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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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
pDev:
21.03%
 
 
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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: A dark mahogany color with a dark brown edge. A small tan head retains well and leaves a bit of sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is great and displays wonderful balance. Bourbon, roasted malt, some dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, a little extra unspecified booze, and some light coffee as an extra kick.

Taste: Whiskey brackets the rest of the flavors before and after. Roasted and chocolate malt, dark chocolate and cocoa, and a bit of vanilla and woody oak toward the end, leading into the whiskey finale.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, and full bodied. The bourbon warms the throat and stomach. The carbonation is on the lighter side, staying out of the way of the lush feel.

Drinkability: A great beer to barrel age. I have liked each variety of Yeti I have tried. This turned out extremely well.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of brdc, much thanks this was bottle number 9. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours almost black that looks essentially opaque when held to the light. A 1/4 inch dark tan head forms and quickly reduces to a minimal lacing.

The nose is quite good with a blend of dark fruit and roasted malts. There is some coffee and the bourbon is unmistakable.

The taste again has that oak/vanilla bourbon component combined with the malty sweetness and a coffee bitterness. Dark chocolate and bakers chocolate seem to be dancing around.

The mouthfeel was the target with a solid full body without being overwhelming. Carbonation was appropriate and highlighted the flavors and provided good texture and a very good dryness at the finish.

Overall, this beer is quite good. The ABV and booze limited the overall ability to keep going in a session but also allow for this to be a great beer.

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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 Jeffo
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a bottle of this gem from Shaebs99. Thanks a lot for the killer trade.

From a 750 into a snifter.
Vintage: 2009
Bottle 712 of 1104

Note: Drunk immediately after the regular Yeti for comparative purposes.

APPEARANCE: Same as the regular Yeti. Pours out pitch black and thick, producing a one finger, thick, mocha colored head with great retention. Jet black body with little carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Thick, viscous looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon here for sure. Whisky and vanilla, accompanied by some oak notes as well. Roasted malts and baker's chocolate are still there, with some smoky elements as well, but the bourbon is the main act here. The chocolate and hoppy notes take a back seat in this version, but the bold barrel presence brings other interesting things to the table.

TASTE: Yup, this is where it's at. Roasted malts and baker's chocolate still there, and are still the greeter up front. Soon after, however, the barrel assaults full force. Bourbon, vanilla, and lots of oak flavors burst though, but notes of bitter, chocolaty hops still make their way though. Well put together and incredibly well balanced. Not at all barrel dominant like the nose had suggested. Bold and lingering aftertaste or roasted malts and bitter chocolate, all well balanced and complimented by the barrel. Stupendous.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. The barrel has thinned out the body every so slightly, but given how thick Yeti is, this doesn't detract at all. Still very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Stellar feel for the style.

OVERALL: Another top notch, killer variant on the Yeti. As far as barrel aged stouts go, it doesn't get much better than this. Though the nose was quite barrel heavy, the taste profile is the perfect example of how barrel aging can add to an already wonderful base beer without dominating or spoiling it. Well integrated and superbly done. Possibly the best barrel aged stout in production. Thanks again Shaebs99. Beauty!

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Around $25. 09 batch, bottle number 104 of 1104 into a Stone IRS snifter. Bottle notes this as 12.3% ABV.

A: Beer is practically black with not quite half an inch of tan head that recedes down to a thin cap of bubbles. A few rings of lacing as the beer recedes. Completely opaque and very sexy.

S: Big notes of coffee and burnt malts, rich chocolate, and tons of bourbon whiskey, no doubt this is aged in Stranahan barrels as it shows its typical notes of vanilla and caramel, pretty decent amount of boozyness in here. I figured a year in the cellar might tame the boozyness, but no such luck. Still smells very nice.

T: Excellent here, initially a huge note of chocolate and vanilla, caramelized sugar, and a surprising amount of hops have survived the barrel and bottle aging. Hops add a nice bit of earthyness and when mixed with the whiskey create a very light mint profile in the middle of the beer. The beginning of this beer is all Yeti, tons of coffee, chocolate and sweetness, middle is hoppy, and the finish is straight up Stranahans whiskey, a smooth vanilla profile that warms the whole way down. Finish is a bit sweet, but there's enough of a barrel character and oak to balance everything out. Absolutely spectacular.

M: Spot on, insanely thick and viscous, lightly carbonated to give it a perfect, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely warm, but warm in the way a fine whiskey warms your gullet. Sticky on the lips, but the boozey warmth and oak creates an interesting dryness in the finish. I can't say enough about this, spectacular.

D: There is a ton going on in this beer, and its almost hard to take it all in and appreciate it, but at the simplest most pedestrian level, this beer is delicious. This beer has exceeded all expectations and definitely lives up to the hype. That being said, I don't think I would want to disrespect the beer by drinking multiples, this 750ml split between my girlfriend and I is more than enough, it is decadent and wonderful. Fantastic beer, and undoubtedly the creme de la creme of the Yeti series. I wish I had more to age in the cellar for another year or two, as then I think this could easily be my next all 5's beer with more time.

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Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old style label. This was from 08.

Pours very little head. Color is black with caramel hues around the edges.

Aroma: Oak and whiskey. Chocolate and caramel malts show. It is pretty malty overall. Sweet. A bit booze. Pretty awesome.

Taste: Whiskey, oak, and vanilla. Caramel and chocolate. Sweet and malty. Boozy but in a good way. Some molasses and dried fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warming, and creamy. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends warm and dry.

Overall, this was a good -bal aged beer. Nice flavors with an all around good drinkability. I'd have more of this one.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to pop for the assist!

Month and Year Bottled: Aug. '08
"1st Batch 2008" (written in silver paint pen on the bottom of the bottle)

A: Dirty motor oil black with a dark brown/rust colored head. Creamy and sticky foam with good retention and lace.

S: Heavenly! Aromas of whiskey, vanilla, fudge, dark fruit, toffee, nuts, and caramel.

T: See above. Awesome whiskey flavor coupled with everything and...marshmallows!

M: Silky/creamy with a hint of alcohol heat. Near perfect levels of sweet, dry, and savory.

D: Fantastic! Hardly any trace of abv! A masterful example of a barrel aged RIS.

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mad Props to Schmittymack for trading me this one, acquired about 6 months ago.... I scored a bunch of bottles when this first came out, but over promised on trades & never got to try this (this was after I let everyone know where I found it, maybe not so clever...) Thanks Dan!

Bottle 1032 of 1104 pours a thick ebony with 2+ fingers of cocoa brown fluffy head into my Vondel snifter. Nice viscous look to this, above average lacing & average head retention

S: Oaky notes & whisky/peaty scents. Dark fruit & leafy hops as this warms

T: Follows the nose along dryness, boozey dry fruit, leafy & minty hops, dark chocolate up front. Dryness, booze-soaked plums, cherries & raisins, along with more leafy hops & dark chocolate, vanilla & peaty smokey notes as this warms. Finishes dry, oaky, fruity & a touch boozey

MF: Chewy as all get out, low/smooth carbonation
& oily richness, VERY warming

Drinks pretty nicely, but the heft & complexity do weigh on you. Still a touch too boozey, probably could've let this go another 10-18 months easily IMO. Much to like here, one to cellar save for cold/wet winter's night ( like tonight! )> Merry Christmas to Me!

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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 muttyd
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes:

Poured into a Westy chalice. Black pour with a thin tan head. Great lacing as it swirls around the glass. Sweet bourbon / chocolate aroma. Very well balanced. Flavor is amazing. Smooth dark chocolate, whiskey, moderate roasted malts, and slightly warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side compared to what I expected, but still feels great on the palate.

Had this at a tasting with some fellow BAs and this one stood out among the crowd. Truly an excellent beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my lucky night! I got to sample the Barrel Aged Yeti from 2008 and 2009 courtesy of ygtbsm94(2008) and Lunch (2009). Thanks Brad and Paul!

A: The darkest black you can imagine, with a dark brown head that's only a couple of shades lighter than the brew itself. Both the 08' and 09' looked pretty much the same.

S: Chocolate and whisky make a lethal combination! Also present were bourbon (subtle, but still there), and vanilla held it all together. The 08' had a little more of a Hershey's milk chocolate quality, with the 09' was more on the bitter cacao side.

T: The 2008 was basically melted double chocolate fudge, with whisky, mild bourbon, and dessert ingredient-type vanilla. The 09', while still fantastic, had more of a dark bitter chocolate quality in general. Both had the wonderful oaky quality that sets the "Yeti" apart from many of its clones in the craft beer world.

M: The 2008 was smooth as hell, while the 2009 was a bit rough around the edges. In both cases, the oak settled the sweetness in that perfect way that only oak can.

D: After we moved on from this brew and onto other beer ventures, I noticed that there was still a small bit left in each bottle. I bypassed some of the other brews available that night so that I could have more of this one. I guess that speaks volumes as to its drinkability huh?

NOTE: The 2008 deserves and A+ and the 2009 deserves an A.

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Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, purchased from the fantabulous Wine and Cheese place. After giving away a bottle I brought to Dark Lord Day since I was "all beer'd out", I've been dying to find an occasion to open one. Saturday morning seemed like a good choice, so Paulie and I split this along with some chocolate doughnuts!!

Into a snifter it goes. The beer is black, opaque, and devilish like the soul of Hades. The head is mocah colored and quickly sinks into the black abyss. Spotty lace is left on the snifter, but the head and lace deficiencies make this just good and no better.

Barrel aged Yeti has all the smells that make Yeti great, and then some extra pizzaz. The primary smells are bourbon, or, in this case, really good Colorado whisky and chocolate. The chocolate is more of a dark fudge than milk chocolate, and there's a sweet roasty malt character that I really like. Wood gives some vanilla and earthy characteristics and there's a touch of cherry as well. Overall, it's very expressive and just a touch boozy and brash. Almost perfect but falls a hair short.

However, the taste is sublime. Perfect example of how oak can add depth and vanillin to a stout. The barrel has made this just exceptional. It's dark and decadent, with chocolate-dipped cherries and slight whisky sting. Theres some dark cherry and vanilla, plus coffee roast and even coffee liquor. Just an amazing array of flavors and one of the best examples of -bal aging that has ever crossed my lips.

This beer is thick with creamy milkshake carbonation. Sweet and not sticky with a sweet bourbon finish. Just a hair short of perfection. This is the best Yeti version ever. I will be permanently ISO of any chance to drink this and I'm so happy I have one more bottle to do a Yeti horizontal with. So its not the most "drinkable" beer every because of the intense flavors but it's something every stout fan should seek out. A heavenly beer.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on a bottle of Barrel-Aged Yeti. It's just a delight.

Shit, I'm already drunk. I guess that's the 9.5% abv kicking in. You'd never know it though. It's like drinking toasty, chocolate covered sex with a mocha supermodel.

Seriously though, This is an amazing beer. It's everything you could ever hope to have in an imperial stout. Black as sin, with a generous tan head, this beer in the glass is like eye fornication. The only *tiny* criticism I might make is that it's a *tiny* bit too malt-forward. I like a bit of hoppiness in my stouts. However, I acknowledge that this is nothing more than personal preference. This beer is sweet, sweet and sweet. The flavor is wonderfully complex. The oak is very present, but the headliner for this show is chocolaty goodness with a nice supporting role from coffee. There's also a little spiciness, and dark cherries make a little cameo on the nose, but not so much once it reaches the palate. All in all another excellent beer from Great Divide.

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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 billshmeinke
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
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 Reagan1984
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #675 of 1104

Pours a thick black color and produces a dark brown head that grows and then fades. The inside of the glass is left almost completely covered by a dark foam.... You can see the thickness here.

Wow, the aroma is even thick in your nostrils. Smells wonderful.. Vanilla, bourbon, a thick almost molasses sweetness.

In the flavor the sweetness comes through more as brown sugar. Tons of vanilla and bourbon.. Light alcohol in the finish which is enhanced by the bourbon/vanilla tones. Really good. At slight moments there are moments of chocolate, but these are pushed to the rear by the bourbon notes and even a little oak in the finish. This beer is one that just keep getting more enjoyable as you work through your glass.

Body is sticky and thick. There is a slight heat that lingers, but not even close to being "hot."

A slow sipper if there ever was one. A great beer to enjoy on the night of a hurricane. Just fantastic.

Hats off to Great Divide

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Photo of kfsv034
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black as night with a nice 2 finger head that lingers briefly and dissipates leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass

S - Candy sugars, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, little coffee

T - taste follows the noise sweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, coffee. Lots of sweet sugary flavors.

M - Medium Bodied, borderline thin

D - at 12+% this beer is easy to drink shared a 750 with 4 people wish i could have had more.

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Photo of riored4v
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/25/10 - bottle 81 or 84 (ink had run) of 870

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a tan 1/2 finger head that faded to a thin layer with a nice ring around the edge.

Smell had a smooth hint of whiskey and alcohol. Notes of raisin and dark chocolate. Some molasses and toffee presence as well. Nice bitter, burnt aroma. Some notes of vanilla as well.

Taste was extremely smooth. Good amount of whiskey and alcohol but the aging made it very very smooth to drink. Flavors of burnt malt and chocolate. Notes of raisin and toffee flavors backed by vanilla. Slightly bitter finish along with a solid malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium/heavy with medium carbonation. Good finish with slight stickiness.

Drinkability, while very smooth, the 12.2% is noticeable in both flavor and effects

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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 KeefD
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review number 666! Been saving this beer for this occasion. Great stuff but not as good as the Parabola I had right before it. Review from notes:

Dark pour, almost black, tan head with nice whisps of lacing down the tulip.

Aroma is boozy, light oxidation, some dark chocolate, roast is subdued.

Taste is a touch thin, boozy again with some more chocolate. Sweet caramel, maybe some coffee and oak? Hard to tell. Roastiness is mellow, needs some more bitterness. Well aged indeed, smooth, low carbonation. I wouldn't let this one go any further if I had any other bottles sitting around.

Overall easy drinking, needs a touch more carbonation to cover up some of the aged qualities.

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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 jjayjaye
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Minds Drink Alike...Bottle 199 of 1104. Jet black with a full finger foamy dark brown head with good hang time and reasonable stringy patterns of lacing that I'd expect from a beverage of this weight. The smell is classic barrel aged roasted malt goodness. The mouth feel is right on..silky smooth with that incredible coating texture that I look forward to in my favorite Double Stouts. The nose and the mouth match up quite nicely; a great balance of barrel and the roasted malt. Silky smooth, one hell of a drinker!! Full flavored chocolaty mocha malt and whiskey. A tiny sip captures the entire experience and lingers really nicely. Reminds me a lot of the oak aged product but the whiskey licorice character comes through with a huge presence. Great job on this one. Ton of fun considering this one...many thanks Mark!!

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Photo of maximum12
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to two fine traders, wyoming & fiver29, who offered me a bottle of this brew that I'd been lusting after for a long time within one week of one another. If I had to choose between these two A+ traders, I'd refuse under torture. Thanks guys, I hope we meet many times again in boxes & styrofoam peanuts.

Bottle 94/1104, split with my wife on an evening without children. Pour is dead, starless night, with some mocha scattered along its crown. Smell is absolutely, fuck-on beautiful, with the Stranahan's coming out to meet the malts dead-on, with both playing Bach in my nose hairs. Roast touches my senses, too.

Barrel Aged Yeti. Wow. This pummels my palate, then veers off in another direction, & ultimately coats my mouth about fifteen seconds after the first sip, settling in, dominating everything it touches, whisking away everything else I've tasted today (& yesterday). The barrel is something else. Vanilla & whiskey rising in Capricorn, washing all the other flavors. Deep, Hades-deep, malts provide a stunning background for the barrel. Roast comes through underneath, submissive to the whiskey but providing an offsetting bite.

The balance on this beer is simply superb. That's the only way to describe it. Drinkable? I could put away a couple of these by myself & probably wake up in Charon's boat. Swigging it is pure joy, it's silky smooth, no heat at all, no alcohol, just dark, bitter flavors melded expertly with the barrel.

Why is this not in the top 100? That's a crime. One of the best beer of 2010 for me to date, & one of the best barrel-aged beers I've had. Hats off to Great Divide, & I can't wait try the rest of this series now.

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Photo of afausser
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a beautiful and placid dark chocolate with about a finger of mocha head, that while disappearing at a fairly expectable rate, leaves a nice ring around the rim. Looks like the type of beer I'd want to take a picture of. Very still, pretty, and dessert-like. Very crisp and fine lacing dances down the side of the glass after each sip.

Smell is whiskey and molasses, mixed with some caramel and toffee notes as well. Some raisin, cherry, and earth notes in the background, as well as a smooth vanilla and a more subtle cream.

Taste: Whiskey is apparent in the taste as well, though it's not hot. I expect this one to become infinitely more complex as it warms. There's a ton of barrel notes, as well as a woody earthiness. A bit of brown sugar and molasses, but at least before this one warms, not much in the way of fruit taste--maybe some slight cherries or raisins. Sweeter notes (even a bit syrupy) come out as it warms, as well as some peppermint and anise.

Mouthfeel is good on this smooth, thick bodied brew. It's lightly carbonated, with crisp, tiny bubbles that fall flat mid-sip. Perhaps would be better if they sustained more. Slight, pleasant aftertaste of hops and whisky. This one may get better as it warms as well.

Drinkability is looow. One sip in and I know this one could easily knock me on my ass. A pleasure to drink, though.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rarest of the five incarnation of the yeti, shared at a tasting recently. Very excited about this one.

Beer served in a tiny tulip. Beer is pitch black, even at the corners. Forms a brown head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. I can't tell the carbonation levels but at the interface of the glass I can't see any activity. Doesn't mean much though.

Aroma is hot. Lots of alcohol in there. What's the % on this? 12? You can smell it for sure. Nice malt sweetness and some roasted stuff as well. I can't really smell the barrel. I suppose that's good.

Beer is medium to full bodied and pretty sweet. Would the sweetness go down aftertime or would it sour at all if left alone? Beer finishes slightly dry and there is a lot of boozy / subtle wood character. Overall the beer was good but I should have had it with the Oak aged side by side. So far that's been my favorite.

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.
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