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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267
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13
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Ratings: 804 |  Reviews: 246
Photo of Tigerbrau
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rypkr
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not worth the money. Don't get me wrong, this is a very tastey beer but it's hardly discernable from regular yeti. There's lots of roast, bitter chocolate, and earthiness. But there's next to no bourbon/oak/vanilla etc that a barrel aged beer should pick up.

Additionally it's quite thin in look and feel. If I want a roasty RIS I may reach for a yeti. But if I want a roasty BA RIS I'll reach for a BA ten fidy or something else. Not worth $16, not even close.

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

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

Photo of Immortale25
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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 Muss42
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of msumike89
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cfred371
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: BA Yeti pours a dark dark brown with a slim khaki head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation appears to be bubbling up to the top from the edges. Swirling leads to some glass lacing.

Smell: An initial hit of barrel and bourbon encompasses the nose, followed by the base beer's anise and leather scent. Swirling leads to some chocolate, and possibly a slight roast.

Taste: bourbon, some barrel, chocolate, and then the anise, leather, tobacco comes out in the middle. I think the barrel really helps Yeti, as I don't like the anise much, and gives some depth. The taste finishes with a chocolate and bourbon flavor.

Feel: The body feels a bit thinner than preferred, maybe medium/medium plus. The carbonation helps the body feel a bit fuller. The finish is drying, and there's also a burn I get in the throat.

Overall: Considering my dislike of the base beer, BA Yeti is a hit for me. I like how the barrel takes the intense flavors of the base, and tones them down, while adding other flavor.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured Barrel Aged Yeti into snifter with a skim of mocha head.

S - The aroma is of toffee, vanilla, bitter sweet chocolates with roasted malts.

T - Nice stout flavors of roasted malts, dark chocolates with whiskey flavors of vanilla and char from the barrel. Mid palate the slight coffee flavor with more vanilla and heavy roast. Very complex !

M - Very thick and rich mouthfeel with medium to light carbonation.

O - Excellent brew from Great Divide! Cheers!

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-01-22
Not sure this is going under the right beer. My bottle has a totally different label than pictured, and has 10.4% ABV. It says, Great Divide Barrel Aged Series Yeti Imperial Stout, Stout Aged in Whiskey Barrels. Bottled on Nov 2, 2016. Served in a large WABL sampler.

Pours black with a very small, very dark brown head, and almost no carbonation. Smell is chocolate and whiskey. Not much more, but smells good at that.

Taste is bitter coffee and chocolate to start with, a moderate vanilla/oak flavor, more whiskey, a bit sour (in the whiskey region of flavors).

Mouthfeel is very dry. Overall, nice beer!

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Photo of Erik-P
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of brpendergast85
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ruzzal
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 paulish
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gotti311
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

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

Photo of novamat
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccg
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 release, opened Dec. 17, 2016.
Looks like a quality stout, although it doesn't have the typical barrel-aged look. Not much lacing on the glass. It's more like a gritty, sugary-looking residue that sinks back into the base. There are some wisps of tiny bubbles that linger on the surface.
The smell of the base Yeti comes through quite clearly. It has the same chocolatey and aggressively hopped, bitter, almost floral scent. I'm not picking up any of the typical notes that I get from bourbon-barrel-aged stout: no bourbon, no charred oak, no sweetness, no caramel. If I had to guess just based on smell, I probably would have guessed it was some kind of chocolate-vanilla variant of non-barrel-aged Yeti.
The flavor is fairly similar to the smell. The barrel aging seems to have added a hint of sweetness and overall has rounded off the sharp edges of the base Yeti. There is an extra bit of chocolate and vanilla compared to the base.
The beer feels fairly smooth and a little sticky, although the density is pretty similar to the base beer.
Overall, I think this beer is more enjoyable if you approach it as a nice variant of Yeti rather than as a standalone bourbon-barrel-aged stout. In particular, if you like the somewhat softer and sweeter Oatmeal Yeti, you'll probably like this one too. If you're looking for a big, bold, bourbon-barrel-aged stout like BCBS, you're probably going to be a little bit disappointed.

Update, 2017-01-19: I just opened a 2015 bottle BA Yeti, and wow! It is SO good with a year of age on it. It's chocolatey with lots of oak, bourbon without too much booziness, and the bitterness from the hops has faded into a nicer earthiness, so it has a better balance. I couldn't say if 2015 was just a better year for this beer or if a year of age would do the same thing for a 2016 bottle, but I will say that if I see another bottle of 2016 BA Yeti, I'm going to buy it and cellar it.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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