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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 617
Gots: 181 | FT: 7
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
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 chilidog
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of claaark13
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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Photo of emmasdad
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in color. Thick and viscous. Forms a small very dark tan brownish colored head that eventually reduces to a surface coating.

S: The aroma is off and I find it somewhat unappetizing. Oak, vanilla, roasted malts, and whiskey. But it comes off as smelling somewhat dirty.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of coffee, deeply roasted malts, molasses and a light sweetness.

M: Heavy bodied with lighter carbonation.

O: A good RIS, but just not one that I personally cared for very much.

Photo of Boonedoggle
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage - 750 ML - Bottle #789

Poured this into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick, dark brown. Like syrup, it sticks to the glass. A limited amount of carbonation.

Smell: Smells of raisins and dark chocolate. A bit of fresh whiskey notes can also be had. I don't get the vanilla.

Taste: It tastes of fresh raisins and has a bit of whiskey bite to it, which is a result of the barrel aging. The chocolate flavors come through towards the end of each sip. It needs some time to mellow out in the bottle, but is still a great beer.

Mouth: A medium bodied stout. A slight whiskey burn upfront and lasting chocolate silkiness at the end.

Overall: Great beer and I can't wait to see where cellaring takes this beer in a year or two. I'll be interested in tasting this down the road with the Stranahan's barrels no longer being used.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Churchill's "Night of the Yeti" during SDBW. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours black with few bubbles around the rim and no lace.

N: Sweetish whiskey booze is evident. Like a chocolate brownie soaked in whiskey.

T: Mildly sweet, vanilla present with some oaky notes and dark chocolate, grainy/malty.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Slick and oily roasted finish.

O: Aside from the low carbonation, this was very enjoyable.

Photo of mattsander
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Insanely black with very dark brown head. Gorgeous stout. Looks like very strong coffee.

S: Chocolate and oak. Lots of tangy/sour oak character and coffee. Reminds me of good french press. Earthy.

T: Wood, wood, wood, sour fruitiness, big time roast, cocoa, VERY oak forward. That oak tanginess is a bit much for my liking.

M: Full and smooth. Interesting balance between rich dark malt and sour wood.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011.
Bottle # 1703.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a dark brown 1 finger head that drops down quickly into a ring around the top of the beer. Average lacing.

Smell: Lots of whiskey. Smoke and dark roasty malts.

Taste: Dominant whiskey barrel notes. Mostly the oaky and woody notes. Smoke and charcoal. The rest of the beer is muted by the whiskey, smoke and charcoal. The beer is fairly roasty too, but it shows up in the finish. Almost has a minor sourness in the finish along side the roasty notes.

Mouthfeel: The unique part of the beer to me is the mouthfeel. Strong whiskey notes that you can taste, but none of the whiskey burn. This Yeti is really smooth, but I still prefer the other Yeti's that get Oaked because the mouthfeels is thicker. This seems just a bit thinner than I expected. Medium bodied beer with a low end of meoderate carbonation.

Overall: I have officially tried all the Yeti offerings. I expected this one to be the best, but I was wrong! I really liked the Expresso Oak and Chocolate Oak better than BA Yeti. Lets see what a year can do to this beer. Aged may help it become a better beer!

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.