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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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565 Ratings
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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 616
Gots: 181 | FT: 7
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:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 1527, 2011 Bottle date; Sampled November 2011
A steady pour into my lost abbey Teku glass produces a deeply darkened, almost full brown colored, three-finger thick head. The beer is simply pitch black in color and doesn’t even dream of passing any light through it no matter how close it is held up to the light. As I pour this beer notes of deeply caramelized, toasted coconut are apparent in the nose. A more focused inspection yields strong whiskey like notes; spicy oak, tartly toasted coconut, deep vanillin notes and that sort of whiskey like fruitiness that is distinct but hard for me to describe for some reason. As my nose gets used to the dominating whiskey character more of the Stout aromatics start to come out; aromas of deeply toasted grain, cold coffee liquor notes, smooth roasted malt notes, smooth burnt caramel notes and just a general dark malt richness / sweetness that helps to round things out. At first the whiskey notes can certainly be a bit too much, but thankfully this gets tamed down a bit and becomes much more smooth once you really start to explore the nose.

Thick, smooth and viscous feeling as this first hits the palate; the beer has a dark caramelized sweetness, a chewy, almost savory dark malt richness, an almost salty / briny note and even a solid smokiness in the middle of this beer. The beer finishes with a palate thinning, warming, whiskey fruit and spiciness as well as a touch of woody astringency; this can’t quite thin out the thick, rich texture that the base beer provides this beer. Other barrel notes of vanillin, ample toasted coconut, tart whiskey notes, a smooth spiciness and a touch of woody flavors. The base beer contributes flavors of dark chocolate notes (that remind me a bit of chocolate syrup, though without the sticky sweetness), a smoky sort of richness, a chewy whole grain brown bread character, some briny notes (that mix with the smokiness to form a peat like character), some savory dried plum notes. The smokiness adds a touch of spicy phenolics to the finish at times and speaking of the finish, there is only a touch of the ample hop character that was once here, it provides only a hint of bitterness as compared to the fresh base beer that is so redolent of expressive hops. The dried plum notes have a smokiness as well as a molasses sort of character that has been slightly burnt. As the beer warms up a savory, almost distinctly cedar like note is accompanied by underlying notes of pine; both of which seem to suggest at the once vibrant hop character that was once here.

This is quite a bit more tasty than I was expecting; this beer nicely stays away from the harsh notes that often plague whiskey barrel aged beers, it is quite smooth, and the barrel aged notes for the most part are quite well integrated with the base beer for the most part. The Whiskey notes are definitely the dominant note here, but this has not spent so long in the barrel that these notes are overwhelming or harsh. In the end this is quite a nice marriage of whiskey barrel and Imperial stout; I really like the mix of savory smokiness, dark chocolate and treacle laden, concentrated dark malt character that this beer achieves. This is most definitely the most balanced of the three Barrel Aged Great Divide beers that I have had, but it is also the freshest (so that may have something to do with it). This is one of the better Whiskey / Bourbon barrel aged beers that I have had in quite some time.

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.