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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
_angst_ (3545) - Göteborg, - DEC 22, 2012
750 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you rfraga7. Pours viscous pitch black with a frothy and creamy dark chocolate brown head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and sour with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, lemon juice, mineral rich soil, caramel, resinous wood, boozy whiskey, dark grapes, alcohol, pine, bitter chocolate, lemon zest, acetic acid and hints of red wine vinegar. Taste is sweet, bitter and very sour with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, lemon juice, oily pine, resinous wood, bitter chocolate, whiskey, acetic acid, red wine vinegar, lemon zest, toffee, burnt cookies, mineral rich moist soil and caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth, oily tart, tiny mouth puckering and near full bodied. Finish is dry, tart and bitter with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, lemon juice, gastric acid, bitter chocolate, caramel, toffee, acetic acid and pine. Heavily infected... I didn’t expect this from an otherwise solid brewery.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (4624) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2015 Bottle from 2011 - thanks to adnielsen! Pours inky black, small dark brown head that dissipates leaving a ring and some lacing. Aroma is roasty, molasses, licorice, some vinous mustiness, whiskey. Flavor is light plus sweet, a hint of vinous tartness; tastes more like a wine barrel aging actually, roast, cocoa, anise, molasses, some whiskey, oak tannins. Medium plus body, lingering acidity. Interesting. Not sure if this is infected or not, but its not bad either way.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4216) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle number 2294, drunk 4/9/15
That’s great they put the bottle number but no date! And here I thought we were past the non-dating our specialty releases....So, no idea the age on this one....
Deep, dark ebony pour yields a large light tan head that is very well-retained. Nice, that’s encouraging to see.
I tried this at room temp (about 65 degrees) and chilled (50 degrees) and I much preferred the chilled serving. In both aroma and flavor its just massively vinous. Prunes, treacle, heavy char and massively oily, acidic tannin. The cooler temperature helps alleviate some of this, allowing the lightly chocolatey, moderately sweet yeti to break through. The body is comforting, rather oily/slick but also bolstered by the tight carbonation and large malt bill. On one hand, I like that it’s not a mouth full of bourbon. The barrel used seems to be at least 2nd generation and so it’s just more actual charred/toasted oak character and less boozy whiskey. That being said, the acidity builds up more and more on the palate and even slowly sipping half of the bottle became a chore after a while, despite my pairing it with a cigar. Hate to say it, but this sure would be ALOT better if it had been aged 9 months instead of 20!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3346) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2015
On tap at Stong Ale Fest - 2015. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Big milk chocolate, woody, burnt sugars, caramelly, coffee, vanilla, toffee, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is big roast, light smoke, some brown sugar, figgy, light bourbon, prunes, wood and cocoa nibs with a lightly bittersweet finish. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RRistow12 (437) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Tasted from draft. Pours black with dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasty, bourbon. Taste is similar with coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, smoke, vanilla, bourbon. Not much oak flavor. Very smooth and full bodied beer. I actually prefer the oak yeti and espresso yeti to this. Excellent beer still though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3305) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 2 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of dark brown head, light lacing; nose: woody, light bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, light smoke, toffee; mouth: woody, light bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, light smoke, toffee, light acridness, light ashy, ashy finale with presence of alcohol, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 2 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, minuscule anneau de mousse brun foncé, légère dentelle; nez : boisé, léger bourbon, malt torréfié, chocolat, alcool, café, léger fumé, toffee; bouche : boisé, léger bourbon, malt torréfié, chocolat, alcool, café, léger fumé, toffee, légère âcreté, léger cendré, finale cendrée avec présence d’alcool, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (517) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Black color, small head but amazing lacing. Terrific aroma, chocolate and vanilla. Creamy and just the right ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes easily noticeable. Taste is also dominated by woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon with light warming alcohol. Black chocolates notes with subtle roasted malt are also discernable. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and some warming alcohol notes are also perceptible. Truly a world-class beer that I wouldn’t mind having again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2014
I had the Fireside Yeti, which was aged in Fireside whiskey barrels; no separate listing, and from anything I can tell this is the best way to enter the rating, as they don’t really seem like different beers to me. Sampled at Seattle International Beer Fest 2014 (delayed rate). Very much like the oak aged yeti (big chocolate, wood, and vanilla notes), but the oak is less pronounced. I suppose that makes sense with barrel vs. chips. I got a bit of smoke from this, too, which was an interesting addition. Honestly, though? I’ll go ahead and say it -- I like the more pronounced oak flavor that the chips give the regular OAY. Really glad I got to try a version from the barrel, though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1583) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2014
On tap at FOBAB, numbers are right, descriptions are difficult to read. Poured black with tan head. Aroma of vanilla and choc. Light carb med bod. Taste was pretty bitter roast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2014
11/26/2014. On tap. Black with a beige head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and bourbon aromas. Very well made robust stout with balance and complexity.


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