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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout has been aged for 20 months in used barrels from Stranahans Colorado Whiskey, Colorados 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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2010
"Fourth sample on the Friday Night Yeti tour we took in our hotel room the night before Dark Lord Day 2010. Unmistakable Yeti Stout with a soft rounded bourbon theme. Midnight colored body, large frothy head that settles to a nice quarter inch leaving some legs of lacing behind. Burnt and toasted aromas with some faint grassy hops, followed by strong chocolate, coffee and whiskey. Rich and luscious mouth feel with a nice sipping pace. Big stout flavors subdued by smooth bourbon, wood and a trace of vanilla bean. Probably my favorite of the Yetis, although the Chocolate is a close second."

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2010
2008 bottle sample thanks to skinnyguy! Dark black pour, some cookie colored carbonation and wonderful rich aroma of dark chocolate and smooth whiskey. Flavor was just as good as the aroma, a complex blend of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and slightly boozy whiskey on the finish. Solid beer and well worth seeking this one out!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4295) - Sofia, BULGARIA - MAY 6, 2010
Bottle shared by someone awesome at DLD. I cant remember who, as I was three - or even four - sheets to the wind by that point, but I did make some decent beer notes on this one, so here goes. Pours jet black and slightly viscous with a one-finger tan head that leaves some swirls on the beer. Aroma jumps out at you with everything you want from a beer like this. Very roasty with coffee, chocolate, oak, whiskey, and vanilla. Flavor is similarly intense and awesome. The whiskey and oak really assert themselves thanks to this beers very long (20 month) residence in the -bals. I did not see barrels when I visited Great Divide, but hell, I guess they must be somewhere. The awesomeness of regular Yeti also comes through, with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and even some hops. The mouthfeel is great, smooth and slick with fairly full body. I am rarely one to speak badly of a -bal aged imperial stout, and this is not going to break that trend. This beer is awesome. They should make more of it. Drinkable for the 12.2%. I might be able to finish a bomber of this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle shared by fonefan on 8/28/09 (#462/470): Pours an oily opaque with a small creamy, spotty lacing tan head. Aroma of rich dark caramely sweet maltiness with good vanilla whiskey complexity and notes of dark chocolate. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramely malty sweetness and oaky whiskey balance with good dark chocolate espresso complexity. Very enjoyable and well-balanced.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2010
Take an incredible beer and barrel age it in one of the best whiskey barrels available and the result is this beer. Just incredible. Cant even begin to describe all of its characteristics. The depth of chocolate and wood and whiskey is truly marvelous. That said, I still think the Barrel Aged Old Ruffian is the best of the bunch.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2010
750mL bottle #98/1104 from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours the usual opaque black with a soft chocolate-milk colored head that clings like mad. Aroma is powerful oak, whiskey, chocolate, and some vanilla. Flavor is very very boozy, with high ABV and the whiskey from the barrel aging. Lots of heat, but smooth otherwise. Interesting twist and worth the price for the experience, but Im not sure this expensive version beats the original Oak-Aged Yeti.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 7, 2010
(bottle - 750 ml) Rating #2300. Dark and oily black pour with a thick tan head. Very syrupy. Aroma is heavy and flavorful with tons of roasted malts, barley, coffee, oak, vanilla, wood, and whiskey. Flavor starts out with a sweet vanilla and oak flavor sitting atop a very dark and heavily roasted middle. The whiskey comes in next and imparts a very nice warming sweetness without completely overpowering the beer. The oak and vanilla notes come back near the end and leave a very nice and lightly sweet finish on the palate. Thick and creamy with just enough of the whiskey flavor to really add to the beer and not take away from the flavor. Absolutely outstanding.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2010
750 mL bottle, #735/1104, shared graciously by NachlamSie. Pours very dark black with a fluffy tan head that eventually fades to a kind of oil slick. The aroma is chocolate, burnt raisins, light vanilla, some oak, a touch of charcoal, and a slight roasty coffee hint. The flavor is raisin and barrel char primarily, with some cocoa notes not too far behind. Some other dark fruit notes float around, like prune and blackberry. An edgy roastiness keeps it from becoming too sweet, as does the ashy bitterness that comes out toward the finish. The finish itself is slightly drier than I expected, which is quite nice. It leaves a lingering subtle vanilla aftertaste. The alcohol is very well masked in this, too. Quite a tasty one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2010
750mL bottle #735 of the most recent release shared with Tronraner. I am angered that this cost me $30. It is basically oak aged Yeti. Id rather buy two bombers of the latter. Anyway, since it is basically oak aged Yeti, it is a tremendously delicious beer. We have a full bodied, very dark black beer. The aroma is of espresso, sharp hops and a good deal of wood and vanilla imparted from the bourbon barrels. The palate is thick, slick and creamy. The most distinguishing character between this and standard oak aged Yeti is this one is perhaps slightly more woody in flavor. A semisweet oaky note is a little more prevalent along with heavy flavors of espresso, chocolate, raisins, and molasses. What a delicious brew, but seriously, save yourself the $15-$16 and just get Oak Aged Yeti.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2010
25.4 oz bottle, batch 2, 2009. Inky brown with a bubbly tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, bourbon and dates. Medium body with a light tingle thinned by the barrel aging. Taste is chocolate syrup, bourbon and dark roast. Lingering boozy finish. Not quite the oak aged but still very good.


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