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RATINGS: 345   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - 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 (416) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusgus (235) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle 11/1104, no year on the bottle, but probably -09 or -10. Initially closed, not very expressive. Candylike sweet aroma, fruits, vanilla, hint of whiskey, but not the astringent ’tequila’-like roughness. Very smooth flavor. Sweet, balance between chocolate, vanilla, custard, citrusy hops. Impressively balanced and drinkable with great complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigbish (688) - 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
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and a touch of alcohol. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and toffee. The finish has vanilla, coconut, and faint bourbon. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthful. Overall, excellent...similar to Oak Aged Yeti, but slightly more malty and much smoother...a top notch barrel aged Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Poured at EBF Night of the Barrels. Oh how the beer god’s shined down on us that night. Great whiskey chocolate flavor both in the taste and aroma. Thick and super dark. What a gem this was.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wchesser (1918) - 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.

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