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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8440) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2012 Bottle. Pours motor oil black. Brown head. Very viscous. Nose/taste of whiskey, sweet dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, smoky peat, dark walnuts and dark coffee roast. Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2525) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Paul very graciously split a bottle of this with me on my porch last night. Bottle 491/1104 This beer appears a near black with about one inch of beige head resting atop the darkness. There is a nice coating of lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is big, with a heavy whiskey presence followed by roasted malt and chocolate. BA Yeti is a great tasting beer, no doubt. I thoroughly enjoyed my half of the bottle. While there is certainly some noticeable heat in both the aroma and taste, I never felt that it detracted from the overall flavor of the beer. The feel is thick, viscous and wonderful with a warming alcohol finish. This beer was a treat, and I really enjoyed it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (2014) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
750ml bottle, #316 from 2011 courtesy of adneilson for rating 900. Midnight brown with a creamy dark mocha head, great retention all the way throughout. Huge depth on aroma with more flavours becomes apparent, very well balanced, nutiness, with some toffee and chocolate, whiskey, buttery, bit smoky/peat. Full body, moderate carbonation, long nice finish with a slight sweetness and all the flavours melding together to create a great beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (7403) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Latest vinage. Sour. The sourness doesn’t totally ruin the beer for me though it isn’t what the brewer intended.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2012
@markwise Birthday-palooza-a-go-go Gathering-thanks Blazer06-750 bottle-after it finished gushing, pours black with a too big tan head. Aroma is tart, roasty dark malt-ashy. Taste is sour/tart-dark fruit, wood, dark malt-ashy.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. So black and cool looking. The aroma is off. Infected. Oh yes. Infected. And the infection does not do good things. So unfortunate. I have to dump this. Infection.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (5418) - Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2012
750 ml bottle (488/1104). Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. Great nose; roast, dark fruits, raisin, chocolate, booze and wood. The flavor has dark roasted malts, raisin, rich dark chocolate, wood and some booze; good mouth feel. I have been a big fan of the regular Yeti and the oak aged Yeti for some time so I had high hopes for this one. It did not disappoint. I have had this numerous times now and have loved it each time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle 2011. Aroma has notes of boozy whiskey, chocolate, espresso, molasses, roasted malts, vanilla and oak. Pitch black hue with a small brown head that quickly diminished to a ring around the edge. Little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with an alcohol burn. Overall a good Impy but a little too much booze. I prefer most of the other Yeti variants though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2012
This poured a darker brown color with a lighter tan head.. Aroma was of strong whiskey, darker chocolate, deep roast, and herbal hops. Flavor was much the same, a good bit of alcohol heat from the whiskey, but nice oak and vanilla character came from this. Suprisingly the strong hops that Yeti always has is still there a bit more than expected, to make this one different than the typical sugar bomb impys.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4402) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Oak, chocolate and rum-soaked pit fruit aromas. Dark rum soaked caramel upfront turning to oak and bourbon in the lasting, dusty finish.


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