Yeti - Barrel-Aged
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #191
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #678
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 10.37%
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
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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.
Reviews: 291 | Ratings: 962 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Aug 16, 2009
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is an awesome beer, probably the final evolution of the series. its taken me a long time to get to this one, the limited availability and brutal price points have always kept me away, but this is so worth it. on tap right now at the new barrel bar on brighton, a really really cool place. got a full pour of it, now listed at 12.5% abv, much higher than whats listed here, and trust me its all of that. inky black in color, looks even darker than normal yeti, like condensed and concentrated down, with a short and short lived tan head to it, quite a contrast with its lightness on the very dark brew. shiny and slick looking too. smells like whiskey all the way, apparently this batch spent three years in bourbon barrels of different types, and you can really appreciate all the oak character, even above the bourbon flavor imparted. its like a real good deep big red wine, where the oak flavor itself is very prominent. i feel like a lot of these end up being more flavored by the whiskey than the wood, and this one does a nice job of doing both. you get vanilla and booze, a little char in there with the dark malts, much more depth and complexity than the oak aged edition, more oaky too. rum raisin sort of complexion in the middle and then the classic yeti finish, a little sweeter and longer in this edition from the whiskey. huge body, sticky and palate coating, but still enough carbonation that it keeps moving. warm but not hot on the alcohol, which is about as much as you could hope for in a beer this strong. overall this is incredible, worthy of its price tag, and should be mentioned in the same breath as the other heavy hitters in the style. one of denvers best beers.

edit: even better with a year on it!

Nov 14, 2015
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

two finger dark brown head on a jet black body with no light passing through. nice lacing. Aroma is a definitely a nice whiskey barrel rich aroma with a subtle chocolate and vanilla aroma seeping in. Flavor has a very nice, just right amount of whiskey note with a nice base yeti that balance each other out perfectly. This is a very smooth bodied beer. The vicous-ness isnt lost. It is very creamy/milky. Certainly as good of a mouthfeel you can get.

Jan 13, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes easily noticeable. Taste is also dominated by woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon with light warming alcohol. Black chocolates notes with subtle roasted malt are also discernable. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and some warming alcohol notes are also perceptible. Truly a world-class beer that I wouldn’t mind having again.

Jan 04, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color; the dark mocha head is rather small but leaves legs of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla and subtle wafts of Bourbon; alcohol detected in the aroma

Taste: After a chocolate fudge opening, the subtle Bourbon flavors blossom on the tongue, with the hops making their presence felt by mid-palate; the barrel flavors build, after the swallow, with quite a bit of oak in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer has been on my radar for a while so I was shocked to see it on the shelves at Bestway today; really lives up to the billing as a top drawer barrel-aged stout but, of course, I would expect nothing less from the folks at Great Divide

Jan 07, 2012
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 10, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin mocha colored head that quickly died down and left lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose along with notes of chocolate.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the bourbon flavors aren’t nearly as prominent. There are also flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla.
M: It feels full bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is very well balanced; it has the perfect amount of bourbon to help accentuate the taste but doesn’t overpower any of the other flavors.

Note: 2011 Vintage, Bottle #3573

Mar 24, 2012
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

Nov 02, 2009
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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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bgold86 from New York

4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into two 12 ounce snifters at just above room temperature. Nose is of huge smokey chocolaty and coffee plus dark dried fruits, of all the barrel aged stouts I've had, this is an easy top 5. Taste is huge, tons of chocolate, cherries, dark dried fruits, big coffee smokey presence; just an all around world class offering.

Dec 14, 2015
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for sharing this one. Served in a smaller pint glass sort of thing at Bad Apple.

A - A couple fingers of late-rising dark mocha foam that does the reverse-cascading waterfall deal. Dissipates to a thin ring, and coats the sides of the glass with a sticky film - no lace though. Pitch black in the low light conditions, although I didn't see anything else even when I held it directly up to the light.

S - Initially it has a strong dark fruit character, although the Stranahan whiskey comes out as it warms up. The whiskey has a largely vanilla character, although there some sharp tangy oak that vainly tried to offset an otherwise intensely sweet smelling beer.

T - The taste is very similar, but there's an unfortunate burnt plastic/char taste in the background. Otherwise it's dark fruit, molasses, and vanilla galore. Pretty yummy, but starts verging on diabetic by the end of my pour.

M - Very low carbonation, viscous and syrupy. Dry tannic finish, and a bit of heat. It's right on for a barrel-aged RIS.

D - Between the odd char aftertaste, liquid diabetes, and high ABV it's not the most drinkable of stouts, but it's still a solid effort. That being said, I think I prefer the intense hoppiness of regular old Yeti.

Dec 07, 2009
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

**
03/19/16
25 oz bottle to snifter. Dark oily black pour. Thick tan head. aroma is mellow whiskey, chocolate, toasted barley. Taste is dark chocolate, bourbon. Really smooth.

Tasting this alongside 2 versions of Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout. The 2015 is 12 months old, the 2016 is 1 month old; the Yeti is at about 6 months past bottling.

The Yeti is superior in my opinion. So much smoother, a touch sweeter. I think the coffee hurts the Weyerbacher, fighting with the bourbon for tastebuds, even though it's still really good too.

I've loved every incarnation of yeti.
**
08/16/17

Sampling of this Barrel aged Yeti alongside Deschutes/hair of the dog, Collage 2.

Still really nice. Slight sourness due to age probably, but lots of flavor.

LOOK: dark black. Nice brown head, despite age.
AROMA: did not hold up as strong as TASTE. Still gets a nice mix of chocolate and roasted barley.
TASTE: whiskey, coffee, fig , blackberry, cream of tartar, chocolate.


**

Mar 19, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of wethorseblanket at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2011 vintage. Bottle # 1414.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with a woody finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and is showing no signs of infection that apparently so many other bottles have.

Jul 24, 2012
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into snifter 2015 version

A: deep rich black no light escaping very little head but what is there is a rich chocolate color

S: tons of fudgey thick chocolate, oak wood like when you are in the Jack Daniel's distillery with all the oak barrel and deep rich black leather like being a saddlery or a leather coat shop, and whiskey

T: my god it grips your tongue with just bourbon soaked fudge, nice woody leather without any of the sweetness a lot of these beers have. Reminds you of wood and leather with a deep chocolate fudge richness but all of the flavor.

M: surprisingly viscous for a BA beer it envelops your tongue and coats it with wood and bourbon its amazing.

O: This beer is flat out fucking amazing one of the best BA stouts I have come across I do not see any weaknesses at all in its color, smell, taste, or feel it is flawless.

Apr 15, 2016
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bennyman12 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very carbonated for the style but head fades quickly. Big chocolate nose. More dark fruits in the body. Bourbon is well integrated. Bitter oaky finish. Medium to full body. More interesting but less immediately satisfying than bcbs.

Dec 23, 2015
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rwmiscik from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Motor oil black, cocao color head about one inch thick, decent retention that comes back with a swirl and nice lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate, whiskey, decadent roasted malt, slight alcohol, incredible nose

T: Fantastic, its like a chocolate bar covered in whiskey melting in you mouth, Its rich and simple yet amazingly complex with its overwhelming and robust flavor.

M: Has a fantastic mouthfeel but would benefit from some extra body and thickness. carbonation is soft but nice for the style

O: An amazing beer that needs to be tried by all who like stouts. I think its tasting amazing right now and im not sure it would benefit much, if any from aging and great divide has instantly shot to the top of my list with regards to quality beer. This is the best stout I have had in a long while and it beats out many other big names and should be had by all.

Jan 28, 2012
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Stooven from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Jun 07, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Second bottled the 2011 consumed. Amazingly happy it isn't infected. #2546.

A- Pure black pour. Above the body is a huge dark mocha at head, it's size and retention are both beyond most bourbon aged imperial stouts. Not much lace but some good spots.

S- Just bliss. Amazing vanilla oak barrels, whiskey, chocolate and roast malts blended and balanced to perfection. Rich and delicious. Smooth and alcohol is hidden.

T- A kick of dark cocoa powder leads off with the splendid whiskey barrels following. Vanilla seeps from the oak, whiskey bourbon adds a great but balanced flavor, caramel, roast malts, coffee beans and oak.

MF- Thick oily body really pleases the palate. Carbonation is silky smooth and at a nice low level, allowing the rich flavor to shine. Alcohol warms the palate to a great level.

Honestly the most balanced bourbon barrel aged stout I have had. The interplay between whiskey, cocoa, oak and malts just amazes me. Maybe the best I have had.

Jul 22, 2012
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jpd7374 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

Oct 10, 2014
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drone from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jan 30, 2016
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Blanco from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Apr 16, 2012
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zrab11 from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 10, 2016
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Sweffin from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 19, 2017
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CoolJosh from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Aug 23, 2009
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