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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (4919) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2016
Vintage 2015. Noire comme la nuit. Mousse brune qui ne fait que le nécessaire. Au nez, voilà une solide interprétation de ce que doit être un stout vieilli en fût de bourbon. Bonnes notes riches de chocolat, de caramel, de vanille, de sirop d’érable, de fruits, de bois brûlé. Excellente prestation olfactive. Au goût, c’est riche, chocolaté, plein de café, liquoreux, fruité, rôti et boisé, un peu chaud mais moins dans la performance, plus cru, plus robuste, légèrement moins affiné quoique réellement dans une autre catégorie, celle de la classe mondiale moins le facteur «je-touche-ici-au-sublime». Au palais, belle structure corporelle, ni trop grasse ni trop allongée: je reconnais ici ce que pourrait être un porto avec des bulles. En finale, beaucoup de malts noirs et une touche de bourbon caramélisé comme un régulateur. En résumé, dans la ligue des champions et sans aucun doute parfaite pour le start-up de ma soirée échangiste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pressboxjoe (400) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle. Interesting thing about BCBS is they say the base beer is nothing special. I wonder if its hops are muted by design so that when the beer is aged for a year, old hops doesn’t become an issue. With a commercially viable base beer like Yeti, the year-old hops are present as, well, year-old hops. And yet this beer works - I had two bottles and wish I had more. The spicy vanilla of the barrel is a constant undertone, but the sheer velvet creaminess of the stout is a pleasure worth experiencing for itself alone. The burned-out, bummed-out hops manage to play a positive role, a gentle almost floral counterpoint to the beer’s roasty chocolate potency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3657) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle from Colonial Spirits Solid black color small tan head. Roasty light fruit, light oak. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Very flavorful beer, but I found the body and mouthfeel a bit light I’m sure the tannic aspects of the barrel made me perceive this. I think I prefer the regular version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2239) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2016 Older Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaqzue black with thin tan head. Nose slightly tart, dirty gym sock, and light chocolate. Taste weird tart up front, then sweet dark fruit, and some light roast. Maybe this is past its prime or lightly infected. Initial rate 3.2 On rerate, different year, actually older, much better. Dark fruit, molasses, and pleasing Bourbon, vanilla. Rerated to 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PartyFowle (954) - - JAN 25, 2016
2011 vintage, tasted August 2015. Nose: The oak seems sharper and spicier than I remember, almost like dark rum. Smooth dark chocolate character with a bit of papery oxidation and a splash of dark cherry and orange peel. The flavor has also aged well, showcasing a more intense oak char along with, again, a more spicy alcohol note, plus a hint of ash. Chocolate syrup and rich dark cherries also blend before a surprisingly bitter, piney hop character swoops in. The verdict: Hasn’t lost a step in four years. The cherry flavor that’s developed over time adds to the beer’s roasty base, while the pronounced hoppiness characteristic of fresher bottles seems to have mellowed. The same high-quality brew, but with different aspects to explore. FRESH: 2011 vintage, bottle number 3261. Thick as liquid chocolate, dark as liquid ebony. Light-absorbing. Half a finger of dense milkshake head the color of cinnamon sticks deposits tons of frothy, foamy lace. Super buttery and oaky nose. Tons of vanilla and butterscotch with lighter hints of cocoa powder, raspberry syrup and piney hops. Sweet, tangy, chocolatey — an incredibly smooth combination of chocolate and bourbon. The flavor mimics the aroma pretty well, but is a little sweeter, a little tangier. Dark chocolate/raspberry syrup again, along with lots and lots of toffee and lighter touches of vanilla, cocoa powder and pine. The swallow brings layers of chocolate cake, dark chocolate, toasted oak and vanilla. Surprisingly fruity overall, with lingering notes of chocolate and burnt toast. The mouthfeel is the only part that’s not completely and obviously outstanding. Soft and just a touch thin for what it is at medium-light. Lots of numbing booze and and more heat in the nose. Light, tingly carbonation doesn’t cause the brew to break apart as it moves. The Yeti is one beer that’s strong enough to stand up to barrel aging. It holds its qualities well and doesn’t become overpowered. Smoothness is the word here — an incredibly well-integrated blend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2586) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Dark pour, black malt, whiskey, coconut, vanilla, oak. Full body with olenty of booze burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (3200) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Wow. I’ve been a fan of every version of Yeti since 2006 and this has to be one of the best versions. Aroma was a sweet mix of chocolate, vanilla and malt. Pour was a deep dark brown/near black with a thin tan film on top. Taste was very complex . Chocolate and coffee were big in the front. Midsip is when the sugars came in. Incredibly sweet with some ashy-ness and toffee/caramel flavors. Nice carbonation. Great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3852) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Pours an opaque brownish black from the bomber with thin ring of tan brown head. Aroma of huge bourbon barrel notes, vanilla and chocolate with hints of roast. Taste follows, big on the barrel with big chocolate notes, vanilla and booze back end. Warming on the way down, huge but not over the top. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZombieDuster (11) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2015
I have to say think this is a world class Imperial Stout. Had on draft at the tasting room and of course had dl by a bomber at a steep $28. Drinks silky and even a little oily, the whiskey flavor is dominate but not over powering and the classic Yeti bitterness never disappoint. Smells boozy and sweet. Just a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Draft sample at the brewery. Deep black pour. Thin tan head. Aroma of wood, booze, and chocolate. Then vanilla and more booze. Taste is sweet, booze, coffee, chocolate, more booze. Warming, gets you fucken wasted.

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