Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
817
Reviews:
250
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
624
Gots:
270
For Trade:
13
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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SawDog505
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 13 oz Lost Abbey long stim tulip glass bottled on 3/22/17 my wife's birthday. Pours a gorgeous pitch black with a massive 2 plus finger sticky expresso head that leaves thin wisps of lace all over the place.

Smell is roasty coffee, dark chocolate, oaked vanilla, and some bourbon that cleanses your nostrils.

Taste follows a massive expresso, oaked vanilla, deep dark chocolate, molasses, hints of leather, pipe tobacco, and nice warming bourbon lingers on the palate after each sip.

Mouthfeel is very large, plenty of life for the style, a little dry as you would expect, and at 12.5% ABV extremely approachable.

Overall this thing is world class all the way, gorgeous, chewy, and drinkable, everything I love about a great BA Stout.

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Photo of bnes09
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tylerstravis
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Detlef90
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer! The only thing and I mean the only thing from separating this beer from the top barrel aged stouts is the feel. Otherwise for the price and the availability this beer belongs among the elite BA stouts.

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Photo of C2H5
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jonbonfondle
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

**2015 vintage**
L: pours pitch black with a small very dark head.
S: big barrel, then a mix of chocolate, dark fruits and molasses.
T: thankful the barrel and chocolate prevail! Not the boldest Ba stout but the barrel and chocolate are very good in this one. No bitter aftertaste, sweetness throughout. Job well done.
F: It's thick, smooth.
O: yum!

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Photo of Kplummer82
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kell50
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black in color with a two-finger creamy dark tan head that has great retention long after the pour and leaves some nice lacing behind, looks great

S- smells of charred roasted malt up front with notes of dark chocolate, smoke, black cherry, molasses, earthy leather and toffee. Whiskey barrel notes popping through, adding some earthy wood aromas, as well as whiskey spice and vanilla

T- opens up with strong dark roasted malt that gives plenty of char and smoky notes, quickly followed by notes of anise, fig, date & molasses, classic Yeti roast bomb. Barrel notes are very subtle, but I think it's partly because the base beer is so strong and roasty. There are subtle hints of oak and whiskey, along with some vanilla sweetness that pops through near the finish. Lingers of more roast & dark fruit

M- thick and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, silky, slightly warming finish, perfect

O- though this isn't extremely different than regular Yeti, it still taste like a Yeti, which is delicious to begin with, in your face roast all the way through, but doesn't lose drinkability

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

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rypkr
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not worth the money. Don't get me wrong, this is a very tastey beer but it's hardly discernable from regular yeti. There's lots of roast, bitter chocolate, and earthiness. But there's next to no bourbon/oak/vanilla etc that a barrel aged beer should pick up.

Additionally it's quite thin in look and feel. If I want a roasty RIS I may reach for a yeti. But if I want a roasty BA RIS I'll reach for a BA ten fidy or something else. Not worth $16, not even close.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Immortale25
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Bottled On: NOV 02 2016.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Can definitely tell it's Yeti with that huge charry aroma with lots of molasses, dark chocolate and smoke. Not a lot of bourbon though.

T- There it is. Initial roasty flavor of the mammoth known as Yeti but it soon settles into a sweet finish of vanilla, fudge and marshmallow. There's even a spiciness that binds the profile together that reminds me of tequila oddly enough. I think it's the bold flavors of the base beer melding with the softness of the barrel. ABV is hidden very well and the extreme roast never becomes tiresome due to the mellowing that the barrel has induced.

M- Super creamy and robust with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- An incredible BA imperial stout for the money (A modest $16 price tag where I got it from). So glad they finally came out with a proper release of this beer after the issues that occurred years ago.

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Photo of Gaddabble
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 (2-3 months old). An utterly fantastic beer. Keeps the simultaneous rich chocolate and intense hoppiness of the base beer such that you know you are drinking a Yeti and adds the delicious bourbon, coconut, and oak of the barrel. Very well balanced in that sense. Long, hoppy/oaky/dryish finish. Not super complex, but massive, massive flavor. Delicious.

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Photo of Muss42
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 817 ratings.
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