Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout
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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:
1,779
Ratings:
5,388
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle w/o any freshness indication. Pours jet black, with a dark tan head, and leaving fine, longlasting and scattered lacing. Nose is all about rum soaked raisins, honey rolls and hazelnut-vanilla coffee. Rich, bold, flavorfull brew, loaded with notes of rum, coffee, maple etc, etc. Top quality sipper. 9.5% hid expertly. Wish I had bought two bottles!

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Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan head. Lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of rich chocolate. Roasted coffee notes. Dark maltiness abounds. Caramel/toffee. Gentle smokiness in the back.

The taste is of rich chocolate/dark malts. Caramel and toffee emerge as it progresses, as does a suggestion of wood. As it progresses, the ashy smokiness becomes very noticeable, almost too much so. Balancing breadiness and citrus mixing with the dark maltiness give it a bittersweet finish. Spicy, warming alcohol creeps in.

Full-bodied, rich and creamy.

Richness and alcohol make this one a very slow sipper, but an enjoyable one. I had the oak-aged version a few months ago. I remember it being a bit better, but it would be interesting to compare them head-to-head.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought it was springtime, here in early March, but, look outside at all the falling snow, andI think it's time to escape into a comforting bottle of Imperial Stout!
Appearance: solid black color, dark as the Devil's skidmark's, with a lush, bubbly roasted, dark tan head...beautiful, can't wait to lift it to my lips, ah, but first, to smell...
Aroma: bittersweet espresso, rich cocoa, creamy, delicious, toasty, tasty, with further sensations of anise, molasses, dark rum, just lingering in association.
Taste: Ah! That's what I like! Full-on flavor, thick mouthfeel, rich, tasty, coating the entire palate with this dark delight, a chocolatey paradise in the mouth.
Not too heavy, either, not too overwhelming, not too dominated by alcohol, though it does slowly make it's presence felt, this is an exceptionally drinkable IS, almost surprisingly so. Even at 9.9%, it's not knocking me over the head with booze, not even halfway into this bomber, the integration is so perfect, it seems. Flavor never ends, and stews on the palate for nearly an eternity, for as long as it takes to enjoy this beer, which might be forever.
Were I a Coloradan, I'd stock up severely on this brew, and as I'm not, I can only lay back and enjoy it just this once!
Like a blissfully bewitching Butterfingers in the mouth, this one, and not about to overtake any in my Pantheon of Imperial Stouts, it admirably takes up the rear!
Vast, ne'er ending thanks to prAna!

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

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed vase, the beer is a jet black coloring, oil-like. Dark tan head, clingy all over the glass, with a great lacing left behind as you drink. Nose of roasted grains, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, bitter coffee, booze, and molasses. Great aromas! Flavors are huge, with cocoa nibs, coffee, and booze all over the palate, with earthy highlights. Rich, heavy, velvety body, with a bitter, smoked, roasted aftertaste. The finish is bitter and smooth, with enough linger to remind you what you're missing in between sips. Fantastic!

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

This is obviously an older bottle, as it has the old colorful mountain logo instead of the new drab brown one. Served in my Red Hook pint class.

A - Three fingers of late-rising dark mocha-brown foam that dissipates very, very slowly. Glass-coating lacing. Black. No light gets through this bad boy. Looks kind of evil actually...

S - Roasted malts, rum-soaked dark fruits, brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate. Big smell, and superbly hidden alcohol. This bottle seems to be older, as the hoppiness is quite subdued, with only light floral notes peaking through.

T - Taste has a little more roasty bitterness and a touch of coffee. There's significantly less of the dark fruit sweetness. The finish is mostly burnt sugar and leaves an aftertaste that I don't care for all that much. Again, a touch of floral hoppiness peaks out just before the finish. A solid but somewhat unsophisticated RIS.

M - Very soft texture, big body that supports the ABV well. Lower carbonation and tons of residual stickiness. It's pretty much everything an RIS should have.

D - I'd be afraid to drink a bomber of this by myself - thankfully my wife is helping me tonight. The taste is good, but not complex enough to warrant consuming 22oz. Alcohol is well hidden, and only a slight warming hints to the mounting intoxication. The thick body makes it slow going, but thankfully it goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin mocha head on a dark brown/black beer. Low head retnetion, spotty lacing.

S- Whiffs of sweet chocolate.

T- Deep chocolate notes with some coffee thrown in. Booziness suggest near 10%abv.

M- One the thicker side for a mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D-O- Perhaps the best widely-available imperial stout, at least around these parts. Has everything you'd look for...chocolate, coffee, roastiness. Thanks coylefoto.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

03/28/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Purchased in early 2006.

Appearance- Super black in color with a nice chocolate malted powder colored head. Probably a good 3/4 inch at the pour. A nice 1/8 inch remains. Lacing is about average...spotty.

Smell- Mostly some deep roasted chocolate malts with a whiff of coffee grounds. A bit of a hop bite as well.

Taste- Has a cigarette ash flavor the same as the Founders Bourbon Stout I just had. It lasts for a few seconds and then the coffee and chocolate roasted malts take over. A very nice hop bitterness is present as well. Great overall flavor combinations. Alcohol is present, but melds well with the beer.

Mouthfeel- One of the more creamy imperial stouts I have had. Lower carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Right up there with my favorite stouts (Stone and Alesmith). Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About time I reviewed the base beer for all of those exciting spinoffs that everyone is creaming about.

Beer is black and forms an irresponsibly large head of brown bubbles, small that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It looks fine.

Aroma is sweet with alcohol and some coffee / roasted notes. Smells fine.

Medium to full body, slightly hot strong roast in the back. There is no aftertaste but the roasted malt flavors linger for a while on the palate. I don't feel the rarity in this beer like I felt in the barrel aged version but I may like this one better. Don't believe the hype. I prefer this to the other versions by a lot.

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Photo of aasher
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an oily midnight black with a ever so light dark, dark khaki head that quickly dissipates and laces the glass. It smells of sweet milk chocolate and dark roasted malts. It tastes very sweet. The flavors include milk chocolate, light coffee, possibly some oak and some vanilla. It is a little too sweet for my liking. The mouthfeel is the best aspect. Like a lot of Great Divide's beers, this one has a thick, soapy mouthfeel to it that coats the mouth. It goes down smoothly but is just too sweet to drink multiples of at once. Solid beer, not great.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark, opaque brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin brown head with good retention and light lacing. Good Russian imperial stout aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, dark dried fruit and a hint of coffee. Flavor follows aroma, with well integrated dark toasted malt, chocolate and light brown sugar and dark dried fruit. Finishes with toasted malt and a perfect hop kick. Medium bodied with creaminess. A very nicely integrated, flavorfull RIS that has been a long time favorite. I was surprised to see that I had never reviewed this before. A standby, favorite stout.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Why has it taken me so long to review this beer?! It's always been one of my favorites and the recent incarnation in my glass is as good as ever.

A: Near pitch black with just the slightest bit of light making its way through. Creamy, cocoa-like light brown head. Nice mix of large an ultra small bubbles. Great carbonation.

S: Ahhh!! Love the smell of this beer. Light chocolate, cocoa, Ovaltine, some bright citrusy/piney hops.

T: Exceptional! Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, malted milk balls, muscavado sugar, stewed prunes, hops are less pronounced then in the smell, but still a grassy pine taste can be found in the glorious aftertaste.

M: So damn creamy and cocoa-like (I know I've used cocoa four times in this review, but hey, a spades a spade!) Solid viscosity but not too thick - exemplary for an imperial stout.

D: I love this beer, but it can become too much after 15 ounces or so.

Overall a great beer and one of the many reasons why Great Divide is such a solid brewery.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark, deep black, with a one inch mocha colored head, and a small amount of lacing.

This one smells like dark chocolate, bitter piney hops, some coffee beans, and roasted malt.

This one of the more perfect straight up stouts that I've had. It's got a fairly intense hop character, for an Imperial stout, quite bitter, burnt pine, with some roasted malt, dark chocolate powder, and roasted coffee. Just all flavors in perfect unision here.

This one is really thick and creamy, quite full and smooth, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Although all the variants of Yeti are quite nice, the OG is still one of the best stouts on the market.

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Photo of Gavage
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a thick tan colored head. The head lasted quite a while.

Smell: tons of chocolate and roasted malts, with some bitterness lingering in the background.

Taste: thick roasted malts, strong chocolate, mild coffee, pepper, alcohol, and a strong bitterness. Wonderfully balanced and mouth watering.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start and finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted flavors and chocolates.

Drinkability: nice drinkability, more than one bottle can be enjoyed in an evening. Must buy this one.

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

22oz bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a deep dark brown with maroon highlights with a finger of head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass. I got roasted malts and chocolate aromas with hints of coffee and faint hop notes. Up front the taste was chocolaty with a roasted malts and a nice hop bite that had coffee and earthy woody accents. The beer was full bodied with a low amount of carbonation that had a silky slight sweet but bitter finish. Pretty decent RIS from great divide that drank quite well. I would definitely want to try out the other variations of this brew.

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

A - Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice dark tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, and toffee.

T - The taste is kinda sweet and bitter, with a nice toffee flavor.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an exceptional RIS from GD.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back to back to Old Rasputin and the czar is a touch better. I'm first hit by a clean grainy, pale malts aroma back up by cocoa. Definitely less bitterness and smoother than OR, but that's not necessarily good or bad. There a little citrus rind from hops hidden in the back. Flavor grows as the beer warms, but like OR I never found a fantastic complexity. It drinks smooth for the strength, but it's still thick and a bit tough to finish.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass. Very dark, like a Guinness but with a darker and 'gooey' head. Looks like a Yeti.
Smell of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Had a bit dark fruit. Raisin, molasses.
Tastes of chocolate and coffee dominate. Roasted malt and toasted biscuit. black plum, some raisin, black strap leather. Goodness
Easy drinking once you get used to it. Looks thicker than it tastes, drink at cellar temp.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side-by-side with the Oak Aged Yeti.

Bottled on date: December 21/09

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Dark brown/black in colour with a small amount of espresso coloured head.

S - Chocolate with some coffee and sweet molasses and licorice in the background. A nice, complex nose.

T - The nose is reversed in the taste: heavy coffee flavour with some chocolate. No discernible alcohol taste. Some sweet molasses and bitter hops in the background.

M - medium body, some carbonation.

D - A very good RIS. The hops become more prevalent as I continue to drink this & it is a little hoppier than I like for a RIS, but otherwise an excellent beer.

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

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich black malt scent that boasts of patent, chocolate, and roasted malts. It is dry and sweet with some toffee notes. The taste is great. It has a dry and bitter black malt flavor that is thick and rich. It goes down smooth and finishes warm. It has a nice hop balance. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's full of flavor; a thing of beauty.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The long awaited arrival of Great Divide has finally hit Southern California. That's cool. And right here I've got a Yeti. Food pairing: NY steak, Bleu de Basque, vanilla cheesecake, artisan chocolate. Are Lindt milk chocolate truffles an artisan chocolate, because that's what I have. So on to the beer:

As black as obsidian, dark tanned head with good lacing and fine retention. There's something beautiful in the nose, because I am falling for it. There's blackstrap molasses, roasted coffee, licorice, little bits of fruitiness <smiles>.

This is a tasty guy. Modests amounts of hoppiness pop out of the strong base flavor of roasted coffee beans. A little smokiness that is provided proves pleasant. Alcohol doesn't show up to play on the palate. This is a well structured stout, and a bite of the truffle makes the pairing a success. It's on the heavy side in feel, though not super thick and gloppy. The glass is emptying faster and faster, which is a good sign in this case.

I've had other Great Divide beers before, and ons I've tried are good quality. Chalk Yeti in there too. In fact, I prefer this regular version over the oak aged variety (heresy!). Welcome to Cali, Yeti.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/4/09 and consumed 3/4/10.

Pours black with a brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, rum and dark fruit. The flavor is roasted/burnt malt with chocolate. There is a nice amount of hop bitterness at the end. The aftertaste is highly roasted almost burnt malt. Thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Divide : Yeti

LOOK: Pours a dark brown color with a deep tan head. This beer is ominous looking, in a good way. Leaves some lace on the glass. Totally opaque, there is no light getting through the Yeti.

SMELL: The aroma really gets better after it warms slightly. Chocolate, coffee and deeply roasted malts make for a pretty good nose.

TASTE: Outstandingly malty and actually quite bitter. Some chocolate malt flavor, with a good helping of hoppy acidity and subtle pine flavor. Coffee notes are in the finish. The alcohol has mild spicyness, but far from omnipresent. Halfway through the draft I can sense the Yeti has great strength.

FEEL: Full bodied but quite smooth. Chewy malt flavor does not want to let go.

OVERALL: The base beer for many Yeti spinoff brews from this brewer, there's just something about this beer that screams "Age me in Bourbon barrels". Still quite nice, a fine beer in its own right actually.

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Photo of dar482
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was bottled on July 30, 2012. It’s been sitting around for 10 months.

The beer is a wonderful pitch black with a light tan head

The aroma has a bit of dark fruit, which is different for a stout. Then there’s big roast, chocolate, a bit of caramel sweetness, burnt sugar. There’s a bit of booze in there too, despite the aging.

The flavor follows with the roast and bitter chocolate.

However, the finish has this strange flavor behind it. It’s a huge amount of bitterness, but instead of grapefruit bitterness like IPAs, it’s a chalkiness. My friend related it to licking an envelope. The bitterness and strange metallic flavor really stands out instead of the smoothness. Sitting at 75 IBUs, this is quite bitter as the sweet malt does not counterbalance it much.

I’ve had the Oak Aged, Chocolate OA, and Espresso OA Yetis. This isn’t far from it. For me, Oak Aged and Chocolate hid that strange bitterness on the end much better than this or Espresso. The bitterness stands out in this and sort of messes up the beer for me. Not my kind of beer. It’s not poorly made, but not really for me.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night, absolutely opaque. It has a thick pancake head that is tan and disappears pretty quickly but leaves great lacing. The smell is of rum soaked raisins, dark chocolate, prunes, licorice, port wine and a finish of cocoa. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but its more in the nose than the taste. The taste is wonderful. A perfect blend of roasty flavors, creamy mouthfeel, and chocolate and dark fruit with brandyish overtones. Wonderful flavors very well balanced, and with a big finish. Big but smooth and creamy mouthfeel. For the high abv and big flavors,its still quite drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one and a half finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet malt with hints of raisins and prunes. A subtle smokiness as well.

The taste consisted of clean malts with raisin and dark fruit flavor elements. There was a very nice toasted grain toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was full and very chewy.

Overall a very good and suprisingly clean RIS. Very drinkable.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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