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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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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784
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4.28
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11.45%
 
 
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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage.
look: Gorgeous. Nearly opaque dark brown. Big creamy mocha head on the pour. Messy lacing.
smell: Chocolate, vanilla, and woody.Rich and well "distinguished".
taste: Wow, even better than the stellar nose. All those flavors in a rich, surprisingly mellow gentle giant.
overall: home run Great Divide. Haven't had this before but those 12 months in the barrel damn sure worked some magic.

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Photo of zac16125
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
2015 vintage


A: Pours a motor oil thick, jet black, with 1 fingers width of dark tan mocha head. Head dissipates at a moderate rate and leaves a small amount of lacing. 4.75

S: Aroma is huge and is amazing. Big roast notes, big chocolate fudge like cocoa notes, tobacco and leather too. All these base beer characters are balanced wonderfully but equally big barrel characters including charred oak, sweet vanilla, and bourbony booze. The nose is just absolutely fantastic. 5

T: Taste is significantly more herbaceous than the nose, and is not as luscious. Big barrel notes with charred oak and a whiskey booze flavor. Base beer characters with huge roasty notes, along with leather/tobacco. The fudge like sweetness from the nose doesn’t come out in the taste, which is unfortunate. Still excellent though. 4.5

M/D: Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and chewy. Carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, some boozy notes but overall ABV is very well masked, great drinkability. 4.75

O: Overall, this is an exceptional beer. I love the Yeti series, and have been looking for this one for a number of years; it didn’t disappoint. Worth seeking out. 4.5

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gooo Stranahans! Pours a midnight black color with a frothy dark tan head. Not as viscous as I would have thought. Limited retention but good lacing for the tasting.

The nose is mostly whiskey. Some of the base beer is present, with a light roast and chocolate backing. But limited. Some minor oaky notes with a hint of vanilla. Some yeast characteristics but light. Some plum and raisin notes.

The taste is amazing. The beer and whiskey notes come out and blend really well together. To start there is a sweetness that quickly balances with the roast and chocolate notes from the beer. But this is then blended with a stronger vanilla flavor that slowly brings out the whiskey and oak characters. Definitely a savory beer. As it warms the yeast note come out. Sugar plums and a bit of cherry notes. A light chalky in the finish.

The body is big. This is a beer that you really need to sit on and enjoy it. Carbonation is a bit high but still good. Overall a fantastic beer.

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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 DNICE555
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Falling Rock Tap House in Colorado had three of these in the fridge... soo pumped. I grabbed one and shared at the bar with my dad and a couple other random guys. Gave myself a solid 15 ounce pour.

A: Nice black body with a brown creamy head

S: Whiskey, chocolate, hops, coffee... amazing.

T: Same as the smell. Amazing beer.

M: So rich, cream, smooth... fantastic.

O: The bartender gave me a sample of the whiskey that it's barrel aged in... what a great beer and I didn't even have to wait in line.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark dark brown. A decent amount of brown head. Very pretty. Smells very chocolatey and rich. The bourbon is fairly subtle. On the tongue the bourbon is solid. Lots of chocolate and rich buttery bourbon. Some very light vanilla and roast. Subtle oak but mostly the chocolate is prominent

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Photo of kevanb
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2015 vintage, poured into a Great Divide Yeti snifter glass. Enjoyed on 2.28.2016, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, thick, oily, viscous with a thick, caramel head, great retention and lace. The aroma is great, loads of whiskey barrel, charred oak, toffee forward whiskey, molasses, chocolate, strong roasted grains with some vanilla and stone fruits. The flavors are great, booming chocolate with warm whiskey, charred oak, roasted grain and an almost coffee light roast, fusel alcohol with strap molasses, caramel, vanilla a bit of stone fruit and a lingering ashy roast. The mouthfeel is great, coating, chewy, thick full body that is very gentle, quite smooth with a dry and warm finish.

Verdict: A very enjoyable barrel aged stout from Great Divide. Yeti is arguably one of the best non barrel aged stouts, so it's no surprise that the barrel aged version is fantastic. Lots of barrel character and strong roasty and smokiness helps to balance the rich and decadent flavors, a great sipper.

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Photo of jdense
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle purchased by colleague at The Bobolink, The Big, OR., $10, October 2010 bottling.

Dark brown head, a bit uneven bubbles, fairly slow dissipation with significant lacing on top of uber-dark brown opaque body, no visible carbonation. Huge frickin' dark chocolate hit in the nose, re +70% cocoa, citrusy and floral hops for balance. Taste mirrors nose, really chocolatey, hops are absolutely subsumed by the huge chocolate malt profile. Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, some effervescence but not too much. Not sure this is the most drinkable of beers, definitely worth splitting a bottle, palate wrecker to be sure. Worth a try for fans of big ass chocolate stouts. Wondering if I shouldn't seek out that Stranahan's barrel aged version...

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Photo of Hophead717
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bottle, split with a friend, and poured into my brand new CBS snifter. This was consumed side-by-side with regular Yeti.

A: Jet black, 1 finger mocha head that quickly dissipates. More of a head than on the regular Yeti.

S: Sweet, sweet bourbon. Tiny hints of chocolate, no malts, none of the hops found in the nose of the regular Yeti.

T: All bourbon. Quite sweet, absolutely no hops, hard to find any bitter malts until the finish. Incredibly one-dimensional. While the bourbon flavor is good--a touch too sweet for my taste--there's a real lack of anything to balance it out. A bit disappointed on the taste, sadly.

M: Incredible. Full bodied, but well-carbonated, so it’s not too heavy. About perfect for a big stout.

O: Too sweet, with little there to balance out the bourbon. I want some of the hop bitterness or at least some of the chocolate present in the regular Yeti. I gave it a 4 overall, as opposed to a 3.5 in part because of the potential with aging-with time the bourbon will mellow a little and it'll be much better. After adding some regular Yeti to my glass (three parts BA to one part regular), the flavor profile expanded and drastically improved. The BA Yeti needs some of the chocolate malt or hop flavor present in the regular Yeti.

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Photo of bgold86
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into two 12 ounce snifters at just above room temperature. Nose is of huge smokey chocolaty and coffee plus dark dried fruits, of all the barrel aged stouts I've had, this is an easy top 5. Taste is huge, tons of chocolate, cherries, dark dried fruits, big coffee smokey presence; just an all around world class offering.

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Photo of Spider889
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Rackhouse Pub on 9/28. I really wanted to buy a couple bottles of this to bring back to OH, but the $25 price tag deterred me.

Typical black stout, thick and sticky, with a short cap of frothy balsa head.

Smells of rich chocolate and char. The bourbon is smooth, providing aromas of vanilla and toasty coconut.

Woody and full of fresh barrel characteristics. Char, chocolate, vanilla, and strong solvent bourbon notes dominate.

Thick mouthfeel. Overall very tasty, though imo not quite worth $25 a 750ml either.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ahalloin. Thanks tony!

The beer pours a very nice dark color, pretty much black. The head is very dark as well, dark brown in color. The beautiful head dies to a nice ring with some nice lacing.

The beer smells great like a very intricate dessert. Some vanilla, pastry crust, chocolate nibs, roasted malt, toasted oak and more. Very nice aroma, it's quite unique and inviting.

The taste follows the smell, with a poignant oak note and plenty of chocolate. Even some hops are present in the taste, it's quite complex. Rich and tasty. Fudge, vanilla, roasted malts and more. Great.

The feel is nice and semi thick, layers of vinous flavor.

Great overall.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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 q33jeff
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

**
03/19/16
25 oz bottle to snifter. Dark oily black pour. Thick tan head. aroma is mellow whiskey, chocolate, toasted barley. Taste is dark chocolate, bourbon. Really smooth.

Tasting this alongside 2 versions of Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout. The 2015 is 12 months old, the 2016 is 1 month old; the Yeti is at about 6 months past bottling.

The Yeti is superior in my opinion. So much smoother, a touch sweeter. I think the coffee hurts the Weyerbacher, fighting with the bourbon for tastebuds, even though it's still really good too.

I've loved every incarnation of yeti.
**

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one of the stalwarts that Beachbum1975 broke out on us. Great night.
Pours a murky brown in color. There is no head forming on the pour, but there are very large bubbles all over the perimeter of the glass. Nose is a little boozy. Not quite a bourbon smell, but just boozy and a bit of an alcohol note.
I agree with Shane, this needs to warm up to near or just shy of room temperature. The flavors really come through and it gets a fuller mouthfeel. Lots of oaky, chocolatey and whiskey coming through in the flavor. Nothing is dominating, but they play off one another very well. Incredibly smooth on the mouthfeel. I don't mind the lack of carbonation, I actually prefer it in a beer of this nature. Easily the best of the Yeti's that Great Divide makes. Just wish this was more readily available and cheaper. I could find myself drinking this quite often.

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Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ba yeti '15 - Huge thanks to Emil for this!

Pours a night black color, with a small, dark brown, creamy head.

Smells of melted milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, cocoa nibs, toffee and licorice. Very chocolate forward, while not getting very sweet on the nose, due to pleasantly toasty malts and spicy, oaken, yet flowery, warming Bourbon.

Tastes of oaken Bourbon accompanied by milk chocolate in all its decadent facetts, with layers of earth, bakers chocolate, rock sugar, whipped cream and a spicy whiff of cinnamon. Mousee au chocolat gets enriched by oak chips and a well accentuated earthiness, relying on the omnipresent, smooth whipped cream. A flowery quality blends into soft, melted caramel, wood bark and licorice, tied together by a warming, dry zing from the bourbon, complimenting to the chocolate.

Perfectly integrated Bourbon addition, which shines among a luscious milk chocolate sweetness by adding a nice, mellow yet spicy oakiness.

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Photo of rypkr
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not worth the money. Don't get me wrong, this is a very tastey beer but it's hardly discernable from regular yeti. There's lots of roast, bitter chocolate, and earthiness. But there's next to no bourbon/oak/vanilla etc that a barrel aged beer should pick up.

Additionally it's quite thin in look and feel. If I want a roasty RIS I may reach for a yeti. But if I want a roasty BA RIS I'll reach for a BA ten fidy or something else. Not worth $16, not even close.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: 0497

A: Straight black pour, like motor oil, with a small very brown head. No lacing or retention. If it had better lacing or retention it would be a 5.

T: The smell is all booze and whiskey, some chocolate underneath.

T: The taste on this is the best part. Great blend of chocolate, roastiness, booze, whiskey, oak and vanilla from the barrel. Alcohol and roastiness on the back. Balance is perfect as it warms.

MF: Thick and heavy, a little under carbonated, but not as much as BA Old Ruffian. Dry finish and boozy.

O: I Really enjoyed this. I was worried after having BA Old Ruffian earlier and it was way passed it's prime. This was tasty, full of stout and whiskey. Very much enjoyed.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: A dark mahogany color with a dark brown edge. A small tan head retains well and leaves a bit of sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is great and displays wonderful balance. Bourbon, roasted malt, some dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, a little extra unspecified booze, and some light coffee as an extra kick.

Taste: Whiskey brackets the rest of the flavors before and after. Roasted and chocolate malt, dark chocolate and cocoa, and a bit of vanilla and woody oak toward the end, leading into the whiskey finale.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, and full bodied. The bourbon warms the throat and stomach. The carbonation is on the lighter side, staying out of the way of the lush feel.

Drinkability: A great beer to barrel age. I have liked each variety of Yeti I have tried. This turned out extremely well.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Minds Drink Alike...Bottle 199 of 1104. Jet black with a full finger foamy dark brown head with good hang time and reasonable stringy patterns of lacing that I'd expect from a beverage of this weight. The smell is classic barrel aged roasted malt goodness. The mouth feel is right on..silky smooth with that incredible coating texture that I look forward to in my favorite Double Stouts. The nose and the mouth match up quite nicely; a great balance of barrel and the roasted malt. Silky smooth, one hell of a drinker!! Full flavored chocolaty mocha malt and whiskey. A tiny sip captures the entire experience and lingers really nicely. Reminds me a lot of the oak aged product but the whiskey licorice character comes through with a huge presence. Great job on this one. Ton of fun considering this one...many thanks Mark!!

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Photo of pwoods
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing the brew.

750ml capped brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Very dark brown with ruby reddish tinting. No real head with some large frothy bubbles from an aggressive pour. No real lacing, either.

S: Some light whiskey notes. Light molasses with a small touch of vanilla. A bit of roasty bitterness.

T/M: Lots of bourbon, more stinging than flavorful. Nothing from the barrel character and no real vanilla. Some bitterness from the dark roasted malts. Very thin body, especially for a RIS. Very little carbonation.

D: ABV is big and bourbon is too aggressive. Tasty, especially if you drink bourbon straight up, but too much in a beer, though.

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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 KeefD
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review number 666! Been saving this beer for this occasion. Great stuff but not as good as the Parabola I had right before it. Review from notes:

Dark pour, almost black, tan head with nice whisps of lacing down the tulip.

Aroma is boozy, light oxidation, some dark chocolate, roast is subdued.

Taste is a touch thin, boozy again with some more chocolate. Sweet caramel, maybe some coffee and oak? Hard to tell. Roastiness is mellow, needs some more bitterness. Well aged indeed, smooth, low carbonation. I wouldn't let this one go any further if I had any other bottles sitting around.

Overall easy drinking, needs a touch more carbonation to cover up some of the aged qualities.

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Photo of dcloeren
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. This was the only bottle out of 5 that I have tried that was not infected...

Pours a midnight black (like all yeti's) with 2 fingers of mocha head. Great head retention.

The aroma is outstanding. Fudge and bourbon are absolutely encapsulated with the oakiness from the barrels. Booze is bursting from my glass and it makes me all kinds of excited.

The taste follows the nose to the T. Bourbon soaked fudge brownies with vanilla icing drizzled on top! Outstanding barrel presence. Really just top notch!

Thick, viscous as hell, velvety smooth and chewy. Just shoot me in the face this has the best mouthfeel imaginable for a beer this big!

One of the best stouts I have ever had, hand down. Just mother fucking amazing!

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:poured into my taster this brew pour just as menicing as any other yeti. Pitch black with a good amount of head.
S: the noise is average of barrel aged stout. Bourbon is present with maulty goodness.
T: the flavor is like a less intense yeti. The notes of coffee and chocolate are calmed down. The bourbon is not pronounced; almost like this brew was aged in brandy barrels. Notes of really dark fruit.
MF: good mouth feel not thined out, but would haved liked a thicker feel.
Overall, a brew that is worth its rarity to have. Enjoyable, but i expected more complexity out of this one.

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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