Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company
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1.9/5 rDev -55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Bottle #1896.
3.5 A: The Yeti series are sexy looking imperials, but this one is a little different. Black color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is a good bit worse than the original and a small ring of lacing is left.
2.0 S: Hmmm. This is pretty disappointing. First of all, it doesn't really smell much like Yeti at all. Secondly, this is either showing signs of infection or the bourbon or barrels used suck. Something along the lines of tangy/earthy fruits. It isn't sour or tart, but it's like a tangy melon and apple. Perhaps a touch vegetal as well. Plenty of vanilla and oak. Despite whatever is going on with the barrel, the worst part is that I can't pick up much of what I love about Yeti. Where is the soft roastiness, the chocolate, the molasses, and the coffee?
1.5 T: Again, I'm not sure if something is wrong with this or not, but it isn't good. Tangy fruitiness and vegetal components from the bourbon. Vanilla and oak. Light roastiness, but very little in terms of the usual Yeti flavors. Something along the lines of an acrid finish.
2.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is missing the creaminess that I like in an imperial. Not particularly smooth either since the tanginess of the bourbon is distracting.
2.0 D: As someone who loves the hell out of every other Yeti variant, I must say that drinking this was exceptionally disappointing. I really hope it's just this bottle that sucks and that it isn't infected. In any case, this isn't a good beer.
***2011 Second Attempt***
Poured into a snifter. Bottle number is scratched off.
4.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of light brown creamy/frothy head. Retention is very good and lots of lacing is left behind. This is the Yeti I'm used to looking at.
4.5 S: Woohoo, this is a good bottle. Creamy chocolate, supple yet assertive roastiness, coffee, and caramel. Whiskey adds several more dimensions to a wonderful base beer - light leather, big earthiness with the smell of the water from a forest stream, and perhaps a touch of mineral as well.
4.0 T: Huge chocolate, lots of roast, coffee with cream, and plenty of caramel and molasses. The time in the barrel has smoothened out and integrated the flavors more so than they usually are. I don't know how long this was in the barrel, but it tastes a lot like the two year old Yeti I had a few months ago. Whiskey and barrel add the same qualities mentioned in the nose. Oak and a moderate vanilla is also apparent. Very nice.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.
4.5 D: This is the beer I was looking for when I traded for it. Really wonderful. Unfortunately for the GD and its acolytes, I'm leaving my infected score until I get a refund for suffering through that first bottle.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2012 01:50:05 | More by DavoleBomb
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