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RATINGS: 379   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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egajdzis (6777) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2008
[31/470] Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, vanilla, and sharp bourbon. Taste of bitter roast, dark chocolate, vanilla, raisins, nuts, and bourbony alcohol. Thanks for sharing Steve!

4
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this hard to come by bottle. Pours a deep black with a creamy/bubbly medium deep tan lacing head. Aroma of intense dark chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, oak, nuts, toffee, tobacco and some alcohol burn. Flavor of vanilla, oak, caramel, smooth whiskey notes, nuts, chocolate and light roasty notes.

4
Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Shared by IrishBoy. Black with a thin off white head. Aroma is very boubony, chocolate, roasty with light caramel. Taste is light oak, dark chocolate, light caramel, and cream.

4
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Great beer, little heavy in nose and palette on alcohol, but that’s what they were shooting for so the guy it. Not as robust as the oak aged yeti but that IMO is a plus. Not something I would drink often but a good sipping beer for those could nights.

4
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Gillard is the man, thanks for thinking of us! Pours a dark red-brown with a brown head. Nose is rye, whiskey, wood, phenol, chocolate, and vanilla. I get a lot of specifically whiskey character from this one, as opposed to other beers that are aged solely in "barrels." Flavor is chocolate, phenol, whiskey, oak, earth, and some dark chocolate. This was a rare treat with a lot of dark complexity. Awesome beer.

4
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.

4
fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle pours pitch black with small tan head. Aroma is all booze with some vanilla and sweet malt. Flavor is high booze, vanilla, roasty malt, chocolate, and finishes with more booze. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Unlike its counterpart the BA Ruffian I like the way the high booze plays with dark malts. Damn fine brew.

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
Brigadier (3760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2009
750 ml bottle at miketd’s tasting


Thanks to whomever brought this along. It has been a while since I have tried Yeti in any form; now I will have to go pick up a bottle to reacquaint myself with its charms. This has many of the characteristics of the regular version along with the typical barrel aspects.



Aroma / Appearance - Deep black as any good imperial stout is it swirls in a oily way around the glass. Creamy lacing clings to the sides creating a dirty sheen. Malty with black coffee, anise, vanilla, smoke, whiskey, and some chocolate create a good aroma but it feels as if something is missing.



Flavor / Palate - The oily mouthfeel unleashes several flavors in quick succession starting with smoke and moving on to vanilla, light whiskey, chocolate, and finally rich black coffee. Nice and warm it pleases the senses without being over the top like some imperial stouts - at 12% Great Divide strikes a nice balance between big and balanced.

4
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle #387 Thanks to SecretSanta for this one!. Viscous black pour, thin chestnut colored head and perfect lace. Bourbon, vanilla, roast and hazelnuts. Dark fruit, roast, barrel, and oak tannins. Dry bittersweet finish. Alcohol is extremly well masked


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