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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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533 Ratings

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 603
Gots: 181 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 10-08-2008)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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4.88/5  rDev +13.8%

Bottle #246/470. Sensory deprivation black. The dark brown sugar colored crown has the same loose, bubbly, unsticky texture as most barrel-aged ales. It persists reasonably well and manages to leave a few scattered sheets of lace in the end. Yeti and Oak Aged Yeti are visual masterpieces. This one isn't, but it's still a mighty fine looker.

I don't care what barrels Great Divide ages this RIS in, it's always going to smell amazing. Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey was as good a choice as any... and better than many. It may not be bourbon, technically speaking, but it's pretty damn close to the same thing. The chocolate and coffee aromas of the stout are perfectly accented by the whiskey.

After the first several ounces, it's obvious that aging Yeti for 20 months rather than the originally planned 9 months turned out beautifully. The beer has just the right amount of whiskey character (if you love whiskey) without tasting the least bit woody or overly oaky. Like I said, Yeti is one of the world's finest stouts and can stand up to just about anything.

Given the ABV, it's amazing how well the alcohol is masked. It isn't completely obliterated, but then I wouldn't want it to be. Better to leave some of the beer's burliness intact. The total body warming and the spreading sense of well-being is intoxicating (literally). Slowly sipping all 750 ml is going to make this a very good late afternoon and evening.

It's quite possible that I've never had a more perfect marriage of stout and whiskey. Some barrel-aged stouts have been just as delicious perhaps, but few (if any) have been better. If that doesn't deserve the ultimate taste score, then I don't know what does. No wonder this brewery is a perennial member of my 'Top 10 American Breweries' list.

The flavor profile includes melted Hershey bars, a generous shot of espresso, a small shot of Sambucca, caramelized sugar, vanilla beans and toasted oak barrel staves. Molasses and smoke aren't present and aren't missed. I don't know if one year of age is the ideal time to be drinking this beer... but it might as well be.

I would like to issue a formal apology to GD Barrel Aged Yeti for thinking that its mouthfeel wasn't up to snuff during the first glassful. Now that it's middle of the bottle time, it's hard to imagine how it could be improved. Lush, plush, smooth, silky... mere words don't do it justice, so I'll stop trying.

My expectations for Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti were stratospheric. The fact that it has exceeded those expectations is mind-boggling. It's a shame that only 470 bottles were released because this is one of the best beers to have ever entered my glass.

08-16-2009 21:31:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-11-2012 18:09:13 | More by aszatk01
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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle from the second batch

Pours with that usual Yeti awesomeness, black with a great, creamy brown head.

The nose is a nice blend of milk and dark chocolates with vanilla and a touch of whiskey.

The taste packs a lot of chocolate with cookie and vanilla. I can't tell a huge difference between this and the oak-aged version. I usually don't let the price affect my opinion, but in this case, when I could buy several bottles of oak-aged for the price of this one bottle, it's a no brainer. I expected a little more from it. Still a great beer though, as are all of the Yeti's.

04-04-2010 22:14:40 | More by brownbeer
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-09-2013 00:58:02 | More by mveatch
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-19-2013 16:31:35 | More by SkiBum22
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-02-2013 21:24:49 | More by bulldogg915
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

12-15-2011 23:32:25 | More by NWer
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2.65/5  rDev -38.2%

750 ml bottle, bottle 7 / 470 - bottled 8/09. Pours a dark black/brown with a thin brown head (even after a vigorous pour) that quickly diminishes to a thin dusting.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, molasses and whiskey.

The flavor is roasted chocolate with a lot of sugary molasses. It has a bit of strong alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with almost no carbonation.

Overall, this is not nearly as good as the regular Yeti. It has almost no carbonation, and is overly sweet and alcoholic. I can hardly taste the hops that I'm used to in Yeti. It's a bit of a treacly alcoholic mess.

11-03-2008 07:14:14 | More by Beaver13
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-21-2011 05:06:46 | More by Callmecoon
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-08-2013 01:00:37 | More by Snikwad1020
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-18-2013 19:35:39 | More by Jason
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-12-2012 01:41:27 | More by daedalusfinch
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2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

02-01-2012 14:40:11 | More by Hoops4life511
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

05-05-2012 04:00:46 | More by Prospero
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

08-19-2014 04:30:25 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-05-2012 16:04:37 | More by mjtiernan
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-07-2012 02:27:58 | More by bpfrush
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-27-2012 15:46:40 | More by Mantooth
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

08-05-2013 08:06:34 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

11-17-2012 04:44:42 | More by TKEbeerman
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-18-2011 20:55:43 | More by Soonami
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-09-2013 03:27:35 | More by williamjbauer
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

Huge thanks to Joe1510 for bringing this to our epic tasting! Definitely one of my most anticipated selections. This is from the first bottling and here we go...

A nice black pour with a surprising amount of head that doesn't stick around too long.

Tons of whiskey in the nose here. I can't believe how hot this beer still is! There are dark fruits and vanilla present here too. It's very sweet.

Getting fruits, whiskey, vanilla and a corn syrup flavor as well. Again, very sweet beer. It's a little thin for my liking, which takes away from the experience but overall, this is still a good stout.

12-12-2009 18:25:46 | More by rudylaw
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District of Columbia

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4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

Bottle shared by RustyDiamond - thanks!

Pours black with a minimal dark brown head that recedes into thin ring around the glass. No lacing is left however the beer is viscous enough to leave legs.

Smells great. Dark chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, and smooth roasted malt with the vanilla aromas poking out more as the beer warms.

Tastes great as well. The flavors are similar to the aroma with dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and whiskey all present however they're slightly better integrated when compared to the smell. Absurdly smooth, and while it's boozy the warming burn does more to help the beer than it does to hurt it.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's smooth and hefty with light carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could finish off a bottle of this myself with absolutely no problem.

Overall I've been wanting to try this for a while and I wasn't let down. Well worth seeking out, and thanks again to RustyDiamond for sharing.

11-09-2009 03:13:31 | More by glid02
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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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