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RATINGS: 358   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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4.3
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.

4.5
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.

4.3
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.

4.6
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.

3.8
BuckeyeBoy (7534) - 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.

4.2
nimbleprop (8297) - 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
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
argo0 (14127) - 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
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
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 year’s 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.


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