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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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95
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535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 607
Gots: 180 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

dsgolovin, Apr 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

resistdefy, May 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

MinorThreat, Nov 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

ChrisPro, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

JPortillo, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Dicers, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

bhir, Jan 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Ungertaker, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

NittanyBeerFan, Aug 31, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

Boonedoggle, Dec 01, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

emmasdad, Apr 15, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

Florida9, Dec 23, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

mattsander, Oct 21, 2012
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3.84/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

wethorseblanket, Nov 16, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%

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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Oct 22, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%

This review is of the 2009 vintage

Pours a pitch black body with a one finger mocha head. Head retention and lacing were average at best.

Smell is an amazing mixture of sweet whisky, brownie a la mode, vanilla, burnt malts, and chocolate syrup. Similar to aromas found in Southern Tiers Choklat but heavier on alcohol.

Taste is still hot and big on booze, with some fudge, charred malts, and a bit of bitterness. I like strong beers but this one lacks some balance to round it out. Wish it tasted like it smelled.

Mouthfeel is full and aggressively carbonated. Body was somewhat oily/syrupy. Head died rather quickly which was disappointing.

Overall this beer was good but pretty pricey. I figured after letting it age for 4 years it would be smoother but it still has quite a bite. I love all the yetis but I'd have to say this was prolly my least favorite along with Belgian yeti

angelmonster, Sep 09, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -9.6%

Beautiful black pour with a dark mocha finger and a half of viscous head. Nice spattering of lacy foam. Balanced barrel, oak, vanilla and rich chocolate in the aroma. There may be some spicy hops, but faint. The barrel is not over whelming, which for me, is a good thing. It leaves it's mark though. There's a slight acidic cherry quality that faintly shows itself. The taste is lightly boozy, with a ton of chocolate, roast, vanilla, light barrel/bourbon and oaky notes. It finishes with a bit of a chocolate covered cherry and a definite acidity that induces a slight puckering affect. The feel was thick, full and coating...as I would expect from the Yeti.

It appears as though this bottle is on the very mild receiving end of some infectious qualities. While I think it undoubtedly made the experience slightly less enjoyable, this was still a really good beer even still. No doubt a non-infectious bottle would be brilliant. Glad to be drinking it either way!

EgadBananas, Apr 10, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -9.1%

A 750 ml bottle, split with a friend, and poured into my brand new CBS snifter. This was consumed side-by-side with regular Yeti.

A: Jet black, 1 finger mocha head that quickly dissipates. More of a head than on the regular Yeti.

S: Sweet, sweet bourbon. Tiny hints of chocolate, no malts, none of the hops found in the nose of the regular Yeti.

T: All bourbon. Quite sweet, absolutely no hops, hard to find any bitter malts until the finish. Incredibly one-dimensional. While the bourbon flavor is good--a touch too sweet for my taste--there's a real lack of anything to balance it out. A bit disappointed on the taste, sadly.

M: Incredible. Full bodied, but well-carbonated, so it’s not too heavy. About perfect for a big stout.

O: Too sweet, with little there to balance out the bourbon. I want some of the hop bitterness or at least some of the chocolate present in the regular Yeti. I gave it a 4 overall, as opposed to a 3.5 in part because of the potential with aging-with time the bourbon will mellow a little and it'll be much better. After adding some regular Yeti to my glass (three parts BA to one part regular), the flavor profile expanded and drastically improved. The BA Yeti needs some of the chocolate malt or hop flavor present in the regular Yeti.

Hophead717, Jan 12, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -8.4%

2011 Vintage. Bottle number 2428, not infected.

A - Black. 1 finger of brown head, nice tight bubbles.

S - Oak, whisky.

T - Whisky/booze, chocolate, molasses, hint of hops, a ton of wood in the finish.

M - Medium. Very smooth carbonation, almost seems bottle conditioned.

Not my favorite of the Yeti variations (oak aged) but comes in a close second.

s1ckboy, Apr 20, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -7.9%

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Roasty and sweet with dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. There is a faint hint of smoke here.

Taste: Sweet and roasty up front with some smoke and dark chocolate. There is a bitter and roasty finish. Bourbon and mild vanilla notes throughout.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with mild, tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This beer did not live up to the hype for me. I wanted bolder flavors. The mouthfeel wasn't at all what I want from a highly rated imperial stout. Good, but I hope it is better from the bottle.

oline73, Oct 12, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -7.2%

Rarest of the five incarnation of the yeti, shared at a tasting recently. Very excited about this one.

Beer served in a tiny tulip. Beer is pitch black, even at the corners. Forms a brown head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. I can't tell the carbonation levels but at the interface of the glass I can't see any activity. Doesn't mean much though.

Aroma is hot. Lots of alcohol in there. What's the % on this? 12? You can smell it for sure. Nice malt sweetness and some roasted stuff as well. I can't really smell the barrel. I suppose that's good.

Beer is medium to full bodied and pretty sweet. Would the sweetness go down aftertime or would it sour at all if left alone? Beer finishes slightly dry and there is a lot of boozy / subtle wood character. Overall the beer was good but I should have had it with the Oak aged side by side. So far that's been my favorite.

drabmuh, Jun 04, 2010
Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.