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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2010
750mL bottle, batch 2. Pours completely black, like an oil slick with a hefty mocha head that recedes to a small cap and leaves a bit of lacing and some boozy legs along the side. The aroma is excellent - lots of heavily roasted dark malts, cocoa powder a maybe some licorice to start with. The bourbon is present with some vanilla and well as a hefty oak aroma. The aroma has much less bourbon than batch 1. The taste does have more bourbon than the aroma, especially in the finish where there is a noticeable burn. The underlying beer is still extremely evident though with the chocolate malts and even some coffee coming through. The finish is dry and fairly oaky. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and extremely creamy and smooth with a soft carbonation that keeps things from getting too thick on the palate. I remember last year’s being very heavy on the bourbon from start to finish and this is seems much more balanced with the underlying beer refusing to be dominated by the barrel. An excellent barrel-aged beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (3057) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Wonderful stuff. Just a hair below the regular Yeti in my opinion. Pours a beautiful jet black with a big smooth creamy head that laces and lasts. The aroma is malty, chocolate, booze, some wood. Flavor is all of the above with some vanilla and dark roasted malt and just a hint of hops on the swallow. Incredibly smooth and tasty, remarkably easy to drink. The alcohol, though in the nose is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2010
2008 Bottle # 294/470 - Thanks douglas88! - Pours out thin and dk brown with a small beige head...aroma is barrel dominant, whiskey and tannic wood, heat and cocoa, some spicy vanilla oak as well...taste is fairly thin for the gravity, hot whiskey burn, tannic barrel, bitter dk chocolate and some roast burnt wood as well...it was a pretty tasty bottle, thanks man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6889) - Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Sampled at the Boise tasting 1/16/10, thanks to Doug for sharing this one (#294/470)
Appearance: Pours a black with a small off white head
Aroma: Bourbon, burnt wood, vanilla, pine
Taste: Strong bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, hops
A very nice beer, the bourbon was strong but not overpowering. The amount of hops helped the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2010
750 ml bottle thanks to Secret Santa some time ago, thank you St. Nick. Number 294/470 bottled in August of 2008 drank January 2010. Pours a pure black color with a small white head. A massive bourbon nose, vanilla, woody and complex. A sweet flavor that is similarly dominated by bourbon and wood, tannins, roasted cocoa, sort of thin but powerful and warm. Loads of whiskey and very nice. Maybe 20 months was a bit extreme, but still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2009
(Bottle, super thanks to a very generous trading partner) Pours black with a creamy brown head. The aroma holds notes of dill up front. The oak/whiskey is quite subtle with light notes of woodwork and vanilla. Strong but gentle roast of dark chocolate, roasted grain and espresso. Still some resinous hops present. Undertones of blackberries and shellfish. Light oxidised on the nose. The flavour is light to medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic. Many heavy roast and citric/resiny hops. First yummy and creamy dark chocolate, the finish is more espresso and asphalt driven. Vanilla, dill and woodwork. The oak/whiskey is not overpowering. Nice peppery and numbing alcohol. The mouthfeel is round and creamy with a soft carbonation. The lingering heavy afterbitterness blends well with the mild burning alcohol and woody tones from the oak. Near full-bodied. Aggressive (in a good way) and better than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2009
Black with no head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, espresso, chocolate and vanilla. Flavour was full and had dark chocolate, burned malt, espresso, whiskey and vanilla notes. FInished sweet and full.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Bottled in 08-08; bottle 21 of 470. Pours a coal black with an average, pillowy, frothy, dark tan head which settles to a thin froth and leaves sporadic lace rings. Nose is interesting and nice but the complexity of the yeti is masked a bit; notes of spicy alcohol prickling my nose (even after 16 months in the cellar), rich toffee, cinnamon, burnt caramel, molasses, faint leather, charred wood, and a sweet maple hint. Flavor is similar but full of malt flavor; maple and molasses for sure, moderate and cinnamony spice alcohol, more dark chocolate notes, charred wood and burnt caramel, and some light roast moving towards the finish. Palate is interesting; full, soft, velvety, warm, very smooth, but seemingly thin in the finish? Finish has more charred wood and sweet whiskey notes which finally present themselves with some mild French roast notes, dark chocolate, and lingering alcohol spice. I am at a lost for words with this one; I am a lover of the Yeti clan and imperial stouts in general, and I am a whiskey drinker. But this one did not remind me of a whiskey aged beer. The malts completely dominated the hops, which I am usually a fan of, but from an aggressively hopped base beer, it was odd. I don’t know if it was the extensive time it spent in the whiskey barrels or the time I left this in the cellar, but the palate and nose seemed to be a bit subdued and not as interesting as they could have been. Normally a malt forward, rich, whiskey-aged, imperial stout is my dream beer but, to be honest, I liked the other oak aged Yetis better and the original is very close. Honestly, I really did enjoy the beer, despite the price tag, but it is just not at the level of others in the series. Interesting to say the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ home.
[ Trade by Bobby91w ]. Clear dark black color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, wood - whisky, vanilla, leather, moderate alcohol - whisky. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft. [20090828]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle at CCB BA Bolita release. Poured black. Nose is heavy bourbon, oak and sweet malt. Some hop presence and roasted grain. Flavor is big bourbon, wood, booze, dark fruits, burnt malt, mild smoke and toffee. Amazing beer. Thanks for whoever shared this (tpd?).

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