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RATINGS: 353   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (7945) - 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.

4.2
   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...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13891) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2010
750ml bottle, #582/1104, thanks Troy. Small tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, whisky, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is sweet, whisky/vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, light roast. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Nice bourbon character, lots of chocolate, molasses, coconut in the nose. The taste is a bit sweet, moderately bitter, lots of milk chocolate, tons of buttery bourbon, some molasses and dark fruits. Not too bad.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2010
750mL bottle, batch 2. Pours completely black, like an oil slick with a hefty mocha head that recedes to a small cap and leaves a bit of lacing and some boozy legs along the side. The aroma is excellent - lots of heavily roasted dark malts, cocoa powder a maybe some licorice to start with. The bourbon is present with some vanilla and well as a hefty oak aroma. The aroma has much less bourbon than batch 1. The taste does have more bourbon than the aroma, especially in the finish where there is a noticeable burn. The underlying beer is still extremely evident though with the chocolate malts and even some coffee coming through. The finish is dry and fairly oaky. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and extremely creamy and smooth with a soft carbonation that keeps things from getting too thick on the palate. I remember last years being very heavy on the bourbon from start to finish and this is seems much more balanced with the underlying beer refusing to be dominated by the barrel. An excellent barrel-aged beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (3085) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Wonderful stuff. Just a hair below the regular Yeti in my opinion. Pours a beautiful jet black with a big smooth creamy head that laces and lasts. The aroma is malty, chocolate, booze, some wood. Flavor is all of the above with some vanilla and dark roasted malt and just a hint of hops on the swallow. Incredibly smooth and tasty, remarkably easy to drink. The alcohol, though in the nose is well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2010
2008 Bottle # 294/470 - Thanks douglas88! - Pours out thin and dk brown with a small beige head...aroma is barrel dominant, whiskey and tannic wood, heat and cocoa, some spicy vanilla oak as well...taste is fairly thin for the gravity, hot whiskey burn, tannic barrel, bitter dk chocolate and some roast burnt wood as well...it was a pretty tasty bottle, thanks man!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7317) - Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Sampled at the Boise tasting 1/16/10, thanks to Doug for sharing this one (#294/470)
Appearance: Pours a black with a small off white head
Aroma: Bourbon, burnt wood, vanilla, pine
Taste: Strong bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, hops
A very nice beer, the bourbon was strong but not overpowering. The amount of hops helped the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8828) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2010
750 ml bottle thanks to Secret Santa some time ago, thank you St. Nick. Number 294/470 bottled in August of 2008 drank January 2010. Pours a pure black color with a small white head. A massive bourbon nose, vanilla, woody and complex. A sweet flavor that is similarly dominated by bourbon and wood, tannins, roasted cocoa, sort of thin but powerful and warm. Loads of whiskey and very nice. Maybe 20 months was a bit extreme, but still very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2009
(Bottle, super thanks to a very generous trading partner) Pours black with a creamy brown head. The aroma holds notes of dill up front. The oak/whiskey is quite subtle with light notes of woodwork and vanilla. Strong but gentle roast of dark chocolate, roasted grain and espresso. Still some resinous hops present. Undertones of blackberries and shellfish. Light oxidised on the nose. The flavour is light to medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic. Many heavy roast and citric/resiny hops. First yummy and creamy dark chocolate, the finish is more espresso and asphalt driven. Vanilla, dill and woodwork. The oak/whiskey is not overpowering. Nice peppery and numbing alcohol. The mouthfeel is round and creamy with a soft carbonation. The lingering heavy afterbitterness blends well with the mild burning alcohol and woody tones from the oak. Near full-bodied. Aggressive (in a good way) and better than I expected.


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