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RATINGS: 289   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Received in a trade, bottle number 2211. Well, it's infected and is disappointing. It has some off medicinal and cherry like aromas and tastes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryanfolty (1846) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
December 15, 2012 bottle via trade. Black pour with limited head. Unfortunately this is another infected bottle. You can start to get the aroma of what this BA impy stout should be, but then a nasty medicinal or ointment aroma takes over. Taste was an infected mess, just got worse as it warmed. 2011 vintage, bottle 2211.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6301) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle #2211. Dammit - infected bottle. Still decent. Dark oily pour, small soapy head. Roasty and sour - not as it was intended to be.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (3562) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle of 2011 vintage. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, frothy tan head; short retention and good lacing. Aroma is roast and caramel malt, chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, dried dark fruit, and oak. Flavor is whiskey, roast malt, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit esters, and light earthy notes; sweet, roasty finish. Medium-full body and low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4362) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
On cask at Churchill’s SD Beer Week Yeti Event. Tasted along side other yeti variants and regular oak aged yeti. Creamy pitch black pour, small tan head. Low carbonation from the cask, but super creamy and smooth, like a whipped chocolate vanilla dessert. Flavors of milk chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla, smooth bourbon (no harsh edge), and oak. The vanilla/coconut sweetness of this beer was much stronger then the oak aged yeti, and the cask creamy body really complimented well. Nice!
Earlier Rating: 10/14/2012 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle. Black pour, tan head. Dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, with noticeable heat, some roasted coffee, and sweetness. Nicely done, but nothing new. Enjoyable.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikem409 (1487) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2012
bottle. pours a beautiful jet black with solid tan head looked so damn good but sadly it was infected super sour baking chocolate with bourbon

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4058) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle 75 cl, big tnx to Greg. Pours black as night with a nice shortlived brown head. Aroma is heavy sweet vanilla bourbon dill roasted malts coffee chocolate dark fruits; so nice. Flavor is velvety oily and fullbodied. Fruity a bit boozy sweet in front, suprisingly not so roasted at all but getting more intense from the middle with vanilla coffee chocolate fruits and a good balanced bitterness finishing with a soft lingering aftertaste of bitter roasted sweet vanilla bourbon chocolate and coffee.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2626) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2012
2011 Vintage. Enjoyed at home at 60 Degrees F in a snifter.

A - Dark midnight black viscous color. The head appears slowly and fades very fast. Mocha coffee colored head.

S - Smells fantastic. Huge loads of vanilla and espresso beans with undertones of dark mocha chocolate.

T - Huge chocolate and vanilla bean taste. Lots of roasted malts notes and spicy chewy sweet licorice. The finish is coffee and charred oak akin to a cheap bourbon.

M - Thin mouthfeel, medium body and very little carbonation. Thin almost like scotch feels on the tongue.

O - This is pretty delicious. The surprising sweetness is out of nowhere and so is the thin mouthfeel. Lots of vanilla which is pleasant. Overall, falls short.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5830) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2012
well- excited to try this, until the first pour.. has started to show signs of infection... pours black .. decent foam ,. . tar and tartness, someone mentioned cheese, i can see that too .. . probably just gonna get worse .. . but as far as infected stouts, ok .. . . i used to paint the lines for the football field, i wasn’t that good at it...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2012
750ml bottle that I picked up at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO a few years ago. 2009 Vintage, Bottle #955/1104. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense, creamy and frothy, very dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing throughout. Gorgeous beer. Aroma is pretty damn awesome. Rich and roasty with a really nice barrel character. Caramel, chocolate, a light toffee, and some dark fruits with the roasts remaining in tact nicely. Not an explosion of barrel, but really well balanced. Oak, a light vanilla, and a solid whiskey note. Flavor is just as nice. Very rich and thick up front with caramel, chocolate fudge, dark fruits, and a good amount of roasts. Barrel aging comes on nicely and balanced with lots of oak, a light vanilla, and a good amount of whiskey that grows into the end. Dark fruits also creep in a bit more towards the end and blend really nicely with the rich, roasty, big malts. Finishes a touch thinned from the barrel as this dries nicely with a bit more of the oak and whiskey coming out. Lengthy aftertaste with the whiskey getting a bit hot, but not boozy. Mostly full, smooth, mouth-coating body and a very light carbonation. Overall, a really well done barrel-aged imperial stout that is drinking very nicely after 3+ years. Lots of barrel notes, but very well balanced with a rich malt backing and solid roastiness. Excellent.


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