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RATINGS: 298   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 Stranahanís Colorado Whiskey, Coloradoís 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.

ďOur intent,Ē says Great Divide founder Brian Dunn, ďwas 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.Ē 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.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sickboy79 (66) - USA - JAN 20, 2012
YIKES it doesnít get much better than this for this style. Iím a HUGE fan of the standard Yeti. Add in the Oak Aged process and a FANTASTIC beer becomes even better! Big thick milky tone with an awesome hoppy finish. The Oak Aged process adds notes of vanilla. Superb beer. You owe yourself to try this if you like IPAs, Stouts, or Imperial Stouts!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2014
I had the Fireside Yeti, which was aged in Fireside whiskey barrels; no separate listing, and from anything I can tell this is the best way to enter the rating, as they donít really seem like different beers to me. Sampled at Seattle International Beer Fest 2014 (delayed rate). Very much like the oak aged yeti (big chocolate, wood, and vanilla notes), but the oak is less pronounced. I suppose that makes sense with barrel vs. chips. I got a bit of smoke from this, too, which was an interesting addition. Honestly, though? Iíll go ahead and say it -- I like the more pronounced oak flavor that the chips give the regular OAY. Really glad I got to try a version from the barrel, though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1275) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2014
On tap at FOBAB, numbers are right, descriptions are difficult to read. Poured black with tan head. Aroma of vanilla and choc. Light carb med bod. Taste was pretty bitter roast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2470) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2014
11/26/2014. On tap. Black with a beige head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and bourbon aromas. Very well made robust stout with balance and complexity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1782) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Draft at fobab. Pours a dark dark brown black with a light brown head. Aroma of vanilla, cocoa powder, bourbon alcohol aromas. Some nutty aromas as well. Taste is sweet with a bourbon heat. Medium thick body and a medium light carb. Could get lost in the shuffle but really well done.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1512) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Draft at fobab. Honestly, this was a dissapointment. Not sure if it wasnít good or just below all the other amazing beers. It has booze, but it tasted like well whiskey you get at a college town special. Seemed too thin for the barrel. Maybe on itís own I would appreciate it more. But at fobab, itís subpar.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2011 bottle. Pours a deep black color with a laced, tan head. Strong, whiskey presence with roasted coffee and malt. Strong, Yeti taste with a smooth whiskey finish. Some licorice in there as well. This beer definitely ages well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (1489) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Aroma is sweet, chocolate. Medium body. Flavored of chocolate, roasted malts, a little coffee. A kick at the finish. Alcohol is nearly completely covered with a bit of whiskey coming through.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
interkin3tic (6) - - OCT 7, 2014 does not count
Caramel, chocolate, roasty. More had than Iíd expect. A little more roasted than Iíd prefer, but good balance. A little sweet. Raisin, smoke.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2014
2011 bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
The beer pours black with a small head and decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rich and sweet with a lot of bourbon, a touch of licorice, some caramel, vanilla, and a whole bunch of deep roast reminiscent more of espresso than anything.

The flavor is very rich, nicely bourbon forward with lots of coffee like roastiness. Itís chocolaty with a good bit of vanillin from the barrel along with some toffee. Itís got some odd but pleasant notes of coconut & very light smoke. Of course itís pretty sweet, but itís still got that balance of bitterness that Yeti seems to hang itís hat on, even after 3 years in the bottle.
Honestly one of the best barrel aged stouts Iíve had, I went into it with 0 expectation, but holy moly this is nice.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (4726) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle: Thanks to ... Vintage 2011: Bottle No. 2283: Served in a Chouffe glass: Medium to smal brown to darker brown head. Pitch black body. Aromas of wood roast, some bourbon/whiskey notes, dark chocolate, some malts roast and coffee tones, light vanilla, some bay leaf, light manure... Flavour is thick and massive dark tones of dark roasted bitter coffee tones, dark chocolate, tar, roast, bitters, earthy tones, light dry, coffee beans, some bay leaf, some whiskey, some strong roast, light vanilla, wood roast... Aftertaste is a mix of dark roast, dark coffee, light vanilla, earthy, wood roast, some dark chocolate.... Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, full bodied and a creamy close to oily light sticky light dry texture. Massive dark roasty tones. Impressive!


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