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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MaltDawg on 03/14/2009. 750mL bottle numbered 66/470. Dark black body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy light brown body. Big chocolate, roast, caramel and whiskey aroma. Big caramel, chocolate and roast flavor with some molassas notes and a bit of rum soaked fruit with a whiskey finish and a bit of dry bitter. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2009
#66 courtesy of Maltdawg. Rich black brown body small head. Aroma is whiskey,wood and chocolate. Taste is whiskey, malty and a hint of cherry. Very smooth ending

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle 66 generously shared by MaltDawg. Thanks! Pours a hazy dark brown color with a small head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, maple, oak, roastiness and subtle leafy hops. Taste is toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malts, leafy hops. Full bodied and slightly sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle 66/470 Big thanks to maltdawg for dropping this one by for us to all sample. Perfect light black-brown body with minimal head. Great aroma, whiskey is blended perfectly with some nice malts and coffee accents. Taste is very balanced, toffee, some dark fruit, hazel nut with some light dark fruit accents. Ending is smooth with a great sweet balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle #256/470 at February 27, 2009 beer club meeting. What an honor is was to drink this. Made me feel special. Luckily, the beer was good, too. Pitch black (at least in the room’s lighting) with a light brown, frothy head and a nice bubbly lacing that slides down the glass ever so gently. Its aroma is that of a great whiskey... fibrous, even. Flavor is rich and fantastic. You can even feel the alcohol in the throat with this one. A thin mouthfeel, but strong, and sweet in the cheeks. This is a definitely man’s beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3195) - 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 (3257) - 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.

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