alcohol warming effect.

M- Heavy, creamy, thick, like swallowing sweet mercury.

D- This is right up there with Victory strom king stout. Bold, black, rough and strong. I like.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours with a finger-thick dark tan/brown creamy head. It leaves good lacing as you drink, and the head has good retention, remaining a creamy cap on the beer throughout the drink. Its color is opaque black.

Smell - Strong aroma of coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Lots of brown sugar and molasses make up a sweet aroma as well. Mild and slightly sour hop character with little bitterness. Hints of black liquorice, too. Some slight cherry aroma is noticeable as well. Powerful roasted malts tie it all together. Moderate alcohol throughout.

Taste - Sweetness up front, with slight brown sugar and caramel, but mainly a taste of molasses and some candied fruit. Super mellow middle and finish with a mix of oily but very subdued hops, and a mild roasted and sweet malts. A bready character is there as well. Liquorice is again noticeable throughout, but definitely a background flavor. The aftertaste becomes bitter and sour much more than in the actual taste from the hops, and some mild earthiness is present as well. Moderate alcohol all the way through.

Mouthfeel - WOW! This stuff is INCREDIBLY smooth. I've never had a beer that is this smooth, it seriously feels like liquid velvet. The carbonation is definitely responsible in part for this effect, as it is mild yet has a wonderful massaging and smoothing character on the beer's mouthfeel. It is full-bodied and smoooth.

Drinkability - It's a stout... Although, while very flavor, it is quite easy to drink. The strongest part of the flavor is the aftertaste, and only from the bittering/sour hops.

A simply amazing stout! This is a MUST have beer. You won't believe how smooth it is.

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Photo of xav33
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
22 oz bomber
Bottled Fall 05(?), tamed 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured black with a mostly lasting light brown frothy head with excellent lacing.

Smelt strongly of dark chocolate, dark coffee roast.

Taste was upfront strong bitter dark chocolate followed by an equally strong bitter coffee feel and moderate bitter grassy hops with a moderate toffee sweetness, and faint fruity esters, on a long smoky vinous perfumey finish. Mouthfeel was medium/heavy, syrupy, soft carbonation and light to moderate soothing alcoholic warmth, and moderate to strong astringency.

Overall, a great imperial stout that offers bold taste and aroma, and looks dangerously satisfying. Hits strongly but satisfyingly. A great winter warmer.

Side note: It is more well rounded in flavors and mouthfeel than its oak-aged counterpart, but this brew is as good as it gets flavorwise, whereas aging the oak-aged version would soften it and propel it over the regular version.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 2" tan head on a black body. Good head retention.
S- Toasted and burnt malts. Chocolate grains, hint of black currents, light grass hops, and hints of alcohol.
T- Nice roasted and burnt flavor with chocolate flavors blended in. Grassy hops come out and leave a nice size bitterness on tip of my tongue. Maybe a light hint of black currents or even black berries? Alcohol tickles tongue a little bit and warms up back of throat. Very nice complexity to it.
M- Full rich body with low carbonation but alcohol and hops tickle the tongue to make it feel a bit bigger than it actually is.
D- I think this is an amazing stout. It just has a great blend of flavors. I think this could easily be one of my favorite RIS that you could drink every night (unlike something like the Dark Lord where it's more for a special occasion).

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Photo of EStreet20
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thumbs up for Great Divide making it to NJ

22 ounce bomber poured into a 20 ounce nonic

A - Pours black with a large head of light brown foam. The thick head is staying like crazy and lacing up the walls of the glass.

S - A sweet smell on the nose with some chocolate hints. A coffee like aroma hints in as well with some buttery, toffeelike smell.

D - A great stout to sip as the fall nights fade into winter

T - An initially sweet chocolatey flavor gives way to a roasty character with a nice coffee like flavor. That burnt roasty flavor stays throughout and really provides a great taste. A nice fruity flavor is present in the background as well as some citrusy hops. A lot going on here flavorwise.

M - A nice thick, full body here really coats the mouth. Very nice.

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Photo of BillyB
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent imperial stout.

The aroma was faintly roasty,malty and toffee.

The taste was very full bodied with lots of roasty, malty, toffee and coffee flavors. It was missing a little alcohol kick that I had expected.

This stout was very hoppy with 75 IBU's and had the American hop influence .

It was very drinkable for the enormous abv and an incredible treat for all of the senses.

Overall I could have hoped for a little more whisky/alcohol taste and warmth but that is my only critique.

A fine Imperial Stout.

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

from notes:

Pitch black with excellent lacing... great legs with a dark tan/caramel head.

Aroma is sweet and chocolatey. Nice coffee aroma, slight bitter hops... some delicious caramel and bourbon-like aromas... molasses and maple... awesome.

Smokey-sweet with a great balance on the drink. Bitter finish and very good.

Quite smooth palate... velvety. A great beer.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet black, no light thru this beer, with a huge chocolate/milk like foamy head. Absolutely beautiful. Great head retention and lacing make this a classic beer. The smell is chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, making this a nice sweet aroma. The taste is sweet with chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. A great tasting stout, more sweet with chocolate than dark fruit makes this a heavy m/f and very drinkable for a high octane beer. A classic that should not be missed. Cheers.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from it's 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a thick pitch black with a tannish brown head. Aroma consists of a vast array of flavors that range from dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, molasses and alcohol. Taste is dark and almost burnt malt and chocolate that make way for the long roasty bitter finish in which the hops peak their head out to say hello. This is a big complex beer that should be treated as one especially considered it's high ABV. Overall, this is a wonderful Imperial Stout that is strongly recommended.

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Photo of Albertv05
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours black with hints of brown and red. Almost no head and lacing. The aroma is cascade hops (?) and a little maltiness and roasted grains. The first sip is intense; total hops on the palate followed by roasted grains and maltiness. The hops uses pair extremely well with the maltiness and roasted flavors of the brew. It finishes with some residual sweetness that leaves you wanting more. This is a sipper beer but very delicious. I'll definnitly get this one again when I'm craving a hoppy beer but not necessarily an IPA. Great for a cool, autumn night.

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Photo of aayooper
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a one finger head which is maintained for an appreciable amount of time. A bit of a syrupy feel, but to be expected for the high abv of 9.5%. Starts out a little bitter but then hits a chocolate note and then hardens too a nice coffee finish. One bottle put me in a good frame of mind. Would I have a second, most definately yes, but not tonight.

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

What a pour, the 9.5% is appearing right from the get-go> coal black, frothy brown head that drowns in the alcohol within minutes.

TONS of anise, and grape- no kidding , grape! The quaff has pine popping up, sweet and sassy, slick but leaves an oily after finish. Stings a bit in the mouth, still on the green side. I bet this would age a year and really move up the ladder. Still, improves nicely as it warms.

I’m really liking this RIS, the high alcohol may limit my intake to one bomber for the night (hey, home alone on Friday, don’t ask)

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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