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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

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791
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4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
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Photo of LouZ
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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 rhinos00
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to have found this one laying around. Poured into a tulip glass. Aged in Stranahan whiskey barrels.

2010 release; #236/1104

A- Pours a dark, chocolate brownie color. Produced two fingers with of creamy, mocha colored head. Great head retention. Reduced to a fingers width of head throughout consumption. Very nice lacing to boot.

S- Tremendous aroma. Complex, but integrated perfectly to create a singular delicate note. Mix of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. I could sniff this all day.

T- Theme for the taste is "big bourbon flavors, without the big heat." Right off the bat, the Stranahan barrel is unmistakable. Oak with good bourbon flavor and a touch of vanilla. Coffee and chocolate malts come in midway through. Finishes with a strong bourbon flavor with a touch of alcohol heat.

M- Heavy bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Good viscosity, could have used a little more.

D- The bourbon flavor can get overwhelming at points. Still pretty drinkable for a bourbon forward RIS.

One of the better big bourbon beers I have had. Can't wait to try this one again.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter
2009 vintage 897/1104

A- Dark pitch black body, slight hints of brown hues, very small mocha head, nice bubbles around the glass, slight carbonation.
S- Very nice aroma, hints of dark fruits, bourbon upfront, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, coffee beans, nice oaky notes.
T- Very big beer, complex, a lot going on, very sweet vanilla notes, bourbon, chocolate, slightly bitter, caramel, hints of coffee, nice woody oaky notes are apparent.
M- Medium to big mouth feel, sticky, smooth drinking, alcohol is hidden, slight carbonation.
O- Top Notch Barrel Aged Beer, very tasty complex beer, so much going on, very sweet but not overdone, easy drinkability for such a high abv beer.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 706 of 1104
I poured it into my Stone IRS glass

A-Pitch black, mocha colored head which dissipates quickly leaving a thick ring of foam. There was some slight cascading.

S-Molasses, espresso, dark chocolate, alcohol, brown sugar, and whiskey. The whiskey was not as prominent as expected.

T-Dark chocolate, espresso, whiskey, oak, vanilla, and a rather large alcohol punch. The alcohol provided some nice warming. This beer's flavor dramatically increases as it warms up.

M-Thick and chewy. One of the thickets mouthfeels I've experienced. It was really great.

D-A true sipper given its complexity and high abv.

Overall, this didn't quite live up to my expectations. However, it was still a great beer and I am glad I was able to experience it.

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Photo of BBP
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the darkest beer I've poured. Slight head with decent retention. Good lacing.

The aroma is some of the smoothest barrel aging I've seen yet.
The regular yeti is faintly detectable beneath it, but it stands up to the bourbon as well as you could expect from most imperial stouts.

The flavor is like a yeti toned down slightly with a very smooth bourbon aging. I don't understand how people think it's hot. I think it's the best of the yetis but I think the espresso isn't far behind.

The body is nicely done. It's very creamy with a decent body. The finish is moderately dry with a slight booze stickiness.

Overall, it was perhaps the nicest of the yetis. I think given the chance I'd drink this as fresh as possible. The 2011 was very smooth.

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Photo of joberlander
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unreal beer . Whiskey is right at the front of the nose and dark chocolate. Taste follows with chocolate up front with dark fruits. The mouth feel is so creamy and full. The barrel just kicks the already yeti up a notch and doesn't dissapoint. Up there with the best barrel aged stouts I've had . Only downside is the price point.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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 BeerAndBourbon
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage

A. Dark black with a just a touch of a head that somehow leaves some small traces of lacing.

S. Incredible aroma! Chocolate, oak, beautiful bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits (raisins and figs). Incredibly complex yet balanced.

T. Dark fruits with caramel sweetness, chocolate malt, oak, bourbon; good level of sweetness

M. Nice, thick and luscious with a nice carbonation level.

D. Supremely drinkable. I like this a lot.

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Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Thick and black in the pour, with a viscous caramel colored head. No noticeable lacing, and retention is somewhat weak.

S: Coffee, licorice, and caramel upfront with notes of molasses in the back.

T: I'm amazed by how complex this brew is. Huge amounts of semi-sweet chocolate are followed by coffee, licorice, and molasses.

M: Full bodied and creamy, with a slight gritty texture.

D: Definitely worth seeking out, seeing as how it is one of the greatest of its style that I've come across.

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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 BearsOnAcid
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to have this twice in a couple of weeks. The second time it was up against a lot of huge stouts. Both were Batch 2.

Dark khaki head, low carbonation. Smells like Yeti, whiskey and oak. Big whiff of chocolate and decadent malt.

First taste is so smooth and delicious. You want to swirl it around your mouth. Lots of chocolate comes through to balance out the wood and whiskey flavor. Drinks extremely well. I can't find one thing wrong with the taste of this beer.

This is probably the best stout I've had and I've never thought much of all the whole Yeti lineup other than the expresso one.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in an 8 oz goblet. Not much head, but it has an incredibly deep dark brown-black color that no light can penetrate. Nice mild to moderate lacing. The aroma is out of this world, it reach up through your sinuses and grabs your brain by the hippocampus--coffee, molasses, a bit of plums. The flavor is deep, dark, and complex--coffee, chocolate, molasses, grapefruit, and a smokey sweetness that hovers on your palate. Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, amazing. This is an outstanding imperial stout. My previous gold standard was Old Rasputin, but this one, though different, is just as magnificent!

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Photo of rudylaw
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Joe1510 for bringing this to our epic tasting! Definitely one of my most anticipated selections. This is from the first bottling and here we go...

A nice black pour with a surprising amount of head that doesn't stick around too long.

Tons of whiskey in the nose here. I can't believe how hot this beer still is! There are dark fruits and vanilla present here too. It's very sweet.

Getting fruits, whiskey, vanilla and a corn syrup flavor as well. Again, very sweet beer. It's a little thin for my liking, which takes away from the experience but overall, this is still a good stout.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared w/ a friend. Poured into tulip glass, 2011 bottle.

A - Very dark, with a dark brown half-finger head. Good retention. Pitch black and solid, with only a touch of light at the edges.

S - Some sweetness, vanilla, oak, chocolate, some kind of fruity sweetness, like a grape or maybe pear juice?

T - Vanilla, oak, whiskey, char, chocolate; both dark and milk. Finishes slightly fruity, maybe a bit of raspberry. Cocoa and whiskey is intense. No booze flavor.

M - For an imperial stout I would call it medium in body, but overall it is still a heavy and thick beer. Finishes incredibly dry compared to expectation/experience for the Yeti line.

O - Fantastic, could drink all day. Goes down easy and tastes great. Very drinkable for such a big beer. A whole new level of Yeti brilliance.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Midnight black, with a thin brown head that dies expectedly quickly and leaves spotty brown lacing.

Smell: Good Lord, what a rich, complex, sweet smell. Bourbon, chocolate covered raisins, vanilla, toasted coconut, black cherries, plums, oak, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, coffee, toasted brown bread.

Taste: Brown sugar, molasses, and burnt toast upfront. Dark fruits throughout the middle. Burnt raisins, dark cherries, plums, and prunes. Chocolate syrup sweetness with distant coffee. Finishes with surprisingly mild warmth and bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, more raisin, earth, and pine, with lingering sweetness of dark chocolate/chocolate syrup, butterscotch candy, chocolate cake, and coffee.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Smooth. Light carbonation. Not as good as I'd hoped, but it's quite drinkable.

Overall: This is an excellent and rare BBA stout that it totally worth buying. It smells as good as BCBS, but the taste and mouthfeel fall short. Still fantastic, though!

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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 Auracom
2.15/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Long-time want, thanks for sharing Jeff. 3 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 18th, 2012.

A - Looks very close in appearance to Hunahpu's but not quite as thick. Oily, with a deep khanki head and good lacing.

S - I really don't find the aroma too appealing, it's a bit of dark chocolate blended with dark fruit gone bad. Light bit of cardboard.

T - Tangy, semi-sweet flavor present throughout the entire palate. Spoiled cherries.

M - Thin body, lower to moderate carbonation, sweet finish.

D - Has to be infected. It's really pretty bad. The aroma is pretty horrible and the taste is like something super oxidized. Quite a shame, will have to revisit.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle filled on August 2008- #346/470

Shared with Pghlee in 2 GD snifters. Cocoa brown pour with virtually no head. Some bright bubbles when poured from high up, but that was about it. Red ring around the head when held up to a light.

Aroma was very delightful and complex. Chocolate cake, fumey big whisky, tobacco & vanilla bean. Very dense and aromatic.

Slightly tannic on the nose with big oak, dark cherry & plum. Big roasted malt notes with a touch of sweetness. Quite a vinous middle with some bitter chocolate. The middle was somewhat tame to me, after a big start. Not a huge, dense mouthfeel but still tasty. Finishes bitter & oaky. Big whisky heat and oak in the throat. Very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received in recent trade from generous BA scray24. (Thanks!)
Poured from 750ml bottle into red wine glass at Black Friday tasting.

Aroma: Molasses, vanilla, malted milk, toasted coconut, and rich dark chocolate syrup. Wonderfully complex aroma!

Appearance: 1 finger dark brown head slowly dissipates. Body is dark espresso brown/black. The beer leaves some suds behind, from which decent legs run.

Flavor: Mmmm! Rich fudge brownie, bourbon, coconut, and toasted marshmallow, followed by a nice touch of smoke at the end. OUT OF THIS WORLD flavor!

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-full body, and slightly drying cocoa tannins at the end. Booze provides some nice warmth as well.

Overall: Due to the seeming ubiquity of many of the other Yeti variants (they seem to be slow movers at many of my favorite shops), I didn't get as excited about this one as I should have. Upon hearing some buzz, and reading reviews, though, I fortunately sought it out in a trade. And, thanks to the above credited trader, I was able to procure one! BA Yeti edged-out Sculpin, Blushing Monk, Marshall Zhukov's, and even Black Tuesday, in the line-up of beers at our Black Friday tasting. Great Divide really did something special here. I'll definitely be looking for another one!

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a thick, viscous black, completely opaque, topped by a medium-dark creamy tan head.

A lot going on in the nose, with roasted grain, char, earthy dark chocolate, and touch of hoppiness. Turns a bit meaty--think beef bouillon--as it warms. But I don't notice any whiskey character in the nose, at least by itself.

The palate shows roast, burnt grain, a touch of charred barrel, smoke, woody oak, vanilla, chocolate; in short, everything you'd expect in Yeti, and then some. Piney hops on the finish, but the beer on the whole is only mildly bitter. Finishes with alcohol warmth to let you know this is a big beer.

Thick and rich and mouthcoating--it's Yeti, after all. Certainly a sipping beer. I don't know that this beer is different enough compared to Oak Aged Yeti to justify the higher price tag, but it's fantastic regardless.

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

750ml bottle #921/1104 from the 2010 release.

A: pours the usual Yeti jet black with caramel color half finger head. lacing is spotty at best

S: aroma comes flying out of the glass with strong hints of roasted malts and coffee beans, chocolate, oak and whiskey

T: wow, fantastic. the taste is very similar to the nose. the first thing I got from it was a chocolate, molasses combo. then the whiskey and oak comes out with roasted malts and faint hints of vanilla. got even better as it warmed up

M: feels oily and thick. lighter carbonation than the regular Yeti but was very nice

D: considering the abv, 12.3% on the label, it was insanely drinkable. very smooth and easy to sip on with minimal alcohol burn. the whiskey notes are perfect and warms the throat just right as you drink it.

Overall, I'm thrilled to have tried this beer and am even more thrilled to have another one in my cellar to open at some point in the next couple years. Very well done Great Divide!

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Photo of glazeman
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to airohead2001 for this celebratory beer! Bottle 1062

A: Dark, dark brown in color, almost black with a 1/3 finger brown whispy, thin head that fairly quickly faded into an oil slick with a crown. There’s moderate legs, not much lacing.

S: The whiskey is front and center, though not overpowering and is followed by a little bit of nuttiness and burnt sugar.

T: Fairly unique as far as barrel aged beers go, though not super complex. This beer hides the 12% abv phenomenally and has mellowed out very well. The tastes starts off with toasted malt and some milk chocolate and then moves to a dry nuttiness. There’s not much dark fruit, no coffee, and only a little caramel. The finish has a nice amount of whiskey flavor incorporated with the aforementioned tastes as well as the faintest twinge of etoh.

M: I appreciate the nice full body and appropriately low carbonation. The aftertaste is great as well.

O: An excellent beer that I was really happy to try. I would gladly have this again any time if given the opportunity.

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Photo of infi
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, #3763. Non-infected! Opened for Easter.

Poured into a brandy snifter.

Very dark brown with a tight-bubbled, mocha-colored head with decent retention. Appeared to pour very thin into the glass.

Smells of dark roast and lots of toasted malt barley. Warming to room temperature reveals honey, dark chocolate and some dank, hop oils. Not sure if I get much of a barrel-aging presence at all. Little to no tannin quality. Boozy presence.

Opens sweetly with some chocolate and malts. Touch of dark coffee and earthy hop bitterness in the middle. Smoothly ends on a booze hum and coffee aftertaste. Again, not much of a bourbon character in the profile. Hoped for more.

Slick and fairly viscous mouthfeel. Coats palate very nicely.

After revisiting my regular Yeti and OA Yeti reviews, I don't see much of a disparity between all three in terms of flavor profiles. I wouldn't go too far to try to find this beer, as I think it's not too different from the other Yeti's, especially for its price tag. Though I am fairly fortunate to have a non-infected bottle.

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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 beerandcycling88
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the South Sound BA gathering where we were lucky enough to have 2 bottles of this.

A Pours a dark brown almost black with a tan head.

S Lots of slightly smokey wood with some bourbon.

T Pretty much the same as the nose with lots of slightly smoked wood with bourbon and a bit of fruit present.

M Pretty full body with enough carbonation.

Overall I'm ecstatic that I got to try this one, it is an excellent take on Yeti that is well worth the hype.

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