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RATINGS: 336   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2009
bottle 227/470 graciously provided by superdave70... looks nice...it pours pretty much black with a fluffy long lasting tan head. wow, this stinks of whiskey!... spicy barrel notes mixed with vanilla, roasty black barley, cocoa, molasses, black raisins and brown sugar. there’s all kinds of whiskey in the flavor too... it is really well integrated amongst notes of dark roasted grain, wood, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, coffee-like nuttiness, dark dried fruits and a tannic dry finish. thick and creamy...delicious8/5/8/4/18/4.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 23, 2009
black with almost no head. smells of the whiskey barrel. cocoa, lots of booze, coffee flavor and raisin all over. carbonation is a bit lacking and the chocolate is dominant in the finishin a very good way .a bit of peanut butter and caramel in there too. i think if i get a well carbed bottle this will be much better. 2 6 6 3 14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Thanks to ucusty for sharing this one at the Carolina Crew gathering! Another fine IS on this debauched evening. Very handsome pour, not quite the fluffy head one would hope but it’s more than compensated for by the soft and subtle barrel aroma. Nothing overdone or artificial-smelling about this, just a lovely addition to one of the finer American impy stouts. No heat at all in the flavor, but somehow a smidge of Yeti’s character seems to have been muted. Very nice beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4551) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Thanks ucusty for sharing. Pours a dark inky black with no head to speak of. The nose shows mild oxidation, some whiskey, more vanilla character than I expected, alcohol, some acetaldehyde. The flavor has a nice barrel character, prominent whiskey, nice development of vanillins, alcohol, some sweetness, chocolate. The palate shows mild alcohol and a tannic barrel character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2009
650 ml bottle from Dchmelas super sixpack shipper. Thanks buddy! Black as night with a great creamy. Brown long lasting head. Chocolate, espresso smooth oak flavor. Bold! You will love this beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1632) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Git to try bottle #174/470 of this courtesy of "hannont". Colour... Black with a thin tan head. Nose... definitely whiskey as well as sweet, roasty and malty. Palate... nicely boozy, with oak, vanilla, brown sugar, Christmas pudding, strong coffee, dark dried fruits, burnt toffee and a delightfully long finish. So glad that it aged for 20 months. The Stranahan’s barrels obviously added a wonderfully complex character to this stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle #387 Thanks to SecretSanta for this one!. Viscous black pour, thin chestnut colored head and perfect lace. Bourbon, vanilla, roast and hazelnuts. Dark fruit, roast, barrel, and oak tannins. Dry bittersweet finish. Alcohol is extremly well masked

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle shared at 2009 DLD: Pitch black with a small but lasting frothy head, okay lace. The aroma has notes of walnuts, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, bourbon, oak, molasses, and tobacco. The taste is barrel influenced for sure with lots of bourbon character almost overpowering the base malts and hops. A tad hot on the palate as well. Fair amount of coffee and molasses like twang upon the finish. The mouth feel is aggressive and warming. While a good brew, I would much rather have the Oak Aged or Regular Yeti over this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
(Sample Date: 3/15/2009 Source:Other) Bottle 66/470 obtained at brewery. Caramel, dark fruits some whiskey, oak, and lots of roast in the aroma. Black with a small tan head. Deep dark fruit with whiskey and wood which is nicely balanced with a roasty sweetness. Vanilla and chocolate come out in a sweet finish with moderate bitterness. End includes a slightly astringent roasty warming. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Bottle shared at hellbilly’s holiday tasting. Thick black pour with a creamy tan head that lasts throughout. Rich roasty aroma of coffee, grain, malt, bourbon and wood. Rich complex flavor with all of the above some some vanilla and a touch of alcohol on the finish. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic brew!

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