Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
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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 JayS2629
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful deep dark jet black that lets no light escape. Deep cocoa colored creamy, thick head that dissipates slowly, leaves a nice brown creamy film floating on top and nice thick walls of lace.

S- Faint nose of bitter cocoa and roasted malts. Hints of smoke and oak.

T- Bitter cocoa and hints of coffee. Strong intense roasted malts. Char and smoke. Oak in background that gives very subtle vanilla hints. Touch of spice and a bitter finish.

M- Creamy velvet with a bitter finish.

D- Definitely a sipper. Pretty complex. Very nice form of an imperial stout. Complex. Drink slowly. Pairs nicely with venison.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, chocolate, roasty malts and oak hints. In the taste, oaky, bourbon hints, chocolate roasted malts. An oaky bite and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry bourbon like flavor in the aftertaste. Big in taste, but not as big in the nose, a great sipper though.

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

Bomber poured into a large wine glass pours dark as the night of an Alaskan winter and sports half an inch of rich brown foam which offers decent retention and rich lacing. Keeps a surface cap with a swirl throughout.

Nose of cinnamon and chocolate along with some earthen hops and a touch of oak and alcohol. Nose is rich and volatile, clean and enticing.

Flavor is rich and malty with a good dose of spice and chocolate. Some dark roasted flavors balance the malts and yield a bit of unsweetened chocolate spice notes. Full bodied and rich with a coarse and spicy texture. Oak notes are subtle in this brew, adding some complexity to the chocolate but otherwise laying low on the horizon.

Offers a full feel and a light but lingering carbonation that supports the beer's structure well and allows for a steady and even cap. Might be construed as a bit one sided in the end however, rich and dessert like in flavor with light notes of smokey oak and fruit, which keeps the drink in check. Quite nice as a sipper..

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.09/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours completely opaque. A dark chocolate brown froth sparkles in the light. Forms nice lacing.

S - Dry treated wood, dark chocolate, earthy roasted malt, dry tobacco, hints of vanilla that seems sharpened from the alcohol.

T - Semi-sweet cocoa powder, intense roasted malts. The moderate oak flavor blends with the cocoa to create a strange beach nut type of flavor. Lacquer thinner. The hops and alcohol band together and form an astringent bitterness on the finish.

M - Chewy but smooth, if that makes any sense. A bit hot.

Well I was slightly disappointed by this one. I probably should have let this mellow out. The oak seemed a bit overwhelming and the solvent presence was strong. Everything seemed to be battling to get ahead of one another. I loved the original Yeti.
I might buy another bottle and age it.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opague black with a soapy and creamy light brown heading.Left great lacing for a stout and left ringlets all the way down.

I am getting whiffs of coffee before I even put my to to the glass. Espresso beans,Coffee beans.A ridiculous amount of chocolate and nice vanilla oak touches down as well.

Taste and mouth. I can not add anything to what everyone has said. A very heavy roasted tasting with a nice chewy creaminessfrom the start. Interrupted by a prickley bitter hop taste that attacks the tastebuds but is then puhed aside with that vanilla oak warmness of alcohol. All flavors mesh extremely well and makes the body have a nice warm feeling. Perfect for a cold night like tonight.


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Photo of djmichaelk
3.03/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into a CCB snifter. 10/30/2009 bottled date.

A - Midnight black, with the slightest hint of coffee color around the edges. Decent finger of mocha-colored head, which fades to a scattered cap and leaves respectable lacing on the glass. Gentle agitation shows generates impressive legs.

S - Large notes of chocolate and roast, with some coffee in the background. Plenty of cereal, brown sugar, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Leads off with bittersweet chocolate and brown sugar. More coffee than in the nose, but it's fleeting. Roast, some char, and a light nuttiness. The finish is bitter and alcoholic. It leads off nicely but the finish is somewhat unpleasant.

M - Plenty of carbonation with fine bubbles lends a somewhat velvety feel. It's thick but the dry finish keeps it from being overpowering.

D - While I like some of the flavors, the bitterness of the finish got to me after a while. I ended up drinking it over the course of a day, recapping and having a glass every few hours.

O - It's a pretty highly-regarded beer, but it just didn't quite hit the mark for me. Good but not great. The price is okay and it's easily available, but there are plenty of similar-tasting beers that are available for less.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the regular, now going for the oak. I hope it brings something extra to the party.

App- Once again, a great looking beer. Black. Over an inch of dark brown, rich, thick head. It caps nicely and laces. Lovely.

Smell- Tons of bitter chocolate. Maybe some roast coffee. Not getting a ton of oak.

Taste- Well, it is a little smoother than the original. The oak and a hint, a tiny hint, of vanilla comes through. Then it's all bitter chocolate, and roast. Very bitter finish. Astringent, palate wrecking on the end. Anise. Herbal hops. Less coffee, but possibly even more bittersweet chocolate than the original.

Mouthfeel- Very nice. Not too thick, but rich.

Drink- That tough, bitter finish is still in the house. Almost tough to finish.

Honestly feels like it needs to mellow out some. Just too harsh still, I would love some vanilla to balance things out. Bitter, chocolate roast.

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Photo of aepb1
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Black body, velvety dark brown head and great lacing

S- Roasted coffee, vanilla and booze

T- Dark chocolate and coffee, oaky in the middle and finishes with sweetness/stickiness

M- Full-bodied, velvety smooth, coats the mouth and some heat from the alcohol

D- Great beer! I could sip on one all night, but the heat brings the thought of another one down just a little.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 12-ounce snifter @ the Corner in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Black in color with warm, brown amber highlights shone at the edge of light. A thick, creamy one-finger head of brown foam settles slowly to a bubbly coat, leaving behind fine traces of lacing.

S: Sweet, roasted barley, smoked wood, whiskey and an earthy, herbal hop aroma from deep within the alcoholic whiff at the end.

T: Big doses of sweet, roasted caramel and specialty black malts up front with a very apparent, velvety smooth, vanilla, tobacco oak flavor. Gives way to an earthy blend of licorice, anise and herbal hop bitterness before finishing with a sticky smooth, alcoholic bite, leaving traces of oak barrel behind.

M: Full-bodied, sticky, sweet and a slight alcoholic burn, but its a damn fine sipper and very smooth when approached that way.

D: Just what the doctor ordered to chase the biting cold of early winter away. A big, robust, rich stout with some of the smoothest 9.5% ABV drinkability I can recall. One snifter of this is all you need and splitting a bottle at the holidays with a cigar sounds like heaven to me.

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Photo of BDJake
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone IRS glass:

Pours a virtual pitch-black with a thick, creamy head of medium brown hue that left beautiful lacing and a nice, slow retention upon settling. Dark espresso hits the nose first, followed by an earthy hoppiness not often seen in most stouts, oak and chocolatey undertones. The extra oak aging has really taken a good thing and made it even better, highlighting a shared bitterness between coffee/espresso bean and an almost CDA-like hoppiness laid atop light cocoa and alcohol warmth. Thick, oily mouthfeel with more carbonation than most RIS examples I've tried, with a bitter and bold aftertaste. A sipper for many, yet it was relatively easy-drinking for it's size, with the booze providing just enough warmth while mostly taking a backseat to all the other wonderful flavors.

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Photo of pburland23
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's about 20 degrees out and I wanted something to warm the soul. I reached for the Oak Aged Yeti almost instinctively.

Poured from a foil wrapped 22 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass (As an aside, I love when I can drink a beer from a glass from its brewery).

Pours a deep, dark opaque black with about a finger of beige head.

The aroma is full of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a touch of vanilla and a little bit of alcohol. There is also some hops aroma too.

The taste is also dominated by roasted malts with hints of espresso, chocolate and a little bit of booze which adds some depth and warmth to the brew. I'm surprised at the lack of vanilla flavor I'm picking up. Regardless, this is a great tasting Russian Imperial Stout. It's complex and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is full and thick. It's pretty delightful.

This is definitely a sipper and a good one at that. I can't think of a better big bodied beer for a shot of warmth on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque in color with the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer. Sticky lacing lines the sides of the glass. OH MAN the smell is inviting. Chocolate Covered Cherries, Vanilla, and Espresso coffee beans. Taste is a rich dark chocolate with some dark roasted coffee and hints of vanilla with citrus and piney hops. All of this flavor meshes into one of the best beers I've ever had. Mouthfeel is full and silky smooth and the 9.5% is masked beautifully. I've had most of the top rated stouts and this one just might be my favorite.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the Skep..

tis a black and starry night, with mocha rings around the sky.
Cold, it is boozy and a little roasty with a sweet, long roasted and wooded astringent finish.
After 30 minutes sitting on the bar, lonely and ignored while I engaged in strange conversation, we introduced ourselves. By then, the wood had really come out to play, with the booze stepping back a little in the aroma. The big booze becomes warming on the palate, with hot wood, roasted notes, and some vanilla and chocolate.
I hate being served stouts so cold. It is soo, soo long to wait for them to be tasty.
On tap, this one was pretty good. Just had a 2008 from the bottle and it was outstanding. One of the creatures from the Wood Aged Weekend, though I was certainly in no shape to remember it properly beyond enjoying it thoroughly.

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Photo of afksports
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle date 10/5/2009 poured into my Founders snifter.

Oak Aged Yeti is a lot like Yeti (surprised?). It's strong like my anger at the Chicago Bears after scoring on the Philadelphia Eagles right now while I drink it. But not so strong that the Bears will win (banking on that, don't trust this review if the Bears win).

It's black with a tan head that's almost soapy on the initial pour. Fantastic lacing and great legs. This is how an RIS should look. The smell doesn't have as much roasty malts as the regular style, and I imagine that the oak cuts that while adding an oaky subtlety. What comes out a little bit more are the hops. That happens with the taste too. It's just as big in the mouth, and just as drinkable. The weird finish - a soapiness maybe - that hits me on every Great Divide beer sticks with this one as well, and because there's fewer roasted malts to overwhelm the back of the palate, that feel is more prominent.

Ultimately, I can't really see this being a top RIS for me. Just like I can't see the Bears winning. But it's 14-3 right now, so maybe I'm wrong.

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Photo of volklshred
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. bottled date 10/07/2010.

a-Pours thick with dark chocolate color nearly black. Head is a creamy brown color.

s-Chocolate, molasses, alcohol, roasted malt, dark fruit and a touch of anise.

t-The front tastes very Oaky. I'm getting lots of burnt spicy malt throughout. The finish is very smoky and bitter. Much improved taste upon warming. Sweet milk sugars become abundant

m-Very acidic but has a very well distributed carbonation.

d-Quite drinkable for a regular imperial stout consumer.

I remember this beer being more chocolaty and a lot less smoky last year. I'm drawing some spice notes that I can't quite place. Overall this is a very tasty imperial stout.

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Photo of FourBetter
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured it from the bottle into a clear glass Stiegl stein, and let it sit for about 15 min.

It poured beautiful black with a brownish head.

The hops hit my taste buds first and the woodsy oak flavor followed. More of a woody taste than I prefer, but still a thick, full bodied very drinkable stout.

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Photo of rarbring
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very very dark brown beer, black if you prefer, a tan big head that settles slowly, leaving good lacing.

Dark roasted coffee beans, marzipan, toast, Madeira.

Sweet brown sugar, oatmeal porridge, roasted bread crust, coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet port or Madeira. Coffee beans at the end.

Low carbonation, a huge body, oily and smooth, a finishing dryness.

This is really a great beer, full of flavor and delight.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
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 sitarist
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: Jan-06-2010.

Pours a deep, opaque, almost black color. There is about a fingers worth of caramel colored head. The head falls to a ring that leaves spots of lacing.

I smell vanilla, coffee, chocolate liqueur, and beef jerky. The aromas are a little weak for this style, but good none the less.

The first thing I taste is the chocolate liqueur. There are hints of vanilla, and coffee as well. The flavors are bittersweet. Good but too dam weak.

Medium body...just a hint of carbonation...a little warmth from the alcohol.

Easy sipping beer. I wouldn't turn this down, but I wont seek it out again.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review on beer advocate, and I am glad to find an experienced and interesting group of like-minded craft beer lovers.

Poured into a dogfish head beer chalice, I let it sit for about 30 minutes. Appearance is dark brown, about 3 fingers of dark tan head- very exciting to see! On the nose, there is a crazy whiskey aroma- almost peaty. At first sip, there are caramel and brown sugar notes. There is a lot going on with this beer- very complex. Nice thickness as well, what you would expect from a great imperial stout.

Overall drinkability- while this is a big abv beer, it is surprisingly drinkable- the alcohol is very well masked.

I would buy this again for sure....very impressive.

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Photo of Genuine
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Decided to pick this up tonight, seeing as it's pretty chilly out. I figured a nice stout by the fire would suit the moment.

Bottling date is November 27th, 2009.

Poured out pitch black, which doesn't emit any light through, even when backlit. On top sits a very dark kahki head, which stays around for quite a while. Leaves some remarkable lacing down the side of the glass.

Poured from the Bomber into my clean pint glass. Immediately, the aroma from this beer begins to take over, I'm about a couple feet away from the glass and I can already smell it. Very woodsy, raw vanilla, the hops shine through and i can notice a hint of booze...at 9.5% I would expect so.

Taste - I'm an IPA man myself so, this is only my 2nd venture into the world of stouts. First what hits is the hoppy bitterness, which I love with IPA's, mainly because they're citrus and piney, but this one is straight bitter. Not bad, but not sure if my palate likes it when combined with the chocolate and coffee that come after it. I really like the chocolate and coffee flavors that arrive, with a hint of vanilla. Very nice and pleasant. Makes me think I should have gotten the chocolate oak aged yeti instead, since the label described the hops as being toned down. I'm impressed that it's still this hoppy for being a year old. The more it warms, i've noticed it's a weebit boozy as well, but that can hardly be helped.

Mouthfeel - chewy, thick, full bodied stout. It lets you know it's there and stays around for a while.

Drinkability - We'll see if I'm able to finish this bomber tonight. I have a feeling i'll have to save the other half for the next chilly winter night!

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First things first. I love Yetis. I love Sasquatch. I love Abominable Snowmen. I love Men of the Wood! I love any and all names, styles and sub-families of Bigfeet. Don't believe me? I recently saw a movie called, 'Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie'. Not enough? I've seen Abominable, Night of the Demon, Harry and the Hendersons, Legend of Boggy Creek, Drawing Flies, The Wildman of the Navidad...yeah. So, what's my point? My point IS (you smarmy jerk!) that the only reason I grabbed this beer is because I LOVE BIGFOOT!

I'm not a very big fan of RIS's, so, do what you will with this review. Hell, I don't even drink coffee. Nevertheless, here's my diagnosis of Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout.

Appearance of these beers are always my favorite aspect. Dark as sin with a beige and retaining head. Leaves a nice ringed lace as well.

Smokey coffee. Bold. Strong. Not my strong suit with this beer. I have nasal polyps. It's overwhelming in the roasty coffee area.

Similar to the smell, you get a blast of coffee aroma, but also bits of chocolate, booze and some nice slices of dark fruits. Too bad for me about the coffee.

Smooth, heavy, creamy and kinda boozy. It's nice.

Drinkability revolves entirely around if I want to drink this with one of the next Bigfoot movies I watch.

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Photo of rka758
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 brewing (bottled 10/7/10) poured into tulip glass.
Paid $11/bomber

A: Pours a deep black, so much so that my glass is acting like a mirror, with a nice mocha brown colored head. Head started 2 fingers and quickly reduced to a thin lacing along the top.
S: Really nice. Rich coffee and chocoalte nose.
T: I taste wood, hence the oak I guess. A a deep chocolate flavor. A bit of bitterness
M: Beer does a nice job of coating. It's a little dry, but the flavors do a nice job at hitting all the right spots.
D: This is a nice beer that I feel is bottled just right; a bomber is gonna be about my limit, but I might crave a bit more than a 12oz bottle. I'm interested to see how this travels through time.

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

22oz into a Balloon Tulip. Bottled on December 4, 2009 - aged almost one year.

Pours pitch black. A huge tan head erupts from the blackness, forming a picture perfect stout. Lacing on the glass marks each individual sip mark.

Nose is heavy on dark, roasted flavors with a touch of smoke. Very strong aroma.

Taste is heavy on the roasted malts and wood. Heavy bitterness follows the big malt presence, adding depth to this very nice RIS.

Mouth is full and creamy, good for the style.

Drinks like a champ. Complex enough to stay interesting, but restrained enough to be manageable. Great Divide has a winner with the whole Yeti series.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as the blackest of stouts with a small mocha head that dissipates into a fine ring of foam that sticks all over the glass; clearly, hops are present.

S - Super strong malts blast you in the face and throw scents of cocoa, coffee, chalk, oak and booze right at you. Savory smell as well, a bit like soy sauce; could be the oak and some of the other scents clashing.

T - Smacks your tongue with strong malts and a blast of bitter hops. The predominant flavors here are chalky malts, oak and a bit of the usual coffee/chocolate/fig combo found in most good stouts.

M - Likes to stick around, leaves a bit of a strange film and that's my only drawback to this brew. Otherwise nice and smooth with a lack of carbonation that I like in this style.

D - Dangerously smooth and tasty. I'd put a way a ton of this, but then I'd be huge!

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.2% out of 100 with 4,599 ratings
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