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RATINGS: 318   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
skraus708 (8) - oak park, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2009 does not count
dark body with beige head. tastes of roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate with a bitter ending, bitterness comes off a little strong. overall a good drink

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (24491) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Bottle at Papsø. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa powder and alcohol. Sweet and roasted flavour of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa powder and alcohol. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (31473) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has strong of chocolate, as well as notes of alcohol and wood. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of alcohol, wood, hops, chocolate, and roasted malt, leading to a very bitter and alcoholic finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11069) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma of chocolate, oak, spice, light roast, cocoa and sweetness.Flavour is spiced, chocolaty, alcholdense, full of vanilla and wood. Quite smooth. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a chocolatish woody and spiced roasyt bitterness. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (37030) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
75 cL bottle. Pours pitch black with a fully gone head. Aroma is wooden, alcohol and dark chocolate to solid roasted malt aroma. Smooth vanilla wooden flavoured. Dark chocolate and hard roasted malt flavoured. Smooth. Slight boozy and wooden flavoured finish. Lingering vanilla note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
Black color, no head, just a few sparse bubbles. Aroma of cocoa powder, dusty, with chocolate and light oak. Powerful body, strong chocolate flavor, residual sweetness, evident alcohol punch with Port shades, nice subdued vanilla oak feeling; there is some liquorice too; it has a strong bitterness, with dark chocolate in the end. Powerful but very well balanced, extremely enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of bu11zeye. Pours black with a vague tint of red. Only a tiny beige head. Oaky aroma. Very full-bodied and very low in carbonation. Hard roasted malts and vanilla. Dried fruits. Warming alcohol finish. Lovely. 220909

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2009
25 oz bottle, via crosling. Pours a pitch black body with a nice one finger tight bubbled brown head that had some decent retention. The nose is very boozy on the first whiff, but the more you smell it the more you get accustomed to it. Tons of vanilla and char over the roasty malt base. A bit of hops on the nose but not much. The flavor was much the same, it really seemed too heavy on the barrel influence and overly boozy at first, but as it warmed it dissipated some, which is normally opposite for me. Nice thick roast and vanilla with a bit of a tannic bite from the oak. By the end of the glass the alcohol was not nearly as noticeable. Full bodied and oily in texture up front, the texture seemed to thin a bit on the finish because of the alcohol. Overall a pretty good beer, but not among my favorites. I liked the Barrel Aged Ruffian better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
From the Bottle in the Brewery Room at the Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver 10/10/2008 Whisky aroma. Black fruity and a little rich on the palate. Smooth and bitter chocolate roast finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Appearance here is very very good. Black liquid with red highlights around the edges, a frothy head receding into a great crown and thick lacing. Scent is booze, wood, tobacco, smoke, vanilla, bourbon. Classic Yeti scent is there but pretty far in the background. I like this because I have a thing for bourbon barrel imparted scents. Nothing like an aged Yeti. Truth be told, of the other three Yeti, I enjoyed the regular the most, and that is likely because it was aged enough to let the hop forwardness of the beer die a bit. Espresso Yeti was my least favorite, and it was the most fresh. No coincidence that since this one has had some time on it, I enjoyed it quite a bit as well. Barrel imparted flavor is very present here, so much so as to pretty much overshadow the Yeti. It manages to be smooth and low in carbonation with a thick bodied mouthfeel. While I like this quite a bit, I do wish that I could taste more Yeti in here. Surprisngly it’s not extremely hot. Overall this is a solid effort and a good solid bourbon aged beer, but were it not for the label, I’d have a difficult time finding the Yeti in here. Perhaps a little lighter on the barrel stay would yield a more rich experience. I am nitpicking however, this is an A beer.

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