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RATINGS: 292   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (534) - Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2013
2011 bottle. Aroma of subtle whiskey, sharp blackstrap molasses, and anise. Pours a medium black. Quite mellow taste of smooth bourbon, dark chocolate, biscuit, some burnt marshmallow, and slight vanilla. All rough edges are smoothed out. Medium body; lightly carbed. The beer shows signs of slight oxidation. Good brew, but not nearly worth the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2010
750mL bottle #98/1104 from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours the usual opaque black with a soft chocolate-milk colored head that clings like mad. Aroma is powerful oak, whiskey, chocolate, and some vanilla. Flavor is very very boozy, with high ABV and the whiskey from the barrel aging. Lots of heat, but smooth otherwise. Interesting twist and worth the price for the experience, but I’m not sure this expensive version beats the original Oak-Aged Yeti.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoth (513) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Bottle 93. Pours dark, motor oil brown, completely opaque in the glass, medium brown head, very fine clinging lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, leather, whiskey, and grass. Full body, hot and rich, low carbonation. Thick sweet flavor, a hint of citrus, then a medium bitterness that gets a little stronger in the lasting finish. Complex, deep, big and strong; perfect for sipping on a long cold December night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (491) - - AUG 5, 2014
750 ml bottle is 2011 vintage. Pours a near black with a wispy beige edge head and spotty lacing. Aroma is whiskey upfront, bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is same with hot booze presence throughout. Thick and viscous mouthfeel, carbonation is muted, and a warming alcohol finish. From Johanson tasting notes 3/3/12.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
What a beast! Dark brown, burnt caramel at the edges. Almost zero lacing. Nice whisky nose, chocolate, vanilla, mild resinous hops. Palate is sweet, slightly hot, a bit bitter on the finish but far less so than, say, oaked Yeti. Simply amazing stuff.

From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Appearance here is very very good. Black liquid with red highlights around the edges, a frothy head receding into a great crown and thick lacing. Scent is booze, wood, tobacco, smoke, vanilla, bourbon. Classic Yeti scent is there but pretty far in the background. I like this because I have a thing for bourbon barrel imparted scents. Nothing like an aged Yeti. Truth be told, of the other three Yeti, I enjoyed the regular the most, and that is likely because it was aged enough to let the hop forwardness of the beer die a bit. Espresso Yeti was my least favorite, and it was the most fresh. No coincidence that since this one has had some time on it, I enjoyed it quite a bit as well. Barrel imparted flavor is very present here, so much so as to pretty much overshadow the Yeti. It manages to be smooth and low in carbonation with a thick bodied mouthfeel. While I like this quite a bit, I do wish that I could taste more Yeti in here. Surprisngly it’s not extremely hot. Overall this is a solid effort and a good solid bourbon aged beer, but were it not for the label, I’d have a difficult time finding the Yeti in here. Perhaps a little lighter on the barrel stay would yield a more rich experience. I am nitpicking however, this is an A beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
Thanks to whoever opened a bottle of this at DLD ’09. This one was a lot of bourbon in both the nose and the flavor. So delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
My only beef was the medicinal/rubbing alcohol aroma that I got. I did smell a lot of pine and juniper which was one of the most special things about this beer. I loved the hops used and was happy to be drink this beer with the 75 IBU’s. Smooth beer over all. Great balance. So happy. That floral quality was in this beer. Poured pitch black with a dark brown head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Got bottle from great divide in denver during GABF. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma has notes of dried friut, with hints of vanilla and coffee. very smooth with hints of bourbon. overall a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Pours a dark brown black with a beige head. Aromas of rich bourbon, oak, and alcohol. Rich malt flavors of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and bitter roast. Holy crap this is amazing

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