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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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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 notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a pretty nice 2 finger head that's the color of hot chocolate foam.

S: Big floral hops along with wood, a big charred aroma, roasted malts, cocoa powder and a hint of blackberry.

T: Espresso, dark chocolate, a bit of hop bitterness and then a big finish of dark roasted coffee. A bit of charred bitterness on the finish and a hint of smoke. Pretty nice.

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Photo of soughtbygod
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a thin tan head.

Aromas of cardammom, ginger, and roasty chocolate malt.

The flavors are cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, dark chocolate, and espresso and they work amazingly well together. Who knew chai and stout would be such a great combo, but they play well off one another. Seems like a milk stout may have been the base beer.

Each sip makes me want to try another, so that's good. Medium body is round and smooth on the palate.

Great beer that goes great with my dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of BobZ
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Duvel Tulip, not sure of the vintage but pretty sure it's 2010.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black in color, builds a ½” tan head which recedes to about a 1/16”.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate, very pleasant and spot on for the style. The hops also are noticeable, much more so than other stouts of the style.

Taste: Follows the aroma, almost verbatim, roasted malt, mocha. Very smooth and delicious. The hop flavor also adds a nice dimension to this beer, not overly “hoppy”, just an added flavor component adding to the beers overall character.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and smooth.

Overall: Very nice stout, I really enjoyed the hop profile and the beer in general. I enjoyed this beer even more than Founders Breakfast Stout. I would buy again.

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Photo of therica
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= looks like a deep rich chocolate malt shake, totally black (zero light passing through) with dark brown foamy head.

S= dark rich toasty malts, hops florals, chocolate. 4.0 on the Richter scale until it warms into a 4.5.

T= chocolate malt with a hops zip! Wow. Very rich complex roasted dark malts, milk chocolate and dry chocolate, very-present hops florals and some balanced bitters, amazing experience. A toffee taste that one would find in a fantastic soda-fountain chocolate malt.

M= dry yet rich chocolate malt, obviously present but not overdone hops florals, some toffee.

O= expensive at $9.99 for a 25-ounce wine-bottle but definitely worth it for the try, and to stock up on for special occasions once your stocks rise from the dead.

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Photo of t420o
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black. As dark as it gets. Pours a pitch black producing a 1.5 finger head with a slightly aggressive pour. Head is very dark brown. An excellent looking imperial stout.

S- Not much at first. Smells open up as it warms. Hints of coffee, oak, toffee, and slight smokiness

T- Roasted coffee, dark and milk chocolate, light vanilla from the oak, nutmeg, and even maybe a little coconut. Hops are in the background ever so lightly balancing out the brew. The alcohol is slightly present but but expected and it compliments the beer. There is something about this beer that reminds me of Christmas

M- Very good. Carbonation is just low-medium. Maybe a tad thin but creamy

Overall- I thought at first this was a good beer but as I drank it the subtle nuances of this beer make it a great beer. Excellent work Great Divide!

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Photo of grittybrews
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled dated March (?) 2010, opened May 2011. Poured pitch black with a finger of extremely dark mocha head. Roasty aroma with sweet chocolate, caramel, and molasses.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, viscous mouthfeel. Dry oak up front with hints of vanilla followed by caramel, rich cocoa, a touch of molasses, and some lingering coffee and tobacco on the woody, slightly chalky finish.

Rich and decadent with a well-concealed alcohol warmth. I think the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti was my favorite of the three versions, followed by this and then the espresso version.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a big finger of brown head on top with outstanding retention. The head finally starts to fade leaving behind some think lacing.

S - Aroma is full of deep roasted chocolate and caramel malts. There is also a bunch of oak and vanilla also mixed in. There is also a touch of hops and coffee detectable.

T - Starts off with a lot of roasted caramel and chocolate flavors. There is some nice vanilla and oak flavors as well. Through the middle, some coffee and some dark fruit flavors that come through. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and some oak and vanilla that linger nicely.

M - Full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Really smooth and just the right amount of creamy. Finish has a bit of booze warming and is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. The oak flavors take the original Yeti up another notch to an even more outstanding beer. All the flavors are rich and very well balanced at fit together so well. Mouthfeel is really excellent.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at varga in philly

Pours an inky black, creamy tan head, retains amazingly well throughout almost the entire pour. A thick film and sheets of lacing are splattered along the glass.

Heavily roasted malts with bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee beans, slight dark fruit and alcohol.

Roasted malt with dark flavor and hop bitterness up front. Thick dark chocolate, creamy vanilla and nuttiness. Hints of dark fruit with raisin and cherry. Oaked smoothness, finishes with hop bitterness, slight alcohol and sweetness.

Thick, creamy, mild carbonation, chewy and smooth on the tongue. Drinks really well, great feel, and the alcohol is masked about as nicely as any other imp stout I've had.

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Photo of beagle75
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
Bottle dated 01/15/10.

A: Opaque black color with two fingers of diminishing light brown foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted malt is slightly smoky with a restrained presence of drying wood. Greener herbaceous elements are also present, imparting an impression of freshness despite its age. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with phenolic roasted malt and faint fruit that are positively dark in flavor. Wood advances toward the middle, adding a well-cured smoothness that lasts until the finish. Dark bitter chocolate accompanies vinous fruit in the middle with faint cardboard. Additional depth is part molasses and part the umami component of shoyu. Bitterness becomes very substantial in the off-dry finish, where it is initially astringent but then takes on a more neutral charcoal quality as it lingers. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, labile on the palate but with some acidity, and with low carbonation.

D/O: Great Divide's Yeti is a big-but-versatile beast, as demonstrated by the many variants that reach production scale. This Yeti, aged on oak chips, is less of a narcissist than some of the others, but it does all that is expected of it with some finesse. The wood has a smoothing effect and it lends its own distinct sensory qualities, but it tends to blur the focused roasted malt character of the original.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is simply fantastic! I have never seen a RIS that's this nice looking! Dead black and impenetrable, producing a spectacular dark brown head that never seemed to want to go away, leaving amazingly thick chunks of great lacing.

Nice dark, roasty malt aromas waft up from my glass, along with a good woody smokiness, great dark chocolate and cocoa, and french roast espresso.

The taste is on track for a gold standard in the Russian Imperial Stout category. It's so bold, yet incredibly smooth. There's an in-your-face way about it, but its still incredibly drinkable. Classic imperial stout flavors are all there, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, along with near perfect amounts of oak flavors.

Mouthfeel is simply amazing, and is just another fantastic facet of this terrific beer. So thick and creamy, with a silky carbonation and lightly warming alcohol effect that leaves a tiny sheen like tingling on your tongue. The alcohol is only slightly noticeable in the end, along with a great smooth bitter chocolate flavor that lingers along with the smoky wood finish.

Overall this beer is simply fantastic and I highly recommend it. One of my favorite RIS beers I've had. I will definitely use this beer as trading stock for the future.

For an oak aged beer like this one, the value is excellent at under $10.

Edit 6/14/11: after having now tried all the oak aged yeti offerings, this one is clearly the best. The chocolate and espresso oak aged yetis were both good, but each was a bit overblown compared with the regular oak aged yeti. There's something to be said here for not going over the top. Perfection was already reached with the oak aged yeti; there was no need to go over and beyond.

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

I poured this Oak Aged Yeti into a goblet at about 54 degrees. It poured a nice opaque dark brown with a cocoa colored head that receded slowly with some moderate lacing.

It has a nice sweet pungency to the nose with notes of malts, dark fruits, and oak.

Very nicely balanced flavor that doesn't fall off the edge. Cocoa and coffee notes with a subtle oak undertone followed by a nice mildly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel of this brew is nice. What I look for in an imperial stout, thick, creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is the third Imperial Stout I have tried from GReat Divide and I am a dedicated fan to what they are serving up. Already stocking the basement for next years wintery cold nights. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of harrymel
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: ???

A: Pours a black stout with depth difficult to penetrate. 1-2 finger, fine dark mocha head falls slowly (really slowly), and as it does, the color lightens slightly. Thick, Nearly sheeting lacing.

S: Earthy, thick and manly hops are backed up with some malts, licorice, oak. The oak on this isn't particularly pronounced to me, but is nice when I can reach it: vanilla, hollow, sweet.

T: The nose does this beer little justice. The oak holds forth here, and the hops step back and the malt hits me with a sharp left of nicely balanced dark, roasted, charred and cocoa'd malts. Oak shrouds the hops and accentuates the sweetness in the alcohol. Well balanced. I didn't anticipate this. Nice.

M: thick, smooth, silky, heavy body. Medium, fine carbonation. Resonates for long periods of time. Slicks the palate, but in a granular way.

O: Well done. I can see why the beer makes the top 100 of fame list. It's accessible and quite pleasant. I imagine it would be better with two years on it, but I'm not willing to make the commitment honestly.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black with about 2 finger's worth of milk chocolate colored head, recedes slowly into a tan halo around the glass

S: Chocolate, vanilla, oak, super dark/black coffee roast, smoke, caramel malt

T: Double espresso, smoke, and wood chips hit the palate at first, followed by a powerfully bitter, earthy hoppy aftertaste that lingers.

O: This is one of the finest RIS I've ever had. Yeti was great by itself, but oak aging it makes it an especially delightful treat. It brings out a simultaneously vanilla, oak, woody, smoky flavor to yeti's already robust profile, and it's impossible to resist.

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Photo of Wadsey
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged Yeti

Bomber that was bottled on Oct 30 2009 poured in a DFH signature glass. 

A: Oak Aged Yeti pours black, and a deep brown head erupts, clings to glass and falls to a thick skim atop the beer, leaving behind impressive Brussels lacing. 

S: Oak and earth catch my nose's attention. Next, milk chocolate and herbal, tea-like hops. A little roast brings up rear. 

T: Oak leads off taste, joined by sweet malts  Then a fusion of chocolate, bitterness, and roast take over. An earthy, tea-like quality, which seems to be Yeti's calling card, pervades the entire tasting experience. Bitter, roasted coffee lasts long in finish. 

M: Big-boned beer with medium carbonation. Yet, it is mouthcoating and keeps acting oily. A touch warming. 

D: Oak Aged Yeti is a sipper that  goes down a tad too easily. This particular bottled had been cellared for roughly 18 months and it responded wonderfully.   

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 09

A: Exceptional. Charcoal black body. On top is a huge dark brown head. Frothy, dense, I want to put a cherry on top. Sheets of blotchy lacing surround the glass.

S: Bittersweet chocolate met by the earthy, woody, oak scents, combining for something special. Coffee and vanilla in the background.

T: Big roasty notes of malt up front. Dark chocolate, bitter (hops holding up for 2 years?), but a sweet malt taste going on. Coffee comes and goes. And, oh, the oak. It's not overpowering, but just complements the beer so well. A great woody aftertaste that sticks around with the chocolate.

M: Creamy and chewy, almost Three-Mustakeers-like. Practically perfect carbonation.

O/D: Absolutely delicious. I keep going back to buy this. I might have to grab some more before GD officially leaves RI.

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Photo of kaips1
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a snifter

a- dark midnight("syrup" according to my girlfriend) with a very lively dark chocolate milk colored 2 finger head, this beer is a void of light, a liquid black hole of deliciousness
s-honestly im a little stopped up due to sinuses but what i could smell is all coffee
t- coffee is definitely there and you get more vanilla and almost a slight milk after taste
m-a very lively feel even after a year, lots of tingle with a full wet finish,no heat or burn from the 9.2
o/d-so far easy to drink, the gf liked her sip, so far the only imp stout shes liked, anyway its good i can see me drinking a whole bomber and enjoying it, im hoping this glass warms up a little so it hopefully will open up a little more

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Photo of Holland
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: yes, it is dark with a dark head and small dark lacing

S: malt, wood that is not overpowering, burnt sugar

T: slight alcohol, smokey wood, malt, slight bitterness

M: smooth beer, but still highly carbonated - very impressed with that

O: more complex than I thought at first. Compares favorably to most imperial stouts I have had, probably due to the oak aging. It's a soft oak taste, but enought to make a big difference.

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Photo of echdk3
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz bottle into a snifter.

A_Nearly black and completely opaque. Creamy brown and well retained head. Little to no lacing.

S_Coffee, smoke, sweet burnt toffee.

T_Very smoky. Smooth malty flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Huge woody aftertaste.

M_Medium-bodied and just creamy enough. Low carbonation appropriate for an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 1cm of tan head with nice lacing. Appearance is a deep brown, almost black, tar like in appearance. Aroma is of Coffee, chocolate, burnt oak, slightly smokey.Mouthfeel is heavy, rich. Taste is fantastic: coffee, charred oak, chocolate, nutty. AWESOME SUPER RICH stout.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounces served on-tap at Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a sleek, tar-like black body. It's so dark that I think I see glints of steel blue, like how black hair or fabric would always have a blue gleen to it in 80's comic book color palettes. Slightly less than one finger of saddle/tan colored head sticks around for the entirety of the drink. One of the more impressive feats of head retention I've come across in quite some time. Fantastic.

The draught version of Oak-Aged Yeti isn't very complex on the nose. There's lots of chocolate malt aroma (specifically chocolate malt, not chocolate). Some blunt coffee aromas, and something that's been left in the oven for too long. The hops bring a sharp pine note but not much else. The oak chips come across strongly but don't dominate, thankfully. Still, the oak does nothing more for the nose than give you astringency and vanillin. There's nothing wrong with this aroma profile; in fact, these are all aromas that the beer should be giving off. They're just blunt in nature instead of being complex or subtle. Above-average nose.

I feel much the same way about how this Yeti tastes. The flavors are all things that you want to taste, but it's the difference between tasting a great dish at a restaurant and trying to recreate it at home: you may know every ingredient, but you probably haven't created the flavor as artfully as the chef did. Perhaps I should have just gone with a comparison to homebrew: the blunt, base flavors here make this beer taste like very good homebrew. Anyway, the oak chips here sort of take over things. Lots of astringency, so much that it masks the hops! Stouty flavors and some slight vanilla to sweeten things up. Some alcohol heat on the finish. It's tasty enough, but kind of boring.

The oak chips have thinned out the beer's body. It isn't as substantive or thick as I would have liked to see. Other than the creaminess level, it's appropriately smooth. The alcohol will get to you pretty quickly, even though the beer is only 9.5% ABV.

Overall, this rendition of Yeti is nothing more than an above-average Imperial Stout to me. It tastes good enough, but I prefer a more complex array of flavors. There's something about the Yeti series that seems to disagree with my palate. I find them, with the exception of the superb Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti, to be much closer to average for the style than they are to being great. Nothing to turn down, but nothing to go out of your way for either.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/10, poured into a DFH Snifter

A - Pitch black with an impressively sized, dark brown head. Good retention with a sticky lace.

S - Alcohol carries in the nose stronger then I would expect for a 9.5 ABV, especially after sitting in my cellar for a year. Strong earthy character with lot's of dark roasted malts and bits of coffee and espresso.

T&M - Heavier and thicker body with a somewhat creamy feel to it. Chocolate malt abounds, with hints of coffee and baker's chocolate in the back. Alcohol is present with a defined warmth after swallowing, and carbonation is moderate. After the beer sits for a while I get traces of dark fruit as well...a bit unexpected, but not unwelcome.

O - It's almost April...and it's snowing. I'm finding this to be the perfect beer for the occasion, with a heavier body and a nice warming effect. This is one I wouldn't mind keeping a few of around for nights like this.

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

Served on-tap in a short pilsner glass. Deep, dark black body with a surprisingly big dark mocha head. Great retention and creamy lacing all along the glass.

The aroma is of dark chocolate and roasted malt. A faint liqour flavor than tends toward bourbon. Not much oak in the nose.

Excellent blend of flavors: chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, oak and, of course, coffee that brings a perfect ending to the overall mix of flavors. Very tasty.

Medium mouthfeel and very little notice of the alcohol, other than what is in the aroma. Excellent RIS.

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Photo of Briken
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Nov 2009
Thick black syrup and moderate umber frothy head with great retention and lacing. Chocolate and oak with light coffee aroma. Chocolate sweetness balances with espresso and oak with hints of vanilla. Lightly sour and dry. Very smooth, thick and creamy mouthfeel.

Unbelievably easy drinking with no trace of alcohol. All the flavors are balanced and there are a lot of subtle nuances that are beyond my descriptive powers at this time. It's been a long time since I've seen anything look this thick when poured which just creates a great feel. It's definitely a nice and easy monster unlike "Machete" which I was watching with it. Yeti was the perfect antithesis to "Machete", sophisticated and smooth compared to goofy and rough but while you're enjoying either one, you can't help but smile.

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Photo of mwa423
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a jet black with a thick tan foamy head that sticks to the glass like glue.

S - Lots of chocolate, lots of molasses, very sweet and also some roastyness. Notes of Vanilla and hints of oak. Wonderful smell for an imperial stout.

T - Taste is full of malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak, with an aftertaste of sweet chocolate.

M - Creamy, rich and smooth with a fantastic aftertaste.

Overall, it's an amazing Imperial Stout. A bit more expensive than I would like to pay, but a great treat.

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Photo of degerbah
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a six month old bottle from party town in Florence, Ky. Black and very thick with almost no head. The aroma is choclatey with a little bit of a burnt smell as well. The taste is amazing. Not significantly different from regular yeti. A good beer, but in my opinion massively over priced for the quality. There are better imperial stouts avaulable for far less money.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 4,614 ratings