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RATINGS: 345   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PartyFowle (954) - - JAN 25, 2016
2011 vintage, tasted August 2015. Nose: The oak seems sharper and spicier than I remember, almost like dark rum. Smooth dark chocolate character with a bit of papery oxidation and a splash of dark cherry and orange peel. The flavor has also aged well, showcasing a more intense oak char along with, again, a more spicy alcohol note, plus a hint of ash. Chocolate syrup and rich dark cherries also blend before a surprisingly bitter, piney hop character swoops in. The verdict: Hasn’t lost a step in four years. The cherry flavor that’s developed over time adds to the beer’s roasty base, while the pronounced hoppiness characteristic of fresher bottles seems to have mellowed. The same high-quality brew, but with different aspects to explore. FRESH: 2011 vintage, bottle number 3261. Thick as liquid chocolate, dark as liquid ebony. Light-absorbing. Half a finger of dense milkshake head the color of cinnamon sticks deposits tons of frothy, foamy lace. Super buttery and oaky nose. Tons of vanilla and butterscotch with lighter hints of cocoa powder, raspberry syrup and piney hops. Sweet, tangy, chocolatey — an incredibly smooth combination of chocolate and bourbon. The flavor mimics the aroma pretty well, but is a little sweeter, a little tangier. Dark chocolate/raspberry syrup again, along with lots and lots of toffee and lighter touches of vanilla, cocoa powder and pine. The swallow brings layers of chocolate cake, dark chocolate, toasted oak and vanilla. Surprisingly fruity overall, with lingering notes of chocolate and burnt toast. The mouthfeel is the only part that’s not completely and obviously outstanding. Soft and just a touch thin for what it is at medium-light. Lots of numbing booze and and more heat in the nose. Light, tingly carbonation doesn’t cause the brew to break apart as it moves. The Yeti is one beer that’s strong enough to stand up to barrel aging. It holds its qualities well and doesn’t become overpowered. Smoothness is the word here — an incredibly well-integrated blend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2696) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Dark pour, black malt, whiskey, coconut, vanilla, oak. Full body with olenty of booze burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Wow. I’ve been a fan of every version of Yeti since 2006 and this has to be one of the best versions. Aroma was a sweet mix of chocolate, vanilla and malt. Pour was a deep dark brown/near black with a thin tan film on top. Taste was very complex . Chocolate and coffee were big in the front. Midsip is when the sugars came in. Incredibly sweet with some ashy-ness and toffee/caramel flavors. Nice carbonation. Great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (4117) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Pours an opaque brownish black from the bomber with thin ring of tan brown head. Aroma of huge bourbon barrel notes, vanilla and chocolate with hints of roast. Taste follows, big on the barrel with big chocolate notes, vanilla and booze back end. Warming on the way down, huge but not over the top. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZombieDuster (11) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2015
I have to say think this is a world class Imperial Stout. Had on draft at the tasting room and of course had dl by a bomber at a steep $28. Drinks silky and even a little oily, the whiskey flavor is dominate but not over powering and the classic Yeti bitterness never disappoint. Smells boozy and sweet. Just a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Draft sample at the brewery. Deep black pour. Thin tan head. Aroma of wood, booze, and chocolate. Then vanilla and more booze. Taste is sweet, booze, coffee, chocolate, more booze. Warming, gets you fucken wasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2909) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2015
12.5 perfect ABV Bottled 10/16/2015 .... Black pour and a gorgeous brown head with sticky lacing .... aroma is of oak, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, light bourbon notes, but man the barrel is very evident here also has notes of roasted and caramel malts .... taste is very dry oak, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, light bourbon notes and roasted qualities .... has a sweetness/nougat flavor to it that comes out more as it warms ... the mouth feel and body of this beer is very rich and complex ... the finish has a hint of bourbon booziness and continues the dry oak and sweet/coconut theme ... They don’t come much better than this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (4809) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Draft at the Barrel Bar. Pours dark black/brown with a fizzy light brown head. Tastes like dark chocolate syrup, booze, woody malt, light ash, and molasses. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like dark chocolate syrup, woody malt, light ash, booze, and molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (5222) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2015
On tap at the Great Divide Barrel Bar, side by side with Regular, Oak-Aged and Oatmeal versions of Yeti. Black appearance with a small, mostly dissipating brown head. Aroma of bourbon spice, vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel and a hint of dark fruits. Similar flavor. Full body with soft carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Pretty nice, but not one of my favorite versions of Yeti.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Taster at the barrel bar - black pour - nose of treacle, tamarind, fig, brown sugar, light bourbon - flavor is similar - slight umami character up front before getting sweet, with notes of tamarind, treacle, cookie dough, vanilla - touches of smoke - considering how long it was in the barrels, it is surprisingly smooth and low in the booziness - slick texture and a slightly spicy finish - in reality, not any better than regular Yeti, for a much higher price, but glad to have tried it.

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