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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1164) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Git to try bottle #174/470 of this courtesy of "hannont". Colour... Black with a thin tan head. Nose... definitely whiskey as well as sweet, roasty and malty. Palate... nicely boozy, with oak, vanilla, brown sugar, Christmas pudding, strong coffee, dark dried fruits, burnt toffee and a delightfully long finish. So glad that it aged for 20 months. The Stranahan’s barrels obviously added a wonderfully complex character to this stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2009
650 ml bottle from Dchmelas super sixpack shipper. Thanks buddy! Black as night with a great creamy. Brown long lasting head. Chocolate, espresso smooth oak flavor. Bold! You will love this beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Botle at the BA Bolita release party. Huge oaky bourbony nose. Drives some of the chocolate aroma of the base beer under but the roasted coffee nose still is there. Flavor is amazing and well integrated. Smooth with very big notes of chocolate and bourbon. Roasty and slightly bitter on the backend with a lingering bourbon and vanilla finish. Very very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
From the Bottle in the Brewery Room at the Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver 10/10/2008 Whisky aroma. Black fruity and a little rich on the palate. Smooth and bitter chocolate roast finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Bottle at Papsø. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa powder and alcohol. Sweet and roasted flavour of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa powder and alcohol. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2010
750ml bottle, 2009 edition, #1010/1104 straight from the brewery. pours a slick black with thin, dark brown head and slick, oily lacing leaving a beautiful drip pattern on the glass. aroma is stunning, damn near perfect, with huge, toasted, woody oak, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malts with notes of bitter chocolate, cold coffee, and cake batter with subtle hints of banana/coconut cream pie and even a little nutmeg. flavor is absolutely wonderful with a masterful balance of charred, toasted oak, spicy bourbon, and vanilla with roasted malts, dark chocolate, a sweet caramel with hints of dry, chalky, coffee and toasted coconut. palate is full bodied and slick on the tongue with perfect carbonation and a slightly boozy, dry, bourbon and cocoa powder finish. overall, an amazing version of an amazing brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
What a beast! Dark brown, burnt caramel at the edges. Almost zero lacing. Nice whisky nose, chocolate, vanilla, mild resinous hops. Palate is sweet, slightly hot, a bit bitter on the finish but far less so than, say, oaked Yeti. Simply amazing stuff.

From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
My only beef was the medicinal/rubbing alcohol aroma that I got. I did smell a lot of pine and juniper which was one of the most special things about this beer. I loved the hops used and was happy to be drink this beer with the 75 IBU’s. Smooth beer over all. Great balance. So happy. That floral quality was in this beer. Poured pitch black with a dark brown head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2011
As Jeb said, "All Yeti should taste like this." I can’t agree, since I’ve yet to make it through all the various incarnations of Yeti out there, but I’m sure of one thing: Barrel-Aged tastes amazing. Starts dry and thick, but quickly grows and oily, sweet center that drips with whiskey and sunshine. The fade dries out again, bringing with it vanilla, licorice, and booze, making for near-perfect stout happiness.

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