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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,896 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,896
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 416 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours pitch black with a small chocolate colored head that leaves small patches of lace down the entire glass.

S - Lots of roasted malt up front. Some coffee, chocolate, and a bit of hops break thru once it warms up a bit. A bit too much roast when it was first poured but once it warmed up a bit it was much better.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate, and a bit of vanilla. A little bit of a hop bite in the middle that quickly gives way to a strong roasted finish. The flavors are well balanced and it is not overly sweet like some of the other big bodied stouts. I like this one a lot.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not as creamy as I was hoping for from the nitro-tap but it still has a pretty smooth feel. I could have a few of these no problem.

D - I really like Yeti. It is a great intro into the world of big flavored stouts. I was hoping the nitro-tap would make the feel a bit better but it may have actually dulled it a bit.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-01-2010 21:20:20 | More by orangesol
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DoubleJ

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The long awaited arrival of Great Divide has finally hit Southern California. That's cool. And right here I've got a Yeti. Food pairing: NY steak, Bleu de Basque, vanilla cheesecake, artisan chocolate. Are Lindt milk chocolate truffles an artisan chocolate, because that's what I have. So on to the beer:

As black as obsidian, dark tanned head with good lacing and fine retention. There's something beautiful in the nose, because I am falling for it. There's blackstrap molasses, roasted coffee, licorice, little bits of fruitiness <smiles>.

This is a tasty guy. Modests amounts of hoppiness pop out of the strong base flavor of roasted coffee beans. A little smokiness that is provided proves pleasant. Alcohol doesn't show up to play on the palate. This is a well structured stout, and a bite of the truffle makes the pairing a success. It's on the heavy side in feel, though not super thick and gloppy. The glass is emptying faster and faster, which is a good sign in this case.

I've had other Great Divide beers before, and ons I've tried are good quality. Chalk Yeti in there too. In fact, I prefer this regular version over the oak aged variety (heresy!). Welcome to Cali, Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 04:12:22 | More by DoubleJ
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-13-2013 16:54:16 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night, absolutely opaque. It has a thick pancake head that is tan and disappears pretty quickly but leaves great lacing. The smell is of rum soaked raisins, dark chocolate, prunes, licorice, port wine and a finish of cocoa. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but its more in the nose than the taste. The taste is wonderful. A perfect blend of roasty flavors, creamy mouthfeel, and chocolate and dark fruit with brandyish overtones. Wonderful flavors very well balanced, and with a big finish. Big but smooth and creamy mouthfeel. For the high abv and big flavors,its still quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 21:34:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice dark tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, and toffee.

T - The taste is kinda sweet and bitter, with a nice toffee flavor.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an exceptional RIS from GD.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 23:56:26 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big-bubbled (in places), uneven 1/4" dark brown head over the black brew. What head there is stays as is, but no lacing at all. Aroma is of sweet, dark malts and alcohol. Flavor is similar to the nose, but the coffee flavor is more pronounced. Mouthfeel is okay, but the bitterness is somewhat off-putting, and I wish there was some semblence of carbonation happening here. Drinkability is limited by same. Ok stout, but had higher hopes...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 00:58:13 | More by ppoitras
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec. 2008.

Poured into Boulevard Smokestack Glass

Color is a deep dark brown. Pours a thin tan head. Doesn't have good retention, which I can understand. Leaves some thin lace rings.

Aroma: The aroma is very rich. Big toffee notes that I really like. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, are all represented here. There is also a presence of earthy hops behind all the malt flavor. I am really enjoying the aroma.

Taste: Big roasted malt flavor. Toffee is again dominate upfront. Then the flavor changes to the other flavors represented in the smell. I can definitely taste all the hops they used here. 75 IBUs, not to bad.

Mouthfeel: This is a very syrupy beer. Thick, rich, full bodied, and very sweet. Leaves a slight boozy and roasted malt aftertaste. This is the first part of the beer where it is a tad hot.

Overall, I really am enjoying this beer. I am trying to sip on it as I only have a 12 oz bottle. Very drinkable at the abv it has. I think this is one of the better big stouts I have had lately.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 18:58:54 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at union jacks pub, 9oz serving

A- Yeti came to me with a 1/2 inch tan mocha head that dissipated quick. Yeti had a deep burnt black look to it. What it left was a sparce pattern of thin foam on the surface. No lacing to be seen.

S- Roasted malt goodness with a nice burnt aspect. Some cream and milky scents giving off some faint vanilla. Chocolate malts also with some hops in the background with a smell of alcohol.

T- A lot of sweet and roasty malts are detected first along with the creamy flavors resembling chocolate milk. Some coffee presence with a twinge of espresso. Earthy hops towards the end leaving a roasty and dry taste together.

M-Rich and full leaving some alcohol heat behind. A nice amount of carb with a somewhat slick feel to it as it goes down. This is my first time having this on tap and it really improves from the bottle version.

D- The creaminess and milk chocolate within yeti is my favorite aspect of the taste, which came out more on tap. At 9.5% this is nowhere near sessionable but I would drink a few if i had enough courage. A very nice RIS from great divide.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2009 22:06:52 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Divide : Yeti

LOOK: Pours a dark brown color with a deep tan head. This beer is ominous looking, in a good way. Leaves some lace on the glass. Totally opaque, there is no light getting through the Yeti.

SMELL: The aroma really gets better after it warms slightly. Chocolate, coffee and deeply roasted malts make for a pretty good nose.

TASTE: Outstandingly malty and actually quite bitter. Some chocolate malt flavor, with a good helping of hoppy acidity and subtle pine flavor. Coffee notes are in the finish. The alcohol has mild spicyness, but far from omnipresent. Halfway through the draft I can sense the Yeti has great strength.

FEEL: Full bodied but quite smooth. Chewy malt flavor does not want to let go.

OVERALL: The base beer for many Yeti spinoff brews from this brewer, there's just something about this beer that screams "Age me in Bourbon barrels". Still quite nice, a fine beer in its own right actually.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 17:59:28 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5%

09-26-2013 00:50:53 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The blackest thing on Earth? Probably. And that includes a freakishly dark head that is almost more black than brown. Suds flourish in that creamy mocha-coloured mousse, which admirably relents none in the face of time. The lacing it leaves glints with a whole spectrum of colour and is thick and thorough enough you'd need a snow brush to clear it off.

The aroma - which is indeed the beer writ large - is like a blend of coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur and, if such a thing should exist, hop liqueur. It has everything dark and decadent possible plus a piny, spruce-y, outright spicy hoppiness to boot. It's like they burned down some kind of marvelous, mythical, magical forest and dipped it in 85% cocoa chocolate.

The taste emulates the nose note for note. Thank God for that. Mocha and black forest cakes, served alongside shots of rich espresso and chocolate liqueur, makes for the most tremendously decadent dessert. And that's to mention the lesser flavours of cigar, black licorice and dark berries drizzled in a balsamic reduction. This is sinfully decadent.

The mouthfeel belongs in a hall of fame somewhere, and on the walls of an art gallery, and on the city's most expensive dessert menu, and in the sermon of a preacher, and in university textbooks. How does one engineer something so seamlessly cohesive out of so many standout individual pieces? It is a work of the most skilled and audacious brewer.

Piny, prickly hops abound to such an extent that I can feel them under my skin. The beer is as chocolaty-malty rich as any of the world's strongest or highest-rated imperial stouts but is at least thrice as drinkable than the majority. It is smooth like heavy cream and has a slick, oily-bitter aftertaste. The alcohol hides in plain sight; it is sensed but never tasted.

Feel free to travel across the country, shell out for rare barrel-aged variations, spend hours in line-ups, cram like sardines into limited release parties or blow hundreds of dollars on Ebay but you're not likely to find anything better than the Yeti (or any of its spin-offs for that matter). This is one of the unrivaled series in the whole of American craft brewing.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:23:49 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

Served side by side with Oak Aged Yeti.

The beer is opaque and dark brown with a thin layer of beige head that fades rapidly. The aroma offers dark roast, licorice, hints of chocolate. Tasty beer, well balanced. Delicious roast character, though I prefer Oak Aged Yeti, which offers a bolder flavor and more complexity. Again, not as smooth as the oaked version, but still very enjoyable. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:08:53 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at RFD in DC today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, with coffee grounds, dark chocolate, licorise, and some noticeable underlying hoppy bitterness. As a result, there's a very impressive sweet and bitter aroma profile going on. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this complex beer, though I thought it was dominated by flavors of licorise, dark chocolate and cherry vanilla. Still, what's really striking is the underlying hoppy bitterness in this beer, which counters the considerable sweetness in this beer rather well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a long sweet and bitter finish. Drinkability isn't bad, though the obvious high alcohol, sweetness and licorise detract just a bit. Still, while this beer is very much a sipper, it's nevertheless quite impressive and delicious.... a very easy to appreciate and enjoy beer from Great Divide. Excellent!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 23:39:43 | More by John_M
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

11-20-2011 04:08:22 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 2/18/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some great soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, roasted coffee, biscuit, molasses, roasted malt, nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Incredible aromas here with great balance and complexity. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, caramel, toast, molasses, dark coffee, herbal spiciness, and nuttiness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, coffee, herbal spiciness, and toast on the finish for a while. Great flavor balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a huge creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9.5% with only a faint warming after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible imperial stout; and has lived up to the expectations of the last time I had it as well. I need to buy more of this just to keep around and age.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 04:57:20 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

12-01-2011 06:30:25 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one and a half finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet malt with hints of raisins and prunes. A subtle smokiness as well.

The taste consisted of clean malts with raisin and dark fruit flavor elements. There was a very nice toasted grain toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was full and very chewy.

Overall a very good and suprisingly clean RIS. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 14:56:10 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a viscose pitch coal in the glass with a monsterous 3 finger plus creamy, cinnamon sugar colored head that displayed an extraordinary retention while leaving splotchy, broken concentric circles all the down for a lacing. A very nice coloring and head retention as well lacing gives this a very brooding appearance worthy of its name.

S: a fresh, roasty nature with deep chocolate, with a citrusy-pine hopping that truly dominated the senses. A beautiful dark roasty maltiness, with dried kindling, and a milky chocolate sweetness compliments and adds highlights to the helping dose of hoppiness blending well to provide a rich, smooth experience.

T: The flavor was as roasty as the nose led you to believe, with a milky creamer sweetness. Bitter citrus, strong freshly roasted coffee beans smoothers the tongue while a light lingering burnt woodiness adds campfire minerality to the mix. The hopping was bitter and earthy, with dried pine, while a roasted lacing and chalkiness closes things out. Overall the flavor was rich and robust and very bitter. Some may say this was a little over hopped per style distracting from the usual dark maltiness per style, but I thought this was refreshing, unique, and the hops complimented the dark brooding malting adding only layers of complexity making this an very good, and thus unusual drink per style that pushes the envelope.

M: creamy and full bodied, very softly accented with little carbonation which adds to the fullness and smoothness. The finish finds a bitter and chalky ending with a warming alcohol presence.

D: A very robust, hearty, and bitter imperial stout with an unusual west coast hopping that actually works really well here. Lives up to its billing and name starting strong, and finishes even stronger. A bomber is enough to fill one up and is like a meal in every bottle, sure to satisfy malt and hop wise making this a sure repeater in the future and great standard to measure up to.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 22:33:51 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black, very opaque, no light getting through this fucker, big tan head forms, some nice lacing. Smell is roast coffee, chocolate, carmael, dates, floral/pine hops, some alcohol. Taste is roasty, with caramel, then chocolate middle, super pine and floral hops, and then a chocolate/coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with low carbonation, very smooth. Good stout but I liked the oak-aged better. This one seems a little unbalanced with the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 16:52:13 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, review form notes.

A: Pours a black with a very nice looking brown head on top, very bubbly. Decent retention, lasting a minute or two, before reducing to a thin layer on top.

S: Some dark chocolate, a little coffee, dark fruit, and a little bit of bitterness. There is a little bit of roasted malt that grows as it warms.

T: More on the bitter side than I was expecting, but not in a bad way at all. Dark chocolate, a little roast, some light coffee, and hints of dark fruit.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth. It was a nice sipper over the course of dessert and the rest of the evening.

O: A really well done RIS, not my favorite, but considering its availability very nice. With the last little bit, I put in a scoop of chocolate ice cream, and that was fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 21:29:12 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This intensely black beer has a nice looking dark brown head with good retention. It recedes to a nice collaring that leaves nice lace patterns for an Imperial. Nose is charred, burnt, woody, alcoholic, bitter and roasted. Perfect!! I wish the flavors followed through in the HUGE way that the nose promised, but it just doesn't... at least to the expectations I had. The flavor is good, don't get me wrong, but not the wedded biss I was promised from the nose. There's a nice roasted and mildly charred malt presence. A little tobacco. And some bitter hops. Very little alcohol presence. The body's a little light for an Imperial...maybe medium or so. Carbonation is appropriate. This one doesn't overwhelm me, but you know what, it's pretty damn good.

Cokes, thanks for the Maverick, cowboy.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 04:42:25 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, that's a perfect looking beer, enjoyed at the brewery tasting room. Jet black, thick consistency, perfect 1"+ deep tan head. Amazing retention and lacing. That's how its done boys. Aroma, massive amount of roasted two row and chocolate malt. No alcohol perceptible in the aroma.

Taste, rocksolid, sturdy. Again, deep roast, mild chocolate malt notes. Very chewy and thick on the palate, in a complete good way. Its straight forward, and not really complex (that's what all the varieties are for right?), and I mean that as a compliment. There's plenty of bitterness from the heavy roasting and relatively forward hopping. Earthy and dry at the same time, this does make 9.5% drink so damn easy. Remember how stoked I was when they put this into 4 packs. Kind of sad to think how this doesn't get a lot of stroking these days, being widely avaiable and around for so long. But then again, it is well up on the beers of fame list, so maybe I'm dabbling in hyperbole a little much here. Regardless, even if it is well respected, I think it deserves it even moreso.

A real great beer, that is a great base beer to so many other varieties as well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 20:18:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottle dated Feb 7th 2011.

Giant huge head, super super DARK brown and fist full sized. Body is black BLACK as midnight, liquid motor oil but not as thick and viscous, out of the bottle. Rock hard, big headed, dark as night... looks great.

Smell is a great chocolate malt with that chewy grain sensation. Real simple, real soild, just good. Little bit of heat gives a feel of almost wood grain.

Taste is just right. Nice just right mouthfeel, with a good malty chocolate like backbone. Small hint of tobacco, almost hoppy finish strangely. Dense and thick but not syrupy.

Overall yeah man it's another yeti winner this flagship and it's variations just can't seem to do wrong.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 23:27:22 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-25-2014 01:39:35 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a viscous black with faint brown highlights. It had a thin tan head that produced fine lace. Giant maltiness in the aroma, with lots of caramel, molasses, and a bit of roast. Hop character was quite restrained. The bitterness was quite high and there was a lot of grapefruit hop flavour mixed with a bit of pine resin to start. Sweetness kicked in at the mid, followed by a lingering roasted bitterness and lower levels of hop flavour. Full, thick body with a smooth texture and a bit of slickness from the residual sugar. Pretty good balance for such a big beer. Great flavour and aroma. Thanks Zithal!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 20:41:59 | More by DrJay
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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