Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,408 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.

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Photo of DavidST
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. I've had this for a while it was bottled 1.5 years ago, bottled date of Mar. 25, 2010.

This pours a pitch black, motor oil consistency with a nice mocha head which leaves a lacing, absolutely no light gets through the black color. The smells are of dark chocolate, roasted malts, a little of hops. The feel is very thick completely coats the mouth, among the best I've had. The taste is beautiful, dark chocolate, bitter malts and bitter hops. A wonderful IRS.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

BOD 6/17/14. Pours dark as a starless night. Very good head with exceptional lacing and very good retention. Rich nose of dark chocolate, very little roast character, over a nice citrus hop background with only a hint of coffee. As it warms, light vanilla notes are noticed. Rich full body with a creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but the alcohol is not well hidden. It begins with rich dark chocolate that flows into notes of coffee coupled with vanilla over a rich malt sweetness. Roast is noted in the middle over a citric hop flavor and mild bitterness. The smooth finish is dominated by alcohol and leaves a warm back of throat burn and a burnt sugar lingering aftertaste. Dial the alcohol back a bit and this one becomes outstanding.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of an amazing stout! Thanks, vintage cellar!

Pours to a completely opaque thick and viscous black with a nice chocolatey head. The head doesn't seem to be forming from a hard pour, but as soon as I let up the foam immediately begins to cascade up the glass. Beautiful. Leaves nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

The smell is surprisingly hoppy. Very piney with a nice dose of chocolate. Only a mild coffee and roast aroma. I could sit and sniff this beer all night, but at some point I'll get thirsty.

The taste is equally amazing. Very rich and thick molasses flavor with some chocolate and a mild roast. The hops also play quite an essential role in the taste. A nice citric and piney hop flavor lingers on the tip of the tongue while a roasted coffee and hoppy bitterness envelops the rest of the mouth.

This beer coats the mouth quite well without leaving any unpleasant residuals. The alcohol might as well be non-existent if not from the strong buzz after the bottle is done. I simply cannot wait to crack open the bomber of Oaked Yeti I still have in my cellar fridge, but alas I will have to save it for tomorrow night, or another date.

As for the non-oaked variety, I will definitely have to get more of this some time, somehow, some way.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark borwn beer with a big frothy head that coats the glass in lacing. The head takes forever to subside at that.

S - Coffee, chocolate, molasses, alcohol and burnt malt.

T - A lot of slightly sweet chocolatey malt with a touch of coffee and alcohol. The aftertaste is a faint coffee bitterness.

M - Smooth, thick, pretty refreshing. No complaints.

D - Good. I think I prefer the oak aged, but this isn't far behind. I will certainly have one of them again sometime.

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Photo of rrski198
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

12 oz poured into a Chimay goblet bottled date 3/4/11 cellared by me about 9 months.

A- pitch black w/ 1/2 finger of dark brown head. Head left fairly quickly leaving lacing around the edges of the goblet.

S- roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, w/ some licorice notes in the mix. very close in smell to Old Rasputin imo.

T- Mix of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and small bit of vanilla. Picking up subtle smokeyness and alcohol on the back end which adds nice character.

M- starts smooth w/ little carbonation and ends fairly dry. Has a nice tingling on the mouth and tongue from alcohol.

O- This is a very enjoyable beer w/ a nice flavor profile and big hop character. Really an excellent RIS, but im still left wanting something more. Having said that it will still be in my fridge during stout season. Cheers

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

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Fordknox
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled December 1st 2010.

Yeti pours an intimidating, viscous, inky black body with a frothy cappuccino colored head that build to about one inch in height before slowly settling, leaving a sheet of lacing in its wake.

From the second the cap is removed, enticing aromas of dark chocolate fill the air. Roasty coffee, fig and vanilla round out the bouquet.

Roasted flavors hit first with dark chocolate, and bitter espresso notes. Dark stone fruits like figs or even dates peek through along with a light vanilla character. Throughout each of these waves of flavor, peppery, warming alcohol holds steady. The defining attribute of Yeti is the powerful hop presence that lingers beneath the surface before its surging to a crescendo on the finish. This is the key. There are dozens of remarkable Imperial Stouts that display intense, dark, roasted malt. Malt freaks know what I'm talking about. But at some point, for all but those with the blindest of allegiance, these beers simply become too much, too sweet, too cloying. Yeti's insane level of hoping insures that this will never happen. It is not simply balanced by the natural bitterness of roasted barley, it has a seemingly unnatural level of hop bitterness that scrapes all that sweet malt right off your tongue.

Yeti is big beer. Calling it full bodied seems like an insult. Full doesn't tell half the story. It is oily, chewy, sludgy. They make spoons for beer like this.

No doubt about it, Yeti is one seriously hefty brew. A case could be made that it is more of a Black IPA than a Russian Imperial Stout. If you don't have a serious threshold for both roasted barley and hop bitterness, you may want to try something else.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle (bottled on Mar 30 2009) into snifter.
A: Pours like motoroil from the bottle. Thick and black with absolutely no light coming through even with backlighting. Just a hint of a dark tan head presents itself.
S: Hops strike the nose and floral. Quickly replaced with darker notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.
T: Bitter chocolate and dark chocolate with a hint of roasted caramel malt. Floral hops play in the background. Nice, but a bit sharp and assertive. As this warms, it settles down and becomes softer with more chocolate coming through.
M: Initially sharp with a bitter bite, then softens and smooths with warming. Thick and oily.
D: Fairly drinkable, especially for style. Even so, hard to give this high marks here. 12 oz is more than enough for me in one sitting.

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

Served in a chalice.

After opening the bottle, a wafting aroma from the neck of the bottle: plum, raisins- rich and complex.

The beer poured a beautiful deep jet black color with an attractive 1 finger head, with a dark coffee-plum aroma.

The mouth feel was pleasantly carbonated.

The finish was an intense coffee-chocolate with a hint of lemon. As the beer warmed, the chocolate was more prominent.

The taste is unusual- and distinct for an Imperial Stout: very balanced. Other imperials have similar taste characteristics, but the Yeti has more balanced flavors.

A winner! Serve warm at about 55F.

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Photo of Bustersuess
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BierFan
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date on the label of January 23rd 2009, making this a fairly fresh bottle. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Very opaque black body with a small brown head.

Smell: The smell is lighter than I thought it would be. So far it's not the "onslaught of the senses" that the label boasts. Some coffee and hops.

Taste: Lots of caramel and buttery toffee in the taste. Bitter and sweet chocolate. Finishes with some roastiness and hops.

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Photo of eulerthegrape
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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 Timtac
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JackieTH
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured black as pitch with a rich creamy mocha brown head. Exceptionally inviting.

Smell: A citrus fresh hop is the first element on the nose followed by roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. This is the weakest link in the package (if there is one) if only because the nose was not bold enough to complete the appearance, or the taste. Perhaps the hops masked the other scents?

Taste: Fantastic flavor! Big and bold. The big hop bitterness perfectly complements the robust coffee and sweetness of caramel, toffee and chocolate. A roasted malt backbone ties it all together. Finish is slightly warming from the alcohol, dry and crisp, leaving the palate surprisingly clean.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. It compliments the taste exceptionally well.

Drinkability: I had to be really, really careful not to down this brew in one, long, and impressively delicious pull. This is a big beer. The bottom of the glass came way, way too quickly. Very well done.

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Photo of GuttaMane138
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Nov 23, 2009

22oz. bomber. Bottle is about 2 years old. Pours thick black with a huge brown head. Leaves layers of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a bit of dark fruit and some piney hops.

Flavor is big and impressive. Malty up-front, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee with a nice hoppy finish. Wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel is virtually perfect. Thick, rich, smooth and creamy with low to medium carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden...some age probably helped here.

An excellent stout. Very well crafted and balanced!

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Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This came in a 22oz Bomber with and old western looking label to go with the Maverick theme. Pours a rich black color with a good sized tan foamy head about half an inch high. Not good retention as it quickly faded and there was not much lacing or signs of its existence afterwards. The aroma is of dark chocolate and espresso coffee with a slight hint of hops. There are also notes of dark fruit that seemed to emerge as I drank this. Very similar in taste to the aroma as the chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. The chocolate is a bittersweet one with and there are also notes of roasted malts. The hops are present but not too bitter and there are no signs of the alcohol. About a medium body on this beer with fairly good drinkability. This is a very smooth and complex imperial stout and is highly recommended.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,408 ratings.
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