Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

5,439 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.

Added by cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of KeefD
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from tasting notes:

Dark brown, ruby edges

Aroma: Boozy, hard to pick up other aromas around booze, light roastiness

Taste: Bitter roasted malts, huge hop presence, more bitter from roasted barley than hops, chocolate, strong alcohol

MF: Hot heat alcohol, medium to full bodied

Too much booziness in this one really keeps the flavor profile and dirnkability down. Tastes better as it warms.

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Photo of Patlee3324
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Rborre321
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Griphon
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of k47k
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bustersuess
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Benesi88
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of BMoney575
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8-13-07

Pours a super-thick pitch black, with a foamy tan head that coats the glass.

Smell is sweet roasted malt, with bits of anise, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is big roastiness, with a surprising hop bitterness balance. The flavor is complex, lots of chocolate of tons of coffee in the finish. A little alcohol is there, if you look for it.

Mouthfeel is perfect, thick and creamy.

Drinkability is good, but it's a big, big beer.

Overall, a great example of an RIS. Big in almost every way, but with balance. Recommended.

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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 alamode
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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

poured into my crystal mug, the beer is a black color with a finger high, creamy brown head building. it sticks around and leaves nice lacing.
Smelling the beer. coffee, dark chocolate and hops, as well as roasted malts are in balance.
Tasting this beer, the flavors were according to the smell. Up front you have your roasted malt, mixed with caramel and toffee. Then the coffee notes start to come in, and a selective hop finishes the beer.
A great contender in the Imperial Stout race.

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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 OleDixie
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.41/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 dtm426
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,439 ratings.
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