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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 611
Gots: 181 | FT: 6
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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Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle an opaque jet black color, with a thin collar of cappuccino colored foam. A whole lot going on in the nose here--bourbon, vanilla, cocoa beans, licorice and alcohol. On the palate I got a lot of bourbon, which is a bit overpowering. Also some vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malts. Alcohol is very evident and very warming. A nice effort.

emmasdad, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the second batch

Pours with that usual Yeti awesomeness, black with a great, creamy brown head.

The nose is a nice blend of milk and dark chocolates with vanilla and a touch of whiskey.

The taste packs a lot of chocolate with cookie and vanilla. I can't tell a huge difference between this and the oak-aged version. I usually don't let the price affect my opinion, but in this case, when I could buy several bottles of oak-aged for the price of this one bottle, it's a no brainer. I expected a little more from it. Still a great beer though, as are all of the Yeti's.

brownbeer, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a jet black with good carbonation and a big brown head. Nose is big roasted notes, bourfbon, booze, vanilla. Taste is phenom! Lots of wood, whiskey is not overpowering and prominnent all the way, vanilla midway to the end, booze, chocolate, tobacco even. Mouthfeel is big n rich with lots of wood, booze, vanilla, roasted character. I did detect coffee and some smoke as well but as it warmed. Very, very drinkable but for the price I will stay with Ivan the Terrible.

barleywinefiend, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a nice dark tan head with a bit of lacing.

S: Anise and bourbon were the two that initially popped out to me, followed by some rich roasted malt and a bit of coffee.

T: Quite similar, with the bourbon character coming out a little bit more. Some dark cherry fruits in addition to the roasted malt and coffee, although these flavors could have just come from the roasted nature of the malt.

M: Nice and full without being viscous. Not too much alcohol; actually a mellow creaminess.

D: Very drinkable. One of the better barrel-aged beers that I've had in some time.

Thorpe429, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Thick and black in the pour, with a viscous caramel colored head. No noticeable lacing, and retention is somewhat weak.

S: Coffee, licorice, and caramel upfront with notes of molasses in the back.

T: I'm amazed by how complex this brew is. Huge amounts of semi-sweet chocolate are followed by coffee, licorice, and molasses.

M: Full bodied and creamy, with a slight gritty texture.

D: Definitely worth seeking out, seeing as how it is one of the greatest of its style that I've come across.

Avagadro, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of wnh
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a thick, viscous black, completely opaque, topped by a medium-dark creamy tan head.

A lot going on in the nose, with roasted grain, char, earthy dark chocolate, and touch of hoppiness. Turns a bit meaty--think beef bouillon--as it warms. But I don't notice any whiskey character in the nose, at least by itself.

The palate shows roast, burnt grain, a touch of charred barrel, smoke, woody oak, vanilla, chocolate; in short, everything you'd expect in Yeti, and then some. Piney hops on the finish, but the beer on the whole is only mildly bitter. Finishes with alcohol warmth to let you know this is a big beer.

Thick and rich and mouthcoating--it's Yeti, after all. Certainly a sipping beer. I don't know that this beer is different enough compared to Oak Aged Yeti to justify the higher price tag, but it's fantastic regardless.

wnh, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to have this twice in a couple of weeks. The second time it was up against a lot of huge stouts. Both were Batch 2.

Dark khaki head, low carbonation. Smells like Yeti, whiskey and oak. Big whiff of chocolate and decadent malt.

First taste is so smooth and delicious. You want to swirl it around your mouth. Lots of chocolate comes through to balance out the wood and whiskey flavor. Drinks extremely well. I can't find one thing wrong with the taste of this beer.

This is probably the best stout I've had and I've never thought much of all the whole Yeti lineup other than the expresso one.

BearsOnAcid, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, big thanks to Aaron (argo0 on RB) for bringing this!

a - Pours a dark brown with some nice tan head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells nice and sweet. Smell some chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Great mixture.

t - Taste is very similiar to the smell. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, molasses, and bourbon create a great mix and taste. Very smooth as the bourbon is pretty mellow.

m - Very smooth and creamy, little carbonation and full body.

d - I really liked this beer. I thought it was very smooth and the smell and taste of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon created a wonderful combination. Would love to try this again sometime.

mdfb79, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, batch 2.

Pours completely black, like an oil slick with a hefty mocha head that recedes to a small cap and leaves a bit of lacing and some boozy legs along the side.

The aroma is excellent - lots of heavily roasted dark malts, cocoa powder a maybe some licorice to start with. The bourbon is present with some vanilla and well as a hefty oak aroma. The aroma has much less bourbon than batch 1.

The taste does have more bourbon than the aroma, especially in the finish where there is a noticeable burn. The underlying beer is still extremely evident though with the chocolate malts and even some coffee coming through. The finish is dry and fairly oaky.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and extremely creamy and smooth with a soft carbonation that keeps things from getting too thick on the palate.

I remember last year's being very heavy on the bourbon from start to finish and this is seems much more balanced with the underlying beer refusing to be dominated by the barrel. An excellent barrel-aged beer.

gford217, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the 2009 release (the second one) received in a trade with bardwashrind. Thanks Andre! I popped this one at our impromptu tasting last night. Bottle # 805/1104

Yeti is one of the best looking beer ever and this just proves it. Jet black with a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this is gorgeous. The nose is just as good, milky, creamy with a whiskey aroma that's fairly low in the mix. Roasty with dark chocolate and some coffee, the whiskey lends a mellow touch of vanilla. With a touch of alcohol (nowhere near the 12.3% indicated on the label.

The palate opens with a blend of creamy milk chocolate, whiskey heat, a mellow whiskey flavor with some vanilla and a little oak. The coffee characteristics are fairly mellow too, there's a mild sweetness mid palate. Roasty and chocolate-like, this is smooth and delicate. Full in body with a creamy, long-lasting finish with a lingering bitterness and a subtle heat, this is exceptional stuff. Too bad I'm going to have a hard time finding this again...

DefenCorps, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle #823/1104. thanks to Doodler for the chance to try this beer. split between two. my buddy gets the big portion of this beer. I'm saving mine for a special occasion down the road.

A- a vigorous pour of 10oz created two fingers of frothy brown head, not the darkest of browns, though. good lacing and head retention for a 12% IRS. the beer is a thick black motor oil like liquid. my favorite kind.

S- huge whiskey notes nearly dominate the nose. it's not all whiskey, though, which is good. you can still detect the robust roasted character of the yeti. some sweet molasses and chocolate below that.

T- a great mix of chocolate, oaky vanilla, and hoppy bitterness mix at the front and then the taste seems to amplify in to a roasty whisky finish. like a nice irish coffee. the whisky is heavy in the finish. it's in that Bourbon county strength area where you have to like heavy barrel play to love it and BCS is one of my favorite -bal stouts.

M- extremely thick stuff. seems to be much creamier than regular yeti, which is surprising. not quite the most extreme, ie. Dark Lord. maybe silky is the right word to describe it. the decadent feel may be aided by the fairly low carbonation. despite the decent head on the pour the carbonation is appropriately on the low side.

D- my 10oz pour leaves me waiting for more. I'll probably wait quite a while but I'm extemely happy I have another bottle of this to enjoy at a later date and see how it develops. despite the costs incurred acquiring the bottles it is no doubt worth it. my portion went down quick but a whole bottle could last all night

Freethyhops, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of Oxymoron
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Oxymoron, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Douglas88 brought this to the weekend RIS tasting.. 1st vintage.. bottle #294/470... Reviewed from notes.

Big head though it didn't stick around...

Nose has tons of whiskey and some heat.. vanilla and plenty of citrus hops.. I think the hops collide a bit too much.

Palate begins with bunches of alcohol (mainly from the barrel) .. a little hot IMO.. vanilla and lite cherry... whiskey is HUGE and not really in a good way.. less than expected RIS characteristics.. descent cocoa and lesser dark malts.. citrus hops are still very available.. the whiskey notes are a too pronounced for my palate... Body was only medium, and the carbonation seemed pretty high.

I had high hopes for this one, but it sorta left me flat.. I need to get a fresh bottle(s) of this to share with the Boise crew.

Awesome Doug.. thanks for supplying this wild card .. You will always be welcome in Boise and in my home, but the rule is, "we quit drinking at 5:00 am"... no questions and no exceptions :-)

4/4.5/4/3.5/4

JohnGalt1, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of rudylaw
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Joe1510 for bringing this to our epic tasting! Definitely one of my most anticipated selections. This is from the first bottling and here we go...

A nice black pour with a surprising amount of head that doesn't stick around too long.

Tons of whiskey in the nose here. I can't believe how hot this beer still is! There are dark fruits and vanilla present here too. It's very sweet.

Getting fruits, whiskey, vanilla and a corn syrup flavor as well. Again, very sweet beer. It's a little thin for my liking, which takes away from the experience but overall, this is still a good stout.

rudylaw, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of redsonja
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good stout great taste, you can taste the oak with a hit of vanilla great beer nice on a cold day in the winter also it has a good deep dark collor. i find it an extrem winter beer. to drink it leave it a celler for a couple of days dont drink it to cold.

redsonja, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle filled on August 2008- #346/470

Shared with Pghlee in 2 GD snifters. Cocoa brown pour with virtually no head. Some bright bubbles when poured from high up, but that was about it. Red ring around the head when held up to a light.

Aroma was very delightful and complex. Chocolate cake, fumey big whisky, tobacco & vanilla bean. Very dense and aromatic.

Slightly tannic on the nose with big oak, dark cherry & plum. Big roasted malt notes with a touch of sweetness. Quite a vinous middle with some bitter chocolate. The middle was somewhat tame to me, after a big start. Not a huge, dense mouthfeel but still tasty. Finishes bitter & oaky. Big whisky heat and oak in the throat. Very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude.

RustyDiamond, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by RustyDiamond - thanks!

Pours black with a minimal dark brown head that recedes into thin ring around the glass. No lacing is left however the beer is viscous enough to leave legs.

Smells great. Dark chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, and smooth roasted malt with the vanilla aromas poking out more as the beer warms.

Tastes great as well. The flavors are similar to the aroma with dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and whiskey all present however they're slightly better integrated when compared to the smell. Absurdly smooth, and while it's boozy the warming burn does more to help the beer than it does to hurt it.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's smooth and hefty with light carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could finish off a bottle of this myself with absolutely no problem.

Overall I've been wanting to try this for a while and I wasn't let down. Well worth seeking out, and thanks again to RustyDiamond for sharing.

glid02, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing the brew.

750ml capped brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Very dark brown with ruby reddish tinting. No real head with some large frothy bubbles from an aggressive pour. No real lacing, either.

S: Some light whiskey notes. Light molasses with a small touch of vanilla. A bit of roasty bitterness.

T/M: Lots of bourbon, more stinging than flavorful. Nothing from the barrel character and no real vanilla. Some bitterness from the dark roasted malts. Very thin body, especially for a RIS. Very little carbonation.

D: ABV is big and bourbon is too aggressive. Tasty, especially if you drink bourbon straight up, but too much in a beer, though.

pwoods, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the last beer in the tasting during the beer extravaganza weekend. After a night of drinking phenomenal beers, this one did not disappoint. Bottle 290 of 470.

A: Flat black color, just like a good Russian Imperial Stout should be. There is a creamy film of dark head that forms on top of the beer as it cascades in an almost syrupy appearance from the 750mL bottle.

S: For a barrel aged beer, I expected more bourbon and whiskey notes. Otherwise, this nose was packed full, though it left me slightly disappointed at the lack of bourbon/whiskey. Strong roasted malts and toffee notes are extremely evident up front. As I move my nose closer to the head to get a better smell, not only do I almost get beer up my nose, but I find a delightful chocolate character that goes very nicely with the toffee.

T: Roasted malts dominate the beginning of the flavor profile. Oakey and vanilla flavors from the barrel aging manifest themselves in a slightly understated way, but that understatedness is perfect, because it doesn't take away from the rest of the beer. Hops are present, but are very mild. The whiskey shows up if you look for it, adding a nice character, but not making itself a focal point. Again, would have liked a bit more whiskey flavor, but the beer was phenomenally balanced and very very good.

M/D: Very smooth from the beginning through the finish. Thick and heavy, this beer is a very good offering from Great Divide. The low drinkability rating may be hurt by the fact that this was 5th on a stellar lineup of beers, but I highly recommend this very highly regardless.

NittanyBeerFan, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of waltonc
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Figured it was time to crack open my one and only bottle of this.

Pours close to black with little head. Though there are signs of carbonation floating around on the surface. The smell is exceptional - milk chocolate, whiskey, and vanilla. One of the better smelling beers I've had. Taste is fairly sweet, and that milk chocolate, whiskey and vanilla is again present. The milk chocolate starts out at the front, and it finishes with a bit of sweet fruit character. I don't know, maybe cherries or plums. The whiskey component is quite prominent. I'm not sure if I'd say it's too strong, but it's close. Body is medium and carbonation is light to medium. Highly recommended.

waltonc, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to gford217 for this one! This beer pours near perfect from a 750Ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black body with a nice darker hazelnut brown head. Very nice looking.

The smell is a huge malt bomb. Predominately Caramel scents, some roasted chocolate malts, and a nice toffee scent stick out the most. The roasted scents effervesce slight amount of whiskey, but this is characteristic is too subdued. I would have liked more whiskey here.

The taste is that of a top notch Russian Imperial Stout. Very smooth, as the flavors blend perfectly together. Very toned down in comparison to a fresh Yeti. The roasted flavors are awesome, and really maintain the original yeti bite. The chocolate is very sweet and rich and the toffee flavors really flourish. A salty taste arises from the roasted/burnt malts. The whiskey lies subtlety in the background, yet the oak and vanilla are prevalent. The flavors combine so well together, and there is a great smooth creaminess to this beer. The malts form a dry bill, and remind me of fresh darklord 09. Great beer, and am very glad I got to try this.

Bottle #290 out of 470.

CoolJosh, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of slaintemhor
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hear tell that this stout was put in whiskey barrels and then aged for 20 months rather than the intended 9 months! I suspect the added aging only helped this extraordinary stout. The color was black as night with a thin wisp of head. The nose was especially boozy with the Stranahan's whiskey making itself quite evident, along with caramel and toffee. On the palate there was a blast-o-booze, followed by burnt toffee, robust coffee flavors, bittersweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, dark fruitcake, dark raisins, Medjool dates and an exceptionally long finish.

slaintemhor, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance here is very very good. Black liquid with red highlights around the edges, a frothy head receding into a great crown and thick lacing.

Scent is booze, wood, tobacco, smoke, vanilla, bourbon. Classic Yeti scent is there but pretty far in the background. I like this because I have a thing for bourbon barrel imparted scents.

Nothing like an aged Yeti. Truth be told, of the other three Yeti, I enjoyed the regular the most, and that is likely because it was aged enough to let the hop forwardness of the beer die a bit. Espresso Yeti was my least favorite, and it was the most fresh. No coincidence that since this one has had some time on it, I enjoyed it quite a bit as well. Barrel imparted flavor is very present here, so much so as to pretty much overshadow the Yeti. It manages to be smooth and low in carbonation with a thick bodied mouthfeel. While I like this quite a bit, I do wish that I could taste more Yeti in here. Surprisngly it's not extremely hot.

Overall this is a solid effort and a good solid bourbon aged beer, but were it not for the label, I'd have a difficult time finding the Yeti in here. Perhaps a little lighter on the barrel stay would yield a more rich experience. I am nitpicking however, this is an A beer.

sonicdescent, May 22, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Number: 155/470

Pours a dark brown almost black with beautiful red highlights. Smells of whiskey, roasted - almost burnt malts, and some alcohol present in the nose. First sip is bitter whiskey covering the dark fruits, raisins and plumbs along with hints of tobacco and oak. A tad lightly carbonated. The bitter finish is World Class.

ATLbeerDog, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #155 of 470.

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a small-sized, light khaki-colored, bubbly head. Sure, it's small, but it's lasting.

Smell: Bourbon barrel nose spotted with hints of roast and dark fruits, but the scales are definitely tipped towards the bourbon, with punchy notes of oak, coconut creme, and toasted brown sugar.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, ripe dark fruits, and toffee chips growing into a crescendo of oaky bourbon flavor, with all of the expected bourbon-based tastes. Medium level of earthy bitterness. Faint tannins emerge in the latter half. Further roasted maltiness on the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, luscious mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Remember the time when barrel-aged beers weren't all of the place and ready, READY for the taking? I do. I remember those times. And, boy, am I glad they are over.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 07, 2009
Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.