Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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.

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4.7
zizzybalubba (2104) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2021
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2021 16 oz. can from Total Wine (Triangle), Raleigh, NC (canned November 2, 2020). Pour is BLACK with a creamy khaki head. Aroma is magnificent with dark chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, and damp oak. Taste is incredible too with rich espresso, cocoa, coconut, vanilla, and booze. As expected, bitterness lingers on the palate and the finish is rather warm. An outstanding barrel aged imperial stout!!

3.8
Mpuntmuts (669) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2020 Pitch black. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, leather, oak. Medium bitter sweet. Almost full body with soft carbonation. Very easy drinking beer.

4.2
wlajwl (10648) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2020 Aroma is chocolate/mild rocky road, roasted malts and slight vegetal/grains. The flavor is expected strong malts/slight vinous, chocolate, dark fruit and a mildly sweet/acidic/hint of spicy finish.

4.1
stevoj (11882) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2020 16 oz can from Brewers Haven. Dark brown with a thin beige head. Roasty, woody aroma with a hint of bourbon barrel. An initial burst of sweetness and chocolate quickly turns back to the roasty, bitter malts, nutty and woody accents. Bourbon is very mild throughout, but does sneak up at the finish and as it warms.

4.3
KevinReddirt (1054) - Midland, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2020 A tall boy can obtained last November in Ft. Worth over Thanksgiving, saved until a 96 degree day in May, go figure. Think I’ll use my ABGB snifter for this esteemed (hopefully) tasting. The pour is a vintage black with an inspired and lasting mahogany brown head. The smell, in a word, delightful. A strong hit of chocolate and a promise from the whiskey barrels. But I purchased to drink and here we go. Wow, all I hoped for, dense semisweet chocolate, multigrain bread, oak, a touch of vanilla, just a bit of caramel sweetness, all with bourbon wrapping around the outside. For all the various iterations of Yetis, this is one of the best.

3.8
Susie33 (1798) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2020 Dark brown pour. Thin foam. Cocoa and dark coffee flavor with bitter coffee palate.

4
obguthr (10324) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2020 Wood, prune, coffee, soil, horehound nose. Black, medium beige head. Oak, prune, espresso. Full body, easy carbonation. Not my favorite Yeti.

4.1
Bitterbill (2942) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - FEB 10, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2020 Canned October 24th 2019, aged for at least 12 months, which Whiskey barrels used, not mentioned. Pours a pitch black with lots of really dark tan foam, lacing is good. Smells of whiskey, roasted malt, both dark and milk chocolate...the latter emits some sweet notes. Whiskey, roasted malt, chocolate, not as boozy as the abv would suggest. Sweet notes from the chocolate, but also bitter notes from the chocolate. Hints of dark fruit. Substantial mouthfeel. 16 ounces of a delightful beer.

3.8
fiery1 (4068) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2019 473ml can @ Merakos Fieldhouse. 2019 Vintage. Pours an opaque black shade with a small brown head. Nose is filled with roasted malt, light chocolate, and mild whiskey barrels. Flavour is rich roasted malt, mild whiskey barrel character, and light chocolate. Medium to full bodied, good carbonation, and a moderate sweetness with a moderately high bitterness. The ABV is well masked by both the sweetness and the bitterness. Nice, but a touch too bitter for my palate.

4
gyllenbock (14354) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2019 Bottle bought in San Diego in 2017. (vintage 2016) Black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark malt, coffee, whisky and some oak. The same in the taste. The body was full and the finish long. A tasty one.


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