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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OneBrewru (11) - - APR 23, 2011
The Barrel Aged Yeti pours midnight black with a dark mahogony head. Seriously, this stuff looks like motor oil. Aromas of oak, fine tobacco, chocolate, coffee, and dried dark fruits pervade. This beer has quite a nose. The woodsy oak flavor really comes through on this beer. This beer is smokey and rich with dark coffee and chocolate coming off strong. The dried dark fruits are still present, lurking in the background. The mouthfeel is rich and sumptuous. Silky smooth with light carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. Definitely worthy of slow thoughtful sips. I couldn’t have a bunch of these as it is a very strong beer in every sense of the word.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (578) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 10, 2016
Completely black with a very dark brown/reddish used motor oil type of head. Smells of bourbon, alcohol, figs, plums, nuts, and malt. Taste starts with bourbon and chocolate, a bit of vanilla, light dark fruits, with a warm finish. Mouthfeel is thick and oily, low on the carbonation. Overall I really like this one. Not a huge fan of Great Divide but lover their yeti series.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3413) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2016
Shared 750 ml., 2015 bottle, poured to my snifter displaying a black/brown hue, with light, ruby highlighting to the edges, quickly diminishing, brownish tan head foam, and a combination of foamy spots and leggy dots of lacing. The nose was roasted, sweet, treacle, dark fruit, and cocoa. Full bodied, and a bit syrupy, with similar notes, unusually good carbonation for the style, and medium, earthy & roasty bitterness. Not a lot of noticeable barrel influence, maybe a bit of tannic tartness, but nice warmth.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerGod (5861) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Bottled on OCT 15 2015. Black pour with a short brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, candy bars and caramel. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, soft booze and coffee notes. Body is medium-full with a dense bubbly carbonation. Sticky bodied with mild alcoholic warmth. Finishes with more roasted malt, chocolate, candy bars, molasses, burnt caramel and vanilla.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5165) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2016
2015 bottled on Oct 16th. Poured an opaque pitch black with an average at best sized medium mocha sized head. Aroma of sweeter chocolate, vanilla bourbon, honey whiskey barrrels, vanilla extract. Flavor is sweet for a big Impy. Notes of chocolate pudding skins, vanilla extract, honey vanilla whiskey barrels, alcohol, char, tobacco and burnt whiskey barrels. Medium-low body, strong carbonation, chewy body, lingering carbonation. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (5382) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2016
Bottle @ benzai. 2011 version. Black colour with a small light brown head. Smells chocolate, roasty, dark malts. Tastes sourish, chocolate, cherries. Medium body, soft carbo.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (12162) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2016 Bottle [2011] @ home. Opaque black color, medium to full sized brown head that lasts for quite some time. Aroma is malts, wood, oak, but also a bit old imo. Taste malts, oak, sourish, no whiskey present as far as I can taste. Solely malts, oak and a sourness I dislike. A bitterness to some degree I guess but in any case this is very disappointing. Must be a bad bottle I think, but it’s all I can go on so no, not a good experience unfortunately.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (555) - USA - FEB 28, 2016
2015 bottle. Dark, thick pour with slight bit of dark khaki head. Smells of huge woody tones, vanilla, bourbon, some chocolate. Taste is more oak, boozy, vanilla, some what sweet chocolate. The barrel character is a bit much, very overpowering. The woodiness sticks through to the finish. Not bad overall but you have to like barrel aging a lot. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (4617) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2016
Vintage 2015. Noire comme la nuit. Mousse brune qui ne fait que le nécessaire. Au nez, voilà une solide interprétation de ce que doit être un stout vieilli en fût de bourbon. Bonnes notes riches de chocolat, de caramel, de vanille, de sirop d’érable, de fruits, de bois brûlé. Excellente prestation olfactive. Au goût, c’est riche, chocolaté, plein de café, liquoreux, fruité, rôti et boisé, un peu chaud mais moins dans la performance, plus cru, plus robuste, légèrement moins affiné quoique réellement dans une autre catégorie, celle de la classe mondiale moins le facteur «je-touche-ici-au-sublime». Au palais, belle structure corporelle, ni trop grasse ni trop allongée: je reconnais ici ce que pourrait être un porto avec des bulles. En finale, beaucoup de malts noirs et une touche de bourbon caramélisé comme un régulateur. En résumé, dans la ligue des champions et sans aucun doute parfaite pour le start-up de ma soirée échangiste.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pressboxjoe (382) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle. Interesting thing about BCBS is they say the base beer is nothing special. I wonder if its hops are muted by design so that when the beer is aged for a year, old hops doesn’t become an issue. With a commercially viable base beer like Yeti, the year-old hops are present as, well, year-old hops. And yet this beer works - I had two bottles and wish I had more. The spicy vanilla of the barrel is a constant undertone, but the sheer velvet creaminess of the stout is a pleasure worth experiencing for itself alone. The burned-out, bummed-out hops manage to play a positive role, a gentle almost floral counterpoint to the beer’s roasty chocolate potency.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3401) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle from Colonial Spirits Solid black color small tan head. Roasty light fruit, light oak. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Very flavorful beer, but I found the body and mouthfeel a bit light I’m sure the tannic aspects of the barrel made me perceive this. I think I prefer the regular version.


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