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RATINGS: 283   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (4540) - 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 (3870) - 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 (4168) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10091) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle shared by B3C. Poured a black color with an average to large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, coffee and wood bourbon aroma. Medium to heavy bourbon sweet roasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
From a 750ml bottle. Was completely unaware of this particular brew (thought it was just the Oak Aged Yeti, but was proven wrong quickly. Well, the flavor wasn’t all that different than that one, but it was pretty darn good, albeit a bit boozy (but like a good whiskey) for my tastes. Well it poured a near-pitch black color. Aroma has notes of coffee, vanilla. Flavor is boozy whiskey (as I mentioned before) with a bit of burnt, roasted notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burg326 (3245) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2012
22 ounce bottle that poured jet black, aromas of chocolate, bourbon, earth, dark fruit, vanilla, and oak. Flavors are the same just a ramped up version of the aroma. As I drank, the blackness stains the glass, and made me wanting more.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1217) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
Pour is deep red/close to black with a thin ring of a head. Aroma is of oak chips, smores roasting over a campfire, and chocolate. Flavor is hugely malty with some slight hoppiness in the finish. Big whiskey booze notes. Chocolate malts, vanilla, and some slight caramel. Chewy and viscous with mellow carbonation, delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
claaark13 (7) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2012 does not count
Smells of sweet malts with the slightest amount of barrel coming towards the end. Really needed to fight to find the barrel. Looks beyond fantastic. Nice rising head that recedes into good retention. Black with fantastic legs. Flavors are of sweet dark malts with a slight roast, light hop backbone and then some non-dominating whiskey in the finish. Good body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
’11 bottle from Scott - thanks! Black pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is oak,whiskey,and the tart, fruit notes of an infection - awesome! Taste is dominated by a tart, balsamic note followed by light roast, and whiskey. Kinda reminds me of Lost Abbey Sinner’s ’10 with some whiskey. Pretty enjoyable for an infected beer but not what I had in mind.


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