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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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566 Ratings
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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 617
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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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared with some friends over the weekend. It poured pitch black in color with a thin tan head sticking mostly to the edges of the glass. It looked very thick and still in the glass. Pretty inviting appearance for the style.

The aroma has a big dark and bitter-sweet chocolate presence to it. I get some roasty coffee notes mixing with a little burnt bitterness as well. The bourbon is moderate, but very complimenting. The bourbon, oak and vanilla flavors really integrate well into it.

The taste has more of the dark chocolate and roasty bitterness coming out up front. In the finish is where I get more of the bourbon with some oak, vanilla and a little alcohol heat. Like the aroma, the bourbon barrel characteristics really compliment the big chocolaty, roasty coffee flavor profile of the base beer without overpowering it at all.

The mouthfeel is thick and heavy with carbonation being low. Great mouthfeel for my tastes in the style. Overall I thought it was a great beer. I really liked that the base beer shined through and the bourbon barrel flavors complimented instead of dominated. Great range of flavors to it overall and I'm sure it helps that I love the base beer to begin with.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of BierGartenok
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CH for this awesome addition to the Amazing line of Yeti brews from Great Divide.

Pour is dark, thick and heavy. Small to medium head is noticeable..lacing is sticky and leaves rings all down the glass.

On the nose is plenty of bourbon. Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and more bourbon. Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected from a stout in the yeti line. Not as full bodied as say and Oak Aged yeti, but still a very good Taste is cocoa and vanilla. Roasted malt and bourbon come in hot. Slightly boozy, but very balanced. The finish is dry and long, no doubt due to the heavy influx of bourbon aged onto the brew. I would say that this is a very pleasing and balanced beer. Although, I don't believe that it lives up to the hype that has surrounded it. It could be only that it is very rare. I enjoyed this beer very much! If you get the chance definitely give this one a try, but don't go out of your way for it! Cheers!

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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever brought this one to Jerz halloween tasting

Look: Black and totally opaque with a small head that does not stay around very long

Smell: Lots of bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Follow the nose to a t. Lots of bourbon upfront and in your face balancing on the too much level. the backend has some nice vanilla and oak notes

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Great beer cant wait to do a side by side tasting of all the variants

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4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Fall Release - Bottle #111
I bow my head to those at The Great Divide - Good show my friends. Shared this brew w/ several at 3F and this is the consensus:

Pour was dark & somewhat thick with little head, quick to diminish. Smell was pure goodness, strong bourbon with slight notes of roasted malts & vanilla. The smell literally caused major positive reactions on the faces of several others. Beer was exeptional, the scent of bourbon was much more than what coated the tongue. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, roasted malts, & bourbon were predominant with a slight tinge of caramel. Flavors coated the tongue, roof of my mouth, & teeth without residing quickly like other BBA Stouts I've had. This is one of the best Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts (mind you this beer was young) I've had in a long time, especially out of the hole. Honestly it blows most other special releases I've had out of the water. Slight hoppyness still remains, give this beer a solid year to age & everybody will be seeking it. Mark my words mates~ Cheers!

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3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011.
Bottle # 1703.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a dark brown 1 finger head that drops down quickly into a ring around the top of the beer. Average lacing.

Smell: Lots of whiskey. Smoke and dark roasty malts.

Taste: Dominant whiskey barrel notes. Mostly the oaky and woody notes. Smoke and charcoal. The rest of the beer is muted by the whiskey, smoke and charcoal. The beer is fairly roasty too, but it shows up in the finish. Almost has a minor sourness in the finish along side the roasty notes.

Mouthfeel: The unique part of the beer to me is the mouthfeel. Strong whiskey notes that you can taste, but none of the whiskey burn. This Yeti is really smooth, but I still prefer the other Yeti's that get Oaked because the mouthfeels is thicker. This seems just a bit thinner than I expected. Medium bodied beer with a low end of meoderate carbonation.

Overall: I have officially tried all the Yeti offerings. I expected this one to be the best, but I was wrong! I really liked the Expresso Oak and Chocolate Oak better than BA Yeti. Lets see what a year can do to this beer. Aged may help it become a better beer!

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

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Roasty and sweet with dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. There is a faint hint of smoke here.

Taste: Sweet and roasty up front with some smoke and dark chocolate. There is a bitter and roasty finish. Bourbon and mild vanilla notes throughout.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with mild, tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This beer did not live up to the hype for me. I wanted bolder flavors. The mouthfeel wasn't at all what I want from a highly rated imperial stout. Good, but I hope it is better from the bottle.

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Something special for #400 277/ 1104 Poured into a Great Divide Tulip

Thanks to Forgetfu for the bottle

A-- Poured black, pretty much motor oil black. Dark brown leather one finger head that quickly falls off to milk chocolate colored film. Get same reaction on swirling. fast running ABV legs on the sides of the glass and just bits of lacing here and there. Thinking the body is a bit thin with the fast legs.

S-- Buttery Carmel, Vanilla, milk chocolate, whiskey, and wood. Flavors mesh very well. ABV is in the nose but the Carmel and vanilla is just yummy. No coffee though. What I like most about the Yeti smell.

T-- Whiskey, wood, Carmel, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol. The alcohol is not in a bad way though. Enhances the flavors and makes this more complex and richer.

M-- I will draw some parallels to some massive shiraz's I have had here. The beer sticks to my gums. Very numbing of the gums due to the alcohol. That is good though. Slightly thin body but makes up for it in feel. Rich, thick, chewy and heavy. Still lot of whiskey, wood, vanilla, dairy milk chocolate, and Carmel but also do get appearances of coffee and with dark fruits here and there. Bits of bitter coffee and whiskey finish are a good touch.

O-- Has some flaws here and there and the Alcohol is a bit overbearing at times. Reminds me way too much of a good shiraz that is just in your face. Still pretty easy to drink though. Still get the base beer and Yeti is to me the best Imperial stout on the market (ok, bit of a homer). Very good barrel treatment. Still ageing very well and will be good for a while. Quite happy to have had this.

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4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We've been waiting a while to crack this one open. No better time than at the beginning of summer, albeit a short one.

This bottle opens with a disappointing "puff" with a single whisp of smoke that rises from the bottleneck. On rigorous pour, there is a thin, tiny head that fades to oily blackness in a matter of seconds.

The smell is very satisfying. It's dominated by caramel and vanilla up front with a nice chocolate and nutty finish. No coffee.

First sip of this beer was great. Sweet vanilla and nuts up front with some chocolate and leather in the middle. Finishes with a very small amount of roasts. As a very delayed aftertaste, I finally get some coffee notes. Subsequent sips of this beer were still delicious, but not complex. When comparing this to the Oak Aged Yeti and Oak Aged variants, I have to admit that, despite BA Yeti being an overall much better beer, the complexity of the Oak Aged versions is far superior. Perhaps the roastiness in the other Yetis I've tried was once in BA Yeti as well, but I'm guessing that the coffee notes must have faded over the almost 3 years that it's been in the bottle.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Thick and with low carbonation - heavy enough that you have to chew it.

Overall this was an outstanding beer. Really outstanding. The lack of complexity does hurt it a little bit, but as a man who enjoys big, barrel aged sweet beers more than something such as a coffee porter, the lack of bitter roasts is fine by me. I would love to try this one again, but unfortunately, I sense that this may be more of a hit it and quit it.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to airohead2001 for this celebratory beer! Bottle 1062

A: Dark, dark brown in color, almost black with a 1/3 finger brown whispy, thin head that fairly quickly faded into an oil slick with a crown. There’s moderate legs, not much lacing.

S: The whiskey is front and center, though not overpowering and is followed by a little bit of nuttiness and burnt sugar.

T: Fairly unique as far as barrel aged beers go, though not super complex. This beer hides the 12% abv phenomenally and has mellowed out very well. The tastes starts off with toasted malt and some milk chocolate and then moves to a dry nuttiness. There’s not much dark fruit, no coffee, and only a little caramel. The finish has a nice amount of whiskey flavor incorporated with the aforementioned tastes as well as the faintest twinge of etoh.

M: I appreciate the nice full body and appropriately low carbonation. The aftertaste is great as well.

O: An excellent beer that I was really happy to try. I would gladly have this again any time if given the opportunity.

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.