Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 583
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 623
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 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 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 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 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 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 jellikit
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
Appearance: black. Thin, tan head. Nice lacing.
Smell: chocolate. Raisin.
Taste: chocolate. Figs. Raisin. Slight oak. Alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big body. Sweet-ish.
Overall: tasty. Balanced well. Not too oaky. Will definitely buy again. (277 characters)

Photo of humanawho
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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 (566 characters)

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

2009 model shared with steepH20

Dark and murky pour that yields ample puddles and spattered lacing

Big brownie batter, loads of oak, hops and chocolate cake soaked in whiskey. Truly and unmistakably a Yeti incantation.

Woodzilla Vanilla! Oak has seeped into every aspect of this beer. Like the regular oak aged version, there's something about Great Divides aging program that really allows their beers to take on the wood from the barrels. This is no exception. Heat is present but well tempered. Leafy hops roll from beginning to end. Whiskey is vanilla and complimentary but in no way overpowering. It is, if possible, subtle. A drizzle of caramel finishes the deal.

Medium bodied and amply carbonated. Steep is in love and I am significantly infatuated. (762 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 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 kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

two finger dark brown head on a jet black body with no light passing through. nice lacing. Aroma is a definitely a nice whiskey barrel rich aroma with a subtle chocolate and vanilla aroma seeping in. Flavor has a very nice, just right amount of whiskey note with a nice base yeti that balance each other out perfectly. This is a very smooth bodied beer. The vicous-ness isnt lost. It is very creamy/milky. Certainly as good of a mouthfeel you can get. (451 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage Bottle 3573

A: Pours a opaque jet black in color with a dark mocha head (even darker than the bubbles traditionally seen in a cup of espresso). When swirling the beer, the dark black color coats the tulip glass. The head started as a thin layer over the entire surface or the beer and reduced to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The smell of this beer is phenomenal - lots of notes from the whiskey barrels and some more subtle hints of bourbon as well. There is a strong presence of dark roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate, oak and vanilla. Very well balanced and great complexity.

T: The flavor of this beer is amazing with great complexity and amazing balance. The barrel aging really improves and already good beer.There is some really great enhancement to the strong flavors of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate with the oak and vanilla. This is great.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really enjoy this beer and could enjoy it for many hours. This beer has a great aroma and wonderful taste that makes me want to enjoy this more and more. An improvement on an already great beer. (1,197 characters)

Photo of wnh
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, purchased from the fantabulous Wine and Cheese place. After giving away a bottle I brought to Dark Lord Day since I was "all beer'd out", I've been dying to find an occasion to open one. Saturday morning seemed like a good choice, so Paulie and I split this along with some chocolate doughnuts!!

Into a snifter it goes. The beer is black, opaque, and devilish like the soul of Hades. The head is mocah colored and quickly sinks into the black abyss. Spotty lace is left on the snifter, but the head and lace deficiencies make this just good and no better.

Barrel aged Yeti has all the smells that make Yeti great, and then some extra pizzaz. The primary smells are bourbon, or, in this case, really good Colorado whisky and chocolate. The chocolate is more of a dark fudge than milk chocolate, and there's a sweet roasty malt character that I really like. Wood gives some vanilla and earthy characteristics and there's a touch of cherry as well. Overall, it's very expressive and just a touch boozy and brash. Almost perfect but falls a hair short.

However, the taste is sublime. Perfect example of how oak can add depth and vanillin to a stout. The barrel has made this just exceptional. It's dark and decadent, with chocolate-dipped cherries and slight whisky sting. Theres some dark cherry and vanilla, plus coffee roast and even coffee liquor. Just an amazing array of flavors and one of the best examples of -bal aging that has ever crossed my lips.

This beer is thick with creamy milkshake carbonation. Sweet and not sticky with a sweet bourbon finish. Just a hair short of perfection. This is the best Yeti version ever. I will be permanently ISO of any chance to drink this and I'm so happy I have one more bottle to do a Yeti horizontal with. So its not the most "drinkable" beer every because of the intense flavors but it's something every stout fan should seek out. A heavenly beer. (1,913 characters)

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