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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

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4.29
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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Midnight black, with a thin brown head that dies expectedly quickly and leaves spotty brown lacing.

Smell: Good Lord, what a rich, complex, sweet smell. Bourbon, chocolate covered raisins, vanilla, toasted coconut, black cherries, plums, oak, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, coffee, toasted brown bread.

Taste: Brown sugar, molasses, and burnt toast upfront. Dark fruits throughout the middle. Burnt raisins, dark cherries, plums, and prunes. Chocolate syrup sweetness with distant coffee. Finishes with surprisingly mild warmth and bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, more raisin, earth, and pine, with lingering sweetness of dark chocolate/chocolate syrup, butterscotch candy, chocolate cake, and coffee.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Smooth. Light carbonation. Not as good as I'd hoped, but it's quite drinkable.

Overall: This is an excellent and rare BBA stout that it totally worth buying. It smells as good as BCBS, but the taste and mouthfeel fall short. Still fantastic, though!

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cosmicevan
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

massive thanks to quindog for hand delivering these puppies from the west coast. with rumors of a potential infection, i had to pop my first bottle.

2011 vintage - enjoyed in southampton irs snifter
bottle # 1306

a - brew poured a chocolatey black with a reasonable sized chocolate brown (yes chocolate can be brown or black) head that was gone within a minute leaving traces on the surface. brew looks thick and chunky...a bit more lively than most BA brews and even has some spotty lacing. attractive ris for sure. swirling rebuilds the surface magic.

s - definitely does NOT smell of any infection...in fact it has that wonderful stranahan whiskey in stout smell. i really LOVE the combo of this whiskey with stouts and porters. lots of wood, and there she is...yeti...with still plenty of hops now what 5 or 6 months since release...nice! that stranahan smell really is wonderful and blends nice with the hoppy chocolate of yeti.

t - WOW. that is a monster of a delicious beer. WHAT a beer! infection...HA! i laugh at your rumors. this beer is phenomenal. creamy and rich. milk chocolate. hersheys ain't got nothing on this beer. the stranahan whiskey is just a PERFECT match for this one (and most stouts/porters). i always found yeti to be a bit hoppy, but this one is tamed back...to perfection.

m - creamy and rich. full and coats my mouth. cooling. wonderful whiskey finish.

o - screw bourbon barrel aging. STRANAHAN ALL DAY! these barrels are magic. pappy...HAH! these barrels are the truth. every beer i've tried from these have blown me away (although i've always been more of a whiskey guy than a bourbon guy). i've heard rumors of infection, i don't know if they are true...but this bottle was divine. if you got em, pop em...can't imagine this getting much better, and i'm holding my other bottle for a little bit since if there is an infection it is certainly not wide-spread. killer beer.

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Photo of Gaddabble
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 (2-3 months old). An utterly fantastic beer. Keeps the simultaneous rich chocolate and intense hoppiness of the base beer such that you know you are drinking a Yeti and adds the delicious bourbon, coconut, and oak of the barrel. Very well balanced in that sense. Long, hoppy/oaky/dryish finish. Not super complex, but massive, massive flavor. Delicious.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Urbancaver
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark dark brown. A decent amount of brown head. Very pretty. Smells very chocolatey and rich. The bourbon is fairly subtle. On the tongue the bourbon is solid. Lots of chocolate and rich buttery bourbon. Some very light vanilla and roast. Subtle oak but mostly the chocolate is prominent

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Photo of Damian
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. (750ml) bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottled on: OCT 15 2015
Served in a snifter

Absolute pitch black appearance. The liquid poured super oily and viscous. A frothy, finger tall, crimson-tinged mocha crown topped the body but it quickly fell to a thick, bubbly ring.

The nose was super rich, robust and complex. Initially, the beer smelled like a total cocoa bomb. Powdered cocoa to be precise. Remarkably fragrant and smooth. Uber fudgey too. Big vanilla presence. Strong dark fruit notes came through as well. Fairly sweet. Loads of smooth bourbon/whiskey but very little alcohol heat.

Rich dark chocolate notes dominated in the flavor profile. The beer was fairly roasty on the front end. Big bourbon presence in the center. Good dose of espresso. Some charred raisins too. Roasty notes reappeared on the back end and in the finish. Somewhat bitter. Touch of earthy hops perhaps. More bourbon as well. The beer was quite boozy overall yet surprisingly not overly hot.

Outstanding mouthfeel. The liquid was rich and viscous. Nearly full bodied for the style. Creamy, slick and frothy on the palate. Incredibly smooth.

Most of the today's highly acclaimed stouts are limited run, brewery-only releases, but this beast was sitting on a shelf at my local liquor store when I grabbed it. Barrel Aged Yeti is a massive imperial stout that unfortunately has a less than perfect reputation due to infection issues in the past. This 2015 release was magical however. I love it when a respected, tried-and-true brewery blows you away with something unexpected and amazing.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage shared by cbutova, awesome surprise beer.

Looks like all other yetis, black body, nice brown head retains well and leaves lacing.

Chocolate, roast, whiskey, vanilla in the nose.

Taste is excellent. Big chocolate syrup, roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, caramel and some oak and a bit of alcohol. Just awesome, great balance, slightly dessert-like but not sweet.

Slick mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation, some booze but not bad considering, pretty easy drinking, great flavor.

Even next to a plethora of great stouts, this was probably the best of the night for me and that opinion seemed unanimous. This is exactly how I'd hope a Barrel Aged Yeti would turn out, base beer still recognizable and in tact with a great whiskey barrel presence without being overpowering. Probably one of the best bourbon barrel stouts I've had, the price is a damn shame though.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage

A. Dark black with a just a touch of a head that somehow leaves some small traces of lacing.

S. Incredible aroma! Chocolate, oak, beautiful bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits (raisins and figs). Incredibly complex yet balanced.

T. Dark fruits with caramel sweetness, chocolate malt, oak, bourbon; good level of sweetness

M. Nice, thick and luscious with a nice carbonation level.

D. Supremely drinkable. I like this a lot.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. Bottled on date of October 15, 2015.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of dark tan head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty and fairly sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, smoke, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Solid barrel presence with a scent of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, maple syurp, and wood. Sweet hints of molasses along with a little black licorice. Some earthy hop hints. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin and fig. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very roasty and rich dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Good barrel presence with notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, maple syrup, and wood. Sweet taste of molasses. Dark fruit undertones of fig and raisin. Also some notes of leather, black licorice, and earthy hop bitterness. A really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, chewy, and fairly syrupy. Alcohol heat is mild for 12.5%.

Overall: A really great Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. The hops are more subdued than the regular Yeti allowing for more dark fruit and balance of sweetness. Great mix of barrel and dark malt flavors.

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Photo of salimoneus
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foreword- Poured from a 6 month old 2015 750ml bomber into a snifter. This beer was aged in Stranahan’s whiskey barrels for 12 months.

Appearance- Pours very very dark, nice thick clingy head. No visible light escapes the bomber or snifter.

Smell- Whiskey, chocolate, roasted malt

Taste- Generous whiskey up front, followed by semi-sweet chocolate, oak, caramel. The whiskey component is clearly there, but not overpowering. This beer has just about the perfect amount of sweetness that you want from a BBA stout. The flavors meld extremely well in this one. Leaves a wonderful whiskey/chocolate aftertaste on the palette.

Mouthfeel- Nice and thick, just about the right amount of carbonation, whiskey component is definitely present but no burn whatsoever.

Value- At $24 for a 750ml bomber, this beer is definitely on the more expensive side. But I feel the quality is on par with the asking price, solid value here.

Overall- This is an incredible whiskey barrel aged stout. I would put this up there with the very best in the world, it is that well balanced. If you enjoy the base Yeti, this just takes things to a different level. Great whiskey flavor, amazingly well balanced, very thick and chewy, perfect level of carbonation and sweetness. Not much to complain about, if anything maybe the price tag, but you gotta pay to get the best, and this beer is without a doubt one of them.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a bottle of this gem from Shaebs99. Thanks a lot for the killer trade.

From a 750 into a snifter.
Vintage: 2009
Bottle 712 of 1104

Note: Drunk immediately after the regular Yeti for comparative purposes.

APPEARANCE: Same as the regular Yeti. Pours out pitch black and thick, producing a one finger, thick, mocha colored head with great retention. Jet black body with little carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Thick, viscous looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon here for sure. Whisky and vanilla, accompanied by some oak notes as well. Roasted malts and baker's chocolate are still there, with some smoky elements as well, but the bourbon is the main act here. The chocolate and hoppy notes take a back seat in this version, but the bold barrel presence brings other interesting things to the table.

TASTE: Yup, this is where it's at. Roasted malts and baker's chocolate still there, and are still the greeter up front. Soon after, however, the barrel assaults full force. Bourbon, vanilla, and lots of oak flavors burst though, but notes of bitter, chocolaty hops still make their way though. Well put together and incredibly well balanced. Not at all barrel dominant like the nose had suggested. Bold and lingering aftertaste or roasted malts and bitter chocolate, all well balanced and complimented by the barrel. Stupendous.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. The barrel has thinned out the body every so slightly, but given how thick Yeti is, this doesn't detract at all. Still very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Stellar feel for the style.

OVERALL: Another top notch, killer variant on the Yeti. As far as barrel aged stouts go, it doesn't get much better than this. Though the nose was quite barrel heavy, the taste profile is the perfect example of how barrel aging can add to an already wonderful base beer without dominating or spoiling it. Well integrated and superbly done. Possibly the best barrel aged stout in production. Thanks again Shaebs99. Beauty!

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best version of the many Yetis produced by Great Divide. It pours a near black color with a thick espresso head. The nose has a nice blend of oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasty malts and subtle hops. The taste is equally complex. Nothing stands out too much, superb balance. Creamy body has delicate carbonation. A fantastic stout.

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Photo of msscott1973
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joberlander
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unreal beer . Whiskey is right at the front of the nose and dark chocolate. Taste follows with chocolate up front with dark fruits. The mouth feel is so creamy and full. The barrel just kicks the already yeti up a notch and doesn't dissapoint. Up there with the best barrel aged stouts I've had . Only downside is the price point.

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Photo of glid02
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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 rkarimi
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of robbmotiwalla
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. This is good shit. It rivals BCBS, with a chocolate flavor that reminds me of Chocolate Rain, but nearly half the price. Pitch black pour with an incredibly dark head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice ring. Smells like whiskey, raisins, and chocolate. Tastes similar, but I feel that I taste grains? It's all good though, delicious actually. Maybe a wee bit too carbonated, only barely. I'm sure in a year it'll only be better, which is awesome, cuz this is great. Buy this.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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.


**

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition with the new packaging poured to a tulip. Can't make out the bottle number as it rubbed. #1864? Cracked for the Super Bowl. The beer pours thick like crude oil. Opaque. When held to light edges are a deep brown color though again almost black. A small 1/4 finger dark deep brown colored head which fades to a thick film on the surface. Not much lacing to report. A nice blend of cocoa, espresso, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and malty sweetness. A hint of the heat. Very complex and very nice. The flavor starts out with heavy roasted malt character followed by rich cocoa and bourbon flavors. Hints of the oak, vanilla, and even molasses come through. Mild bitterness. Very complex and well balanced. Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall, a really impressive and well crafted beer. Complex yet nothing in the flavor is dominant or over the top, very good.

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Photo of zac16125
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
2015 vintage


A: Pours a motor oil thick, jet black, with 1 fingers width of dark tan mocha head. Head dissipates at a moderate rate and leaves a small amount of lacing. 4.75

S: Aroma is huge and is amazing. Big roast notes, big chocolate fudge like cocoa notes, tobacco and leather too. All these base beer characters are balanced wonderfully but equally big barrel characters including charred oak, sweet vanilla, and bourbony booze. The nose is just absolutely fantastic. 5

T: Taste is significantly more herbaceous than the nose, and is not as luscious. Big barrel notes with charred oak and a whiskey booze flavor. Base beer characters with huge roasty notes, along with leather/tobacco. The fudge like sweetness from the nose doesn’t come out in the taste, which is unfortunate. Still excellent though. 4.5

M/D: Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and chewy. Carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, some boozy notes but overall ABV is very well masked, great drinkability. 4.75

O: Overall, this is an exceptional beer. I love the Yeti series, and have been looking for this one for a number of years; it didn’t disappoint. Worth seeking out. 4.5

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage.
look: Gorgeous. Nearly opaque dark brown. Big creamy mocha head on the pour. Messy lacing.
smell: Chocolate, vanilla, and woody.Rich and well "distinguished".
taste: Wow, even better than the stellar nose. All those flavors in a rich, surprisingly mellow gentle giant.
overall: home run Great Divide. Haven't had this before but those 12 months in the barrel damn sure worked some magic.

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I honestly think regular Yeti and its oak aged variants are horribly overrated, over-hopped, and underwhelming. I've heard great things about barrel aged Yeti, but I'm still not sure what possessed me to purchase a bottle, especially given that it's the most expensive beer I've ever bought.

Boy am I glad I took the plunge. Barrel aging does wonderful things to this beer. Gone is the ridiculous and wholly inappropriate hop profile, and in its place stands one of the best BA stouts I've ever had, and what is certainly the thickest. At only about four months old, this beer tastes and feels like chocolate syrup. I split this bottle with friends, and we all agreed that it was outstanding. If you like Yeti, you'll probably love it. If you, like me, cannot understand the appeal of Yeti, you might even like it more.

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Photo of hopdog
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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