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RATINGS: 377   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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kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Pours a dark black murky color with thin tan yellow head. Aroma is roasted, malty and sweet with notes of vanilla, oak, whiskey, rye, ripe dark fruits, dark chocolate. Flavor is also roasted, malty and sweet with notes of ripe dark fruit, whiskey, vanilla, wood, dark chocolate. Generally full body with a pleasing roasted malty finish. Bourbon notes are more subtle in this beer than some barrel-aged beers, something I enjoyed.

3.2
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Pours a dark viscous black with a bubbly tan head. The nose has lots of wood, notes of dark chocolate, light hints of smoke meat, and some sweet malts. The flavor has lots of wood again, a litte boozy and hot, notes of malt and ashy chocolate with lots of sugar. More heat in the finish with a mdium to full body, syrupy and light carbonation. Singular and overly sweet with a bit too much heat.

4.4
LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Appearance: Pours black with tan swirls and edges.

Aroma: Sweet bourbon, dark chocolate. Slight soy sauce.

Taste: Bourbon,oak and chocolate. Finishes boozy.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied , creamy carbonation.

Overall: My new favorite rendition of Yeti. The stout is super tasty on it’s own and the bourbon barrel makes it even more tasty and rich. Love it.

4.7
Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 23, 2008
(sample from irishboy).uberblack with a nice dark brown head that leaves heavy lacing on the glass.aroma is a mix of heavy bourbon,followed by vanilla,dark fruit,chocolate,and cocoa.flavor is wood,chocolate,vanilla,cocoa,and dark fruit.i know that "sour" is the new "cool" but this beer is seriously under rated.

4
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle #444/470. Nose-caramel, some coffee. Body-still, some ring of bubbles. Taste-medium bitter, smooth palate, still, vanilla, very light wood, some tannins, aroma hops in the background, fudge, unsweet raisin, slightly boozy, unami.

4.2
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Rating #1100. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is whiskey, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is whiskey, vanilla, wood, licorice, roasted malt, and chocolate. I’m liking this one a lot, but if you like your bourbon/whiskey on the lighter side, this probably isn’t for you.

4.5
oobawa (1747) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2011
As Jeb said, "All Yeti should taste like this." I can’t agree, since I’ve yet to make it through all the various incarnations of Yeti out there, but I’m sure of one thing: Barrel-Aged tastes amazing. Starts dry and thick, but quickly grows and oily, sweet center that drips with whiskey and sunshine. The fade dries out again, bringing with it vanilla, licorice, and booze, making for near-perfect stout happiness.

3.1
RABinCO (1707) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Draft sample at the brewery. Deep black pour. Thin tan head. Aroma of wood, booze, and chocolate. Then vanilla and more booze. Taste is sweet, booze, coffee, chocolate, more booze. Warming, gets you fucken wasted.

4
trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2014
I had the Fireside Yeti, which was aged in Fireside whiskey barrels; no separate listing, and from anything I can tell this is the best way to enter the rating, as they don’t really seem like different beers to me. Sampled at Seattle International Beer Fest 2014 (delayed rate). Very much like the oak aged yeti (big chocolate, wood, and vanilla notes), but the oak is less pronounced. I suppose that makes sense with barrel vs. chips. I got a bit of smoke from this, too, which was an interesting addition. Honestly, though? I’ll go ahead and say it -- I like the more pronounced oak flavor that the chips give the regular OAY. Really glad I got to try a version from the barrel, though.

4.3
ACHops (1643) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2016
On tap @ Brouwer’s for Back in Black. Listed here at the standard Yeti 9.5%. Pours thick viscous blackish dark brown with thin oily dark mocha head. Aroma is heavily roasty dark chocolate malt, rich coffee, big dry barrel flavors, light bourbon and vanilla char on the back. Taste is huge rich dark chocolate malt, molten milk chocolate, oak. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Huge fudgy chocolate flavor lingers on the finish. Among the best Yetis, and that puts this in an elite category.


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