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Barrel Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 653
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 21.78%
Wants: 627
Gots: 250 | FT: 14
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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 12.50% 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 RustyDiamond
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle filled on August 2008- #346/470

Shared with Pghlee in 2 GD snifters. Cocoa brown pour with virtually no head. Some bright bubbles when poured from high up, but that was about it. Red ring around the head when held up to a light.

Aroma was very delightful and complex. Chocolate cake, fumey big whisky, tobacco & vanilla bean. Very dense and aromatic.

Slightly tannic on the nose with big oak, dark cherry & plum. Big roasted malt notes with a touch of sweetness. Quite a vinous middle with some bitter chocolate. The middle was somewhat tame to me, after a big start. Not a huge, dense mouthfeel but still tasty. Finishes bitter & oaky. Big whisky heat and oak in the throat. Very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude.

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Photo of glid02
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by RustyDiamond - thanks!

Pours black with a minimal dark brown head that recedes into thin ring around the glass. No lacing is left however the beer is viscous enough to leave legs.

Smells great. Dark chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, and smooth roasted malt with the vanilla aromas poking out more as the beer warms.

Tastes great as well. The flavors are similar to the aroma with dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and whiskey all present however they're slightly better integrated when compared to the smell. Absurdly smooth, and while it's boozy the warming burn does more to help the beer than it does to hurt it.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's smooth and hefty with light carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could finish off a bottle of this myself with absolutely no problem.

Overall I've been wanting to try this for a while and I wasn't let down. Well worth seeking out, and thanks again to RustyDiamond for sharing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best things to ever come across my lips. Hands down this was absolutely just phenomenal. Served chilled and split into three snifters, this one was consumed on 10/31/2009.
 
The pour was magnificent. Rich dark brown, nearly black in color with a huge head of tan on top that just barely receded at all leaving tons of sticky lace down the sides of the glass that were still present come the next morning! Incredible. The aroma defied description for me to be honest. Rich notes of vanilla and oak just overwhelmed everything, bourbon like I have never smelled before just totally dominating everything that was around it. Simply incredible I have to say. Warming brings out loads of chocolate, hints of coffee, more vanilla and oak aroma, just too complex to put into words, the three of us were falling over ourselves over this one to say the least. Then I took a sip and it was over. Stunning is not a strong enough word. This is just amazing. Rich, decadent chocolate notes wrapped into a full on a explosion of bourbon and vanilla notes just leaves me looking for more, and more, and more. Just amazing. The depth and complexity here is something that I have not scene, or at least rarely seen before. Rich cocoa and coffee notes coming through now, all the while the bourbon and vanilla never losing sight of the overall prize. Who knows where the ABV is open this one but it is one of the best, if the best sipper I have come across for a cold rainy night.
 
Overall I do not have enough good things to say about this. I had tried long and hard to find one of these and I am really glad that I did. It was simply amazing. I would have no issue at all with going after this one again, in fact, please send me another!

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Photo of pwoods
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
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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Photo of waltonc
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Figured it was time to crack open my one and only bottle of this.

Pours close to black with little head. Though there are signs of carbonation floating around on the surface. The smell is exceptional - milk chocolate, whiskey, and vanilla. One of the better smelling beers I've had. Taste is fairly sweet, and that milk chocolate, whiskey and vanilla is again present. The milk chocolate starts out at the front, and it finishes with a bit of sweet fruit character. I don't know, maybe cherries or plums. The whiskey component is quite prominent. I'm not sure if I'd say it's too strong, but it's close. Body is medium and carbonation is light to medium. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #246/470. Sensory deprivation black. The dark brown sugar colored crown has the same loose, bubbly, unsticky texture as most barrel-aged ales. It persists reasonably well and manages to leave a few scattered sheets of lace in the end. Yeti and Oak Aged Yeti are visual masterpieces. This one isn't, but it's still a mighty fine looker.

I don't care what barrels Great Divide ages this RIS in, it's always going to smell amazing. Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey was as good a choice as any... and better than many. It may not be bourbon, technically speaking, but it's pretty damn close to the same thing. The chocolate and coffee aromas of the stout are perfectly accented by the whiskey.

After the first several ounces, it's obvious that aging Yeti for 20 months rather than the originally planned 9 months turned out beautifully. The beer has just the right amount of whiskey character (if you love whiskey) without tasting the least bit woody or overly oaky. Like I said, Yeti is one of the world's finest stouts and can stand up to just about anything.

Given the ABV, it's amazing how well the alcohol is masked. It isn't completely obliterated, but then I wouldn't want it to be. Better to leave some of the beer's burliness intact. The total body warming and the spreading sense of well-being is intoxicating (literally). Slowly sipping all 750 ml is going to make this a very good late afternoon and evening.

It's quite possible that I've never had a more perfect marriage of stout and whiskey. Some barrel-aged stouts have been just as delicious perhaps, but few (if any) have been better. If that doesn't deserve the ultimate taste score, then I don't know what does. No wonder this brewery is a perennial member of my 'Top 10 American Breweries' list.

The flavor profile includes melted Hershey bars, a generous shot of espresso, a small shot of Sambucca, caramelized sugar, vanilla beans and toasted oak barrel staves. Molasses and smoke aren't present and aren't missed. I don't know if one year of age is the ideal time to be drinking this beer... but it might as well be.

I would like to issue a formal apology to GD Barrel Aged Yeti for thinking that its mouthfeel wasn't up to snuff during the first glassful. Now that it's middle of the bottle time, it's hard to imagine how it could be improved. Lush, plush, smooth, silky... mere words don't do it justice, so I'll stop trying.

My expectations for Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti were stratospheric. The fact that it has exceeded those expectations is mind-boggling. It's a shame that only 470 bottles were released because this is one of the best beers to have ever entered my glass.

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Photo of slaintemhor
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hear tell that this stout was put in whiskey barrels and then aged for 20 months rather than the intended 9 months! I suspect the added aging only helped this extraordinary stout. The color was black as night with a thin wisp of head. The nose was especially boozy with the Stranahan's whiskey making itself quite evident, along with caramel and toffee. On the palate there was a blast-o-booze, followed by burnt toffee, robust coffee flavors, bittersweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, dark fruitcake, dark raisins, Medjool dates and an exceptionally long finish.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of armock
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GregMcQ for sharing a bottle during a brew day.

A - Poured a black color with a light brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of oaked vanilla roasted malt some alcohol

T - Is like the smell but even better really good vanilla and chocolate flavors some alcohol

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with medium carbonation to it

D - Just about as drinkable as you can get for a big beer this one was very easy to drink worth finding to try

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine 2007 Barrel Aged in Stranahans Colorado Whiskey barrels.

A: Beautiful black with a nice mocha colored head

S: Nice dark malts, molasses, and whiskey.

T: Goes with the smell. Dark sweetness with just enough whiskey to say hello.

M: Thick and creamy with a fair amount of carbonation.

D: Good. I want to order another but would much rather drink this at home over a little time.

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Photo of Buebie
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from russpowell in our Darkness trade. Thanks Russ!

This is bottle #23 out of 470

I've been sitting on this for 2 months and I could not wait any longer.
This is a 750ml brown bottle with a classy thick tin wrapping at the kneck.
Popped the cap and a nice hiss gives way. Poured into my surly tulip. Black as night with a gorgeous dark brown 2 inch head. The head is a heavy whipped cream with lots of globby bubbles. The head finally settles almost 10 minutes later leaving a quarter inch of retention. The lace is so bubbly and thick it looks like a sponge is lineing the walls of the glass.

The smell resembles the original yeti, but to my surprise its soo much more aromatic. Giveing way to rich milky sweet chocolate, delicious lightly toasted oak and some wonderful and modest amounts of whisky. Theres vanilla bean aroma in there too, but man this is probably the best barrel aged beer I've ever had the chance to smell. Nutty cocoa powder nib like aroma, it smells like chocolate cake from Woullette bakery.

Mouthfeel is delightly thick and creamy with just a touch of carbonation. This is so good its sinfull.
Starting out very very nutty with cocoa nibs and hazelnuts. The taste reminds me a little of Mephestopheles with that chocolate hazelnut flavor. A little similar to Frangelico with the same desert like sweetness and alcahol warming.
Becomming increasingly oaky. Whiskey and oak come busrting through at the swallow, its so mellow and smooth. Every flavor complimenting the other and not overwhelming all that is going on here.
A touch of alcahol coming through just before the swallow. Even that little bit of alcahol is nothing as this is 12.2% its very well hidden. Its not boozy or hot.

This finishes mildly sweet with a slick coating on my mouth and tounge all the way down my throat. Lingering oak, whiskey and chocolate stay for several minutes.

This is on the list of top 10 beers I've ever had. Must drink before you die.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for opening this one. Bottle #31/470...
Appears an opaque black with a small, dark tan head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, cocoa, toasted cashews, and noticable abv.
Taste is of the vanilla, cocoa, along with espresso, cocoa beans, and bananas coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, nutty, bitey, with a slightly hot finish.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this via stopbarking. Daniel, you rock. Then again, you owe me this, since you got this bottle as an extra.

Poured part of a 750ml into a snifter.

Bottle # 378/470

Appearance - This brew looks pretty good in the glass. It produced a solid 1 1/2 finger head. The head slowly dissipated to a thin crown/ thick halo across the surface of the glass and around the perimeter. It is opaque black. Light lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - The scent is pretty good. The whiskey component melds very nicely with the Yeti. Vanilla and oak dominate, but the Yeti maintains a lot of its original characteristics. There is still a hint of roastiness from the chocolate malts. Lots of booze in the nose, as to be expected.

Taste - The flavor is awesome, and extremely close to the scent. The whiskey component isn't as overpowering as the other BA beers I had this evening - it doesn't cover the original flavors present in the Yeti. There are notes of Vanilla and oak, along with notes of roasty chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Full bodied. The feel is sticky and slick at the same time - the booze makes it slick. The carbonation level is right on point - nice and lively.

Drinkability - This is a really easy drinking sipping beer. The flavor was right on. I was pretty impressed with this one. I didn't think I was ever going to try it, and I am really happy I did. This would be worth searching out.

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Photo of midaszero
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stopbarking for sharing this bottle (which he got as an extra the bastard). Bottle 378/470

A - Very dark brown with one finger with coffee head with good lacing

S - Very strong whiskey presence. Caramel and toffee notes

T - Very good whiskey flavor with caramel and toffee just like the nose. Some chocolate and roasted malt as well.

M - Thick body with medium carbonation

D - Very easy to drink and very enjoyable

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one of the stalwarts that Beachbum1975 broke out on us. Great night.
Pours a murky brown in color. There is no head forming on the pour, but there are very large bubbles all over the perimeter of the glass. Nose is a little boozy. Not quite a bourbon smell, but just boozy and a bit of an alcohol note.
I agree with Shane, this needs to warm up to near or just shy of room temperature. The flavors really come through and it gets a fuller mouthfeel. Lots of oaky, chocolatey and whiskey coming through in the flavor. Nothing is dominating, but they play off one another very well. Incredibly smooth on the mouthfeel. I don't mind the lack of carbonation, I actually prefer it in a beer of this nature. Easily the best of the Yeti's that Great Divide makes. Just wish this was more readily available and cheaper. I could find myself drinking this quite often.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle # 458/470 share with DrewOSU, FTownthrowdown and pwoods last night. This bottle was courtesy of a recent trade with pkeigs. Thanks for the trade, Patrick!!!

Today marks a very special day for me... Due to the addictive qualities to facebook.com, I was able to locate my best friend growing up. I haven't had any form of communication with him in 15 YEARS, so Brian - this special beer is dedicated to you...

A: Pours an ultra dark brown/black with sparse, light brown, big bubbles. No lacing and and a few big bubbles remain after the beer settles.

S: After the initial pour, the people I shared this with immediately realized it was too cold, so we all stood around like idiots trying to warm the beer cupped in our hands. Note: DEFINITELY smell and drink this at the recommended temperatures (The closer to 55 degrees, the better!)... After holding in my hands for 5-10 minutes, the nose came out MUCH better... I got moderate mix of whiskey, followed by some woodiness like oak, light molasses, chocolate, heavily roasted malts and vanilla. Let that beer warm up and it turns into a very pleasing nose...

T/M: Medium/Full flavored and bodied. Low carbonation. Much like the nose, I get a burst of wood and whiskey, followed by coffee, heavy chocolates, molasses, vanilla, and dark fruits.

Overall, it was a very nice blend and highly enjoyable. I don't think this one needs additional aging. All the flavors blend well now. If it wasn't for the following three factors, I would have made the drinkability factor much higher:
1) Rareness
2) price point
3) bottle format (I would have preferred 12 ounce bottles)

At any rate, glad I had the opportunity to try this!

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Photo of hopdog
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle labeled 31/470.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of whisky, wood, some earthiness / dirt, roast, vanilla, and coffee. Tastes of whisky, peat, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Creamy and smooth body with the alcohol content fairly well hidden. Some what on the sweeter side.

This one is definitely a sipper. I shared this with a couple of people and I'm glad I did - as good as it was, I would have a hard time finishing off 750ml all by myself.

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Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml foiled bottle, bottle # 48. Big thanks to Denver Dave for sharing this rarity!

Pours a deep and opaque black, no light gets through, just black, big thick brown head forms, slowly rises up and drops some nice lace spots, very good retention for the strength. Smell is nice, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, lots of roast, alcohol, dark fruit, espresso, bourbon is very well integrated. Taste is similar, very dark and roasty, bitter chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, toffee, bit of lactic oak, very rich flavour, figs, well integrated and I could see this being outstanding in a couple years when everything melds together better. Mouthfeel is viscous and chewy, thick syrupy body, low to medium carbonation, very nice. This was a treat, I think it worked well, and it will improve over the next couple years.

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Photo of Goliath
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.