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RATINGS: 351   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Thanks Daknole!! Nose is huge amounts of raisin with a slight smokey note. Plenty of bourbon/vanilla followed up by chocolate and plum notes. Wow! This is the way I like to see my impy stout - jet black with a dark brown, almost black head. Crazy! It stains the glass with every sip. Sticky and oily mouthfeel. Taste wise, I picked up a lot of sweet raisins, caramel, chocolate, a bit of bourbon, and vanilla. Awesome stuff here. I even got an earthy peanut-like taste from it on the finish as I neared the end of the glass. This is one of my favorite brews of all time. Cheers!!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Thick pour with a a very dark brown head. Aroma has a lot of alcohol and chocolate and whiskey. Flavor is much smoother. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Bitter finish. Alcohol, though strong on the nose is hidden well in the flavor. Overall, a pretty smooth drink. Slightly sweet with a bitter end.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
(Sample Date: 3/15/2009 Source:Other) Bottle 66/470 obtained at brewery. Caramel, dark fruits some whiskey, oak, and lots of roast in the aroma. Black with a small tan head. Deep dark fruit with whiskey and wood which is nicely balanced with a roasty sweetness. Vanilla and chocolate come out in a sweet finish with moderate bitterness. End includes a slightly astringent roasty warming. Fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1343) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2010
2010 vintage, 750 ml bottle #826 of 1104, courtesy dchmela. This pours a nearly pitch black color with some mahogany hue at the edges and topped by a thin, dark brown head of foam that leaves skinny lines of lacing on the glass. This stuff is viscous as shown by the staining left on the glass. The aroma is really nice and shows a nice balance between rich chocolate, roast, and toasted caramel. Burnt oak adds a nice woody vanilla flavor along with a touch of smoke, while the bourbon seems to tie everything together. The flavor follows the same lines with a nice balance between rich chocolate, caramel, burnt wood, and vanilla from the oak. The bourbon influence is subtle and lends a nice roundness to everything. Medium to full bodied and very smooth on the palate with balanced carbonation that leads to a bourbon kissed chocolate finish. The balance of flavors is really great and helps hide the alcohol really well. This is a great base beer that is made even better with the perfect use of the barrels.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
No year listed, apparently a few years old. Bourbon galore, plenty of roast, hearty alcoholic burn. Good, but doesn't grab me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Thanks to OmegaX for this one - I love the Yeti! Into a snifter poured a damn dark beer, and the head was dark as well. Aromas were full of whiskey and chocolate with a light coffee scent. The mouth-feel was thick and malty, while roasted malts and cocoa filled the mouth with a palate-assaulting kick of flavor. Undertones of milk chocolate and charred wood added to the complexity of this beer, and made this great sipper all the more enjoyable. Fantastic stuff, right here.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1273) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2012
750ml bottle, courtesy of ablackshear, split with a friend. Pours a thick, jet-black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is bourbon. Not much else. A bit syrup-like on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, with a sweet, bourbon finish. Holy crap, thats good.

4.5
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (1224) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Tap at barrel room. Clear dark red brown with a small brown head. Opaque in the glass. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and light wood. Flavor is the same. Full bodied, oil consistency. Smooth with a dry, roasty, slightly bitter end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle #90. Thanks to waolsen. Black w/ thin brown head. Nutty, roasty aroma is fairly mellow. Boozy, chocolatey roast. Stout is dulled down quite a bit, but the whiskey flavor isn’t overwhelming. Overally, the barrel just seems to have made this beer less interesting.


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