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Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unique version of Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for at least nine months in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels.

Added by ArrogantB on 10-08-2008

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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 713
Photo of charlzm
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed from a 2015 bottle on February 27th, 2016. Poured into a goblet from a 55 degree bottle.

Beer is appropriately black-ish with a thick, dark tan head made of strangely large bubbles. Provides some sheeting, though not a lot.

Aroma is whiskey. All whiskey. Raw, woody, boozy, harsh, bordering on solvent. Not impressed.

Flavor is a touch salty and hot with whiskey. Slight dark chocolate note and whiskey. A little wood and whiskey. And some whiskey to finish things up. Not much Yeti character here.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, but falling short of creamy, velvety or any other sexy sounding descriptors.

Overall? Overpriced and overrated version of a great beer. there are at least three other versions of this beer that are far superior to this one at a lower price point.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Regular Oak Aged Yeti is one of my favorite all time beers. The whiskey barrel aging has an impact. I actually prefer the oak aged, but this is still spectacular.

Pours dark brown with short brown head. Initial smell reminds me of chocolate but with whiskey volatility. Flavor is very complex with roasted flavors, whiskey fighting for dominance. The aftertaste really shines here, initial flavors continue to evolve after you put your glass down. You know it's a big beer but not overwhelmed by the alcohol, mouthfeel is superb.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I honestly think regular Yeti and its oak aged variants are horribly overrated, over-hopped, and underwhelming. I've heard great things about barrel aged Yeti, but I'm still not sure what possessed me to purchase a bottle, especially given that it's the most expensive beer I've ever bought.

Boy am I glad I took the plunge. Barrel aging does wonderful things to this beer. Gone is the ridiculous and wholly inappropriate hop profile, and in its place stands one of the best BA stouts I've ever had, and what is certainly the thickest. At only about four months old, this beer tastes and feels like chocolate syrup. I split this bottle with friends, and we all agreed that it was outstanding. If you like Yeti, you'll probably love it. If you, like me, cannot understand the appeal of Yeti, you might even like it more.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 1400: Pours dark, sludge-like consistency. The barrel aroma was all over the place the moment the cap was cracked open. The aroma is fantastic; so much barrel and chocolate notes that translate into the taste. Thick, chewy, mouthfeel. This is a full-bodied stout and I'm glad I was able to get one more bottle to age. Get it if you like BA-stouts, it's worth it, cheers!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Midnight black, with a thin brown head that dies expectedly quickly and leaves spotty brown lacing.

Smell: Good Lord, what a rich, complex, sweet smell. Bourbon, chocolate covered raisins, vanilla, toasted coconut, black cherries, plums, oak, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, coffee, toasted brown bread.

Taste: Brown sugar, molasses, and burnt toast upfront. Dark fruits throughout the middle. Burnt raisins, dark cherries, plums, and prunes. Chocolate syrup sweetness with distant coffee. Finishes with surprisingly mild warmth and bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, more raisin, earth, and pine, with lingering sweetness of dark chocolate/chocolate syrup, butterscotch candy, chocolate cake, and coffee.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Smooth. Light carbonation. Not as good as I'd hoped, but it's quite drinkable.

Overall: This is an excellent and rare BBA stout that it totally worth buying. It smells as good as BCBS, but the taste and mouthfeel fall short. Still fantastic, though!

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Photo of joberlander
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unreal beer . Whiskey is right at the front of the nose and dark chocolate. Taste follows with chocolate up front with dark fruits. The mouth feel is so creamy and full. The barrel just kicks the already yeti up a notch and doesn't dissapoint. Up there with the best barrel aged stouts I've had . Only downside is the price point.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Colonial Spirits
Solid black color small tan head. Roasty light fruit, light oak. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Very flavorful beer, but I found the body and mouthfeel a bit light I'm sure the tannic aspects of the barrel made me perceive this. I think I prefer the regular version.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, bold beer with a nose to match - aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, raisins, plums and figs. Very sweet taste that overwhelms any traces of bourbon; no vanilla, coconut or any alcohol heat. For some that's a plus, but for me I really missed these flavors on the back end of the sip; it's why I buy BA stouts. Still a very good beer but, I have to say it, it's might expensive for what it lacks.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thank you ThisWangsChung!

A close 5 for me. This is incredibly dense to the point I am too drunk to review it. A sincerely delicious barrel-aged stout that has a prolific sweetness balanced by its ABV.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a motor oil black body with minimal brown head that quickly died without lace. Aroma is chocolaty, good notes of vanilla and wood, along with hints of dark fruits like plum or raisin. Beer is so smooth, despite its thick, somewhat breadlike or chewy, body, it is watery slick at times. Booze is hidden so dangerously easy sipper that balances chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, touches of roasted malts and hints of dark fruits like raisins or plums (maybe figs). I apologize for hyperbole but this is one of the sweetest and easiest drinking stouts I've had, a fact I find even more complimentary of beer when considering it has such a high ABV.

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Photo of n2185
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with half a finger of brown head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: lots of burnt sugar and vanilla here with sweet chocolate, toffee, and bourbon following through.

T: burnt sugar dominates here as well with toffee, vanilla, sweet cocoa, and bourbon after. The finish is moderately boozy.

M: thick, sticky sweet body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and sticky.

O: a good bbal stout, overall. Very barrel-forward and sweet, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of thezach
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

fudgy chocolate syrup nose, no perceived barrel character; deep tan head quickly fades to light lace, light roast and ash flavor, balanced to bitterness, big very prominent alcohol flavor, not hot, burnt raisins, medium light body. Overall a very nice beer, but I feel the alcohol flavor imparted by the barrel or the higher ABV overwhelmed a lot of what makes Yeti a pretty phenomenal beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at the barrel room in a tulip glass.

A- pitch-black with a cocoa head. Persistent head. Fluffy and full. 5

S- Leather, dark chocolate, oak, brown sugar and molasses. 4.25

T- Brown sugar, tobacco, vanilla, bready malts, caramel, oatmeal cookie, spicy bourbon. A ton of flavors. 4.5

M- Thinner in feel initially, but the smooth, creaminess fills things out and it ends up drinking quite lovely. 4.25

This was excellent. So damn good.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. Bottled on date of October 15, 2015.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of dark tan head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty and fairly sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, smoke, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Solid barrel presence with a scent of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, maple syurp, and wood. Sweet hints of molasses along with a little black licorice. Some earthy hop hints. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin and fig. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very roasty and rich dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Good barrel presence with notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, maple syrup, and wood. Sweet taste of molasses. Dark fruit undertones of fig and raisin. Also some notes of leather, black licorice, and earthy hop bitterness. A really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, chewy, and fairly syrupy. Alcohol heat is mild for 12.5%.

Overall: A really great Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. The hops are more subdued than the regular Yeti allowing for more dark fruit and balance of sweetness. Great mix of barrel and dark malt flavors.

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Photo of robbmotiwalla
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. This is good shit. It rivals BCBS, with a chocolate flavor that reminds me of Chocolate Rain, but nearly half the price. Pitch black pour with an incredibly dark head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice ring. Smells like whiskey, raisins, and chocolate. Tastes similar, but I feel that I taste grains? It's all good though, delicious actually. Maybe a wee bit too carbonated, only barely. I'm sure in a year it'll only be better, which is awesome, cuz this is great. Buy this.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage.
look: Gorgeous. Nearly opaque dark brown. Big creamy mocha head on the pour. Messy lacing.
smell: Chocolate, vanilla, and woody.Rich and well "distinguished".
taste: Wow, even better than the stellar nose. All those flavors in a rich, surprisingly mellow gentle giant.
overall: home run Great Divide. Haven't had this before but those 12 months in the barrel damn sure worked some magic.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours super dark, jet black. Looks thick and oil-like. Head is a dark cocoa brown. Darkest head I've ever seen. Head doesn't last very long but leaves nice lacing behind.

Rich, heavy aroma. Bitter chocolate, espresso, and smoke. Whiskey aroma blends in well. Caramel. Earthy hops. Oak, vanilla, and dark roasted malt. Molasses and licorice.

Huge chocolate flavor, dark and bitter. Espresso, caramel, molasses, and vanilla. Oaky barrel notes. Whiskey throughout but so well blended/balanced that it almost goes unnoticed. Licorice and tobacco. Earth and peat, hop-like.

Thick, oily, and viscous mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Flavor lingers for days. Creamy luciousness. Coats the tongue with flavor and feel.

A truly special beer. Complex and intense. Incredible balance.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very carbonated for the style but head fades quickly. Big chocolate nose. More dark fruits in the body. Bourbon is well integrated. Bitter oaky finish. Medium to full body. More interesting but less immediately satisfying than bcbs.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Great Divide tulip. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a fine one finger dark brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of whiskey, dark toasted malt, vanilla and dark stone fruit, molasses. Flavor is sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla, hint of lactose and dark stone fruit, whiskey; starts sweet and malty and ends fairly boozy, but with enough malt body to support the whiskey. Medium to heavy, creamy body with good carbonation. Nice mouth feel. A very nice barreled RIS; the great Yeti stout body shines through and supports the hefty barrel character. There is a dark fruit flavor that is not in the base Yeti, but adds a little interest to the taste. Rich and flavorful, perhaps still a bit hot, but thoroughly enjoyable. Glad I finally got to try this Yeti version. A great variation on one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of LouZ
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle - black; yielded a sliver of mocha head that quickly dissipated with a carbonated fizz like soda. Aroma is bourbon and oak. Taste is the same, with bitter, dark chocolate as well. Feel is medium bodied - on the thinner side. Overall, not as good as expected. I was hoping for a thicker mouthfeel here and alcohol is a bit strong in this, especially on the finish. It also lacks a touch of sweetness to balance it off. Perhaps if I were more of a bitter dark chocolate fan I'd love this beer, but alas I am not. Much prefer the Chocolate Yeti to this one, especially when this one was $24.

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Photo of bgold86
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into two 12 ounce snifters at just above room temperature. Nose is of huge smokey chocolaty and coffee plus dark dried fruits, of all the barrel aged stouts I've had, this is an easy top 5. Taste is huge, tons of chocolate, cherries, dark dried fruits, big coffee smokey presence; just an all around world class offering.

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Photo of spoony
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (bottled October 15, 2015) to a snifter.

A-The beer is deep, dark brown. Nearly black. A dark-brown head is short and fades quickly leaving no real lacing. The departing head reveals a shimmery cap and not much in the way of carbonation is visible.

S-The aroma is dense chocolate. More like brownie batter than baker's chocolate because of the sweetness and lower bitterness. I also sniff some marshmallow, burnt caramel, and a little bit of oak. Quite smooth and not as much heat as I expected.

T-The taste pretty much tracks the smell. Lots of rich, almost-creamy dark chocolate, brown sugar, burnt caramel, some vanilla, and hints of raspy oak. For a beer that has been in the barrel for at least a year, the barrel flavor is actually pretty mild. That time in the barrel has reduced bitterness, however. A bit of whiskey heat starts to creep into the finish.

M-The beer is medium to lighter in body with a smooth, mild carbonation. Shockingly easy to drink for a beer like this.

O-I like this stuff. It is very, very smooth. It may lack the complexity of the some of the best examples of the style, and I don't know that it competes on price, because it is damn expensive, but this is a great beer. I'm curious to see if time in the cellar will make it too mellow.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is an awesome beer, probably the final evolution of the series. its taken me a long time to get to this one, the limited availability and brutal price points have always kept me away, but this is so worth it. on tap right now at the new barrel bar on brighton, a really really cool place. got a full pour of it, now listed at 12.5% abv, much higher than whats listed here, and trust me its all of that. inky black in color, looks even darker than normal yeti, like condensed and concentrated down, with a short and short lived tan head to it, quite a contrast with its lightness on the very dark brew. shiny and slick looking too. smells like whiskey all the way, apparently this batch spent three years in bourbon barrels of different types, and you can really appreciate all the oak character, even above the bourbon flavor imparted. its like a real good deep big red wine, where the oak flavor itself is very prominent. i feel like a lot of these end up being more flavored by the whiskey than the wood, and this one does a nice job of doing both. you get vanilla and booze, a little char in there with the dark malts, much more depth and complexity than the oak aged edition, more oaky too. rum raisin sort of complexion in the middle and then the classic yeti finish, a little sweeter and longer in this edition from the whiskey. huge body, sticky and palate coating, but still enough carbonation that it keeps moving. warm but not hot on the alcohol, which is about as much as you could hope for in a beer this strong. overall this is incredible, worthy of its price tag, and should be mentioned in the same breath as the other heavy hitters in the style. one of denvers best beers.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy cow! This stuff comes at you hard with the bourbon, and it tastes and smells phenomenonal! Th chocolate malt and bourbon blends together for near perfection! Gotta put this on on your list of you can find it!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the new Barrel Bar; poured into a snifter.
Appearance - pitch black, looks like a shadow; thin mocha head, leaves minimal lacing.
Smell - bourbon and chocolate, oak and some French vanilla, fantastic!
Taste - smooth bourbon, rich dark chocolate; so flavorful, so tasty!
Feel - incredibly smooth, complex and flavorful; sweet and oaky bourbon, rich and creamy chocolate!
Overall - the marriage of chocolate and bourbon is without a doubt a masterpiece! Unfortunately, the value just isn't there, given the hefty price tag.

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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