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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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571 Ratings
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 619
Gots: 181 | FT: 7
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:
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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with IrishColonial. Poured into a snifter.

A: Inky black and super dense. A really nice half finger of super creamy, medium brown head erupts from the pour. Fades down to a quarter finger bubbly ring. Really tight, fine head on this one, and a fantastic, stark contrast with the midnight black beer. Excellent retention and beady lacing. If there is a better looking stout, I haven't seen it.

S: Dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted coconut and other nutty notes. Not very whiskey forward, but very barrel forward. I feel like my nose is in the empty barrel from which this came. A little bit of char. There is a sweetness and creaminess to this bouquet that is definitely unique. It is very chocolatey and there may be just a hint of dark fruit in the background. Smelling this beer is an experience in and of itself.

T: There is a sweetness to this on the front and the mid that is interesting. Almost a dark fruit flavor, but more drying. I've tasted this in a few select stouts and I've yet to identify what it is I am tasting. The whiskey treatment? Anyways, there is a lot here to love here. An initial dark fruit soaked in vanilla sweetness gives way to waves of chocolate. With one of the best resolutions in recent memory, BA Yeti settles into a fudge brownie decadence before resolving into coffee, mocha, and oak. The whiskey here is barely detectable. This is a focused stout, hitting all the right notes and tying everything together brilliantly.

M: Obviously this is a full bodied brew. Super creamy mouthfeel, though. There is a wonderful balance between the barrel, chocolate, and coffee notes. Each flavor is allowed to expand and develop with each sip, and Great Divide simply nails the landing. This is the Kerri Strug-on-one-good-ankle landing here. An excellent finish. Top marks.

O: Well, I love this beer. I've never had a Yeti variant before, but the base beer has to be very impressive to come out of the barrel like this. It's not very boozy or whiskey-forward, so those of you who like your BA stouts to be liquor in a glass will be disappointed. But I feel very strongly that BA Yeti focuses on the fundamental flavors and allows them to both expand and resolve beautifully here. This has to be near the best of the best. Great job, Great Divide!

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dvelcich threw a great tasting, and I was lucky enough to snag an invite. Thanks to stoutfest for providing this bottle for us to sample.

Poured into Duvel tulip-

I gave this a vigorous pour...It is really dark inky black in color with a caramel colored head that is very slight-- less than a finger. Some spotty lace is present, nothing major, but it is there.

Smell gets a little caramel, toffee and big chocolate. Roasty chocolate and whiskey. Little vanilla of hint and charred oak, but they aren't the main stars here, not even close. The hugest tastes are the chocolate and whiskey... But you get a little more of the oakiness and vanilla flavors than the nose would suggest.

The carbonation level is pretty good for a barell aged brew, and it is big and thick. Drinks very easily for a whiskey aged beer-- which is probably owed to how well-balanced this one is. The whiskey isn't kicking your teeth in with harshness, it actually blends into the flavor profile to create something better. Something balanced as an overall experience where whiskey is just a part of it.

The barrel aged and the espresso are easily the best of the Yeti line up, in my opinion, and if you see either one, pick it up.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Rackhouse Pub on 9/28. I really wanted to buy a couple bottles of this to bring back to OH, but the $25 price tag deterred me.

Typical black stout, thick and sticky, with a short cap of frothy balsa head.

Smells of rich chocolate and char. The bourbon is smooth, providing aromas of vanilla and toasty coconut.

Woody and full of fresh barrel characteristics. Char, chocolate, vanilla, and strong solvent bourbon notes dominate.

Thick mouthfeel. Overall very tasty, though imo not quite worth $25 a 750ml either.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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2/5  rDev -53.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.36/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

not bad but definitely some oxidation/possible infection going on

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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