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Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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:
#576
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
858
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
626
Gots:
275
Trade:
15
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Ratings: 858 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of M_chav
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Quick Stop 9-4-17 for $9.99. Bottled on 3-22-17.

Beer poured black as night with a beautiful tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of whiskey.

Taste is a wonderful medley of chocolate and vanilla layered over the wonderful well balanced Yeti base brew. Finish has a touch of leather and whiskey.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth and satisfying.

Overall this was a delicious brew, very happy i finally got the opportunity to try!

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thagr81us
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200! Bottle number 486 of 1104. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours pitch black with a one finger almost brown head that subsided to a minimal amount VERY slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor was of malt, alcohol, subtle chocolate, with a massive whiskey flavor upon swallowing that was followed up by coffee. It was heavy on the palate with low carbonation. Overall the booze in this one was quite evident to put it lightly. I wish that was not the case as I'm sure it probably masked a lot of the subtle flavors that might have been present in this one. This was still quite nice despite this fact and I recommend any Yeti fan to track this one down and enjoy it.

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Photo of rawfish
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BdM
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of popery
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Zonian1
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rizzy17
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey3236
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Nunya
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a bottle of this gem from Shaebs99. Thanks a lot for the killer trade.

From a 750 into a snifter.
Vintage: 2009
Bottle 712 of 1104

Note: Drunk immediately after the regular Yeti for comparative purposes.

APPEARANCE: Same as the regular Yeti. Pours out pitch black and thick, producing a one finger, thick, mocha colored head with great retention. Jet black body with little carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Thick, viscous looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon here for sure. Whisky and vanilla, accompanied by some oak notes as well. Roasted malts and baker's chocolate are still there, with some smoky elements as well, but the bourbon is the main act here. The chocolate and hoppy notes take a back seat in this version, but the bold barrel presence brings other interesting things to the table.

TASTE: Yup, this is where it's at. Roasted malts and baker's chocolate still there, and are still the greeter up front. Soon after, however, the barrel assaults full force. Bourbon, vanilla, and lots of oak flavors burst though, but notes of bitter, chocolaty hops still make their way though. Well put together and incredibly well balanced. Not at all barrel dominant like the nose had suggested. Bold and lingering aftertaste or roasted malts and bitter chocolate, all well balanced and complimented by the barrel. Stupendous.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. The barrel has thinned out the body every so slightly, but given how thick Yeti is, this doesn't detract at all. Still very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Stellar feel for the style.

OVERALL: Another top notch, killer variant on the Yeti. As far as barrel aged stouts go, it doesn't get much better than this. Though the nose was quite barrel heavy, the taste profile is the perfect example of how barrel aging can add to an already wonderful base beer without dominating or spoiling it. Well integrated and superbly done. Possibly the best barrel aged stout in production. Thanks again Shaebs99. Beauty!

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1.94/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Bottle #1896.

3.5 A: The Yeti series are sexy looking imperials, but this one is a little different. Black color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is a good bit worse than the original and a small ring of lacing is left.

2.0 S: Hmmm. This is pretty disappointing. First of all, it doesn't really smell much like Yeti at all. Secondly, this is either showing signs of infection or the bourbon or barrels used suck. Something along the lines of tangy/earthy fruits. It isn't sour or tart, but it's like a tangy melon and apple. Perhaps a touch vegetal as well. Plenty of vanilla and oak. Despite whatever is going on with the barrel, the worst part is that I can't pick up much of what I love about Yeti. Where is the soft roastiness, the chocolate, the molasses, and the coffee?

1.5 T: Again, I'm not sure if something is wrong with this or not, but it isn't good. Tangy fruitiness and vegetal components from the bourbon. Vanilla and oak. Light roastiness, but very little in terms of the usual Yeti flavors. Something along the lines of an acrid finish.

2.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is missing the creaminess that I like in an imperial. Not particularly smooth either since the tanginess of the bourbon is distracting.

2.0 D: As someone who loves the hell out of every other Yeti variant, I must say that drinking this was exceptionally disappointing. I really hope it's just this bottle that sucks and that it isn't infected. In any case, this isn't a good beer.

***2011 Second Attempt***

Poured into a snifter. Bottle number is scratched off.

4.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of light brown creamy/frothy head. Retention is very good and lots of lacing is left behind. This is the Yeti I'm used to looking at.

4.5 S: Woohoo, this is a good bottle. Creamy chocolate, supple yet assertive roastiness, coffee, and caramel. Whiskey adds several more dimensions to a wonderful base beer - light leather, big earthiness with the smell of the water from a forest stream, and perhaps a touch of mineral as well.

4.0 T: Huge chocolate, lots of roast, coffee with cream, and plenty of caramel and molasses. The time in the barrel has smoothened out and integrated the flavors more so than they usually are. I don't know how long this was in the barrel, but it tastes a lot like the two year old Yeti I had a few months ago. Whiskey and barrel add the same qualities mentioned in the nose. Oak and a moderate vanilla is also apparent. Very nice.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

4.5 D: This is the beer I was looking for when I traded for it. Really wonderful. Unfortunately for the GD and its acolytes, I'm leaving my infected score until I get a refund for suffering through that first bottle.

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Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, batch 2.

Pours completely black, like an oil slick with a hefty mocha head that recedes to a small cap and leaves a bit of lacing and some boozy legs along the side.

The aroma is excellent - lots of heavily roasted dark malts, cocoa powder a maybe some licorice to start with. The bourbon is present with some vanilla and well as a hefty oak aroma. The aroma has much less bourbon than batch 1.

The taste does have more bourbon than the aroma, especially in the finish where there is a noticeable burn. The underlying beer is still extremely evident though with the chocolate malts and even some coffee coming through. The finish is dry and fairly oaky.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and extremely creamy and smooth with a soft carbonation that keeps things from getting too thick on the palate.

I remember last year's being very heavy on the bourbon from start to finish and this is seems much more balanced with the underlying beer refusing to be dominated by the barrel. An excellent barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of birchstick
2.61/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2012 Vintage - Bottle Number 1705

A - pours black with a chocolaty head that thing and forms a nice ring around the glass

S - chocolates and bourbon are quickly overshadowed by dirty diapers...something's up here

T - sweet chocolates up front moves to fruity sour notes. Sour citrus with chocolate and a splash of bourbon follow it up. This one is definitely infected, as the nose indicated.

M - thing with a decent carbonation burn

D - this was an infected bottle. I remember this being great and was excited to sit down and formally review it, but it just gives me an excuse to cross paths with Yeti in the future.

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Photo of kell50
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 858 ratings
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