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RATINGS: 288   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Bottle generously shared by hapjydeuce. Pours jet black with no real head to speak of. The nose is actually a very pleasant balance of oaky-bourbon and roasty chocolate. The mouthfeel is very smooth but feels a bit thin. The flavor did not really meet the expectations set by the smell. The flavor is of watered down bourbon and light chocolate and coffee accents. In its defense, it did start to taste better the more i drank. Maybe it was just the ABV talking...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle #390/470. Dark, black, head dies fast. Smells like whiskey, marshmallows, Hershey syrup, smores? The aroma is really strong and nice. Woody flavor, whiskey, chocolates, raisins, not much carbonation. I really didn’t want to pay the $26 but this was good although not as good as the barrel-aged ruffian. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-17-2008 03:56:14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
750 ml bottle - big thanks to acrdz for the trade; side-by-side with the regular and oaked yeti’s; pours thin and black with no head; tons of sweet whiskey aromas; drinks thin and silky smooth; almost no life here at all and compared to the others, many of the flavors have faded considerably; no roasted characteristics or coffee; i do love how smooth it is and one its own this is pretty decent; but next to the other two, this is easily the weakest

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Shared by IrishBoy. Black with a thin off white head. Aroma is very boubony, chocolate, roasty with light caramel. Taste is light oak, dark chocolate, light caramel, and cream.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 23, 2008
(sample from irishboy).uberblack with a nice dark brown head that leaves heavy lacing on the glass.aroma is a mix of heavy bourbon,followed by vanilla,dark fruit,chocolate,and cocoa.flavor is wood,chocolate,vanilla,cocoa,and dark fruit.i know that "sour" is the new "cool" but this beer is seriously under rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
750 ml bottle from Ratman197. 198/470 Bottled 08/08. Nose of bourbon, oaky vanilla, and chocolate. Black with a small cinnamon tan head. Flavor of oak, light bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Finish was chocolaty bourbon warmth. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Man there must have been different barrels/batches of this stuff because the bottle I had was awesome and some of these reviews tear it a new one. Pours semi-viscous looking black with a good size, dense, creamy, light brown head. Nice lace down the glass. Smell BIG and sweet with vanilla and wood notes with some chocolate and lingering, biting booze. Still smooth smelling though. Tastes BIG and dark, sweet, chocolatey with some sweet, vanilla notes from the wood. Massive flavor, smooth bourbon notes. It is hot, but its a sipper anyway. Let it warm up gradually and drink slow. Full, thick, syrupy body but smooth with good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Another one of the stalwarts that Beachbum1975 broke out on us. Great night. Pours a murky brown in color. There is no head forming on the pour but there are very large bubbles all over the perimeter of the glass. Nose is a little boozy. Not quite a bourbon smell but just boozy and a bit of an alcohol note. I agree with Shane that this needs to warm up to near or just shy of room temperature. The flavors really come through and it gets a fuller mouthfeel. Lots of oaky and chocolatey and whiskey coming through in the flavor. Nothing is dominating but they play off one another very well. Incredibly smooth on the mouthfeel. I do not mind the lack of carbonation. Matter of fact I actually prefer it in a beer of this nature. Easily the best of the Yeti series that Avery makes. Just wish this was more readily available and cheaper. I could find myself drinking this quite often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (933) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Bottle. Brought back from Denver after GABF 2008. Shared with jarspag, sauceyhops, Katie and Jon. Black, oily appearance with no carbonation. Striking similarity to soy sauce. Aroma is packed with oak wood and smoky bourbon whiskey. Very pleasing nose. The flavor follows up a bit less impressive. Mostly strong whiskey with a slight metallic aftertaste. Maybe this has oxidized from sitting in the barrel too long. Palate feels watered down. Nice oak flavors hang on the aftertaste. Kind of thin bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle. Poured dark black with no head. Very hoppy sweet nose. First flavor was of licorice, but has a nice smokey flavor with hints of vanilla. A bit of the abv is noticeable, but not overpowering.Big finish that is sweet, than quite bitter. Nice beer.

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