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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle 2011. Aroma has notes of boozy whiskey, chocolate, espresso, molasses, roasted malts, vanilla and oak. Pitch black hue with a small brown head that quickly diminished to a ring around the edge. Little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with an alcohol burn. Overall a good Impy but a little too much booze. I prefer most of the other Yeti variants though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle shared by DuffmanSW. Been waiting a while to try this sucker. Poured a dark brown color with think dark bubbly head. Aroma was oak, vanilla, booze, spices and brown sugar notes. Taste was very similar. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2010
"Fourth sample on the Friday Night Yeti tour we took in our hotel room the night before Dark Lord Day 2010. Unmistakable Yeti Stout with a soft rounded bourbon theme. Midnight colored body, large frothy head that settles to a nice quarter inch leaving some legs of lacing behind. Burnt and toasted aromas with some faint grassy hops, followed by strong chocolate, coffee and whiskey. Rich and luscious mouth feel with a nice sipping pace. Big stout flavors subdued by smooth bourbon, wood and a trace of vanilla bean. Probably my favorite of the Yeti’s, although the Chocolate is a close second."

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Bottled in 08-08; bottle 21 of 470. Pours a coal black with an average, pillowy, frothy, dark tan head which settles to a thin froth and leaves sporadic lace rings. Nose is interesting and nice but the complexity of the yeti is masked a bit; notes of spicy alcohol prickling my nose (even after 16 months in the cellar), rich toffee, cinnamon, burnt caramel, molasses, faint leather, charred wood, and a sweet maple hint. Flavor is similar but full of malt flavor; maple and molasses for sure, moderate and cinnamony spice alcohol, more dark chocolate notes, charred wood and burnt caramel, and some light roast moving towards the finish. Palate is interesting; full, soft, velvety, warm, very smooth, but seemingly thin in the finish? Finish has more charred wood and sweet whiskey notes which finally present themselves with some mild French roast notes, dark chocolate, and lingering alcohol spice. I am at a lost for words with this one; I am a lover of the Yeti clan and imperial stouts in general, and I am a whiskey drinker. But this one did not remind me of a whiskey aged beer. The malts completely dominated the hops, which I am usually a fan of, but from an aggressively hopped base beer, it was odd. I don’t know if it was the extensive time it spent in the whiskey barrels or the time I left this in the cellar, but the palate and nose seemed to be a bit subdued and not as interesting as they could have been. Normally a malt forward, rich, whiskey-aged, imperial stout is my dream beer but, to be honest, I liked the other oak aged Yetis better and the original is very close. Honestly, I really did enjoy the beer, despite the price tag, but it is just not at the level of others in the series. Interesting to say the least.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (1125) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (1116) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Tap at barrel room. Clear dark red brown with a small brown head. Opaque in the glass. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and light wood. Flavor is the same. Full bodied, oil consistency. Smooth with a dry, roasty, slightly bitter end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to Mentor. Pours black with a nice brown head. Nose was disappointing at first, maybe too cold. It did get better over time. Nose was of oak, but not a lot of whiskey and some alcohol. Taste was chocolate, licorice and roasted malt. Mouthfeel was medium, but not as thick as most impy stouts. This was good, but not great. Oak Aged Yeti and regular Yeti are both better. Disappointed.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle. Aroma is burnt malts, oak, and dark chocolate. Notes of vanilla, dark fruit, and maybe some hops. On palate, it is chewy and thick. Flavor is chocolate and bourbon. Finishes dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Tasted side by side with a regular Yeti. One of the most wooded beers that I’ve ever tried. Definitely oak and vanilla. Plenty of roast and coffee as well. Not balanced to me though. Way too much wood here. Surprisingly, I didn’t pick up that much whiskey notes. All in all, I liked the regular Yeti better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle pours pitch black with small tan head. Aroma is all booze with some vanilla and sweet malt. Flavor is high booze, vanilla, roasty malt, chocolate, and finishes with more booze. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Unlike its counterpart the BA Ruffian I like the way the high booze plays with dark malts. Damn fine brew.


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