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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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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4.6
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.

4.6
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2010
Take an incredible beer and barrel age it in one of the best whiskey barrels available and the result is this beer. Just incredible. Can’t even begin to describe all of its characteristics. The depth of chocolate and wood and whiskey is truly marvelous. That said, I still think the Barrel Aged Old Ruffian is the best of the bunch.

4.6
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bottle at taproom. Big thick black beer with thin head. It leaves a brown sheen on the glass when swirled. Cherry, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. I doesn’t have that whiskey heat off-flavor like most barrel aged beers. Definitely a slow sipper.

4.6
slowrunner77 (12040) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
"ok, i really gotta get my hands on a plain old Yeti. I’m intruiged, as i’ve now had Yeti’s mellow little brother (oak) and it’s rebelious older sibling, the Whiskey Barrel aged. I liked the oak, although it was so mellow, i couldn’t rank it up there among the best of the impy stouts, but this one is a whole ’nother story. the jet black elixir has a massive aroma of everything from chocolate to vanilla to wood to whiskey to bitter hops to roasted malts, and the flavor is huge as well, although i was in disbelief that a beer this smooth could possibly be a 12.2% beer. I didn;t believe my friend, i had to check the label myself. Big sweetness balanced by hefty ibus...my kind of beer. among the best, if not quite at the top. (the feel was oh so close to a 10, and i wish i could give the flavor a 9.5 as well)"

4.6
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2012
So happy I finally got to try this! Thanks a million Shane, you always hook me up! Appearance is a really nice abyss black. Minimal head per usual on these barrel aged beers. Smells of delicious stranahan barrel whiskey, chocolate and vanilla mixed with subtle oak. The taste is very barrel faint, I get the whiskey on the back of the tongue but overall this beer is really smooth. Some coffee notes and vanilla in the taste. The chocolate comes through in the beginning and adds a nice twist to the finish. Really glad I finally got to try this one!

4.6
poibag808 (14) - Hawaii, USA - MAR 26, 2012
pours motor oil black, aroma raisin/dark fruit with strong barrel/whiskey characters. taste is strong whiskey with ripe dark fruit upfront with a smokey finish. Its a great beer but my favorite is still original yeti.

4.6
mcberko (17822) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a thick pitch black with a small brown head. Nose is full of roast, light whiskey barrels, a little chocolate, and light espresso. Flavour is extremely rich, full of roasted malt from the base beer, an absolutely perfect amount of whiskey barrel character, light wood, and very well-concealed alcohol. Thick palate, very viscous and so supremely well barrel aged, offering the perfect amount of whiskey character. Still not as awesome as the regular Yeti or the Oak Aged, but a fucking amazing impie stout nonetheless.

4.6
TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Bottled on OCT 15 2015. Black pour with a short brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, candy bars and caramel. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, soft booze and coffee notes. Body is medium-full with a dense bubbly carbonation. Sticky bodied with mild alcoholic warmth. Finishes with more roasted malt, chocolate, candy bars, molasses, burnt caramel and vanilla.

4.5
rosskyle (720) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Served on tap at Great Divide. Dark black color with a brown head. Sweet bourbon alcohol aroma. Heavy body. Chocolate sweet plum flavor. Very smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
tightslice (1309) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 9, 2017
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is chocolate fudge, cherry, almond oil, Amaretto, vanilla bourbon notes as it warms. Taste is sweet chocolate fudge with cherries, sweet almond and then a big hit of bourbon on the finish.


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