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Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (633) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours nearly black with limited head that dissipates quickly. Heavy molasses and oak flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 8, 2016
2015 bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are whiskey, roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (4227) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2016
Bottle @ ZZT 2016-1. Black oily pour. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, whiskey and roasted creamy malt. Rich flavor of soft chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, red fruit, creamy roasted malt and a long evolving finish. This is fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
caesar (6685) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2016
Bottle @ ZZT 2016-1, small sample. Thanks all for sharing! Dark color, medium frothy head. Aroma of loads of chocolate, cookie, vanilla, bourbon. Bit coconut even. Cookie and vanilla sweetness, slight bourbon booze. Great power, balance and complexity. Absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2016
Thank you DutchDrebus! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT 2016-1. 2015 Vintage. Black super creamy mocha bubbles. Nose is warming molasses, sugar, low bourbon, whisky, sugar, faintly herbal. Taste is chocolate syrup, bit too boozy, booze going to bit plastic, roast, chocolate, brown sugar,… thick malt. Good but a bit too messy & boozy for me. I liked but not as intensely as the others did.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4543) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2016
Jet black colour, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, cacao, alcohol. Sweet flavour, cacao, booze, brown sugar. Quite thick. Sweet finish, vanilla. Nice!
(from 75cL bottle @ ZZT 2016-1. Thanks for sharing, Drebus cq Benzai!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (809) - GERMANY - MAY 16, 2016
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1376) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2016
On tap @ Brouwer’s for Back in Black. Listed here at the standard Yeti 9.5%. Pours thick viscous blackish dark brown with thin oily dark mocha head. Aroma is heavily roasty dark chocolate malt, rich coffee, big dry barrel flavors, light bourbon and vanilla char on the back. Taste is huge rich dark chocolate malt, molten milk chocolate, oak. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Huge fudgy chocolate flavor lingers on the finish. Among the best Yetis, and that puts this in an elite category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1717) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a thick very dark brown with a remarkably tall reddish-brown head. I usually pour impy stouts this aggressively and rarely get this great of a head. It finally settles to a one-finger, ice cream float-like, caramel head. Chocolate, plastic, dark roasted malt nose. Sweet immediately, but gets progressively dry and bitter. Chocolate, smoky, dark roasted malt. Charred oak, but no oaky vanilla that I can pick up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 10, 2016
Completely black with a very dark brown/reddish used motor oil type of head. Smells of bourbon, alcohol, figs, plums, nuts, and malt. Taste starts with bourbon and chocolate, a bit of vanilla, light dark fruits, with a warm finish. Mouthfeel is thick and oily, low on the carbonation. Overall I really like this one. Not a huge fan of Great Divide but lover their yeti series.

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