Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
804
Reviews:
246
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
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622
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266
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Photo of drone
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review number 666! Been saving this beer for this occasion. Great stuff but not as good as the Parabola I had right before it. Review from notes:

Dark pour, almost black, tan head with nice whisps of lacing down the tulip.

Aroma is boozy, light oxidation, some dark chocolate, roast is subdued.

Taste is a touch thin, boozy again with some more chocolate. Sweet caramel, maybe some coffee and oak? Hard to tell. Roastiness is mellow, needs some more bitterness. Well aged indeed, smooth, low carbonation. I wouldn't let this one go any further if I had any other bottles sitting around.

Overall easy drinking, needs a touch more carbonation to cover up some of the aged qualities.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/01/2011

2011 batch (aged for 9 months in Stranahan's whiskey barrels) poured into a snifter. Bottle #2704 - 10.7% ABV. The last time I tried this beer was when the first batch was released. It's been a long time.

A: Appears ebony, exhibiting a level of viscosity that would make a rheologist gape in wonder. The head forms two fingers of Sepia froth. Great looking beer.

S: I get caramel with a lot of roast and a light coffee presence. There's some fusel alcohol that stings the nostrils but it's faint. Whiskey is aromatic and pleasant, blending with vanilla and oak - there's a lot of oak. Dark fruit is restrained.

T: Lightly bitter up front with notes of earth, dark chocolate, and cocoa. I get a little caramel with accompanying fudge. The Stranahan's whiskey barrels provide notes of whiskey and vanilla, and malt effects a strong roasted characteristic with subtle burnt notes. Brown sugar appears midpalate and grows stronger in the caramel fudge whiskey finish. Alcohol is well masked until the finish.

M: Full in body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky with pleasant alcohol warming.

Overall: This is certainly a good barrel aged Imperial Stout, but it isn't in the upper tier. I'd definitely purchase a glass of it if offered the chance, but I wouldn't buy another bottle.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into St Bernardus glass with Mattsander and alpineclimber 12/10/12

A more light would escape from a black hole, just a thumbnail of a cola edge, even the foams dark, real dark, its short lived and leaves some polka dot lacing but the darkness of liquid and foam alike impresses

S dark fruit and oak are strong with some boozy vanilla, more earthy woody notes the barrel has left a mark for sure, I want to love the smell but its just a little boozy

T has a tangy twinge to it if that makes sense, a little sour fruit in the mix with licorice, wood, more wood, then the char kicks in, more sour notes with some dark coffee.

M not as thick as the color would let you believe but far from watery, that tangy twinge is a strange sensation, some heat and the char and coffee linger on the finish

O needs too mellow out but the faint sour notes and tangy sensation makes me think an infection might be setting in but perhaps it’s in my head. Not sure if I’d age this or not, either way it’s pretty decent stuff today

not my favorite from the Yeti’s but still solid, its great stuff if you like woody stouts, I’m not 100% sure if the sour notes are intended but its working pretty well.

Edit- The above was from notes and after reading a few other reviews perhaps there’s an infection setting in. Changes nothing I still liked the beer and if we did have an off bottle it wasn’t off by much as we all enjoyed it.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, bold beer with a nose to match - aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, raisins, plums and figs. Very sweet taste that overwhelms any traces of bourbon; no vanilla, coconut or any alcohol heat. For some that's a plus, but for me I really missed these flavors on the back end of the sip; it's why I buy BA stouts. Still a very good beer but, I have to say it, it's might expensive for what it lacks.

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Photo of OneBrewru
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Barrel Aged Yeti pours midnight black with a dark mahogony head. Seriously, this stuff looks like motor oil.

Aromas of oak, fine tobacco, chocolate, coffee, and dried dark fruits pervade. This beer has quite a nose.

The woodsy oak flavor really comes through on this beer. This beer is smokey and rich with dark coffee and chocolate coming off strong. The dried dark fruits are still present, lurking in the background.

The mouthfeel is rich and sumptuous. Silky smooth with light carbonation.

Overall, this is a great beer. Definitely worthy of slow thoughtful sips. I couldn't have a bunch of these as it is a very strong beer in every sense of the word.

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Photo of mikecm
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ohiovania
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle generously shared by jdiddy. 2011 vintage. Pours two shades shy of black with no head. Nose expresses dried cocoa. Taste is pure brilliance - cocoa, whiskey, wood and a hint of peanut butter. Mouthfeel is medium in consistency with a slight acidity and lightly oily texture. Carbonation falls just short of lively - if the carbonation dropped off a bit, it would really enhance the overall character. Overall, a very good BA RIS - not top tier, but very solid and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Douglas88 brought this to the weekend RIS tasting.. 1st vintage.. bottle #294/470... Reviewed from notes.

Big head though it didn't stick around...

Nose has tons of whiskey and some heat.. vanilla and plenty of citrus hops.. I think the hops collide a bit too much.

Palate begins with bunches of alcohol (mainly from the barrel) .. a little hot IMO.. vanilla and lite cherry... whiskey is HUGE and not really in a good way.. less than expected RIS characteristics.. descent cocoa and lesser dark malts.. citrus hops are still very available.. the whiskey notes are a too pronounced for my palate... Body was only medium, and the carbonation seemed pretty high.

I had high hopes for this one, but it sorta left me flat.. I need to get a fresh bottle(s) of this to share with the Boise crew.

Awesome Doug.. thanks for supplying this wild card .. You will always be welcome in Boise and in my home, but the rule is, "we quit drinking at 5:00 am"... no questions and no exceptions :-)

4/4.5/4/3.5/4

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle filled on August 2008- #346/470

Shared with Pghlee in 2 GD snifters. Cocoa brown pour with virtually no head. Some bright bubbles when poured from high up, but that was about it. Red ring around the head when held up to a light.

Aroma was very delightful and complex. Chocolate cake, fumey big whisky, tobacco & vanilla bean. Very dense and aromatic.

Slightly tannic on the nose with big oak, dark cherry & plum. Big roasted malt notes with a touch of sweetness. Quite a vinous middle with some bitter chocolate. The middle was somewhat tame to me, after a big start. Not a huge, dense mouthfeel but still tasty. Finishes bitter & oaky. Big whisky heat and oak in the throat. Very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude.

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Photo of Spider889
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Rackhouse Pub on 9/28. I really wanted to buy a couple bottles of this to bring back to OH, but the $25 price tag deterred me.

Typical black stout, thick and sticky, with a short cap of frothy balsa head.

Smells of rich chocolate and char. The bourbon is smooth, providing aromas of vanilla and toasty coconut.

Woody and full of fresh barrel characteristics. Char, chocolate, vanilla, and strong solvent bourbon notes dominate.

Thick mouthfeel. Overall very tasty, though imo not quite worth $25 a 750ml either.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:poured into my taster this brew pour just as menicing as any other yeti. Pitch black with a good amount of head.
S: the noise is average of barrel aged stout. Bourbon is present with maulty goodness.
T: the flavor is like a less intense yeti. The notes of coffee and chocolate are calmed down. The bourbon is not pronounced; almost like this brew was aged in brandy barrels. Notes of really dark fruit.
MF: good mouth feel not thined out, but would haved liked a thicker feel.
Overall, a brew that is worth its rarity to have. Enjoyable, but i expected more complexity out of this one.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Joe1510 for bringing this to our epic tasting! Definitely one of my most anticipated selections. This is from the first bottling and here we go...

A nice black pour with a surprising amount of head that doesn't stick around too long.

Tons of whiskey in the nose here. I can't believe how hot this beer still is! There are dark fruits and vanilla present here too. It's very sweet.

Getting fruits, whiskey, vanilla and a corn syrup flavor as well. Again, very sweet beer. It's a little thin for my liking, which takes away from the experience but overall, this is still a good stout.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to snifter on 11/13/11 at a small tasting with friends
*From notes

-- Many thanks, Ed --

A: Pow! From the first drop, it's easy to tell that this dark wonder is gonna coat the glass and then some. Motor oil, anyone? A standard pour yields a dense, 1.5 finger creamy mocha head.

S: Extremely vinous. Not much wood or smoke is picked up, moreover it's compact dark fruit.

T: The flavor profile is quite similar to the nose. I don't really get a whole bunch of tannin or char. Instead I'm getting a lot of chocolate, the 40% dark kind. The finish is yet again a bit vine fruity.

M: Right on target. Rich, thick, creamy and so forth. Know what a killer stout feels like? Ok then.

O: Not quite the beer I was expecting. Great Divide's Barrel Aged Yeti is certainly a good beer, it's just packing a ton of dark fruit that, with age, might dissipate. Though I found this more then enjoyable, there are certainly better limited release RIS's out worth hunting.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A: Pours a dense black color with a nice finger or two of dark brown foam.

S: Big time dark chocolate aroma to this with lots of intense roasted malt and coffee aromas. There's a big oak aroma with a hint of vanilla. A touch of bourbon but plenty of charred oak.

T: Burnt and charred malt come through right at the beginning. Very heavy on the roast with lots of dark chocolate and coffee as well. Vanilla and a slightly spicy wood flavor. Sort of light on the actual bourbon, though.

M: Quite full in body with a medium, smooth carbonation.

O: A big, bold, intense beer. I was rather surprised to see this on-tap, but certainly won't complain.

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Photo of hylton44
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best shared, as I did, with a friend who is a big fan of Yetis.

Upon pouring, that head, which is solid brown, attests to the substantial character and lack of viscosity which is to vollow. Black as night and as thick as day-old coffee, the high alcohol content is well-masked by a thicky, bready malt; but still shines forth with a sort of hard-liquor undertone. Rye, molasses, and burnt coffee are the detectable notes. I'd love to find this in a six-pack, but it was only available in an expensive 1.5 L bottle.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as midnight. An aggressive pour raises one finger of brown head. Decent retention. Tiny spots of lacing.

S: Brownie batter, chocolate sauce, double chocolate cake. Traces of jerky and smoke. Figs. Whiskey. Woody scents underneath the thick malt blanket.

T: Brownie batter, bitter dark chocolate, day old coffee. Jerky and smoke. Some minerality. Big dose of hip bitterness. Figs. Sweet whiskey brings a bit of a bite middle to end. Marshmallow impression from the wood.

M: Full, rich, and thick. Soft and velvety. Slightly coating and chewy. Not too weighty despite the size. Carbonation is soft and easy, helping to create an airy impression. Warming whiskey.

O: Yeti is a gargantuan imperial stout. Huge, brash, bitter. The barrel mellows it just a bit. Marshmallowy taste and a velvety mouthfeel in particular have the barrel to thank.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old style label. This was from 08.

Pours very little head. Color is black with caramel hues around the edges.

Aroma: Oak and whiskey. Chocolate and caramel malts show. It is pretty malty overall. Sweet. A bit booze. Pretty awesome.

Taste: Whiskey, oak, and vanilla. Caramel and chocolate. Sweet and malty. Boozy but in a good way. Some molasses and dried fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warming, and creamy. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends warm and dry.

Overall, this was a good -bal aged beer. Nice flavors with an all around good drinkability. I'd have more of this one.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 804 ratings.
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