RATINGS: 378   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.

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GT (10017) - San Diego, 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.

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.

JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle shared by DuffmanSW. Been waiting a while to try this sucker. Poured a dark brown color with think dark bubbly head. Aroma was oak, vanilla, booze, spices and brown sugar notes. Taste was very similar. Very good.

petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Pours a dark brown black with a beige head. Aromas of rich bourbon, oak, and alcohol. Rich malt flavors of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and bitter roast. Holy crap this is amazing

phaleslu (10731) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
750 ml bottle via local trade. 2010 vintage, bottle 41/1104. Pours a viscous, oily, opaque dark brown color, basically black, with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, whiskey, molasses, dark fruits (berries, plums mostly), dark chocolate, roasted malts, and earth. Flavor really, really brings out the barrel notes- vanilla, whiskey, caramel, and oak lead the way, with molasses, roasted malts, rich chocolate, earth, and cola syrup. It’s basically the same as the aroma but everything emerges more richly and smoothly. Alcohol is really not that hot despite the clear whiskey notes. Full-bodied, with mild carbonation, and a smooth, sweet, rich mouthfeel. I tend to think of Yeti as an imperial stout where hops are present but that isn’t so with this one. This winds up being my favorite of the Yeti series nonetheless, as this is an awesome barrel-aged take on the base beer. I wish this one were as easy to find as the rest of them.

DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2011
From the batch bottled xxx/400 (first batch maybe?). Black pour with a good sized tan head. Aroma of oak, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of soy. Flavor is more of the same with some vanilla and earthy hops poking through. Thin finish. Kind of expected more from this one.

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.

EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Thick pour with a a very dark brown head. Aroma has a lot of alcohol and chocolate and whiskey. Flavor is much smoother. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Bitter finish. Alcohol, though strong on the nose is hidden well in the flavor. Overall, a pretty smooth drink. Slightly sweet with a bitter end.

Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: Pours black with a nice dark tan head with a bit of lacing.

S: Anise and bourbon were the two that initially popped out to me, followed by some rich roasted malt and a bit of coffee.

T: Quite similar, with the bourbon character coming out a little bit more. Some dark cherry fruits in addition to the roasted malt and coffee, although these flavors could have just come from the roasted nature of the malt.

M: Nice and full without being viscous. Not too much alcohol; actually a mellow creaminess.

D: Very drinkable. One of the better barrel-aged beers that I’ve had in some time.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-04-2010

jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Got bottle from great divide in denver during GABF. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma has notes of dried friut, with hints of vanilla and coffee. very smooth with hints of bourbon. overall a great beer.

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