Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

Barrel Aged YetiBarrel Aged Yeti
BA SCORE
4.31/5
852 Ratings
Barrel Aged YetiBarrel Aged Yeti
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:
#572
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
852
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark viscous black with a bubbly tan head. The nose has lots of wood, notes of dark chocolate, light hints of smoke meat, and some sweet malts. The flavor has lots of wood again, a litte boozy and hot, notes of malt and ashy chocolate with lots of sugar. More heat in the finish with a mdium to full body, syrupy and light carbonation. Singular and overly sweet with a bit too much heat.

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3.32/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of charlzm
3.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed from a 2015 bottle on February 27th, 2016. Poured into a goblet from a 55 degree bottle.

Beer is appropriately black-ish with a thick, dark tan head made of strangely large bubbles. Provides some sheeting, though not a lot.

Aroma is whiskey. All whiskey. Raw, woody, boozy, harsh, bordering on solvent. Not impressed.

Flavor is a touch salty and hot with whiskey. Slight dark chocolate note and whiskey. A little wood and whiskey. And some whiskey to finish things up. Not much Yeti character here.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, but falling short of creamy, velvety or any other sexy sounding descriptors.

Overall? Overpriced and overrated version of a great beer. there are at least three other versions of this beer that are far superior to this one at a lower price point.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of portia99
3.52/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle (2011 vintage - bottle #2542) poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Supposed to be infected, but we will see.

A - Pours thick and syrupy with a pitch black color and a short finger of a deep, milk chocolatey brown head. A bit fizzy and the head dies quickly leaving a thick ring around the glass...first signs of infection?

S - Lots of whiskey up front, sweet caramelly and molasses base, pruney dark fruits, dark roasted malts. Quite boozy overall with sharp alcoholic aroma. Really no sign of infection here...maybe this is one of the good bottles.

T - Nope...Tart up front with the feared infection starting to take hold. Sour cherries backed firmly by smooth whiskey and followed by a very healthy dose of char and smoked malt. Vanilla, sweet molasses and some burnt caramel can be found too. Infection has certainly left its mark and detracts from the overall. Not undrinkable, but certainly not living up to what this beer is supposed to be.

M - Super thick body...one of the more syrupy beers I've had, even with the infection which typically tends to thin out a beer. Carbonation is lowish but plenty for the style and shows just enough life to be interesting. Tart infection detracts and gives a somewhat puckering quality to the beer.

O - Was hoping to get lucky with this one, but figured I wouldn't. Infection hurts this one a lot, but hasn't made it undrinkable. Certainly keeps this from performing up to its expectations tho. I'm continuing to drink this...not sure I'll finish the whole bottle. Oh well...have to try again when this gets released again.

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3.54/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yes, this is the barrel aged variant. Not the oak aged.

BOTTLE: 2011 vintage. 750ml brown glass with a foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap. Cost was $29.00. Bottle #1687. 10.7% ABV.

Expectations are high given this beer's reputation, and the fact that it's currently #14 on the Top 50 Colorado list. Served cold into a stem-tulip. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Dark tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is horrible - maybe 30 seconds at best. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid ink-black. No light penetrates. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly-carbonated. Not unique or special for an imperial stout, but it looks good for the style. A fuller longer lasting creamier head would be nice, but they've got the darkness of head colour dialed in nicely.

AROMA: Grape, dark malts, chocolate malts, plum, and prune. I struggle to find any oak - or subsidiary vanilla or whiskey spiciness - but can't. It seems with three years of age the barrel has disappeared - at least in the aroma. It's sweet, with the grape dominating.

A pleasant aroma of average strength.

No yeast character or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Dominant grape. Subsidiary plum and prune. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Raisin.

Any barrel character is extremely reticent. I wouldn't know this was barrel aged if I tried it blind. No oak, vanilla, whiskey spiciness, or barrel sugars. No marshmallow. Not even any char or burnt characteristics. Where's that Stranahan's character I know and love?

There's no coffee, no rich chocolate, no vanilla bean...this is a boring flavour profile for an imperial stout. It just doesn't bring much complexity/intricacy, nuance, or subtlety to the table, and in this style you've got to. Depth of flavour is merely average. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

I rarely cry infection, but the tartness in the third act and the unexpected grape notes make me think it's a distinct possibility. Blakelive784 notes an accompanying lactic acid presence which I second.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, creamy, full-bodied, thick, and syrupy without coming off too viscous or overbearing. Carbonation is apt. It could be softer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Unfortunately, it's slightly astringent, and right on the finish it's unnaturally dry and coarse, lending it an off-putting arid presence on the palate, extinguishing the joy of the beer.

OVERALL: Drinkable for its high ABV - which is barely noticeable. But as a Colorado boy, having heard about how this was the best of the Yetis for years, and seeing it always in a high position on the leaderboards, I expected an imperial stout with at least a great whiskey barrel presence, but this doesn't have even that. Maybe it's just the three years of age, but I'd almost say the Oak Aged Yeti evokes more of a barrel character. In spite of the grapey infection, I am enjoying it for what it is, but there's no way I'd pay the abominable price of $29.99 USD for this again. I'm reserving judgement and would like to try it without the infection, but I'm forced to rate as-is. That said, I think it's a testament to the quality of the beer that even with noticeable infection it still earns a B from me.

Serve cold; the obnoxious dryness on the finish grows more noticeable as it comes to temperature.

Low B

***
2015 vintage on-tap @ Great Divide.

This is more what I was after! Has a great chocolatey core with brilliant notes of cream and marshmallow underscored by Subtle (if not reticent) white oak barrel character. There's no bourbony vanilla or toastiness, but the oak is nice - definitely a step above oak aged yeti. I find none of whiskey's signature spiciness.

B

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 707/1104. Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Half inch dark beige head the dies down to a ring of foam with some specs of foam in the middle of the surface. Oily legs and some lacing left behind. Pitch black body.

Lots of spicy oak. Smells of rich dark fruits like cherries, raisins and plumbs. A touch of chocolate and then some wet cardboard oxidation in there as well. The beer doesn't smell all that strong.

Tastes of tons of dark fruits (cherries/raisins/figs/plumbs) up front. Then there are some whispers of dark chocolate that are immediately taken over by vanilla, oak and bourbon. There is also some piney hoppiness and an unpleasant wet cardboard note suggesting some oxidation. Luckily the wet cardboard note is pretty faint.

The mouthfeel on this one is quite thick and a touch syrupy. Coating. Good carbonation. Some heat as well.

Pretty good drinkability.

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Photo of pwoods
3.57/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing the brew.

750ml capped brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Very dark brown with ruby reddish tinting. No real head with some large frothy bubbles from an aggressive pour. No real lacing, either.

S: Some light whiskey notes. Light molasses with a small touch of vanilla. A bit of roasty bitterness.

T/M: Lots of bourbon, more stinging than flavorful. Nothing from the barrel character and no real vanilla. Some bitterness from the dark roasted malts. Very thin body, especially for a RIS. Very little carbonation.

D: ABV is big and bourbon is too aggressive. Tasty, especially if you drink bourbon straight up, but too much in a beer, though.

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 852 ratings
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