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RATINGS: 365   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 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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fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
bottle at the Tally tasting, pours thick black, tall dark tan head. Aroma is very sweet, maple syrup, vanilla, some sweet cocoa. Flavor is strong barrel, this beer is huge in bold flavors, chocolate, bourbon, wood, hot alcoholic finish.

4.6
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bottle at taproom. Big thick black beer with thin head. It leaves a brown sheen on the glass when swirled. Cherry, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. I doesn’t have that whiskey heat off-flavor like most barrel aged beers. Definitely a slow sipper.

4.3
drowland (8758) - Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2010
6/26/10. Sampled at the Tally Tasting 2010, with big thanks to Patrick for sharing! Awesome wood and bourbon with vanilla and more! Really good!

4.2
hopscotch (11104) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2010 Bottle… Tally Tasting ‘10This beer rocks!… Pours black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Whiskey heat and notes of vanilla and chocolate-covered coconut tantalize my olfactory system. Full-bodied and silky with modest carbonation. The flavor is boozelicious - essences of whiskey, deeply roasted coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate are the highlights. The red hot, somewhat bitter finish lingers and lingers and lingers and… I am not afraid of alcohol. I embrace it. Scorch my palate to remind me what I’m drinking. Thanks go out to Patrick for sharing this bottle of world class beer with everyone!

4.4
violi (2) - USA - JUN 23, 2010 does not count
Dark, creamy, sweet, tan head. Great beer! Yum. Love the espresso aroma. Will drink agaim.

4.4
smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle at Maltzillas World Cup 2010 tasting. pours black with light brown head. Aromas of burnt malts, whisky, vanilla and oak. Roasted malt and whisky flavors with some vanilla, chocolate and wood with some heat from the alcohol. Full body with minimal carbonation. Very nice! Thanks Diego.

4
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Sampled at a local BA Tasting (more recent batch?) – Black, tan creamy head. Rich dark cocoa-bourbon aromas ride warming waves of vanilla espresso and charred wood. Roasty black chocolate and burnt coffee flavors balance well on sturdy foundation of vanilla-whiskey and oak throughout. A touch of ABV softly shines through without issue. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Very nice now, but think age on this could make this unbelievable…

4.4
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 Yeti’s, although the Chocolate is a close second."

4.4
DalzAle (2037) - 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
nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Bottle shared by someone awesome at DLD. I can’t 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 beer’s 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.


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