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RATINGS: 286   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Nice bourbon character, lots of chocolate, molasses, coconut in the nose. The taste is a bit sweet, moderately bitter, lots of milk chocolate, tons of buttery bourbon, some molasses and dark fruits. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
(bottle generously shared by Rusty. Bottle 472/1104). Pours black and oily. Aromas as cocoa, wood and booze. Taste is sweet and its still a little hot. Some band-aid in there as well. Thin bodied. I preferred this to the BA barleywine. I’m really glad to have tried both the Yeti and Old Ruffian at the same event. Thanks Rusty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3120) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Pours an opaque black with a light brown head. Bitter and sweet. With aromas of dark malts, coconut, vanilla and dried fruits. Full bodied. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate aroma. Roasted malty woody chocolate flavor with weak sour hints. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (818) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Pitch black pour, minimal brown head. Mild whiskey aroma, well ballanced flavor, with big chocolate and whiskey notes. Quite smooth. A great beer but honestly not as good as the standard yeti.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2008
750mL bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is absolutely opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), trace hops (resin), with notes of cardboard, wood, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, woody. Full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. As with Oak Chip Yeti, I’m not as wild about this compared with regular Yeti...but it’s still pretty good. The aroma has dulled a lot (I actually rated this side-by-side with regular Yeti, and it’s not nearly as enticing in the malt department), it’s got the expected cardboardy style of oxidation that is typical with aged stouts, though it’s thankfully mild. The aging has seemed to procure more wood than whiskey, though not quite as harshly so as the oak chipped version. Thicker mouthfeel than regular Yeti, but definitely more burning. So, all in all...good, but I definitely prefer plain Yeti. And because this is already 20 months old and dulled, it really has nowhere further to evolve in the bottle...what they really should do is bottle condition regular Yeti...now THAT I would cellar for 6-8 months and expect to improve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle #90. Thanks to waolsen. Black w/ thin brown head. Nutty, roasty aroma is fairly mellow. Boozy, chocolatey roast. Stout is dulled down quite a bit, but the whiskey flavor isn’t overwhelming. Overally, the barrel just seems to have made this beer less interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 100th Imperial Stout rating. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Looks kind of watery though. There is a lot of alcohol aroma in the nose. The flavor sooooo hot. There is some chocolate and bourbon. Seems thin too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
skraus708 (8) - oak park, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2009 does not count
dark body with beige head. tastes of roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate with a bitter ending, bitterness comes off a little strong. overall a good drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
750mL 2010 ed #549/1104 big thanks to BrainLayer for this big want list item! The pour is ink black with a gorgeous, reverse cascade chocolate head that has excellent retention. Scary dark SRM. Big webby lace remains. Aroma is herbal, minty, some sweet maple and molasses, and then later as it warms fatty meat and smoke comes through nicely. Taste is lavender soapy, herbal, dusty, lots of bittering hops and raw dark chocolate. Palate is pretty chalky and moves to cardboard unfortunately. Not bad but certainly not an improvement over any of the normal Yetis.

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