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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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 16/20
cgarvieuk (20713) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2015
Bottle at home... Deep black.. Thin tan lacing.. Soft dark chocolate roast.. Dry roast. Ndsrk malts dark dry chocolate roast.. Woody malts.. Soft bourbon.. No real coconut.. Dark malts.. Woody

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3954) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2015
This stuff smells bad but it tastes OK. Probably most people who like barrel aged imperial stouts will like it just fine... but if you are willing to admit you like barrel aged imperial stouts it’s either 2007 or there is something wrong with you. This is a dark and headless brew. It smells like break, booze and soy cause--I cringed a little. It tastes pretty good though once you get past the initial shock of smelling it. It’s sweet, rich and raisiny with a bit of cherry and coconut. It’s syrupy and thick but not as bad as many beers of the style so I will give it a pass in that category. Still, if I have to drink this stuff again, it will be out of the bottle and through a straw.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (6921) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Deep black pour with a thin rocky light khaki head. Big syrupy nose of dark chocolate and molasses and licorice and brown sugar and rich oak nuances. Flavor carries the same notes of syrupy roasted black malt and molasses and brown sugar and loads of sweet and sticky dark chocolate, but also has some barrel notes of vanilla and huge amounts of oak-y coconut, with a bit of bourbon and more dark sweet chocolate. Amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (1139) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Tap at barrel room. Clear dark red brown with a small brown head. Opaque in the glass. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and light wood. Flavor is the same. Full bodied, oil consistency. Smooth with a dry, roasty, slightly bitter end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (6448) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2015 Bottle from 2011 - thanks to adnielsen! Pours inky black, small dark brown head that dissipates leaving a ring and some lacing. Aroma is roasty, molasses, licorice, some vinous mustiness, whiskey. Flavor is light plus sweet, a hint of vinous tartness; tastes more like a wine barrel aging actually, roast, cocoa, anise, molasses, some whiskey, oak tannins. Medium plus body, lingering acidity. Interesting. Not sure if this is infected or not, but its not bad either way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5559) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle number 2294, drunk 4/9/15
That’s great they put the bottle number but no date! And here I thought we were past the non-dating our specialty releases....So, no idea the age on this one....
Deep, dark ebony pour yields a large light tan head that is very well-retained. Nice, that’s encouraging to see.
I tried this at room temp (about 65 degrees) and chilled (50 degrees) and I much preferred the chilled serving. In both aroma and flavor its just massively vinous. Prunes, treacle, heavy char and massively oily, acidic tannin. The cooler temperature helps alleviate some of this, allowing the lightly chocolatey, moderately sweet yeti to break through. The body is comforting, rather oily/slick but also bolstered by the tight carbonation and large malt bill. On one hand, I like that it’s not a mouth full of bourbon. The barrel used seems to be at least 2nd generation and so it’s just more actual charred/toasted oak character and less boozy whiskey. That being said, the acidity builds up more and more on the palate and even slowly sipping half of the bottle became a chore after a while, despite my pairing it with a cigar. Hate to say it, but this sure would be ALOT better if it had been aged 9 months instead of 20!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2015
On tap at Stong Ale Fest - 2015. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Big milk chocolate, woody, burnt sugars, caramelly, coffee, vanilla, toffee, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is big roast, light smoke, some brown sugar, figgy, light bourbon, prunes, wood and cocoa nibs with a lightly bittersweet finish. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RRistow12 (673) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Tasted from draft. Pours black with dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasty, bourbon. Taste is similar with coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, smoke, vanilla, bourbon. Not much oak flavor. Very smooth and full bodied beer. I actually prefer the oak yeti and espresso yeti to this. Excellent beer still though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3673) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 2 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of dark brown head, light lacing; nose: woody, light bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, light smoke, toffee; mouth: woody, light bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, light smoke, toffee, light acridness, light ashy, ashy finale with presence of alcohol, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 2 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, minuscule anneau de mousse brun foncé, légère dentelle; nez : boisé, léger bourbon, malt torréfié, chocolat, alcool, café, léger fumé, toffee; bouche : boisé, léger bourbon, malt torréfié, chocolat, alcool, café, léger fumé, toffee, légère âcreté, léger cendré, finale cendrée avec présence d’alcool, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (627) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Black color, small head but amazing lacing. Terrific aroma, chocolate and vanilla. Creamy and just the right ABV.

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