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RATINGS: 318   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Thanks to ucusty for sharing this one at the Carolina Crew gathering! Another fine IS on this debauched evening. Very handsome pour, not quite the fluffy head one would hope but it’s more than compensated for by the soft and subtle barrel aroma. Nothing overdone or artificial-smelling about this, just a lovely addition to one of the finer American impy stouts. No heat at all in the flavor, but somehow a smidge of Yeti’s character seems to have been muted. Very nice beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (4055) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 10, 2010
2008 Bottle #294/470 Thanks douglas88. Pours out very dark brow almost black topped with a small tan head. Aroma is of oak, cocoa, whiskey, heavy alcohol and a little vanilla. Taste is more of the oak, and hot whiskey burn, some bitter dark chocolate and ends with a little roast. I think this would have been even better in a couple years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Captain_Cab (10) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Good aroma and appearance. Tasteful a little hot but is the beer we opened at a tasting tonight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
A: Pours a dense black color with a nice finger or two of dark brown foam. S: Big time dark chocolate aroma to this with lots of intense roasted malt and coffee aromas. There’s a big oak aroma with a hint of vanilla. A touch of bourbon but plenty of charred oak. T: Burnt and charred malt come through right at the beginning. Very heavy on the roast with lots of dark chocolate and coffee as well. Vanilla and a slightly spicy wood flavor. Sort of light on the actual bourbon, though. M: Quite full in body with a medium, smooth carbonation. O: A big, bold, intense beer. I was rather surprised to see this on-tap, but certainly won’t complain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5010) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Oak, chocolate and rum-soaked pit fruit aromas. Dark rum soaked caramel upfront turning to oak and bourbon in the lasting, dusty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Black color with tan head. Deep roast malt, earthy, woody , vanilla, caramel aromas. Medium body. Coffee, vanilla, dry wood, dark chocolate, dark pit fruit flavors--good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angelmonster (159) - Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2013
This review is of the 2009 vintage Pours a pitch black body with a one finger mocha head. Head retention and lacing were average at best. Smell is an amazing mixture of sweet whisky, brownie a la mode, vanilla, burnt malts, and chocolate syrup. Similar to aromas found in Southern Tiers Choklat but heavier on alcohol. Taste is still hot and big on booze, with some fudge, charred malts, and a bit of bitterness. I like strong beers but this one lacks some balance to round it out. Wish it tasted like it smelled. Mouthfeel is full and aggressively carbonated. Body was somewhat oily/syrupy. Head died rather quickly which was disappointing. Overall this beer was good but pretty pricey. I figured after letting it age for 4 years it would be smoother but it still has quite a bite. I love all the yetis but I’d have to say this was prolly my least favorite along with Belgian yeti

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2308) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle thank to jjfoodie..#900/1104 Pour is a dark black with a nice tan head...Nose is vanilla, chocolate, barrel, coffee..Taste is nice fudge, vanilla, bourbon, spices, barrel, cream..Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (673) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3013) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Rcvd in trade. Reviewed from notes. The appearance is a pitch black body with a two finger tan foamy head that when it dies leaves some nice clingy foamy lacing in rings. The smell has some chocolate and coffee coming through in a woody sort of way. Light vanilla enters in as it warms up. The taste is bittersweet through previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, it sits about a medium to heavy and demonstrates that its not that sessionable. Carbonation is barely there leads to a nice smooth feel all around. Overall, so though I got this in a trade, I feel like I had the cart before the horse since I didn’t have the original Yeti, no worries. Id still have this again and this is very good for its style as well and also am hoping Id be able to find original Yeti someday.

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