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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

Added by Crosling on 08-09-2004

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass. Beer is thick and dark black. Head is dark brown and made up of small to medium bubbles. It forms thick at first but falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. The remaining head is thin but completely covers the top fo the beer.

The aroma is a mixture of strong roast and alcohol. Smells fine.

Flavor is a little hard for me to describe. There is a bitterness at the back and it wrestles with an ash like roast flavor that dominates. There is a slight sweetness to the whole thing as well. Its a good beer though, not my favorite RIS, but a great example. I need the regular Yeti to compare. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and well balanced. The carbonation provides nice connectivity. There is a slight aftertaste but its of the roast and not distracting.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/06/06- Received via trade with

Presentation- 22oz bottle without freshness information. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Semi thick black pour, dirty brown full inch head. Looks like coaco color. Patchy and streaky lace in different places.

Smell- Lots of nice dark chocolate scents as well as some dark fruits..plums especially. Oh yeah, you can't forget the overwhelming coffee espresso like scent.

Taste- Equal parts coffee and dark chocolate. Nice deep malt flavor that mixes well with these flavors. Nice mild hop bitterness kick as well. Oak flavors add to the taste of this beer, as do the nice dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation for a imperial. Moderate thickness as well.

Drinkability- One of the better ones for sure. Odd that I tried the oak aged one before the regular Yeti. Very tasty and refreshing. Not quite up there with Stone, but not far.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a thin brown head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: intresting that the hop character is pretty noticeable with roastiness, chocolate malts, slight oat grains, and some underlying booze notes. I really didn't detect any oak at all.

T: on the taste I did get roasty smoke flavor alongside chocolate, slight oat grains, bready malts, and maybe a touch of wood but not barrel aged character more like wood chips in the fermenter.

M: the brew was full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, smoky, boozy, and slight creamy finish,

D: it drank pretty good but the oak character was not as potent as I thought it would be. The barrel aging process seemed like it didn't make a difference. Like I said it was probably dry hopped with wood chips; still pretty tasty.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed side-by-side with GD Yeti Stout

Bottled on date: Jan 7/09.

Poured in to brandy snifter

A - Dark brown/black colour with half a finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Stronger smell then the Yeti. Bitter hops up front with coffee and a oak smell in the background.

T - Very sweet up front: caramel & molasses with some bitter hops. Roasted coffee and some chocolate in the malts with a slight bourbon taste in the background.

M - medium to heavy body. Lightly carbonated.

D - A nice smooth RIS with some character.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an oversized red wine glass.

Pitch black body with a dark tan head and matching lacing. The aroma is rich with clean, fresh oak and sweet chocolate and roasted grains. The flavor is a nice mix of black grains, espresso, unsweetened cocoa with a tinge of citrus rind from the hops. I also really like how the bitterness just slightly overmatches the malt here. Makes for, as usual, a great combination with the dry, heavily roasted malts. A top notch imperial stout, fairly drinkable for it's size and tasty to the end.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew I had at the brewery. When asked what kind of oak was used, I was told it is a secret. Can't be a big oak as the vanilla and oak flavors were weak.
I love the Yeti, but this one is not better. A solid beer, had the coffee and cocao of the Yeti, but the vanillaness took away their strengths without adding sufficiently of its own. Nice brew, but cannot top, or parellel the Yeti.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep black in color with a thick 2"+ head that looked like a dollop of chocolate mousse, very frothy and creamy looking.

Smell: some mild roasted malts and chocolate were noticeable, but somewhat light from what I expected.

Taste: this is a meal in a glass. Thick roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, hint of vanilla, alcohol, strong bitterness, and a very soft hint of bourbon. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, almost syrupy at the finish. Aftertaste is long on the roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol.

Drinkability: Definitely good, but can' t give it a higher score with the noticeable alcohol levels. A must try if you enjoy the regular Yeti.

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Photo of WesWes
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a rich black and chocolate malt scent with a vanilla oak barrel aroma; very nice. The taste is great. It has an intense, malty flavor that boasts of black, chocolate, and roasted malts along with loads of hops in the finish. The oak aging adds a mellow vanilla quality. It goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the best imperial stouts I've tried. It is so flavorful; a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm in for the long haul with a 22 ounce bottle. At $13.99, I better be. On to the beer:

Pop the top, pour into an Imperial Pint glass..oh damn! I spilled some beer on the floor. Hey, what's that I'm smelling? Wow, that's a lot of oak. That espresso colored head on top isn't dropping anytime soon, and that black as midnight body intiminates. The nose is clogged with oak and it's unintended consequences of licorice and sharp fruity esters. Faint hoppiness exists underneath it all.

I embrace for an oak smackdown in my mouth, and that is what I end up getting. It's just a bit overpowering IMO, and you can't really taste much of the beer itself. All those cocoa and hops play second fiddling to the oak. Strong oak, licorice, and vanilla flavors. The alcohol is spicy and perceived, but not beating on the palate.

That was fun to try. At its pricetag in my area, I won't be doing this again for awhile, but it's worth trying out for those who are interested in a full-flavored oak aged beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours black with a small, fine brown head and lacing. Aroma of oak, toasted malt and chocolate. Oak woody up front with dark toasted and caramel malts and caramel, a hint of smokiness. Woody, chocolaty, malty finish. Nice heavy bodied, thick and creamy. Excellent!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/6/10.

The beer pours a dark black color with a medium brown colored head. The aroma is very nice with chocolate, oak, vanilla and hops. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate and the oak with some piney hops mixed nicely into the background. Thick, creamy mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: tinted the darkest of browns on the fringe of black, soapy tan head that laces the glass throughout

Smell: excellent mixture of coffee smell with perhaps chocolate, not very much alcohol present

Taste: great flavor, very rich and coffee heavy, not much oakiness at all

Mouthfeel: extremely creamy and smooth, almost soapy

Drinkability: very drinkable for it's alcohol content, very good flavor and excellent mouthfeel, is rich and satisfying

I'd highly recommend trying one

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

A - Pours a black in color, some carbonation, nice foamy tan head which disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, malts, chocolate/toffee, and alcohol.

T - The taste is of roasted/smoked hops/malts, slight vanilla, chocolaty, with a nice warm feeling in the palate.

M - Medium body, a complex brew.

D - Very drinkable. A very nice Oaked Aged (my first) from GD.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ressurection ale house, I've avoided this beer for years and always passed it up for a reason that is unknown to me.

Pours out black like most other stouts do with a nice full layered medium tan head. Nice lace on this. Swirls bring back the head with vigor. Smells include the french and american oak chips up front, most great divide beers using chips always come through large this is no different. More smells with chocolate and cocco, light black coffee, alot of roasted malt, some molasses and faint vanilla. A small amount of hops reminding me of a light storm king. Taste is in one word balanced and very well so. Chocolate sweet, not overly bitter, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, semi wood, light coffee,very well done. The body is big and smooth and textured. A small amount of alcohol a big amount of flavor. I get alot of oak and small anise in the aftertaste. Creamy. I cant drink a ton of this stuff, but im glad I tried it, even if it took me 8 years to do so.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, quite large, creamy dark brown head, that jumps out of my glass after forming a 4 inch thick head. The beer is a pitch black color that allows no light to come through. The aroma is interesting, there is a note that is a interesting mix of wood and roasted malts. I get notes of rich espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and an actual woody note. The taste is sweet up front with a subtle yet rich vanilla note that moves to a soft creamy note of rich chocolate. This beer is so creamy and smooth in the mouth, it is very reminiscent of a chocolate shake. Wow I am quite impressed here, this beer is quite a bit more interesting and flavorful than the regular version, which was perhaps a tad too bit simplistic. The oak adds a whole other dimension here that really brings this beer to a new level. As the beer warms up the oak starts to kick in a bit more, the finish becomes a bit more astringent with a solid tannic note. I am definitely enjoying this beer, especially since I was not expecting much from another oak aged brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a jet black from a bomber into 2 pint glasses. A nice dark tan head forms.

S. Hops, Alcohol, hints of roasted coffee.

T. Roasted malt accented by vanilla. The oak character is very present in this beer. Notes of chocolate and a lingering bitter alcohol finish.

M. Creamy on the tongue, smooth overall feel. Full bodied.

D. I'd call this a session beer, but you probably wouldn't.

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Photo of biegaman
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

You can tame a Yeti. I've been doing so in my cellar. I recommend you do the same.

Rigid and adamantly black, the beer is relentless even when held directly into the afternoon sunlight. It is obstinately opaque, allowing no room for radiance or highlighting. A mocha tan line distinguishes its trim where ebony coloured bubbles are worn as a necklace. The splatter of lacing is clingy and hugging. It drapes the beer tenaciously and coats the glass with a dark wax-like paste. It's an exceptional looking stout by all standards.

I might define 'perfection' as the aroma of Oak Aged Yeti. It is a heavy nose-full of oak bark and cedar dust, bitter dark chocolate cocoa solids, flat heavy-roast espresso, vanilla bean late, scorched caramel, and above all else, juicy green sappy bulbous hop cones. It's not overly complex but it is tremendously profound. This combination of oak bark and cedar dust, cocoa, espresso, and hops is beyond luscious. This is stout in all its capable glory.

Oak Aged Yeti is not actually aged in oak - it is aged with oak in it. I won't say that one method is better than the other, however, they do yield entirely different results. Because OAY is aged on French and toasted oak chips it doesn't take on all the complexities and nuances that a true barrel-aged beer would. That said, it does just fine without them. The flavour is brimming with pine-dipped, citrus scented hops as well as rich, dark chocolate, dry balsam wood, and heavy-roast espresso - it's about as decadent as they come.

Although 75 IBU's is about perfect for a beer like this, I found the bitterness to be too abrupt when consumed young. The fresh, plentiful nature of the hops would cut the oaky-chocolaty-bitter espresso linger and create a very brut finish. Young, it has little resonance or grace. Aged - it persists. It crawls every inch of the tongue and saunters all parts of the palate. It is savory and can endure even the darkest of chocolate pairings.

I wasn't overly impressed with OAY my first time around. I remember remarking on how plentiful and dominant the hops were; the fresh pine character was too overpowering. Although I'm not opposed to tasting hops in my stouts, I generally like them to be more roasted and chocolaty. But with time the hops do mellow (although never fade) and flavours amalgamate to a succulent orchestration of espresso, vanilla bean, chocolate, and pine.

Contrary to what others have said, I find Oak Aged Yeti to mature exceptionally well. In fact, I vastly prefer it that way and it is one beer I always ensure to have stocked in my cellar. Over four years ago I splurged for a case of it and that has proven to be the best beer investment I've made. I love many stouts but given the dreaded thought of having to chose a choice few, Oak Aged Yeti would undoubtedly be at the top of that list.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at LoneHill Liquors in Glendora, CA,

A: Pours an opaque black, with a very thick, tan head, which is fluffy and voluminous at first, but slowly retreats to about a centimeter of tan foam throughout the drinking experience. Widespread lacing is thick and abundant.

S: Very complex, vanilla, oak, hardwood, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of smoke and cherry. Hops are very light in the smell as compared to the other scents, but they give a slight floral character.

T: Magnificent, this is probably the best tasting stout I have ever had. Had my first bottle back in December of 2006, and it is just as good as I remembered. A thick chocolate and coffee flavour hits you when you first take a sip of the beer, the oak aging is evident, as a sweet note of vanilla and wood comes along for the ride. Even at 75 IBUs, the hops are not really evident until the beer warms to room temperature, where they give off a nice, pine resin flavour. Overall, a very haunting, but soothing and poetic flavour.

M: Thick and smooth, hearty, robust, a bit resiny as well, definitely a mouth-coating big beer.

D: An amazing feat in the annuls of craft brewing, one of the best beers, period, made in America. The only downside is that I have to drive to Glendora or Walnut to get it and can't get it locally, but I guess that makes each experience that much more special. A truly fantastic brew, every stout lover should pick this up.

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Photo of Zorro
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22-Oz bomber with no bottling date on it.

Pours a jet-black beer with a tall and thick BROWN head that dies down only grudgingly. The doesn't let go easy either it densely sticks to the walls of the glass. A word of warning, the head on this can get out of hand; take it easy or it will overflow the glass.

Smell is strong chocolate aroma that reminds me a lot of Kahlua. Spicy alcohol scent carries more chocolate scents and a good whiff of hops. Additional scents of butter, rum, burnt sugar, and isley scotch with a touch of smoky peat. Earthy scents of wood and sage round out the scent of this most impressive looking stout.

Taste is creamy and chocolately from the start with a bit of black coffee and oak in the first taste. The flavor is a little sweet but not in a bad way and there is a slight acid edge here from the dark malts. There is a strong zip of hops in the flavor that is mostly herbal in flavor and gives this a slight "carrot" after taste once the chocolate and coffee flavors die down.

Mouthfeel is milkshake thick; equal to the best I have ever tasted.

The only possible defect to drinkability is the alcohol content. In all other respects I want unlimited refills of this, but all I have is the one bottle. I do have a second bottle I was saving for a BIF, would be a shame if that got "accidentally" drank and replaced with a Stone RIS!

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Photo of KAF
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark in pour, almost black. With a hint of bourbon/oak in aroma. Chocolate to mocha head color. A bit of dark fruit in flavor with oak, also some chocolate and mocha notes. If you like Great Divide's Yeti Imperial Stout you should really try this beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on 9 October 2009.

Appearance: impressive. Entirely black with no translucence. Poured thick and syrupy with a colossal brown head the consistency of a milkshake. Just fantastic; I'm really looking forward to this.

Smell: strong roasted malt aroma; easily met and possibly even overshadowed by the extreme oakiness of the beverage. Quite good.

Taste: complex and dynamic. Starts off roasty and bitter; I feel like I can taste the hops but cannot really discern specific hop characteristics. It's kind of like a fresh bitterness, with some sweetness as well. Bitterness eases away in favor of the roasted malts, complemented nicely by the oak. Finally, even the malts evaporate leaving me with just the oak and a pretty dry finish. All in all, an interesting and enjoyable drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: immense body and very little carbonation, despite the awe-inspiring head. Texture is silky smooth -- just what I want from an imperial stout.

Drinkability: extremely tasty but definitely a slow sipper.

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a very dark black color with good heard retention and lacing. There is lots of sweet malt and coffee on the nose, but that's about it. Smells big, sweet and powerful. On the palate the beer is soft and creamy, but with noticeable hoppy bitterness on the finish. Flavors consist of coffee, chocolate milkshake, vanilla and a hint of cherry cough drop. Abv. is very well disguised for such a big beer, and the beer has a long, soft, creamy finish. Excellent RIS, though it's hard to imagine sitting down to more then one 12 oz. glass of this stuff.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I really wanted to like this beer, but I think it is seriously overoaked and what is normally a very nice stout has become a mess. Pours black with a thick tan head. Smell is roasty, sour, and with hints of vanilla. Both the sourness and vanilla come in large part from the wood. The taste is all wrong. There are roasty notes, malt, and chocolate struggling to make themselves known, but they are obliterated by the heavy oak flavors. It tastes like there is a shot of anejo tequila in this beer. Heavy vanilla, wood sourness, and cherry flavors from the wood as well as a woody aftertaste make this less than enjoyable for me. Give me the non oak-aged Yeti any day over this. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but still there is that tannic wood in the background cutting against it. Not very drinkable at all, like a beautiful cabernet that someone has oaked all to hell. More restraint on the wood would have added subtle touches of wood and vanilla sweetness and would have been welcome. I'll try another batch in the future and see how it goes.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a very large brown compact head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Not as heavy roast on the chocolate malt as I guessed before pouring it. Rich vanilla. Hoppy. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Oak.

T: Roasted sweet malt. Oaky vanilla notes. Lots of chocolate, some coffee, some smoke.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Aftertaste lingers for quite some time and holds dry bitter notes, kind of smoky actually.

D: This is a very nice Russian Imperial Stout. Try it - you'll like it!

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Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After tasting this, I'd really like to try some more big beers aged in oak. The 75 IBU's were incredibly smooth, producing a VERY well rounded beer.

A: Black with a tan head. Not a lot of head retention, but the syrupy fluid yeilded some nice lacing.

S: Slightly roasty; chocolate; sherry.

T: Exceptional. The hops and the roasted malt were unbelievably smooth. The oak has really reduced the bitterness, while adding some depth. Exceptional.

M: Full syrupy body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. You'd be hard-pressed to find a beer that's this big, but goes down so smooth.

Thanks Kevin!

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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