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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16053) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
A: Pours a dense black color with a nice finger or two of dark brown foam. S: Big time dark chocolate aroma to this with lots of intense roasted malt and coffee aromas. There’s a big oak aroma with a hint of vanilla. A touch of bourbon but plenty of charred oak. T: Burnt and charred malt come through right at the beginning. Very heavy on the roast with lots of dark chocolate and coffee as well. Vanilla and a slightly spicy wood flavor. Sort of light on the actual bourbon, though. M: Quite full in body with a medium, smooth carbonation. O: A big, bold, intense beer. I was rather surprised to see this on-tap, but certainly won’t complain.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (15274) - DENMARK - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle, 2011 vintage #1024. Black with small dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, wood and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little acid, oak, wood, whiskey, medium sweet, wine and vinous.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15149) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
Bottle (#117/470) at home - Tasting. Pitch black - brown head. High burned, oakey, vanilla, fruity, sweetnes, lightbourbon/american oak, light sharpness, raisins, dried fruits, licorice. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (14918) - , 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (14351) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a thick pitch black with a small brown head. Nose is full of roast, light whiskey barrels, a little chocolate, and light espresso. Flavour is extremely rich, full of roasted malt from the base beer, an absolutely perfect amount of whiskey barrel character, light wood, and very well-concealed alcohol. Thick palate, very viscous and so supremely well barrel aged, offering the perfect amount of whiskey character. Still not as awesome as the regular Yeti or the Oak Aged, but a fucking amazing impie stout nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (13881) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2016 Re-rate (had an infected bottle before): 2015 bottle shared @ ZZT 2016-1. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized dark brown head. Aroma is awesome: malts, whiskey, some vanilla, light roast. Taste malts, whiskey, lightly roasted malts, light vanilla, alcohol, liquorice. Full body, firm carbonation. Nice! -- Old rating: 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. 5-5-4-3-11=2.8

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13459) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13248) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2008
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, carmellight wood and a hint of whiskey. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted malt and light whiskey with a smooth malty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13208) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2010
750ml bottle, #582/1104, thanks Troy. Small tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, whisky, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is sweet, whisky/vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, light roast. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2009
(750ml bottle, #444 of 470, bottled Aug 08, courtesy of Lumpy) Pours an opaque black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oak, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, and light bourbon with a dry oak finish. Excellent!


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