Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 613
Gots: 180 | FT: 7
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 10-08-2008)
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Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

951st Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip
750 ML
2011 Vintage- Bottle #178

Thanks to BA Poonamibaxter for this one!
Shared with BA GuruDel

**Paired with chocolate brownies, as label states is good pairing**

App- “Is that molasses” asks Gurudels wife. No its not. Its a rich dark deep brown, bordering on black with a good sheen. It was lush, rich and thick in the glass with a two finger slow receding brown head. Like a frothy brown craterous whip cream. Great sticky cling, A very good looking stout.

Smell- A little bit of bitter dark chocolate roasted notes with a stinging fresh whiskey note. The malt and grain are somewhat hidden behind these two other aromatics. On big whiffs its just the whiskey. Missing a key vanilla/oak note.

Taste- Takes a bit of time for this to mellow in the glass. Its not the biggest at 10% but its assertive at points with the booze coming though first and foremost. The chocolate comes next with a little bit of plum and dark fruit layering. A good grain bill retains itself from the base Yeti. The whiskey flavors add a depth of flavor akin to a peat or some moss.

Mouth- A good low bodied stout with a low-medium carbonation. I think they nailed the feel of this stout with some rich smoothness and a touch of whiskey burn and chocolate on the finish. A bit silky. Well done.

Drink- This was a very good treatment for a big favorite of mine. I like the way they went with a homer Whiskey treatment. It added a certain smoothness with some heat, smoke and grain feel. I would like to see a couple more bottles of this one or one with some age already on it. Highly recommend this one.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #675 of 1104

Pours a thick black color and produces a dark brown head that grows and then fades. The inside of the glass is left almost completely covered by a dark foam.... You can see the thickness here.

Wow, the aroma is even thick in your nostrils. Smells wonderful.. Vanilla, bourbon, a thick almost molasses sweetness.

In the flavor the sweetness comes through more as brown sugar. Tons of vanilla and bourbon.. Light alcohol in the finish which is enhanced by the bourbon/vanilla tones. Really good. At slight moments there are moments of chocolate, but these are pushed to the rear by the bourbon notes and even a little oak in the finish. This beer is one that just keep getting more enjoyable as you work through your glass.

Body is sticky and thick. There is a slight heat that lingers, but not even close to being "hot."

A slow sipper if there ever was one. A great beer to enjoy on the night of a hurricane. Just fantastic.

Hats off to Great Divide

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of hopdog
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle labeled 31/470.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of whisky, wood, some earthiness / dirt, roast, vanilla, and coffee. Tastes of whisky, peat, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Creamy and smooth body with the alcohol content fairly well hidden. Some what on the sweeter side.

This one is definitely a sipper. I shared this with a couple of people and I'm glad I did - as good as it was, I would have a hard time finishing off 750ml all by myself.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cbutova
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in color. Thick and viscous. Forms a small very dark tan brownish colored head that eventually reduces to a surface coating.

S: The aroma is off and I find it somewhat unappetizing. Oak, vanilla, roasted malts, and whiskey. But it comes off as smelling somewhat dirty.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of coffee, deeply roasted malts, molasses and a light sweetness.

M: Heavy bodied with lighter carbonation.

O: A good RIS, but just not one that I personally cared for very much.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
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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GROSSS!!!

Photo of DavoleBomb
1.9/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Bottle #1896.

3.5 A: The Yeti series are sexy looking imperials, but this one is a little different. Black color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is a good bit worse than the original and a small ring of lacing is left.

2.0 S: Hmmm. This is pretty disappointing. First of all, it doesn't really smell much like Yeti at all. Secondly, this is either showing signs of infection or the bourbon or barrels used suck. Something along the lines of tangy/earthy fruits. It isn't sour or tart, but it's like a tangy melon and apple. Perhaps a touch vegetal as well. Plenty of vanilla and oak. Despite whatever is going on with the barrel, the worst part is that I can't pick up much of what I love about Yeti. Where is the soft roastiness, the chocolate, the molasses, and the coffee?

1.5 T: Again, I'm not sure if something is wrong with this or not, but it isn't good. Tangy fruitiness and vegetal components from the bourbon. Vanilla and oak. Light roastiness, but very little in terms of the usual Yeti flavors. Something along the lines of an acrid finish.

2.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is missing the creaminess that I like in an imperial. Not particularly smooth either since the tanginess of the bourbon is distracting.

2.0 D: As someone who loves the hell out of every other Yeti variant, I must say that drinking this was exceptionally disappointing. I really hope it's just this bottle that sucks and that it isn't infected. In any case, this isn't a good beer.

***2011 Second Attempt***

Poured into a snifter. Bottle number is scratched off.

4.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of light brown creamy/frothy head. Retention is very good and lots of lacing is left behind. This is the Yeti I'm used to looking at.

4.5 S: Woohoo, this is a good bottle. Creamy chocolate, supple yet assertive roastiness, coffee, and caramel. Whiskey adds several more dimensions to a wonderful base beer - light leather, big earthiness with the smell of the water from a forest stream, and perhaps a touch of mineral as well.

4.0 T: Huge chocolate, lots of roast, coffee with cream, and plenty of caramel and molasses. The time in the barrel has smoothened out and integrated the flavors more so than they usually are. I don't know how long this was in the barrel, but it tastes a lot like the two year old Yeti I had a few months ago. Whiskey and barrel add the same qualities mentioned in the nose. Oak and a moderate vanilla is also apparent. Very nice.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

4.5 D: This is the beer I was looking for when I traded for it. Really wonderful. Unfortunately for the GD and its acolytes, I'm leaving my infected score until I get a refund for suffering through that first bottle.

Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011.
Bottle # 1703.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a dark brown 1 finger head that drops down quickly into a ring around the top of the beer. Average lacing.

Smell: Lots of whiskey. Smoke and dark roasty malts.

Taste: Dominant whiskey barrel notes. Mostly the oaky and woody notes. Smoke and charcoal. The rest of the beer is muted by the whiskey, smoke and charcoal. The beer is fairly roasty too, but it shows up in the finish. Almost has a minor sourness in the finish along side the roasty notes.

Mouthfeel: The unique part of the beer to me is the mouthfeel. Strong whiskey notes that you can taste, but none of the whiskey burn. This Yeti is really smooth, but I still prefer the other Yeti's that get Oaked because the mouthfeels is thicker. This seems just a bit thinner than I expected. Medium bodied beer with a low end of meoderate carbonation.

Overall: I have officially tried all the Yeti offerings. I expected this one to be the best, but I was wrong! I really liked the Expresso Oak and Chocolate Oak better than BA Yeti. Lets see what a year can do to this beer. Aged may help it become a better beer!

Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage and poured into snifter.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin collar.

S - Chocolate, smooth barrel notes, light vanilla, light roast, burnt sugars. Really rich and creamy, the chocolate is excellent, and the booze is smooth and compliments the rest of the beer nicely.

T - Dark chocolate, roast, caramel, oak, smooth booze. It's really smooth out nicely after a couple of years, yet still packs a boozy punch. A sipper, no doubt. Finish is rich creamy chocolate syrup and light oak.

M - Full, rich and smooth, viscous, creamy finish.

O - The 2009 vintage is drinking nicely now, so I would recommend you crack yours and enjoy. I can't comment on how these were fresh, but it's drinking just the way I like my BA Stout's to go. Recommend.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of birchstick
2.6/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

Photo of Dope
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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4.58/5  rDev +7%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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