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RATINGS: 295   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.


4.2
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
railcat1 (689) - Hammond, Indiana, 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (9415) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2009
another top want knocked right off my list. kan thanks so much for sharing. You were truly generous. The bourbon kicked ass!! The other versions of Yeti should be OHHH so jealous. The roast, chocolate and boozy notes married so well in this beer. Gotta love the bourbon in this one. Thanks Kan.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7173) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2009
Many, many thanks to Kan for sharing this! Poured deep black with a well-retained cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up coffee and dark chocolate with building bourbonny notes.. vanilla and a lighter array of chocolates trailed.. nice balance. Bourbon really took charge in the flavor and carried through the long finish.. well-roasted coffee and dark chocolates set up the middle and were accented by vanilla sweetness and toasty oak.. beautiful faint hit of smoke as it rolled off the palate. Heavily-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. lots of barrel impression.. hot, but most certainly tasty!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
Thanks to whoever opened a bottle of this at DLD ’09. This one was a lot of bourbon in both the nose and the flavor. So delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle #155 of 470. Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a small-sized, light khaki-colored, bubbly head. Sure, it’s small, but it’s lasting. Smell: Bourbon barrel nose spotted with hints of roast and dark fruits, but the scales are definitely tipped towards the bourbon, with punchy notes of oak, coconut creme, and toasted brown sugar. Taste: Sweet roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, ripe dark fruits, and toffee chips growing into a crescendo of oaky bourbon flavor, with all of the expected bourbon-based tastes. Medium level of earthy bitterness. Faint tannins emerge in the latter half. Further roasted maltiness on the warming finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, luscious mouthfeel. Drinkability: Remember the time when barrel-aged beers weren’t all of the place and ready, READY for the taking? I do. I remember those times. And, boy, am I glad they are over.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle #285/470 generously shared by Sparky27...ERIC, you ROCK!!! Creamy vanilla milkshake floats on top of a liquid onyx body. The aroma is sublime; bourbon soaked oak, molasses, dark chocolate and roasted espresso. Complex and delicious with dark fruit, cocoa powder, caramel, vanilla and wood. The bourbon is evident but not overpowering. Extremely thick and viscous. An incredible beer!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
Bottle 66 courtesy of Maltdawg at the Richmond Gathering, thanks to him for sticking it out late and letting us open this one up. Black, ruby edges, decent head. Aroma is slight whiskey, chocolate liquor, and some cherry. Flavor matches, with espresso notes mixed in. Rich, quite drinkable. Whiskey notes were present, but definitely in balance with the rest of the beer. Very enjoyable.


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