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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (12256) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2009
(750ml bottle, #444 of 470, bottled Aug 08, courtesy of Lumpy) Pours an opaque black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oak, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, and light bourbon with a dry oak finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2445) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2009
#444/470 bottle thanks to Lumpy. Thick glass coating pour with a small reddish bubbly head that reappears with a good swirl sits atop a dark black brown opaque body. Nose is dark chocolate fudge, vanilla, and unami. Taste is the same with notes of bourbon, wood plank, and dark chocolate resins (caramel candies). Very nice silky mouthfeel that feels runny on the tongue. A bit boozy but thats how I like it. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle number 444/470 thanks to Lumpy...Big thanks to Lumpy. Pours black with no head, but the body coats the glass when swirled. Aroma of bourbon, nutty fudge, oak, ash, chocolate and some light coffee. Taste is chocolaty and nutty with fudge and a bitter oak finish that seems to last for ever. Ashy with caramel and vanilla noted on the next sip. Velvety and mouth coating with a few bubbles here and there. Amazing mouthfeel. Slight burn on the throat, but no alcohol (fusel) in the flavor. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle #444/470. Nose-caramel, some coffee. Body-still, some ring of bubbles. Taste-medium bitter, smooth palate, still, vanilla, very light wood, some tannins, aroma hops in the background, fudge, unsweet raisin, slightly boozy, unami.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle thanks to Lumpy. Pours a motor oil black, small copper color head. Aroma of strong dark roast, wood, and chocolate. Flavor Is the same. Mouthfeel is great, very heavy body, silky, very, very low carbonation, almost none....Overall, I sipped this to enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mar (5018) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 bottle 444/470 thanks to lumpy. pitch black pour with no head, just a rocky ring of dark amber froth. nose of bourbon, vanilla and toffee. great on the palate with a nice bourbon flavor and a smooth roasted finish. excellent example of a barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle pours pitch black with small tan head. Aroma is all booze with some vanilla and sweet malt. Flavor is high booze, vanilla, roasty malt, chocolate, and finishes with more booze. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Unlike its counterpart the BA Ruffian I like the way the high booze plays with dark malts. Damn fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Big thanks to Gillard for bringing another BA GD beer. Thanks Ryan. Pours deep black darkness with 60 second mocha head. The aroma is full of vanilla, fresh cut oak, mild molasses, caramel and boozy whiskey. The taste begins feeling thick and rich bringing up smooth notes of chocolate, molasses and caramel. Big wood oak notes and whiskey booze surface by midway and squeeze out the malt flavors. As the finish approaches booze alcohol chemicals rise up and move the rich chocolate and molasses to the side completely. Could use a bit less booziness. The chocolate, mild coffee, burnt malts and molasses somehow manage to resurface at the finish and persist into the after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to Mentor. Pours black with a nice brown head. Nose was disappointing at first, maybe too cold. It did get better over time. Nose was of oak, but not a lot of whiskey and some alcohol. Taste was chocolate, licorice and roasted malt. Mouthfeel was medium, but not as thick as most impy stouts. This was good, but not great. Oak Aged Yeti and regular Yeti are both better. Disappointed.

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