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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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511 Ratings
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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 12.59%


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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midaszero

Washington

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

Thanks to stopbarking for sharing this bottle (which he got as an extra the bastard). Bottle 378/470

A - Very dark brown with one finger with coffee head with good lacing

S - Very strong whiskey presence. Caramel and toffee notes

T - Very good whiskey flavor with caramel and toffee just like the nose. Some chocolate and roasted malt as well.

M - Thick body with medium carbonation

D - Very easy to drink and very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 01:05:50 | More by midaszero
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 20:10:33 | More by FtownThrowDown
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beachbum1975

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle # 458/470 share with DrewOSU, FTownthrowdown and pwoods last night. This bottle was courtesy of a recent trade with pkeigs. Thanks for the trade, Patrick!!!

Today marks a very special day for me... Due to the addictive qualities to facebook.com, I was able to locate my best friend growing up. I haven't had any form of communication with him in 15 YEARS, so Brian - this special beer is dedicated to you...

A: Pours an ultra dark brown/black with sparse, light brown, big bubbles. No lacing and and a few big bubbles remain after the beer settles.

S: After the initial pour, the people I shared this with immediately realized it was too cold, so we all stood around like idiots trying to warm the beer cupped in our hands. Note: DEFINITELY smell and drink this at the recommended temperatures (The closer to 55 degrees, the better!)... After holding in my hands for 5-10 minutes, the nose came out MUCH better... I got moderate mix of whiskey, followed by some woodiness like oak, light molasses, chocolate, heavily roasted malts and vanilla. Let that beer warm up and it turns into a very pleasing nose...

T/M: Medium/Full flavored and bodied. Low carbonation. Much like the nose, I get a burst of wood and whiskey, followed by coffee, heavy chocolates, molasses, vanilla, and dark fruits.

Overall, it was a very nice blend and highly enjoyable. I don't think this one needs additional aging. All the flavors blend well now. If it wasn't for the following three factors, I would have made the drinkability factor much higher:
1) Rareness
2) price point
3) bottle format (I would have preferred 12 ounce bottles)

At any rate, glad I had the opportunity to try this!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 15:44:25 | More by beachbum1975
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle labeled 31/470.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of whisky, wood, some earthiness / dirt, roast, vanilla, and coffee. Tastes of whisky, peat, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Creamy and smooth body with the alcohol content fairly well hidden. Some what on the sweeter side.

This one is definitely a sipper. I shared this with a couple of people and I'm glad I did - as good as it was, I would have a hard time finishing off 750ml all by myself.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 18:53:26 | More by hopdog
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml foiled bottle, bottle # 48. Big thanks to Denver Dave for sharing this rarity!

Pours a deep and opaque black, no light gets through, just black, big thick brown head forms, slowly rises up and drops some nice lace spots, very good retention for the strength. Smell is nice, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, lots of roast, alcohol, dark fruit, espresso, bourbon is very well integrated. Taste is similar, very dark and roasty, bitter chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, toffee, bit of lactic oak, very rich flavour, figs, well integrated and I could see this being outstanding in a couple years when everything melds together better. Mouthfeel is viscous and chewy, thick syrupy body, low to medium carbonation, very nice. This was a treat, I think it worked well, and it will improve over the next couple years.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 03:39:30 | More by Viggo
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Goliath

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks goes out to EmperorStan for sharing this last night out our mini RIS tasting.

Pours black and almost completely opaque, except for the slightly ruby hued edges. A thin, light brown bubbley head forms on the pour and lingers with decent retention but leaves no real lacing.

The nose is really nice. A big smack of whiskey hites you in the face, followed by some oak, roasty malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Really nice.

The taste is great too. Huge whiskey notes, but they are really smoothed most likely due to the prolonged aging. Bit roasty malts, vanilla, chocolate and a bit of coffee all play on the palate. Really what a Whiskey Aged Imperial should be like IMO.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated. The body was really pushing full if not there, but I am always happier if it's a little thicker.

Drinkability is quite high. The flavor is great, and the booziness is so tame as it's had plenty of time to mellow. A phenomenal beer, and a real shame they produced so few bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 22:40:03 | More by Goliath
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

Bottle #390/470. Dark, black, head dies fast. Smells like whiskey, marshmallows, Hershey syrup, smores? The aroma is really strong and nice. Woody flavor, whiskey, chocolates, raisins, not much carbonation. I really didn't want to pay the $26 but this was good although not as good as the barrel-aged ruffian.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 03:56:14 | More by ArrogantB
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hylton44

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best shared, as I did, with a friend who is a big fan of Yetis.

Upon pouring, that head, which is solid brown, attests to the substantial character and lack of viscosity which is to vollow. Black as night and as thick as day-old coffee, the high alcohol content is well-masked by a thicky, bready malt; but still shines forth with a sort of hard-liquor undertone. Rye, molasses, and burnt coffee are the detectable notes. I'd love to find this in a six-pack, but it was only available in an expensive 1.5 L bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 19:41:00 | More by hylton44
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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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hoppymeal

Michigan

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

85 of 470. Pours black with a decent sized reddish tan head that slowly recedes. Aroma is some smoky and roasty notes, sweet vanilla, some strong bourbony alcohol. Taste follows with some nice chocolate and vanilla sweetness, some hoppiness as well as large amount of woody oakiness, some bourbon is evident towards the finish, somewhat spicy, and fairly dry. Mouthfeel is heavy in body, some thick maltiness is balanced well by the alcohol strength and the strong wood dryness. Some spiciness on the tongue, a bite and warmth of alcohol, and a drying finish. Very good beer, look forward to seeing how this melds together over time, should be delicious. Very thankful for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 03:31:37 | More by hoppymeal
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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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Crosling

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps a lighter shade in color compared to the original Yeti (maybe from the wood.) Original Yeti pours like oil, while this is a very dark shade of brown. It has a small head as well. Outstanding dessert-like nose filled with chocolate truffle, wafers, smores, caramel, light whiskey and wood. Flavor is well balanced and complex. Notes of coffee and chocolate, whiskey and oak, well aged and melded. Slightly under-carbonated and is evident by the small quickly diminishing head and thin mouth feel. A very nice beer. Mostly, I am excited for the potential as I think this will be a beer for the ages.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 14:29:04 | More by Crosling
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humanawho

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- good dark black appearance with ok head retention and lacing

S- strong whiskey and oaky smell right off the bat, there is a nice chocolate aroma and a faint strawberry aroma; no alcohol on the nose

T- as with the nose the taste is first of whiskey and oak with a strong sweet backbone of a strong stout with a nice dark chocolaty bitterness

M- mouthfeel seems a little thin for a stout of this strength but is still good

D- drinkability is about what you would expect, the 750 bottle is for at least 2 probably 3 people because of the strong whiskey component

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 02:04:21 | More by humanawho
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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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