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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:
#575
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
860
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 860 |  Reviews: 257
Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of LFinCO
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emmasdad
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle an opaque jet black color, with a thin collar of cappuccino colored foam. A whole lot going on in the nose here--bourbon, vanilla, cocoa beans, licorice and alcohol. On the palate I got a lot of bourbon, which is a bit overpowering. Also some vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malts. Alcohol is very evident and very warming. A nice effort.

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Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in color. Thick and viscous. Forms a small very dark tan brownish colored head that eventually reduces to a surface coating.

S: The aroma is off and I find it somewhat unappetizing. Oak, vanilla, roasted malts, and whiskey. But it comes off as smelling somewhat dirty.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of coffee, deeply roasted malts, molasses and a light sweetness.

M: Heavy bodied with lighter carbonation.

O: A good RIS, but just not one that I personally cared for very much.

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Photo of pisano
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

not bad but definitely some oxidation/possible infection going on

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Photo of Boonedoggle
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage - 750 ML - Bottle #789

Poured this into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick, dark brown. Like syrup, it sticks to the glass. A limited amount of carbonation.

Smell: Smells of raisins and dark chocolate. A bit of fresh whiskey notes can also be had. I don't get the vanilla.

Taste: It tastes of fresh raisins and has a bit of whiskey bite to it, which is a result of the barrel aging. The chocolate flavors come through towards the end of each sip. It needs some time to mellow out in the bottle, but is still a great beer.

Mouth: A medium bodied stout. A slight whiskey burn upfront and lasting chocolate silkiness at the end.

Overall: Great beer and I can't wait to see where cellaring takes this beer in a year or two. I'll be interested in tasting this down the road with the Stranahan's barrels no longer being used.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Churchill's "Night of the Yeti" during SDBW. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours black with few bubbles around the rim and no lace.

N: Sweetish whiskey booze is evident. Like a chocolate brownie soaked in whiskey.

T: Mildly sweet, vanilla present with some oaky notes and dark chocolate, grainy/malty.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Slick and oily roasted finish.

O: Aside from the low carbonation, this was very enjoyable.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. $25 750ml. Why so much of this? Make this a smaller portion and chop down that damn price. Poured very dark. Dark head. Aroma was heavy on barrel influence. Alcoholic. Very sweet as well on the nose. Dark fruits. Flavor was not as impressive as it should be. It was above average at a far above average price. Very sweet with medium barrel flavor. Dark fruits and chocolate syrup. On the sweeter side of a sweet style. Not worth the price.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 mattsander
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Insanely black with very dark brown head. Gorgeous stout. Looks like very strong coffee.

S: Chocolate and oak. Lots of tangy/sour oak character and coffee. Reminds me of good french press. Earthy.

T: Wood, wood, wood, sour fruitiness, big time roast, cocoa, VERY oak forward. That oak tanginess is a bit much for my liking.

M: Full and smooth. Interesting balance between rich dark malt and sour wood.

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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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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011.
Bottle # 1703.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a dark brown 1 finger head that drops down quickly into a ring around the top of the beer. Average lacing.

Smell: Lots of whiskey. Smoke and dark roasty malts.

Taste: Dominant whiskey barrel notes. Mostly the oaky and woody notes. Smoke and charcoal. The rest of the beer is muted by the whiskey, smoke and charcoal. The beer is fairly roasty too, but it shows up in the finish. Almost has a minor sourness in the finish along side the roasty notes.

Mouthfeel: The unique part of the beer to me is the mouthfeel. Strong whiskey notes that you can taste, but none of the whiskey burn. This Yeti is really smooth, but I still prefer the other Yeti's that get Oaked because the mouthfeels is thicker. This seems just a bit thinner than I expected. Medium bodied beer with a low end of meoderate carbonation.

Overall: I have officially tried all the Yeti offerings. I expected this one to be the best, but I was wrong! I really liked the Expresso Oak and Chocolate Oak better than BA Yeti. Lets see what a year can do to this beer. Aged may help it become a better beer!

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Photo of angelmonster
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This review is of the 2009 vintage

Pours a pitch black body with a one finger mocha head. Head retention and lacing were average at best.

Smell is an amazing mixture of sweet whisky, brownie a la mode, vanilla, burnt malts, and chocolate syrup. Similar to aromas found in Southern Tiers Choklat but heavier on alcohol.

Taste is still hot and big on booze, with some fudge, charred malts, and a bit of bitterness. I like strong beers but this one lacks some balance to round it out. Wish it tasted like it smelled.

Mouthfeel is full and aggressively carbonated. Body was somewhat oily/syrupy. Head died rather quickly which was disappointing.

Overall this beer was good but pretty pricey. I figured after letting it age for 4 years it would be smoother but it still has quite a bite. I love all the yetis but I'd have to say this was prolly my least favorite along with Belgian yeti

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Photo of LouZ
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle - black; yielded a sliver of mocha head that quickly dissipated with a carbonated fizz like soda. Aroma is bourbon and oak. Taste is the same, with bitter, dark chocolate as well. Feel is medium bodied - on the thinner side. Overall, not as good as expected. I was hoping for a thicker mouthfeel here and alcohol is a bit strong in this, especially on the finish. It also lacks a touch of sweetness to balance it off. Perhaps if I were more of a bitter dark chocolate fan I'd love this beer, but alas I am not. Much prefer the Chocolate Yeti to this one, especially when this one was $24.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful black pour with a dark mocha finger and a half of viscous head. Nice spattering of lacy foam. Balanced barrel, oak, vanilla and rich chocolate in the aroma. There may be some spicy hops, but faint. The barrel is not over whelming, which for me, is a good thing. It leaves it's mark though. There's a slight acidic cherry quality that faintly shows itself. The taste is lightly boozy, with a ton of chocolate, roast, vanilla, light barrel/bourbon and oaky notes. It finishes with a bit of a chocolate covered cherry and a definite acidity that induces a slight puckering affect. The feel was thick, full and coating...as I would expect from the Yeti.

It appears as though this bottle is on the very mild receiving end of some infectious qualities. While I think it undoubtedly made the experience slightly less enjoyable, this was still a really good beer even still. No doubt a non-infectious bottle would be brilliant. Glad to be drinking it either way!

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Photo of rypkr
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
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 s1ckboy
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Bottle number 2428, not infected.

A - Black. 1 finger of brown head, nice tight bubbles.

S - Oak, whisky.

T - Whisky/booze, chocolate, molasses, hint of hops, a ton of wood in the finish.

M - Medium. Very smooth carbonation, almost seems bottle conditioned.

Not my favorite of the Yeti variations (oak aged) but comes in a close second.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bottle, split with a friend, and poured into my brand new CBS snifter. This was consumed side-by-side with regular Yeti.

A: Jet black, 1 finger mocha head that quickly dissipates. More of a head than on the regular Yeti.

S: Sweet, sweet bourbon. Tiny hints of chocolate, no malts, none of the hops found in the nose of the regular Yeti.

T: All bourbon. Quite sweet, absolutely no hops, hard to find any bitter malts until the finish. Incredibly one-dimensional. While the bourbon flavor is good--a touch too sweet for my taste--there's a real lack of anything to balance it out. A bit disappointed on the taste, sadly.

M: Incredible. Full bodied, but well-carbonated, so it’s not too heavy. About perfect for a big stout.

O: Too sweet, with little there to balance out the bourbon. I want some of the hop bitterness or at least some of the chocolate present in the regular Yeti. I gave it a 4 overall, as opposed to a 3.5 in part because of the potential with aging-with time the bourbon will mellow a little and it'll be much better. After adding some regular Yeti to my glass (three parts BA to one part regular), the flavor profile expanded and drastically improved. The BA Yeti needs some of the chocolate malt or hop flavor present in the regular Yeti.

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Photo of shehateme
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Roasty and sweet with dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. There is a faint hint of smoke here.

Taste: Sweet and roasty up front with some smoke and dark chocolate. There is a bitter and roasty finish. Bourbon and mild vanilla notes throughout.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with mild, tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This beer did not live up to the hype for me. I wanted bolder flavors. The mouthfeel wasn't at all what I want from a highly rated imperial stout. Good, but I hope it is better from the bottle.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think this might be the biggest I ever got ripped off in a beer trade. You gotta do it once though, totally make you rethink what you're doing. At the time, Cantillon was just shelf turding it up in Reno. I was buying a bottle every time I went to any store that had it (and multiple did). Anyways, long story short, I traded a 750 & 375 ml of Classic Gueuze for this. D'oh.

Anyways, this beer pours a dark black, brown head, very thin 1/4" and eviscerates itself. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt and whiskey, not too bad, but its strong.
Taste, its a nice drinker, a little heavier on the whiskey notes than your average barrel aged stout. Weird thing was as it warmed, it actually got less hot and easier to drink. As it warms, the vanilla and oak come out more and more, contributing to the beer getting easier to drink. What was substantially bitter at first, mellows out into a nice beer. Wouldn't trade an arm and a leg for it again, but you know, its a good beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Colonial Spirits
Solid black color small tan head. Roasty light fruit, light oak. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Very flavorful beer, but I found the body and mouthfeel a bit light I'm sure the tannic aspects of the barrel made me perceive this. I think I prefer the regular version.

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 860 ratings
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