Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 582
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
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Gots: 182 | FT: 6
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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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 kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

two finger dark brown head on a jet black body with no light passing through. nice lacing. Aroma is a definitely a nice whiskey barrel rich aroma with a subtle chocolate and vanilla aroma seeping in. Flavor has a very nice, just right amount of whiskey note with a nice base yeti that balance each other out perfectly. This is a very smooth bodied beer. The vicous-ness isnt lost. It is very creamy/milky. Certainly as good of a mouthfeel you can get. (451 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 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 brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color; the dark mocha head is rather small but leaves legs of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla and subtle wafts of Bourbon; alcohol detected in the aroma

Taste: After a chocolate fudge opening, the subtle Bourbon flavors blossom on the tongue, with the hops making their presence felt by mid-palate; the barrel flavors build, after the swallow, with quite a bit of oak in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer has been on my radar for a while so I was shocked to see it on the shelves at Bestway today; really lives up to the billing as a top drawer barrel-aged stout but, of course, I would expect nothing less from the folks at Great Divide (747 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes easily noticeable. Taste is also dominated by woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon with light warming alcohol. Black chocolates notes with subtle roasted malt are also discernable. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and some warming alcohol notes are also perceptible. Truly a world-class beer that I wouldn’t mind having again. (529 characters)

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

Thanks for sharing this one, Craig.

Pitch black and totally opaque, capped by a leather-hued collar.

Spicy oak overwhelms the aroma at first. As it breathes and opens up, I can pick out vanilla and dark bitter chocolate, licorice and roasted barley. There isn't much whiskey character, but the oak leaves a huge mark.

The palate has flavors of black licorice, roasted barley, baker's chocolate and a light dark fruit character that makes me think of roasted figs. There's a ton of oak character as well, spicy and tannic with a hint of whiskey. Full bodied but fairly dry, and very spicy, tannic and bitter in the finish.

I slightly prefer regular old Yeti, but this is quite good. (685 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #246/470. Sensory deprivation black. The dark brown sugar colored crown has the same loose, bubbly, unsticky texture as most barrel-aged ales. It persists reasonably well and manages to leave a few scattered sheets of lace in the end. Yeti and Oak Aged Yeti are visual masterpieces. This one isn't, but it's still a mighty fine looker.

I don't care what barrels Great Divide ages this RIS in, it's always going to smell amazing. Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey was as good a choice as any... and better than many. It may not be bourbon, technically speaking, but it's pretty damn close to the same thing. The chocolate and coffee aromas of the stout are perfectly accented by the whiskey.

After the first several ounces, it's obvious that aging Yeti for 20 months rather than the originally planned 9 months turned out beautifully. The beer has just the right amount of whiskey character (if you love whiskey) without tasting the least bit woody or overly oaky. Like I said, Yeti is one of the world's finest stouts and can stand up to just about anything.

Given the ABV, it's amazing how well the alcohol is masked. It isn't completely obliterated, but then I wouldn't want it to be. Better to leave some of the beer's burliness intact. The total body warming and the spreading sense of well-being is intoxicating (literally). Slowly sipping all 750 ml is going to make this a very good late afternoon and evening.

It's quite possible that I've never had a more perfect marriage of stout and whiskey. Some barrel-aged stouts have been just as delicious perhaps, but few (if any) have been better. If that doesn't deserve the ultimate taste score, then I don't know what does. No wonder this brewery is a perennial member of my 'Top 10 American Breweries' list.

The flavor profile includes melted Hershey bars, a generous shot of espresso, a small shot of Sambucca, caramelized sugar, vanilla beans and toasted oak barrel staves. Molasses and smoke aren't present and aren't missed. I don't know if one year of age is the ideal time to be drinking this beer... but it might as well be.

I would like to issue a formal apology to GD Barrel Aged Yeti for thinking that its mouthfeel wasn't up to snuff during the first glassful. Now that it's middle of the bottle time, it's hard to imagine how it could be improved. Lush, plush, smooth, silky... mere words don't do it justice, so I'll stop trying.

My expectations for Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti were stratospheric. The fact that it has exceeded those expectations is mind-boggling. It's a shame that only 470 bottles were released because this is one of the best beers to have ever entered my glass. (2,662 characters)

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

One of the best things to ever come across my lips. Hands down this was absolutely just phenomenal. Served chilled and split into three snifters, this one was consumed on 10/31/2009.
 
The pour was magnificent. Rich dark brown, nearly black in color with a huge head of tan on top that just barely receded at all leaving tons of sticky lace down the sides of the glass that were still present come the next morning! Incredible. The aroma defied description for me to be honest. Rich notes of vanilla and oak just overwhelmed everything, bourbon like I have never smelled before just totally dominating everything that was around it. Simply incredible I have to say. Warming brings out loads of chocolate, hints of coffee, more vanilla and oak aroma, just too complex to put into words, the three of us were falling over ourselves over this one to say the least. Then I took a sip and it was over. Stunning is not a strong enough word. This is just amazing. Rich, decadent chocolate notes wrapped into a full on a explosion of bourbon and vanilla notes just leaves me looking for more, and more, and more. Just amazing. The depth and complexity here is something that I have not scene, or at least rarely seen before. Rich cocoa and coffee notes coming through now, all the while the bourbon and vanilla never losing sight of the overall prize. Who knows where the ABV is open this one but it is one of the best, if the best sipper I have come across for a cold rainy night.
 
Overall I do not have enough good things to say about this. I had tried long and hard to find one of these and I am really glad that I did. It was simply amazing. I would have no issue at all with going after this one again, in fact, please send me another! (1,739 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 womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A: Pours a dense black color with a nice finger or two of dark brown foam.

S: Big time dark chocolate aroma to this with lots of intense roasted malt and coffee aromas. There's a big oak aroma with a hint of vanilla. A touch of bourbon but plenty of charred oak.

T: Burnt and charred malt come through right at the beginning. Very heavy on the roast with lots of dark chocolate and coffee as well. Vanilla and a slightly spicy wood flavor. Sort of light on the actual bourbon, though.

M: Quite full in body with a medium, smooth carbonation.

O: A big, bold, intense beer. I was rather surprised to see this on-tap, but certainly won't complain. (682 characters)

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

Bottle #155 of 470.

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a small-sized, light khaki-colored, bubbly head. Sure, it's small, but it's lasting.

Smell: Bourbon barrel nose spotted with hints of roast and dark fruits, but the scales are definitely tipped towards the bourbon, with punchy notes of oak, coconut creme, and toasted brown sugar.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, ripe dark fruits, and toffee chips growing into a crescendo of oaky bourbon flavor, with all of the expected bourbon-based tastes. Medium level of earthy bitterness. Faint tannins emerge in the latter half. Further roasted maltiness on the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, luscious mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Remember the time when barrel-aged beers weren't all of the place and ready, READY for the taking? I do. I remember those times. And, boy, am I glad they are over. (912 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Churchill's "Night of the Yeti" during SDBW. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours black with few bubbles around the rim and no lace.

N: Sweetish whiskey booze is evident. Like a chocolate brownie soaked in whiskey.

T: Mildly sweet, vanilla present with some oaky notes and dark chocolate, grainy/malty.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Slick and oily roasted finish.

O: Aside from the low carbonation, this was very enjoyable. (436 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two and a half fingers of dark brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A classic, barrel aged imperial stout aroma that is full of vanilla, oak, and caramel with background notes of chocolate, espresso, licorice, and toffee.

T - Sweet, thick caramel with bitter-sweet chocolate up front. Things get darker with espresso and nutty brown sugar in the middle. Lots of dark sugar in the finish with caramel, molasses, and chocolate supported by a strong whiskey character with, vanilla, oak, char, and licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Drinkable doesn't even enter into the equation here, this is a huge, barrel aged stout and it is good at being what it is. The whiskey character is profound and unapologetic with loads of sweet vanilla and oak that work beautifully with the dark chocolate of the base beer. Really well done. (961 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless wine snifter.

Big thanks to Homebrew311 for sharing this bottle!

2011 vintage, bottle #1904. With this bottle, I have finally finished my trek through all of the Yeti variants (that I know of, anyway...). I feel closer to complete than before... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of sienna foam. Yeah, it's good-looking, but somehow not as attractive as some of the other variants... The nose comprises whiskey, light oak, cocoa, roasted malts, maple syrup, and molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, along with more chocolate and some light red grape notes. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairy rich feel. Overall, a damn fine stout, one that utilizes the barrel-aging very well (unsurprising). Good times. (814 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Roasty and sweet with dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. There is a faint hint of smoke here.

Taste: Sweet and roasty up front with some smoke and dark chocolate. There is a bitter and roasty finish. Bourbon and mild vanilla notes throughout.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with mild, tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This beer did not live up to the hype for me. I wanted bolder flavors. The mouthfeel wasn't at all what I want from a highly rated imperial stout. Good, but I hope it is better from the bottle. (718 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mad Props to Schmittymack for trading me this one, acquired about 6 months ago.... I scored a bunch of bottles when this first came out, but over promised on trades & never got to try this (this was after I let everyone know where I found it, maybe not so clever...) Thanks Dan!

Bottle 1032 of 1104 pours a thick ebony with 2+ fingers of cocoa brown fluffy head into my Vondel snifter. Nice viscous look to this, above average lacing & average head retention

S: Oaky notes & whisky/peaty scents. Dark fruit & leafy hops as this warms

T: Follows the nose along dryness, boozey dry fruit, leafy & minty hops, dark chocolate up front. Dryness, booze-soaked plums, cherries & raisins, along with more leafy hops & dark chocolate, vanilla & peaty smokey notes as this warms. Finishes dry, oaky, fruity & a touch boozey

MF: Chewy as all get out, low/smooth carbonation
& oily richness, VERY warming

Drinks pretty nicely, but the heft & complexity do weigh on you. Still a touch too boozey, probably could've let this go another 10-18 months easily IMO. Much to like here, one to cellar save for cold/wet winter's night ( like tonight! )> Merry Christmas to Me! (1,162 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yes, this is the barrel aged variant. Not the oak aged.

BOTTLE: 2011 vintage. 750ml brown glass with a foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap. Cost was $29.00. Bottle #1687. 10.7% ABV.

Expectations are high given this beer's reputation, and the fact that it's currently #14 on the Top 50 Colorado list. Served cold into a stem-tulip. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Dark tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is horrible - maybe 30 seconds at best. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid ink-black. No light penetrates. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly-carbonated. Not unique or special for an imperial stout, but it looks good for the style. A fuller longer lasting creamier head would be nice, but they've got the darkness of head colour dialed in nicely.

AROMA: Grape, dark malts, chocolate malts, plum, and prune. I struggle to find any oak - or subsidiary vanilla or whiskey spiciness - but can't. It seems with three years of age the barrel has disappeared - at least in the aroma. It's sweet, with the grape dominating.

A pleasant aroma of average strength.

No yeast character or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Dominant grape. Subsidiary plum and prune. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Raisin.

Any barrel character is extremely reticent. I wouldn't know this was barrel aged if I tried it blind. No oak, vanilla, whiskey spiciness, or barrel sugars. No marshmallow. Not even any char or burnt characteristics. Where's that Stranahan's character I know and love?

There's no coffee, no rich chocolate, no vanilla bean...this is a boring flavour profile for an imperial stout. It just doesn't bring much complexity/intricacy, nuance, or subtlety to the table, and in this style you've got to. Depth of flavour is merely average. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

I rarely cry infection, but the tartness in the third act and the unexpected grape notes make me think it's a distinct possibility. Blakelive784 notes an accompanying lactic acid presence which I second.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, creamy, full-bodied, thick, and syrupy without coming off too viscous or overbearing. Carbonation is apt. It could be softer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Unfortunately, it's slightly astringent, and right on the finish it's unnaturally dry and coarse, lending it an off-putting arid presence on the palate, extinguishing the joy of the beer.

OVERALL: Drinkable for its high ABV - which is barely noticeable. But as a Colorado boy, having heard about how this was the best of the Yetis for years, and seeing it always in a high position on the leaderboards, I expected an imperial stout with at least a great whiskey barrel presence, but this doesn't have even that. Maybe it's just the three years of age, but I'd almost say the Oak Aged Yeti evokes more of a barrel character. In spite of the grapey infection, I am enjoying it for what it is, but there's no way I'd pay the abominable price of $29.99 USD for this again. I'm reserving judgement and would like to try it without the infection, but I'm forced to rate as-is. That said, I think it's a testament to the quality of the beer that even with noticeable infection it still earns a B from me.

Serve cold; the obnoxious dryness on the finish grows more noticeable as it comes to temperature.

Low B (3,465 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for sharing this one. Served in a smaller pint glass sort of thing at Bad Apple.

A - A couple fingers of late-rising dark mocha foam that does the reverse-cascading waterfall deal. Dissipates to a thin ring, and coats the sides of the glass with a sticky film - no lace though. Pitch black in the low light conditions, although I didn't see anything else even when I held it directly up to the light.

S - Initially it has a strong dark fruit character, although the Stranahan whiskey comes out as it warms up. The whiskey has a largely vanilla character, although there some sharp tangy oak that vainly tried to offset an otherwise intensely sweet smelling beer.

T - The taste is very similar, but there's an unfortunate burnt plastic/char taste in the background. Otherwise it's dark fruit, molasses, and vanilla galore. Pretty yummy, but starts verging on diabetic by the end of my pour.

M - Very low carbonation, viscous and syrupy. Dry tannic finish, and a bit of heat. It's right on for a barrel-aged RIS.

D - Between the odd char aftertaste, liquid diabetes, and high ABV it's not the most drinkable of stouts, but it's still a solid effort. That being said, I think I prefer the intense hoppiness of regular old Yeti. (1,243 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 drabmuh
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rarest of the five incarnation of the yeti, shared at a tasting recently. Very excited about this one.

Beer served in a tiny tulip. Beer is pitch black, even at the corners. Forms a brown head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. I can't tell the carbonation levels but at the interface of the glass I can't see any activity. Doesn't mean much though.

Aroma is hot. Lots of alcohol in there. What's the % on this? 12? You can smell it for sure. Nice malt sweetness and some roasted stuff as well. I can't really smell the barrel. I suppose that's good.

Beer is medium to full bodied and pretty sweet. Would the sweetness go down aftertime or would it sour at all if left alone? Beer finishes slightly dry and there is a lot of boozy / subtle wood character. Overall the beer was good but I should have had it with the Oak aged side by side. So far that's been my favorite. (893 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 mothman
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old style label. This was from 08.

Pours very little head. Color is black with caramel hues around the edges.

Aroma: Oak and whiskey. Chocolate and caramel malts show. It is pretty malty overall. Sweet. A bit booze. Pretty awesome.

Taste: Whiskey, oak, and vanilla. Caramel and chocolate. Sweet and malty. Boozy but in a good way. Some molasses and dried fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warming, and creamy. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends warm and dry.

Overall, this was a good -bal aged beer. Nice flavors with an all around good drinkability. I'd have more of this one. (600 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paul very graciously split a bottle of this with me on my porch last night.

Bottle 491/1104

This beer appears a near black with about one inch of beige head resting atop the darkness. There is a nice coating of lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is big, with a heavy whiskey presence followed by roasted malt and chocolate. BA Yeti is a great tasting beer, no doubt. I thoroughly enjoyed my half of the bottle. While there is certainly some noticeable heat in both the aroma and taste, I never felt that it detracted from the overall flavor of the beer. The feel is thick, viscous and wonderful with a warming alcohol finish. This beer was a treat, and I really enjoyed it. (680 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (3,479 characters)

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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