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Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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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Reviews:
230
Ratings:
733
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
21.03%
 
 
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Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 733
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to have this twice in a couple of weeks. The second time it was up against a lot of huge stouts. Both were Batch 2.

Dark khaki head, low carbonation. Smells like Yeti, whiskey and oak. Big whiff of chocolate and decadent malt.

First taste is so smooth and delicious. You want to swirl it around your mouth. Lots of chocolate comes through to balance out the wood and whiskey flavor. Drinks extremely well. I can't find one thing wrong with the taste of this beer.

This is probably the best stout I've had and I've never thought much of all the whole Yeti lineup other than the expresso one.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared w/ a friend. Poured into tulip glass, 2011 bottle.

A - Very dark, with a dark brown half-finger head. Good retention. Pitch black and solid, with only a touch of light at the edges.

S - Some sweetness, vanilla, oak, chocolate, some kind of fruity sweetness, like a grape or maybe pear juice?

T - Vanilla, oak, whiskey, char, chocolate; both dark and milk. Finishes slightly fruity, maybe a bit of raspberry. Cocoa and whiskey is intense. No booze flavor.

M - For an imperial stout I would call it medium in body, but overall it is still a heavy and thick beer. Finishes incredibly dry compared to expectation/experience for the Yeti line.

O - Fantastic, could drink all day. Goes down easy and tastes great. Very drinkable for such a big beer. A whole new level of Yeti brilliance.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of brdc, much thanks this was bottle number 9. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours almost black that looks essentially opaque when held to the light. A 1/4 inch dark tan head forms and quickly reduces to a minimal lacing.

The nose is quite good with a blend of dark fruit and roasted malts. There is some coffee and the bourbon is unmistakable.

The taste again has that oak/vanilla bourbon component combined with the malty sweetness and a coffee bitterness. Dark chocolate and bakers chocolate seem to be dancing around.

The mouthfeel was the target with a solid full body without being overwhelming. Carbonation was appropriate and highlighted the flavors and provided good texture and a very good dryness at the finish.

Overall, this beer is quite good. The ABV and booze limited the overall ability to keep going in a session but also allow for this to be a great beer.

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Photo of Auracom
2.15/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Long-time want, thanks for sharing Jeff. 3 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 18th, 2012.

A - Looks very close in appearance to Hunahpu's but not quite as thick. Oily, with a deep khanki head and good lacing.

S - I really don't find the aroma too appealing, it's a bit of dark chocolate blended with dark fruit gone bad. Light bit of cardboard.

T - Tangy, semi-sweet flavor present throughout the entire palate. Spoiled cherries.

M - Thin body, lower to moderate carbonation, sweet finish.

D - Has to be infected. It's really pretty bad. The aroma is pretty horrible and the taste is like something super oxidized. Quite a shame, will have to revisit.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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 RustyDiamond
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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 mdvatab
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received in recent trade from generous BA scray24. (Thanks!)
Poured from 750ml bottle into red wine glass at Black Friday tasting.

Aroma: Molasses, vanilla, malted milk, toasted coconut, and rich dark chocolate syrup. Wonderfully complex aroma!

Appearance: 1 finger dark brown head slowly dissipates. Body is dark espresso brown/black. The beer leaves some suds behind, from which decent legs run.

Flavor: Mmmm! Rich fudge brownie, bourbon, coconut, and toasted marshmallow, followed by a nice touch of smoke at the end. OUT OF THIS WORLD flavor!

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-full body, and slightly drying cocoa tannins at the end. Booze provides some nice warmth as well.

Overall: Due to the seeming ubiquity of many of the other Yeti variants (they seem to be slow movers at many of my favorite shops), I didn't get as excited about this one as I should have. Upon hearing some buzz, and reading reviews, though, I fortunately sought it out in a trade. And, thanks to the above credited trader, I was able to procure one! BA Yeti edged-out Sculpin, Blushing Monk, Marshall Zhukov's, and even Black Tuesday, in the line-up of beers at our Black Friday tasting. Great Divide really did something special here. I'll definitely be looking for another one!

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in an 8 oz goblet. Not much head, but it has an incredibly deep dark brown-black color that no light can penetrate. Nice mild to moderate lacing. The aroma is out of this world, it reach up through your sinuses and grabs your brain by the hippocampus--coffee, molasses, a bit of plums. The flavor is deep, dark, and complex--coffee, chocolate, molasses, grapefruit, and a smokey sweetness that hovers on your palate. Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, amazing. This is an outstanding imperial stout. My previous gold standard was Old Rasputin, but this one, though different, is just as magnificent!

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Photo of wnh
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a thick, viscous black, completely opaque, topped by a medium-dark creamy tan head.

A lot going on in the nose, with roasted grain, char, earthy dark chocolate, and touch of hoppiness. Turns a bit meaty--think beef bouillon--as it warms. But I don't notice any whiskey character in the nose, at least by itself.

The palate shows roast, burnt grain, a touch of charred barrel, smoke, woody oak, vanilla, chocolate; in short, everything you'd expect in Yeti, and then some. Piney hops on the finish, but the beer on the whole is only mildly bitter. Finishes with alcohol warmth to let you know this is a big beer.

Thick and rich and mouthcoating--it's Yeti, after all. Certainly a sipping beer. I don't know that this beer is different enough compared to Oak Aged Yeti to justify the higher price tag, but it's fantastic regardless.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle #921/1104 from the 2010 release.

A: pours the usual Yeti jet black with caramel color half finger head. lacing is spotty at best

S: aroma comes flying out of the glass with strong hints of roasted malts and coffee beans, chocolate, oak and whiskey

T: wow, fantastic. the taste is very similar to the nose. the first thing I got from it was a chocolate, molasses combo. then the whiskey and oak comes out with roasted malts and faint hints of vanilla. got even better as it warmed up

M: feels oily and thick. lighter carbonation than the regular Yeti but was very nice

D: considering the abv, 12.3% on the label, it was insanely drinkable. very smooth and easy to sip on with minimal alcohol burn. the whiskey notes are perfect and warms the throat just right as you drink it.

Overall, I'm thrilled to have tried this beer and am even more thrilled to have another one in my cellar to open at some point in the next couple years. Very well done Great Divide!

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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 infi
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, #3763. Non-infected! Opened for Easter.

Poured into a brandy snifter.

Very dark brown with a tight-bubbled, mocha-colored head with decent retention. Appeared to pour very thin into the glass.

Smells of dark roast and lots of toasted malt barley. Warming to room temperature reveals honey, dark chocolate and some dank, hop oils. Not sure if I get much of a barrel-aging presence at all. Little to no tannin quality. Boozy presence.

Opens sweetly with some chocolate and malts. Touch of dark coffee and earthy hop bitterness in the middle. Smoothly ends on a booze hum and coffee aftertaste. Again, not much of a bourbon character in the profile. Hoped for more.

Slick and fairly viscous mouthfeel. Coats palate very nicely.

After revisiting my regular Yeti and OA Yeti reviews, I don't see much of a disparity between all three in terms of flavor profiles. I wouldn't go too far to try to find this beer, as I think it's not too different from the other Yeti's, especially for its price tag. Though I am fairly fortunate to have a non-infected bottle.

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Photo of muttyd
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes:

Poured into a Westy chalice. Black pour with a thin tan head. Great lacing as it swirls around the glass. Sweet bourbon / chocolate aroma. Very well balanced. Flavor is amazing. Smooth dark chocolate, whiskey, moderate roasted malts, and slightly warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side compared to what I expected, but still feels great on the palate.

Had this at a tasting with some fellow BAs and this one stood out among the crowd. Truly an excellent beer.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the South Sound BA gathering where we were lucky enough to have 2 bottles of this.

A Pours a dark brown almost black with a tan head.

S Lots of slightly smokey wood with some bourbon.

T Pretty much the same as the nose with lots of slightly smoked wood with bourbon and a bit of fruit present.

M Pretty full body with enough carbonation.

Overall I'm ecstatic that I got to try this one, it is an excellent take on Yeti that is well worth the hype.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance here is very very good. Black liquid with red highlights around the edges, a frothy head receding into a great crown and thick lacing.

Scent is booze, wood, tobacco, smoke, vanilla, bourbon. Classic Yeti scent is there but pretty far in the background. I like this because I have a thing for bourbon barrel imparted scents.

Nothing like an aged Yeti. Truth be told, of the other three Yeti, I enjoyed the regular the most, and that is likely because it was aged enough to let the hop forwardness of the beer die a bit. Espresso Yeti was my least favorite, and it was the most fresh. No coincidence that since this one has had some time on it, I enjoyed it quite a bit as well. Barrel imparted flavor is very present here, so much so as to pretty much overshadow the Yeti. It manages to be smooth and low in carbonation with a thick bodied mouthfeel. While I like this quite a bit, I do wish that I could taste more Yeti in here. Surprisngly it's not extremely hot.

Overall this is a solid effort and a good solid bourbon aged beer, but were it not for the label, I'd have a difficult time finding the Yeti in here. Perhaps a little lighter on the barrel stay would yield a more rich experience. I am nitpicking however, this is an A beer.

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Photo of joberlander
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unreal beer . Whiskey is right at the front of the nose and dark chocolate. Taste follows with chocolate up front with dark fruits. The mouth feel is so creamy and full. The barrel just kicks the already yeti up a notch and doesn't dissapoint. Up there with the best barrel aged stouts I've had . Only downside is the price point.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to gford217 for this one! This beer pours near perfect from a 750Ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black body with a nice darker hazelnut brown head. Very nice looking.

The smell is a huge malt bomb. Predominately Caramel scents, some roasted chocolate malts, and a nice toffee scent stick out the most. The roasted scents effervesce slight amount of whiskey, but this is characteristic is too subdued. I would have liked more whiskey here.

The taste is that of a top notch Russian Imperial Stout. Very smooth, as the flavors blend perfectly together. Very toned down in comparison to a fresh Yeti. The roasted flavors are awesome, and really maintain the original yeti bite. The chocolate is very sweet and rich and the toffee flavors really flourish. A salty taste arises from the roasted/burnt malts. The whiskey lies subtlety in the background, yet the oak and vanilla are prevalent. The flavors combine so well together, and there is a great smooth creaminess to this beer. The malts form a dry bill, and remind me of fresh darklord 09. Great beer, and am very glad I got to try this.

Bottle #290 out of 470.

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

Thanks to stopbarking for sharing this bottle (which he got as an extra the bastard). Bottle 378/470

A - Very dark brown with one finger with coffee head with good lacing

S - Very strong whiskey presence. Caramel and toffee notes

T - Very good whiskey flavor with caramel and toffee just like the nose. Some chocolate and roasted malt as well.

M - Thick body with medium carbonation

D - Very easy to drink and very enjoyable

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Photo of jellikit
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
Appearance: black. Thin, tan head. Nice lacing.
Smell: chocolate. Raisin.
Taste: chocolate. Figs. Raisin. Slight oak. Alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big body. Sweet-ish.
Overall: tasty. Balanced well. Not too oaky. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of SShelly
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got the chance to taste this, very excited.

Pours black with a viscous offwhite head, huge legs.

Aroma is mostly bourbon with some coffee and dark roast.

Flavor is all about the bourbon and roast blending together.

Really enoyimg this, don't think I need a huge amount of it bit very tasty.

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

2011 batch.

A- Black with dark brown around the edges. Very little head and lacing. 4.5/5

S- Chocolate, dates, and an alcohol twang. 4.5/5

T- Dark chocolate, more on the sweet side than the bitter side. Dark fruits abound. Some bitterness at the very end. 4.5/5

M- Very thick. Coats your mouth. Low carbonation. 4.5/5

O- I didn't think I would get to try this, but santa was very good to me. Damn good Imperial Stout. 4.5/5

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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 MiguelMandingo
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this via stopbarking. Daniel, you rock. Then again, you owe me this, since you got this bottle as an extra.

Poured part of a 750ml into a snifter.

Bottle # 378/470

Appearance - This brew looks pretty good in the glass. It produced a solid 1 1/2 finger head. The head slowly dissipated to a thin crown/ thick halo across the surface of the glass and around the perimeter. It is opaque black. Light lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - The scent is pretty good. The whiskey component melds very nicely with the Yeti. Vanilla and oak dominate, but the Yeti maintains a lot of its original characteristics. There is still a hint of roastiness from the chocolate malts. Lots of booze in the nose, as to be expected.

Taste - The flavor is awesome, and extremely close to the scent. The whiskey component isn't as overpowering as the other BA beers I had this evening - it doesn't cover the original flavors present in the Yeti. There are notes of Vanilla and oak, along with notes of roasty chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Full bodied. The feel is sticky and slick at the same time - the booze makes it slick. The carbonation level is right on point - nice and lively.

Drinkability - This is a really easy drinking sipping beer. The flavor was right on. I was pretty impressed with this one. I didn't think I was ever going to try it, and I am really happy I did. This would be worth searching out.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Midnight black, with a thin brown head that dies expectedly quickly and leaves spotty brown lacing.

Smell: Good Lord, what a rich, complex, sweet smell. Bourbon, chocolate covered raisins, vanilla, toasted coconut, black cherries, plums, oak, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, coffee, toasted brown bread.

Taste: Brown sugar, molasses, and burnt toast upfront. Dark fruits throughout the middle. Burnt raisins, dark cherries, plums, and prunes. Chocolate syrup sweetness with distant coffee. Finishes with surprisingly mild warmth and bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, more raisin, earth, and pine, with lingering sweetness of dark chocolate/chocolate syrup, butterscotch candy, chocolate cake, and coffee.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Smooth. Light carbonation. Not as good as I'd hoped, but it's quite drinkable.

Overall: This is an excellent and rare BBA stout that it totally worth buying. It smells as good as BCBS, but the taste and mouthfeel fall short. Still fantastic, though!

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, out of SN XXX tulip.

A- Pitch black with a tannish brown head. The head is pretty healthy for a beer of this nature, as is the lacing.

S- Pretty hot an boozy, mostly with notes of whiskey and a bit of peat. Prodominantly chocolate, and dark roasted malt.

T- Very smooth and creamy at first, which changes up to a burnt malt and chocolate flavor. Notes of coffee, whiskey, and oak/peat as well. Really not sure if these are the best barrels for this beer, though I prefer bourbon barrels.

M- A little thinner than I expected, especially with Yeti typically being pretty thick. The flavor is nice and complex.

O- Overall this is a very good barrel aged beer, though I was expecting more. I think the barrel selection isn't my favorite, and it needs the Yeti thickness. Not bad at all though.

-GFunk

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