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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2010
Take an incredible beer and barrel age it in one of the best whiskey barrels available and the result is this beer. Just incredible. Can’t even begin to describe all of its characteristics. The depth of chocolate and wood and whiskey is truly marvelous. That said, I still think the Barrel Aged Old Ruffian is the best of the bunch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bottle at taproom. Big thick black beer with thin head. It leaves a brown sheen on the glass when swirled. Cherry, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. I doesn’t have that whiskey heat off-flavor like most barrel aged beers. Definitely a slow sipper.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (8399) - 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)"

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (11204) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle purchased at Papago from the 2009 batch. Pours oily black with a trim brown head. Smells of whiskey and candied sugar. Tastes of dark cocoa, peppermint, and sweet malts. Rich and decadant. Certainly my favorite of all the versions of Yeti out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigbish (649) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
This is probably my favorite stout. Amazing flavor. I live the vanilla and whiskey flavors from the barrel. Great stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wchesser (1672) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 2009 edition. Bottle 165/1104 drank on 2/22/12. Dark and opaque with some translucency at the edges. Good carbonation, yields a thin dark french press coffee colored head that fades quickly with no lacing. Big nose of Mounds Bar chocolate and toasted coconut, along with vanilla and a bit of bourbon and roasted coffee. Taste follows this, with coffee and especially the whiskey becoming more prominent. Alcohol very apparent, a bit too much so, but hey, this is a big, sipping beer. Tried it with a pork and black bean chili-okay, but alcohol clashed with the spiciness of the chili. Also tried with a chocolate cookie and a Girl Scout Samoa...nice and complementary, but the winning pairing was a Colton-Basset Stilton...really terrific, the tingling sensation of the strong cheese went great with the whiskey burn and really bumped up the flavors of both, particularly the coffee in the beer. >>>Rerate: 2011 bottle #1096 drank on 7/25/12. I bumped this up a point overall. Same notes above apply, but on this fresher one, the hops really showed through a lot more as a terrific bitter balance with the dark roast coffee notes. Actually think I liked this younger one more than the 3 year old. >>Rerate: ’09, bottle #168 of 1104. Enjoyed on 12/26/12. Favorite of mine in a rare stout tasting, topping KBS. Liked this more than the first ’09. Felt rounder and not as hot. This beer carries the Stranahan’s better than any I have seen-only one that truly stands up to it as an equal partner in the deal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenverLogan (990) - 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.

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