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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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (2850) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bomber bottle. Pours midnight black with very large tan head and a super oily mouthfeel. Carbonation was light to medium. Nose is chocolate roast, nuts, oak, and strong whiskey. Taste is rich fruit, choc, barrel, and coffee bean. Finish is long lasting and roasted the hell out. Rich and flavorful RIS.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auee92 (8) - Lawrenceville, USA - APR 10, 2014 does not count
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, soy sauce, Appearance: black, minimal head, tan foam, Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, Palate: light body, thin feel, oily feel, slick feel, soft carbonation, Overall: Very good Imperial Stout, very drinkable and hides the 9% very well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (536) - Florida, USA - APR 8, 2014
Had this awhile back and again tonight. Was better then, but still good now. Plenty of booze on the nose and a little oxidize. Caramel and roasted malt. Flavor is similar with nice muted booze notes and caramel finish. Really drinkable with a nice full body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hockeybeerguy (910) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Rcvd in trade. Reviewed from notes. The appearance is a pitch black body with a two finger tan foamy head that when it dies leaves some nice clingy foamy lacing in rings. The smell has some chocolate and coffee coming through in a woody sort of way. Light vanilla enters in as it warms up. The taste is bittersweet through previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, it sits about a medium to heavy and demonstrates that its not that sessionable. Carbonation is barely there leads to a nice smooth feel all around. Overall, so though I got this in a trade, I feel like I had the cart before the horse since I didn’t have the original Yeti, no worries. Id still have this again and this is very good for its style as well and also am hoping Id be able to find original Yeti someday.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobertDale (2927) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2014
750 ml. bottle. A big thanks to James! Pours a thick black with a small reddish brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, vanilla, and whiskey. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, dark fruit, and wood. Exceptional balance. A joy to sip on.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrElectrico (10) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2014
Full bodied smokey espresso flavour. Delicious beer. Pours with a close to black ’crema’. Must do it again.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christpuncher (710) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Really smokey stout with a bitter finish. Pours almost black and does not smell like much. Really smooth had this acre. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (2713) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2013
22 oz. bottle vintage 2008, bottle count 446/470. Got this in a trade with bu11zeye, thanks a lot!! I am drinking a collector’s item; I believe I will keep the bottle. Nose is incredibly smooth bourbon oak and vanilla followed by hints of chocolate and sugar. Flavor is really good considering how much age it has. Whiskey, vanilla oak, chocolate, and raisins. The carbonation is nearly flat but… it’s a 5 year old bottle, I can forgive that. In retrospect this should have been opened about 18 – 20 months ago but this drinks really, REALLY well. Top Notch, and bad ass.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (1737) - Odense S, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle @ Cecil Late Fall Monster Tasting. Trade with I can’t remember who, vintage 2008. Black body with a small brown head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, oak, sweet caramel, light boozy. Well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6176) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle at Cecil Late Fall Monster tasting. Pours deep black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, sweet fruit, and cocoa. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, oak and light coffee. Great balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2033) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle @ Cecil Late Fall Monster Tasting bottle no# 194/470 vintage ´08… It pours pitch black with a very small tan head… vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, hoppy and licorice, milk chocolate …. very nice!


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