Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company
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1.9/5 rDev -55.7%
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.
01-16-2012 01:50:05 | More by DavoleBomb
2.13/5 rDev -50.3%
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.
08-21-2012 16:27:08 | More by Auracom
2.3/5 rDev -46.4%
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.
04-23-2012 14:03:18 | More by jmarsh123
2.6/5 rDev -39.4%
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.
11-06-2012 02:35:41 | More by birchstick
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
2.81/5 rDev -34.5%
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.
02-14-2013 22:05:53 | More by rudzud
2.9/5 rDev -32.4%
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.
08-24-2012 11:43:55 | More by Gobzilla
2.93/5 rDev -31.7%
Thanks to Mishuggah for the bottle!
A- No light is ever going to penetrate this beer. Tiny ring of brown head with not much else to speak of in terms of frothiness
S- Infected. I got an infected bottle for sure because this smells super sour. Tiny hint of whiskey in the background(slight portapotty scent too, pretty bad)
T- Yep. Infected. Incredibly sour with a background taste of whiskey.
M- Prickly carbonation that I wasn't expecting, might just be the prickly sourness of the taste though.
O- Very disappointed that my bottle was infected. Would love to give this another chance
02-16-2012 02:55:55 | More by pschul4
3.2/5 rDev -25.4%
Pours black. Some coffe grounds, vanilla, bourbon. A lot of vanilla on the front palate, fairly smooth roasted coffee in the middle, then a ridiculously long, bitter finish. Finish on this was seriously awkward, showed some serious flaws next to much better bottles. In our tasting, the only bottle I scored below this was the Brandy Eclipse.
05-10-2011 02:02:01 | More by JAXSON
Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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