Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 623
Gots: 181 | FT: 6
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 10-08-2008

This unique version of Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for at least nine months in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels.
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Ratings: 580 | Reviews: 193
Photo of pisano
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

not bad but definitely some oxidation/possible infection going on

Photo of jellikit
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
Appearance: black. Thin, tan head. Nice lacing.
Smell: chocolate. Raisin.
Taste: chocolate. Figs. Raisin. Slight oak. Alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big body. Sweet-ish.
Overall: tasty. Balanced well. Not too oaky. Will definitely buy again.

Photo of ldhughes3
3.24/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Looked great, had the mouthfeel of a Yeti, but sadly it was infected

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes easily noticeable. Taste is also dominated by woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon with light warming alcohol. Black chocolates notes with subtle roasted malt are also discernable. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and some warming alcohol notes are also perceptible. Truly a world-class beer that I wouldn’t mind having again.

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yes, this is the barrel aged variant. Not the oak aged.

BOTTLE: 2011 vintage. 750ml brown glass with a foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap. Cost was $29.00. Bottle #1687. 10.7% ABV.

Expectations are high given this beer's reputation, and the fact that it's currently #14 on the Top 50 Colorado list. Served cold into a stem-tulip. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Dark tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is horrible - maybe 30 seconds at best. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid ink-black. No light penetrates. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly-carbonated. Not unique or special for an imperial stout, but it looks good for the style. A fuller longer lasting creamier head would be nice, but they've got the darkness of head colour dialed in nicely.

AROMA: Grape, dark malts, chocolate malts, plum, and prune. I struggle to find any oak - or subsidiary vanilla or whiskey spiciness - but can't. It seems with three years of age the barrel has disappeared - at least in the aroma. It's sweet, with the grape dominating.

A pleasant aroma of average strength.

No yeast character or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Dominant grape. Subsidiary plum and prune. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Raisin.

Any barrel character is extremely reticent. I wouldn't know this was barrel aged if I tried it blind. No oak, vanilla, whiskey spiciness, or barrel sugars. No marshmallow. Not even any char or burnt characteristics. Where's that Stranahan's character I know and love?

There's no coffee, no rich chocolate, no vanilla bean...this is a boring flavour profile for an imperial stout. It just doesn't bring much complexity/intricacy, nuance, or subtlety to the table, and in this style you've got to. Depth of flavour is merely average. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

I rarely cry infection, but the tartness in the third act and the unexpected grape notes make me think it's a distinct possibility. Blakelive784 notes an accompanying lactic acid presence which I second.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, creamy, full-bodied, thick, and syrupy without coming off too viscous or overbearing. Carbonation is apt. It could be softer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Unfortunately, it's slightly astringent, and right on the finish it's unnaturally dry and coarse, lending it an off-putting arid presence on the palate, extinguishing the joy of the beer.

OVERALL: Drinkable for its high ABV - which is barely noticeable. But as a Colorado boy, having heard about how this was the best of the Yetis for years, and seeing it always in a high position on the leaderboards, I expected an imperial stout with at least a great whiskey barrel presence, but this doesn't have even that. Maybe it's just the three years of age, but I'd almost say the Oak Aged Yeti evokes more of a barrel character. In spite of the grapey infection, I am enjoying it for what it is, but there's no way I'd pay the abominable price of $29.99 USD for this again. I'm reserving judgement and would like to try it without the infection, but I'm forced to rate as-is. That said, I think it's a testament to the quality of the beer that even with noticeable infection it still earns a B from me.

Serve cold; the obnoxious dryness on the finish grows more noticeable as it comes to temperature.

Low B

Photo of Dsimenson
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in an 8 oz goblet. Not much head, but it has an incredibly deep dark brown-black color that no light can penetrate. Nice mild to moderate lacing. The aroma is out of this world, it reach up through your sinuses and grabs your brain by the hippocampus--coffee, molasses, a bit of plums. The flavor is deep, dark, and complex--coffee, chocolate, molasses, grapefruit, and a smokey sweetness that hovers on your palate. Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, amazing. This is an outstanding imperial stout. My previous gold standard was Old Rasputin, but this one, though different, is just as magnificent!

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Churchill's "Night of the Yeti" during SDBW. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours black with few bubbles around the rim and no lace.

N: Sweetish whiskey booze is evident. Like a chocolate brownie soaked in whiskey.

T: Mildly sweet, vanilla present with some oaky notes and dark chocolate, grainy/malty.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Slick and oily roasted finish.

O: Aside from the low carbonation, this was very enjoyable.

Photo of angelmonster
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This review is of the 2009 vintage

Pours a pitch black body with a one finger mocha head. Head retention and lacing were average at best.

Smell is an amazing mixture of sweet whisky, brownie a la mode, vanilla, burnt malts, and chocolate syrup. Similar to aromas found in Southern Tiers Choklat but heavier on alcohol.

Taste is still hot and big on booze, with some fudge, charred malts, and a bit of bitterness. I like strong beers but this one lacks some balance to round it out. Wish it tasted like it smelled.

Mouthfeel is full and aggressively carbonated. Body was somewhat oily/syrupy. Head died rather quickly which was disappointing.

Overall this beer was good but pretty pricey. I figured after letting it age for 4 years it would be smoother but it still has quite a bite. I love all the yetis but I'd have to say this was prolly my least favorite along with Belgian yeti

Photo of dcloeren
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. This was the only bottle out of 5 that I have tried that was not infected...

Pours a midnight black (like all yeti's) with 2 fingers of mocha head. Great head retention.

The aroma is outstanding. Fudge and bourbon are absolutely encapsulated with the oakiness from the barrels. Booze is bursting from my glass and it makes me all kinds of excited.

The taste follows the nose to the T. Bourbon soaked fudge brownies with vanilla icing drizzled on top! Outstanding barrel presence. Really just top notch!

Thick, viscous as hell, velvety smooth and chewy. Just shoot me in the face this has the best mouthfeel imaginable for a beer this big!

One of the best stouts I have ever had, hand down. Just mother fucking amazing!

Photo of portia99
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle (2011 vintage - bottle #2542) poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Supposed to be infected, but we will see.

A - Pours thick and syrupy with a pitch black color and a short finger of a deep, milk chocolatey brown head. A bit fizzy and the head dies quickly leaving a thick ring around the glass...first signs of infection?

S - Lots of whiskey up front, sweet caramelly and molasses base, pruney dark fruits, dark roasted malts. Quite boozy overall with sharp alcoholic aroma. Really no sign of infection here...maybe this is one of the good bottles.

T - Nope...Tart up front with the feared infection starting to take hold. Sour cherries backed firmly by smooth whiskey and followed by a very healthy dose of char and smoked malt. Vanilla, sweet molasses and some burnt caramel can be found too. Infection has certainly left its mark and detracts from the overall. Not undrinkable, but certainly not living up to what this beer is supposed to be.

M - Super thick body...one of the more syrupy beers I've had, even with the infection which typically tends to thin out a beer. Carbonation is lowish but plenty for the style and shows just enough life to be interesting. Tart infection detracts and gives a somewhat puckering quality to the beer.

O - Was hoping to get lucky with this one, but figured I wouldn't. Infection hurts this one a lot, but hasn't made it undrinkable. Certainly keeps this from performing up to its expectations tho. I'm continuing to drink this...not sure I'll finish the whole bottle. Oh well...have to try again when this gets released again.

Photo of AlexFields
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle, opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013.

Pours dark black, creamy coffee colored head but not a lot of it.

Smells of tangy sweet fruit, caramel and vanilla, a bit of bourbon, something slighty grassy that I imagine is from faded hops.

Taste is fudgy but light, wood and caramel, that mild grassy character again.

Nicely carbed for a big BA stout, body is a little thinner than I'd like but still good.

This is a good beer but pretty disappointing to me. I'm a huge fan of regular Yeti with a few years on it, and I've been enjoying the hell out of my last few bottles of 2008 Yeti, so I figured this would be phenomenal. But oddly I get more faded hop character from the BA version, and less of the delicious mellow maltiness.

7.3/10

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.2.13
2011 Bottle 0829

A - Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head that fades to half and sits.

S - Woody, booze, chocolate, acidic cherry - hmmmm.

T - Booze, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of cherry. Infection?

D - Mild carbonation and a heavy body.

O - Big BA Stout, slight signs of infection, but nothing that ruined the beer. Very drinkable.

Photo of rudzud
2.93/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2011 Vintage Bottle # 1449

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep dark brownish black hue with a good solid almost 2 finger deep milk chocolate head that fades to leave light side lacing and a nice thin cloud. Very nice.

S - Fearing infection I take a deep sniff. Ah, no sign of it! Nice bakers chocolate, slight roasty malts, and good whiskey notes. Not boozy at all just solid whiskey aroma. Faint barrel as well. Again, quite solid.

T - FUCK. Pretty sure I'm getting some infection here as my first taste is....sour! Damnit. Tastes like chocolate covered cherries, some wine notes. Not getting much whiskey at all. Fainter barrel notes but yeah, this is very infected. The nose trolled me.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated albeit a bit on the sharp side.

O - Overall I knew there was a risk with this bottle, still I could not smell any hints of it then I take a sip and WHAM, disappointment. Oh well, looking forward to revisiting this considering I just drain poured this whole bottle.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/19/13

Appearance: Deep, dark brown - nicely sized, creamy, tan head - fades to a few wisps of a cap, nice ring that lasts forever, leaves a few nice spots

Smell: Chocolate and bourbon, in some semblance of balance - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and coffee - a strong bourbon presence, with some wood, vanilla, and booze - somewhat backed up by the malts - roasty, burnt

Taste: It's like mocha, with bourbon - bourbon and wood are in the front and quite potent, and actually become more intense as it warms (suboptimal) - dark chocolate - lightly burnt malts - roasty coffee - vanilla - malty and vanilla sweetness, a bit too sweet

Mouthfeel: On the light side of full body, smooth, with a lot of heat at the end

Overall: Yeti in a barrel, slightly more interesting than a barrel of monkeys

I should probably stop drinking bourbon barrel aged beers. I haven't really enjoyed one in a while. This issue notwithstanding, I can appreciate this beer. The Yeti base is strong enough to hold up to the bourbon. And this isn't a wood bomb like Oak Aged Yeti.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Thick pour. Small cinnamon colored head drops to a small bubbly cap. No lacing to speak of. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Rich, roasted burnt malts. Sweet, deeply cooked malts. Bourbon adds some nice layers of oak and vanilla with touches of toffee. Pushes toward brown sugar at times. Some cocoa and milk chocolate. Nibs. Bourbon heat stays on top of everything else. Chocolate cake and dark ripe cherry. Almost like a bourbon soaked brownie.

Taste: Bourbon and fudge. Cocoa and chocolate. Homemade caramel with vanilla. Crazy roasted malts. A touch of burnt. Some char. Vaguely smoky. Raisin. So much chocolate and bourbon. Oak. Woody and a touch earthy. Some citrus in the back. Fudge and cake. It's magically a dessert beer. Dark cherry in the back.

Mouthfeel: Thick body. Minimal carbonation. Surprisingly clean on the finish.

Overall: Still searching for the elusive Sasquatch.

A standout use of whiskey barrels. A solid base beer and mellow whiskey influence. Not really an improvement on the original.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for sharing this bottle (2011 vintage) at a tasting in 2012. Review from notes.

Poured dark brown, looks kind of oily. Beige tan head that retained nicely, no lace. Big aromas of chocolate, wood, vanilla, and roastiness, but I'm slightly underwhelmed by the complexity of the nose. Even after letting it warm a bit, I get the same plus a slight bit of dates and piny hops. Anyway, the flavor is a better example of what's going on here. Sweet caramel and toffee in the forefront, maybe a touch of biscuit too. Immediately becomes vanilla and dark chocolate (maybe of the Lindt's 80% cocoa type), with an undertone of earthiness and bitterness from the hops. The charcoal/roasted coffee bean flavors are more prominent towards the finish of course. Body is medium, but I think a beer like this should have an even bigger body. Small potatoes I suppose. Nicely carbonated. This beer is pretty damn good. I would seek out a bottle just to complete a Yeti horizontal collection, but I wouldn't go too much out of my way to get this.

Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 1,000th review! I never thought I would reach this milestone and it just happened to land on my birthday. Time for something special.

2011 vintage served slighty chilled into a goblet.

Barrel Aged Yeti is nearly black in color with creamy off-white head. It settles quickly but leaves a short layer on top.

Aroma is sweet and boozy. Similar to the oak aged Yeti but with a hint of red wine and whiskey.

Flavor is very well balanced with great depth. The barrel aging elements never overwhelm the experience, just enhance it. It has rich roasted malt body with bits of dark bitter chocolate and coffee. Then the barrel character comes through with the vinous vanilla and peaty whiskey. A hint of smoke and a nice caramel finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly carbonated. The alcohol is well-controled and never seems to dominate, desipte the strength.

Overall an excellent example of barrel aged stout and worthy of a momentous review.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:poured into my taster this brew pour just as menicing as any other yeti. Pitch black with a good amount of head.
S: the noise is average of barrel aged stout. Bourbon is present with maulty goodness.
T: the flavor is like a less intense yeti. The notes of coffee and chocolate are calmed down. The bourbon is not pronounced; almost like this brew was aged in brandy barrels. Notes of really dark fruit.
MF: good mouth feel not thined out, but would haved liked a thicker feel.
Overall, a brew that is worth its rarity to have. Enjoyable, but i expected more complexity out of this one.

Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a taster glass. Huge thanks to Matt for sharing! This one I have been looking to try for quite some time.

(A)- Pours pitch black with some tan bubbles.

(S)- A robust sweetness with lots of raisin, molasses, and a syrupy bourbon oak profile.

(T)- A really nice robust and rich stout with an even greater bourbon and oak presence that far surpasses what was showing in the aroma. Really nice raisin and molasses/cocoa behind it on the finish.

(M)- A very mellow carbonation level, but it is balanced well with rich raisin/cocoa and superb bourbon oak nuances.

(O)- Overall, a great barrel aged stout. Rich and decadent with again, superb bourbon barrel oak components without making this overly boozy. Well done.

Photo of birchstick
2.61/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2012 Vintage - Bottle Number 1705

A - pours black with a chocolaty head that thing and forms a nice ring around the glass

S - chocolates and bourbon are quickly overshadowed by dirty diapers...something's up here

T - sweet chocolates up front moves to fruity sour notes. Sour citrus with chocolate and a splash of bourbon follow it up. This one is definitely infected, as the nose indicated.

M - thing with a decent carbonation burn

D - this was an infected bottle. I remember this being great and was excited to sit down and formally review it, but it just gives me an excuse to cross paths with Yeti in the future.

Photo of mattsander
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Insanely black with very dark brown head. Gorgeous stout. Looks like very strong coffee.

S: Chocolate and oak. Lots of tangy/sour oak character and coffee. Reminds me of good french press. Earthy.

T: Wood, wood, wood, sour fruitiness, big time roast, cocoa, VERY oak forward. That oak tanginess is a bit much for my liking.

M: Full and smooth. Interesting balance between rich dark malt and sour wood.

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into St Bernardus glass with Mattsander and alpineclimber 12/10/12

A more light would escape from a black hole, just a thumbnail of a cola edge, even the foams dark, real dark, its short lived and leaves some polka dot lacing but the darkness of liquid and foam alike impresses

S dark fruit and oak are strong with some boozy vanilla, more earthy woody notes the barrel has left a mark for sure, I want to love the smell but its just a little boozy

T has a tangy twinge to it if that makes sense, a little sour fruit in the mix with licorice, wood, more wood, then the char kicks in, more sour notes with some dark coffee.

M not as thick as the color would let you believe but far from watery, that tangy twinge is a strange sensation, some heat and the char and coffee linger on the finish

O needs too mellow out but the faint sour notes and tangy sensation makes me think an infection might be setting in but perhaps it’s in my head. Not sure if I’d age this or not, either way it’s pretty decent stuff today

not my favorite from the Yeti’s but still solid, its great stuff if you like woody stouts, I’m not 100% sure if the sour notes are intended but its working pretty well.

Edit- The above was from notes and after reading a few other reviews perhaps there’s an infection setting in. Changes nothing I still liked the beer and if we did have an off bottle it wasn’t off by much as we all enjoyed it.

Photo of Gobzilla
2.91/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: poured black in color with a little dar brown head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of whiskey in the aroma with lots of caramel signs of going infected with tart character but did manage to detect brown sugar.

T: like I suspected it is going infected which the tart character gave away alongside lots of booze oaky notes, some caramel but it was definitely infected.

M: the brew was medium in body with fair amount of carbonation which had infected qualities all around.

O: I honestly wish I had a tasty bottle to drink like most of the people who gave this beer a great rating; oh well.

Photo of jrenihan
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, bottle #3500.

Beer is jet black with a moderately-sized cocoa-coloured head. Fades fairly quickly but not totally. Some lace.

Huge whisky smell in the nose, along with oak and vanilla. Big cocoa smell under that. Toffee comes out more as time passes, or I get used to the smell.

Whisky, oak, vanilla, chocolate, toffee. Whisky is strong, but not quite as dominant as in the nose. Despite the strength of the whisky, it blends well with the stout. Interacts rather than dominates.

Full bodied, but not as heavy as expected. Low carbonation.

Overall, very good. Not something I would go for regularly (even if possible), but very glad to have had it now.

Photo of Auracom
2.15/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Long-time want, thanks for sharing Jeff. 3 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 18th, 2012.

A - Looks very close in appearance to Hunahpu's but not quite as thick. Oily, with a deep khanki head and good lacing.

S - I really don't find the aroma too appealing, it's a bit of dark chocolate blended with dark fruit gone bad. Light bit of cardboard.

T - Tangy, semi-sweet flavor present throughout the entire palate. Spoiled cherries.

M - Thin body, lower to moderate carbonation, sweet finish.

D - Has to be infected. It's really pretty bad. The aroma is pretty horrible and the taste is like something super oxidized. Quite a shame, will have to revisit.

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