RATINGS: 351   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 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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   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3352) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle from a shop in boulder. Been waiting to try this one for some time. Worth the wait. Smooth and silky. Sticks to the tongue with an oily finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle purchased at Papago from the 2009 batch. Pours oily black with a trim brown head. Smells of whiskey and candied sugar. Tastes of dark cocoa, peppermint, and sweet malts. Rich and decadant. Certainly my favorite of all the versions of Yeti out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Delicious aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee with flavors that echoed these precisely. Delicious, super smooth finish with perfectly integrated oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Jet black pour with a big, frothy, lasting brown head. Rich, savory chocolate aroma with lots of vanilla, some toasty oak, espresso, a little plum and some gentle smoky whiskey. Lots of vanilla and chocolate upfront, some floral and piny hops blending with ripe dark fruit in the middle and finishing with smoky, oaky whiskey, bitter dark coffee and some more lingering hop bitterness. The body is creamy and full with soft carbonation. Awesomely rich, deep and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 10, 2010
2008 Bottle #294/470 Thanks douglas88. Pours out very dark brow almost black topped with a small tan head. Aroma is of oak, cocoa, whiskey, heavy alcohol and a little vanilla. Taste is more of the oak, and hot whiskey burn, some bitter dark chocolate and ends with a little roast. I think this would have been even better in a couple years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (7763) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2010
750ml bottle at the DC local tasting. Pours a viscous, oily, opaque black with a cloudy, brown head. Aroma of sour cherries, wood, vanilla, butterscotch, coffee. Flavor is big on vanilla beans, bourbon, chocolate, wood pulp, brown sugar. Sweet finish. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2012 750ml 2011 bottle on 1/14/12. pitch black pour with a dark tan 1 finger head. sweet roasted nose with molasses, dark fruits, light oak and light whiskey. full thick body with lots of sweet dark fruits, vanilla, oak, chocolate, light coffee, caramel malts and very light whiskey. seems to be overly sweet - needs some time in the cellar. somewhat warming finish, but the sweet notes dominate the finish leaving most barrel notes in the deep background. hmmm?

tasting on 3/6/10... pitch black pour with a nice tan head... big whiskey nose with oak and vanilla notes... big creamy roasted malt based body with laces of whiskey throughout... strong finish. an excellent barrel aged beer which stands up to many others out there... I just wish they would make a bit more of it...

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