Yeti - Barrel-Aged | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Yeti - Barrel-AgedYeti - Barrel-Aged

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 273 | Ratings: 916
Photo of jdhilt
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
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...

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Photo of colts9016
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of DenverRich
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
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...

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with one finger brown head.
The aroma is very barrel forward, the great divide barrel aged beers all have a similar note, they have to be using the same distilleries barrels. There is also a strong chocolate note with a bit of coffee and a piney hoppiness.
There is tons of dark fruit on the flavor. The barrel is dominant, but not as strong as the aroma. The dark fruit hits big up front with a bit of chocolate and dark roast. The barrel isn't overpowering and the sweet bourbon vanilla notes compliment the beer well. The hops don't come in until the finish, but the bitterness really finishes off this beer well. It's pretty sweet and if the hops weren't very pronounced I feel it would be way unbalanced.
The mouthfeel is fairly thick, it's what I expect out of the style.
Overall, it's a winner from an outstanding brewery. I wouldn't pay the bomber price, but the BA 3 pack was worth every penny.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black with a small brownish head. Head breaks leaving a few wisps of foam and there is some good lacing.

Smell is oaky whiskey, vanilla, leather, chocolate and roasts.

Taste comprises all the elements of the smell, with the warming barrel notes leading the way. Leather and vanilla come in next, with the chocolate roasts finishing things up and lingering.

Feel is smooth and full with good carbonation. Booze heat is noticable but not intrusive.

A fine beer for my 1400th beer. Once again Great Divide and the Yeti series do not disappoint. Truly a great beer.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Jet black body with a dark chestnut head that requires a vigorous pour to rouse to a finger width. Decent lacing for a beer this big.
S: oak, vanilla, whiskey and chocolate ice cream. Just a hint of wet cardboard late.
T: decedent and beautifully balanced. This beer is way to easy to drink. It’s like a liquid desert but not at all cloying. Vanilla, cherries, cocoa and woody notes make this a very complex profile.
F: silky and smooth, boozy heat. A bit of alkaline in he finish.
O: I’m blown away. I had high hopes but this far exceeded my expectations. This is one of the best BA stouts that’s widely distributed.

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Photo of Tony210
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

*** Let this beer warm up!!! ***
Pours pitch black, impervious to light. Kakhi head slowly fades to a ring around the glass, lacing it nicely. Big boozy aroma, loads of chocolate, roasted malt, some vanilla and coffee. Huge flavor of chocolate, bourbon, pretty boozy, vanilla and espresso on the finish, which is a bit bitter and dry. Very creamy and full bodied, absolutely delicious. Allow this to warm up to almost room temperature to drink. This is a bottle that I would expect to wait in line for 2 hours for. Amazing that it is on shelves in beer stores.

12 oz bottle 3/22/17 bottle date
4.75 rating

Update - drank a 3 year old bottle - still holds up great. Immense chocolate flavor.
Bomber dated 10/16/15

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle!

A - Pitch black pour with dense burnt toffee colored lacing, lots of viscosity.

S - Dark chocolate malt, cocoa, light smokiness, vanilla, whiskey, a hint of black licorice/anise.

T - Dark smokey chocolate from start to finish, char/charcoal, whiskey, vanilla, oak, cherries. Has a lingering bourbon/chocolate/cherry finish.

M - Big/full bodied, silky and velvety with some pronounced warming on the way down.

O - First time experiencing this beer and did not disappoint. Very flavorful with nice layers of complexity. Recommended.

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Photo of arizcards
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Quick Stop 9-4-17 for $9.99. Bottled on 3-22-17.

Beer poured black as night with a beautiful tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of whiskey.

Taste is a wonderful medley of chocolate and vanilla layered over the wonderful well balanced Yeti base brew. Finish has a touch of leather and whiskey.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth and satisfying.

Overall this was a delicious brew, very happy i finally got the opportunity to try!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a bottled on date of Mar 22 2017. Pours a pitch black color with a thin layer of dark brown head. Good amount of lacing. Boozey, earthy aroma with lots of wood, leather, molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruits and espresso. The first sip is Whiskey followed by some dark cherries, dark chocolate, leather, earth, black coffee, figs and molasses. Whiskey finish with bitter dark chocolate and charred wood. Heavy body with a velvety mouthfeel and low carbonation. About as boozey as expected. I love regular Yeti and this is a nice variant that I hope to try with some age on it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think this might be the biggest I ever got ripped off in a beer trade. You gotta do it once though, totally make you rethink what you're doing. At the time, Cantillon was just shelf turding it up in Reno. I was buying a bottle every time I went to any store that had it (and multiple did). Anyways, long story short, I traded a 750 & 375 ml of Classic Gueuze for this. D'oh.

Anyways, this beer pours a dark black, brown head, very thin 1/4" and eviscerates itself. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt and whiskey, not too bad, but its strong.
Taste, its a nice drinker, a little heavier on the whiskey notes than your average barrel aged stout. Weird thing was as it warmed, it actually got less hot and easier to drink. As it warms, the vanilla and oak come out more and more, contributing to the beer getting easier to drink. What was substantially bitter at first, mellows out into a nice beer. Wouldn't trade an arm and a leg for it again, but you know, its a good beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense dark tan head that retains well as it fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of chocolate covered espresso beans against a nice roasty background along with that standard caramel, vanilla and oak from the barrel. Barrel is light on the nose though
T: Taste is rich dark chocolate and espresso along with some charred wood and oak. Light caramel and vanilla from the barrel along with some bitter dark roasted malts. Swallow is more roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with the barrel coming strong in the finish with a nice shot of oak, caramel and vanilla.
M: The beer has a rich and velvety mouthfeel to go with a full body along with soft carbonation that is adequate for the style. The beer has a dry finish which is very nice.
O: Overall this one is pretty good but I wish they used an actual bourbon barrel instead of stranahan's. Good barrel flavor and uniquely Colorado but the spirit does give some harsh qualities on the finish that I usually don't find in beers at this ABV. I like it and would buy it again. This in a bourbon barrel would probably be lights out.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/22/17. Opened 6/29/17.
Pours black with a deep cinnamon head. Great lacing and retention.
Nose is light oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt.
Taste is rich, dark chocolate, brownie, vanilla, oak, slight bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, light alcohol heat. Very easy to drink.
Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent
Such a great beer!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is a pitch black body with a two finger tan foamy head that when it dies leaves some nice clingy foamy lacing in rings. The smell has some chocolate and coffee coming through in a woody sort of way. Light vanilla enters in as it warms up. The taste is bittersweet through previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, it sits about a medium to heavy and demonstrates that its not that sessionable. Carbonation is barely there leads to a nice smooth feel all around. Overall, an absolutely fantastic barrel aged imperial stout well worthy of having again.

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Photo of Stooven
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a sampler size glass at the brewpub on a Saturday evening in June. Fantastic brew. Already a Yeti fan, but am usually tentative on barrel-aged beers because (despite loving bourbon) I don't always agree with the sweetness it lends. Very tempered here, but still alive and contributing. Rich without feeling heavy, booziness is enhanced by the aging but not distracting in any way. Off topic, but a Miller Lite-loving friend was drinking Roadie at the brewery like it was water. I don't know what that says about the beer, other than it might be a gateway craft brew in a town cosponsored by the mother of all gateway drugs.

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Yeti - Barrel-Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 916 ratings