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RATINGS: 289   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2985) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2009
750 ml bottle at miketd’s tasting
Thanks to whomever brought this along. It has been a while since I have tried Yeti in any form; now I will have to go pick up a bottle to reacquaint myself with its charms. This has many of the characteristics of the regular version along with the typical barrel aspects.

Aroma / Appearance - Deep black as any good imperial stout is it swirls in a oily way around the glass. Creamy lacing clings to the sides creating a dirty sheen. Malty with black coffee, anise, vanilla, smoke, whiskey, and some chocolate create a good aroma but it feels as if something is missing.

Flavor / Palate - The oily mouthfeel unleashes several flavors in quick succession starting with smoke and moving on to vanilla, light whiskey, chocolate, and finally rich black coffee. Nice and warm it pleases the senses without being over the top like some imperial stouts - at 12% Great Divide strikes a nice balance between big and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle 156/470. Poured a deep brown color with a good sized beige head and brown staining legs. The aroma was big on the vanilla and bigger on the wood. Roasty with a touch of smoke. Wait not done. Chocolate and a little alcohol. Then the beer warmed and whisky came through. The flavor was better than the aroma. I guess because it seemed to blend more for me. vanilla, whisky and chocolate. Roasty and sweet. Some vanilla notes. Very warming with a full body. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle shared by Larry, thanks a lot! Pours a black body with a very dark tan coffee head. Oaky chocolate bourbon in abundance. Coffee accents, very creamy with a moderate etoh warming. Lingering chocolate and coco but not cloying by any means. I loved it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottled from Goldtwins. Very dark pour with a nice head. Very dry, espresso-y aroma, loaded with coffee and an alcohol burn. Bitter, dry, cocoa powder flavor, with a fair bit of bourbon burn, but overall after even 20 months this really shows very little bourbon character. I’m not exactly crazy about it, its so harsh and I’d rather drink regular Yeti, but I must admit it is not nearly as harsh as I was expecting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
#444/470 bottle thanks to Lumpy. WOW this beer is amazing. poured motor oil black with ruby edges and some nice legs. aroma of fudge, oak, vanilla caramel, and alcohol. flavor was wood, chocolate, dark roasts, and alcohol. body was like a velvet cloth being draped across my tongue. this may very well be the best beer ever.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (11943) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2009
(750ml bottle, #444 of 470, bottled Aug 08, courtesy of Lumpy) Pours an opaque black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oak, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, and light bourbon with a dry oak finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
#444/470 bottle thanks to Lumpy. Thick glass coating pour with a small reddish bubbly head that reappears with a good swirl sits atop a dark black brown opaque body. Nose is dark chocolate fudge, vanilla, and unami. Taste is the same with notes of bourbon, wood plank, and dark chocolate resins (caramel candies). Very nice silky mouthfeel that feels runny on the tongue. A bit boozy but thats how I like it. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle number 444/470 thanks to Lumpy...Big thanks to Lumpy. Pours black with no head, but the body coats the glass when swirled. Aroma of bourbon, nutty fudge, oak, ash, chocolate and some light coffee. Taste is chocolaty and nutty with fudge and a bitter oak finish that seems to last for ever. Ashy with caramel and vanilla noted on the next sip. Velvety and mouth coating with a few bubbles here and there. Amazing mouthfeel. Slight burn on the throat, but no alcohol (fusel) in the flavor. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle #444/470. Nose-caramel, some coffee. Body-still, some ring of bubbles. Taste-medium bitter, smooth palate, still, vanilla, very light wood, some tannins, aroma hops in the background, fudge, unsweet raisin, slightly boozy, unami.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle thanks to Lumpy. Pours a motor oil black, small copper color head. Aroma of strong dark roast, wood, and chocolate. Flavor Is the same. Mouthfeel is great, very heavy body, silky, very, very low carbonation, almost none....Overall, I sipped this to enjoy!

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