Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 583
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 622
Gots: 182 | FT: 6
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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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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 Chriscrundwell12
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter
2009 vintage 897/1104

A- Dark pitch black body, slight hints of brown hues, very small mocha head, nice bubbles around the glass, slight carbonation.
S- Very nice aroma, hints of dark fruits, bourbon upfront, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, coffee beans, nice oaky notes.
T- Very big beer, complex, a lot going on, very sweet vanilla notes, bourbon, chocolate, slightly bitter, caramel, hints of coffee, nice woody oaky notes are apparent.
M- Medium to big mouth feel, sticky, smooth drinking, alcohol is hidden, slight carbonation.
O- Top Notch Barrel Aged Beer, very tasty complex beer, so much going on, very sweet but not overdone, easy drinkability for such a high abv beer. (729 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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. (605 characters)

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

750ml bottle, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to the generous soul who shared this at CdC.

A: Opaque black body, red-brown highlights, and a momentary cap of creamy brown foam. Sticky lace. Intense.

S: Big, bold, and boozy. Whiskey, coconut, coffee, dark chocolate, and earthiness. Lovely.

T: Follows the nose, deliciously. Terrific coconut, oak, whiskey, dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Boozy, coffee-laden finish. Great.

M: Thick, highly carbonated, and creamy. A little prickly, but good.

O: Wow, now that's a serious stout. Major barrel presence, and yet plenty of malt to stand up to it. I'd love to sit down with a bottle of this on a cold winter's night, and just sip on it for hours.

Cheers! (716 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,596 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 Dsimenson
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in an 8 oz goblet. Not much head, but it has an incredibly deep dark brown-black color that no light can penetrate. Nice mild to moderate lacing. The aroma is out of this world, it reach up through your sinuses and grabs your brain by the hippocampus--coffee, molasses, a bit of plums. The flavor is deep, dark, and complex--coffee, chocolate, molasses, grapefruit, and a smokey sweetness that hovers on your palate. Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, amazing. This is an outstanding imperial stout. My previous gold standard was Old Rasputin, but this one, though different, is just as magnificent! (613 characters)

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

Thanks to a cool BA in PA for the trade
2011 Bottle #3556 Poured into Duvel glass

A: Thick dark mocha frothy head that retains for a while then around the edges for whole glass. Absolutely no light penetrating this glass, little bit of nice lacing

S: Whiskey and sweet chocolate, oak, bit of vanilla and dark fruits

T: Same as nose, but more of the vanilla coming through, bit of coffee taste from whiskey and chocolate mix

M: Warming the whole way through (wish I would've drank this a month ago when it was cold outside), smooth and velvety, good carbonation

O: Hot damn... I cracked this open for myself seeing the 10.7% ABV (and after a few beers), but now I'm wishing I had shared this bottle with someone because it's a sipping beer for sure even at ten percent. No infection here thankfully, great stuff (815 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 riored4v
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/25/10 - bottle 81 or 84 (ink had run) of 870

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a tan 1/2 finger head that faded to a thin layer with a nice ring around the edge.

Smell had a smooth hint of whiskey and alcohol. Notes of raisin and dark chocolate. Some molasses and toffee presence as well. Nice bitter, burnt aroma. Some notes of vanilla as well.

Taste was extremely smooth. Good amount of whiskey and alcohol but the aging made it very very smooth to drink. Flavors of burnt malt and chocolate. Notes of raisin and toffee flavors backed by vanilla. Slightly bitter finish along with a solid malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium/heavy with medium carbonation. Good finish with slight stickiness.

Drinkability, while very smooth, the 12.2% is noticeable in both flavor and effects (801 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 706 of 1104
I poured it into my Stone IRS glass

A-Pitch black, mocha colored head which dissipates quickly leaving a thick ring of foam. There was some slight cascading.

S-Molasses, espresso, dark chocolate, alcohol, brown sugar, and whiskey. The whiskey was not as prominent as expected.

T-Dark chocolate, espresso, whiskey, oak, vanilla, and a rather large alcohol punch. The alcohol provided some nice warming. This beer's flavor dramatically increases as it warms up.

M-Thick and chewy. One of the thickets mouthfeels I've experienced. It was really great.

D-A true sipper given its complexity and high abv.

Overall, this didn't quite live up to my expectations. However, it was still a great beer and I am glad I was able to experience it. (759 characters)

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

Finally got my hands on a bottle of Barrel-Aged Yeti. It's just a delight.

Shit, I'm already drunk. I guess that's the 9.5% abv kicking in. You'd never know it though. It's like drinking toasty, chocolate covered sex with a mocha supermodel.

Seriously though, This is an amazing beer. It's everything you could ever hope to have in an imperial stout. Black as sin, with a generous tan head, this beer in the glass is like eye fornication. The only *tiny* criticism I might make is that it's a *tiny* bit too malt-forward. I like a bit of hoppiness in my stouts. However, I acknowledge that this is nothing more than personal preference. This beer is sweet, sweet and sweet. The flavor is wonderfully complex. The oak is very present, but the headliner for this show is chocolaty goodness with a nice supporting role from coffee. There's also a little spiciness, and dark cherries make a little cameo on the nose, but not so much once it reaches the palate. All in all another excellent beer from Great Divide. (1,013 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes easily noticeable. Taste is also dominated by woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon with light warming alcohol. Black chocolates notes with subtle roasted malt are also discernable. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and some warming alcohol notes are also perceptible. Truly a world-class beer that I wouldn’t mind having again. (529 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to have found this one laying around. Poured into a tulip glass. Aged in Stranahan whiskey barrels.

2010 release; #236/1104

A- Pours a dark, chocolate brownie color. Produced two fingers with of creamy, mocha colored head. Great head retention. Reduced to a fingers width of head throughout consumption. Very nice lacing to boot.

S- Tremendous aroma. Complex, but integrated perfectly to create a singular delicate note. Mix of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. I could sniff this all day.

T- Theme for the taste is "big bourbon flavors, without the big heat." Right off the bat, the Stranahan barrel is unmistakable. Oak with good bourbon flavor and a touch of vanilla. Coffee and chocolate malts come in midway through. Finishes with a strong bourbon flavor with a touch of alcohol heat.

M- Heavy bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Good viscosity, could have used a little more.

D- The bourbon flavor can get overwhelming at points. Still pretty drinkable for a bourbon forward RIS.

One of the better big bourbon beers I have had. Can't wait to try this one again. (1,079 characters)

Photo of ahalloin
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black fluid with extremely dark tan billowy head. Very difficult to top this look. Beautiful!

The smell is loaded with interesting layers. Rich caramel notes, slight roasty subdued by the barrel aging. Buttery, vanilla, oak.

Varied layers of caramel with slight hit of roast in the finish. Smooth sweet finish. Woody and vanilla notes.

Nice smooth mouthfeel, very little alcohol heat..

Very well balanced beer. (428 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color; the dark mocha head is rather small but leaves legs of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla and subtle wafts of Bourbon; alcohol detected in the aroma

Taste: After a chocolate fudge opening, the subtle Bourbon flavors blossom on the tongue, with the hops making their presence felt by mid-palate; the barrel flavors build, after the swallow, with quite a bit of oak in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer has been on my radar for a while so I was shocked to see it on the shelves at Bestway today; really lives up to the billing as a top drawer barrel-aged stout but, of course, I would expect nothing less from the folks at Great Divide (747 characters)

Photo of afausser
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a beautiful and placid dark chocolate with about a finger of mocha head, that while disappearing at a fairly expectable rate, leaves a nice ring around the rim. Looks like the type of beer I'd want to take a picture of. Very still, pretty, and dessert-like. Very crisp and fine lacing dances down the side of the glass after each sip.

Smell is whiskey and molasses, mixed with some caramel and toffee notes as well. Some raisin, cherry, and earth notes in the background, as well as a smooth vanilla and a more subtle cream.

Taste: Whiskey is apparent in the taste as well, though it's not hot. I expect this one to become infinitely more complex as it warms. There's a ton of barrel notes, as well as a woody earthiness. A bit of brown sugar and molasses, but at least before this one warms, not much in the way of fruit taste--maybe some slight cherries or raisins. Sweeter notes (even a bit syrupy) come out as it warms, as well as some peppermint and anise.

Mouthfeel is good on this smooth, thick bodied brew. It's lightly carbonated, with crisp, tiny bubbles that fall flat mid-sip. Perhaps would be better if they sustained more. Slight, pleasant aftertaste of hops and whisky. This one may get better as it warms as well.

Drinkability is looow. One sip in and I know this one could easily knock me on my ass. A pleasure to drink, though. (1,367 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mad Props to Schmittymack for trading me this one, acquired about 6 months ago.... I scored a bunch of bottles when this first came out, but over promised on trades & never got to try this (this was after I let everyone know where I found it, maybe not so clever...) Thanks Dan!

Bottle 1032 of 1104 pours a thick ebony with 2+ fingers of cocoa brown fluffy head into my Vondel snifter. Nice viscous look to this, above average lacing & average head retention

S: Oaky notes & whisky/peaty scents. Dark fruit & leafy hops as this warms

T: Follows the nose along dryness, boozey dry fruit, leafy & minty hops, dark chocolate up front. Dryness, booze-soaked plums, cherries & raisins, along with more leafy hops & dark chocolate, vanilla & peaty smokey notes as this warms. Finishes dry, oaky, fruity & a touch boozey

MF: Chewy as all get out, low/smooth carbonation
& oily richness, VERY warming

Drinks pretty nicely, but the heft & complexity do weigh on you. Still a touch too boozey, probably could've let this go another 10-18 months easily IMO. Much to like here, one to cellar save for cold/wet winter's night ( like tonight! )> Merry Christmas to Me! (1,162 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, bottle #2866.

This beer pours a full bodied lifeless black in color with only the slightest beige lacing. The nose features plenty of dark roasted malt, smooth milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, light whiskey but I don't find it to be Stranahans specific. It is exceptionally smooth. The flavors are very well integrated. It features dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, oak, light whiskey and slight char. It's nice and even resembles some aged Dark Lords. I really like it, but it isn't too terribly far from the original. It drinks full bodied and oily, perfect for the style. Overall this is a fantastic beer, thank god it wasn't infected! (680 characters)

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this via stopbarking. Daniel, you rock. Then again, you owe me this, since you got this bottle as an extra.

Poured part of a 750ml into a snifter.

Bottle # 378/470

Appearance - This brew looks pretty good in the glass. It produced a solid 1 1/2 finger head. The head slowly dissipated to a thin crown/ thick halo across the surface of the glass and around the perimeter. It is opaque black. Light lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - The scent is pretty good. The whiskey component melds very nicely with the Yeti. Vanilla and oak dominate, but the Yeti maintains a lot of its original characteristics. There is still a hint of roastiness from the chocolate malts. Lots of booze in the nose, as to be expected.

Taste - The flavor is awesome, and extremely close to the scent. The whiskey component isn't as overpowering as the other BA beers I had this evening - it doesn't cover the original flavors present in the Yeti. There are notes of Vanilla and oak, along with notes of roasty chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Full bodied. The feel is sticky and slick at the same time - the booze makes it slick. The carbonation level is right on point - nice and lively.

Drinkability - This is a really easy drinking sipping beer. The flavor was right on. I was pretty impressed with this one. I didn't think I was ever going to try it, and I am really happy I did. This would be worth searching out. (1,414 characters)

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 slaintemhor
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (564 characters)

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