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RATINGS: 303   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Latest vinage. Sour. The sourness doesn’t totally ruin the beer for me though it isn’t what the brewer intended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8465) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Deep black pour, thin dark brown head, large cola-like bubbles. Nose is roast, charred wood and worcestershire sauce, with some small notes of vanilla and soy. Thick and smooth body, a little brash and detached vanilla/bourbon/oak up front... lack of carbonation along with a medium body comes across as somewhat thin and pasty. Not as full and frothy as the BA Ruffian. Cold coffee and charred roast throughout, with some sweetness across the middle and warming alcohol in the finish. Wet, soggy charred bread, mmm. Hopefully it carbonates more and develops a little more complexity over time. Re-rate: hot, boozy, oaky, oxidized and smells like urine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (8430) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gnoff (8150) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2011
750 ml bottle bought at an auction from a Swedish importer. Bottle 11 of 1104, one of 6 sold to the public in Sweden.
12.3%, probably released in 2010?
Sampled on July 16, 2011
Pitch black color, brown to dark brown head. Sweet, vanilla, oak scent. Sweet, chocolate, malty, cocoa taste. Lingering sweet chocolate aftertaste. Thick, smooth, velvet mouthfeel. Warming alcohol. Medium low bitterness. Some acidity as well.
What an amazing beer! Damn I love it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle big thanks to Boody for this one. Bottle #837/1104 from 2009. Murky black pour with tan head, aroma has notes of big but balanced bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, chocolate bar with toffee. Taste is so smooth with notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, coffee, some nice bitter coffee ground taste with a dry, slightly roasty finish. Awesome, complex, delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7960) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Sample, from a bottle. Pitch black color. Good brown head. Nice dots of lace. Good roasty, vanilla, woody nose. Some dark chocolate syrup. Light carbonation, very smooth, chewy texture. Great bitter sweet taste. Alcohol is well blended with the flavor. Good chocolate, wood, vanilla flavor. Very tasty, nice long light bourbon and chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle number 444/470 thanks to Lumpy...Big thanks to Lumpy. Pours black with no head, but the body coats the glass when swirled. Aroma of bourbon, nutty fudge, oak, ash, chocolate and some light coffee. Taste is chocolaty and nutty with fudge and a bitter oak finish that seems to last for ever. Ashy with caramel and vanilla noted on the next sip. Velvety and mouth coating with a few bubbles here and there. Amazing mouthfeel. Slight burn on the throat, but no alcohol (fusel) in the flavor. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (7442) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle #2211. Dammit - infected bottle. Still decent. Dark oily pour, small soapy head. Roasty and sour - not as it was intended to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels on the Friday night of EBF 2012. Pours a deep brown to black with a thin to medium sized deep tan head. Big smooth bourbon and vanilla on the nose, roast. Medium bodied, bourbon and vanilla, wood. Spicy wood and malt, lots of roast. Lingering alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Big thanks to Gillard for bringing another BA GD beer. Thanks Ryan. Pours deep black darkness with 60 second mocha head. The aroma is full of vanilla, fresh cut oak, mild molasses, caramel and boozy whiskey. The taste begins feeling thick and rich bringing up smooth notes of chocolate, molasses and caramel. Big wood oak notes and whiskey booze surface by midway and squeeze out the malt flavors. As the finish approaches booze alcohol chemicals rise up and move the rich chocolate and molasses to the side completely. Could use a bit less booziness. The chocolate, mild coffee, burnt malts and molasses somehow manage to resurface at the finish and persist into the after taste.

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