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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2008
bottle #90. black pour with thin head. whisky barrel , vanilla and subdue chocolate in aroma. really mellowed out from the barrel aging. Still flavors are full. not as rich and creamy as the oak aged. roasted maltiness is finsih. a little papery on the palate. I thought the ruffian was more impressive in the barrel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle. Pours opaque with a small, frothy, dark brown head, somewhat lasting with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, burnt), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, prunes, wood, licorice, and vanilla. Full bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness and acidity, heavy bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
750 ml bottle - big thanks to acrdz for the trade; side-by-side with the regular and oaked yeti’s; pours thin and black with no head; tons of sweet whiskey aromas; drinks thin and silky smooth; almost no life here at all and compared to the others, many of the flavors have faded considerably; no roasted characteristics or coffee; i do love how smooth it is and one its own this is pretty decent; but next to the other two, this is easily the weakest

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Bottle generously shared by hapjydeuce. Pours jet black with no real head to speak of. The nose is actually a very pleasant balance of oaky-bourbon and roasty chocolate. The mouthfeel is very smooth but feels a bit thin. The flavor did not really meet the expectations set by the smell. The flavor is of watered down bourbon and light chocolate and coffee accents. In its defense, it did start to taste better the more i drank. Maybe it was just the ABV talking...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Name: Yeti, BA
Date: November 14, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Words: 87/470
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: big roasted and oak aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, touch of hot whiskey continues to grow, long roasted bitterness
Overall: well balanced between the roast and whiskey
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottled from Goldtwins. Very dark pour with a nice head. Very dry, espresso-y aroma, loaded with coffee and an alcohol burn. Bitter, dry, cocoa powder flavor, with a fair bit of bourbon burn, but overall after even 20 months this really shows very little bourbon character. I’m not exactly crazy about it, its so harsh and I’d rather drink regular Yeti, but I must admit it is not nearly as harsh as I was expecting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5307) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2009
25 oz bottle, via crosling. Pours a pitch black body with a nice one finger tight bubbled brown head that had some decent retention. The nose is very boozy on the first whiff, but the more you smell it the more you get accustomed to it. Tons of vanilla and char over the roasty malt base. A bit of hops on the nose but not much. The flavor was much the same, it really seemed too heavy on the barrel influence and overly boozy at first, but as it warmed it dissipated some, which is normally opposite for me. Nice thick roast and vanilla with a bit of a tannic bite from the oak. By the end of the glass the alcohol was not nearly as noticeable. Full bodied and oily in texture up front, the texture seemed to thin a bit on the finish because of the alcohol. Overall a pretty good beer, but not among my favorites. I liked the Barrel Aged Ruffian better.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle # 1527, 2011 Bottle date; Sampled November 2011
A steady pour into my lost abbey Teku glass produces a deeply darkened, almost full brown colored, three-finger thick head. The beer is simply pitch black in color and doesn’t even dream of passing any light through it no matter how close it is held up to the light. As I pour this beer notes of deeply caramelized, toasted coconut are apparent in the nose. A more focused inspection yields strong whiskey like notes; spicy oak, tartly toasted coconut, deep vanillin notes and that sort of whiskey like fruitiness that is distinct but hard for me to describe for some reason. As my nose gets used to the dominating whiskey character more of the Stout aromatics start to come out; aromas of deeply toasted grain, cold coffee liquor notes, smooth roasted malt notes, smooth burnt caramel notes and just a general dark malt richness / sweetness that helps to round things out. At first the whiskey notes can certainly be a bit too much, but thankfully this gets tamed down a bit and becomes much more smooth once you really start to explore the nose.

Thick, smooth and viscous feeling as this first hits the palate; the beer has a dark caramelized sweetness, a chewy, almost savory dark malt richness, an almost salty / briny note and even a solid smokiness in the middle of this beer. The beer finishes with a palate thinning, warming, whiskey fruit and spiciness as well as a touch of woody astringency; this can’t quite thin out the thick, rich texture that the base beer provides this beer. Other barrel notes of vanillin, ample toasted coconut, tart whiskey notes, a smooth spiciness and a touch of woody flavors. The base beer contributes flavors of dark chocolate notes (that remind me a bit of chocolate syrup, though without the sticky sweetness), a smoky sort of richness, a chewy whole grain brown bread character, some briny notes (that mix with the smokiness to form a peat like character), some savory dried plum notes. The smokiness adds a touch of spicy phenolics to the finish at times and speaking of the finish, there is only a touch of the ample hop character that was once here, it provides only a hint of bitterness as compared to the fresh base beer that is so redolent of expressive hops. The dried plum notes have a smokiness as well as a molasses sort of character that has been slightly burnt. As the beer warms up a savory, almost distinctly cedar like note is accompanied by underlying notes of pine; both of which seem to suggest at the once vibrant hop character that was once here.

This is quite a bit more tasty than I was expecting; this beer nicely stays away from the harsh notes that often plague whiskey barrel aged beers, it is quite smooth, and the barrel aged notes for the most part are quite well integrated with the base beer for the most part. The Whiskey notes are definitely the dominant note here, but this has not spent so long in the barrel that these notes are overwhelming or harsh. In the end this is quite a nice marriage of whiskey barrel and Imperial stout; I really like the mix of savory smokiness, dark chocolate and treacle laden, concentrated dark malt character that this beer achieves. This is most definitely the most balanced of the three Barrel Aged Great Divide beers that I have had, but it is also the freshest (so that may have something to do with it). This is one of the better Whiskey / Bourbon barrel aged beers that I have had in quite some time.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5368) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
From a 750ml bottle. Was completely unaware of this particular brew (thought it was just the Oak Aged Yeti, but was proven wrong quickly. Well, the flavor wasn’t all that different than that one, but it was pretty darn good, albeit a bit boozy (but like a good whiskey) for my tastes. Well it poured a near-pitch black color. Aroma has notes of coffee, vanilla. Flavor is boozy whiskey (as I mentioned before) with a bit of burnt, roasted notes.


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