Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,778 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.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of q33jeff
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

08/01/2015, and previous
updated from old notes......Strong dark chocolate aroma. Dark black pour, small tan head, lively bubbles. Head fades quickly, but mostly due to thickness of beer. Tan lacing remains. Taste is dark bitter chocolate, some hints of dark fruits,,,raspberry, blueberry. Really nice.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with a good dark head and just the right amount of carbination. Aroma is a little mild coffee and chocolate. Taste is also chocolate and coffee without any alcohol after taste

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark pour for sure with small mocha top. Aroma is great roast malt. The big stouts always have a hop character that I can't really detect - similar to my favorite - ten fidy. Flavor is deliciously roasted goodness. Slightly sweet and maybe a hint of smoke. While there are a few delicious choc or coffee imperials, straight-up stout is the bomb. I'll put this in my top 3 with Stone RIS and Ten Fidy.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled out a bottle from the cellar yesterday in anticipation of Hermine crashing through (the storm which never came). 06/17/15 bottle poured into a snifter glass, so about 14 months old. Oily black body slowly seeps out and eventually a tan fluffy head forms.

Boozy aroma of rum, fruits, chocolate, and espresso. Flavor wise there's a large sweet note upfront, molasses and vanilla, chocolate and coffee, bit of lingering char and earth near the end. Some rum soaked raisin notes hang around after the swallow. It's a big sweet beer for sure.

A year did this beer well, it's still got a big, sticky mouthfeel but no present alcohol. I assume this was hoppy when fresh but a year just revealed some bitterness and that's it. Would like to try fresh next.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a Spiegleau Stout glass. Paid £5.50 for a single bottle.
Bottled April 2015, Drunk September 2016

Pours a completely opaque, pitch-black, viscous body that remains unchanged when held to the light. A dense, creamy, one-finger in height, dark tan coloured head reduces slowly to a thin cap with excellent retention, leaving behind plenty of sticky, soapy lace.

A rich and robust mixture of heavily roasted dark malts, sweet roasted grains, dark chocolate, cocoa, and fresh-ground espresso comprises the majority of the nose. Noticeable in the background are hints of smoke, char and a vaguely rum-like alcohol. Taste follows suit, matching the nose with equally intense flavour profiles. Toasted grains, caramelised sugar and hints of blackberry sweeten bitter dry dark roasted chocolate malt, burnt cocoa, and roasted espresso upfront. Mid palate, soft brown sugar moves quickly towards moderately bitter and drying earthy roast and hop profiles. In the mouth, a thick, oily and chewy full-body is lifted by just enough fine carbonation to give a luxuriously rich and silky smooth feel, encouraging sipping and savoring despite surprisingly high drinkability. Towards the finish, a complex mixture of lingering roast, cocoa and coffee are complimented by hints of char, smoke and lightly bitter woody hop profiles. On the very end, notes of caramel and rum-like alcohol finish more sweet than bitter, drying the palate with pleasant warming astringency.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Dark, rich and intense, it is undoubtedly well crafted. A year and half in the cellar has done it no harm whatsoever, allowing a supreme overall smoothness to more than make up for a slight lack in complexity. Recommended.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black color thick like motor oil. Dark brown lingering head. Nose roasted coffee, toffee, notes of chocolate and vanilla, piney hops. Taste is espresso, molasses, bitter chocolate, brown sugar, pine, and raisin. Finish is strong with feel of strong espresso and a hoppy IPA. This beer is very bitter because of the coffee and hop notes which isn't a bad thing. It's complex enough for the novice drinker but may be a bit intense for the rookies. Overall a very good imperial stout but not a great one. Great Divide is new to my area so looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 month old bottle. Pitch black pour, visibly thick, with a very tall and long lasting espresso head. Smells like roasted malts, chocolate, cherries, a bit of smoke, citrus hops and pine resin. The fresh hop aroma is quite nice. Tastes like chocolate, cocoa, a bit of coffee, grapefruit. Smoothish mouthfeel with low carbonation and a chocolate bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

(12 oz can poured into a snifter)

L: completely-opaque, pitch black liquid... visible dense viscosity, like filthy motor oil... the foam maintains one of the darker brown colors you'll see, however, its volume and retention are a bit lacking

S: the smell charges up toward your nose as it's pouring - dark chocolate, mint, coffee liqueur... subtle roast-toast twinkling in the back, raisin... the dark chocolate is almost tangible... overall intensity powerful - you can smell its thickness

T: solid core of roast and dark sugars, shot forward with an aggressive swarm of piney, outdoorsy hops... dark coffee and triple chocolate cookie in the middle... the finish shows a bit of that toasted raisin... the sweetness doesn't get cloying as the hops maintain an almost spicy, vaguely peppery buzz underneath, slowly fading, and surely the stealthy booze does its part interfering with any blanketing and seepage of sugars upon the palate

F: medium-full bodied, mild-moderate viscosity as if one poured a tsp or two of chocolate syrup into an imperial stout... the booze warms the torso most wonderfully and never ever scorches... quite the mood stabilizer

O: the gist of this is its extra-thick, malty flavor and body and bold but tamed hops, roast, and booze... for a malt-head like myself, this is heaven - smooth, rich, potent, more-or-less balanced in its boldness... very satisfying - just try to resist having another

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try at a Yeti. A big name with a Sasquatch-sized flavor.

Right out of the glass it had an amazing black color on a thick pour. Very little head, no staying power and no lacing to mention - but the total blackness alone was amazing to behold. The scent was everything advertised - toffee, malty, hoppy, and even some caramel (to my nose) for good measure. The beer had a nice heavy texture to the tongue, definitely carbonated, but it doesn't hold long. Though I have had plenty of 9 and 10% brews in my day, and I enjoy them immensely, this one didn't quite mesh well with the strong hops they claim to use. I was expecting something more balanced, not terrible, just not what I was hoping for. Anyway, a good beer and one to have on hand to impress those fellow craft aficionado's when they drop by for a visit.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A viscous pour yields a large, slightly pebbly dark-brown head on an effervescent, impenetrably black body that shows just the faintest glimmer of mahogany at its base. Head retention is modest, and lacing is good, consisting of sticky slabs and ladders. The nose is medium-big: a sweetish, mouth-watering blend of milk chocolate, molasses and dark toffee backed by a more subtle, drier cocoa-like character and a hint of licorice, all topped by significant alcohol overtones. The palate is a bit more roasty than the nose would suggest, and not as sweet. It is a nice, rich blend of dark, dark bitter chocolate, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and a bit of creamy milk chocolate, with more subtle touches of black-strap molasses, dark toffee and black coffee. In net, it lands just on the sweet side of the balance. The finish is a moderate hit of booze and molasses, and is slightly warming; the linger is a mild, oaky/chocolatey roast bitterness that lasts for good while. Mouthfeel is biggish for the full body, and the texture is thick, creamy/sticky and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 120 days after pkg)

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and dark with a dense two finger cocoa head. The aroma is roasted malt, cocoa and milk caramel notes. It is sweet but bitter tasting with a bit of char and the milk caramel showing up in the flavor. The bitterness is both hoppy and char. This thing tastes a little like burnt caramel to me. I like it. It is delicious and complex.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hop profile overrides the "stout" flavors, the oak versions are much better than the base imo. It is not a RIS and quite misleading to be in that category, it is a straight up American Imperial Stout with lots of hops.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on tap 6.23.16 at Mellow Mushroom in Brandon. Served in a waisted pilsner-type glass.

A: Very, very dark brown and opaque. Has about a half-finger of tan head and no visible carbonation by the time it's delivered to me. Good head retention.

S: Chocolate and cacao powder dryness predominate, along with the dark roasted malts. Vanilla, tobacco, and a touch of lactose-like sweetness. Nice aroma for sure.

T: Chocolate, cacao nibs, drying tobacco, and a caramel nougat sweetness. Roasted malts with a mix of sweetness and roasted bitterness. Vanilla, a bit of caramel and Twix bars. Again, a lactose sweetness, though it doesn't come across as milky. A modest hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body and average carbonation (low overall) for an American imperial stout. Mouthfeel is smooth - not Zhukov thickness, but hefty all the same. Alcohol is noticeable but not at all hot for style.

O: Very tasty. I'm not buying into this as an comes across as an American Imperial Stout with the hop presence. Either way, it's a distributed, easily accessible, very good imperial stout. I'll be happy to grab this again whenever I happen to see it.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cool bottle, cool name. Pitch black beer with a nice mocha head. Nice chocolate, dark malts smell. Taste is more roasted malts, but also chocolate, mostly dark chocolate, and dark malts. Mouthfeel is heavy but not that heavy, alcohol completely covered, aftertaste is all roasty stout. Overall this is a good russian imperial stout. It reminds me of Old Raspy.

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Photo of Bleer
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really interesting imperial stout. Very hop forward I disagree that this is in the RIS family. Heavy taste of char/roast. Huge almost black head that lasts for the entire beer. A not great but really good imperial stout.

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Photo of GaryJR
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This goes down so easily the challenge is to sip a 9.5% glass instead of gulping it. To me the taste seems equal parts chocolate and coffee and how does it get any better than that? On top of that the aftertaste is about as good as the real thing. This is one I always have on hand in the bar or Yeti cooler of the same name.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Gorgeous. Thick pour. Dark as hell with a beige lacing that lasts

S - Wood, cherry, cocoa, piney and fruity

T - cocoa and mostly citrus and pine. Intensely hopped

F - Thick and sharp

O - In my opinion this is not a russian imperial stout. It's hop forward and I love it that way. When it's cold you Can definitely taste each flavor distinctly but the beer becomes a bit more complex at each sip. A beer bold but controlled. I love it. Drink fresh

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful thick opaque black with a fluffy dark brown sugar color head, absolutely gorgeous beer. Aroma is dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of hops. Taste follows with big flavors of dark roasted malt, roast coffee, baking chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate and bitterness. Mouthfeel is full, mouthcoating, creamy, but with enough carbonation to not be oily. Overall, this is definitely a world class imperial stout, hoppier than most which isn't my favorite in an IS, but no denying it's status.

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

solid black body. three finger head, dark brown cascading into even darker clay and mud hues. small, tight bubbles; eventually reduces to a maintained finger head. smells sweet. taste is rich; coffee, chocolate, sometimes a clear sustained note of vanilla. an alcohol warmth sometimes suffuses. mouthfeel is complex, every sip draws from the flavor palette in new and pleasing mixtures.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours ultra dark brown with a massive dense light brown head that lasts and leaves a layer of dream-like foam and bands of sticky lace. Nose is burnt toast, espresso, and roasted malts. Taste is layered with toffee, burnt marshmallow, roasted grain, some sweetness with a firm bitter balance. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, yummy.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best stouts I've had the pleasure to taste. The aroma and flavor overwhelm the senses with cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla and caramel. Feel is so slick and exceedingly smooth. Booze is well hidden, too well. If I could get my hands on a dozen bottles I would.

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

Looks. A very dark brown with a medium dark, thin head.
Smell. A mix of high, clear hops and low, full earthiness.
Taste. Toasted qualities first, hoppiness second, a fairly dry finish.
Feel. Good sparkle and a nice medium heavy body.
Overall. Very nice for a toasted dry stout. But I like'em maltier.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip.

Very opaque in color. Black entirely the way through even on the edges. About a finger of thick frothy smokey caramel colored head with great retention.

Nose is malty. Chocolate and toffee is underneath the heavy malt scent.

Chocolate, toffee, coffee flavors dominate. Oak and earth flavor secondary. A little bit heavy on the alcohol in the flavor.

Feels great in the mouth. A nice thick body, but still smooth and not sticky in the mouth.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding, and easily acquirable imperial stout. Big tan head, rich, bold, and roasty aroma and flavors with a sweet, dry finish. On the same level as Old Rasputin! Cheers!

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque; very dark brown - virtually black; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger dark tan head that receded slowly to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate that morphs into roasted grain that morphs into milk chocolate;

T: malted milk up front, then roasted grain, then milk chocolate; the aftertaste is moderately bitter;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; smooth - hides the ABV very well;

O: dangerously smooth; complex aromas and flavors;

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,387 ratings.
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