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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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94
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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,743
Ratings:
5,240
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
16.35%
 
 
Wants:
307
Gots:
1,039
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,743 | Ratings: 5,240
Photo of hunteraw
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Absolutely opaque, darkest head I think I've ever seen. Pretty big head,

Smell: Some dark fruits, definitely. Raisin and fig characteristics are evident, along with some hops in the background.

Taste: Bitterness is a lot more assertive than I'd expected, and maybe even more than I might have prefered. Dark chocolate and dark fruits as well. Quite an intense beer. Alcohol is fairly present.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Fairly light in the way of carbonation, but in a way that seems fitting for the style.

Drinkability: This wasn't a favorite when I shared it with the neighbors - "too bitter!" went the refrain. I liked it, but that said I drank it slowly, and probably a little bit more than I would have prefered. "Intense" is the word.

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

This poured to a very dark and black color with a thin head that lasted well. It's leaving a fair amount of lace.

The smell is very good, with tons of roasted malt and a soft hop flavor with some wood and alcohol. The taste is rich and creamy, with more roasted malt joining chocolate up front, and big hops clearing out the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat light but still nice, and drinkability is good.

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

The beer poured a deep translucent black with a dense chocolate-colored head that quickly diminished into a nice brown lace.

The aroma was that of intense roasted malts and floral hops. The alcohol was there in the nose and helped carry the scent of the beer through the nose.

The flavor of the beer was intensely malty with a dominating roastiness that wasn't too harsh or astringent. The hops were there in reasonable force, but definitely followed the roasted malts. The beer was on the drier side for an American-style RIS and not quite as malty sweet as, say, North Coast's Rasputin. There were some mild fruity notes in the background.

The mounthfeel was chewy and the carbonation was perfect.

Ever since having a Titan IPA a few years ago, I continue to be impressed with Great Divide's lineup of beers. They are always consistently good and as the years go by, increasingly more available. The Yeti RIS is excellent and ranks and the top of the American-style Russian imperial stouts. Of course, if you can get a hold of the oaked Yeti, that's even more of a treat.

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Photo of hanco005
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid black with a massive 2 inch foamy head that is light tan on top and darker tan on the bottom, the head is going nowhere fast and thick lacing is produced

S—chocolate, some soy and licorice, some dark fruits, and alcohol come out as it warms

T—strong and bold, chocolate and alcohol dominate this one, some bitter mocha notes, a light soy after taste as well. It’s very good and gets better as it warms

M—thick and smooth, full bodied, great carbonation

D—a sipper for the colder months I think, It’s very good and I will return to this again in the winter.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A black, black body that sucks in all the light near it. Topped with a frothy tan head that settles down to a thinnish head but clings to the side of my Westvleteren glass. It’s a really fine looking stout. Really fine.
Smell is coffee, cocoa, a bit of roastyness. Not much alcohol, and not a whole lot of complexity other than that, but nice.
Taste is full, bold coffee and cocoa. A really smooth overall taste with a pleasant, clean aftertaste. Not much alcohol in the taste, either. It’s hidden behind walls of malty goodness. Mouthfeel is also big and full. But low carbonation helps it go down smooth. It’s hard to find fault in this brew. Perhaps the only downside is the bigness and chewyness of this beer and the fact that its 9.5% will kick you in the ass.

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Photo of mjc410
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour from the bomber is like turbo-diesel motor oil. Forms a slight dark tan head that falls to a short ring. Forms opaque, sudsy lacing.

Smells of thick, old coffee, pac nw hops, toffee, caramel, and cocoa. Comes together very nicely.

First taste is of alcohol, then rolls to hops, burnt caramel, ending with a toffee/chocolate combination.

The mouth is not quite as thick as I thought, has low carbonation, very smooth and warming.

This is a fun beer, but very heavy-handed.

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

Poured motor oil black from a big ol' 22oz bottle. Not much medium brown head with some lacing as it went down. The aroma was what I call the typical "dark roasted stout smell" along with alcohol. I wanted to find more but couldn't. The taste was similar, but I detected notes of bourbon and dark chocolate. The high alcohol was notable but not overpowering. Overall, it felt creamy, had a somewhat lingering bitter aftertaste, and went down relatively easy. There are other stouts that I like better, but this was a good one.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've heard good things about Great Divide's beers, but I've never tried one. Downtown Wine & Spirits has a pretty good selection of their beers, so I decided to pick one up. I let this warm to around 50º and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with slight ruby tints against the light. It's topped by a thick, dark, brown head that fades to a persistent layer that leaves heavy lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. There are hints of fruit and hops.

Taste: The flavors are very rich. Dominant roasted malt flavors: chocolate and coffee. There are also sweet dark fruit flavors. The finish is roasted and hoppy bitterness, with a warming alcoholic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is strong and evident, but is balanced well by the rich flavors.

Overall: Rich, bold and strong, but incredibly mellow and smooth in some respects. The flavors blend very well creating a nice balance.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black as night with a nice brown head.

S- Sweet coffee and malty toffee. Some complex fruit, cherries, raisins.

T- Super smooth, heavy sweet chocolate and smoke. Wonderful malts and a strong hop balance. Sweet fruit and toffee come through in the finish.

M- Thick as hell, smooth and creamy.

D- Absolutely love this one. Wish we had it in our top 10 tasting recently. So creamy and smooth it is hugely drinkable. I'll have a few more!

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

This is a bomber of Yeti (non-oak aged). Heretofore I've only had the oak-aged version, so I am anxious to dig in. The stout is slightly chilled.

A: The stout is pitch black, nothing is getting through this baby. There is a very nice head that laces quite well.

S: The stout has a bit of coffee in the nose, providing a nice kick. There are several big smells at play here: deep roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, even some buttery aroma.

T: The hops provide a vibrant change of pace in this beer. The oak aged version masks the hops a bit, here they are allowed to roam free. They grab the taste buds up front and shake 'em up a bit before giving way to the roasted character.

M: The ale is robust and intense with quite an assault on the palate.

D: This ale is quite good, I much prefer it to the oak-aged version. A very good West Coast hopped stout, although the abv is limiting.

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Photo of Brian700
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black with a brown head that doesn't really leave any lacing but hangs around for a while.

The aroma is mostly of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate, and mild hops.

The flavor is chocolate, caramel, coffee, burnt malt, and a bitterness that leads me to believe there is a decent amount of hops in there. (after reading the bottle it looks like there are 75 IBU's) Some of the bitterness could be attributed the black patent, and ??coffee?? maybe.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer and is damn delicious. I like this way better than the oaked version. This is a good example in the theory that not every beer needs to be oak aged. This is definately worth picking up if you see it...actually its worth trying to find someone to send it to you in a trade. The effort will pay off once its in your glass.

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Photo of riversider76
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black. Very thin tan head. Not much retention, but very nice lacing. Smell is strangely wine like, with a bit of roasted malt. Body is medium, with not much carbionation. Taste is again wine like,with roasted coffee, malt, nut, very complex, but...WOW. You must try this beer! Excellent.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a pint glass.
Not much of a head, dissipates to just covering the beer within seconds. Color isn't quite jet black, but rather a sooty, thick black. You can almost see the light coming through the fog.
Aroma promises dark fruits, foremost. Also picking up roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a hint of chocolate/cocoa to come.
The taste fufills the promise of the dark fruits. Vinous, or to be more understood, winelike. But still, the beer side of Yeti comes through in the burnt malt. The chocolate malt comes into play, but goes as quickly as it came. The flavor lingers on the very back of my tongue, and lasts until I take the next drink. A mild, and not overbearing taste of alcohol comes through on the finish.
Mouthfeel is rather nice, considering the lack of head, has adequate carbonation. Smooth, medium thick, and slightly chewy.
Overall, I like this beer for everything that it is, and I say the drinkability is good.
For anyone looking into this style, this is a great introduction to Russian Imperial Stouts.

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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.

-Oelergud

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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 too..like 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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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,743 ratings.
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