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Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged YetiBarrel Aged Yeti

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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

From a 750 ml bottle (bottled October 15, 2015) to a snifter.

A-The beer is deep, dark brown. Nearly black. A dark-brown head is short and fades quickly leaving no real lacing. The departing head reveals a shimmery cap and not much in the way of carbonation is visible.

S-The aroma is dense chocolate. More like brownie batter than baker's chocolate because of the sweetness and lower bitterness. I also sniff some marshmallow, burnt caramel, and a little bit of oak. Quite smooth and not as much heat as I expected.

T-The taste pretty much tracks the smell. Lots of rich, almost-creamy dark chocolate, brown sugar, burnt caramel, some vanilla, and hints of raspy oak. For a beer that has been in the barrel for at least a year, the barrel flavor is actually pretty mild. That time in the barrel has reduced bitterness, however. A bit of whiskey heat starts to creep into the finish.

M-The beer is medium to lighter in body with a smooth, mild carbonation. Shockingly easy to drink for a beer like this.

O-I like this stuff. It is very, very smooth. It may lack the complexity of the some of the best examples of the style, and I don't know that it competes on price, because it is damn expensive, but this is a great beer. I'm curious to see if time in the cellar will make it too mellow.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Something special for #400 277/ 1104 Poured into a Great Divide Tulip

Thanks to Forgetfu for the bottle

A-- Poured black, pretty much motor oil black. Dark brown leather one finger head that quickly falls off to milk chocolate colored film. Get same reaction on swirling. fast running ABV legs on the sides of the glass and just bits of lacing here and there. Thinking the body is a bit thin with the fast legs.

S-- Buttery Carmel, Vanilla, milk chocolate, whiskey, and wood. Flavors mesh very well. ABV is in the nose but the Carmel and vanilla is just yummy. No coffee though. What I like most about the Yeti smell.

T-- Whiskey, wood, Carmel, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol. The alcohol is not in a bad way though. Enhances the flavors and makes this more complex and richer.

M-- I will draw some parallels to some massive shiraz's I have had here. The beer sticks to my gums. Very numbing of the gums due to the alcohol. That is good though. Slightly thin body but makes up for it in feel. Rich, thick, chewy and heavy. Still lot of whiskey, wood, vanilla, dairy milk chocolate, and Carmel but also do get appearances of coffee and with dark fruits here and there. Bits of bitter coffee and whiskey finish are a good touch.

O-- Has some flaws here and there and the Alcohol is a bit overbearing at times. Reminds me way too much of a good shiraz that is just in your face. Still pretty easy to drink though. Still get the base beer and Yeti is to me the best Imperial stout on the market (ok, bit of a homer). Very good barrel treatment. Still ageing very well and will be good for a while. Quite happy to have had this.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ML bottled in Oct 2015 poured into my oversize snifter. Whiskey barrel is still clearly (CLEARLY) prevalent here but not QUITE enough to overwhelm the palate and senses. A tad thinner than desired. Chocolate, charred oak, even some vanilla essence which finishes somewhat creamy overall. Solid. But worth the price tag?? Hmm.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #390/470. Dark, black, head dies fast. Smells like whiskey, marshmallows, Hershey syrup, smores? The aroma is really strong and nice. Woody flavor, whiskey, chocolates, raisins, not much carbonation. I really didn't want to pay the $26 but this was good although not as good as the barrel-aged ruffian.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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 largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Craig.

Pitch black and totally opaque, capped by a leather-hued collar.

Spicy oak overwhelms the aroma at first. As it breathes and opens up, I can pick out vanilla and dark bitter chocolate, licorice and roasted barley. There isn't much whiskey character, but the oak leaves a huge mark.

The palate has flavors of black licorice, roasted barley, baker's chocolate and a light dark fruit character that makes me think of roasted figs. There's a ton of oak character as well, spicy and tannic with a hint of whiskey. Full bodied but fairly dry, and very spicy, tannic and bitter in the finish.

I slightly prefer regular old Yeti, but this is quite good.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a taster glass. Huge thanks to Matt for sharing! This one I have been looking to try for quite some time.

(A)- Pours pitch black with some tan bubbles.

(S)- A robust sweetness with lots of raisin, molasses, and a syrupy bourbon oak profile.

(T)- A really nice robust and rich stout with an even greater bourbon and oak presence that far surpasses what was showing in the aroma. Really nice raisin and molasses/cocoa behind it on the finish.

(M)- A very mellow carbonation level, but it is balanced well with rich raisin/cocoa and superb bourbon oak nuances.

(O)- Overall, a great barrel aged stout. Rich and decadent with again, superb bourbon barrel oak components without making this overly boozy. Well done.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, brown head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and it left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Some oak-like flavors and some tannins, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full-bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - I love Yeti and this is another good version. Really good.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for sharing this bottle (2011 vintage) at a tasting in 2012. Review from notes.

Poured dark brown, looks kind of oily. Beige tan head that retained nicely, no lace. Big aromas of chocolate, wood, vanilla, and roastiness, but I'm slightly underwhelmed by the complexity of the nose. Even after letting it warm a bit, I get the same plus a slight bit of dates and piny hops. Anyway, the flavor is a better example of what's going on here. Sweet caramel and toffee in the forefront, maybe a touch of biscuit too. Immediately becomes vanilla and dark chocolate (maybe of the Lindt's 80% cocoa type), with an undertone of earthiness and bitterness from the hops. The charcoal/roasted coffee bean flavors are more prominent towards the finish of course. Body is medium, but I think a beer like this should have an even bigger body. Small potatoes I suppose. Nicely carbonated. This beer is pretty damn good. I would seek out a bottle just to complete a Yeti horizontal collection, but I wouldn't go too much out of my way to get this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #155 of 470.

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a small-sized, light khaki-colored, bubbly head. Sure, it's small, but it's lasting.

Smell: Bourbon barrel nose spotted with hints of roast and dark fruits, but the scales are definitely tipped towards the bourbon, with punchy notes of oak, coconut creme, and toasted brown sugar.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, ripe dark fruits, and toffee chips growing into a crescendo of oaky bourbon flavor, with all of the expected bourbon-based tastes. Medium level of earthy bitterness. Faint tannins emerge in the latter half. Further roasted maltiness on the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, luscious mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Remember the time when barrel-aged beers weren't all of the place and ready, READY for the taking? I do. I remember those times. And, boy, am I glad they are over.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle.Poured into a snifter jet black with a large billowing deep beige head that settles very slowly into a frothy mass.A big dose of whiskey hits ya in the nose but so does chocolate,brown sugar,and caramel,there is light toast in there as well.The whiskey plays an even bigger role on the palate wich means it dominates over top of chocolate and caramel/vanilla,is saying that I really like the flavors they just get a bit boozy and sweet after half way down the bottle.This beer is a big brash monster,boozy and pretty sweet but it's damn good!

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Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the second batch

Pours with that usual Yeti awesomeness, black with a great, creamy brown head.

The nose is a nice blend of milk and dark chocolates with vanilla and a touch of whiskey.

The taste packs a lot of chocolate with cookie and vanilla. I can't tell a huge difference between this and the oak-aged version. I usually don't let the price affect my opinion, but in this case, when I could buy several bottles of oak-aged for the price of this one bottle, it's a no brainer. I expected a little more from it. Still a great beer though, as are all of the Yeti's.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

951st Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip
750 ML
2011 Vintage- Bottle #178

Thanks to BA Poonamibaxter for this one!
Shared with BA GuruDel

**Paired with chocolate brownies, as label states is good pairing**

App- “Is that molasses” asks Gurudels wife. No its not. Its a rich dark deep brown, bordering on black with a good sheen. It was lush, rich and thick in the glass with a two finger slow receding brown head. Like a frothy brown craterous whip cream. Great sticky cling, A very good looking stout.

Smell- A little bit of bitter dark chocolate roasted notes with a stinging fresh whiskey note. The malt and grain are somewhat hidden behind these two other aromatics. On big whiffs its just the whiskey. Missing a key vanilla/oak note.

Taste- Takes a bit of time for this to mellow in the glass. Its not the biggest at 10% but its assertive at points with the booze coming though first and foremost. The chocolate comes next with a little bit of plum and dark fruit layering. A good grain bill retains itself from the base Yeti. The whiskey flavors add a depth of flavor akin to a peat or some moss.

Mouth- A good low bodied stout with a low-medium carbonation. I think they nailed the feel of this stout with some rich smoothness and a touch of whiskey burn and chocolate on the finish. A bit silky. Well done.

Drink- This was a very good treatment for a big favorite of mine. I like the way they went with a homer Whiskey treatment. It added a certain smoothness with some heat, smoke and grain feel. I would like to see a couple more bottles of this one or one with some age already on it. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: 0497

A: Straight black pour, like motor oil, with a small very brown head. No lacing or retention. If it had better lacing or retention it would be a 5.

T: The smell is all booze and whiskey, some chocolate underneath.

T: The taste on this is the best part. Great blend of chocolate, roastiness, booze, whiskey, oak and vanilla from the barrel. Alcohol and roastiness on the back. Balance is perfect as it warms.

MF: Thick and heavy, a little under carbonated, but not as much as BA Old Ruffian. Dry finish and boozy.

O: I Really enjoyed this. I was worried after having BA Old Ruffian earlier and it was way passed it's prime. This was tasty, full of stout and whiskey. Very much enjoyed.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. #897/1104. Poured into a snifter glass a dark black/tan color with a tan collared head. Swirling produces a rich reddish tinged tan head. Upon my first smell of this, I am hit in the face with a rich chocolatey aroma along with some dark fruit notes and a slight earthiness that I attribute to the barrel. Heavy mouthfeel with some carbonation. Dark chocolatey goodness here in this! Some roast notes as well and with some sweet dark fruit flavors. The barrels don’t particularly add too much of the whiskey flavors which is kind of nice. Not overly complex but really tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage and poured into snifter.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin collar.

S - Chocolate, smooth barrel notes, light vanilla, light roast, burnt sugars. Really rich and creamy, the chocolate is excellent, and the booze is smooth and compliments the rest of the beer nicely.

T - Dark chocolate, roast, caramel, oak, smooth booze. It's really smooth out nicely after a couple of years, yet still packs a boozy punch. A sipper, no doubt. Finish is rich creamy chocolate syrup and light oak.

M - Full, rich and smooth, viscous, creamy finish.

O - The 2009 vintage is drinking nicely now, so I would recommend you crack yours and enjoy. I can't comment on how these were fresh, but it's drinking just the way I like my BA Stout's to go. Recommend.

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Photo of Floydster
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with silver foil courtesy of Gabe, thanks for bringing this back after GABF man, bottle #457 of 470, had to drink a stout on St. Patrick's Day and this was the coolest one I had, so it was the obvious choice, poured into my Grimbergen chalice, color is a very dark brown with little light shining through, thin 1/4 inch light brown head that mostly a few big bubbles here and there on each of the pours, no retention or lacing, aroma consists of bourbon that is not as strong as expected, rich dark chocolate, oak, roastiness, roastiness, strong hops, burned toffee, and a hint of coffee, taste is roasty at first, some dark chocolate in the middle along with burned malts, mild whiskey in the finish but not enough to even be warming, later on vanilla comes out and the flavor becomes much better, sweetens up a little as it warms up too, lots of oak and dryness from hoppiness in the finish then too, by the end the bourbon has come more to the surface but is still not very strong, other than that is a nicely balanced stout, sweet, roasty, dry, and slightly hot mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied for its style, taste lingers a long time, could have probably used a little more carbonation, drank this whole bottle myself but it took well over a few hours, good thing I sat down and watched a movie while sipping on this, alcohol is hidden well but it will still catch up to you, stuff is pretty smooth though overall, could have even drank more, Yeti is good by itself but the barrel aging definitely helped things out, much better than the oaked version, probably needs some age to let things mold together some more, the whiskey is not strong as it seems it could be yet either, for spending twenty months in a barrel it seems quite weak actually and especially in the flavor, would like to drink again, it will be interesting to see what this becomes in a few years, recommended

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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 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 jamesw
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was drank 02.04.11 after having been cellared since august 2008. Opened the beer and was pleasantly surprised by the healthy sound of fresh carbonation. The viscous black fluid poured like German molasses. The head appeared as a fine brown lacing and remained present for an acceptable amount of time.

At 12.2 ABV this beer is very drinkable. After the long storage the off flavours from ageing were minimal, however the intensity of the individual flavours have lessened with time, allowing a greater harmony between the roast, oak, malt, and bitterness. The mouthfeel was overly glutinousness, but this did not overly detract from the drinkability.

The overall impression was that this was pretty darn good.

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: poured into snifter. Strong dark brown head fading into a small lacing around the rim. Every sip leaves lacing for a few seconds then fades.

S: dark fruit and chocolate. Tons of barrel and boozyness. Touch of tobacco and salty caramel.

T: sweet caramel bomb. Boozyness with molasses and sweet malt. Faint hints of dark fruit and smoke.

F: medium to low thickness. A bit weak in this department.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a motor oil black body with minimal brown head that quickly died without lace. Aroma is chocolaty, good notes of vanilla and wood, along with hints of dark fruits like plum or raisin. Beer is so smooth, despite its thick, somewhat breadlike or chewy, body, it is watery slick at times. Booze is hidden so dangerously easy sipper that balances chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, touches of roasted malts and hints of dark fruits like raisins or plums (maybe figs). I apologize for hyperbole but this is one of the sweetest and easiest drinking stouts I've had, a fact I find even more complimentary of beer when considering it has such a high ABV.

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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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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.


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Photo of GregSVT
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a snifter - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours dark as motor oil with a nice dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very dark chocolate, earthy hops, slight vanilla, and dark blackstrap molasses. Very interesting nose and unlike any other beer I've ever smelled.

T: The taste has huge notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, milk sweetness, and molasses. There's a bit of a lacto/butter flavor which could suggest something amiss but I can't really tell...still tastes good to me.

M: The feel is thick and creamy with a huge oily finish.

O: The nose is a bit odd but the taste was good. The feel is about perfect for the style as well. As it warmed there was a buttery smell and flavor that got worse and worse. Kinda tasted like infected BA Token.

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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