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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unique version of Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for at least nine months in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels.

Added by ArrogantB on 10-08-2008

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dvelcich threw a great tasting, and I was lucky enough to snag an invite. Thanks to stoutfest for providing this bottle for us to sample.

Poured into Duvel tulip-

I gave this a vigorous pour...It is really dark inky black in color with a caramel colored head that is very slight-- less than a finger. Some spotty lace is present, nothing major, but it is there.

Smell gets a little caramel, toffee and big chocolate. Roasty chocolate and whiskey. Little vanilla of hint and charred oak, but they aren't the main stars here, not even close. The hugest tastes are the chocolate and whiskey... But you get a little more of the oakiness and vanilla flavors than the nose would suggest.

The carbonation level is pretty good for a barell aged brew, and it is big and thick. Drinks very easily for a whiskey aged beer-- which is probably owed to how well-balanced this one is. The whiskey isn't kicking your teeth in with harshness, it actually blends into the flavor profile to create something better. Something balanced as an overall experience where whiskey is just a part of it.

The barrel aged and the espresso are easily the best of the Yeti line up, in my opinion, and if you see either one, pick it up.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the 2009 release (the second one) received in a trade with bardwashrind. Thanks Andre! I popped this one at our impromptu tasting last night. Bottle # 805/1104

Yeti is one of the best looking beer ever and this just proves it. Jet black with a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this is gorgeous. The nose is just as good, milky, creamy with a whiskey aroma that's fairly low in the mix. Roasty with dark chocolate and some coffee, the whiskey lends a mellow touch of vanilla. With a touch of alcohol (nowhere near the 12.3% indicated on the label.

The palate opens with a blend of creamy milk chocolate, whiskey heat, a mellow whiskey flavor with some vanilla and a little oak. The coffee characteristics are fairly mellow too, there's a mild sweetness mid palate. Roasty and chocolate-like, this is smooth and delicate. Full in body with a creamy, long-lasting finish with a lingering bitterness and a subtle heat, this is exceptional stuff. Too bad I'm going to have a hard time finding this again...

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 1400: Pours dark, sludge-like consistency. The barrel aroma was all over the place the moment the cap was cracked open. The aroma is fantastic; so much barrel and chocolate notes that translate into the taste. Thick, chewy, mouthfeel. This is a full-bodied stout and I'm glad I was able to get one more bottle to age. Get it if you like BA-stouts, it's worth it, cheers!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the new Barrel Bar; poured into a snifter.
Appearance - pitch black, looks like a shadow; thin mocha head, leaves minimal lacing.
Smell - bourbon and chocolate, oak and some French vanilla, fantastic!
Taste - smooth bourbon, rich dark chocolate; so flavorful, so tasty!
Feel - incredibly smooth, complex and flavorful; sweet and oaky bourbon, rich and creamy chocolate!
Overall - the marriage of chocolate and bourbon is without a doubt a masterpiece! Unfortunately, the value just isn't there, given the hefty price tag.

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Photo of nickfl
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two and a half fingers of dark brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A classic, barrel aged imperial stout aroma that is full of vanilla, oak, and caramel with background notes of chocolate, espresso, licorice, and toffee.

T - Sweet, thick caramel with bitter-sweet chocolate up front. Things get darker with espresso and nutty brown sugar in the middle. Lots of dark sugar in the finish with caramel, molasses, and chocolate supported by a strong whiskey character with, vanilla, oak, char, and licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Drinkable doesn't even enter into the equation here, this is a huge, barrel aged stout and it is good at being what it is. The whiskey character is profound and unapologetic with loads of sweet vanilla and oak that work beautifully with the dark chocolate of the base beer. Really well done.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious motor oil black with a very enticing thickness and a half-one finger head of dark brown foam.

Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, earthy and an oh so enticing whiskey sweetness.

Vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, huge chocolate flavor, and a sweet and warming whiskey blanket.

Heavy-bodied, low-medium carbonation, tongue coatingly sticky (in a good way), rich, and chewy but amazingly balanced in that it doesn't stay with you.

Overall, I was more than thoroughly impressed with this brew, at the current ~$30 price point, it's hard to pull the trigger on this, but share it with a friend and it's worth every penny.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Around $25. 09 batch, bottle number 104 of 1104 into a Stone IRS snifter. Bottle notes this as 12.3% ABV.

A: Beer is practically black with not quite half an inch of tan head that recedes down to a thin cap of bubbles. A few rings of lacing as the beer recedes. Completely opaque and very sexy.

S: Big notes of coffee and burnt malts, rich chocolate, and tons of bourbon whiskey, no doubt this is aged in Stranahan barrels as it shows its typical notes of vanilla and caramel, pretty decent amount of boozyness in here. I figured a year in the cellar might tame the boozyness, but no such luck. Still smells very nice.

T: Excellent here, initially a huge note of chocolate and vanilla, caramelized sugar, and a surprising amount of hops have survived the barrel and bottle aging. Hops add a nice bit of earthyness and when mixed with the whiskey create a very light mint profile in the middle of the beer. The beginning of this beer is all Yeti, tons of coffee, chocolate and sweetness, middle is hoppy, and the finish is straight up Stranahans whiskey, a smooth vanilla profile that warms the whole way down. Finish is a bit sweet, but there's enough of a barrel character and oak to balance everything out. Absolutely spectacular.

M: Spot on, insanely thick and viscous, lightly carbonated to give it a perfect, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely warm, but warm in the way a fine whiskey warms your gullet. Sticky on the lips, but the boozey warmth and oak creates an interesting dryness in the finish. I can't say enough about this, spectacular.

D: There is a ton going on in this beer, and its almost hard to take it all in and appreciate it, but at the simplest most pedestrian level, this beer is delicious. This beer has exceeded all expectations and definitely lives up to the hype. That being said, I don't think I would want to disrespect the beer by drinking multiples, this 750ml split between my girlfriend and I is more than enough, it is decadent and wonderful. Fantastic beer, and undoubtedly the creme de la creme of the Yeti series. I wish I had more to age in the cellar for another year or two, as then I think this could easily be my next all 5's beer with more time.

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Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle, 10.7% ABV.

A: Pours pitch black with one of the darkest brown heads I've seen. It's barely discernible from the body at first! Head appears quite dense and slowly fades away, leaving moderate but opaque lacing behind.

S: Whiskey initially. A bit of caramel, toffee and oak. Otherwise a strong roasted malt presence with char and chocolate. A bit of anise is present as well.

T: Again, whiskey up front, quite smooth though. Lots of toffee with some caramel, brown sugar and a strong oakiness. Creamy and smooth roasted malt follows afterward with a little char and mostly chocolate. Again, a bit of anise towards the finish. Some oak and vanilla bean resides in the aftertaste. The lingering aftertaste reminds me of vanilla beans and brownies. Delicious. Remarkably mellow given the ABV. No sharpness to the roasted malt or whiskey. Just smooth and balanced.

M: Creamy and very silky smooth. Fairly heavy.

O: Great RIS. The balance of whiskey and stout is excellent. It makes for a very smooth and well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is also stunning, so creamy and thick without being syrupy or overpoweringly heavy. Like a big irish stout. This beer honestly blew me away, it's just perfectly crafted. Period.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Schlafly snifter from a 750ml bottle.

Thanks to arniepnminne for the bottle.

Bottle Number 1248. The label indicates this brew has been aged in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Barrels.

The brew pours a gorgeous dark oily black. Pitch black with no light coming through the glass. There is a nice dense and frothy tan to dark tan head that is cappuccino-esque. The brew is oily and viscous and fills the glass well. Very attractive. A number of quick swirls gives the head a second win. The head gets up to about 0.5 inc and quickly dies down to a tan ring around the edge of the glass. There is some slight sticky lacing.

Starts off with chocolaty sweetness. Sweet caramel and caramelized brown sugar are definitely present as well as some nice sugar cane molasses. Sweet vanilla notes and whiskey are hanging out in the nose. Slight alcoholic burn somewhere in the middle as well as some cinnamon and slight licorice notes on the finish. As the beer warms there is some nice chocolatey fudge and some slight coffee roast but these notes are mild.

The first taste is heaven. Very viscous and oily one of the more thick and chewy BA stouts out there. Starts with some surprising coffee notes that are not as visible in the nose. Then there is some nice whiskey sweetness that come sin with some vanilla, caramel and some slight licorice. Once again the roasted coffee notes come in and mixes in very well with these flavors. Hints of toffee and chocolate cake are stuck in the middle of the brew and add a very nice sweet but also bitter dimension. There is definitely some alcoholic heat to the brew on the back end as well as some nice wood notes. Slight spice is present on the back end and it finishes with a dark chocolate bitterness and a whiskey heat.

This is a great brew. Nice offering by the GD guys. Very delicious and vibrant flavors and actually pretty balanced.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of brdc, much thanks this was bottle number 9. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours almost black that looks essentially opaque when held to the light. A 1/4 inch dark tan head forms and quickly reduces to a minimal lacing.

The nose is quite good with a blend of dark fruit and roasted malts. There is some coffee and the bourbon is unmistakable.

The taste again has that oak/vanilla bourbon component combined with the malty sweetness and a coffee bitterness. Dark chocolate and bakers chocolate seem to be dancing around.

The mouthfeel was the target with a solid full body without being overwhelming. Carbonation was appropriate and highlighted the flavors and provided good texture and a very good dryness at the finish.

Overall, this beer is quite good. The ABV and booze limited the overall ability to keep going in a session but also allow for this to be a great beer.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. 488/1104

A-dark black with a tan head that quickly disapates
S-very smooth burbon smell with some vanilla perhaps?
T-very complex body. Smooth bourbon with a sweet finish
M-medium bodied and so smooth. Almost creamy.
O-very good beer. Pleasantly suprised with this one

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle #921/1104 from the 2010 release.

A: pours the usual Yeti jet black with caramel color half finger head. lacing is spotty at best

S: aroma comes flying out of the glass with strong hints of roasted malts and coffee beans, chocolate, oak and whiskey

T: wow, fantastic. the taste is very similar to the nose. the first thing I got from it was a chocolate, molasses combo. then the whiskey and oak comes out with roasted malts and faint hints of vanilla. got even better as it warmed up

M: feels oily and thick. lighter carbonation than the regular Yeti but was very nice

D: considering the abv, 12.3% on the label, it was insanely drinkable. very smooth and easy to sip on with minimal alcohol burn. the whiskey notes are perfect and warms the throat just right as you drink it.

Overall, I'm thrilled to have tried this beer and am even more thrilled to have another one in my cellar to open at some point in the next couple years. Very well done Great Divide!

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the South Sound BA gathering where we were lucky enough to have 2 bottles of this.

A Pours a dark brown almost black with a tan head.

S Lots of slightly smokey wood with some bourbon.

T Pretty much the same as the nose with lots of slightly smoked wood with bourbon and a bit of fruit present.

M Pretty full body with enough carbonation.

Overall I'm ecstatic that I got to try this one, it is an excellent take on Yeti that is well worth the hype.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very carbonated for the style but head fades quickly. Big chocolate nose. More dark fruits in the body. Bourbon is well integrated. Bitter oaky finish. Medium to full body. More interesting but less immediately satisfying than bcbs.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to have this twice in a couple of weeks. The second time it was up against a lot of huge stouts. Both were Batch 2.

Dark khaki head, low carbonation. Smells like Yeti, whiskey and oak. Big whiff of chocolate and decadent malt.

First taste is so smooth and delicious. You want to swirl it around your mouth. Lots of chocolate comes through to balance out the wood and whiskey flavor. Drinks extremely well. I can't find one thing wrong with the taste of this beer.

This is probably the best stout I've had and I've never thought much of all the whole Yeti lineup other than the expresso one.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage opened by ipa247.

A: Pours a near black color with raisin highlights beneath a thin dark brown head.
S: Smooth notes of vanilla, light woody barrel and oak scents, and a bite of bourbon and creamy chocolate.
T: Crazy smooth flavors of raisins, marshmallows, chocolate and vanilla with a very mild hint of warm bourbon in the finish. The aftertaste is sweet and full of raisins.
M: Full thick body, incredibly soft mouthfeel with soft carbonation, and very integrated and smooth alcohol that is a just a tiny bit warming.
O: I have a bottle of 2011 vintage that I was thinking about opening but after having this I can see it’s worth the wait. An overall thick and chewy stout.

EDIT: 2011 is an infected mess. Sour cherries galore. Damn you.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch.

A- Black with dark brown around the edges. Very little head and lacing. 4.5/5

S- Chocolate, dates, and an alcohol twang. 4.5/5

T- Dark chocolate, more on the sweet side than the bitter side. Dark fruits abound. Some bitterness at the very end. 4.5/5

M- Very thick. Coats your mouth. Low carbonation. 4.5/5

O- I didn't think I would get to try this, but santa was very good to me. Damn good Imperial Stout. 4.5/5

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Photo of mistakebythelake
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Urbancaver at the Fookin barrel aged stout tasting. Thanks Cam.

Poured in a snifter revealing a black and dark brown color. Slight brown head with a little bit of lacing and slight bubbles on the edges of the glass. Definitely enjoyed the nose on this beer! With chocolate, vanilla, slight oak and dark fruits shining through. Great balance of taste between the flavors of slight bourbon, chocolate, oak and fruits again. Pretty good mouthfeel that was thick yet not overly sludgy or too thick. Creamy and well balanced. Great beer as I have loved all the their other non barrel Yeti treatments and this stood out at our tasting. Probably one of the most well received ball stout of the night. Would like to try another bottle in year or so to se what further aging will do to this treat.

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Photo of midaszero
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stopbarking for sharing this bottle (which he got as an extra the bastard). Bottle 378/470

A - Very dark brown with one finger with coffee head with good lacing

S - Very strong whiskey presence. Caramel and toffee notes

T - Very good whiskey flavor with caramel and toffee just like the nose. Some chocolate and roasted malt as well.

M - Thick body with medium carbonation

D - Very easy to drink and very enjoyable

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Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First batch, bottle 9/470. Aged carefully in my cellar since shortly after bottling.

Poured from the large capped bottle into a snifter, pitch black, dark tan head with good retention. Lacing is average.
Aroma is roasted malts, with a good but not excessive dose of bourbon, dark fruits, some molasses, chocolate and coffee.
Full bodied, yet somewhat easy to drink, with similar notes from the aroma, well balanced, with a slight tendency to chocolate, fruits and malty sweetness versus roasted malts and bitter coffee.
Carbonation held well over the 2 + years.
Pleasant surprise in a night with great friends sharing this one, Parabola and KTG.

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Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, batch 2.

Pours completely black, like an oil slick with a hefty mocha head that recedes to a small cap and leaves a bit of lacing and some boozy legs along the side.

The aroma is excellent - lots of heavily roasted dark malts, cocoa powder a maybe some licorice to start with. The bourbon is present with some vanilla and well as a hefty oak aroma. The aroma has much less bourbon than batch 1.

The taste does have more bourbon than the aroma, especially in the finish where there is a noticeable burn. The underlying beer is still extremely evident though with the chocolate malts and even some coffee coming through. The finish is dry and fairly oaky.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and extremely creamy and smooth with a soft carbonation that keeps things from getting too thick on the palate.

I remember last year's being very heavy on the bourbon from start to finish and this is seems much more balanced with the underlying beer refusing to be dominated by the barrel. An excellent barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of armock
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GregMcQ for sharing a bottle during a brew day.

A - Poured a black color with a light brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of oaked vanilla roasted malt some alcohol

T - Is like the smell but even better really good vanilla and chocolate flavors some alcohol

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with medium carbonation to it

D - Just about as drinkable as you can get for a big beer this one was very easy to drink worth finding to try

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Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 (#728 or 1104) 750ml bottle shared with the bartender Matt at Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington, NJ on 4/11/10.

From notes....

Appearance: Pours black with a 2 finger cafe latte crown that shows moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Well roasted malt, very smoothed out, refined, and well integrated whiskey note, and a hint of oak sweetness.

Taste: Mild hop bitterness makes an appearance but this one is all about the well integrated high quality whiskey and deep roast malt.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, heavy, satisfying.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable.

My favorite Great Divide Beer by far...Home run!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a jet black with good carbonation and a big brown head. Nose is big roasted notes, bourfbon, booze, vanilla. Taste is phenom! Lots of wood, whiskey is not overpowering and prominnent all the way, vanilla midway to the end, booze, chocolate, tobacco even. Mouthfeel is big n rich with lots of wood, booze, vanilla, roasted character. I did detect coffee and some smoke as well but as it warmed. Very, very drinkable but for the price I will stay with Ivan the Terrible.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. It's the 2011 batch, #3447 (not infected)
Poured into a Stone IRS tulip

A: Pours literally like motor oil, for real. About a half finger of dark tan head. Tight bubbles. Fades after a while into a ring around the edges. Lacing sheeting. Alcohol feet. The whole 9 yards.

S: Dark roasted malts. Dark chocolate. Some woodiness. Oak and vanilla are there. Maybe some dark fruits as well. Really appealing.

T: Right up front deep dark chocolate. Tons of it. In the middle you get espresso bitterness. Vanilla. Some toffee. Really dark cocoa chocolate. It's sweet but not overly sweet because of the bitterness of the chocolate. I sort of wish the barrel was pronounced but it's still amazing either way. Great beer.

M: Full bodied. Coats the mouth.

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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