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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Taster at the barrel bar - black pour - nose of treacle, tamarind, fig, brown sugar, light bourbon - flavor is similar - slight umami character up front before getting sweet, with notes of tamarind, treacle, cookie dough, vanilla - touches of smoke - considering how long it was in the barrels, it is surprisingly smooth and low in the booziness - slick texture and a slightly spicy finish - in reality, not any better than regular Yeti, for a much higher price, but glad to have tried it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkSanta410 (770) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Tap at Great Divide Barrel Room. Pours black, nice brown head that fades to a ring. Aroma is whiskey, vanilla, oak, cocoa, lightly sweet. Taste is light whiskey, vanilla, faint oak, chocolate and toast. Very balanced whiskey in this. Not over the top, alcohol is balanced well. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Faint alcohol burn on the palate. Awesome!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fraternie (958) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Rich with its dark chocolate and mocha bean flavors, showing toasty oak and whiskey nuances that lingers with a moderate hop bite. Soft and creamy all the way through, heat covered well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rosskyle (318) - - OCT 9, 2015
Served on tap at Great Divide. Dark black color with a brown head. Sweet bourbon alcohol aroma. Heavy body. Chocolate sweet plum flavor. Very smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma is quite weird, fruity, some plastic and mint, licorice. Taste is intense coffee, chocolate, some oaky whisky. Sweet and slightly bitter

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (7733) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle at Craigs. Pours oily jet black with a thin tan head. Aromas of burnt rubber, tar, bourbon, chocolate. Taste is boozy, dark chocolate. Boozy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (8333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is toffee, coconut, little soap, chocolate, taste is similar, quite sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (19005) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2015
Bottle at home... Deep black.. Thin tan lacing.. Soft dark chocolate roast.. Dry roast. Ndsrk malts dark dry chocolate roast.. Woody malts.. Soft bourbon.. No real coconut.. Dark malts.. Woody

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3712) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2015
This stuff smells bad but it tastes OK. Probably most people who like barrel aged imperial stouts will like it just fine... but if you are willing to admit you like barrel aged imperial stouts it’s either 2007 or there is something wrong with you. This is a dark and headless brew. It smells like break, booze and soy cause--I cringed a little. It tastes pretty good though once you get past the initial shock of smelling it. It’s sweet, rich and raisiny with a bit of cherry and coconut. It’s syrupy and thick but not as bad as many beers of the style so I will give it a pass in that category. Still, if I have to drink this stuff again, it will be out of the bottle and through a straw.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (6378) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Deep black pour with a thin rocky light khaki head. Big syrupy nose of dark chocolate and molasses and licorice and brown sugar and rich oak nuances. Flavor carries the same notes of syrupy roasted black malt and molasses and brown sugar and loads of sweet and sticky dark chocolate, but also has some barrel notes of vanilla and huge amounts of oak-y coconut, with a bit of bourbon and more dark sweet chocolate. Amazing.


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