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RATINGS: 354   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and a touch of alcohol. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and toffee. The finish has vanilla, coconut, and faint bourbon. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthful. Overall, excellent...similar to Oak Aged Yeti, but slightly more malty and much smoother...a top notch barrel aged Imperial Stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Poured at EBF Night of the Barrels. Oh how the beer gods shined down on us that night. Great whiskey chocolate flavor both in the taste and aroma. Thick and super dark. What a gem this was.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wchesser (2047) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 2009 edition. Bottle 165/1104 drank on 2/22/12. Dark and opaque with some translucency at the edges. Good carbonation, yields a thin dark french press coffee colored head that fades quickly with no lacing. Big nose of Mounds Bar chocolate and toasted coconut, along with vanilla and a bit of bourbon and roasted coffee. Taste follows this, with coffee and especially the whiskey becoming more prominent. Alcohol very apparent, a bit too much so, but hey, this is a big, sipping beer. Tried it with a pork and black bean chili-okay, but alcohol clashed with the spiciness of the chili. Also tried with a chocolate cookie and a Girl Scout Samoa...nice and complementary, but the winning pairing was a Colton-Basset Stilton...really terrific, the tingling sensation of the strong cheese went great with the whiskey burn and really bumped up the flavors of both, particularly the coffee in the beer. >>>Rerate: 2011 bottle #1096 drank on 7/25/12. I bumped this up a point overall. Same notes above apply, but on this fresher one, the hops really showed through a lot more as a terrific bitter balance with the dark roast coffee notes. Actually think I liked this younger one more than the 3 year old. >>Rerate: 09, bottle #168 of 1104. Enjoyed on 12/26/12. Favorite of mine in a rare stout tasting, topping KBS. Liked this more than the first 09. Felt rounder and not as hot. This beer carries the Stranahans better than any I have seen-only one that truly stands up to it as an equal partner in the deal.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OmegaX (1374) - 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!!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (2758) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
750ml bottle, #316 from 2011 courtesy of adneilson for rating 900. Midnight brown with a creamy dark mocha head, great retention all the way throughout. Huge depth on aroma with more flavours becomes apparent, very well balanced, nutiness, with some toffee and chocolate, whiskey, buttery, bit smoky/peat. Full body, moderate carbonation, long nice finish with a slight sweetness and all the flavours melding together to create a great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenverLogan (1205) - LA, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
From the big barrel at the 2013 anniversary fest. Pours black with big brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, bourbon. Mild carbonation and moderate mouthfeel. Flavors of chocolate malt balls, dark chocolate, malt liquor, light cream liquor. Overall very smooth with rich malt flavors and hardly the alcohol or rough edges Ive experienced with the bottles of their barrel aged yeti. Very tasty and rich. Went back twice for more.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auee92 (14) - Lawrenceville, USA - APR 10, 2014
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, soy sauce, Appearance: black, minimal head, tan foam, Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, Palate: light body, thin feel, oily feel, slick feel, soft carbonation, Overall: Very good Imperial Stout, very drinkable and hides the 9% very well.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thrashers2x (46) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
A big beer with big flavor. Coffee, caramel, vanilla, raisin, clove, coffee with a nice roasted flavor. A great stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (6534) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle: Thanks to ... Vintage 2011: Bottle No. 2283: Served in a Chouffe glass: Medium to smal brown to darker brown head. Pitch black body. Aromas of wood roast, some bourbon/whiskey notes, dark chocolate, some malts roast and coffee tones, light vanilla, some bay leaf, light manure... Flavour is thick and massive dark tones of dark roasted bitter coffee tones, dark chocolate, tar, roast, bitters, earthy tones, light dry, coffee beans, some bay leaf, some whiskey, some strong roast, light vanilla, wood roast... Aftertaste is a mix of dark roast, dark coffee, light vanilla, earthy, wood roast, some dark chocolate.... Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, full bodied and a creamy close to oily light sticky light dry texture. Massive dark roasty tones. Impressive!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rosskyle (643) - 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


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