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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

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4.28
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Photo of slaintemhor
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hear tell that this stout was put in whiskey barrels and then aged for 20 months rather than the intended 9 months! I suspect the added aging only helped this extraordinary stout. The color was black as night with a thin wisp of head. The nose was especially boozy with the Stranahan's whiskey making itself quite evident, along with caramel and toffee. On the palate there was a blast-o-booze, followed by burnt toffee, robust coffee flavors, bittersweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, dark fruitcake, dark raisins, Medjool dates and an exceptionally long finish.

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

Big bottle purchased by colleague at The Bobolink, The Big, OR., $10, October 2010 bottling.

Dark brown head, a bit uneven bubbles, fairly slow dissipation with significant lacing on top of uber-dark brown opaque body, no visible carbonation. Huge frickin' dark chocolate hit in the nose, re +70% cocoa, citrusy and floral hops for balance. Taste mirrors nose, really chocolatey, hops are absolutely subsumed by the huge chocolate malt profile. Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, some effervescence but not too much. Not sure this is the most drinkable of beers, definitely worth splitting a bottle, palate wrecker to be sure. Worth a try for fans of big ass chocolate stouts. Wondering if I shouldn't seek out that Stranahan's barrel aged version...

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Photo of nickd717
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by someone awesome at DLD. I can't remember who, as I was three - or even four - sheets to the wind by that point, but I did make some decent beer notes on this one, so here goes.

Pours jet black and slightly viscous with a one-finger tan head that leaves some swirls on the beer.

Aroma jumps out at you with everything you want from a beer like this. Very roasty with coffee, chocolate, oak, whiskey, and vanilla.

Flavor is similarly intense and awesome. The whiskey and oak really assert themselves thanks to this beer's very long (20 month) residence in the -bals. I did not see barrels when I visited Great Divide, but hell, I guess they must be somewhere. The awesomeness of regular Yeti also comes through, with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and even some hops.

The mouthfeel is great, smooth and slick with fairly full body.

I am rarely one to speak badly of a -bal aged imperial stout, and this is not going to break that trend. This beer is awesome. They should make more of it. Drinkable for the 12.2%. I might be able to finish a bomber of this.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for opening this one. Bottle #31/470...
Appears an opaque black with a small, dark tan head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, cocoa, toasted cashews, and noticable abv.
Taste is of the vanilla, cocoa, along with espresso, cocoa beans, and bananas coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, nutty, bitey, with a slightly hot finish.

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

2011 vintage, bottle #3500.

Beer is jet black with a moderately-sized cocoa-coloured head. Fades fairly quickly but not totally. Some lace.

Huge whisky smell in the nose, along with oak and vanilla. Big cocoa smell under that. Toffee comes out more as time passes, or I get used to the smell.

Whisky, oak, vanilla, chocolate, toffee. Whisky is strong, but not quite as dominant as in the nose. Despite the strength of the whisky, it blends well with the stout. Interacts rather than dominates.

Full bodied, but not as heavy as expected. Low carbonation.

Overall, very good. Not something I would go for regularly (even if possible), but very glad to have had it now.

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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 Freethyhops
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle #823/1104. thanks to Doodler for the chance to try this beer. split between two. my buddy gets the big portion of this beer. I'm saving mine for a special occasion down the road.

A- a vigorous pour of 10oz created two fingers of frothy brown head, not the darkest of browns, though. good lacing and head retention for a 12% IRS. the beer is a thick black motor oil like liquid. my favorite kind.

S- huge whiskey notes nearly dominate the nose. it's not all whiskey, though, which is good. you can still detect the robust roasted character of the yeti. some sweet molasses and chocolate below that.

T- a great mix of chocolate, oaky vanilla, and hoppy bitterness mix at the front and then the taste seems to amplify in to a roasty whisky finish. like a nice irish coffee. the whisky is heavy in the finish. it's in that Bourbon county strength area where you have to like heavy barrel play to love it and BCS is one of my favorite -bal stouts.

M- extremely thick stuff. seems to be much creamier than regular yeti, which is surprising. not quite the most extreme, ie. Dark Lord. maybe silky is the right word to describe it. the decadent feel may be aided by the fairly low carbonation. despite the decent head on the pour the carbonation is appropriately on the low side.

D- my 10oz pour leaves me waiting for more. I'll probably wait quite a while but I'm extemely happy I have another bottle of this to enjoy at a later date and see how it develops. despite the costs incurred acquiring the bottles it is no doubt worth it. my portion went down quick but a whole bottle could last all night

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Photo of kevanb
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2015 vintage, poured into a Great Divide Yeti snifter glass. Enjoyed on 2.28.2016, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, thick, oily, viscous with a thick, caramel head, great retention and lace. The aroma is great, loads of whiskey barrel, charred oak, toffee forward whiskey, molasses, chocolate, strong roasted grains with some vanilla and stone fruits. The flavors are great, booming chocolate with warm whiskey, charred oak, roasted grain and an almost coffee light roast, fusel alcohol with strap molasses, caramel, vanilla a bit of stone fruit and a lingering ashy roast. The mouthfeel is great, coating, chewy, thick full body that is very gentle, quite smooth with a dry and warm finish.

Verdict: A very enjoyable barrel aged stout from Great Divide. Yeti is arguably one of the best non barrel aged stouts, so it's no surprise that the barrel aged version is fantastic. Lots of barrel character and strong roasty and smokiness helps to balance the rich and decadent flavors, a great sipper.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottle # 3292. Not infected!

Appearance - Jet black. No light pierces even as it pours into the glass. Nice mocha head. Almost as dark as a Zhukov head. Excellent retention.

Smell - Well it's boozy, but the other aromas are very nice. Whiskey and oak. The barrel character itself isn't as prominent as the oak and whiskey (as in, I don't get as much vanilla as I'd like). As a result, the stout comes through more, though. I get the chocolate character of Yeti as well as the grassy hops.

Taste - The whiskey is less prominent here. It's almost as through the barrel has added a booziness without adding a tremendous amount more. There is an oak presence that's nice, though. Strong chocolate. The hop presence of Yeti is cut nicely, though. That's probably the best aspect of the barrel in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Extremely chewy. Nice. Hot and slightly bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I'm critical, but it's a very nice drink. If I don't analyze every sip, I really like it. If I think about it too much, I nit pick the details and it's not as good as I'd like it to be.

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

Paul very graciously split a bottle of this with me on my porch last night.

Bottle 491/1104

This beer appears a near black with about one inch of beige head resting atop the darkness. There is a nice coating of lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is big, with a heavy whiskey presence followed by roasted malt and chocolate. BA Yeti is a great tasting beer, no doubt. I thoroughly enjoyed my half of the bottle. While there is certainly some noticeable heat in both the aroma and taste, I never felt that it detracted from the overall flavor of the beer. The feel is thick, viscous and wonderful with a warming alcohol finish. This beer was a treat, and I really enjoyed it.

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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 ToAzwethinkweizm
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Warren (Lazerlobe) for opening his home for the Syracuse Area Tasting Appreciation Night (S.A.T.A.N.)!

Date: 18 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: Provided by Warren (Lazerlobe), 750ml, bottle #274 of 1104, Vintage 2009

Poured into snifter with no head or lacing, color is black-brown. Little carbonation, if any. Very little aroma on this beer, but amazing when swirled. Smell of bourbon, intense bittersweet chocolate, some wood (maybe oak?), and little booze. Taste of chocolate, light bourbon, maple, with a strange slight sting on the mouth that goes away instantaneously. The bourbon on this beer grows on the nose and tongue toward the bottom of the glass. Real solid bourbon beer.

Drank this beer side-by-side with Jackie-O's Dark Apparition, and found the Apparition to be sweeter, while the Yeti was more intense with chocolate.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Bottle #1904

A: pours opaque black, thick dark brown head, spotty lacing, small collar of retention

S: big time earthy hops up front which intermix with raw oak and char, followed by assertive whiskey notes with highlights of vanilla. Lots of earthy character mixes in and makes for an interesting aroma.

T: vanilla up front, much more whiskey than the nose suggests, nice balance, a little hot on the end

MF: big body, medium carbonation

O: another great variant of a world class beer, this probably would be sublime with an additional year, but as it stands, its not too shabby

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Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting for this one for some time. Bottle 286/1104.

A - Black, espresso 'crema' head. Spotty lace.

S - Deep rich mocha, malt, some coffee, chocolate chip cookies.

T - Taste is smell ++. Nice ++

M - Lighter seeming in tasting than I would have thought but still heavy and viscous. Good carb. Great coating and balance.

D - I would even though I would pay. Too tasty.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Totally opaque with cafe-au-lait creamy head that trails and leaves crazy webs. Amazing deep round sweet honey, golden raisin and whiskey nose.
Raisin, tea cake, cold coffee, hints of vanilla, a bit of leather, and a root beer syrup ending.
Ringing woody whiskey finish and barky nutmeg linger. Medium to full, round, smooth.

Four years aged, and the oak has not faded much. Round sweetness, not much roast but no heat either. What you want from barrel-aging.

A silent killer.

Thanks to Adam for holding on to this.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #3621; poured into a snifter

Shared with Jebus3513

Pours an oily, rich black with a small, creamy mocha brown cap that rises up about one finger and settles to some thin bubbles and a small collar.

The nose is burnt vanilla, smokey/peaty whiskey, dry oak, and large amounts of ethanol. It's a little difficult to get through all the ethanol, but the aromas are relatively standard. Some plums/dark fruit as it warms.

Burnt brown sugar, whiskey soaked plums, oak dryness, dark roast really shines as this warms to room temp. Ethanol present throughout, some decent warming. This is a delicious BA RIS with huge overtones of oak and whiskey.

Full, thick body with an oily feel. This is on the thicker end of the spectrum for sure. Good amount of heat. Smooth, given the size of this guy.

This is a damn fine beer, much like the rest of the series. A fine RIS with loads of flavor. Huge, robust barrel aging influence.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

85 of 470. Pours black with a decent sized reddish tan head that slowly recedes. Aroma is some smoky and roasty notes, sweet vanilla, some strong bourbony alcohol. Taste follows with some nice chocolate and vanilla sweetness, some hoppiness as well as large amount of woody oakiness, some bourbon is evident towards the finish, somewhat spicy, and fairly dry. Mouthfeel is heavy in body, some thick maltiness is balanced well by the alcohol strength and the strong wood dryness. Some spiciness on the tongue, a bite and warmth of alcohol, and a drying finish. Very good beer, look forward to seeing how this melds together over time, should be delicious. Very thankful for the opportunity.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL silver foil and capped bottle, #816/1104, courtesy of Bardwashrind - thanks to a great and patient trader. Part of my cellar cleanout program. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours an absolutely shatteringly deep charcoal black, entirely opaque, and devoid of any hint of translucence around the edges. This is one dark, dark beer, but then again, Yeti was always a petrifyingly dark brew. Its barrel aged cousin is no different, though, and is capped initially by one full finger of erratic and pockmarked head, lightly frappéd espresso hued, but with relatively poor retention, fazing and fading to a thin collar within a minute or two. There is, however, a surprising amount of lacing, which lets you know that - even though this Yeti may be barrel aged and thinned - it's still the same old highly hopped Yeti. Nicely dried, windswept-sand-esque patterns are strewn along the non-sip side of the tulip, and glittery and discretely moist dollops bejewel the other side. A solid start.

Aroma: Fudgy brownie transitions to earthy, leafy hops transitions to a sweet, spicy whiskey kiss. Almost harsh at places, I think this may be this beer's weakest component, particularly as it warms (where it's reduced to hershey's syrup and whiskey). Initially, you get a nice, sweet array of malts, milk chocolate, faint coffee, nice toastiness, a few hop notes, and a nice amount of slight coconut-esque barrel aging presence with (obviously) a ton of whiskey. It stays this way long enough to where it's still, on the whole, pretty solid - I've just been savoring it for a long while ...

Taste: Definite Yeti, in all its glory, but with a huge kick. At the first, the malts are precisely where you want them to be - dark, deep, toasted, but not overly astringent or too dry to provide a counterpart to the hop and barrel notes. Sweet, fudgy brownies, milk chocolate, faint coffee, toast, anise, and dark toffee notes literally drown the tongue, intense, all-encompassing. The hops are still fierce despite the aging, taking on a big tobacco, herbal, and even faintly floral presence, fainter than I imagine they were when they were when fresh but still nice, and providing a mild bitterness to compliment the above astringencies and .... below spiciness. The whiskey is divine, almost decadent when mixed with this much sugar, like a bourbon fudge cake. I do get some astringencies in the finish that fade even farther in to the finish as this one warms, to be sure, but if this is 12.2%, I'm PJ Harvey. And I am not PJ Harvey.

Mouthfeel: Give it a while to die down and you'll be rewarded. Initially, I found this one a little overcarbonated, prickly, erratic, uneven, which really didn't work with the already spicy, prickly, warming alcohol presence buried here. But once it had sat out for about ten minutes, this turned into a smooth, creamy delight, more reminiscent of the bourbon fudge cake mentioned above. Had it at a 4.0 initially, but it's deserving of a 4.5 as it achieved this balance pretty quickly, relative to other examples of the style.

Drinkability: A lot to say about this beer. It's a step up over the BA-Old Ruffian and a step up over many barrel aged beers (the use of the whiskey barrels here works splendidly with the hops and the sweet, sticky malts of the Yeti can definitely contain their spiciness), but definitely still has its flaws. The 12.2% has begun to wear on me after a whole bottle, to its detriment, but perhaps not as badly as I imagine it would have, to its credit. On the whole though, this is one heck of a balanced beer: it's thick, like drinking whiskey cake batter at points, but there's enough carbonation to counteract; it's spicy, with tons of rye whiskey character, but with a ton of sweet malts and hop notes to counteract. This is one I'd like to see more people be able to get their hands on - if you're going to up the production of only one of your Stranahan barrel aged beers, Great Divide, make it this one.

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Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ba yeti '15 - Huge thanks to Emil for this!

Pours a night black color, with a small, dark brown, creamy head.

Smells of melted milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, cocoa nibs, toffee and licorice. Very chocolate forward, while not getting very sweet on the nose, due to pleasantly toasty malts and spicy, oaken, yet flowery, warming Bourbon.

Tastes of oaken Bourbon accompanied by milk chocolate in all its decadent facetts, with layers of earth, bakers chocolate, rock sugar, whipped cream and a spicy whiff of cinnamon. Mousee au chocolat gets enriched by oak chips and a well accentuated earthiness, relying on the omnipresent, smooth whipped cream. A flowery quality blends into soft, melted caramel, wood bark and licorice, tied together by a warming, dry zing from the bourbon, complimenting to the chocolate.

Perfectly integrated Bourbon addition, which shines among a luscious milk chocolate sweetness by adding a nice, mellow yet spicy oakiness.

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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 redsonja
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good stout great taste, you can taste the oak with a hit of vanilla great beer nice on a cold day in the winter also it has a good deep dark collor. i find it an extrem winter beer. to drink it leave it a celler for a couple of days dont drink it to cold.

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

750 ml bottle received in the White Whale 4 BIF, 2009 bottle if I'm not mistaken. Bottle 33/1104. Opened a few days before the year 2012.

It pours dark brown, nearly black, with a mocha-colored foam. In other words it looks like Yeti stout. The aroma is special though, lots of whiskey. Sweet and roasted malts behind that of course. It's very tasty, loads of bourbon flavor without any heat. Not as sweet as Eclipse, also a little thicker than Eclipse (an easy comparison as so many Eclipse variations just came out).

Very solid but not really any more special than more accessible BA stouts such as BA BORIS. Nevertheless I was glad for the chance to try it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high and tan in shade. General retention seems to be worse than the base beer (as expected), but the texture (read: what little is there) is every bit as creamy soft. No real lacing sticks to the glass.

At first, the aroma reveals no surprises: the big, intense, roasty, dark chocolate-coated nature of Yeti here in full force. Less prevalent is the espresso-esque hop character, instead replaced by a wondrous vanilla note that evokes white chocolate and marshmallow. Plenty of oak comes through, as does a touch of coconut. After a while, the barrel character - as nice as it is - slightly overpowers the base. So it's not a perfect marriage of barrel and awesome RIS, but it's pretty close to a perfect marriage of barrel and awesome RIS.

As it hits my palate, I get plenty of dark chocolate, roast, umami, and the raw protein-like character Yeti is famous (in my mind) for. And then the flavor quickly transitions into big notes of oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate (even a little coconut). The barrel here isn't subtle, at all. Luckily, some of the base beer's profile stages a little uprising during the aftertaste. I don't find it as perfectly balanced as regular Yeti, though. Still, quite a few barrel-aged imperial stouts wish they could be this good.

I don't find it as silky-smooth as the base - it feels a bit rough and even boozy at times. I really get lots of oak tannins, as well. Still, I'd suggest it drinks just as easily as its little brother, and that one goes down pretty easy as well. Carbonation is gentle as I expected it to be.

A lesser beer would be utterly eviscerated by the whiskey aspect this offers. Luckily, Yeti is big enough and hairy enough where the utterly un-subtle barrel aging still fails to overpower what's behind it. It's not as delicate or refined as the other Yeti variants, nor does it really improve on what regular Yeti offers. But it adds a different dimension to what is one of the best beers in the world, and that's good enough for me ($20+ a bottle good? Ehhh...I'll get back to you guys on that).

4.23/5: A crowning achievement that's only let down by the fact its standard-issue brother is an ever bigger one

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.28 out of 5 based on 753 ratings.
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