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RATINGS: 358   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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DrunkSanta410 (921) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Tap at Great Divide Barrel Room. Pours black, nice brown head that fades to a ring. Aroma is whiskey, vanilla, oak, cocoa, lightly sweet. Taste is light whiskey, vanilla, faint oak, chocolate and toast. Very balanced whiskey in this. Not over the top, alcohol is balanced well. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Faint alcohol burn on the palate. Awesome!

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notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Taster at the barrel bar - black pour - nose of treacle, tamarind, fig, brown sugar, light bourbon - flavor is similar - slight umami character up front before getting sweet, with notes of tamarind, treacle, cookie dough, vanilla - touches of smoke - considering how long it was in the barrels, it is surprisingly smooth and low in the booziness - slick texture and a slightly spicy finish - in reality, not any better than regular Yeti, for a much higher price, but glad to have tried it.

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Martinus (4601) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2016
Jet black colour, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, cacao, alcohol. Sweet flavour, cacao, booze, brown sugar. Quite thick. Sweet finish, vanilla. Nice!
(from 75cL bottle @ ZZT 2016-1. Thanks for sharing, Drebus cq Benzai!)

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kaser (6220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Black pour from 22oz bottle at home. Off white head. Syrup cocoa rich and creamy. Good shit

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baraciisch (3187) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2017
Bottle. Dark black in color, dark beige head... Aroma of whiskey, dark malts, chocolate... Flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, whiskey barrel tones throughout... solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2008
I love the Oak Aged Yeti, so this one was enjoyable as well. I would love to see how this one ages, as its just way too hot right now. Too much whiskey in both the armoa and flavor. Maintains Yetis oily texture, which was nice, but lost some of the thickness, which was not. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and wood throughout. This one should age nicely, but for the ridiculous price, Id much rather just get the Oak Yeti.

3.9
hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Bottle. Brought back from Denver after GABF 2008. Shared with jarspag, sauceyhops, Katie and Jon. Black, oily appearance with no carbonation. Striking similarity to soy sauce. Aroma is packed with oak wood and smoky bourbon whiskey. Very pleasing nose. The flavor follows up a bit less impressive. Mostly strong whiskey with a slight metallic aftertaste. Maybe this has oxidized from sitting in the barrel too long. Palate feels watered down. Nice oak flavors hang on the aftertaste. Kind of thin bodied.

3.9
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle thanks to the Gambeeeeez of doooom. The long barrel aging didn’t really do this guy well. Reminded me of BA Speedway in how it took on an annoying sweetness. Good and enjoyable, but not an epic beer. I’ll take both yeti and oaked yeti over this...

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emacgee (4674) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Thanks ucusty for sharing. Pours a dark inky black with no head to speak of. The nose shows mild oxidation, some whiskey, more vanilla character than I expected, alcohol, some acetaldehyde. The flavor has a nice barrel character, prominent whiskey, nice development of vanillins, alcohol, some sweetness, chocolate. The palate shows mild alcohol and a tannic barrel character.

3.9
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
bottle shared by kan at DLD09, pours blk with tan head. nose of bourbon and alcohol. flavors are bourbon forward, sweet caramel and chocolate. tasty brew.


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