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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:
#577
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
858
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 858 |  Reviews: 256
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of novamat
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccg
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
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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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as midnight. An aggressive pour raises one finger of brown head. Decent retention. Tiny spots of lacing.

S: Brownie batter, chocolate sauce, double chocolate cake. Traces of jerky and smoke. Figs. Whiskey. Woody scents underneath the thick malt blanket.

T: Brownie batter, bitter dark chocolate, day old coffee. Jerky and smoke. Some minerality. Big dose of hip bitterness. Figs. Sweet whiskey brings a bit of a bite middle to end. Marshmallow impression from the wood.

M: Full, rich, and thick. Soft and velvety. Slightly coating and chewy. Not too weighty despite the size. Carbonation is soft and easy, helping to create an airy impression. Warming whiskey.

O: Yeti is a gargantuan imperial stout. Huge, brash, bitter. The barrel mellows it just a bit. Marshmallowy taste and a velvety mouthfeel in particular have the barrel to thank.

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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DubiousGopher
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Barbodas
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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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5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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