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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,718 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,718
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 249
Gots: 568 | FT: 30
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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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GreatPondBrewer

California

4.6/5  rDev +8%

Poured a jet black without even a hint of light. This beer embodied the event horizon of a black hole. Not one particle of light could possibly escape is oily mass. Perched atop like the accretion disc was a pillowy café au lait head that slowly receded into bubbles and a sligh that was already lacing before I could even take a sip. The nose was so rich and deep I think I couuld probably OD and legally die if I inhaled too much of it. There were heavy notes of chocolate, molassass, brown sugar, some salty flavors mixed in. The first blush revealed a sharp hop bitterness that slid into a smooth full bodied malt attack replete with more notes of chocolate and slight rum and fruit overtures before morphing back towards the bitterness of the hops. The alcohol produced a comforting warming sensation, but in no way overpowered the flavors. The mouthfeel was chameleonlike like as the taste would suggest with alternating sharpness and smooth velvet like stages. I enjoyed this beer as the weather finally took a dive towards the negatives. This is surely one to seek out!

12-05-2006 23:50:47 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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mynie

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

22 oz bomber into a stubby little half of a chalice.

Fantastic pour, deep dark black with a large wonderfully brown head. Only loses a small mark for a little bit of ruby showing through at the bottom.

Smells like very bitter malt and an unexpected dose of dry hop against a very light bourbon background. Not as intense as Goose Island's BC--much more stouty and much less bourbony.

Big rush of RIS ultra bitter malts, backed up with a rush of that unexpected bittersour hop and ending on a pronounced but gentle woodbarrell whiskey taste. Long, strong, and layered.

Woo-eee. A great RIS and a great wood-aged beer. Not quite as deadly intense as the bigboys, but certainly a good stepping stone for the uninitiated.

12-05-2006 03:54:31 | More by mynie
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Graham21

Iowa

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured this into an oversized wine glass. Pours a dark dark brown, almost black. I thought the head was very nice, a few mm high which discipated into a very consistent lacing that hangs on to the glass. The first thing I smelled was dark fruits, like cherries, along with chocolate undertones. Lots of coffee and roasted malts came out as well. I love the taste of this beer. Its starts out like dark chocolate milk, then become more burnt and bitter tasting like coffee and malts, and finishes with a nice hoppiness. The mouthfeel is very pleasant, and the drinkibility gets two thumbs up.

12-04-2006 05:15:18 | More by Graham21
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

22 oz bottle poured into my pint glass.
A - Dark brown/Black letting no light shine through with a caramel colored head that is an inch thick.
S - Sweet aromas of molasses, carmelized malt, piney hops, vanilla and boozy bourbon and I could swear I smelled coconut.
T - oak flavor is right up front followed by smokey bourbon, vanilla and bittersweet mocha with a decent amount of hoppiness throughout each sip.
M - Alcohol is warming as it goes down. Full body with modest carbonation.
D - Very smooth but a little too heavy to warrant opening up another bomber. This Yeti is meant to be savored over the course of at least an hour or so. It's nice to let it warm up to see what flavors and aromas will appear.

11-28-2006 04:30:26 | More by ClockworkOrange
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +4%

Inky dark brown with a black heart. Creamy, whipped, glass-climbing, cocoa brown head. Roasted, blackened fruits, ripe and sherry-esque. Big bourbon/Scotch aromas, oaky barrels, fudge, and medicinal alcohol. Numbing roasted, bitter hops, and alcohol quickly give way to chocolate, vinous fruits, and oaky bourbon. Finish is spicy bitter and warming, with lingering roasted flavors and dark chocolate. Full-bodied overall, creamy tiny bubble feel. A great digestif and goes well with T-day desert (caramel apple cake with caramel ice cream).

11-26-2006 02:07:10 | More by alexgash
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Great Divide- Oak Aged Yeti Stout

Appearance- Dark black with a thick whipped cream head.
Smell- Strong wood, ceder and oak, with chocolate, cofee, and alcohol.
Taste- Big woodsy coffee and chocolate. Slight pine hops.
Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy and sweet up front. Big earthy bitterness in the end. The flavor has subtle hints of campfire in it.

Overall- A great sipping beer here. Alcohol is masked well and the flavor is bold. Very good 1!!

11-25-2006 23:57:10 | More by NJpadreFan
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rattech

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Oak aged yeti
Appearance: Lightly carbonated, shiny mahogany brew so dark it looks opaque. A 1cm head. Poured into a snifter.

Smell: Sweet like roasted or dried fruit, touch of coffee, a touch of charred wood .

Taste: Fairly tart and bitter, not nearly as sweet as I expected (which is a very good thing) definite notes of the oak.

Mouthfeel: A light touch of carbonation, heavy but overly so; I would call it medium-heavy.

Drinkability: As I drank the beer, the bitter notes drifted to the background yielding a moderately sweet roasted coffee taste. This is the best imperial stout I have had to date.

I had been storing up this beer in my "beer cabinet (the corner of my front closet) for a month or two waiting for the right time to try it. I put it in the fridge a few hours before I opened it, so the first glass of it was perhaps a touch too cold, but the second was about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the third imperial stout I have tried, and it is by far my favorite, as this style I have enjoyed significantly less then others I have tried. I should also mention that my favorite beer buddy (my rat Mol) enjoyed this beer immensely.

11-23-2006 06:35:52 | More by rattech
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Bomber>Oversize wine chalice

AP: Poured (oozed is more like it) out of the bottle heavy looking, thick and of the darkest brown color...almost black, totally opaque. Displays a 1" mocha brown head, spreads out in clumps and swirls around the glass leaving intricate lacing behind.

Nose: An overwheling sweet caramalized malt scent, with a cream/vanilla undertone and mild roasted coffee. There is a slight leafy hop scent at the very end.

Taste/MF: The taste is much more bitter and coffee like than the aroma will lead you to believe. The aroma has an overall sweetness to it where as the taste is a oaky, black coffee-bitter and majorly hoppy. The Bitter hop (Cascade?) flavor is very bold and in-your-face, you can really taste those 75 IBU's!!. This is very west coast style, I Know, but I would rather have a more subtle, herbal hop flavor at the end and not dominating my stout. The alcohol is very bold as well, you can really feel it going down...this is basically what I would expect a cafe Mocha with a shot of vanilla and a shot of whisky to taste like. It even feels sticky on the lips with a heavy, creamy feel as well...this Big Full bodied brew is smoothed out very nicely.

DA: Overall very enjoyable, the hop is perhaps too dominating for the style and not exactly how I like it, but regardless, this is still one bad-ass stout. 9.5% ABV keeps this to a Two bomber night!

11-22-2006 22:42:22 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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allengarvin

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into a tall half-liter glass, this comes out an opaque black color with a collosal 2-inch milk-chocolate-colored head, long-lasting, fluffy, thick. Rich caramel, coffee aroma with a sandy, dry hop scent. Very nice cocoa flavor, rich, creamy, medium-dark chocolate, balanced by a solid high bitterness with truly resinous hop flavor. Dry yet malty lingering finish. Body is rich, creamy, and not too heavy.

Not my favorite style, but this is an excellent beer, very big, very tasty.

11-21-2006 01:54:29 | More by allengarvin
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GimpyCane

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

appearence: poured motor oil black w/ a 2 inch creamy mocha brown head. The head fully lasted and left a excellent amount of lacing.

smell: robust roasted slightly burnt coffee and molasses scent. Undertone of cask wood, although it's oak age, I'm not smelling any oak. The scent of alcohol is present but in a nice perfume way.

taste and mouthfeel: starts semi-sweet chocolate, ending w/ a bitter expresso coffee and a small bite of alcohol. Full body, thick slightly creamy, clean and robust in flavor.

drinkability: smooth and softly carbonated, w/ a nice warm feeling going down.

Overall, I really like this brew. Love what Oak Aged Yeti brings to the table. What you smell is what you are going to taste.

11-20-2006 00:08:52 | More by GimpyCane
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Near-black color with a decent-sized, dark tan/brown/slightly red colored head. Shows a fair bit of carbonation for a RIS.

Smell is sweet with some roasted, fruity notes. You can definitely pick out the vanilla tones from the oak aging.

Taste is sweet, vanilla, some roasted malt and a slightly hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick but smooth and with nice carbonation.

Overall a very nice RIS that is mellowed and smoothed by the oak aging, and almost in a class with the Stone RIS and Dark Lord in my opinion.

11-11-2006 19:52:38 | More by AaronHomoya
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Enola

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

This beer is dark and thick with a tan head. There is not a lot of lacing. The smell is very malty. No hops are evident in this beer. The taste is not as oaky as I anticipated. The alcohol does show its face so use caution here. The mouthfeel is smooth considering the abv. The drinkability is good. I actually prefer the regular Yeti to this. Much cheaper and a better beer in my opinion.

11-11-2006 02:24:23 | More by Enola
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

A- Around a 1" tan head. Big thick black body!
S- Some chocolate and light coffee aromas. Hint of wood comes through also. A grassy dry hops smell also comes through lightly.
T- Some coffee notes especially in the aftertaste. Get a bit of a wood taste that comes through while in mouth and lingers for a bit afterward. Not as much hop appearance in this as the regular yeti which is a downfall in my eyes. Chocolate also comes through pretty strong while it's in mouth. Has a dry aftertaste from the underlying grass hops. A light vanilla taste that comes through a bit also.
M-Medium body with low carbonation. Very low.
D- I way before the regular yeti. I think with the oak it covers up way to much of the hop taste. It is a decent stout though. Could do with a bigger body.

11-10-2006 03:22:58 | More by BlindPig
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A - Small dark brown head with specks of lacing on the sides. Very dark beer. Visibly viscous.

S - Molasses, chocolate, roasted pine nuts, freshly chopped oak and vanilla.

T - Oak, chocolate, dates, raisins and there might be a hint of diacetyl, but I think it is just more of the oak flavor. Aftertaste is a dark chocolate bitterness. The monsterous abv is wholly undetectable.

M - Thick, chewy, smooth and really refreshing. Saying this is chewy is an understatement - I practically had to bite mouthfuls of this out of the glass. Simply awesome.

D - Impressive. A big stout with tons of flavor, not of hint of cloyingness, and a great mouthfeel. Definitely a dessert beer though. A real winner from Great Divide. I will buy the non-oak aged version on my next big beer trip. Maybe then buy whichever I prefer to age. Fantastic beer.

11-07-2006 00:17:35 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Bouncingsoul1682

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

Yum Yum Yum!!!!

Appearance: Black as night, nothing gettin' through this sucker

Smell: Delish, malted, roasted goodness

Taste: Malty, coffee goodness hints of cocoa

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied like any good Russian Imperial

Drinkability: Complex and delicious full flavored enjoyment


Although hard to find, grab it when you see it

11-05-2006 05:04:08 | More by Bouncingsoul1682
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Atlas1

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4%

Just like the two reviews before me, poured from a 22 ounce bomber. And yep, it's black as midnight. I don't know if I've seen a beer this black outside of Guinness. The Oak Aged Yeti presents an interesting aroma. Caramel fighting with coffee, with hints of chocolate and molasses. Maybe some vanilla? Obviously woody. Very complex, to say the least, and quite nice. Nice woody sweet taste. It hits up front with the sweetness - some cocoa and coffee notes here too - and finishes with the oak. What a solid beer. I love Great Divide for a lot of reasons. They have a great staff and they really take beer seriously. I was able to visit the brewery this year when I was in town for the GABF and they were extremely hospitable; good people. Even better that they brew excellent beers. If you're not familiar with imperial stouts, you might want to ease into this one, but if you're a fan of the genre you have to try it. It's good stuff.

10-28-2006 01:15:24 | More by Atlas1
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

pours like motor oil, thick and black, with a finger of dense dark brown head. the head is slow to drop and leaves lots of thick, clumpy lace behind.

aroma is good. slightly sweet maltyness. roasty. dark chocolate. a little coffee. black licorice.

taste is great. roasty turns to malty turns to warmth on the way down. milk chocolate. espresso. vanilla. pumpernickle bread. opens up a little as it warms, showing a little more character. the bitterness comes up, turning the chocolate more into a bittersweet chocolate. vanilla and espresso are still there, along with that great pumpernickle malt. alcohol coming through more too.

mouthfeel is big and thick. moderate carbonation feels right.

drinkability is higher than you'd expect from a 9.5% RIS. the alcohol is hidden fairly well, only showing itself as some warmth on the way down and a wobble as you stand up. however, i'm not getting as much of the 'oak' as i'd expect, but i'd rather see that than going over-oaked as some folks do.

10-28-2006 01:09:27 | More by grub
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JasonA

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 22 bomber purchased at Chesapeake Gourmet in Queenstown, MD.

Very impressed with the appearance ... just as I like my women ... dark as night and while giving just a little head.

Love the smell. Very malty, smell reminds me of my homebrew wert after boiling. No hint of alcohol at this point.

Taste is the only area of little disappointment for me. I was expecting fireworks considering the look and smell. Dont get me wrong, I wasnt upset mind you. Simply the taste did not live up to the foreplay.

Very full in the mouth, more action than for most IS imho. Very happy with the followthrough.

Verry drinkable beer. Would love to have again. I sincerely taste my homebrew in this beer. I cant think of another beer that reminded of the process as this one has.

10-26-2006 01:02:45 | More by JasonA
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biking4beer

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

22 oz bomber. Poured into a pint tumbler.

Big 2.5 finger head without trying. Looked like a chocolate milk shake, and held for a long time. Beer was black as coal. No light getting through whatsoever.

Super chocolaty aromas with slight vanilla and alcohol. Kind of smelled like a port. This beer smells really good.

Nice milk chocolate flavor right off the bat. Slight alcohol finish. I can definitely taste the oak aging in this beer. Sort of reminded me of my Balvenie Doublewood.

Syrupy smooth mouthfeel with a nice low carbonation. This beer was too drinkable for a 9.5 ABV. Split this bottle with a friend, and I almost took his half from him.

10-25-2006 03:13:56 | More by biking4beer
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

I'm re-reviewing this now that Great Divide is in NJ and it's been about a year since I tried it.

22 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter glass.

A - Pours as black as used motor oil with a thick dark tan head on top. A nice head that stays around and sticks to the glass well.

S - The oak aging has imparted a woody/vanilla/buttery smell to this beer. A burnt aroma as well. Very nice.

D - Goes down smooth and warms you up on a cold night with some interesting flavors. Very drinkable for us Impy stout fans.

T - You get the roasty malts along with the big time black coffee bitterness from Yeti, along with a flavor that I can only describe as burnt and a little buttery presumably from the wood. A very nice taste overall.

M - A nice full bodied sipper.

10-21-2006 06:07:35 | More by EStreet20
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deathonthemounta

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

In a 22 oz. Weizen glass. That's right.

Good Thor Almighty in Yon Sky Weilding Mighty Mjölner this brew is to be reckoned with! Each sip conjurs more dreams dancing in my waking sight! A tundra yeti I be! Knuckle dragging and yowling along the spine of the world!

A -- Stay back! Black as Coal! Not a wave of the silly speed drunken light waves dare enter! What wonderfull head! The color of supple brown areola! Thick sticky lace mires the sides of the glass.

S -- interesting...not unlike the taste of the brew itself except an additonal floral hop characteristic can be percieved.

T -- Syrupy malt goodness, sweet chocolate, fresh peat, hop briskness, and after an exhale through the nose you finally notice that this is an alcoholic drink! I did sort of notice the oak/vanilla character throughout the entire profile. I'm at a loss to percieve the complex landscape this brew has shown me. I need more time on the trail!

M -- This brew takes your silly punk ass by the hand and leads you, the blushing maiden, with it's unfettered might into a castle thick with 4 glucose chains of dextrins all shoved together in monumental piles of mouth feel. You cannot be rid of their effect until you are done.

D -- Put down your hashpipe! High Grav Russian Imperial Stout of the 9.5% ABV persuasion fails the drinkability test miserably unless it leaves you stumbling to the corner to collapse in sporadic convulvions after two 22 oz pours from your growler. Suggest revival with a High IBU IPA. Snoqualmie's Wildcat IPA will do nicely.

10-21-2006 04:32:47 | More by deathonthemounta
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +15%

Bomber into snifter.

Impossibly dark beer, which absolutely no light can pass through. Deep brown thick head with decent retention. When the head settles it turns into a beautiful pillowy swirls. Eventually turns into a strong rim along the glass, which thins as the level of beer lowers. The lacing forms lines along the glass.

Deep molasses scents along with warm alcoholic notes. Hints of red maraschino cherries that you find on the top of the whipped cream.

Highly roasted coffee is found in this delightfully full beer, with shots of espresso-like flavor mixed in. The lower carbonation gives it a thick oily mouthfeel that sticks to your mouth and allows the bitter flavors to linger forever. Mild sugary fruit flavors can be tasted throughout. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming, giving it a dry but highly sippable finish.

By far one of my favorite beers so far. The $9 price tag was well worth it. There isn't much difference between the regular Yeti and this Oak Aged one, but this one is much mellower and comes with a much higher drinkability. The 9.5 percent ABV is well hidden, which is nice when enjoying a Russian Imperial Stout. The dryish finish is balanced well by the sweet fruit flavors and bitter roastedness. Do yourself a favor and indulge in this one more than once. You will thank yourself in the end.

10-20-2006 04:11:57 | More by BeerSox
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Ego

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

eyes...
as I stare at the yeti... is it a hoax? I take note of the deep cocoa head that reminds me of a root beer float. Surely light gets lost in the conundrum of dark that this beer permeates with it's hue. lacing is very nice, a complete sheet that leaves a ring where the tide rose from a tilt of the glass. Plenty of carbonation rushes into the head to provide excellent retention.
As that cute, cuddly jedi in black would say "most impressive"

nose...
I have had this before and truly this is a better batch than I recall. I definitely get the vanilla tones from the oak in here. The hops are easily detected underneath this chocolate breathing beast as well as a sense of the alcohol about to assualt that one lone brain cell I have left. I am also getting some sweetness in the odor. This is really good but there are more interesting/complex RISs in my book.

taste etc.
ah, a burnt aftertaste.. I love it. The mouthfeel is sublime, the carbonation makes it easy to drink as it floats across the pallette. The alcohol is a touch hot but not totally dominant. It is a touch thinner than I would prefer but the carbonation makes up for this one ding. The hops manifest as a nice bitter tone after the aforementioned burnt flavor. I am really enjoying the burnt aspect here. The oak doesn't seem to make a huge impact on the flavor profile, there is some vanilla in there but it doesn't vary much from regular yeti.

verdict?
I like it. I will buy it again. It is a top rate RIS but not perfection in a bottle. A nice sipper for a crummy evening when your team is out of the playoffs...

10-18-2006 01:50:38 | More by Ego
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xav33

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
22oz bomber
Bottled Fall 05 (?), tamed 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured black, with barely noticeable dark brown highlights, with a huge bumby frothy mostly lasting light brown head with excellent lacing.

Smelt strongly of coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla, mocha, with moderate dried fruit.

Taste was upfront strong mocha coffee roast bitterness with a light earthy feel and light semi-sweet dark chocolate and vanilla followed by a more pungent earthy punch and harsh dark coffee taste and some light grassy hops on a long bitter finish. Mouthfeel was full bodied, viscous, softly carbonated, with a comfortable light alcoholic warmth and some harsh astringency.

Overall, some great stuff happening here. The aroma and appearance are perfect, the flavor is great. This is something you buy by the case and hold on to, so as to kill the astringent feel and let the flavor develop into what the aroma indicates. A palate killer when still young. Could easily age into a perfect score.

10-17-2006 03:58:04 | More by xav33
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BillyB

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

I don't taste a lot of difference between the oak aged yeti and the regular yeti. Don't get me wrong,they are both excellent beers.
But they both have similar taste and aroma profiles.

The smells are of roasty malts, caramel and finishing with toffe and even a slight coffee smell. You get a subtle sense of oak and vanilla aromas but they are not overwhelming.

The taste is of thick rich maltiness, chocolate, caramel and toffee.

It is very full bodied and the mouthfeel is slightly warmer than the regular yeti.

Definitely a nice purchase for $8.99 for a 22. oz bomber bottle.
I will definitely be buying more.

10-15-2006 03:43:54 | More by BillyB
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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