Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 AlesRTasty
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh baby, this brew pours like oil. Dark, dark brown with a brown chocolate foamy head. It's got a nose like a cafe mocha, rich dark toffee chocolate aromas. Very very inviting. Fantastic taste, this brew is all roast. Follows up with a nice chocolatey after taste. The mouthfeel has slight carbonation with a strong alcoholic tone. Smooth and delicious, highly recommended.

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Photo of BamaViper1
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. April 2010 vintage.

This beer pours a dark brown into the glass forming an inch thick mocha-colored head. The lacing from this beer is gorgeous.

The Yeti has aromas of oats and chocolate with hints of coffee/espresso.

Immediately, a burned coffee takes over the tongue. This fades as bitter dark chocolate and malt come into play. The finish is bitter but hardy, consisting of roasted malt and bitter chocolate.

This is a full bodied beer with just the right amount if carbonation (ie not too much). The finish leaves almost a tiny bit of an oily film which only allows the tastes of the finish to linger for forever.

Although I prefer the oak-aged Yeti, I do enjoy this stout quite a lot. Upon first taste, the beer is very hardy, but as you drink it becomes excessively palatable. I could definitely drink a couple of pints of this beer, even with it being a year old.

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

THis is a fine example of an imperial stout.I may not be an expert but this is a full bodied and aromatic imperial stout. Appearance is very undoubtley black with dark tan head.Smell has fine dark sugary esspresso smoky mocha aroma. Taste has a sweetly bitter smoked feel with strong taste and bold imperial alcohol content to give you that warm feeling about half way through a pint. Overall I could be gratefuly yeti to enjoy another one.

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

Jet black with a gorgeous milky coffee colored head with good retention. Heavy lacing on the glass. Chocolate and coffee nose with hints of vanilla ice cream. Big coffee taste upfront with chocolate and a very sweet malt taste. Alcohol is faint but present. If you don't taste it, you'll definitely feel it 22 ounces later. Wonderful feel that's smooth and very creamy. Almost orgasmic. Very dry roasted malt tasting finish. This is a great beer. Thank you Beer Gods.

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Photo of Ben4881
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Brewing Co.

The Yeti pours thick and black as motor oil. One of the darkest I have seen, not even a suggestion of light could get through this beer. The head is about an inch and I wouldn't call it tan. This head is coffee with cream brown, on par with the darkness below it. However, it fades quickly leaving very thick lace in some parts of the glass, but not all. As the glass drains, the lace loosens up a bit, but remains semi-spotty.

I was expecting roasted coffee, chocolate, nuts, or a combination of sorts. However, the overwhelming scent is hops and alcohol. Faint notes of something roasty and toasty linger in the backdrop. As I pull my nose away, I sense something sweeter like caramel. But, up front, its all oily hops.

After the smell, I am a bit apprehensive, but still intrigued. First contact is quite soft and subtle. Surprisingly, there is not a whole lot of flavor going on up front. However, once the sip slides past the tongue, hello dry hop bitterness. As advertised in the smell, a strong lingering hop flavored aftertaste fades rapidly to faint alcohol to match the warm feeling swilling in the stomach.

A mouthful feels stagnant and thick, as I envisioned from the blackness of its appearance. There is very little carbonation. Some carbonation is detectable, but does not attack the tongue. The mouthful seems heavier without feeling thicker. I prefer a little livelier feel to relieve the stockiness.

The dry bitter hop aftertaste is its strong point. This imperial stout may make for a decent capper to reawaken the nasal passages. However, I don't see myself indulging in another right away.

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Photo of slk22
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like motor oil. Completely opaque having a brown medium size head and extensive lacing that is unwilling to let go of the glass.

S - Aroma is a nice balance of coffee beans and roasted malt with a hint of caramel and chocolate. Very inviting.

T - Initially hit by robust espresso and roasted malt flavors, which are then followed by sweetness in the form of malt and caramel. Bitterness from the strong hop presence comes though in the finish along with lingering coffee notes and a bit of alcohol. Well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and smooth. Moderate carbonation was noticeably present. A bit more than I expected for this style.

D - A delicious beer, but its heavy nature and high ABV would prevent me from having several.

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Photo of YumYumGumGum
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: one and half fingers of very dark brown head. Opaque body and maximum lacing. The dark brown head is very even and fluffy not oily like some dry coffeed beers. Poured in bar glass.

S: raw coffee smell dominates other components, and notes of burnt roasts, maybe chocolate or nuts.

T: strong coffee imperial flavors, lots of burnt malts. Chocolate is nice, didnt taste the nuts in the scent.

M: great level of carbonation. Very fulll body which is what i look for in an imperial. I like more wholesome beer and this a great show of a super grain imperial dark black stout. Almost plead the 5th quality in mouth feel.

O: in a store 15$ for a 4pk. Not worth the money considering beers that i compare it to, like plead the 5th are only 13$. Not worth the money but definately a well made imperial centering around coffee worth trying. I cant wait to try and review the 22 of the expresso version but wont be buying another half case.

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

I enjoyed a bomber of this brew.

A- Jet black color with a 3+ brown head that was retained for a good long time.

S-Sweet dark malts and chocolate with undertones of licorice and carmel. Very appealing!

T- Well balanced sweet malty flavor with a mixture of chocolate, molasses, coffee, carmel, toffee, locorice, and alcohol. There was also a subtle hoppy taste.

M-heavy but very smooth and warm.

D-Very drinkable imperial stout that has amazing aroma and a balanced flavor.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. The date on the bottle is January 22, 2010 making it just short of a full-term baby.

A: This beer is totally opaque, the color of black coffee, with about a finger beautiful caramel-colored head. The foam dispersed fairly quickly, but left some nice lacing.

S: Coffee and dark chocolate malt aromas, with a hint of bourbon/alcohol.

T: Roasted malt and coffee with the almost-bitter punch of really good dark chocolate. It gets smoother and sweeter as it warms, and virtually no alcohol for such a high ABV

M: Smooth and creamy, and it just keeps getting better as you go.

D: This is definitely a slow-sipping brew, and the longer you spend with it the better the payoff. I wouldn't think of pairing this stout with a dessert: it IS a dessert.

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Photo of TwinButte
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had many Great Divide brews yet so I have to beg steal and borrow to drink any!

Poured into a snifter with a thin brown head. Smells of cocoa and coffee. Can't wait to take a sip! Oh boy this one is smooth on the mouth and has a slight bitterness in the back but really easy to drink. Leaves a lingering espresso type taste long after each drink unlike other RIS I have drank. I like that. It's different but I really like this one. Can't wait to try the Oak Aged bomber that I picked up at the same time.


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

Beer pours very dark, relatively thick, beautiful thick cocoa colored head. Beer itself is jet black, with the barest hints of ruby at the edges when held to light. Smell is dark, velvety. Cocoa, coffee, toffee, some hop bitterness. Taste is very similar to smell. Rich, luscious flavor, like cold cocoa with coffee beans and dark toffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth and luxurious. Again, the word that comes to mind most thinking about his beer is "velvety". Drinkability is good, though it goes down smooth enough that the relatively high ABV (9.5) can sneak up on you. I certainly don't think I could drink this all night (though there aren't many beers that I could), but putting this bomber away will be no problem. Very nice beer.

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

Nice nice color, they way an imperial stout should be, dark deep, petroleum like. Nice head, misty brown, you can quickly feel the very nice sweet and burned aroma. The taste is great, the burnt flavors are quite strong but balanced perfectly by the sweetness of the malt. Very nice beer, its going to my favorites list.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Schwab
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I came across this bottle at a fairly unsual local place. Originally, I was more attracted by the bottle and label than by the beer itself. Until pouring it into a glass, I still thought this is an IPA (did NOT pay attention by any means!).

Pour was very nice, choclatty smell went through the kitchen right away. The look was just awesome and the decent carbonation left a nice little head. About average for a (imperial) stout.

The mouthfeel is great, taste is very smooth and it goes down just smooth. The beer is balanced very nicely and was a great roasty aroma.

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Photo of aandresen
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pours very dark, a nice two finger mocha head. Dissipates quick with good lacing.

S: Dark bitter chocolate, coffee, roasty aroma.

T: Lots of chocolate and roastiness. Coffee and roasted malts throughout the rest of the mouth. There are plenty of hops but mostly balance out all those delicious malts. Don't taste a lot of alcohol which is good and bad.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation, perfect for me.

O: My favorite available RIS. Love the roastiness and dark chocolate.

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Photo of reg1214
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, opaque brownish black with a dark mocha head that lingers. Strong chocolaty aroma. Malty yet bitter taste with notes of chocolate. Not much boozy taste for 9.5%. Smooth feel. Residual bitter aftertaste. Overall a great imperial stout.

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Photo of kbm
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense black with a moderate and nice tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: Great coffee is about all I smell on the first whiff. Followed up with coco and little bit of booze.

Taste: The initial taste is great. Lots of bitter coffee, cinnamon and coco. Unfortunately, I'm getting a weird saccharin/coffee breath after taste that is a little bit of turn off.

Mouthfeel: Good mouth feel with prickily carbonation. Not at all viscous or syrupy.

Drinkability: Definitely a more drinkable imperial stout.

This is the second bottle I 've had in a week. Both times I was turned off by the after taste. All other aspects of the beer are great.

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

Third sampling of this one. Bottle's probably had 2 months in the cellar.

Poured into a B. B. Bürgerbräu 500ml pintish-type glass. Let it sit for a while to marvel at the 1"+ head that settled to about 1/4" after 3 minutes. Cocoa sweetnes can be smelled several inchess off the glass, although the bubbles have pretty much stopped popping at this point. No clarity whatsoever when held to light. Nom nom nom.

This is one of those beers I like to serve cold and sip over an hour or so. It tastes like coffee ice cream with black chocolate syrup. No chalkiness in the mouthfeel, and a very nice cocoa bitterness on the sides of the tongue that can be easily avoided for some sweeter relief for those of you who can't tolerate it. It will punch your taste buds full of bitter maltiness as it warms, so be carefull.

Part of me wishes they brewed this in 12 ounce bottles because, without sharing it, the 22 ounces can be just a little too much of a good thing.

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - jet black brown with creamy head, the little that there is, and a reddish/copperish hue near the edges (thanks to a previous review for this description). the head kinda has this same color.

s - soil, faint cocoa, a bit of coffee. slightly smokey.

t - yeah, a lot better tasting than smelling. way more chocolate at first, then finishing to more coffee. still a little bitter like dirt.. but its more acceptably earthy than nasty. pretty strong coffee bean aftertaste. hmm and something else i cant put my finger on. almost a little metallic/rusty tasting?

m - more carbonation than expected. nice though kinda brings all the nicer, sweeter flavors forward a lot quicker. pretty damn smooth and creamy.

o - yeah ill buy it again. id much rather go with the oak aged or espresso oak aged but what are you gonna do when you dont have those extra couple of bucks to your name? nice one.

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

Poured from 750ml to snifter.

Appearance - Poured black and syrupy thick. Bringing it to the light shows it to be espresso colored - cloudy and extremely dark brown. Finger of coffee colored head that dissipated quickly, but had glistening lacing that clung beautifully. Top notch - only thing missing was a pancake head.

Smell - Roasted mocha latte - blend of bitter and sweet. Slight molasses.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Started drinking this way too cold. Hops were overpowering the rest of the flavor... Excellent sweet roasted chocolate malts served with bitter coffee and a dollop of caramel to further counter the bitterness of the hops that overtook me from the start. A hint of vanilla. Once warmed, the real flavors came through and the hops took a back seat. Hops were mildly citrusy and finished dry, but left a bitter aftertaste. Smooth to start, bitter to finish. Prevalent alcohol - warms mouth and throat - not face numbing. Heavy. Lightly carbonated. Sticky on my lips. Sticky drops drying around the edges of the glass. Heavy like a truck.

Overall - Excellent stout - rich and complex. Bitter hop aftertaste that hung around is the only aspect I wasn't too fond of, but that is a characteristic that some enjoy.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, creamy and thick. I was expecting a much stronger beer by the look and feel, but was pleasantly surprised by how rich, yet smooth Yeti is. I've actually never heard of this beer until I seen it today. So then I looked it up on my beeradvocate app and seen it was rated fairly high, so thought I'd give it a try. The high rating is spot on. Great beer.

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

A: Thick, 2.5 finger head, dark caramel color. Head diminishes to about one finger but sticks around for quite a white, moderate lacing. Pours a very dark brown.

S: Smells like dark caramel. Slight coffee/espresso scent in the back of the nose as well. Fair amount of malted barley coming through, although there actually seems to be a bit of hops coming through.

T: Flavor matches the smell quite well. Caramel malts are strong but not overpowering, and well balanced with slight hoppiness. There is a nice sweetness and mild espresso flavor on the finish. Delicious.

M: Great smoothness, moderate carbonation doesn't hurt flavor, but adds to the experience.

D: Very drinkable stout. One bottle per person might last a little while, but split between two people may not be enough unless this is a dessert beer.

Fantastic! Definitely recommend this for Imperial Stout-lovers

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Photo of thatsfine
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date of May 11, 2010.

Nice black appearance and a thick brown head that leaves nice lacing. A good looking stout.

Smells very roasty, chocolately, and somewhat sweet.

All of the above smells are prevalent in the taste, but there are a ton of hops in this stout. Both taste and bittering hops. I love hops, so this was good for me. However, I don't like as many hops in my stouts as other brews.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel but nothing special.

I split a bomber and that was enough for me. I would buy more of this, but if I want a hoppy stout I will buy Old Rasputin, which is a bargain and more reliable. I will buy a couple more bottles to age for a couple years, which I think will do this brew well.

I also have had the oaked version of this brew and prefer it to the original. It is more smooth. I have nothing against this brew at all. In fact, it is great but I prefer others.

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

This beer pours as dark as a moonless night. No light visible through the pint glass. A nice deep leathery almost orange colored head forms and falls back into the brew.

Smell is of roasted malts and a bit of alcohol comes through.

Taste is again a nice heavy roasty one. Bitter upfront and the malts come in quickly to the rescue of the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is a little more carbonation than I would like but does not take away any greatness of the Yeti!

This is one great representation of the style. To be enjoyed over and over just like the tale of the Yeti.

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

On Tap into a tall ale glass.
A-Thick chocolate brown stout with a scant head of tan foam that hung onto the edge of the glass all the way down. Amazingly thick.

S-Roasted coffee, chocolate, fresh baked bread

T-Wow. More like an after dinner drink than a beer. Chocolate (I know I've used it before) with a very slight hint of bitter. My wife who doesn't like "beer" drank half of my glass.

M-Syrupy, thick with just alittle carbonation. If a beer could be called chewy, this is it.

D-Depends upon where you are and the time of year. I will wait to go back for this one until the winter or the restaurant starts serving Irish Stew.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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