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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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95
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521 Ratings
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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 601
Gots: 180 | FT: 5
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)
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scottfrie

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:11:57 | More by scottfrie
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srandycarter

California

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

Been waiting for this one for some time. Bottle 286/1104.

A - Black, espresso 'crema' head. Spotty lace.

S - Deep rich mocha, malt, some coffee, chocolate chip cookies.

T - Taste is smell ++. Nice ++

M - Lighter seeming in tasting than I would have thought but still heavy and viscous. Good carb. Great coating and balance.

D - I would even though I would pay. Too tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 04:36:17 | More by srandycarter
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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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StJamesGate

New York

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Totally opaque with cafe-au-lait creamy head that trails and leaves crazy webs. Amazing deep round sweet honey, golden raisin and whiskey nose.
Raisin, tea cake, cold coffee, hints of vanilla, a bit of leather, and a root beer syrup ending.
Ringing woody whiskey finish and barky nutmeg linger. Medium to full, round, smooth.

Four years aged, and the oak has not faded much. Round sweetness, not much roast but no heat either. What you want from barrel-aging.

A silent killer.

Thanks to Adam for holding on to this.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:39:48 | More by StJamesGate
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to pop for the assist!

Month and Year Bottled: Aug. '08
"1st Batch 2008" (written in silver paint pen on the bottom of the bottle)

A: Dirty motor oil black with a dark brown/rust colored head. Creamy and sticky foam with good retention and lace.

S: Heavenly! Aromas of whiskey, vanilla, fudge, dark fruit, toffee, nuts, and caramel.

T: See above. Awesome whiskey flavor coupled with everything and...marshmallows!

M: Silky/creamy with a hint of alcohol heat. Near perfect levels of sweet, dry, and savory.

D: Fantastic! Hardly any trace of abv! A masterful example of a barrel aged RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 18:54:54 | More by GbVDave
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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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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-09-2013 03:27:35 | More by williamjbauer
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-27-2013 13:29:11 | More by thegerm87
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Second bottled the 2011 consumed. Amazingly happy it isn't infected. #2546.

A- Pure black pour. Above the body is a huge dark mocha at head, it's size and retention are both beyond most bourbon aged imperial stouts. Not much lace but some good spots.

S- Just bliss. Amazing vanilla oak barrels, whiskey, chocolate and roast malts blended and balanced to perfection. Rich and delicious. Smooth and alcohol is hidden.

T- A kick of dark cocoa powder leads off with the splendid whiskey barrels following. Vanilla seeps from the oak, whiskey bourbon adds a great but balanced flavor, caramel, roast malts, coffee beans and oak.

MF- Thick oily body really pleases the palate. Carbonation is silky smooth and at a nice low level, allowing the rich flavor to shine. Alcohol warms the palate to a great level.

Honestly the most balanced bourbon barrel aged stout I have had. The interplay between whiskey, cocoa, oak and malts just amazes me. Maybe the best I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 00:18:31 | More by cbutova
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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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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -6.8%

01-25-2012 22:01:28 | More by KAF
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle an opaque jet black color, with a thin collar of cappuccino colored foam. A whole lot going on in the nose here--bourbon, vanilla, cocoa beans, licorice and alcohol. On the palate I got a lot of bourbon, which is a bit overpowering. Also some vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malts. Alcohol is very evident and very warming. A nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 23:54:21 | More by emmasdad
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-14-2013 04:55:30 | More by BMart
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Floydster

California

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with silver foil courtesy of Gabe, thanks for bringing this back after GABF man, bottle #457 of 470, had to drink a stout on St. Patrick's Day and this was the coolest one I had, so it was the obvious choice, poured into my Grimbergen chalice, color is a very dark brown with little light shining through, thin 1/4 inch light brown head that mostly a few big bubbles here and there on each of the pours, no retention or lacing, aroma consists of bourbon that is not as strong as expected, rich dark chocolate, oak, roastiness, roastiness, strong hops, burned toffee, and a hint of coffee, taste is roasty at first, some dark chocolate in the middle along with burned malts, mild whiskey in the finish but not enough to even be warming, later on vanilla comes out and the flavor becomes much better, sweetens up a little as it warms up too, lots of oak and dryness from hoppiness in the finish then too, by the end the bourbon has come more to the surface but is still not very strong, other than that is a nicely balanced stout, sweet, roasty, dry, and slightly hot mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied for its style, taste lingers a long time, could have probably used a little more carbonation, drank this whole bottle myself but it took well over a few hours, good thing I sat down and watched a movie while sipping on this, alcohol is hidden well but it will still catch up to you, stuff is pretty smooth though overall, could have even drank more, Yeti is good by itself but the barrel aging definitely helped things out, much better than the oaked version, probably needs some age to let things mold together some more, the whiskey is not strong as it seems it could be yet either, for spending twenty months in a barrel it seems quite weak actually and especially in the flavor, would like to drink again, it will be interesting to see what this becomes in a few years, recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 04:11:45 | More by Floydster
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koopa

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 15:38:44 | More by koopa
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my lucky night! I got to sample the Barrel Aged Yeti from 2008 and 2009 courtesy of ygtbsm94(2008) and Lunch (2009). Thanks Brad and Paul!

A: The darkest black you can imagine, with a dark brown head that's only a couple of shades lighter than the brew itself. Both the 08' and 09' looked pretty much the same.

S: Chocolate and whisky make a lethal combination! Also present were bourbon (subtle, but still there), and vanilla held it all together. The 08' had a little more of a Hershey's milk chocolate quality, with the 09' was more on the bitter cacao side.

T: The 2008 was basically melted double chocolate fudge, with whisky, mild bourbon, and dessert ingredient-type vanilla. The 09', while still fantastic, had more of a dark bitter chocolate quality in general. Both had the wonderful oaky quality that sets the "Yeti" apart from many of its clones in the craft beer world.

M: The 2008 was smooth as hell, while the 2009 was a bit rough around the edges. In both cases, the oak settled the sweetness in that perfect way that only oak can.

D: After we moved on from this brew and onto other beer ventures, I noticed that there was still a small bit left in each bottle. I bypassed some of the other brews available that night so that I could have more of this one. I guess that speaks volumes as to its drinkability huh?

NOTE: The 2008 deserves and A+ and the 2009 deserves an A.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 17:15:42 | More by Chaney
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birchstick

Colorado

2.6/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 02:35:41 | More by birchstick
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 23:09:55 | More by DarthKostrizer
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buckyp

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-29-2011 03:24:42 | More by buckyp
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nickd717

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by someone awesome at DLD. I can't remember who, as I was three - or even four - sheets to the wind by that point, but I did make some decent beer notes on this one, so here goes.

Pours jet black and slightly viscous with a one-finger tan head that leaves some swirls on the beer.

Aroma jumps out at you with everything you want from a beer like this. Very roasty with coffee, chocolate, oak, whiskey, and vanilla.

Flavor is similarly intense and awesome. The whiskey and oak really assert themselves thanks to this beer's very long (20 month) residence in the -bals. I did not see barrels when I visited Great Divide, but hell, I guess they must be somewhere. The awesomeness of regular Yeti also comes through, with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and even some hops.

The mouthfeel is great, smooth and slick with fairly full body.

I am rarely one to speak badly of a -bal aged imperial stout, and this is not going to break that trend. This beer is awesome. They should make more of it. Drinkable for the 12.2%. I might be able to finish a bomber of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 01:08:52 | More by nickd717
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-01-2013 00:47:18 | More by ncaudle
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -53.4%

12-16-2012 02:19:35 | More by brez8791
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Crosling

Colorado

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

Perhaps a lighter shade in color compared to the original Yeti (maybe from the wood.) Original Yeti pours like oil, while this is a very dark shade of brown. It has a small head as well. Outstanding dessert-like nose filled with chocolate truffle, wafers, smores, caramel, light whiskey and wood. Flavor is well balanced and complex. Notes of coffee and chocolate, whiskey and oak, well aged and melded. Slightly under-carbonated and is evident by the small quickly diminishing head and thin mouth feel. A very nice beer. Mostly, I am excited for the potential as I think this will be a beer for the ages.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 14:29:04 | More by Crosling
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-11-2012 16:40:55 | More by Tyrawlings
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-08-2013 09:21:30 | More by RedneckBeerz
Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.