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RATINGS: 283   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1271) - Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
2011 Bottle; Pour is murky brown with a fine bubbled modest khaki head in this glass ; stick lacing present here - the nose is vinous, oak barrel treatment, earth and vanilla; the flavor profile is heavy on the dark fruits, vinousness- moving into the caramel, bittering chocolate, vanilla, whisky - with some souring character ultimately dominating here - someone mentioned infected bottles - and I wouldnt doubt that this bottle is in that category. Oh well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2544) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle - 2011 vintage: Deep brown pour with a thick brown head. Nose is rich; mostly vanilla and oak, a little bit of chocolate and espresso. Flavor profile is similar, but the barrel aging becomes more prevalent along with roast. Good, but loses a lot of the cocoa and espresso notes that I have come to crave from the Yeti. Phew, not one of the infected bottles that I’d been hearing about.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (2855) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bomber bottle. Pours midnight black with very large tan head and a super oily mouthfeel. Carbonation was light to medium. Nose is chocolate roast, nuts, oak, and strong whiskey. Taste is rich fruit, choc, barrel, and coffee bean. Finish is long lasting and roasted the hell out. Rich and flavorful RIS.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hardypc (39) - - FEB 19, 2013
Get ready for the yeti as this beer packs a punch and takes no prisoners. Well blended with the berrel aging and at 12..5% abv there is no wondering why people watch out for the yeti.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (4465) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bomber to snifter. Looks good; black with thin mocha lacing. Smells good too; rich chocolate, malt, and whiskey. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Really good beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (5092) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle @ Johns. 2011 vintage, bottle 1024, courtesy of Adnielsen, thanks alot man!. Pours jet black with creamy dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, some redwine / sour cherry like tartness, whisky. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, redwine, oak, whisky. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, hiddes alcohol very well. Very nice beer. 220113

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (9881) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Black with a lasting dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, wood and notes of red wine - probably from the wood. Flavor is very sweet, very bitter and light acidic. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol and a small acidity. Oily and smooth. The acidity seems to come more from the barrel than from an infection. 220113

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (9870) - DENMARK - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle, 2011 vintage #1024. Black with small dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, wood and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little acid, oak, wood, whiskey, medium sweet, wine and vinous.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (13482) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle # 1024. Nice creamy dark brown head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are wood, vanilla, roast malt, caramel, whisky, coffee, chocolate. wine and light acidity. Well done.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (5054) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Sample, from a bottle. Pitch black color. Good brown head. Nice dots of lace. Good roasty, vanilla, woody nose. Some dark chocolate syrup. Light carbonation, very smooth, chewy texture. Great bitter sweet taste. Alcohol is well blended with the flavor. Good chocolate, wood, vanilla flavor. Very tasty, nice long light bourbon and chocolate aftertaste.


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