Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,773 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.

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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 Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decided on this over Guiness for St. Patrick's Day drinking. Guiness is just too watered down. This does not taste watered down! (of course). Great look and silky creamy feel. Taste is very smooth for a 9.5er imperial. Taste of chocolate, malt, nut - nothing over powering but everything balanced. This is pretty damn good stuff. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Cheers!

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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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Photo of BeardedSquash
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black body topped by a frothy brown head that clumps while it slowly settles. Laces paint every inch of the glass.

S: Bright citrusy hops matched equally by dark velvety chocolate.

T: I love this beer. Aggressive hops with an attacking malty richness make for a big bitter beer that is naturally sweet at the swallow. Some roasted barley with a touch of anise in my sinuses. They've hidden the alcohol well with an array of flavors.

M: A little more lively than I expected, but not overly so. Still has that chewy malt body. Oily on the lips.

D: Definitely too much for session drinking, but one a day would make me a very, very happy man. Score big for Great Divide.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - makes samuel l jackson look like chandler bing, its so black. light cannot penetrate it at all. even the tiny amount of bubbles are dark brown. ahahaah i love it.

smell - like chocolate. even more than a chocolate stout.

taste - this beer is a beast. the first few sips were arguably the best beer ive ever tasted. intense, but certainly not in a bitter hoppy way; this is the richest, sweetest, most CHOCOLATE flavored beer ive ever put in my mouth. a tiny bit of coffee is present, smaller bit of malts, even smaller amount of hops. it tastes like biting into a hershey's dark chocolate bar. far more chocolaty than even rogues chocolate stout. surprisingly the acohol cannot be tasted.

drinkability - this is way too big a beer to have very much of. it looks smells and tastes amazing, but only in small doses. it is extremely , incredibly sweet.

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

YES i have been waiting awhile, this is an Oct 2008
A- This beer tells a dark tale, no light will ever penetrate it. The thick espresso head protects its secrets. The lacing covers the glass so as to let no one peek at this scandalous experience. The head reduces to a light thin covering with a few bubbly mtns.

S- from the instant the is bent off the bottle sweet roasted malts burst out with divine toffee licorice and a hint of alcohol.

t-:) The taste is beastly and in your face; untamed. packed with roast and toast espresso beans that do no give up with a lingering lightly sweet finish, coffee ice cream! Deep in the back is the licorice from the smell. As it warmed it gave up on me leaving only licorice around which is less pleasing.

M- a little course with a silky finish, it is big and full in the mouth with no trace of alc

D- immediately bombs the stomach after very little.

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

Served into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours heavy, jet black color no light go through, small brown head with a tiny bubbles lace that paints the side of the glass.

S: As it says in the bottle toffee and caramel it's present (but for me the caramel its more apparent), got some notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, malt, wood and some vanilla, overall an smokey smell.

T: Almost the same flavors as you can catch with your nose, feels a little bit dry in the mouth, leaves a coffee bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very complex and delicious beer that I would have again, it's my third review of great divide Yetis and all of them share the same traits but the coffeness (if you can say that way) it whats differentiates them.

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Photo of gautch726
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Never before have I looked at a beer poured in my glass that I wanted to drink so badly based on look alone. It's dark and inviting with a thick, frothy head. You cannot see light through this. It's excellent.

The taste hits you sweetly then fades into bitterness. The one detractor I have from it is that it lingers on the tongue as a bitter tang for too long. Excellent flavor overall. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Graham21
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is black and head is very nice two finger head. coats the glass like a snow flake. It's rich like butter!!! It definitely has a buttery oily taste to it. It has undertones of caramel and chocolate. Tastes like freshly cooked greasy choclotate chip cookies. Also a bit of fruits and a deep burnt malt flavor, along with some hops, and fruits.

Too rich to have more than one, this beer is thick and coats the throat well. Leaves a bit of alcoholic taste. Nice imperial stout made wery well for tasting, but def. not a session beer.

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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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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,371 ratings.
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