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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

Barrel Aged YetiBarrel Aged Yeti

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

511 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 12.59%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 10-08-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:15:20 | More by Dope
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draheim

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 03:52:00 | More by draheim
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 23:44:26 | More by Jwale73
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 03:15:29 | More by ColForbinBC
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aasher

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:49:44 | More by aasher
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.3/5  rDev -46.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 14:03:18 | More by jmarsh123
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 02:28:02 | More by s1ckboy
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 23:59:19 | More by EgadBananas
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infi

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 16:00:37 | More by infi
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claaark13

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 05:54:05 | More by claaark13
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zeff80

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:50:19 | More by zeff80
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 22:25:04 | More by BARFLYB
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metter98

New York

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 04:10:41 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 03:52:20 | More by dbrauneis
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 04:20:12 | More by derkfromwi
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
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..

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 16:19:37 | More by Bitterbill
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cosmicevan

New York

4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
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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EDIT 2012-06-08 Bottle #1331 - INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED INFECTED

GROSSS!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:08:43 | More by cosmicevan
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ahalloin

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:56:25 | More by ahalloin
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:28:28 | More by Dreadnaught33
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pschul4

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:55:55 | More by pschul4
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 03:27:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition with the new packaging poured to a tulip. Can't make out the bottle number as it rubbed. #1864? Cracked for the Super Bowl. The beer pours thick like crude oil. Opaque. When held to light edges are a deep brown color though again almost black. A small 1/4 finger dark deep brown colored head which fades to a thick film on the surface. Not much lacing to report. A nice blend of cocoa, espresso, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and malty sweetness. A hint of the heat. Very complex and very nice. The flavor starts out with heavy roasted malt character followed by rich cocoa and bourbon flavors. Hints of the oak, vanilla, and even molasses come through. Mild bitterness. Very complex and well balanced. Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall, a really impressive and well crafted beer. Complex yet nothing in the flavor is dominant or over the top, very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 14:32:18 | More by hopfacebrew
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rwmiscik

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:16:44 | More by rwmiscik
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Bottle #1904

A: pours opaque black, thick dark brown head, spotty lacing, small collar of retention

S: big time earthy hops up front which intermix with raw oak and char, followed by assertive whiskey notes with highlights of vanilla. Lots of earthy character mixes in and makes for an interesting aroma.

T: vanilla up front, much more whiskey than the nose suggests, nice balance, a little hot on the end

MF: big body, medium carbonation

O: another great variant of a world class beer, this probably would be sublime with an additional year, but as it stands, its not too shabby

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 08:54:25 | More by homebrew311
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 model shared with steepH20

Dark and murky pour that yields ample puddles and spattered lacing

Big brownie batter, loads of oak, hops and chocolate cake soaked in whiskey. Truly and unmistakably a Yeti incantation.

Woodzilla Vanilla! Oak has seeped into every aspect of this beer. Like the regular oak aged version, there's something about Great Divides aging program that really allows their beers to take on the wood from the barrels. This is no exception. Heat is present but well tempered. Leafy hops roll from beginning to end. Whiskey is vanilla and complimentary but in no way overpowering. It is, if possible, subtle. A drizzle of caramel finishes the deal.

Medium bodied and amply carbonated. Steep is in love and I am significantly infatuated.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 16:05:08 | More by BarrytheBear
Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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