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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   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.

3.9
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (729) - 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.

4.3
   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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2191) - 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

3.8
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4576) - 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.

4.5
   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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1702) - 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!

4
   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


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