Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 582
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 624
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 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 DarthKostrizer
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever brought this one to Jerz halloween tasting

Look: Black and totally opaque with a small head that does not stay around very long

Smell: Lots of bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Follow the nose to a t. Lots of bourbon upfront and in your face balancing on the too much level. the backend has some nice vanilla and oak notes

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Great beer cant wait to do a side by side tasting of all the variants (458 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a nice dark tan head with a bit of lacing.

S: Anise and bourbon were the two that initially popped out to me, followed by some rich roasted malt and a bit of coffee.

T: Quite similar, with the bourbon character coming out a little bit more. Some dark cherry fruits in addition to the roasted malt and coffee, although these flavors could have just come from the roasted nature of the malt.

M: Nice and full without being viscous. Not too much alcohol; actually a mellow creaminess.

D: Very drinkable. One of the better barrel-aged beers that I've had in some time. (590 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 mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, big thanks to Aaron (argo0 on RB) for bringing this!

a - Pours a dark brown with some nice tan head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells nice and sweet. Smell some chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Great mixture.

t - Taste is very similiar to the smell. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, molasses, and bourbon create a great mix and taste. Very smooth as the bourbon is pretty mellow.

m - Very smooth and creamy, little carbonation and full body.

d - I really liked this beer. I thought it was very smooth and the smell and taste of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon created a wonderful combination. Would love to try this again sometime. (694 characters)

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: A dark mahogany color with a dark brown edge. A small tan head retains well and leaves a bit of sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is great and displays wonderful balance. Bourbon, roasted malt, some dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, a little extra unspecified booze, and some light coffee as an extra kick.

Taste: Whiskey brackets the rest of the flavors before and after. Roasted and chocolate malt, dark chocolate and cocoa, and a bit of vanilla and woody oak toward the end, leading into the whiskey finale.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, and full bodied. The bourbon warms the throat and stomach. The carbonation is on the lighter side, staying out of the way of the lush feel.

Drinkability: A great beer to barrel age. I have liked each variety of Yeti I have tried. This turned out extremely well. (872 characters)

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

Thanks a bunch to Scott for this bottle.
2011 vintage

A - darkness, 1cm of dark chocolate head, a few legs.

S - chocolate covered oak. espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

T - more of the smell. decadent and delicious.

M - light carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel.

O - Spot on BA stout that is easier to get than ever. Wish I had another bottle (358 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 rwmiscik
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Motor oil black, cocao color head about one inch thick, decent retention that comes back with a swirl and nice lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate, whiskey, decadent roasted malt, slight alcohol, incredible nose

T: Fantastic, its like a chocolate bar covered in whiskey melting in you mouth, Its rich and simple yet amazingly complex with its overwhelming and robust flavor.

M: Has a fantastic mouthfeel but would benefit from some extra body and thickness. carbonation is soft but nice for the style

O: An amazing beer that needs to be tried by all who like stouts. I think its tasting amazing right now and im not sure it would benefit much, if any from aging and great divide has instantly shot to the top of my list with regards to quality beer. This is the best stout I have had in a long while and it beats out many other big names and should be had by all. (906 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to have this twice in a couple of weeks. The second time it was up against a lot of huge stouts. Both were Batch 2.

Dark khaki head, low carbonation. Smells like Yeti, whiskey and oak. Big whiff of chocolate and decadent malt.

First taste is so smooth and delicious. You want to swirl it around your mouth. Lots of chocolate comes through to balance out the wood and whiskey flavor. Drinks extremely well. I can't find one thing wrong with the taste of this beer.

This is probably the best stout I've had and I've never thought much of all the whole Yeti lineup other than the expresso one. (599 characters)

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

2008 vintage opened by ipa247.

A: Pours a near black color with raisin highlights beneath a thin dark brown head.
S: Smooth notes of vanilla, light woody barrel and oak scents, and a bite of bourbon and creamy chocolate.
T: Crazy smooth flavors of raisins, marshmallows, chocolate and vanilla with a very mild hint of warm bourbon in the finish. The aftertaste is sweet and full of raisins.
M: Full thick body, incredibly soft mouthfeel with soft carbonation, and very integrated and smooth alcohol that is a just a tiny bit warming.
O: I have a bottle of 2011 vintage that I was thinking about opening but after having this I can see it’s worth the wait. An overall thick and chewy stout.

EDIT: 2011 is an infected mess. Sour cherries galore. Damn you. (762 characters)

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

2011 batch.

A- Black with dark brown around the edges. Very little head and lacing. 4.5/5

S- Chocolate, dates, and an alcohol twang. 4.5/5

T- Dark chocolate, more on the sweet side than the bitter side. Dark fruits abound. Some bitterness at the very end. 4.5/5

M- Very thick. Coats your mouth. Low carbonation. 4.5/5

O- I didn't think I would get to try this, but santa was very good to me. Damn good Imperial Stout. 4.5/5 (429 characters)

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

Shared by Urbancaver at the Fookin barrel aged stout tasting. Thanks Cam.

Poured in a snifter revealing a black and dark brown color. Slight brown head with a little bit of lacing and slight bubbles on the edges of the glass. Definitely enjoyed the nose on this beer! With chocolate, vanilla, slight oak and dark fruits shining through. Great balance of taste between the flavors of slight bourbon, chocolate, oak and fruits again. Pretty good mouthfeel that was thick yet not overly sludgy or too thick. Creamy and well balanced. Great beer as I have loved all the their other non barrel Yeti treatments and this stood out at our tasting. Probably one of the most well received ball stout of the night. Would like to try another bottle in year or so to se what further aging will do to this treat. (800 characters)

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

Thanks to stopbarking for sharing this bottle (which he got as an extra the bastard). Bottle 378/470

A - Very dark brown with one finger with coffee head with good lacing

S - Very strong whiskey presence. Caramel and toffee notes

T - Very good whiskey flavor with caramel and toffee just like the nose. Some chocolate and roasted malt as well.

M - Thick body with medium carbonation

D - Very easy to drink and very enjoyable (429 characters)

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

First batch, bottle 9/470. Aged carefully in my cellar since shortly after bottling.

Poured from the large capped bottle into a snifter, pitch black, dark tan head with good retention. Lacing is average.
Aroma is roasted malts, with a good but not excessive dose of bourbon, dark fruits, some molasses, chocolate and coffee.
Full bodied, yet somewhat easy to drink, with similar notes from the aroma, well balanced, with a slight tendency to chocolate, fruits and malty sweetness versus roasted malts and bitter coffee.
Carbonation held well over the 2 + years.
Pleasant surprise in a night with great friends sharing this one, Parabola and KTG. (648 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, batch 2.

Pours completely black, like an oil slick with a hefty mocha head that recedes to a small cap and leaves a bit of lacing and some boozy legs along the side.

The aroma is excellent - lots of heavily roasted dark malts, cocoa powder a maybe some licorice to start with. The bourbon is present with some vanilla and well as a hefty oak aroma. The aroma has much less bourbon than batch 1.

The taste does have more bourbon than the aroma, especially in the finish where there is a noticeable burn. The underlying beer is still extremely evident though with the chocolate malts and even some coffee coming through. The finish is dry and fairly oaky.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and extremely creamy and smooth with a soft carbonation that keeps things from getting too thick on the palate.

I remember last year's being very heavy on the bourbon from start to finish and this is seems much more balanced with the underlying beer refusing to be dominated by the barrel. An excellent barrel-aged beer. (1,022 characters)

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

Thanks to GregMcQ for sharing a bottle during a brew day.

A - Poured a black color with a light brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of oaked vanilla roasted malt some alcohol

T - Is like the smell but even better really good vanilla and chocolate flavors some alcohol

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with medium carbonation to it

D - Just about as drinkable as you can get for a big beer this one was very easy to drink worth finding to try (460 characters)

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

Batch 2 (#728 or 1104) 750ml bottle shared with the bartender Matt at Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington, NJ on 4/11/10.

From notes....

Appearance: Pours black with a 2 finger cafe latte crown that shows moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Well roasted malt, very smoothed out, refined, and well integrated whiskey note, and a hint of oak sweetness.

Taste: Mild hop bitterness makes an appearance but this one is all about the well integrated high quality whiskey and deep roast malt.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, heavy, satisfying.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable.

My favorite Great Divide Beer by far...Home run! (622 characters)

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

Poured a jet black with good carbonation and a big brown head. Nose is big roasted notes, bourfbon, booze, vanilla. Taste is phenom! Lots of wood, whiskey is not overpowering and prominnent all the way, vanilla midway to the end, booze, chocolate, tobacco even. Mouthfeel is big n rich with lots of wood, booze, vanilla, roasted character. I did detect coffee and some smoke as well but as it warmed. Very, very drinkable but for the price I will stay with Ivan the Terrible. (475 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 Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ahalloin. Thanks tony!

The beer pours a very nice dark color, pretty much black. The head is very dark as well, dark brown in color. The beautiful head dies to a nice ring with some nice lacing.

The beer smells great like a very intricate dessert. Some vanilla, pastry crust, chocolate nibs, roasted malt, toasted oak and more. Very nice aroma, it's quite unique and inviting.

The taste follows the smell, with a poignant oak note and plenty of chocolate. Even some hops are present in the taste, it's quite complex. Rich and tasty. Fudge, vanilla, roasted malts and more. Great.

The feel is nice and semi thick, layers of vinous flavor.

Great overall. (677 characters)

Photo of SykDoc
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of brdc, much thanks this was bottle number 9. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours almost black that looks essentially opaque when held to the light. A 1/4 inch dark tan head forms and quickly reduces to a minimal lacing.

The nose is quite good with a blend of dark fruit and roasted malts. There is some coffee and the bourbon is unmistakable.

The taste again has that oak/vanilla bourbon component combined with the malty sweetness and a coffee bitterness. Dark chocolate and bakers chocolate seem to be dancing around.

The mouthfeel was the target with a solid full body without being overwhelming. Carbonation was appropriate and highlighted the flavors and provided good texture and a very good dryness at the finish.

Overall, this beer is quite good. The ABV and booze limited the overall ability to keep going in a session but also allow for this to be a great beer. (906 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. 488/1104

A-dark black with a tan head that quickly disapates
S-very smooth burbon smell with some vanilla perhaps?
T-very complex body. Smooth bourbon with a sweet finish
M-medium bodied and so smooth. Almost creamy.
O-very good beer. Pleasantly suprised with this one (283 characters)

Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle #921/1104 from the 2010 release.

A: pours the usual Yeti jet black with caramel color half finger head. lacing is spotty at best

S: aroma comes flying out of the glass with strong hints of roasted malts and coffee beans, chocolate, oak and whiskey

T: wow, fantastic. the taste is very similar to the nose. the first thing I got from it was a chocolate, molasses combo. then the whiskey and oak comes out with roasted malts and faint hints of vanilla. got even better as it warmed up

M: feels oily and thick. lighter carbonation than the regular Yeti but was very nice

D: considering the abv, 12.3% on the label, it was insanely drinkable. very smooth and easy to sip on with minimal alcohol burn. the whiskey notes are perfect and warms the throat just right as you drink it.

Overall, I'm thrilled to have tried this beer and am even more thrilled to have another one in my cellar to open at some point in the next couple years. Very well done Great Divide! (977 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the South Sound BA gathering where we were lucky enough to have 2 bottles of this.

A Pours a dark brown almost black with a tan head.

S Lots of slightly smokey wood with some bourbon.

T Pretty much the same as the nose with lots of slightly smoked wood with bourbon and a bit of fruit present.

M Pretty full body with enough carbonation.

Overall I'm ecstatic that I got to try this one, it is an excellent take on Yeti that is well worth the hype. (469 characters)

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.