Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
831
Reviews:
251
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outoffocus
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmoen
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had on 3/4/16.

Pours near black, opaque, small head of dark tan foam, good amount of loose, soapy lacing. Smell is whiskey, malt, oak, vanilla, toffee, some cocoa. Smells great. The taste also leads with the whiskey- but not overpowering, then medium roast malt, vanilla, oak, some caramel and molasses, light chocolate- more as it warms. Smooth, full bodied, a real tongue coater, good level of carbonation.

Not overly complex, but wonderfully blended and flavorful. Amazing how the whiskey barrels drive this, but don't dominate. Well worth a purchase, don't pass this up.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
~8 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, oily and viscous body. Thin layer of creamy, dark tan colored head. Tons of alcohol legs, coats glass like a sticky film. Spotty head lacing as well.

Aroma- Earthy, spicy sweet whiskey, dry spicy oak, barrel char. Creamy flavors of vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasty coconut, milk chocolates. Good amount of bitterness, dark chocolates, roast and coffee.

Taste- Roasted malt, dry spicy oak, smooth whiskey notes, coffee and char. Finishes with sweet and creamy flavors, lots of vanilla, fudgy chocolates, caramel, hints of molasses, dark fruits, coconut, and nuttiness.

Feel- Medium to full bodied, very creamy and sticky sweet. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Barrel influence is very forward, the aroma is flooded with bourbon notes and oak, while the taste is more refined and smooth. Tons of earthy, spicy sweet whiskey and dry spicy oak. Creamy flavors take over into the finish with a rich, decadent sweetness. Still a good amount of roast and bitterness from the base beer as well. Excellent barrel aged stout, different and unique in the earthy, spicy character.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durlta
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mcintire78
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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 gruss004
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hilgart1
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Evan
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kevanb
4.29/5  rDev 0%
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 Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacSon1982
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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 VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
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 bowzer4birdie
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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 OnePuttBlunder
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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
4.29 out of 5 based on 831 ratings.
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