Serve in Snifter


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
Share this beer with friends!
Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout has been aged for 20 months in used barrels from Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, Colorado’s only whiskey maker. The rich and robustly roasted beer of 12.2% ABV and 75 International Bittering Units (IBUs) picks up flavors of oak, vanilla and whiskey through the extended aging process. These flavors add greater complexity to the already rich beer, while tempering its assertive nature.

“Our intent,” says Great Divide founder Brian Dunn, “was to age each beer in the barrels for 9 months. But we got busy with other projects, primarily the addition of a new bottling line, and the beers ended up aging for more than a year and half.” While the labels on the bottles state that the beers were aged 9 months in barrels, both beers were in fact aged 20 months in barrels.

Release limited to 470 bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Bottle #90: Aroma of chocolate, whiskey, oak, and a little molasses. Poured black in color with a small brown head. Opaque. Medium sweet flavor. Tastes of lots of whiskey, chocolate, malts, vanilla, alcohol, and sugar. Medium to full body. Thick, viscous texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, lightly dry, whiskey and alcohol finish. Quite boozy. Where are the 75 IBUs? I cannot taste them. Not as good as Barrel Aged Rufian or Oak Aged Yeti.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9800) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2008
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, carmellight wood and a hint of whiskey. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted malt and light whiskey with a smooth malty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle shared at 2009 DLD: Pitch black with a small but lasting frothy head, okay lace. The aroma has notes of walnuts, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, bourbon, oak, molasses, and tobacco. The taste is barrel influenced for sure with lots of bourbon character almost overpowering the base malts and hops. A tad hot on the palate as well. Fair amount of coffee and molasses like twang upon the finish. The mouth feel is aggressive and warming. While a good brew, I would much rather have the Oak Aged or Regular Yeti over this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Nice bourbon character, lots of chocolate, molasses, coconut in the nose. The taste is a bit sweet, moderately bitter, lots of milk chocolate, tons of buttery bourbon, some molasses and dark fruits. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
(bottle generously shared by Rusty. Bottle 472/1104). Pours black and oily. Aromas as cocoa, wood and booze. Taste is sweet and its still a little hot. Some band-aid in there as well. Thin bodied. I preferred this to the BA barleywine. I’m really glad to have tried both the Yeti and Old Ruffian at the same event. Thanks Rusty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Pours an opaque black with a light brown head. Bitter and sweet. With aromas of dark malts, coconut, vanilla and dried fruits. Full bodied. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate aroma. Roasted malty woody chocolate flavor with weak sour hints. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (889) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Pitch black pour, minimal brown head. Mild whiskey aroma, well ballanced flavor, with big chocolate and whiskey notes. Quite smooth. A great beer but honestly not as good as the standard yeti.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2008
750mL bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is absolutely opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), trace hops (resin), with notes of cardboard, wood, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, woody. Full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. As with Oak Chip Yeti, I’m not as wild about this compared with regular Yeti...but it’s still pretty good. The aroma has dulled a lot (I actually rated this side-by-side with regular Yeti, and it’s not nearly as enticing in the malt department), it’s got the expected cardboardy style of oxidation that is typical with aged stouts, though it’s thankfully mild. The aging has seemed to procure more wood than whiskey, though not quite as harshly so as the oak chipped version. Thicker mouthfeel than regular Yeti, but definitely more burning. So, all in all...good, but I definitely prefer plain Yeti. And because this is already 20 months old and dulled, it really has nowhere further to evolve in the bottle...what they really should do is bottle condition regular Yeti...now THAT I would cellar for 6-8 months and expect to improve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle #90. Thanks to waolsen. Black w/ thin brown head. Nutty, roasty aroma is fairly mellow. Boozy, chocolatey roast. Stout is dulled down quite a bit, but the whiskey flavor isn’t overwhelming. Overally, the barrel just seems to have made this beer less interesting.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 23 24 25  26  27 28 29

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50