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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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95
world-class

531 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 602
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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popery

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

01-27-2013 07:59:13 | More by popery
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -23.5%

Pours a dark viscous black with a bubbly tan head. The nose has lots of wood, notes of dark chocolate, light hints of smoke meat, and some sweet malts. The flavor has lots of wood again, a litte boozy and hot, notes of malt and ashy chocolate with lots of sugar. More heat in the finish with a mdium to full body, syrupy and light carbonation. Singular and overly sweet with a bit too much heat.

12-15-2011 16:01:54 | More by cpetrone84
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -18.6%

750ml bottle (2011 vintage - bottle #2542) poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Supposed to be infected, but we will see.

A - Pours thick and syrupy with a pitch black color and a short finger of a deep, milk chocolatey brown head. A bit fizzy and the head dies quickly leaving a thick ring around the glass...first signs of infection?

S - Lots of whiskey up front, sweet caramelly and molasses base, pruney dark fruits, dark roasted malts. Quite boozy overall with sharp alcoholic aroma. Really no sign of infection here...maybe this is one of the good bottles.

T - Nope...Tart up front with the feared infection starting to take hold. Sour cherries backed firmly by smooth whiskey and followed by a very healthy dose of char and smoked malt. Vanilla, sweet molasses and some burnt caramel can be found too. Infection has certainly left its mark and detracts from the overall. Not undrinkable, but certainly not living up to what this beer is supposed to be.

M - Super thick body...one of the more syrupy beers I've had, even with the infection which typically tends to thin out a beer. Carbonation is lowish but plenty for the style and shows just enough life to be interesting. Tart infection detracts and gives a somewhat puckering quality to the beer.

O - Was hoping to get lucky with this one, but figured I wouldn't. Infection hurts this one a lot, but hasn't made it undrinkable. Certainly keeps this from performing up to its expectations tho. I'm continuing to drink this...not sure I'll finish the whole bottle. Oh well...have to try again when this gets released again.

03-29-2013 22:47:47 | More by portia99
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

02-05-2012 18:44:48 | More by acurtis
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

12-27-2011 19:17:11 | More by enelson
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ystazi

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

10-11-2012 19:47:50 | More by ystazi
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

05-28-2012 04:50:19 | More by ucsbmullet
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brystmar

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

10-17-2012 05:05:35 | More by brystmar
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budsandsuds8

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

01-14-2014 04:29:26 | More by budsandsuds8
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dlello2

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

01-06-2012 20:12:58 | More by dlello2
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MissMeg

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

04-13-2013 18:53:31 | More by MissMeg
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JRBUSNA02


3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

11-16-2012 19:11:27 | More by JRBUSNA02
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rjvanston

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

05-20-2013 15:12:00 | More by rjvanston
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

11-14-2011 17:29:38 | More by writerLJBerg
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comradekyle

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

01-27-2013 01:47:07 | More by comradekyle
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

02-10-2012 00:11:49 | More by BeerThursdays
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

12-05-2013 01:00:08 | More by XmnwildX12
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billshmeinke

California

3.58/5  rDev -16.6%

Bottle 707/1104. Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Half inch dark beige head the dies down to a ring of foam with some specs of foam in the middle of the surface. Oily legs and some lacing left behind. Pitch black body.

Lots of spicy oak. Smells of rich dark fruits like cherries, raisins and plumbs. A touch of chocolate and then some wet cardboard oxidation in there as well. The beer doesn't smell all that strong.

Tastes of tons of dark fruits (cherries/raisins/figs/plumbs) up front. Then there are some whispers of dark chocolate that are immediately taken over by vanilla, oak and bourbon. There is also some piney hoppiness and an unpleasant wet cardboard note suggesting some oxidation. Luckily the wet cardboard note is pretty faint.

The mouthfeel on this one is quite thick and a touch syrupy. Coating. Good carbonation. Some heat as well.

Pretty good drinkability.

09-09-2010 23:39:34 | More by billshmeinke
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pwoods

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

10-20-2009 01:40:49 | More by pwoods
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -15.2%

2011 vintage. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Thick pour. Small cinnamon colored head drops to a small bubbly cap. No lacing to speak of. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Rich, roasted burnt malts. Sweet, deeply cooked malts. Bourbon adds some nice layers of oak and vanilla with touches of toffee. Pushes toward brown sugar at times. Some cocoa and milk chocolate. Nibs. Bourbon heat stays on top of everything else. Chocolate cake and dark ripe cherry. Almost like a bourbon soaked brownie.

Taste: Bourbon and fudge. Cocoa and chocolate. Homemade caramel with vanilla. Crazy roasted malts. A touch of burnt. Some char. Vaguely smoky. Raisin. So much chocolate and bourbon. Oak. Woody and a touch earthy. Some citrus in the back. Fudge and cake. It's magically a dessert beer. Dark cherry in the back.

Mouthfeel: Thick body. Minimal carbonation. Surprisingly clean on the finish.

Overall: Still searching for the elusive Sasquatch.

A standout use of whiskey barrels. A solid base beer and mellow whiskey influence. Not really an improvement on the original.

01-19-2013 18:24:21 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev -14.9%

2009 bottle, opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013.

Pours dark black, creamy coffee colored head but not a lot of it.

Smells of tangy sweet fruit, caramel and vanilla, a bit of bourbon, something slighty grassy that I imagine is from faded hops.

Taste is fudgy but light, wood and caramel, that mild grassy character again.

Nicely carbed for a big BA stout, body is a little thinner than I'd like but still good.

This is a good beer but pretty disappointing to me. I'm a huge fan of regular Yeti with a few years on it, and I've been enjoying the hell out of my last few bottles of 2008 Yeti, so I figured this would be phenomenal. But oddly I get more faded hop character from the BA version, and less of the delicious mellow maltiness.

7.3/10

03-18-2013 17:29:32 | More by AlexFields
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chilidog

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%

This one was recommended and without knowing how strong it was. A sipper in deed.

Poured Black. Not much tan head, but lace did ring. Didnt get to see any cascade but im sure it did.

Aroma of burnt malts, coffee and alcohol.

Taste is true expresso, burnt grinds, toast and slight alcohol backnote.

Mouthfeel is what got me. Alot of burnt bitterness and lingering old coffee taste washed down by booze. Thats not all a bad thing, it just made it a harder drinker esp. when you don't give yourself ample time to take in all this beer offers.

Overall drinkable as a sipper indeed. Yes I did take the time to finish every Yeti drop.

12-26-2011 15:30:36 | More by chilidog
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -13.5%

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/19/13

Appearance: Deep, dark brown - nicely sized, creamy, tan head - fades to a few wisps of a cap, nice ring that lasts forever, leaves a few nice spots

Smell: Chocolate and bourbon, in some semblance of balance - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and coffee - a strong bourbon presence, with some wood, vanilla, and booze - somewhat backed up by the malts - roasty, burnt

Taste: It's like mocha, with bourbon - bourbon and wood are in the front and quite potent, and actually become more intense as it warms (suboptimal) - dark chocolate - lightly burnt malts - roasty coffee - vanilla - malty and vanilla sweetness, a bit too sweet

Mouthfeel: On the light side of full body, smooth, with a lot of heat at the end

Overall: Yeti in a barrel, slightly more interesting than a barrel of monkeys

I should probably stop drinking bourbon barrel aged beers. I haven't really enjoyed one in a while. This issue notwithstanding, I can appreciate this beer. The Yeti base is strong enough to hold up to the bourbon. And this isn't a wood bomb like Oak Aged Yeti.

01-19-2013 18:27:57 | More by angrybabboon
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claaark13

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -13.1%

Served chilled in a Founders snifter. Supposed to be the most recent batch. Tasting notes.

Smells of sweet malts with the slightest amount of barrel coming towards the end. Really needed to fight to find the barrel. Looks beyond fantastic. Nice rising head that recedes into good retention. Black with fantastic legs. Flavors are of sweet dark malts with a slight roast, light hop backbone and then some non-dominating whiskey in the finish. Good body.

I'm not convinced that this was a recent batch based on the sweet malt presence. I have no other experience with this beer though, so I can't say for sure.

04-07-2012 05:54:05 | More by claaark13
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davistabuff

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

03-29-2013 11:32:34 | More by davistabuff
Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.