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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 589
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 625
Gots: 183 | FT: 6
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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:
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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Reviews: 192 | Hads: 589
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.2.13
2011 Bottle 0829

A - Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head that fades to half and sits.

S - Woody, booze, chocolate, acidic cherry - hmmmm.

T - Booze, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of cherry. Infection?

D - Mild carbonation and a heavy body.

O - Big BA Stout, slight signs of infection, but nothing that ruined the beer. Very drinkable. (368 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2011 Vintage Bottle # 1449

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep dark brownish black hue with a good solid almost 2 finger deep milk chocolate head that fades to leave light side lacing and a nice thin cloud. Very nice.

S - Fearing infection I take a deep sniff. Ah, no sign of it! Nice bakers chocolate, slight roasty malts, and good whiskey notes. Not boozy at all just solid whiskey aroma. Faint barrel as well. Again, quite solid.

T - FUCK. Pretty sure I'm getting some infection here as my first taste is....sour! Damnit. Tastes like chocolate covered cherries, some wine notes. Not getting much whiskey at all. Fainter barrel notes but yeah, this is very infected. The nose trolled me.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated albeit a bit on the sharp side.

O - Overall I knew there was a risk with this bottle, still I could not smell any hints of it then I take a sip and WHAM, disappointment. Oh well, looking forward to revisiting this considering I just drain poured this whole bottle. (997 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/19/13

Appearance: Deep, dark brown - nicely sized, creamy, tan head - fades to a few wisps of a cap, nice ring that lasts forever, leaves a few nice spots

Smell: Chocolate and bourbon, in some semblance of balance - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and coffee - a strong bourbon presence, with some wood, vanilla, and booze - somewhat backed up by the malts - roasty, burnt

Taste: It's like mocha, with bourbon - bourbon and wood are in the front and quite potent, and actually become more intense as it warms (suboptimal) - dark chocolate - lightly burnt malts - roasty coffee - vanilla - malty and vanilla sweetness, a bit too sweet

Mouthfeel: On the light side of full body, smooth, with a lot of heat at the end

Overall: Yeti in a barrel, slightly more interesting than a barrel of monkeys

I should probably stop drinking bourbon barrel aged beers. I haven't really enjoyed one in a while. This issue notwithstanding, I can appreciate this beer. The Yeti base is strong enough to hold up to the bourbon. And this isn't a wood bomb like Oak Aged Yeti. (1,120 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Thick pour. Small cinnamon colored head drops to a small bubbly cap. No lacing to speak of. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Rich, roasted burnt malts. Sweet, deeply cooked malts. Bourbon adds some nice layers of oak and vanilla with touches of toffee. Pushes toward brown sugar at times. Some cocoa and milk chocolate. Nibs. Bourbon heat stays on top of everything else. Chocolate cake and dark ripe cherry. Almost like a bourbon soaked brownie.

Taste: Bourbon and fudge. Cocoa and chocolate. Homemade caramel with vanilla. Crazy roasted malts. A touch of burnt. Some char. Vaguely smoky. Raisin. So much chocolate and bourbon. Oak. Woody and a touch earthy. Some citrus in the back. Fudge and cake. It's magically a dessert beer. Dark cherry in the back.

Mouthfeel: Thick body. Minimal carbonation. Surprisingly clean on the finish.

Overall: Still searching for the elusive Sasquatch.

A standout use of whiskey barrels. A solid base beer and mellow whiskey influence. Not really an improvement on the original. (1,069 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for sharing this bottle (2011 vintage) at a tasting in 2012. Review from notes.

Poured dark brown, looks kind of oily. Beige tan head that retained nicely, no lace. Big aromas of chocolate, wood, vanilla, and roastiness, but I'm slightly underwhelmed by the complexity of the nose. Even after letting it warm a bit, I get the same plus a slight bit of dates and piny hops. Anyway, the flavor is a better example of what's going on here. Sweet caramel and toffee in the forefront, maybe a touch of biscuit too. Immediately becomes vanilla and dark chocolate (maybe of the Lindt's 80% cocoa type), with an undertone of earthiness and bitterness from the hops. The charcoal/roasted coffee bean flavors are more prominent towards the finish of course. Body is medium, but I think a beer like this should have an even bigger body. Small potatoes I suppose. Nicely carbonated. This beer is pretty damn good. I would seek out a bottle just to complete a Yeti horizontal collection, but I wouldn't go too much out of my way to get this. (1,043 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 1,000th review! I never thought I would reach this milestone and it just happened to land on my birthday. Time for something special.

2011 vintage served slighty chilled into a goblet.

Barrel Aged Yeti is nearly black in color with creamy off-white head. It settles quickly but leaves a short layer on top.

Aroma is sweet and boozy. Similar to the oak aged Yeti but with a hint of red wine and whiskey.

Flavor is very well balanced with great depth. The barrel aging elements never overwhelm the experience, just enhance it. It has rich roasted malt body with bits of dark bitter chocolate and coffee. Then the barrel character comes through with the vinous vanilla and peaty whiskey. A hint of smoke and a nice caramel finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly carbonated. The alcohol is well-controled and never seems to dominate, desipte the strength.

Overall an excellent example of barrel aged stout and worthy of a momentous review. (952 characters)

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:poured into my taster this brew pour just as menicing as any other yeti. Pitch black with a good amount of head.
S: the noise is average of barrel aged stout. Bourbon is present with maulty goodness.
T: the flavor is like a less intense yeti. The notes of coffee and chocolate are calmed down. The bourbon is not pronounced; almost like this brew was aged in brandy barrels. Notes of really dark fruit.
MF: good mouth feel not thined out, but would haved liked a thicker feel.
Overall, a brew that is worth its rarity to have. Enjoyable, but i expected more complexity out of this one. (587 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a taster glass. Huge thanks to Matt for sharing! This one I have been looking to try for quite some time.

(A)- Pours pitch black with some tan bubbles.

(S)- A robust sweetness with lots of raisin, molasses, and a syrupy bourbon oak profile.

(T)- A really nice robust and rich stout with an even greater bourbon and oak presence that far surpasses what was showing in the aroma. Really nice raisin and molasses/cocoa behind it on the finish.

(M)- A very mellow carbonation level, but it is balanced well with rich raisin/cocoa and superb bourbon oak nuances.

(O)- Overall, a great barrel aged stout. Rich and decadent with again, superb bourbon barrel oak components without making this overly boozy. Well done. (741 characters)

Photo of birchstick
2.61/5  rDev -38.6%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of mattsander
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Insanely black with very dark brown head. Gorgeous stout. Looks like very strong coffee.

S: Chocolate and oak. Lots of tangy/sour oak character and coffee. Reminds me of good french press. Earthy.

T: Wood, wood, wood, sour fruitiness, big time roast, cocoa, VERY oak forward. That oak tanginess is a bit much for my liking.

M: Full and smooth. Interesting balance between rich dark malt and sour wood. (407 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into St Bernardus glass with Mattsander and alpineclimber 12/10/12

A more light would escape from a black hole, just a thumbnail of a cola edge, even the foams dark, real dark, its short lived and leaves some polka dot lacing but the darkness of liquid and foam alike impresses

S dark fruit and oak are strong with some boozy vanilla, more earthy woody notes the barrel has left a mark for sure, I want to love the smell but its just a little boozy

T has a tangy twinge to it if that makes sense, a little sour fruit in the mix with licorice, wood, more wood, then the char kicks in, more sour notes with some dark coffee.

M not as thick as the color would let you believe but far from watery, that tangy twinge is a strange sensation, some heat and the char and coffee linger on the finish

O needs too mellow out but the faint sour notes and tangy sensation makes me think an infection might be setting in but perhaps it’s in my head. Not sure if I’d age this or not, either way it’s pretty decent stuff today

not my favorite from the Yeti’s but still solid, its great stuff if you like woody stouts, I’m not 100% sure if the sour notes are intended but its working pretty well.

Edit- The above was from notes and after reading a few other reviews perhaps there’s an infection setting in. Changes nothing I still liked the beer and if we did have an off bottle it wasn’t off by much as we all enjoyed it. (1,449 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
2.91/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: poured black in color with a little dar brown head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of whiskey in the aroma with lots of caramel signs of going infected with tart character but did manage to detect brown sugar.

T: like I suspected it is going infected which the tart character gave away alongside lots of booze oaky notes, some caramel but it was definitely infected.

M: the brew was medium in body with fair amount of carbonation which had infected qualities all around.

O: I honestly wish I had a tasty bottle to drink like most of the people who gave this beer a great rating; oh well. (624 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of Auracom
2.15/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Long-time want, thanks for sharing Jeff. 3 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 18th, 2012.

A - Looks very close in appearance to Hunahpu's but not quite as thick. Oily, with a deep khanki head and good lacing.

S - I really don't find the aroma too appealing, it's a bit of dark chocolate blended with dark fruit gone bad. Light bit of cardboard.

T - Tangy, semi-sweet flavor present throughout the entire palate. Spoiled cherries.

M - Thin body, lower to moderate carbonation, sweet finish.

D - Has to be infected. It's really pretty bad. The aroma is pretty horrible and the taste is like something super oxidized. Quite a shame, will have to revisit. (660 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottle # 3292. Not infected!

Appearance - Jet black. No light pierces even as it pours into the glass. Nice mocha head. Almost as dark as a Zhukov head. Excellent retention.

Smell - Well it's boozy, but the other aromas are very nice. Whiskey and oak. The barrel character itself isn't as prominent as the oak and whiskey (as in, I don't get as much vanilla as I'd like). As a result, the stout comes through more, though. I get the chocolate character of Yeti as well as the grassy hops.

Taste - The whiskey is less prominent here. It's almost as through the barrel has added a booziness without adding a tremendous amount more. There is an oak presence that's nice, though. Strong chocolate. The hop presence of Yeti is cut nicely, though. That's probably the best aspect of the barrel in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Extremely chewy. Nice. Hot and slightly bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I'm critical, but it's a very nice drink. If I don't analyze every sip, I really like it. If I think about it too much, I nit pick the details and it's not as good as I'd like it to be. (1,131 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of wethorseblanket at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2011 vintage. Bottle # 1414.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with a woody finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and is showing no signs of infection that apparently so many other bottles have. (671 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Checked the batch # on this baby. It's in the "non infected" range. Good....let's drink it!

As usual, the Yeti look is distinct. Dark. Off brown, creamy, thick head. It's a 5

Aroma is Yeti with a pinch of dark raisin, oak and vanilla bourbon added. The roastiness and chocolate of the original Yeti stand up well in this one.

Same with the flavor. The sharpness of the reg. Yeti is smoothed out and vanilla is more in the forefront. Yet the bourbon-ness is subdued compared to other BBA stouts.

Very drinkable. Dangerous. Pair it with nothing...it stands alone (565 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared w/ a friend. Poured into tulip glass, 2011 bottle.

A - Very dark, with a dark brown half-finger head. Good retention. Pitch black and solid, with only a touch of light at the edges.

S - Some sweetness, vanilla, oak, chocolate, some kind of fruity sweetness, like a grape or maybe pear juice?

T - Vanilla, oak, whiskey, char, chocolate; both dark and milk. Finishes slightly fruity, maybe a bit of raspberry. Cocoa and whiskey is intense. No booze flavor.

M - For an imperial stout I would call it medium in body, but overall it is still a heavy and thick beer. Finishes incredibly dry compared to expectation/experience for the Yeti line.

O - Fantastic, could drink all day. Goes down easy and tastes great. Very drinkable for such a big beer. A whole new level of Yeti brilliance. (807 characters)

Photo of ahijevyc
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aged in Maker's Mark barrels for 8 or 9 months, this was on tap at West End in Boulder for a couple wonderful weeks.

This had great Bourbon smell, the power, the body, and the taste. It was great to start with, and only got better after a snifter-full. Actually, after I realized they serve pints, I didn't mess with the snifter. I went back 5 days until it was gone.

Even though they had changed the keg on the sixth day, they thought there might be some in the line, but when it poured, the head was not ink-black, so I knew there was no more Yeti. This Maker's Mark Yeti had a darker head than Guiness, regular Yeti, Espresso Yeti, Belgian Yeti, Chocolate Yeti, Old Rasputin, Deliverance, Mephistopheles, and anything else I had before. I was really impressed by the appearance. I wish I could give a 6.

I don't know the Official beer criteria, but bear with me. (871 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,231 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (988 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle generously shared by jdiddy. 2011 vintage. Pours two shades shy of black with no head. Nose expresses dried cocoa. Taste is pure brilliance - cocoa, whiskey, wood and a hint of peanut butter. Mouthfeel is medium in consistency with a slight acidity and lightly oily texture. Carbonation falls just short of lively - if the carbonation dropped off a bit, it would really enhance the overall character. Overall, a very good BA RIS - not top tier, but very solid and quite enjoyable. (493 characters)

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.