Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

Barrel Aged YetiBarrel Aged Yeti
BA SCORE
93.1%
Liked This Beer
4.31 w/ 846 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:
#574
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
846
Liked:
788
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
11.14%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
627
Gots:
274
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 846 |  Reviews: 253
Photo of Prost76
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hit728
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zac16125
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Damian
4.7/5  rDev +9%
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 WillisTalkinBout
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SiepJones
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Invinciblejets
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cyrushire
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisTota
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ta_hagen
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HattedClassic
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself looks pretty nice; it has the dark chocolate black of Russian Imperial Stout and the thinness of a whiskey. It' s a nice look that could look better but is still nice to look at.

The smell is very good. It has a nice, strong whiskey note that imparts a slightly spice and malt note that you would expect from whiskey. Fortunately, while it's strong, it isn't overwhelming. Underneath the rye are strong supporting notes of chocolate, wood oak notes, and a light vanilla with a bit of alcohol.

The taste is very similar to the smell. However, the whiskey notes are not as strong in the taste as it is in the smell. Rather, the sweet milk chocolate note seems to be the base for the rest of the notes to gather around.The whiskey still gives it a nice spice to it. There are also a nice vanilla note that runs through the taste and works well.

The feel is pretty good. It's a heavy bodied beer that has a thin feel to it due to the barrel aging. The carbonation is light and smooth.

Overall, this is a very good beer and definitely worth getting your hands on.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outoffocus
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmoen
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had on 3/4/16.

Pours near black, opaque, small head of dark tan foam, good amount of loose, soapy lacing. Smell is whiskey, malt, oak, vanilla, toffee, some cocoa. Smells great. The taste also leads with the whiskey- but not overpowering, then medium roast malt, vanilla, oak, some caramel and molasses, light chocolate- more as it warms. Smooth, full bodied, a real tongue coater, good level of carbonation.

Not overly complex, but wonderfully blended and flavorful. Amazing how the whiskey barrels drive this, but don't dominate. Well worth a purchase, don't pass this up.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
~8 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, oily and viscous body. Thin layer of creamy, dark tan colored head. Tons of alcohol legs, coats glass like a sticky film. Spotty head lacing as well.

Aroma- Earthy, spicy sweet whiskey, dry spicy oak, barrel char. Creamy flavors of vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasty coconut, milk chocolates. Good amount of bitterness, dark chocolates, roast and coffee.

Taste- Roasted malt, dry spicy oak, smooth whiskey notes, coffee and char. Finishes with sweet and creamy flavors, lots of vanilla, fudgy chocolates, caramel, hints of molasses, dark fruits, coconut, and nuttiness.

Feel- Medium to full bodied, very creamy and sticky sweet. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Barrel influence is very forward, the aroma is flooded with bourbon notes and oak, while the taste is more refined and smooth. Tons of earthy, spicy sweet whiskey and dry spicy oak. Creamy flavors take over into the finish with a rich, decadent sweetness. Still a good amount of roast and bitterness from the base beer as well. Excellent barrel aged stout, different and unique in the earthy, spicy character.

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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 durlta
4.87/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.1% out of 100 with 846 ratings
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