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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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world-class

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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 598
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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seeswo

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-19-2013 15:03:49 | More by seeswo
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-15-2012 19:15:02 | More by tclapper
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 04:22:50 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-14-2012 00:55:55 | More by kaelingirl
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rye726

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best version of the many Yetis produced by Great Divide. It pours a near black color with a thick espresso head. The nose has a nice blend of oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasty malts and subtle hops. The taste is equally complex. Nothing stands out too much, superb balance. Creamy body has delicate carbonation. A fantastic stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 06:39:43 | More by rye726
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle, bottle 7 / 470 - bottled 8/09. Pours a dark black/brown with a thin brown head (even after a vigorous pour) that quickly diminishes to a thin dusting.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, molasses and whiskey.

The flavor is roasted chocolate with a lot of sugary molasses. It has a bit of strong alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with almost no carbonation.

Overall, this is not nearly as good as the regular Yeti. It has almost no carbonation, and is overly sweet and alcoholic. I can hardly taste the hops that I'm used to in Yeti. It's a bit of a treacly alcoholic mess.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 07:14:14 | More by Beaver13
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

03-24-2013 21:51:28 | More by Sparky44
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armock

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

S - Is of oaked vanilla roasted malt some alcohol

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 19:39:14 | More by armock
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

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

2011 vintage, bottle #3500.

Beer is jet black with a moderately-sized cocoa-coloured head. Fades fairly quickly but not totally. Some lace.

Huge whisky smell in the nose, along with oak and vanilla. Big cocoa smell under that. Toffee comes out more as time passes, or I get used to the smell.

Whisky, oak, vanilla, chocolate, toffee. Whisky is strong, but not quite as dominant as in the nose. Despite the strength of the whisky, it blends well with the stout. Interacts rather than dominates.

Full bodied, but not as heavy as expected. Low carbonation.

Overall, very good. Not something I would go for regularly (even if possible), but very glad to have had it now.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:15:31 | More by jrenihan
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-22-2014 21:43:51 | More by ThePorterSorter
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-28-2011 00:53:48 | More by 2dogbrew
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-12-2012 02:04:31 | More by hoppymcgee
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-27-2011 12:24:34 | More by GrindFatherBob
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

750 mL silver foil and capped bottle, #816/1104, courtesy of Bardwashrind - thanks to a great and patient trader. Part of my cellar cleanout program. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours an absolutely shatteringly deep charcoal black, entirely opaque, and devoid of any hint of translucence around the edges. This is one dark, dark beer, but then again, Yeti was always a petrifyingly dark brew. Its barrel aged cousin is no different, though, and is capped initially by one full finger of erratic and pockmarked head, lightly frappéd espresso hued, but with relatively poor retention, fazing and fading to a thin collar within a minute or two. There is, however, a surprising amount of lacing, which lets you know that - even though this Yeti may be barrel aged and thinned - it's still the same old highly hopped Yeti. Nicely dried, windswept-sand-esque patterns are strewn along the non-sip side of the tulip, and glittery and discretely moist dollops bejewel the other side. A solid start.

Aroma: Fudgy brownie transitions to earthy, leafy hops transitions to a sweet, spicy whiskey kiss. Almost harsh at places, I think this may be this beer's weakest component, particularly as it warms (where it's reduced to hershey's syrup and whiskey). Initially, you get a nice, sweet array of malts, milk chocolate, faint coffee, nice toastiness, a few hop notes, and a nice amount of slight coconut-esque barrel aging presence with (obviously) a ton of whiskey. It stays this way long enough to where it's still, on the whole, pretty solid - I've just been savoring it for a long while ...

Taste: Definite Yeti, in all its glory, but with a huge kick. At the first, the malts are precisely where you want them to be - dark, deep, toasted, but not overly astringent or too dry to provide a counterpart to the hop and barrel notes. Sweet, fudgy brownies, milk chocolate, faint coffee, toast, anise, and dark toffee notes literally drown the tongue, intense, all-encompassing. The hops are still fierce despite the aging, taking on a big tobacco, herbal, and even faintly floral presence, fainter than I imagine they were when they were when fresh but still nice, and providing a mild bitterness to compliment the above astringencies and .... below spiciness. The whiskey is divine, almost decadent when mixed with this much sugar, like a bourbon fudge cake. I do get some astringencies in the finish that fade even farther in to the finish as this one warms, to be sure, but if this is 12.2%, I'm PJ Harvey. And I am not PJ Harvey.

Mouthfeel: Give it a while to die down and you'll be rewarded. Initially, I found this one a little overcarbonated, prickly, erratic, uneven, which really didn't work with the already spicy, prickly, warming alcohol presence buried here. But once it had sat out for about ten minutes, this turned into a smooth, creamy delight, more reminiscent of the bourbon fudge cake mentioned above. Had it at a 4.0 initially, but it's deserving of a 4.5 as it achieved this balance pretty quickly, relative to other examples of the style.

Drinkability: A lot to say about this beer. It's a step up over the BA-Old Ruffian and a step up over many barrel aged beers (the use of the whiskey barrels here works splendidly with the hops and the sweet, sticky malts of the Yeti can definitely contain their spiciness), but definitely still has its flaws. The 12.2% has begun to wear on me after a whole bottle, to its detriment, but perhaps not as badly as I imagine it would have, to its credit. On the whole though, this is one heck of a balanced beer: it's thick, like drinking whiskey cake batter at points, but there's enough carbonation to counteract; it's spicy, with tons of rye whiskey character, but with a ton of sweet malts and hop notes to counteract. This is one I'd like to see more people be able to get their hands on - if you're going to up the production of only one of your Stranahan barrel aged beers, Great Divide, make it this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 02:46:33 | More by CrellMoset
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jampics2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, purchased from the fantabulous Wine and Cheese place. After giving away a bottle I brought to Dark Lord Day since I was "all beer'd out", I've been dying to find an occasion to open one. Saturday morning seemed like a good choice, so Paulie and I split this along with some chocolate doughnuts!!

Into a snifter it goes. The beer is black, opaque, and devilish like the soul of Hades. The head is mocah colored and quickly sinks into the black abyss. Spotty lace is left on the snifter, but the head and lace deficiencies make this just good and no better.

Barrel aged Yeti has all the smells that make Yeti great, and then some extra pizzaz. The primary smells are bourbon, or, in this case, really good Colorado whisky and chocolate. The chocolate is more of a dark fudge than milk chocolate, and there's a sweet roasty malt character that I really like. Wood gives some vanilla and earthy characteristics and there's a touch of cherry as well. Overall, it's very expressive and just a touch boozy and brash. Almost perfect but falls a hair short.

However, the taste is sublime. Perfect example of how oak can add depth and vanillin to a stout. The barrel has made this just exceptional. It's dark and decadent, with chocolate-dipped cherries and slight whisky sting. Theres some dark cherry and vanilla, plus coffee roast and even coffee liquor. Just an amazing array of flavors and one of the best examples of -bal aging that has ever crossed my lips.

This beer is thick with creamy milkshake carbonation. Sweet and not sticky with a sweet bourbon finish. Just a hair short of perfection. This is the best Yeti version ever. I will be permanently ISO of any chance to drink this and I'm so happy I have one more bottle to do a Yeti horizontal with. So its not the most "drinkable" beer every because of the intense flavors but it's something every stout fan should seek out. A heavenly beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 22:03:25 | More by jampics2
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. It's the 2011 batch, #3447 (not infected)
Poured into a Stone IRS tulip

A: Pours literally like motor oil, for real. About a half finger of dark tan head. Tight bubbles. Fades after a while into a ring around the edges. Lacing sheeting. Alcohol feet. The whole 9 yards.

S: Dark roasted malts. Dark chocolate. Some woodiness. Oak and vanilla are there. Maybe some dark fruits as well. Really appealing.

T: Right up front deep dark chocolate. Tons of it. In the middle you get espresso bitterness. Vanilla. Some toffee. Really dark cocoa chocolate. It's sweet but not overly sweet because of the bitterness of the chocolate. I sort of wish the barrel was pronounced but it's still amazing either way. Great beer.

M: Full bodied. Coats the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 15:06:47 | More by inlimbo77
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-03-2013 07:48:32 | More by oglmcdgl
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

11-26-2012 20:44:53 | More by MinorThreat
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-04-2011 18:19:00 | More by HopStoopid120
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-11-2013 23:54:48 | More by DaPan
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Phelps

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, bottle number 3261. This is the Yeti aged for at least nine months in Stranahan’s barrels. Poured into a tulip.

Thick as liquid chocolate, dark as liquid ebony. Light-absorbing. Half a finger of dense milkshake head the color of cinnamon sticks deposits tons of frothy, foamy lace.

Super buttery and oaky nose. Tons of vanilla and butterscotch with lighter hints of cocoa powder, raspberry syrup and piney hops. Sweet, tangy, chocolatey — an incredibly smooth combination of chocolate and bourbon.

The flavor mimics the aroma pretty well, but is a little sweeter, a little tangier. Dark chocolate/raspberry syrup again, along with lots and lots of toffee and lighter touches of vanilla, cocoa powder and pine. The swallow brings layers of chocolate cake, dark chocolate, toasted oak and vanilla. Surprisingly fruity overall, with lingering notes of chocolate and burnt toast.

The mouthfeel is the only part that’s not completely and obviously outstanding. Soft and just a touch thin for what it is at medium-light. Lots of numbing booze and and more heat in the nose. Light, tingly carbonation doesn’t cause the brew to break apart as it moves.

The Yeti is one beer that’s strong enough to stand up to barrel aging. It holds its qualities well and doesn’t become overpowered. Smoothness is the word here — an incredibly well-integrated blend.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 00:30:08 | More by Phelps
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Dicers

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

11-11-2013 02:41:22 | More by Dicers
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vonnegut21

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-19-2013 23:37:17 | More by vonnegut21
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Schlafly snifter from a 750ml bottle.

Thanks to arniepnminne for the bottle.

Bottle Number 1248. The label indicates this brew has been aged in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Barrels.

The brew pours a gorgeous dark oily black. Pitch black with no light coming through the glass. There is a nice dense and frothy tan to dark tan head that is cappuccino-esque. The brew is oily and viscous and fills the glass well. Very attractive. A number of quick swirls gives the head a second win. The head gets up to about 0.5 inc and quickly dies down to a tan ring around the edge of the glass. There is some slight sticky lacing.

Starts off with chocolaty sweetness. Sweet caramel and caramelized brown sugar are definitely present as well as some nice sugar cane molasses. Sweet vanilla notes and whiskey are hanging out in the nose. Slight alcoholic burn somewhere in the middle as well as some cinnamon and slight licorice notes on the finish. As the beer warms there is some nice chocolatey fudge and some slight coffee roast but these notes are mild.

The first taste is heaven. Very viscous and oily one of the more thick and chewy BA stouts out there. Starts with some surprising coffee notes that are not as visible in the nose. Then there is some nice whiskey sweetness that come sin with some vanilla, caramel and some slight licorice. Once again the roasted coffee notes come in and mixes in very well with these flavors. Hints of toffee and chocolate cake are stuck in the middle of the brew and add a very nice sweet but also bitter dimension. There is definitely some alcoholic heat to the brew on the back end as well as some nice wood notes. Slight spice is present on the back end and it finishes with a dark chocolate bitterness and a whiskey heat.

This is a great brew. Nice offering by the GD guys. Very delicious and vibrant flavors and actually pretty balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:45:04 | More by JoEBoBpr
Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.