Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

Barrel Aged YetiBarrel Aged Yeti
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852 Ratings
Barrel Aged YetiBarrel Aged Yeti
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:
#573
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
852
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 852 |  Reviews: 253
Photo of GbVDave
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to pop for the assist!

Month and Year Bottled: Aug. '08
"1st Batch 2008" (written in silver paint pen on the bottom of the bottle)

A: Dirty motor oil black with a dark brown/rust colored head. Creamy and sticky foam with good retention and lace.

S: Heavenly! Aromas of whiskey, vanilla, fudge, dark fruit, toffee, nuts, and caramel.

T: See above. Awesome whiskey flavor coupled with everything and...marshmallows!

M: Silky/creamy with a hint of alcohol heat. Near perfect levels of sweet, dry, and savory.

D: Fantastic! Hardly any trace of abv! A masterful example of a barrel aged RIS.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of muttyd
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes:

Poured into a Westy chalice. Black pour with a thin tan head. Great lacing as it swirls around the glass. Sweet bourbon / chocolate aroma. Very well balanced. Flavor is amazing. Smooth dark chocolate, whiskey, moderate roasted malts, and slightly warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side compared to what I expected, but still feels great on the palate.

Had this at a tasting with some fellow BAs and this one stood out among the crowd. Truly an excellent beer.

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Photo of Akeah
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZEB89
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gfunk1121
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dvelcich threw a great tasting, and I was lucky enough to snag an invite. Thanks to stoutfest for providing this bottle for us to sample.

Poured into Duvel tulip-

I gave this a vigorous pour...It is really dark inky black in color with a caramel colored head that is very slight-- less than a finger. Some spotty lace is present, nothing major, but it is there.

Smell gets a little caramel, toffee and big chocolate. Roasty chocolate and whiskey. Little vanilla of hint and charred oak, but they aren't the main stars here, not even close. The hugest tastes are the chocolate and whiskey... But you get a little more of the oakiness and vanilla flavors than the nose would suggest.

The carbonation level is pretty good for a barell aged brew, and it is big and thick. Drinks very easily for a whiskey aged beer-- which is probably owed to how well-balanced this one is. The whiskey isn't kicking your teeth in with harshness, it actually blends into the flavor profile to create something better. Something balanced as an overall experience where whiskey is just a part of it.

The barrel aged and the espresso are easily the best of the Yeti line up, in my opinion, and if you see either one, pick it up.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DefenCorps
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the 2009 release (the second one) received in a trade with bardwashrind. Thanks Andre! I popped this one at our impromptu tasting last night. Bottle # 805/1104

Yeti is one of the best looking beer ever and this just proves it. Jet black with a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this is gorgeous. The nose is just as good, milky, creamy with a whiskey aroma that's fairly low in the mix. Roasty with dark chocolate and some coffee, the whiskey lends a mellow touch of vanilla. With a touch of alcohol (nowhere near the 12.3% indicated on the label.

The palate opens with a blend of creamy milk chocolate, whiskey heat, a mellow whiskey flavor with some vanilla and a little oak. The coffee characteristics are fairly mellow too, there's a mild sweetness mid palate. Roasty and chocolate-like, this is smooth and delicate. Full in body with a creamy, long-lasting finish with a lingering bitterness and a subtle heat, this is exceptional stuff. Too bad I'm going to have a hard time finding this again...

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 1400: Pours dark, sludge-like consistency. The barrel aroma was all over the place the moment the cap was cracked open. The aroma is fantastic; so much barrel and chocolate notes that translate into the taste. Thick, chewy, mouthfeel. This is a full-bodied stout and I'm glad I was able to get one more bottle to age. Get it if you like BA-stouts, it's worth it, cheers!

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JKasten988
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two and a half fingers of dark brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A classic, barrel aged imperial stout aroma that is full of vanilla, oak, and caramel with background notes of chocolate, espresso, licorice, and toffee.

T - Sweet, thick caramel with bitter-sweet chocolate up front. Things get darker with espresso and nutty brown sugar in the middle. Lots of dark sugar in the finish with caramel, molasses, and chocolate supported by a strong whiskey character with, vanilla, oak, char, and licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Drinkable doesn't even enter into the equation here, this is a huge, barrel aged stout and it is good at being what it is. The whiskey character is profound and unapologetic with loads of sweet vanilla and oak that work beautifully with the dark chocolate of the base beer. Really well done.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious motor oil black with a very enticing thickness and a half-one finger head of dark brown foam.

Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, earthy and an oh so enticing whiskey sweetness.

Vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, huge chocolate flavor, and a sweet and warming whiskey blanket.

Heavy-bodied, low-medium carbonation, tongue coatingly sticky (in a good way), rich, and chewy but amazingly balanced in that it doesn't stay with you.

Overall, I was more than thoroughly impressed with this brew, at the current ~$30 price point, it's hard to pull the trigger on this, but share it with a friend and it's worth every penny.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a mocha colored full creamy head, looks like motor oil, very nice.

A: Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark fruits like plums, dates, brown sugar, sweet blackberries, also notes of oak and whiskey from the barrels, very nice aroma.

T: Hint of oak, big dark chocolate and dark coffee flavors, slight vanilla, dark fruits, finish is very dry with more whiskey, oak, and espresso notes lingering in the finish, very nice.

M: Full bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, very dry for a stout.

O: This beer drinks very smooth, could use more barrel notes but its big on dark chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits. It has a big creamy mouthfeel and it's amazingly drinkable. Definitely going to pick up a few more bottles for the cellar.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Bottled On: NOV 02 2016.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Can definitely tell it's Yeti with that huge charry aroma with lots of molasses, dark chocolate and smoke. Not a lot of bourbon though.

T- There it is. Initial roasty flavor of the mammoth known as Yeti but it soon settles into a sweet finish of vanilla, fudge and marshmallow. There's even a spiciness that binds the profile together that reminds me of tequila oddly enough. I think it's the bold flavors of the base beer melding with the softness of the barrel. ABV is hidden very well and the extreme roast never becomes tiresome due to the mellowing that the barrel has induced.

M- Super creamy and robust with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- An incredible BA imperial stout for the money (A modest $16 price tag where I got it from). So glad they finally came out with a proper release of this beer after the issues that occurred years ago.

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Photo of Dogleg
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Around $25. 09 batch, bottle number 104 of 1104 into a Stone IRS snifter. Bottle notes this as 12.3% ABV.

A: Beer is practically black with not quite half an inch of tan head that recedes down to a thin cap of bubbles. A few rings of lacing as the beer recedes. Completely opaque and very sexy.

S: Big notes of coffee and burnt malts, rich chocolate, and tons of bourbon whiskey, no doubt this is aged in Stranahan barrels as it shows its typical notes of vanilla and caramel, pretty decent amount of boozyness in here. I figured a year in the cellar might tame the boozyness, but no such luck. Still smells very nice.

T: Excellent here, initially a huge note of chocolate and vanilla, caramelized sugar, and a surprising amount of hops have survived the barrel and bottle aging. Hops add a nice bit of earthyness and when mixed with the whiskey create a very light mint profile in the middle of the beer. The beginning of this beer is all Yeti, tons of coffee, chocolate and sweetness, middle is hoppy, and the finish is straight up Stranahans whiskey, a smooth vanilla profile that warms the whole way down. Finish is a bit sweet, but there's enough of a barrel character and oak to balance everything out. Absolutely spectacular.

M: Spot on, insanely thick and viscous, lightly carbonated to give it a perfect, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely warm, but warm in the way a fine whiskey warms your gullet. Sticky on the lips, but the boozey warmth and oak creates an interesting dryness in the finish. I can't say enough about this, spectacular.

D: There is a ton going on in this beer, and its almost hard to take it all in and appreciate it, but at the simplest most pedestrian level, this beer is delicious. This beer has exceeded all expectations and definitely lives up to the hype. That being said, I don't think I would want to disrespect the beer by drinking multiples, this 750ml split between my girlfriend and I is more than enough, it is decadent and wonderful. Fantastic beer, and undoubtedly the creme de la creme of the Yeti series. I wish I had more to age in the cellar for another year or two, as then I think this could easily be my next all 5's beer with more time.

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Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle, 10.7% ABV.

A: Pours pitch black with one of the darkest brown heads I've seen. It's barely discernible from the body at first! Head appears quite dense and slowly fades away, leaving moderate but opaque lacing behind.

S: Whiskey initially. A bit of caramel, toffee and oak. Otherwise a strong roasted malt presence with char and chocolate. A bit of anise is present as well.

T: Again, whiskey up front, quite smooth though. Lots of toffee with some caramel, brown sugar and a strong oakiness. Creamy and smooth roasted malt follows afterward with a little char and mostly chocolate. Again, a bit of anise towards the finish. Some oak and vanilla bean resides in the aftertaste. The lingering aftertaste reminds me of vanilla beans and brownies. Delicious. Remarkably mellow given the ABV. No sharpness to the roasted malt or whiskey. Just smooth and balanced.

M: Creamy and very silky smooth. Fairly heavy.

O: Great RIS. The balance of whiskey and stout is excellent. It makes for a very smooth and well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is also stunning, so creamy and thick without being syrupy or overpoweringly heavy. Like a big irish stout. This beer honestly blew me away, it's just perfectly crafted. Period.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Schlafly snifter from a 750ml bottle.

Thanks to arniepnminne for the bottle.

Bottle Number 1248. The label indicates this brew has been aged in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Barrels.

The brew pours a gorgeous dark oily black. Pitch black with no light coming through the glass. There is a nice dense and frothy tan to dark tan head that is cappuccino-esque. The brew is oily and viscous and fills the glass well. Very attractive. A number of quick swirls gives the head a second win. The head gets up to about 0.5 inc and quickly dies down to a tan ring around the edge of the glass. There is some slight sticky lacing.

Starts off with chocolaty sweetness. Sweet caramel and caramelized brown sugar are definitely present as well as some nice sugar cane molasses. Sweet vanilla notes and whiskey are hanging out in the nose. Slight alcoholic burn somewhere in the middle as well as some cinnamon and slight licorice notes on the finish. As the beer warms there is some nice chocolatey fudge and some slight coffee roast but these notes are mild.

The first taste is heaven. Very viscous and oily one of the more thick and chewy BA stouts out there. Starts with some surprising coffee notes that are not as visible in the nose. Then there is some nice whiskey sweetness that come sin with some vanilla, caramel and some slight licorice. Once again the roasted coffee notes come in and mixes in very well with these flavors. Hints of toffee and chocolate cake are stuck in the middle of the brew and add a very nice sweet but also bitter dimension. There is definitely some alcoholic heat to the brew on the back end as well as some nice wood notes. Slight spice is present on the back end and it finishes with a dark chocolate bitterness and a whiskey heat.

This is a great brew. Nice offering by the GD guys. Very delicious and vibrant flavors and actually pretty balanced.

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Photo of seangibbs60
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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