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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless wine snifter.

Big thanks to Homebrew311 for sharing this bottle!

2011 vintage, bottle #1904. With this bottle, I have finally finished my trek through all of the Yeti variants (that I know of, anyway...). I feel closer to complete than before... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of sienna foam. Yeah, it's good-looking, but somehow not as attractive as some of the other variants... The nose comprises whiskey, light oak, cocoa, roasted malts, maple syrup, and molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, along with more chocolate and some light red grape notes. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairy rich feel. Overall, a damn fine stout, one that utilizes the barrel-aging very well (unsurprising). Good times.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: 0497

A: Straight black pour, like motor oil, with a small very brown head. No lacing or retention. If it had better lacing or retention it would be a 5.

T: The smell is all booze and whiskey, some chocolate underneath.

T: The taste on this is the best part. Great blend of chocolate, roastiness, booze, whiskey, oak and vanilla from the barrel. Alcohol and roastiness on the back. Balance is perfect as it warms.

MF: Thick and heavy, a little under carbonated, but not as much as BA Old Ruffian. Dry finish and boozy.

O: I Really enjoyed this. I was worried after having BA Old Ruffian earlier and it was way passed it's prime. This was tasty, full of stout and whiskey. Very much enjoyed.

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

2008 vintage opened by ipa247.

A: Pours a near black color with raisin highlights beneath a thin dark brown head.
S: Smooth notes of vanilla, light woody barrel and oak scents, and a bite of bourbon and creamy chocolate.
T: Crazy smooth flavors of raisins, marshmallows, chocolate and vanilla with a very mild hint of warm bourbon in the finish. The aftertaste is sweet and full of raisins.
M: Full thick body, incredibly soft mouthfeel with soft carbonation, and very integrated and smooth alcohol that is a just a tiny bit warming.
O: I have a bottle of 2011 vintage that I was thinking about opening but after having this I can see it’s worth the wait. An overall thick and chewy stout.

EDIT: 2011 is an infected mess. Sour cherries galore. Damn you.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

951st Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip
750 ML
2011 Vintage- Bottle #178

Thanks to BA Poonamibaxter for this one!
Shared with BA GuruDel

**Paired with chocolate brownies, as label states is good pairing**

App- “Is that molasses” asks Gurudels wife. No its not. Its a rich dark deep brown, bordering on black with a good sheen. It was lush, rich and thick in the glass with a two finger slow receding brown head. Like a frothy brown craterous whip cream. Great sticky cling, A very good looking stout.

Smell- A little bit of bitter dark chocolate roasted notes with a stinging fresh whiskey note. The malt and grain are somewhat hidden behind these two other aromatics. On big whiffs its just the whiskey. Missing a key vanilla/oak note.

Taste- Takes a bit of time for this to mellow in the glass. Its not the biggest at 10% but its assertive at points with the booze coming though first and foremost. The chocolate comes next with a little bit of plum and dark fruit layering. A good grain bill retains itself from the base Yeti. The whiskey flavors add a depth of flavor akin to a peat or some moss.

Mouth- A good low bodied stout with a low-medium carbonation. I think they nailed the feel of this stout with some rich smoothness and a touch of whiskey burn and chocolate on the finish. A bit silky. Well done.

Drink- This was a very good treatment for a big favorite of mine. I like the way they went with a homer Whiskey treatment. It added a certain smoothness with some heat, smoke and grain feel. I would like to see a couple more bottles of this one or one with some age already on it. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared with some friends over the weekend. It poured pitch black in color with a thin tan head sticking mostly to the edges of the glass. It looked very thick and still in the glass. Pretty inviting appearance for the style.

The aroma has a big dark and bitter-sweet chocolate presence to it. I get some roasty coffee notes mixing with a little burnt bitterness as well. The bourbon is moderate, but very complimenting. The bourbon, oak and vanilla flavors really integrate well into it.

The taste has more of the dark chocolate and roasty bitterness coming out up front. In the finish is where I get more of the bourbon with some oak, vanilla and a little alcohol heat. Like the aroma, the bourbon barrel characteristics really compliment the big chocolaty, roasty coffee flavor profile of the base beer without overpowering it at all.

The mouthfeel is thick and heavy with carbonation being low. Great mouthfeel for my tastes in the style. Overall I thought it was a great beer. I really liked that the base beer shined through and the bourbon barrel flavors complimented instead of dominated. Great range of flavors to it overall and I'm sure it helps that I love the base beer to begin with.

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Photo of BierGartenok
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CH for this awesome addition to the Amazing line of Yeti brews from Great Divide.

Pour is dark, thick and heavy. Small to medium head is noticeable..lacing is sticky and leaves rings all down the glass.

On the nose is plenty of bourbon. Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and more bourbon. Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected from a stout in the yeti line. Not as full bodied as say and Oak Aged yeti, but still a very good Taste is cocoa and vanilla. Roasted malt and bourbon come in hot. Slightly boozy, but very balanced. The finish is dry and long, no doubt due to the heavy influx of bourbon aged onto the brew. I would say that this is a very pleasing and balanced beer. Although, I don't believe that it lives up to the hype that has surrounded it. It could be only that it is very rare. I enjoyed this beer very much! If you get the chance definitely give this one a try, but don't go out of your way for it! Cheers!

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever brought this one to Jerz halloween tasting

Look: Black and totally opaque with a small head that does not stay around very long

Smell: Lots of bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Follow the nose to a t. Lots of bourbon upfront and in your face balancing on the too much level. the backend has some nice vanilla and oak notes

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Great beer cant wait to do a side by side tasting of all the variants

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Photo of pstlproductions
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Fall Release - Bottle #111
I bow my head to those at The Great Divide - Good show my friends. Shared this brew w/ several at 3F and this is the consensus:

Pour was dark & somewhat thick with little head, quick to diminish. Smell was pure goodness, strong bourbon with slight notes of roasted malts & vanilla. The smell literally caused major positive reactions on the faces of several others. Beer was exeptional, the scent of bourbon was much more than what coated the tongue. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, roasted malts, & bourbon were predominant with a slight tinge of caramel. Flavors coated the tongue, roof of my mouth, & teeth without residing quickly like other BBA Stouts I've had. This is one of the best Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts (mind you this beer was young) I've had in a long time, especially out of the hole. Honestly it blows most other special releases I've had out of the water. Slight hoppyness still remains, give this beer a solid year to age & everybody will be seeking it. Mark my words mates~ Cheers!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011.
Bottle # 1703.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a dark brown 1 finger head that drops down quickly into a ring around the top of the beer. Average lacing.

Smell: Lots of whiskey. Smoke and dark roasty malts.

Taste: Dominant whiskey barrel notes. Mostly the oaky and woody notes. Smoke and charcoal. The rest of the beer is muted by the whiskey, smoke and charcoal. The beer is fairly roasty too, but it shows up in the finish. Almost has a minor sourness in the finish along side the roasty notes.

Mouthfeel: The unique part of the beer to me is the mouthfeel. Strong whiskey notes that you can taste, but none of the whiskey burn. This Yeti is really smooth, but I still prefer the other Yeti's that get Oaked because the mouthfeels is thicker. This seems just a bit thinner than I expected. Medium bodied beer with a low end of meoderate carbonation.

Overall: I have officially tried all the Yeti offerings. I expected this one to be the best, but I was wrong! I really liked the Expresso Oak and Chocolate Oak better than BA Yeti. Lets see what a year can do to this beer. Aged may help it become a better beer!

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Photo of Spider889
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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 oline73
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Roasty and sweet with dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. There is a faint hint of smoke here.

Taste: Sweet and roasty up front with some smoke and dark chocolate. There is a bitter and roasty finish. Bourbon and mild vanilla notes throughout.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with mild, tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This beer did not live up to the hype for me. I wanted bolder flavors. The mouthfeel wasn't at all what I want from a highly rated imperial stout. Good, but I hope it is better from the bottle.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Something special for #400 277/ 1104 Poured into a Great Divide Tulip

Thanks to Forgetfu for the bottle

A-- Poured black, pretty much motor oil black. Dark brown leather one finger head that quickly falls off to milk chocolate colored film. Get same reaction on swirling. fast running ABV legs on the sides of the glass and just bits of lacing here and there. Thinking the body is a bit thin with the fast legs.

S-- Buttery Carmel, Vanilla, milk chocolate, whiskey, and wood. Flavors mesh very well. ABV is in the nose but the Carmel and vanilla is just yummy. No coffee though. What I like most about the Yeti smell.

T-- Whiskey, wood, Carmel, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol. The alcohol is not in a bad way though. Enhances the flavors and makes this more complex and richer.

M-- I will draw some parallels to some massive shiraz's I have had here. The beer sticks to my gums. Very numbing of the gums due to the alcohol. That is good though. Slightly thin body but makes up for it in feel. Rich, thick, chewy and heavy. Still lot of whiskey, wood, vanilla, dairy milk chocolate, and Carmel but also do get appearances of coffee and with dark fruits here and there. Bits of bitter coffee and whiskey finish are a good touch.

O-- Has some flaws here and there and the Alcohol is a bit overbearing at times. Reminds me way too much of a good shiraz that is just in your face. Still pretty easy to drink though. Still get the base beer and Yeti is to me the best Imperial stout on the market (ok, bit of a homer). Very good barrel treatment. Still ageing very well and will be good for a while. Quite happy to have had this.

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Photo of airohead2001
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We've been waiting a while to crack this one open. No better time than at the beginning of summer, albeit a short one.

This bottle opens with a disappointing "puff" with a single whisp of smoke that rises from the bottleneck. On rigorous pour, there is a thin, tiny head that fades to oily blackness in a matter of seconds.

The smell is very satisfying. It's dominated by caramel and vanilla up front with a nice chocolate and nutty finish. No coffee.

First sip of this beer was great. Sweet vanilla and nuts up front with some chocolate and leather in the middle. Finishes with a very small amount of roasts. As a very delayed aftertaste, I finally get some coffee notes. Subsequent sips of this beer were still delicious, but not complex. When comparing this to the Oak Aged Yeti and Oak Aged variants, I have to admit that, despite BA Yeti being an overall much better beer, the complexity of the Oak Aged versions is far superior. Perhaps the roastiness in the other Yetis I've tried was once in BA Yeti as well, but I'm guessing that the coffee notes must have faded over the almost 3 years that it's been in the bottle.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Thick and with low carbonation - heavy enough that you have to chew it.

Overall this was an outstanding beer. Really outstanding. The lack of complexity does hurt it a little bit, but as a man who enjoys big, barrel aged sweet beers more than something such as a coffee porter, the lack of bitter roasts is fine by me. I would love to try this one again, but unfortunately, I sense that this may be more of a hit it and quit it.

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Photo of glazeman
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to airohead2001 for this celebratory beer! Bottle 1062

A: Dark, dark brown in color, almost black with a 1/3 finger brown whispy, thin head that fairly quickly faded into an oil slick with a crown. There’s moderate legs, not much lacing.

S: The whiskey is front and center, though not overpowering and is followed by a little bit of nuttiness and burnt sugar.

T: Fairly unique as far as barrel aged beers go, though not super complex. This beer hides the 12% abv phenomenally and has mellowed out very well. The tastes starts off with toasted malt and some milk chocolate and then moves to a dry nuttiness. There’s not much dark fruit, no coffee, and only a little caramel. The finish has a nice amount of whiskey flavor incorporated with the aforementioned tastes as well as the faintest twinge of etoh.

M: I appreciate the nice full body and appropriately low carbonation. The aftertaste is great as well.

O: An excellent beer that I was really happy to try. I would gladly have this again any time if given the opportunity.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. #897/1104. Poured into a snifter glass a dark black/tan color with a tan collared head. Swirling produces a rich reddish tinged tan head. Upon my first smell of this, I am hit in the face with a rich chocolatey aroma along with some dark fruit notes and a slight earthiness that I attribute to the barrel. Heavy mouthfeel with some carbonation. Dark chocolatey goodness here in this! Some roast notes as well and with some sweet dark fruit flavors. The barrels don’t particularly add too much of the whiskey flavors which is kind of nice. Not overly complex but really tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter
2009 vintage 897/1104

A- Dark pitch black body, slight hints of brown hues, very small mocha head, nice bubbles around the glass, slight carbonation.
S- Very nice aroma, hints of dark fruits, bourbon upfront, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, coffee beans, nice oaky notes.
T- Very big beer, complex, a lot going on, very sweet vanilla notes, bourbon, chocolate, slightly bitter, caramel, hints of coffee, nice woody oaky notes are apparent.
M- Medium to big mouth feel, sticky, smooth drinking, alcohol is hidden, slight carbonation.
O- Top Notch Barrel Aged Beer, very tasty complex beer, so much going on, very sweet but not overdone, easy drinkability for such a high abv beer.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black. Some coffe grounds, vanilla, bourbon. A lot of vanilla on the front palate, fairly smooth roasted coffee in the middle, then a ridiculously long, bitter finish. Finish on this was seriously awkward, showed some serious flaws next to much better bottles. In our tasting, the only bottle I scored below this was the Brandy Eclipse.

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Photo of OneBrewru
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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 womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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 mistakebythelake
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Urbancaver at the Fookin barrel aged stout tasting. Thanks Cam.

Poured in a snifter revealing a black and dark brown color. Slight brown head with a little bit of lacing and slight bubbles on the edges of the glass. Definitely enjoyed the nose on this beer! With chocolate, vanilla, slight oak and dark fruits shining through. Great balance of taste between the flavors of slight bourbon, chocolate, oak and fruits again. Pretty good mouthfeel that was thick yet not overly sludgy or too thick. Creamy and well balanced. Great beer as I have loved all the their other non barrel Yeti treatments and this stood out at our tasting. Probably one of the most well received ball stout of the night. Would like to try another bottle in year or so to se what further aging will do to this treat.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
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 BeerAndBourbon
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
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 brew3crew
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. 488/1104

A-dark black with a tan head that quickly disapates
S-very smooth burbon smell with some vanilla perhaps?
T-very complex body. Smooth bourbon with a sweet finish
M-medium bodied and so smooth. Almost creamy.
O-very good beer. Pleasantly suprised with this one

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Photo of fear025
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:The aroma is subdued. There's a little bourbon and dark malts, but not as much as I was expecting.

Appearance:The color is black and opaque. Nice thick head. Caramel colored head.

Taste:The bourbon isn't that noticeable up front, but it's definitely there on the back end. Dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs in the midtaste.

Mouthfeel:Hugely smooth beer. Medium to thick body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:Excellent delicious and smooth beer, very well done.

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

First batch, bottle 9/470. Aged carefully in my cellar since shortly after bottling.

Poured from the large capped bottle into a snifter, pitch black, dark tan head with good retention. Lacing is average.
Aroma is roasted malts, with a good but not excessive dose of bourbon, dark fruits, some molasses, chocolate and coffee.
Full bodied, yet somewhat easy to drink, with similar notes from the aroma, well balanced, with a slight tendency to chocolate, fruits and malty sweetness versus roasted malts and bitter coffee.
Carbonation held well over the 2 + years.
Pleasant surprise in a night with great friends sharing this one, Parabola and KTG.

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.
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