Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by airohead2001:
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
We've been waiting a while to crack this one open. No better time than at the beginning of summer, albeit a short one.
This bottle opens with a disappointing "puff" with a single whisp of smoke that rises from the bottleneck. On rigorous pour, there is a thin, tiny head that fades to oily blackness in a matter of seconds.
The smell is very satisfying. It's dominated by caramel and vanilla up front with a nice chocolate and nutty finish. No coffee.
First sip of this beer was great. Sweet vanilla and nuts up front with some chocolate and leather in the middle. Finishes with a very small amount of roasts. As a very delayed aftertaste, I finally get some coffee notes. Subsequent sips of this beer were still delicious, but not complex. When comparing this to the Oak Aged Yeti and Oak Aged variants, I have to admit that, despite BA Yeti being an overall much better beer, the complexity of the Oak Aged versions is far superior. Perhaps the roastiness in the other Yetis I've tried was once in BA Yeti as well, but I'm guessing that the coffee notes must have faded over the almost 3 years that it's been in the bottle.
Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Thick and with low carbonation - heavy enough that you have to chew it.
Overall this was an outstanding beer. Really outstanding. The lack of complexity does hurt it a little bit, but as a man who enjoys big, barrel aged sweet beers more than something such as a coffee porter, the lack of bitter roasts is fine by me. I would love to try this one again, but unfortunately, I sense that this may be more of a hit it and quit it.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2011 18:46:55 | More by airohead2001
More User Reviews:
4.41/5 rDev +2.8%
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!
Serving type: on-tap
12-08-2013 21:52:46 | More by Dsimenson
3.84/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
11-16-2013 05:21:16 | More by wethorseblanket
Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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