Yeti - Barrel-Aged
Great Divide Brewing Company

Yeti - Barrel-AgedYeti - Barrel-Aged
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #161
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #620
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 10.37%
Reviews:
285
Ratings:
944
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Yeti - Barrel-AgedYeti - Barrel-Aged
Notes: This unique version of our monstrous Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for at least 12 months in whiskey barrels. The spirited aging process produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti, with its signature roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak, and a whiskeyed finish. Who says you can’t tame a beast?

FOOD PAIRINGS: Grilled porterhouse steak, Roaring 40s blue cheese, vanilla cheesecake, brownies.
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stevoj from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can from Brewers Haven. Dark brown with a thin beige head. Roasty, woody aroma with a hint of bourbon barrel. An initial burst of sweetness and chocolate quickly turns back to the roasty, bitter malts, nutty and woody accents. Bourbon is very mild throughout, but does sneak up at the finish and as it warms.

May 25, 2020
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 5 Apr 2020.

Found this bottle in the back of the beer fridge, been holding on to it far too long. Decided to open it on an unseasonably cool early April night (43 deg F, wtf?!) in the first year of the apocalypse. Looks like the 2010 release in Stranahan barrels, 951/1104.

Opened with a faint hiss, could've been worse. Poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. Small brown head lasts a bit longer than I'd expect. Pitch black in color, not quite oily. Faint carbonation. Aroma of chocolate, roast malt, vanilla, maybe some molasses. Alcohol is muted. Medium body. Alcohol is much more upfront in the taste, but not hot. Roasted malt and molasses. Whiskey shows up in the background. Warming in the finish and aftertaste which lingers.

Overall I was impressed that it aged so well... annoyed with myself for not drinking it sooner. Definitely past the peak but still decently drinkable.

Apr 05, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. The head beading is tightly packed and retention is very good.

Smell: It has strong aromas of roast with a bit of dark chocolate. There is some cocoa and vanilla in the background with hints of dark fruits.

Taste: It has strong roast flavors with whiskey flavors in support. There are some subdued chocolate elements and cocoa. There are hints of dark fruits and vanilla. There are also faint dark cherry elements.

Feel: It has a full body with smooth alcohol warming.

Overall, plenty of complex elements in this beer without the sharp alcohol burn.

Jan 19, 2020
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is chocolate/mild rocky road, roasted malts and slight vegetal/grains. The flavor is expected strong malts/slight vinous, chocolate, dark fruit and a mildly sweet/acidic/hint of spicy finish.

Jan 12, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a large snifter glass. Canned October 24th 2019.

Wow, is this dark as bananas! Well of course bananas aren't dark (unless they real rotten) but the excitement of the appearance can't be denied. An oil slick out of the can but fills with deep midnight body tones of black and a big shoe polish shine. The head is small in creation but is supper dark mocha, one of the darkest I've seen on any beer, it manages a faint half tall just dark chocolate finger, before sitting in a good creamy collar. This might be about as best as a stout can get in the looks department.

The aroma is impressive, but seems to hint very little touches of barrel character. Still it's large and impressive. Thick tones of chocolate fudge with a creamy underpining. Lots of roasted dark malts in a similar fudgy vein as well on the nose. Ganache chocolate, thick dark bitterness. Just a big thick rush on the nose.

The palate really performs. Still there is not much hint of oaky character, but the flavors loom large and grand. The biggest surprise is the lacking mouthfeeel, while supportive, isn't bringing a round richness. There's also a bit of fizz hiding in here. However, the flavors still pack a wallop, crispy dark chocolate waffer like malt. Fudge char blasting with a big bitterness of roast that is almost mineral hot. The aftertaste is a bit fast, but also provides some hop bitterness in the mix too.

Very different barrel aged stout, and a unique one. It almost seems like it give the base beer a better showcase and leaves the barrel character forgotten.

Dec 29, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can purchased at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
CANNED ON OCT 24 2019. Aggressively poured in to a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Look- Black as midnight. Sizable rich mocha colored head with great retention, tons of thick lacing. No carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Caramel/toffee type malts, chocolate, fresh ground coffee, bourbon and oak, roasted nuts, licorice, toasted dark bread and dark fruits (raisins and dates), a bit of vanilla. Light berry and spice notes.

Taste- Rich caramel malt, bourbon and oak, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and dried dark fruits, licorice, roasted nuts, burnt sugar, light spicy hops and a bit of cherry.

Feel- Medium/heavy bodied with an incredibly smooth, creamy texture. Moderately bitter finish, moderate/soft carbonation on the tongue.

O- This is one hell of an Imperial Stout, like regular Yeti but turned to 11, incredibly complex flavors, killer stuff.

Dec 26, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dry dry dry this Barrel age Imperial stout is dry.

You've got a certain roastiness which almost ashy. You've got raw bourbon notes.
A good beer but not a gourmet beer.

Nov 25, 2019
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 2018, poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger mocha head

S- Roasted malts, dark fruits, whiskey, oak, some dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of coconut.

T- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, touch of coffee, whiskey, vanilla, some oak.

M- Smooth, creamy, thick/full body.

O- A great barrel aged stout, worth picking up.

Jul 27, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Foil wrapped and capped bottle. Bottled on 'OCT 15 2015'.
Black colored body, with a thin mahogany back lit edge. Two fingers of tan head which adjusts back to a surface active cap and ring. Just a couple of small spots of lacing are left behind.
Big aroma of dark roasted malts, along with the oak whiskey barrel.
Taste of dark roasted malts, with a bit of char. Has dark chocolate notes, and some smoother vanilla touches. The oak whiskey barrel blends in but does not overpower. Some raisins and prunes are present. A touch dry at the end.
More than medium mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
A barrel aged stout that allows the whiskey barrel to contribute but not overwhelm. The dark roasted malts are dense and deep.

Jun 30, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2018 vintage. Appearance is the customary deep black with a small but lasting dark tan head. Aromas and flavors both have this prevalent meaty/smokey character that distracts from the barrel and fudgy notes. Lots of bracing herbal hop character as well. Thick, oily mouthfeel but missing dimensionality. Overall not the biggest fan, especially given the price tag

63/100

Jun 20, 2019
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jwestbury from Washington

3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours thick, dark, and heavy, and a gentle pour with an aggressive finish yielded a nice heat with good retention and particularly lovely tan lacing.

On the nose, it's toast and soy sauce, perhaps a touch of acidity sneaking in at the end of the breath, and... brine? Something almost recalls the brininess of an Islay Scotch.

It hits the tongue more acidic than expected, quickly transitioning into whiskey and charred oak, with tones toasted malt, moving on into cocoa nibs, with a lingering tannic bitterness that doesn't sit well with me.

Fortunately, mouthfeel is spot on -- thick and viscous, just like the pour, and the 12.5% alcohol surprisingly well-hidden. I think a bit more viscosity would serve this one well, but it's still solid.

Overall, not my favorite -- the look is right, but the acidity on the nose is a bit jarring, and the tannins are just way too strong for me. The oak is VERY present here, I think to the detriment of the beer. I want the roasty flavors stronger and higher viscosity, or less tannins. As it stands, this -- for me -- is not especially well-balanced. For the beer drinker who loves heavily-oaked whiskeys, though, I'm sure this would be a real treat.

Jun 14, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tons of sweet whiskey and mash on the nose, along with dark stout tones of roast, coffee, molasses, chocolate, and brown sugar.

Equally strong whiskey on the palate, which provides the most immediately obvious tones, lasting throughout most of the sip. Accompanying the crazy amount of barrel influences are a melange of huge stout tones: nuts, char, chocolate, coffee, toffee, molasses, brown sugar. Earthy, spicy hops, with bark and green leaf, but far more restrained than in the base beer.

Big, bold stout. Represents the ABV quite well. Long sip, long finish.

Definitely a stout for whiskey lovers, but there is a massive malt base present, as well.

Jun 04, 2019
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger brown head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is oak and vanilla, flavor is whiskey, vanilla, oak, burnt oak finish. Higher ABV (12.5%) is hidden. Pricey - $8.96 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

May 20, 2019
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was released at Systembolaget, Sweden February 1 - 2019 in a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle.

Dark brown to black beer with a huge, three finger high, dark brown head tha leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Barrel notes, oak, Bourbon, raisin, vanilla, cocoa beans, dark chocolat, brown sugar, roasted malt, caramel, molasses and coffee.
Taste: Oak and wood again, dry bitter chocolate, vanilla, molasses, coffee, whiskey, tannin, darkk bread and leather. Cardboard? (I do not want that!)
Mouth: Full body. Smooth carbonation. A very bitter and dry, damp ending.

A great beer but I did not like the sense of cardboard at the end...

May 11, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kolsch beers, in my opinion, is a style neglected in the craft beer world. An excellent Kolsch beer is fantastic. Another Saltfire beer up on the reviewing block. The beer is 42 degrees and served in a stange. The pour on the beer produced a two finger head creamy and airy head. The head dissipated somewhat slowly. The head did leave lacing on the glass. The color the beer is SRM 4 a pale gold with straw yellow hues. The beer has effervescence floating from the bottom of the glass. The clarity of the beer is brilliant.

The initial aromas in the beer are apples, lightly toasted malts, and a touch of floral. Next, I smell a touch of herbal, a touch of grass, pears, and a grainy malty sweetness.

The initial flavor in the beer is apple, spicy floral and herbal. Next, I taste grass, grainy malty sweetness, crackers, and lightly toasted malts.

The mouthfeel of the beer is medium astringency and crisp.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-high carbonation, and a medium finish.
This Kolsch is wonderful. The flavors are within the beer style. The beer is fresh, I would not mind drinking more of these.

Feb 06, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is black as night, a smidge of mahogany on the edges, and a dense dark tan head. Dark chocolate, stone fruit, and barrel notes including oak and vanilla on the nose.

The dark chocolate and stone fruit flavors are really forward, and the barrel notes complement those flavors and guide this phenomenal imperial stout into a rich, decadent finish. This is truly a pleasure to drink.

Jan 23, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve 10-oz. snifter
From: Total Wine in Uptown (Albuquerque), N.M.
Price: $9.99
Purchased: Nov. 3, 2018
Consumed: Nov. 30, 2018
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: Gold foil; 2018 version; Bottled on Oct. 18, 2018

Picked this up on a recent work trip to Albuquerque, N.M. Had been wanting to try this for a while. Gave the base Yeti a 4.20 back on Oct. 6, 2011, back in the days of the 0.50 increments (as opposed to the 0.25 increments now). Figured the price ($9.99) would be cheaper than in Sa Diego. Just value shopping. Online description read, “This unique version of our monstrous Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for at least 12 months in whiskey barrels. The spirited aging process produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti, with its signature roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak, and a whiskeyed finish. Who says you can’t tame a beast?”

Poured a motor oil black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Calm, serene setting underneath. Excellent spotty lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smell was initially just OK, but got much better as it warmed. Got oaky wood, vanilla, toffee, earthy leather, whiskey, prune, raisin, caramel, baker’s chocolate, purple grape and some spice. (Smell - 4.25)

First thing on the taste was how smooth it was. Got oaky wood, rye whiskey, vanilla, toffee, caramel, earthy leather, raisin, prune, purple grape, plum and baker’s chocolate. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This beer lived up to my hype. Excellent. (Overall - 4.25)

4.31 | 96 | A

Dec 10, 2018
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jopezu from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark oil slick with no head, only some tiny bubbles. nose; roasted malt, fudge, light bourbon, vanilla, light tobacco, & light oak. taste; dark roasted malt, char, dates, sweet whiskey, light ethanol, & vanilla. aftertaste is another round of bitter char/smoke & baker's chocolate. medium carbonation & medium+ mouthfeel. a little charry, but decent.

Nov 20, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I find this beer to be gosh darn great, man. I’ve never had a BA Stout like this. I almost want to call it light, but in reality, I’ll just call it soft. It’s so welcoming; no boozy harshness, no big alcohol crunch... Dylan Thomas, John Barrymore, or William Holden this beer is not. This one is soft like a pixie that doesn’t drink and does Bikram yoga on weekends. Yep!

Nov 18, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering about the size of a nickel in the middle. The aroma is of sweet whiskey, dark chocolate, and maple syrup. I'm tasting sweet whiskey, cocoa, and coffee. The mouth is thick, viscous, and warm with alcohol.

Oct 07, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black with big mocha colored head that lasts forever, lacing almost covers the glass as the head recedes.

Aroma - Big barrel and whiskey aromas right off the bat. Rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, little but of vanilla and molasses.

Taste - Taste is very similar to the aroma, lots of oak and whiskey also getting big tobacco flavors. Dark chocolate, coffee, mild sweet vanilla.

Feel - Full bodied creamy feel, nice heat from the alcohol very smooth and rich.

Overall - Very well done stout great powerful flavors really easy drinking.

Sep 03, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one finger tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and whiskey.

T- The taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, oak and whiskey.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Very nice. The barrel is the star of the show with the base beer providing a perfect companion.

Mar 13, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger and a half of caramel-colored foam. Head retention is good with a ring of foam lingering for a long while. Aroma is roasted, nutted, and toasted malts with a smack of barrel and bourbon. Behind that is a little peat, char, and caramel. Flavor profile is expansive, hitting notes of roasted, toasted, nutted, and caramel malts, with herbal, and floral hops. Additional notes of peat, barrel, char, and bourbon add to the experience. It's dark and hearty with heavy stout and barrel notes, and yet remains approachable and drinkable. Mouth feel is thick, with a hearty, velvety texture. Overall, lovely balance and display on this one. Barrel shines through just as well as the hearty base stout.

Served in a 16oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Mar 06, 2018
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DenverRich from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big, big stout, but one that goes down so smooth. Toasty and chocolate-ey, with some cinnamon and clove hints. Really well-balanced and smooth. More than one is a thorough butt-kicking, but well worth it if you are chillin' and not having to go anywhere...

Jan 21, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 3/22/2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky brown head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, coconut, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, pepper, pine, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, whiskey barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, coconut, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, pepper, pine, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and peppery/piney hop bitterness on the finish. Some bourbon/oak tannin spiciness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, coconut, toasted oak, dark bread, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, molasses, dark fruit, pepper, pine, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, whiskey barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/char/hop bitter/sweet balance; with zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and fairly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth of 12.5%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, whiskey barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV; with the modestly hop/char bitter/drying finish. Perfect barrel integration, rich roasty/charred malts, and nice earthy hop presence even after the barrel aging. A highly enjoyable offering, and pristine style example.

Jan 20, 2018
Yeti - Barrel-Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 944 ratings