Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 582
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 624
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 GregSVT
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a snifter - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours dark as motor oil with a nice dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very dark chocolate, earthy hops, slight vanilla, and dark blackstrap molasses. Very interesting nose and unlike any other beer I've ever smelled.

T: The taste has huge notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, milk sweetness, and molasses. There's a bit of a lacto/butter flavor which could suggest something amiss but I can't really tell...still tastes good to me.

M: The feel is thick and creamy with a huge oily finish.

O: The nose is a bit odd but the taste was good. The feel is about perfect for the style as well. As it warmed there was a buttery smell and flavor that got worse and worse. Kinda tasted like infected BA Token. (809 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, out of SN XXX tulip.

A- Pitch black with a tannish brown head. The head is pretty healthy for a beer of this nature, as is the lacing.

S- Pretty hot an boozy, mostly with notes of whiskey and a bit of peat. Prodominantly chocolate, and dark roasted malt.

T- Very smooth and creamy at first, which changes up to a burnt malt and chocolate flavor. Notes of coffee, whiskey, and oak/peat as well. Really not sure if these are the best barrels for this beer, though I prefer bourbon barrels.

M- A little thinner than I expected, especially with Yeti typically being pretty thick. The flavor is nice and complex.

O- Overall this is a very good barrel aged beer, though I was expecting more. I think the barrel selection isn't my favorite, and it needs the Yeti thickness. Not bad at all though.

-GFunk (816 characters)

Photo of sonicdescent
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,252 characters)

Photo of jamesw
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was drank 02.04.11 after having been cellared since august 2008. Opened the beer and was pleasantly surprised by the healthy sound of fresh carbonation. The viscous black fluid poured like German molasses. The head appeared as a fine brown lacing and remained present for an acceptable amount of time.

At 12.2 ABV this beer is very drinkable. After the long storage the off flavours from ageing were minimal, however the intensity of the individual flavours have lessened with time, allowing a greater harmony between the roast, oak, malt, and bitterness. The mouthfeel was overly glutinousness, but this did not overly detract from the drinkability.

The overall impression was that this was pretty darn good. (721 characters)

Photo of CoolJosh
4.16/5  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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:The aroma is subdued. There's a little bourbon and dark malts, but not as much as I was expecting.

Appearance:The color is black and opaque. Nice thick head. Caramel colored head.

Taste:The bourbon isn't that noticeable up front, but it's definitely there on the back end. Dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs in the midtaste.

Mouthfeel:Hugely smooth beer. Medium to thick body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:Excellent delicious and smooth beer, very well done. (469 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage and poured into snifter.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin collar.

S - Chocolate, smooth barrel notes, light vanilla, light roast, burnt sugars. Really rich and creamy, the chocolate is excellent, and the booze is smooth and compliments the rest of the beer nicely.

T - Dark chocolate, roast, caramel, oak, smooth booze. It's really smooth out nicely after a couple of years, yet still packs a boozy punch. A sipper, no doubt. Finish is rich creamy chocolate syrup and light oak.

M - Full, rich and smooth, viscous, creamy finish.

O - The 2009 vintage is drinking nicely now, so I would recommend you crack yours and enjoy. I can't comment on how these were fresh, but it's drinking just the way I like my BA Stout's to go. Recommend. (760 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with silver foil courtesy of Gabe, thanks for bringing this back after GABF man, bottle #457 of 470, had to drink a stout on St. Patrick's Day and this was the coolest one I had, so it was the obvious choice, poured into my Grimbergen chalice, color is a very dark brown with little light shining through, thin 1/4 inch light brown head that mostly a few big bubbles here and there on each of the pours, no retention or lacing, aroma consists of bourbon that is not as strong as expected, rich dark chocolate, oak, roastiness, roastiness, strong hops, burned toffee, and a hint of coffee, taste is roasty at first, some dark chocolate in the middle along with burned malts, mild whiskey in the finish but not enough to even be warming, later on vanilla comes out and the flavor becomes much better, sweetens up a little as it warms up too, lots of oak and dryness from hoppiness in the finish then too, by the end the bourbon has come more to the surface but is still not very strong, other than that is a nicely balanced stout, sweet, roasty, dry, and slightly hot mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied for its style, taste lingers a long time, could have probably used a little more carbonation, drank this whole bottle myself but it took well over a few hours, good thing I sat down and watched a movie while sipping on this, alcohol is hidden well but it will still catch up to you, stuff is pretty smooth though overall, could have even drank more, Yeti is good by itself but the barrel aging definitely helped things out, much better than the oaked version, probably needs some age to let things mold together some more, the whiskey is not strong as it seems it could be yet either, for spending twenty months in a barrel it seems quite weak actually and especially in the flavor, would like to drink again, it will be interesting to see what this becomes in a few years, recommended (1,898 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

951st Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip
750 ML
2011 Vintage- Bottle #178

Thanks to BA Poonamibaxter for this one!
Shared with BA GuruDel

**Paired with chocolate brownies, as label states is good pairing**

App- “Is that molasses” asks Gurudels wife. No its not. Its a rich dark deep brown, bordering on black with a good sheen. It was lush, rich and thick in the glass with a two finger slow receding brown head. Like a frothy brown craterous whip cream. Great sticky cling, A very good looking stout.

Smell- A little bit of bitter dark chocolate roasted notes with a stinging fresh whiskey note. The malt and grain are somewhat hidden behind these two other aromatics. On big whiffs its just the whiskey. Missing a key vanilla/oak note.

Taste- Takes a bit of time for this to mellow in the glass. Its not the biggest at 10% but its assertive at points with the booze coming though first and foremost. The chocolate comes next with a little bit of plum and dark fruit layering. A good grain bill retains itself from the base Yeti. The whiskey flavors add a depth of flavor akin to a peat or some moss.

Mouth- A good low bodied stout with a low-medium carbonation. I think they nailed the feel of this stout with some rich smoothness and a touch of whiskey burn and chocolate on the finish. A bit silky. Well done.

Drink- This was a very good treatment for a big favorite of mine. I like the way they went with a homer Whiskey treatment. It added a certain smoothness with some heat, smoke and grain feel. I would like to see a couple more bottles of this one or one with some age already on it. Highly recommend this one. (1,634 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: 0497

A: Straight black pour, like motor oil, with a small very brown head. No lacing or retention. If it had better lacing or retention it would be a 5.

T: The smell is all booze and whiskey, some chocolate underneath.

T: The taste on this is the best part. Great blend of chocolate, roastiness, booze, whiskey, oak and vanilla from the barrel. Alcohol and roastiness on the back. Balance is perfect as it warms.

MF: Thick and heavy, a little under carbonated, but not as much as BA Old Ruffian. Dry finish and boozy.

O: I Really enjoyed this. I was worried after having BA Old Ruffian earlier and it was way passed it's prime. This was tasty, full of stout and whiskey. Very much enjoyed. (702 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. #897/1104. Poured into a snifter glass a dark black/tan color with a tan collared head. Swirling produces a rich reddish tinged tan head. Upon my first smell of this, I am hit in the face with a rich chocolatey aroma along with some dark fruit notes and a slight earthiness that I attribute to the barrel. Heavy mouthfeel with some carbonation. Dark chocolatey goodness here in this! Some roast notes as well and with some sweet dark fruit flavors. The barrels don’t particularly add too much of the whiskey flavors which is kind of nice. Not overly complex but really tasty and enjoyable. (599 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Craig.

Pitch black and totally opaque, capped by a leather-hued collar.

Spicy oak overwhelms the aroma at first. As it breathes and opens up, I can pick out vanilla and dark bitter chocolate, licorice and roasted barley. There isn't much whiskey character, but the oak leaves a huge mark.

The palate has flavors of black licorice, roasted barley, baker's chocolate and a light dark fruit character that makes me think of roasted figs. There's a ton of oak character as well, spicy and tannic with a hint of whiskey. Full bodied but fairly dry, and very spicy, tannic and bitter in the finish.

I slightly prefer regular old Yeti, but this is quite good. (685 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a taster glass. Huge thanks to Matt for sharing! This one I have been looking to try for quite some time.

(A)- Pours pitch black with some tan bubbles.

(S)- A robust sweetness with lots of raisin, molasses, and a syrupy bourbon oak profile.

(T)- A really nice robust and rich stout with an even greater bourbon and oak presence that far surpasses what was showing in the aroma. Really nice raisin and molasses/cocoa behind it on the finish.

(M)- A very mellow carbonation level, but it is balanced well with rich raisin/cocoa and superb bourbon oak nuances.

(O)- Overall, a great barrel aged stout. Rich and decadent with again, superb bourbon barrel oak components without making this overly boozy. Well done. (741 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, brown head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and it left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Some oak-like flavors and some tannins, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full-bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - I love Yeti and this is another good version. Really good. (476 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for sharing this bottle (2011 vintage) at a tasting in 2012. Review from notes.

Poured dark brown, looks kind of oily. Beige tan head that retained nicely, no lace. Big aromas of chocolate, wood, vanilla, and roastiness, but I'm slightly underwhelmed by the complexity of the nose. Even after letting it warm a bit, I get the same plus a slight bit of dates and piny hops. Anyway, the flavor is a better example of what's going on here. Sweet caramel and toffee in the forefront, maybe a touch of biscuit too. Immediately becomes vanilla and dark chocolate (maybe of the Lindt's 80% cocoa type), with an undertone of earthiness and bitterness from the hops. The charcoal/roasted coffee bean flavors are more prominent towards the finish of course. Body is medium, but I think a beer like this should have an even bigger body. Small potatoes I suppose. Nicely carbonated. This beer is pretty damn good. I would seek out a bottle just to complete a Yeti horizontal collection, but I wouldn't go too much out of my way to get this. (1,043 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200! Bottle number 486 of 1104. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours pitch black with a one finger almost brown head that subsided to a minimal amount VERY slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor was of malt, alcohol, subtle chocolate, with a massive whiskey flavor upon swallowing that was followed up by coffee. It was heavy on the palate with low carbonation. Overall the booze in this one was quite evident to put it lightly. I wish that was not the case as I'm sure it probably masked a lot of the subtle flavors that might have been present in this one. This was still quite nice despite this fact and I recommend any Yeti fan to track this one down and enjoy it. (780 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,634 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, bottle number 3261. This is the Yeti aged for at least nine months in Stranahan’s barrels. Poured into a tulip.

Thick as liquid chocolate, dark as liquid ebony. Light-absorbing. Half a finger of dense milkshake head the color of cinnamon sticks deposits tons of frothy, foamy lace.

Super buttery and oaky nose. Tons of vanilla and butterscotch with lighter hints of cocoa powder, raspberry syrup and piney hops. Sweet, tangy, chocolatey — an incredibly smooth combination of chocolate and bourbon.

The flavor mimics the aroma pretty well, but is a little sweeter, a little tangier. Dark chocolate/raspberry syrup again, along with lots and lots of toffee and lighter touches of vanilla, cocoa powder and pine. The swallow brings layers of chocolate cake, dark chocolate, toasted oak and vanilla. Surprisingly fruity overall, with lingering notes of chocolate and burnt toast.

The mouthfeel is the only part that’s not completely and obviously outstanding. Soft and just a touch thin for what it is at medium-light. Lots of numbing booze and and more heat in the nose. Light, tingly carbonation doesn’t cause the brew to break apart as it moves.

The Yeti is one beer that’s strong enough to stand up to barrel aging. It holds its qualities well and doesn’t become overpowered. Smoothness is the word here — an incredibly well-integrated blend. (1,378 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #390/470. Dark, black, head dies fast. Smells like whiskey, marshmallows, Hershey syrup, smores? The aroma is really strong and nice. Woody flavor, whiskey, chocolates, raisins, not much carbonation. I really didn't want to pay the $26 but this was good although not as good as the barrel-aged ruffian. (309 characters)

Photo of BierGartenok
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (937 characters)

Photo of redsonja
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle received in the White Whale 4 BIF, 2009 bottle if I'm not mistaken. Bottle 33/1104. Opened a few days before the year 2012.

It pours dark brown, nearly black, with a mocha-colored foam. In other words it looks like Yeti stout. The aroma is special though, lots of whiskey. Sweet and roasted malts behind that of course. It's very tasty, loads of bourbon flavor without any heat. Not as sweet as Eclipse, also a little thicker than Eclipse (an easy comparison as so many Eclipse variations just came out).

Very solid but not really any more special than more accessible BA stouts such as BA BORIS. Nevertheless I was glad for the chance to try it. (664 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting for this one for some time. Bottle 286/1104.

A - Black, espresso 'crema' head. Spotty lace.

S - Deep rich mocha, malt, some coffee, chocolate chip cookies.

T - Taste is smell ++. Nice ++

M - Lighter seeming in tasting than I would have thought but still heavy and viscous. Good carb. Great coating and balance.

D - I would even though I would pay. Too tasty. (376 characters)

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.