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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
75 cL bottle. Pours pitch black with a fully gone head. Aroma is wooden, alcohol and dark chocolate to solid roasted malt aroma. Smooth vanilla wooden flavoured. Dark chocolate and hard roasted malt flavoured. Smooth. Slight boozy and wooden flavoured finish. Lingering vanilla note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
Black color, no head, just a few sparse bubbles. Aroma of cocoa powder, dusty, with chocolate and light oak. Powerful body, strong chocolate flavor, residual sweetness, evident alcohol punch with Port shades, nice subdued vanilla oak feeling; there is some liquorice too; it has a strong bitterness, with dark chocolate in the end. Powerful but very well balanced, extremely enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of bu11zeye. Pours black with a vague tint of red. Only a tiny beige head. Oaky aroma. Very full-bodied and very low in carbonation. Hard roasted malts and vanilla. Dried fruits. Warming alcohol finish. Lovely. 220909

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5828) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2009
25 oz bottle, via crosling. Pours a pitch black body with a nice one finger tight bubbled brown head that had some decent retention. The nose is very boozy on the first whiff, but the more you smell it the more you get accustomed to it. Tons of vanilla and char over the roasty malt base. A bit of hops on the nose but not much. The flavor was much the same, it really seemed too heavy on the barrel influence and overly boozy at first, but as it warmed it dissipated some, which is normally opposite for me. Nice thick roast and vanilla with a bit of a tannic bite from the oak. By the end of the glass the alcohol was not nearly as noticeable. Full bodied and oily in texture up front, the texture seemed to thin a bit on the finish because of the alcohol. Overall a pretty good beer, but not among my favorites. I liked the Barrel Aged Ruffian better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
From the Bottle in the Brewery Room at the Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver 10/10/2008 Whisky aroma. Black fruity and a little rich on the palate. Smooth and bitter chocolate roast finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Appearance here is very very good. Black liquid with red highlights around the edges, a frothy head receding into a great crown and thick lacing. Scent is booze, wood, tobacco, smoke, vanilla, bourbon. Classic Yeti scent is there but pretty far in the background. I like this because I have a thing for bourbon barrel imparted scents. Nothing like an aged Yeti. Truth be told, of the other three Yeti, I enjoyed the regular the most, and that is likely because it was aged enough to let the hop forwardness of the beer die a bit. Espresso Yeti was my least favorite, and it was the most fresh. No coincidence that since this one has had some time on it, I enjoyed it quite a bit as well. Barrel imparted flavor is very present here, so much so as to pretty much overshadow the Yeti. It manages to be smooth and low in carbonation with a thick bodied mouthfeel. While I like this quite a bit, I do wish that I could taste more Yeti in here. Surprisngly it’s not extremely hot. Overall this is a solid effort and a good solid bourbon aged beer, but were it not for the label, I’d have a difficult time finding the Yeti in here. Perhaps a little lighter on the barrel stay would yield a more rich experience. I am nitpicking however, this is an A beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
bottle shared by kan at DLD09, pours blk with tan head. nose of bourbon and alcohol. flavors are bourbon forward, sweet caramel and chocolate. tasty brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Botle at the BA Bolita release party. Huge oaky bourbony nose. Drives some of the chocolate aroma of the base beer under but the roasted coffee nose still is there. Flavor is amazing and well integrated. Smooth with very big notes of chocolate and bourbon. Roasty and slightly bitter on the backend with a lingering bourbon and vanilla finish. Very very good.

   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 (2192) - 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

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