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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1271) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Git to try bottle #174/470 of this courtesy of "hannont". Colour... Black with a thin tan head. Nose... definitely whiskey as well as sweet, roasty and malty. Palate... nicely boozy, with oak, vanilla, brown sugar, Christmas pudding, strong coffee, dark dried fruits, burnt toffee and a delightfully long finish. So glad that it aged for 20 months. The Stranahan’s barrels obviously added a wonderfully complex character to this stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle #387 Thanks to SecretSanta for this one!. Viscous black pour, thin chestnut colored head and perfect lace. Bourbon, vanilla, roast and hazelnuts. Dark fruit, roast, barrel, and oak tannins. Dry bittersweet finish. Alcohol is extremly well masked

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6200) - 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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
(Sample Date: 3/15/2009 Source:Other) Bottle 66/470 obtained at brewery. Caramel, dark fruits some whiskey, oak, and lots of roast in the aroma. Black with a small tan head. Deep dark fruit with whiskey and wood which is nicely balanced with a roasty sweetness. Vanilla and chocolate come out in a sweet finish with moderate bitterness. End includes a slightly astringent roasty warming. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Bottle shared at hellbilly’s holiday tasting. Thick black pour with a creamy tan head that lasts throughout. Rich roasty aroma of coffee, grain, malt, bourbon and wood. Rich complex flavor with all of the above some some vanilla and a touch of alcohol on the finish. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle shared by Superdave70 at hellbillys place. Pours a dark viscous black with a nice light brown head. Aroma is bourbon barrel, bourbon, wood, chocolate, coffee, roasted barley. Flavor is roasted barley, bourbon barrel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, malt, mouthfeel is creamy and a lot of nice barrel qualities are well integrated with this beer. An awesome beer made even more awesome by the barrels. Great Stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Shared by pantanap at DLD, thanks Kan! Black botdy with a decent brown head. The aroma is plenty of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. I didn’t get tons of alcohol presence in the nose--which I expected. The flavor is really nice with the whiskey coming through, along with the chocolate and roasted tastes. Thick palate with nice carbonation level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
750ml bottle thanks to pantanap for this. Pours a dark brown black with a beige head. Aromas of rich bourbon, oak, and alcohol. Rich malt flavors of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and bitter roast. The bourbon and malts complemented each other well. Rich and tasty. This beer rocks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
750ml bottle. thanks to shane and shared at dlday 09... thicker black pour with a moderate tan head. no surprises there.... lots of bourbon on the nose with vanilla and coconut accents which i really enjoy.... flavors don’t disappoint as well and continue on where the aroma left off. bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and chocolate which really all combined together pretty well. low to medium carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. need a crack at another one of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
railcat1 (689) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2009
I had this in cellar and waited till i moved and got settled and now is the time,just like all the other Yetis this was exceptional with hints of chocolate and coffee and a nice bourbon finish to it.CHEERS!

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