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Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,760
Ratings:
5,322
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
16.35%
 
 
Wants:
314
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1,074
For Trade:
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Photo of PSUBeerman
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a large tulip

Pour a deep dark with a rich mahogany tan head. The head was thick and creamy. It held on for awhile to the glass leaving some lacing.

The smell was wonderful. I noticed the hops and some creaminess in the strong aroma.

As far as the taste, the hops were ever present and left a nice bitterness. It has a roasted flavor with some sweetness. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but I expected it to be more noticeable considering the ABV. I picked up the toffee flavor and thought there was some sort of fruitiness, but I could not narrow it down.

Overall, this is a great Imperial. Nice job.

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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 BigBlacke
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a buddy of mine I am finally trying this one. Pours and opaque black with a 1/2 inch tan frothy head that simmers down to a ring. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, wood and coffee. Yeti tastes of dark roasted malt, mocha and wood. Yeti has a creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. I find drinkability to be high due to my shear respect for the brew. Love it.

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Photo of blackenmn
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass:

Appearance and smell:Poured a very opaque oily black, left a great looking dark brown head which really stuck to the glass. Smelled of very roasty milk chocolate with some hints of burned sugar and feint licorice. Strong and sweet.

Taste and mouthfeel: Taste was of creamy but subtle milk chocolate, and extremely sweet malts. Very mild earthy hops presence with the ABV almost completely hidden. Finishes sticky and wet leaving alot of sweetness on the tongue.

Drinkability:Very drinkable. Creamy and smooth. Far too easy to drink for the ABV, this thing would sneak up in no time,

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Photo of marieli
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Not sure about temp. Pours pitch-black brown. Very little head. Smell is primarily coffee/espresso, as is taste. I liked the beer at first but it took on a distinct bitterness as it warmed that was a bit much for my taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and on thick side. If you like coffee and some bitterness in your beer this should be a winner.

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

(28-12-2007 BB 11-08)
Black with even a dark brown head. Complexed noise: of coarse the odd coffee, burnt malts and hops. I sense citrus, ripe fruits a touch of flowers and anise. A very bitter taste, with lots of hops, spicy en flowery elements. Very dry strong/medium heavy body. Long bitter dry, hoppy spicy aftertaste,
What a beer, a feast for noise and tongue!

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

A: This beer is one of the darkest I have had. It is completely black with a deep brown finger thick head. It resembles a thin motor oil.

S: It has a strong aroma that boasts a hearty helping of chocolate and roasted malts. There is a definitive coffee presence as well. The smell is incredible and completely invigorates the nostrils.

T: This beer has an incredible taste. The coffee flavor has a strong prescence with some slight chocolate notes. There is an overall roasted character that accompanies the flavors as well. The alcohol is well hidden. It is a little warm on the end with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is well balanced. Not too heavy, but has a nice body to hold up the great flavor profile.

Overall this is an incredible beer. It would probably make it into my top 10 list of best beers I have ever had and definitely one of the best imperial stouts I have had. I am anxious to try the other versions of the Yeti.

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp in my Darkness goblet.

A: Pours jet black with a dark tan head, nice and creamy. Amazing head retention. This one really sticks around! Very nice sticky lacing.

S: Smells amazing...espresso with some cocoa, some toffee, and a nice hop aroma as well.

T: Tastes of a nice espresso with some good bitter dark chocolate. Some vanilla and toffee flavors in there as well. The hops make their presence felt in the back, which really finishes this one off well. There is some alcohol burn in the back, which is to be expected considering this was bottled only 6 weeks ago.

M: Thick and creamy. Chewy. Proper carbonation level.

D: Solid drinkability for the style. One is enough, but puting that one down isn't very difficult. A very tasty RIS.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Great Divide Beer, and I have high expectations. Bottled April-09, and poured into a stout glass on Oct-11.

A: Pours a deep, dark opaque black. One finger of creamy brown head, which lingers for a minute before going away.

S&T: Everything you would expect from a great stout. Rich chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts. Get a little alcohol on the nose, but it's masked very well in the taste.

M&D: Incredibly smooth, with the weight you would expect from a great stout. Roasted malt aftertaste lingers and lingers... An incredibly drinkable beer, despite the high ABV.

Was not disapointed with my first Great Divide, and I can't wait to get my hands on the other varietals. A very well done RIS that I will be visiting again soon.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Gorgeous dark ebony color with chocolate 1.5 finger head that lasted for a while. Hopy aroma and tasted as such. Definitely felt the carbonation as I swirled it around my mouth. The hopiness overpowered most other favors but I did get a slight sweet oaky aftertaste. Overall a nice beer that will definitely be enjoyed by most hop lovers.

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Photo of nectar14
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Lebowski reference, Armstrongm. It inspired me to write this review... even though I had this beer two months ago.

A- Dark, dark, dark with a thin tan head. Looks thick and viscous.
S- Woah, big roasted malts, coffee, nuts, chocolate, caramel. Beautiful smells.
T- Big beer, but not unbalanced. More dark malts, coffee, and chocolate. Some bitterness in there to balance.
M- Really nice sipper, not a guzzler, obviously. Went down pretty easily for a beer this big.
D- Yummy, but not for a lightweight. Might go well with a steak.

Will look for more of this next time I'm back in CO.
Until then---
The Dude abides

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Photo of jsausley
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass.

A: Wonderful black with a rich brown-gold head. Nice lacing, very consistent liquid, thick and heavy. Gorgeous, wonderful, dark beer.

S: Thick, heavy massive malt body with huge coffee, chocolate and cinnamon on top.

T: Big roasted malt body, significant hop bite. Crisp coffee-like bitterness rises to the top after swallowing. A nice chocolate flavor on the aftertaste. Lots of deep earthy tones and spices. Very consistent, well bodied beer with a nice variety of flavors, but not complicated. Simple, but very good. Not very sweet.

M: Super smooth, some slight carbonation but a nice silky texture to the beer itself.

O: This is a very good example of an Imperial stout that makes no false claims. It's big, bold and huge on the roasted malt character. There is just enough bitterness and alcohol to clean up the malty body. It has notes of coffee and chocolate and is very well balanced, but lacks significant amounts of specialized textures and flavors that you might find in another imperial stout. It's very good, easy to drink and is consistent with its flavors throughout its temperature range. Solid A.

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Photo of MrBen
2.83/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love stouts. GIve me oatmeal, cream, imperial. I'll take 'em all.

I suppose I should appreciate what Great Divide was trying to do here, but Yeti was just lost on me. It's not every brewery that tries to make a beer that's supposed to be savory into something so bitter.

The pour was beautiful. Great color, and a head that grabbed the glass and clinged to the end. From there, the hop overload really put a damper on what could have been an awesome imperial. I just don't believe that so much dry bitterness properly complements a roasty, toasty, malty stout. The citrus profile from the hops really confused the flavor of the brew. It also sucked away the substantial, sometimes silky, mouthfeel of a true imperial. Drinkability also suffered, as the hop presence commanded the long finish that should have belonged to the malt.

Different is often good, but not this time.

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Photo of ajaxivan
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been meaning to try this, finally found it

A: Black Hole, Great look

S: Espresso, caramel, Dont notice any alcohol smell given the high abv

T: Complex, Espresso and choc. This is tasting great right now.

M: Full and bold.

D: This beer is way to drinkable for the abv. One of the best ive had and shouldve grabbed sooner,This might be one of my favorite beers ever.

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

22 oz bomber half-poured into a working glass.

Pours absolutely black; I couldn't get any light through at all. The head is reasonably thick, falls quickly and chocolatey, coffee colored brown. Leaves some interesting traces on the glass. The nose is extremely dense. Vanilla, light roast coffee, lots of malts, very heavy. The palate is equally dense and complex. Lots of roast malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty lots of alcohol warming. Bittering is very minimal. I can tell there are some hops characteristics, but I can't pick them out. Heavy mouthfeel, very minimal carbonation and an added lightness from high alcohol. Yeti follows the style of stout, but is absolutely immense, it feels big even for a sipper. Huge alcohol presence and dark, complex flavors limits this considerably.

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Photo of abar22
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass

Pours thick and black leaving a light chocolate colored head. It settled into a solid cap with quality lacing around the glass.
If you stuck this under my nose blind folded I might say this was an IPA/DIPA. Citrus hops are the first thing that hit the nose. As it warms the chocolate and coffee notes come into play. Complex and pleasant to say the least. Excellent in the smell department.
The taste is simply outstanding. Sweet chocolate hits first followed by a tasty coffee bitterness in the body. It finishes up delivering some nice citrus flavor and hop bitterness. Fantastic flavors brought together to make one of the best beers I've ever had.
Carbonation is mild just like it should be. Milky smooth mouthfeel with a great coffee/hoppy aftertaste.
Yeti is delicious but still isn't much more drinkable than any other RIS. Regardless this is an absolute beast of a beer and one of, if not, my favorite brews.

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Photo of shaunb81
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at Total Wine for on a dark beer whim.

Appearance - Pours very dark, almost black. Had a bit of a dark reddish, brown hue toward the top of the body. Only about a 1/4" light brown foam head. Light lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts right off the bat with a roasted take shortly after. Hint of toffee and caramel. I can definitely smell some earthy hops here.

Taste - Coffee, coffee, coffee. Wow. I think I found my new breakfast drink. The coffee on the front end is accompanied by a sweet, but nutty middle. It finishes with that bitterness that only only hop heads love.

Mouthfeel - Not too dense. I think the carbonation is a little much. Pretty smooth brew, though.

Overall - Decent beer. I've had some better Imperial Stouts, but it brings another dimension that I really like. If you hadn't had it yet, I suggest you get it and experience it for yourself.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the look of this one, pours from the bottle a very dark, nearly black color with about two fingers worth of dark brown fluffy head.

Smell is heavy on chocolate, malt and coffee. A little hops and alcohol can be appreciated as the beer warms a little.

Taste is crazy bitter, right along the lines of bitter baker's chocolate. It's smooth though with an end that is malty and an aftertaste that is distinctly coffee, like good coffee (think starbucks without the burnt aftertaste). There is seriously very little sweetness here, but it is a very complex taste with hops shining through here and there and dark malt making up much of the base of the flavor.

Mouthfeel does not disappoint either, with sort of a velvet creamy mouthfeel upfront that bubbles just enough to make it not feel like a syrup.

Overall this is a very drinkable imperial stout. I would say it tops my list of overall favorite dark beers. Would highly recommend to anyone with a flair for dark beer.

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Photo of FloppyDog
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick jet black with a quarter inch deep mocha head. As dark as they come.

Aroma is of chocolate, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol (but in an enjoyable way that lets you know what this beer is capable of).

Taste knocks you back with that chocolate malt sweetness coupled with a hop bite that mingles in with the alcohol quite well. Lingering chocolate on the back of the tongue for 10-20 seconds after it is swallowed.

Mouthfeel is extremely viscous...a real plus when it comes to imperial stouts.

Overall, one word: delicious!

I highly recommend trying it if you come across one!

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

Pours a pitch black oily body with a big lasting creamy chocolate head. Aroma is sweet and light roasted with some dark fruits, coffee, mocha and hints of burned toast. Really nice aroma! Really full-bodied, softly carbonated and has a fantastic creamy and oily mouthfeeling. Sweet but still quite bitter on the flavors. Oaky and there is much stronger roasted flavors then the aroma would suggest. Burned toast and some nice sweet alcohol that’s leaving a lava-like warming sensation.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Imperial stout that I have had so far!

It's beast! lights out in a cavern dark, Very thick, thin head retention, strong aroma!

Poring this beer gives you since of what your in for, there is no light coming through even the thinnest points. Bold aromas and flavor, coffee, licorice, heavy roasted malt, some caramel notes. You feel the whiplash from this one, high in alcohol but very smooth!

You will be seeing black your at least 24 hours!

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Photo of Spacedog666
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I live in Denver so I was lucky enough to get a bottle that was bottled 4 days prior to my consumption. Poured into a pint glass.
Look: Very dark with a nice dark khaki head. The head does not fade greatly over time. It went from 1 finger to a half finger. When sloshed around it is a little more watery than I would like, so I deducted .25 points (for a solid 4.75 points, this shit it is awesome).
Smell: A little bit herbal. Someone in the comments said rum-soaked raisins. 100% agree. Chocolate, charcoal or maybe smoke. Musky and awesome.
Taste: Dark. Chocolate. Coffee and some vanilla extract. YES.
Feel: A little fizzy, but not too much for a stout. Thicker than I would expect from the look of it.
Overall: Great beer. 10/10 will drink again. This has a prominent spot in my fridge.

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Photo of thetachibro
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out black with a nice brown fluffy 1in head that leaves nice lacing and has some nice retention.... Rich coffee and chocolate smells first hit me along with a slight hoppy and fruity scent...A very complex taste...Roasted malts..somewhat hoppy and of course a little bit of an alcohol punch....Very full bodied mouthfeel and definatley a sipper for me ...Bomber was the perfect size don't know if i could of had a couple more and truly enjoyed them...Still a very tasty brew

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Photo of RandyV
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark as night color with minimal head but sticky, consistent lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, wood and booze.

Taste matches the nose, with astringent coffee bitterness most prominent, although it is met head on by sweet malt character. The wood note is of a burnt (charcoal) nature. The alcohol is there, underlining and warming.

A nice offering from GDBC. For my money, Old Rasputin from North Coast still rules.

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

A: Pours a deep black with a creamy head finish. The head sticks around for a while, leaving some very nice lacing. Just a beautiful beer to see.

S: Chocolate and coffee malty goodness abound here. Also there are some floral hops that play very well off the deep malt aromas, leaving a very pleasant balanced aroma.

T: Very malty, sweet flavor, definitely caramel followed by chocolate notes. The sweetness comes in at the end to balance this beauty out. It starts deep and rich and creamy, but finishes smooth.

M: This beer leaves the tongue tingling with just a touch of carbonation. There is a little alcohol flavor there, but its not over bearing.

D: At 9.5%, it will give you a kick in the rear, but its well worth it.

I can only imagine what the Oak Aged is like in comparison to this, great beer, highly recommended.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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