RATINGS: 353   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 16/20
KimJohansen (10486) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2009
Black with no head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, espresso, chocolate and vanilla. Flavour was full and had dark chocolate, burned malt, espresso, whiskey and vanilla notes. FInished sweet and full.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Bottled in 08-08; bottle 21 of 470. Pours a coal black with an average, pillowy, frothy, dark tan head which settles to a thin froth and leaves sporadic lace rings. Nose is interesting and nice but the complexity of the yeti is masked a bit; notes of spicy alcohol prickling my nose (even after 16 months in the cellar), rich toffee, cinnamon, burnt caramel, molasses, faint leather, charred wood, and a sweet maple hint. Flavor is similar but full of malt flavor; maple and molasses for sure, moderate and cinnamony spice alcohol, more dark chocolate notes, charred wood and burnt caramel, and some light roast moving towards the finish. Palate is interesting; full, soft, velvety, warm, very smooth, but seemingly thin in the finish? Finish has more charred wood and sweet whiskey notes which finally present themselves with some mild French roast notes, dark chocolate, and lingering alcohol spice. I am at a lost for words with this one; I am a lover of the Yeti clan and imperial stouts in general, and I am a whiskey drinker. But this one did not remind me of a whiskey aged beer. The malts completely dominated the hops, which I am usually a fan of, but from an aggressively hopped base beer, it was odd. I dont know if it was the extensive time it spent in the whiskey barrels or the time I left this in the cellar, but the palate and nose seemed to be a bit subdued and not as interesting as they could have been. Normally a malt forward, rich, whiskey-aged, imperial stout is my dream beer but, to be honest, I liked the other oak aged Yetis better and the original is very close. Honestly, I really did enjoy the beer, despite the price tag, but it is just not at the level of others in the series. Interesting to say the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ home.
[ Trade by Bobby91w ]. Clear dark black color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, wood - whisky, vanilla, leather, moderate alcohol - whisky. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft. [20090828]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle at CCB BA Bolita release. Poured black. Nose is heavy bourbon, oak and sweet malt. Some hop presence and roasted grain. Flavor is big bourbon, wood, booze, dark fruits, burnt malt, mild smoke and toffee. Amazing beer. Thanks for whoever shared this (tpd?).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Sweet aromas of vanilla and molasses develop giving this beer a strong bourbon quality. The vanilla really comes through in this one. Bourbon abd charred wood are extremely noticeable. Other flavors of chocolate and coffee, molasses on the tongue make this one nicely complex. A real pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
skraus708 (8) - oak park, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2009 does not count
dark body with beige head. tastes of roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate with a bitter ending, bitterness comes off a little strong. overall a good drink

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (27286) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Bottle at Paps. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa powder and alcohol. Sweet and roasted flavour of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa powder and alcohol. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (36459) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has strong of chocolate, as well as notes of alcohol and wood. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of alcohol, wood, hops, chocolate, and roasted malt, leading to a very bitter and alcoholic finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11655) - Sborg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma of chocolate, oak, spice, light roast, cocoa and sweetness.Flavour is spiced, chocolaty, alcholdense, full of vanilla and wood. Quite smooth. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a chocolatish woody and spiced roasyt bitterness. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (43253) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
75 cL bottle. Pours pitch black with a fully gone head. Aroma is wooden, alcohol and dark chocolate to solid roasted malt aroma. Smooth vanilla wooden flavoured. Dark chocolate and hard roasted malt flavoured. Smooth. Slight boozy and wooden flavoured finish. Lingering vanilla note.

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