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RATINGS: 374   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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4.5
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
#444/470 bottle thanks to Lumpy. WOW this beer is amazing. poured motor oil black with ruby edges and some nice legs. aroma of fudge, oak, vanilla caramel, and alcohol. flavor was wood, chocolate, dark roasts, and alcohol. body was like a velvet cloth being draped across my tongue. this may very well be the best beer ever.

4.5
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle #285/470 generously shared by Sparky27...ERIC, you ROCK!!! Creamy vanilla milkshake floats on top of a liquid onyx body. The aroma is sublime; bourbon soaked oak, molasses, dark chocolate and roasted espresso. Complex and delicious with dark fruit, cocoa powder, caramel, vanilla and wood. The bourbon is evident but not overpowering. Extremely thick and viscous. An incredible beer!!!

4.5
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2009
another top want knocked right off my list. kan thanks so much for sharing. You were truly generous. The bourbon kicked ass!! The other versions of Yeti should be OHHH so jealous. The roast, chocolate and boozy notes married so well in this beer. Gotta love the bourbon in this one. Thanks Kan.

4.5
neepsntatties (2028) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Git to try bottle #174/470 of this courtesy of "hannont". Colour... Black with a thin tan head. Nose... definitely whiskey as well as sweet, roasty and malty. Palate... nicely boozy, with oak, vanilla, brown sugar, Christmas pudding, strong coffee, dark dried fruits, burnt toffee and a delightfully long finish. So glad that it aged for 20 months. The Stranahan’s barrels obviously added a wonderfully complex character to this stout!

4.5
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2009
650 ml bottle from Dchmelas super sixpack shipper. Thanks buddy! Black as night with a great creamy. Brown long lasting head. Chocolate, espresso smooth oak flavor. Bold! You will love this beer!

4.5
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Botle at the BA Bolita release party. Huge oaky bourbony nose. Drives some of the chocolate aroma of the base beer under but the roasted coffee nose still is there. Flavor is amazing and well integrated. Smooth with very big notes of chocolate and bourbon. Roasty and slightly bitter on the backend with a lingering bourbon and vanilla finish. Very very good.

4.5
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
From the Bottle in the Brewery Room at the Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver 10/10/2008 Whisky aroma. Black fruity and a little rich on the palate. Smooth and bitter chocolate roast finish.

4.5
joergen (28949) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Bottle at Papsø. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa powder and alcohol. Sweet and roasted flavour of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa powder and alcohol. Roasted finish.

4.5
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.

4.5
slowrunner77 (12581) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2017 "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)" No longer aged in Stranahans sour mash, but a bourbon blend - still SUPER nice, just not as unique.


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