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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5795) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes easily noticeable. Taste is also dominated by woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon with light warming alcohol. Black chocolates notes with subtle roasted malt are also discernable. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and some warming alcohol notes are also perceptible. Truly a world-class beer that I wouldn’t mind having again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1595) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2014
I had the Fireside Yeti, which was aged in Fireside whiskey barrels; no separate listing, and from anything I can tell this is the best way to enter the rating, as they don’t really seem like different beers to me. Sampled at Seattle International Beer Fest 2014 (delayed rate). Very much like the oak aged yeti (big chocolate, wood, and vanilla notes), but the oak is less pronounced. I suppose that makes sense with barrel vs. chips. I got a bit of smoke from this, too, which was an interesting addition. Honestly, though? I’ll go ahead and say it -- I like the more pronounced oak flavor that the chips give the regular OAY. Really glad I got to try a version from the barrel, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (2123) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2014
On tap at FOBAB, numbers are right, descriptions are difficult to read. Poured black with tan head. Aroma of vanilla and choc. Light carb med bod. Taste was pretty bitter roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2014
11/26/2014. On tap. Black with a beige head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and bourbon aromas. Very well made robust stout with balance and complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (3034) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Draft at fobab. Pours a dark dark brown black with a light brown head. Aroma of vanilla, cocoa powder, bourbon alcohol aromas. Some nutty aromas as well. Taste is sweet with a bourbon heat. Medium thick body and a medium light carb. Could get lost in the shuffle but really well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (2443) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Draft at fobab. Honestly, this was a dissapointment. Not sure if it wasn’t good or just below all the other amazing beers. It has booze, but it tasted like well whiskey you get at a college town special. Seemed too thin for the barrel. Maybe on it’s own I would appreciate it more. But at fobab, it’s subpar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2011 bottle. Pours a deep black color with a laced, tan head. Strong, whiskey presence with roasted coffee and malt. Strong, Yeti taste with a smooth whiskey finish. Some licorice in there as well. This beer definitely ages well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (2165) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Aroma is sweet, chocolate. Medium body. Flavored of chocolate, roasted malts, a little coffee. A kick at the finish. Alcohol is nearly completely covered with a bit of whiskey coming through.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
interkin3tic (7) - - OCT 7, 2014 does not count
Caramel, chocolate, roasty. More had than I’d expect. A little more roasted than I’d prefer, but good balance. A little sweet. Raisin, smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3969) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2014
2011 bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
The beer pours black with a small head and decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rich and sweet with a lot of bourbon, a touch of licorice, some caramel, vanilla, and a whole bunch of deep roast reminiscent more of espresso than anything.

The flavor is very rich, nicely bourbon forward with lots of coffee like roastiness. It’s chocolaty with a good bit of vanillin from the barrel along with some toffee. It’s got some odd but pleasant notes of coconut & very light smoke. Of course it’s pretty sweet, but it’s still got that balance of bitterness that Yeti seems to hang it’s hat on, even after 3 years in the bottle.
Honestly one of the best barrel aged stouts I’ve had, I went into it with 0 expectation, but holy moly this is nice.


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