Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
First batch, bottle 9/470. Aged carefully in my cellar since shortly after bottling.
Poured from the large capped bottle into a snifter, pitch black, dark tan head with good retention. Lacing is average.
Aroma is roasted malts, with a good but not excessive dose of bourbon, dark fruits, some molasses, chocolate and coffee.
Full bodied, yet somewhat easy to drink, with similar notes from the aroma, well balanced, with a slight tendency to chocolate, fruits and malty sweetness versus roasted malts and bitter coffee.
Carbonation held well over the 2 + years.
Pleasant surprise in a night with great friends sharing this one, Parabola and KTG.
02-26-2011 01:19:25 | More by brdc
4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours a dark dark brown. A decent amount of brown head. Very pretty. Smells very chocolatey and rich. The bourbon is fairly subtle. On the tongue the bourbon is solid. Lots of chocolate and rich buttery bourbon. Some very light vanilla and roast. Subtle oak but mostly the chocolate is prominent
04-16-2011 20:00:41 | More by Urbancaver
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
Big bottle purchased by colleague at The Bobolink, The Big, OR., $10, October 2010 bottling.
Dark brown head, a bit uneven bubbles, fairly slow dissipation with significant lacing on top of uber-dark brown opaque body, no visible carbonation. Huge frickin' dark chocolate hit in the nose, re +70% cocoa, citrusy and floral hops for balance. Taste mirrors nose, really chocolatey, hops are absolutely subsumed by the huge chocolate malt profile. Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, some effervescence but not too much. Not sure this is the most drinkable of beers, definitely worth splitting a bottle, palate wrecker to be sure. Worth a try for fans of big ass chocolate stouts. Wondering if I shouldn't seek out that Stranahan's barrel aged version...
12-08-2011 17:14:03 | More by jdense
4.68/5 rDev +9.1%
Gooo Stranahans! Pours a midnight black color with a frothy dark tan head. Not as viscous as I would have thought. Limited retention but good lacing for the tasting.
The nose is mostly whiskey. Some of the base beer is present, with a light roast and chocolate backing. But limited. Some minor oaky notes with a hint of vanilla. Some yeast characteristics but light. Some plum and raisin notes.
The taste is amazing. The beer and whiskey notes come out and blend really well together. To start there is a sweetness that quickly balances with the roast and chocolate notes from the beer. But this is then blended with a stronger vanilla flavor that slowly brings out the whiskey and oak characters. Definitely a savory beer. As it warms the yeast note come out. Sugar plums and a bit of cherry notes. A light chalky in the finish.
The body is big. This is a beer that you really need to sit on and enjoy it. Carbonation is a bit high but still good. Overall a fantastic beer.
01-23-2010 22:13:41 | More by Oxymoron
4.6/5 rDev +7.2%
From South Sound tasting notes:
Poured near-black with a finger of dark mocha head. Lots of oak and vanilla bourbon in the aroma mixed with sweet chocolate and gentle roasted malt.
Moderate carbonation and an ultra-creamy, full mouthfeel. Caramel and chocolate sweetness mixed with smoke, bourbon, vanilla/oak, and molasses/licorice. Nice warm finish.
Lots of flavors going on here but it remains absolutely smooth, balanced, and tasty. A real stand-out.
01-15-2012 02:31:16 | More by grittybrews
4.72/5 rDev +10%
2011 vintage shared by cbutova, awesome surprise beer.
Looks like all other yetis, black body, nice brown head retains well and leaves lacing.
Chocolate, roast, whiskey, vanilla in the nose.
Taste is excellent. Big chocolate syrup, roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, caramel and some oak and a bit of alcohol. Just awesome, great balance, slightly dessert-like but not sweet.
Slick mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation, some booze but not bad considering, pretty easy drinking, great flavor.
Even next to a plethora of great stouts, this was probably the best of the night for me and that opinion seemed unanimous. This is exactly how I'd hope a Barrel Aged Yeti would turn out, base beer still recognizable and in tact with a great whiskey barrel presence without being overpowering. Probably one of the best bourbon barrel stouts I've had, the price is a damn shame though.
12-20-2011 19:58:07 | More by Chico1985
4.48/5 rDev +4.4%
750mL (2011, bottle 3667) opened w/ some trepidation after random reports of infection. I traded away some very good beer to get this one...
Pours a deep thick black w/ a reddish-brown head - the darkest head I think I've ever seen - that dissipates pretty quickly to just a ring of bubbles around the rim. Minimal carbonation.
Aroma is deep and rich. Coffee, chocolate, whiskey, oak, vanilla. No signs of infection so far. Nice and smoky. Dark fruits and roasted nuts as it warms.
Taste follows nose. Lots of whiskey and char along with all the other elements in the aroma. Buttery and rich with a strong, bitter finish. This was everything I was hoping it would be, but probably not more. I'd give it a 4.75 if I could.
Mouthfeel is rich, slick, and coating. A little sticky.
Overall, yes. Very nice. Whiskey and oak are clearly dominant, but that's why you buy a barrel aged beer, is it not? Rich and satisfying, still a notch lower than say Parabola or KBS. Still very enjoyable.
05-30-2012 03:52:00 | More by draheim
4.58/5 rDev +6.8%
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!
01-14-2012 18:35:01 | More by siege06nd
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
Another one of the stalwarts that Beachbum1975 broke out on us. Great night.
Pours a murky brown in color. There is no head forming on the pour, but there are very large bubbles all over the perimeter of the glass. Nose is a little boozy. Not quite a bourbon smell, but just boozy and a bit of an alcohol note.
I agree with Shane, this needs to warm up to near or just shy of room temperature. The flavors really come through and it gets a fuller mouthfeel. Lots of oaky, chocolatey and whiskey coming through in the flavor. Nothing is dominating, but they play off one another very well. Incredibly smooth on the mouthfeel. I don't mind the lack of carbonation, I actually prefer it in a beer of this nature. Easily the best of the Yeti's that Great Divide makes. Just wish this was more readily available and cheaper. I could find myself drinking this quite often.
12-13-2008 20:10:33 | More by FtownThrowDown
Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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