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RATINGS: 288   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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (729) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
"ok, i really gotta get my hands on a plain old Yeti. I’m intruiged, as i’ve now had Yeti’s mellow little brother (oak) and it’s rebelious older sibling, the Whiskey Barrel aged. I liked the oak, although it was so mellow, i couldn’t rank it up there among the best of the impy stouts, but this one is a whole ’nother story. the jet black elixir has a massive aroma of everything from chocolate to vanilla to wood to whiskey to bitter hops to roasted malts, and the flavor is huge as well, although i was in disbelief that a beer this smooth could possibly be a 12.2% beer. I didn;t believe my friend, i had to check the label myself. Big sweetness balanced by hefty ibus...my kind of beer. among the best, if not quite at the top. (the feel was oh so close to a 10, and i wish i could give the flavor a 9.5 as well)"

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2012
So happy I finally got to try this! Thanks a million Shane, you always hook me up! Appearance is a really nice abyss black. Minimal head per usual on these barrel aged beers. Smells of delicious stranahan barrel whiskey, chocolate and vanilla mixed with subtle oak. The taste is very barrel faint, I get the whiskey on the back of the tongue but overall this beer is really smooth. Some coffee notes and vanilla in the taste. The chocolate comes through in the beginning and adds a nice twist to the finish. Really glad I finally got to try this one!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poibag808 (14) - Hawaii, USA - MAR 26, 2012
pours motor oil black, aroma raisin/dark fruit with strong barrel/whiskey characters. taste is strong whiskey with ripe dark fruit upfront with a smokey finish. Its a great beer but my favorite is still original yeti.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (6311) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (4770) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and a touch of alcohol. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and toffee. The finish has vanilla, coconut, and faint bourbon. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthful. Overall, excellent...similar to Oak Aged Yeti, but slightly more malty and much smoother...a top notch barrel aged Imperial Stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OmegaX (1250) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Thanks Daknole!! Nose is huge amounts of raisin with a slight smokey note. Plenty of bourbon/vanilla followed up by chocolate and plum notes. Wow! This is the way I like to see my impy stout - jet black with a dark brown, almost black head. Crazy! It stains the glass with every sip. Sticky and oily mouthfeel. Taste wise, I picked up a lot of sweet raisins, caramel, chocolate, a bit of bourbon, and vanilla. Awesome stuff here. I even got an earthy peanut-like taste from it on the finish as I neared the end of the glass. This is one of my favorite brews of all time. Cheers!!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (1997) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
750ml bottle, #316 from 2011 courtesy of adneilson for rating 900. Midnight brown with a creamy dark mocha head, great retention all the way throughout. Huge depth on aroma with more flavours becomes apparent, very well balanced, nutiness, with some toffee and chocolate, whiskey, buttery, bit smoky/peat. Full body, moderate carbonation, long nice finish with a slight sweetness and all the flavours melding together to create a great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2013
From the big barrel at the 2013 anniversary fest. Pours black with big brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, bourbon. Mild carbonation and moderate mouthfeel. Flavors of chocolate malt balls, dark chocolate, malt liquor, light cream liquor. Overall very smooth with rich malt flavors and hardly the alcohol or rough edges I’ve experienced with the bottles of their barrel aged yeti. Very tasty and rich. Went back twice for more.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auee92 (14) - Lawrenceville, USA - APR 10, 2014
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, soy sauce, Appearance: black, minimal head, tan foam, Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, Palate: light body, thin feel, oily feel, slick feel, soft carbonation, Overall: Very good Imperial Stout, very drinkable and hides the 9% very well.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thrashers2x (46) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
A big beer with big flavor. Coffee, caramel, vanilla, raisin, clove, coffee with a nice roasted flavor. A great stout.


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