Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unique version of Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for at least nine months in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels.

Added by ArrogantB on 10-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#583
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
880
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 880 |  Reviews: 262
Photo of epyon396
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Theogre83
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crobinso
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 byronic
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cherche
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Sirnickatnite
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Tracker83
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 drunkenmess
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaphog
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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.

11/23/17
12 oz bottle 3/22/17 bottle date
4.75 rating

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

12oz Bottle from Beer Cellar in VT for around $7

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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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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 880 ratings