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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,693
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 248
Gots: 563 | FT: 30
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:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-09-2004)
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Photo of capeannbass36


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottled on October 18, 2010.

A- Pours a very dark, black brown topped with a very rich, dark cocoa brown powder colored 1/2 finger head that faded away within a couple of minutes. Light to medium lacing left behind throughout.

S- Burnt coffee, chocolate, hint of wood.

T- More or less similar to the nose....with a bit more pronounced burnt coffee flavor. Not overly sweet. Slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

M- Slightly slick. Light carbonation. A slightly bitter coating to mouth at end.

O-Sat on this for over 6 months. Not bad at all. Wish it were a little heavier and just a bit sweeter. Richest colored head on a beer that I have ever seen. Will try this year's version as soon as it is available.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:38:34 | More by capeannbass36
Photo of doughanson78


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Old label.

A: Very black pour, up with the blacker beers I've seen. Black as night in the glass also. One finger chocolate mocha head with great retention and beautiful lacing.

S: Huge oak. Lots of coffee and milk chocolate. A slight hint of vanilla. Oak is definitely the dominating thing here.

T: Sweet milk chocolate upfront. Then dominating oak. Almost to much. Coffee comes through in the finish. Huge oaked coffee aftertaste.

M: Full bodied. Very creamy. What a Imperial Stout should be.

O: A good Imp. Stout. One drawback is that the Oak dominates. Other than that this is up with the other Yeti's I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 19:51:58 | More by doughanson78
Photo of ptykozoon


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oak aged Yeti pours deep brown with a milk chocolate head which eventually settles into a nice layer.

Chocolate, oak, non-bitter coffee, a tinge of vanilla.

Light chocolate with predominantly coffee rounding this out. Bits of malt and plain ol' oak barrel.

Medium to full bodied. Bitter coffee bean finish.

This is a nice, simple stout. Coffee and chocolate, a bit of oak and for the life of me I couldn't find much else. Bitter coffee, a high ABV and oak need to be contrasted with some sweetness in my opinion. I would prefer a bit more complexity and a heavier mouthfeel on this too.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 15:14:26 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a major beer, this imperial stout gets a sweet/vanilla/slow cooked vibe from the oak it is kept in. alcohol coming through in both the nose and the taste. mocha colored head sticks around while the quality of this process presents itself. unforgettable and undefined, if thats possible... tons of cocoa flavors, very little sweetness, fullest of full bodies, patient carbonation, attitude. i should also add that age does wonders to this, i had a three year old vintage recently as well, and the oak comes even more to the fore while the alcohol takes a major back seat. gets even smoother, if you can imagine. this is absolutely outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 07:15:55 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of gueuzer


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap

App- Jet black with a brown tinged head that really sticks around.

Sm- Acrid burnt malt with a bit of heat. Some slight stone fruits mingling with the vanilla of the oak.

Ta- Dark burnt malt that comes forward like bittersweet chocolate and espresso. The booze is off set well by a strong oaky vanilla presence. Finishes with a hops that are much muted from the fresh normal-yeti, which provides a needed balance.

Ov- One of the quintessential oaked american RIS. Underrated due to its availability.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 18:13:10 | More by gueuzer
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Big dark brown head, mostly small bubbles some big. Jet black body.

S- Chocolate, roasted, oak and vanilla notes. Some alcohol on the back with a slight sweetness. Really nice.

T- Upfront i'm hit with is a big chard wood flavor, then the roasted chocolate and vanilla notes come in underneath. After you get used to the chard and burnt flavors its very balanced. Really smooth with good dry finish.

M- On the low end of full bodied. Slightly creamy but has a thin oily feel that coats the mouth, mostly your tongue.

O- Really good imperial stout, one of the best I've had. Really complex and easy drinking, really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 18:04:16 | More by d4114
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Can't find a bottling date. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours pitch black with 2 fingers of dark mocha head. Good amount of lacing left in the glass.

A lot of things going on in the aroma. Sweet chocolate malt, dry roasted wood and vanilla notes, lots of bright hops and spicy alcohol.

Flavor is a mix of semi-sweet malt, super-dry roasted malt, and citrusy hops. Bitter roasted char dominates the middle. Finish and aftertaste are an odd clash of flavors - spicy, bitter, and a little sour. The oddness doesn't last very long, but the roast, hops, and alcohol linger for quite awhile.

Fairly full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Gets a little thick.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 03:05:58 | More by brotherloco
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District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on October 18, 2010.

Pitch black beer with thick, fluffy, brown head that sticks around with plenty of lacing. An aroma of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt, mixing with earthy oak and a sharp hint of bitter, resinous hops. Chocolate flavor abounds with roasted coffee and a bitter hoppiness. Dark fruit, earthy tobacco, and charcoal flavors with hints of vanilla bean come from the oak aging. Rich and full bodied of course, plenty sweet but balanced with tons of complexity and bittering hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 21:45:04 | More by goldbot
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3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not dated, and resembles the Barrel Aged Yeti, so my guess is that this is a 2008 bottle.

Pours black as night, with a nice mocha colored collar. Leaves a nice creamy lace down the side.

Aroma is rather woody, with a light vanilla note with some roast and chocolate.

Nice bitter chocolate notes, slight vanilla and oak, roasted malts and a burnt quality.

Full and thick, creamy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:49:55 | More by EgadBananas
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Motor-oil black. Pours completely opaque, and produces a thick dark-tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves moderate lacing.

S: More alcohol and oak than I anticipated. Good coffee and chocolate in the background, but overwhelmed by the oak.

T: Less oak than in the nose. Starts out with good caramel and burnt flavors, transitions into the coffee and chocolate notes in the nose. Definite oak throughout, but not as dominant as the smell would lead you to believe. Sharp hop bitterness in the finish that lingers.

M: Thick, fully-coating, and heavy. This is a stout that lets you know that it's there. Decent carbonation for how thick it is.

O: Would try it again, but not my favorite Imperial Stout. As my wife put it, "I'm overwhelmed!" It's a big, big stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:15:07 | More by ESPNman
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4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 650ml bomber down the center of a Duvel Snifter glass.
Beer bottled on Oct. 07, 2010. Bought the beer when it was fresh and kept in my cellar for almost a year.

Appearance: Poured thick, color is dark as night, carbonation is just right, poured a fingers worth of dark brown head, and the head dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: Oak chips, alcohol, chocolate, vanilla tones, dark fruits, coffee, piney hops, dark roasted malts, raisins and licorice.

Taste: I tasted everything that I smelled from this beer. Complex, but a very well balanced Imperial Stout overall! Everything comes together so well like a well assembled symphony orchestra. The alcohol is well masked and the beer is very drinkable. The wood/oak/vanilla tones are just perfect and they don't dominate. Everything that I taste is everything that I anticipated from this huge huge beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full bodied, coats your entire mouth and throat, and gives your body a comfortable warm feeling by the time your finished with your first glass.

Overall: Bravo, Great Divide Brewing Co.!!! This was the best oak aged imperial stout that I have ever had and I will be definitely buying more of this stuff in the future. What I liked the most about this beer was the overall balance of this beastly brew. This beer was just simply amazing! Now all I have to try is the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti RIS and I can't wait!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 04:36:02 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as a black hole ! Thick dark brown head that fades and leaves around two fingers after its calmed down. Lovely Lacing.

Smell: Hops, Alcohol, Burnt/Char, coffee, cocoa.

Taste: Alcohol, Burnt/Char, Coffee, Cocoa, burnt sugars ?

Mouthfeel: Thick and sexy. Coats the mouth and leaves a slight burn followed by charred oakey coffee !

Drinkability: For me, I love a good stout, and could drink one daily... although its probably not the best idea. Great to share with a few buddies over conversation !

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 23:46:02 | More by sixthglass
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter, sharred with 3 friends.

Bottle Date: Oct 07, 2010

A- This is a beautiful looking beer, dark pitch black color, opaque, really nice lacing, two finger brown head.
S- The aroma is really nice, big oak presence, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, very similar, to the base beer. Alcohol is apparent but not overpowering.
T- Now this is what I call a big tasty beer, big oaky flavor, nice chocolate, slight vanilla, molasses, slight hop profile, wood, alcohol is present.
M- Big mouth feel, well carbonated, really smooth drinking, crisp finish.
O- This was the best of the five Yeti’s we drank tonight. Everything you need or want in a RIS is in this beer, I might go out and buy some to age, loved it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 05:20:42 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black body with a brown head and lace.

S - The smell of wood is very prominent in the nose. There are also dark chocolate and coffee notes. In addition, there are hints of earthiness from the hops.

T - Immediately, there is a sweet caramel flavor that transitions into dark chocolate and coffee. Then the taste moves into the smokey woodiness from the aging process. There is also some lingering bitterness form the hops as well.

M - The head is silky and the body itself is velvety smooth.

O - An outstanding imperial stout. It has everything you expect and more from the genre, but in a well-balanced and mature package. The alcohol is also fairly well concealed, but does leave a nice warmth that is always enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 04:43:18 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
Photo of MEsoJD


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A thick/rich Black body with a mocha head.

S: Smells like chocolate, coffee, toffe, roast/oak notes, and of vanilla.

T: Instantly taste like chocolate and toffee. Sweet and hardly any bitterness. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M: Smooth and creamy. Carbonation seems perfect.

O: Possibly my favorite Imperial Stout. Amazing taste and mouthwatering. If you get the chance, try this beer. If you love stouts, this is a must.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 01:03:25 | More by MEsoJD
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a beer mug this imperial stout boasted a ridiculously awesome foam head. Lots of lacing. Pitch black color and tan foam.

smells of malt and chocolate and slight coffee notes. also, you can pick up a slight hint of bitter hop aroma... barely

taste is great... starts with rich malt and coffee flavor and rolls right into a bitter finish that is very complex. I get a little oak or wood flavor but i think that if i didn't know that the beer was oaked aged then i would think of it more of a hop flavor... or even not pick it up at all... very great beer though..

thick and creamy full bodied beer that is very complex

overall i really enjoyed this beer... I've been looking for it quite a while and finally got some in at my local beer store... i must say it was worth the wait and didn't let me down at all!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 23:18:38 | More by DUBinMIA
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark inky black, almost "powdery" look to it due to small bubbled carbonation. Huge two finger mocha head. The head didn't have much retention.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts were there immediately. Good touch of booze, and a sweet oak.

T - First hit the roasted malts, light coffee basically. Moves to a darker chocolate taste, some vanilla picked up as well. Mild cleansing hop profile, much less hop punch then regular Yeti that I've had.

M - Full body for sure, creamy.

O - Very nice Imperial Stout, easy to drink with the milder coffee/chocolate flavors and less hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 20:04:05 | More by chilly460
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/5/2010

Appearance- Poured into a snifter, jet black, no light enters, just a black hole. The darkest head I have seen on a beer. Great retention and tons of sticky lace, I have never seen a stout of this stature lace this much. Perfect 5 appearance.

Smell- Bitter coffee and pine sided hops. Some dark chocolate, slight oak, vanilla, and molasses.

Taste- Dark chocolate, dry cocoa and bitter coffee beans up front. Turns to some piney hops, and some subtle dark fruit; raison and a hint of plum. Then the charred oak pops up on the finish (though not smoky), fairly woody with subtle vanilla, caramel, molasses. Lingering coffee/chocolate and slightly charred wood on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Full body with perfect carbonation, very creamy. After 9 months the alcohol presence is nil.

Overall- The espresso oak aged is better, has even more oak and coffee (obviously), but this is still mighty tasty, better than 95% of the imperial stouts out there. It just has some stiff completion amongst its own brand. None the less, still a no doubt, solid “A” beer. This Yeti series is epic. I would do terrible disgusting things for a Barrel Aged version of this!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 07:24:55 | More by JLeege
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5th review on BA. Opened on 8/5/11 and poured into my FW nonic at 55 degrees. Bottling date stamp was smeared so no knowing how long it's been bottled up, but let's unleash this beast.

A- Pours a deep, rich black. Really dark. Thick mocha-colored head quickly turns into some impressive lacing on the glass. Looking good so far.

S- Oh man! Smells great. Roasted chocolate. Little bit of vanilla and coffee.

T- Lots of chocolate in this one. Like the nose, there are hints of coffee and vanilla, but the chocolate is the star here. Toasted oak chips, too. Nice and complex. Really digging it.The alcohol is hidden so well for 9.5%. Nice bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M- Perfect carbonation for a stout. Smooth as hell for what this is. Fulfilling with every sip. My mouth is watering for more.

O- Is it the best stout? No. Is it a great stout? Absolutely. Nothing better than a complex stout in my opinion, and this one fits the bill. I've had the original Yeti and I can safely say this one is much better and I'll be reaching for this one over the original every time. Really excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 09:55:56 | More by jm1229
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4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged Yeti bears an aroma that is equal parts thick, creamy malt and strong hops: the former brings notes of ash, chocolate malt, fig, and dark chocolate; and the latter brings a grapefruit and citrus tang.

Rather unique among Imperial Stouts for such an emphasis on hops (in addition to dark malts), the brew further demonstrates its strengths on the tongue, where the first flavors to cross the tastebuds are dark chocolates, tobacco, ash, chocolate malt (with hints of black malt), fig, and young port (which is wilder and far less subtle than its aged counterparts). Prancing about on top of these malts are the hops, which burn the tongue with pokers of 75 IBU grapefruit bitterness, meaning that at such levels, this "stout" is far more potent than most serious IPAs. The aftertaste is equal parts ash, tobacco, and hops, and lingers for upwards of a minute, being especially noticeable on the soft palate. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a superb Imperial Stout, and is well balanced between malts and hops, making for one of the more pleasurable drinking experiences I've had in a while. Beware, however: the strengths of these flavors may prove too much for many drinkers, especially those for whom even a Guinness is far too dark.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 03:13:37 | More by jondeelee
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very rich dark brown, extremely black appearance. One finger dark khaki head, turns into moderate lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, molasses and malt, alcohol, espresso notes. Some hints of oak and wood, vanilla bean and even some sort of cherry-like aroma.

T/M: Big oak/wood flavor with bittersweet and dark chocolates, roasted malts and strong coffee. Coffee flavor tastes almost burnt, doesn't hurt the overall flavor though. Very rich and smooth overall body. Very mildly bitter with a fully loaded malt frame. Not extra complex, just a really rich and full flavor overall. 9.5% ABV flows perfectly with the rest of the flavors. Full body with medium carbonation.

D: Amazing. A really well done brew. Big flavor, big body, big beer. Highly recommend this one for oak-aged stout fans.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 03:27:57 | More by YouSkeete
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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer several times and just decided to review it tonight. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey Tulip. Bottled 11/09/09

A- Freaking great looking. Dark and rich, fantastic head on it. Superb lacing which leads way to the smell...

S- Fantastic as well,chocolate, vanilla and roast notes. excellent.

T- Wonderful as well. Thick dark and rich, with a wonderful viscocity. Delicious chocolate and vanilla flavors, very rich in the dark chocolate flavor. Hard to beat this flavoer

M- Superb, rich and viscous.

O- Everyone should try this beer and it seems to be readily available. If you haen't had one, try it!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 03:02:42 | More by sendsilk
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank after a Bells Expedition Stout. Was a very nice affordable upgrade from the bells during the Phils/Giants game. Bottled in Dec 07,2010.

Poured with a finger of burnt golden head, nicely laced against the glass. Very nice oak on the nose as well as during tasting. Your normal choc and coffee notes, nothing extra special...just special.

A little bit of alcohol could be detected which makes me wanna buy a few more to age for a year or even more, if they last that long.

Graded on a hard scale I'd give this a B+ to A-. Def would drink and buy anytime I could.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 23:49:27 | More by byteme94
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (dated 10/18/2010) into Delirium snifter on 7/24/11.

A: As this pitch black beer is pored, it looks heavy and syrupy. It settles with nice tan head that slowly recedes to lace and cloud-like wisps.

N: Chocolate notes are prominent with a bit of vanilla and coffee in the background.

T/M: Chocolate and coffee and vanilla are primary. A bit of the alcoholic heat comes in. There is a defined taste of tasted oak in the finish.
This actually has a lighter bodied than it appeared to have during the pour, being a on the medium-heavy spectrum.

Overall, I really liked the complexity of this beer. The hops blend well with the beer to add a nice spice, but the barrel aging is definitely the main attractant here. Delicious! Even better than the standard Yeti!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 22:14:03 | More by peacebone116
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle, dated October 30, 2009, poured into a snifter...

A - Pours as opaque black as you can get. Pours oily almost and a nice 1 finger darker tan head forms. It slowly recedes leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Very woody, oak notes up front along with burnt malts, chocolate and some bitter coffee. Strong notes of vanilla and dark fruits are present as well.

T - Starts out with a solid oak punch mixed with sweet vanilla. Burnt, almost ashy, malts and bitter coffee follow. Nice, big chocolate flavors come out too giving it a nice sweetness. The bitter coffee flavors really hang around here.

M - Heavy bodied beer with a really smooth feel to it. More carbonation than I would've thought, but it rounds the feel out nicely.

O - My favorite of the Yeti lineup. It really gives you everything you love about Yeti with a nice oaky addition.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 13:46:35 | More by KAP1356
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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