Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 583
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 622
Gots: 182 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of wethorseblanket at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2011 vintage. Bottle # 1414.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with a woody finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and is showing no signs of infection that apparently so many other bottles have. (671 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Second bottled the 2011 consumed. Amazingly happy it isn't infected. #2546.

A- Pure black pour. Above the body is a huge dark mocha at head, it's size and retention are both beyond most bourbon aged imperial stouts. Not much lace but some good spots.

S- Just bliss. Amazing vanilla oak barrels, whiskey, chocolate and roast malts blended and balanced to perfection. Rich and delicious. Smooth and alcohol is hidden.

T- A kick of dark cocoa powder leads off with the splendid whiskey barrels following. Vanilla seeps from the oak, whiskey bourbon adds a great but balanced flavor, caramel, roast malts, coffee beans and oak.

MF- Thick oily body really pleases the palate. Carbonation is silky smooth and at a nice low level, allowing the rich flavor to shine. Alcohol warms the palate to a great level.

Honestly the most balanced bourbon barrel aged stout I have had. The interplay between whiskey, cocoa, oak and malts just amazes me. Maybe the best I have had. (966 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. It's the 2011 batch, #3447 (not infected)
Poured into a Stone IRS tulip

A: Pours literally like motor oil, for real. About a half finger of dark tan head. Tight bubbles. Fades after a while into a ring around the edges. Lacing sheeting. Alcohol feet. The whole 9 yards.

S: Dark roasted malts. Dark chocolate. Some woodiness. Oak and vanilla are there. Maybe some dark fruits as well. Really appealing.

T: Right up front deep dark chocolate. Tons of it. In the middle you get espresso bitterness. Vanilla. Some toffee. Really dark cocoa chocolate. It's sweet but not overly sweet because of the bitterness of the chocolate. I sort of wish the barrel was pronounced but it's still amazing either way. Great beer.

M: Full bodied. Coats the mouth. (761 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Checked the batch # on this baby. It's in the "non infected" range. Good....let's drink it!

As usual, the Yeti look is distinct. Dark. Off brown, creamy, thick head. It's a 5

Aroma is Yeti with a pinch of dark raisin, oak and vanilla bourbon added. The roastiness and chocolate of the original Yeti stand up well in this one.

Same with the flavor. The sharpness of the reg. Yeti is smoothed out and vanilla is more in the forefront. Yet the bourbon-ness is subdued compared to other BBA stouts.

Very drinkable. Dangerous. Pair it with nothing...it stands alone (565 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Totally opaque with cafe-au-lait creamy head that trails and leaves crazy webs. Amazing deep round sweet honey, golden raisin and whiskey nose.
Raisin, tea cake, cold coffee, hints of vanilla, a bit of leather, and a root beer syrup ending.
Ringing woody whiskey finish and barky nutmeg linger. Medium to full, round, smooth.

Four years aged, and the oak has not faded much. Round sweetness, not much roast but no heat either. What you want from barrel-aging.

A silent killer.

Thanks to Adam for holding on to this. (520 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared w/ a friend. Poured into tulip glass, 2011 bottle.

A - Very dark, with a dark brown half-finger head. Good retention. Pitch black and solid, with only a touch of light at the edges.

S - Some sweetness, vanilla, oak, chocolate, some kind of fruity sweetness, like a grape or maybe pear juice?

T - Vanilla, oak, whiskey, char, chocolate; both dark and milk. Finishes slightly fruity, maybe a bit of raspberry. Cocoa and whiskey is intense. No booze flavor.

M - For an imperial stout I would call it medium in body, but overall it is still a heavy and thick beer. Finishes incredibly dry compared to expectation/experience for the Yeti line.

O - Fantastic, could drink all day. Goes down easy and tastes great. Very drinkable for such a big beer. A whole new level of Yeti brilliance. (807 characters)

Photo of ahijevyc
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aged in Maker's Mark barrels for 8 or 9 months, this was on tap at West End in Boulder for a couple wonderful weeks.

This had great Bourbon smell, the power, the body, and the taste. It was great to start with, and only got better after a snifter-full. Actually, after I realized they serve pints, I didn't mess with the snifter. I went back 5 days until it was gone.

Even though they had changed the keg on the sixth day, they thought there might be some in the line, but when it poured, the head was not ink-black, so I knew there was no more Yeti. This Maker's Mark Yeti had a darker head than Guiness, regular Yeti, Espresso Yeti, Belgian Yeti, Chocolate Yeti, Old Rasputin, Deliverance, Mephistopheles, and anything else I had before. I was really impressed by the appearance. I wish I could give a 6.

I don't know the Official beer criteria, but bear with me. (871 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle, 10.7% ABV.

A: Pours pitch black with one of the darkest brown heads I've seen. It's barely discernible from the body at first! Head appears quite dense and slowly fades away, leaving moderate but opaque lacing behind.

S: Whiskey initially. A bit of caramel, toffee and oak. Otherwise a strong roasted malt presence with char and chocolate. A bit of anise is present as well.

T: Again, whiskey up front, quite smooth though. Lots of toffee with some caramel, brown sugar and a strong oakiness. Creamy and smooth roasted malt follows afterward with a little char and mostly chocolate. Again, a bit of anise towards the finish. Some oak and vanilla bean resides in the aftertaste. The lingering aftertaste reminds me of vanilla beans and brownies. Delicious. Remarkably mellow given the ABV. No sharpness to the roasted malt or whiskey. Just smooth and balanced.

M: Creamy and very silky smooth. Fairly heavy.

O: Great RIS. The balance of whiskey and stout is excellent. It makes for a very smooth and well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is also stunning, so creamy and thick without being syrupy or overpoweringly heavy. Like a big irish stout. This beer honestly blew me away, it's just perfectly crafted. Period. (1,231 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2011, bottle 3667) opened w/ some trepidation after random reports of infection. I traded away some very good beer to get this one...

Pours a deep thick black w/ a reddish-brown head - the darkest head I think I've ever seen - that dissipates pretty quickly to just a ring of bubbles around the rim. Minimal carbonation.

Aroma is deep and rich. Coffee, chocolate, whiskey, oak, vanilla. No signs of infection so far. Nice and smoky. Dark fruits and roasted nuts as it warms.

Taste follows nose. Lots of whiskey and char along with all the other elements in the aroma. Buttery and rich with a strong, bitter finish. This was everything I was hoping it would be, but probably not more. I'd give it a 4.75 if I could.

Mouthfeel is rich, slick, and coating. A little sticky.

Overall, yes. Very nice. Whiskey and oak are clearly dominant, but that's why you buy a barrel aged beer, is it not? Rich and satisfying, still a notch lower than say Parabola or KBS. Still very enjoyable. (988 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle generously shared by jdiddy. 2011 vintage. Pours two shades shy of black with no head. Nose expresses dried cocoa. Taste is pure brilliance - cocoa, whiskey, wood and a hint of peanut butter. Mouthfeel is medium in consistency with a slight acidity and lightly oily texture. Carbonation falls just short of lively - if the carbonation dropped off a bit, it would really enhance the overall character. Overall, a very good BA RIS - not top tier, but very solid and quite enjoyable. (493 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #3621; poured into a snifter

Shared with Jebus3513

Pours an oily, rich black with a small, creamy mocha brown cap that rises up about one finger and settles to some thin bubbles and a small collar.

The nose is burnt vanilla, smokey/peaty whiskey, dry oak, and large amounts of ethanol. It's a little difficult to get through all the ethanol, but the aromas are relatively standard. Some plums/dark fruit as it warms.

Burnt brown sugar, whiskey soaked plums, oak dryness, dark roast really shines as this warms to room temp. Ethanol present throughout, some decent warming. This is a delicious BA RIS with huge overtones of oak and whiskey.

Full, thick body with an oily feel. This is on the thicker end of the spectrum for sure. Good amount of heat. Smooth, given the size of this guy.

This is a damn fine beer, much like the rest of the series. A fine RIS with loads of flavor. Huge, robust barrel aging influence. (928 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, bottle #2866.

This beer pours a full bodied lifeless black in color with only the slightest beige lacing. The nose features plenty of dark roasted malt, smooth milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, light whiskey but I don't find it to be Stranahans specific. It is exceptionally smooth. The flavors are very well integrated. It features dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, oak, light whiskey and slight char. It's nice and even resembles some aged Dark Lords. I really like it, but it isn't too terribly far from the original. It drinks full bodied and oily, perfect for the style. Overall this is a fantastic beer, thank god it wasn't infected! (680 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
2.36/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Unfortunately infected.

Pours black with almost no head.

Smells of chocolate covered cherries. Definite acidic quality to go along with some deep roasted malts. Little bourbon on the nose.

Tastes like sour cherry band-aids. The acidity covers up some of what otherwise may be good chocolate malts. Bourbon is again very subtle and barely noticable.

Way over attentuated and thin most likely due to the infection. Medium carbonation level.

Unfortunately infected, but we got it before it got overwhelmingly acidic. Hopefully Great Divide does the right thing and acknowledges this issue. (591 characters)

Photo of s1ckboy
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Bottle number 2428, not infected.

A - Black. 1 finger of brown head, nice tight bubbles.

S - Oak, whisky.

T - Whisky/booze, chocolate, molasses, hint of hops, a ton of wood in the finish.

M - Medium. Very smooth carbonation, almost seems bottle conditioned.

Not my favorite of the Yeti variations (oak aged) but comes in a close second. (355 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful black pour with a dark mocha finger and a half of viscous head. Nice spattering of lacy foam. Balanced barrel, oak, vanilla and rich chocolate in the aroma. There may be some spicy hops, but faint. The barrel is not over whelming, which for me, is a good thing. It leaves it's mark though. There's a slight acidic cherry quality that faintly shows itself. The taste is lightly boozy, with a ton of chocolate, roast, vanilla, light barrel/bourbon and oaky notes. It finishes with a bit of a chocolate covered cherry and a definite acidity that induces a slight puckering affect. The feel was thick, full and coating...as I would expect from the Yeti.

It appears as though this bottle is on the very mild receiving end of some infectious qualities. While I think it undoubtedly made the experience slightly less enjoyable, this was still a really good beer even still. No doubt a non-infectious bottle would be brilliant. Glad to be drinking it either way! (965 characters)

Photo of infi
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, #3763. Non-infected! Opened for Easter.

Poured into a brandy snifter.

Very dark brown with a tight-bubbled, mocha-colored head with decent retention. Appeared to pour very thin into the glass.

Smells of dark roast and lots of toasted malt barley. Warming to room temperature reveals honey, dark chocolate and some dank, hop oils. Not sure if I get much of a barrel-aging presence at all. Little to no tannin quality. Boozy presence.

Opens sweetly with some chocolate and malts. Touch of dark coffee and earthy hop bitterness in the middle. Smoothly ends on a booze hum and coffee aftertaste. Again, not much of a bourbon character in the profile. Hoped for more.

Slick and fairly viscous mouthfeel. Coats palate very nicely.

After revisiting my regular Yeti and OA Yeti reviews, I don't see much of a disparity between all three in terms of flavor profiles. I wouldn't go too far to try to find this beer, as I think it's not too different from the other Yeti's, especially for its price tag. Though I am fairly fortunate to have a non-infected bottle. (1,073 characters)

Photo of claaark13
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Founders snifter. Supposed to be the most recent batch. Tasting notes.

Smells of sweet malts with the slightest amount of barrel coming towards the end. Really needed to fight to find the barrel. Looks beyond fantastic. Nice rising head that recedes into good retention. Black with fantastic legs. Flavors are of sweet dark malts with a slight roast, light hop backbone and then some non-dominating whiskey in the finish. Good body.

I'm not convinced that this was a recent batch based on the sweet malt presence. I have no other experience with this beer though, so I can't say for sure. (610 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, brown head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and it left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Some oak-like flavors and some tannins, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full-bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - I love Yeti and this is another good version. Really good. (476 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from the bottle shop at local 44 into some snifters, split with Oglmcdgl.

Off with the shiny foil, Barrel Aged Yeti is a black ass beer. The color is pitch black with some thickness to it. A half inch of tannish, dense foam graces the top, semi sticks.

Smell is out of this world bananas. Very prominent scents of the whiskey/bourbon barrel, almost like sticking your nose into a small snifter of the elixer. A stout is buried under all the barrel with some sweet chocolate and roasted malt scents. Perfect.

Taste is mostly barrel, but the base is standing strong. Huge taste of well integrated bourbon tones with some oak and faint vanilla. The yeti brings out some chocolate and roast ith a hint of dark fruit. This stuff hits the spot.

Thinner in feel than the appearance would lead on. Not a bad thing as Ithink this brings out the barrel character more. A silky above medium bodied beer with light carb and not much heat or alcohol getting in the way.

I was floored by this stuff. Iwent in thinking this would be just another BBA sstout, which it is,but this one kicks ass. I wish I bought more. (1,114 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin mocha colored head that quickly died down and left lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose along with notes of chocolate.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the bourbon flavors aren’t nearly as prominent. There are also flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla.
M: It feels full bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is very well balanced; it has the perfect amount of bourbon to help accentuate the taste but doesn’t overpower any of the other flavors.

Note: 2011 Vintage, Bottle #3573 (732 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage Bottle 3573

A: Pours a opaque jet black in color with a dark mocha head (even darker than the bubbles traditionally seen in a cup of espresso). When swirling the beer, the dark black color coats the tulip glass. The head started as a thin layer over the entire surface or the beer and reduced to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The smell of this beer is phenomenal - lots of notes from the whiskey barrels and some more subtle hints of bourbon as well. There is a strong presence of dark roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate, oak and vanilla. Very well balanced and great complexity.

T: The flavor of this beer is amazing with great complexity and amazing balance. The barrel aging really improves and already good beer.There is some really great enhancement to the strong flavors of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate with the oak and vanilla. This is great.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really enjoy this beer and could enjoy it for many hours. This beer has a great aroma and wonderful taste that makes me want to enjoy this more and more. An improvement on an already great beer. (1,197 characters)

Photo of derkfromwi
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a cool BA in PA for the trade
2011 Bottle #3556 Poured into Duvel glass

A: Thick dark mocha frothy head that retains for a while then around the edges for whole glass. Absolutely no light penetrating this glass, little bit of nice lacing

S: Whiskey and sweet chocolate, oak, bit of vanilla and dark fruits

T: Same as nose, but more of the vanilla coming through, bit of coffee taste from whiskey and chocolate mix

M: Warming the whole way through (wish I would've drank this a month ago when it was cold outside), smooth and velvety, good carbonation

O: Hot damn... I cracked this open for myself seeing the 10.7% ABV (and after a few beers), but now I'm wishing I had shared this bottle with someone because it's a sipping beer for sure even at ten percent. No infection here thankfully, great stuff (815 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011, bottle no. 1574

Poured at cellar temp, it is pitch black with a 3 finger head of tan foam and when the foam shrinks, it leaves some nice lacing.

The smell of whiskey is up front and in your fac...err..nose. There's some notes of dark fruits and a pretty beefy nose of vanilla. Smells damn good.

The flavours are all over the place but work SO well. Big whiskey though not as dominant as in the smell. Very Malty with a nice not over the top sweetness, roasted malt is done nicely, a bit of dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate, some coffee?, toffee, an ever so slight presence of an alcohol bite. Marvelous!

Full bodied, hell yes, with a nice lightish level of carbonation, the mouthfeel, just like the rest of what this beer offers, is amazing.

Take all of what I wrote and put them together, this IS an amazing brew! /me shaking my head. The only reason I don't give this a 5 overall is that it is so damn strong/warming. I *could* have.. (945 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

massive thanks to quindog for hand delivering these puppies from the west coast. with rumors of a potential infection, i had to pop my first bottle.

2011 vintage - enjoyed in southampton irs snifter
bottle # 1306

a - brew poured a chocolatey black with a reasonable sized chocolate brown (yes chocolate can be brown or black) head that was gone within a minute leaving traces on the surface. brew looks thick and chunky...a bit more lively than most BA brews and even has some spotty lacing. attractive ris for sure. swirling rebuilds the surface magic.

s - definitely does NOT smell of any infection...in fact it has that wonderful stranahan whiskey in stout smell. i really LOVE the combo of this whiskey with stouts and porters. lots of wood, and there she is...yeti...with still plenty of hops now what 5 or 6 months since release...nice! that stranahan smell really is wonderful and blends nice with the hoppy chocolate of yeti.

t - WOW. that is a monster of a delicious beer. WHAT a beer! infection...HA! i laugh at your rumors. this beer is phenomenal. creamy and rich. milk chocolate. hersheys ain't got nothing on this beer. the stranahan whiskey is just a PERFECT match for this one (and most stouts/porters). i always found yeti to be a bit hoppy, but this one is tamed back...to perfection.

m - creamy and rich. full and coats my mouth. cooling. wonderful whiskey finish.

o - screw bourbon barrel aging. STRANAHAN ALL DAY! these barrels are magic. pappy...HAH! these barrels are the truth. every beer i've tried from these have blown me away (although i've always been more of a whiskey guy than a bourbon guy). i've heard rumors of infection, i don't know if they are true...but this bottle was divine. if you got em, pop em...can't imagine this getting much better, and i'm holding my other bottle for a little bit since if there is an infection it is certainly not wide-spread. killer beer.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black fluid with extremely dark tan billowy head. Very difficult to top this look. Beautiful!

The smell is loaded with interesting layers. Rich caramel notes, slight roasty subdued by the barrel aging. Buttery, vanilla, oak.

Varied layers of caramel with slight hit of roast in the finish. Smooth sweet finish. Woody and vanilla notes.

Nice smooth mouthfeel, very little alcohol heat..

Very well balanced beer. (428 characters)

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.