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Barrel Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged YetiBarrel Aged Yeti

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

M: Full bodied. Coats the mouth.

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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 greenmonstah
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared w/ a friend. Poured into tulip glass, 2011 bottle.

A - Very dark, with a dark brown half-finger head. Good retention. Pitch black and solid, with only a touch of light at the edges.

S - Some sweetness, vanilla, oak, chocolate, some kind of fruity sweetness, like a grape or maybe pear juice?

T - Vanilla, oak, whiskey, char, chocolate; both dark and milk. Finishes slightly fruity, maybe a bit of raspberry. Cocoa and whiskey is intense. No booze flavor.

M - For an imperial stout I would call it medium in body, but overall it is still a heavy and thick beer. Finishes incredibly dry compared to expectation/experience for the Yeti line.

O - Fantastic, could drink all day. Goes down easy and tastes great. Very drinkable for such a big beer. A whole new level of Yeti brilliance.

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Photo of rwmiscik
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Motor oil black, cocao color head about one inch thick, decent retention that comes back with a swirl and nice lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate, whiskey, decadent roasted malt, slight alcohol, incredible nose

T: Fantastic, its like a chocolate bar covered in whiskey melting in you mouth, Its rich and simple yet amazingly complex with its overwhelming and robust flavor.

M: Has a fantastic mouthfeel but would benefit from some extra body and thickness. carbonation is soft but nice for the style

O: An amazing beer that needs to be tried by all who like stouts. I think its tasting amazing right now and im not sure it would benefit much, if any from aging and great divide has instantly shot to the top of my list with regards to quality beer. This is the best stout I have had in a long while and it beats out many other big names and should be had by all.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Great Divide tulip. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a fine one finger dark brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of whiskey, dark toasted malt, vanilla and dark stone fruit, molasses. Flavor is sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla, hint of lactose and dark stone fruit, whiskey; starts sweet and malty and ends fairly boozy, but with enough malt body to support the whiskey. Medium to heavy, creamy body with good carbonation. Nice mouth feel. A very nice barreled RIS; the great Yeti stout body shines through and supports the hefty barrel character. There is a dark fruit flavor that is not in the base Yeti, but adds a little interest to the taste. Rich and flavorful, perhaps still a bit hot, but thoroughly enjoyable. Glad I finally got to try this Yeti version. A great variation on one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of metter98
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin mocha colored head that quickly died down and left lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose along with notes of chocolate.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the bourbon flavors aren’t nearly as prominent. There are also flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla.
M: It feels full bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is very well balanced; it has the perfect amount of bourbon to help accentuate the taste but doesn’t overpower any of the other flavors.

Note: 2011 Vintage, Bottle #3573

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

Thanks to whoever brought this one to Jerz halloween tasting

Look: Black and totally opaque with a small head that does not stay around very long

Smell: Lots of bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Follow the nose to a t. Lots of bourbon upfront and in your face balancing on the too much level. the backend has some nice vanilla and oak notes

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Great beer cant wait to do a side by side tasting of all the variants

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a nice dark tan head with a bit of lacing.

S: Anise and bourbon were the two that initially popped out to me, followed by some rich roasted malt and a bit of coffee.

T: Quite similar, with the bourbon character coming out a little bit more. Some dark cherry fruits in addition to the roasted malt and coffee, although these flavors could have just come from the roasted nature of the malt.

M: Nice and full without being viscous. Not too much alcohol; actually a mellow creaminess.

D: Very drinkable. One of the better barrel-aged beers that I've had in some time.

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

750mL (2011, bottle 3667) opened w/ some trepidation after random reports of infection. I traded away some very good beer to get this one...

Pours a deep thick black w/ a reddish-brown head - the darkest head I think I've ever seen - that dissipates pretty quickly to just a ring of bubbles around the rim. Minimal carbonation.

Aroma is deep and rich. Coffee, chocolate, whiskey, oak, vanilla. No signs of infection so far. Nice and smoky. Dark fruits and roasted nuts as it warms.

Taste follows nose. Lots of whiskey and char along with all the other elements in the aroma. Buttery and rich with a strong, bitter finish. This was everything I was hoping it would be, but probably not more. I'd give it a 4.75 if I could.

Mouthfeel is rich, slick, and coating. A little sticky.

Overall, yes. Very nice. Whiskey and oak are clearly dominant, but that's why you buy a barrel aged beer, is it not? Rich and satisfying, still a notch lower than say Parabola or KBS. Still very enjoyable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, big thanks to Aaron (argo0 on RB) for bringing this!

a - Pours a dark brown with some nice tan head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells nice and sweet. Smell some chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Great mixture.

t - Taste is very similiar to the smell. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, molasses, and bourbon create a great mix and taste. Very smooth as the bourbon is pretty mellow.

m - Very smooth and creamy, little carbonation and full body.

d - I really liked this beer. I thought it was very smooth and the smell and taste of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon created a wonderful combination. Would love to try this again sometime.

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

Thanks a bunch to Scott for this bottle.
2011 vintage

A - darkness, 1cm of dark chocolate head, a few legs.

S - chocolate covered oak. espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

T - more of the smell. decadent and delicious.

M - light carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel.

O - Spot on BA stout that is easier to get than ever. Wish I had another bottle

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Photo of stortore
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had on 3/4/16.

Pours near black, opaque, small head of dark tan foam, good amount of loose, soapy lacing. Smell is whiskey, malt, oak, vanilla, toffee, some cocoa. Smells great. The taste also leads with the whiskey- but not overpowering, then medium roast malt, vanilla, oak, some caramel and molasses, light chocolate- more as it warms. Smooth, full bodied, a real tongue coater, good level of carbonation.

Not overly complex, but wonderfully blended and flavorful. Amazing how the whiskey barrels drive this, but don't dominate. Well worth a purchase, don't pass this up.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
~8 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, oily and viscous body. Thin layer of creamy, dark tan colored head. Tons of alcohol legs, coats glass like a sticky film. Spotty head lacing as well.

Aroma- Earthy, spicy sweet whiskey, dry spicy oak, barrel char. Creamy flavors of vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasty coconut, milk chocolates. Good amount of bitterness, dark chocolates, roast and coffee.

Taste- Roasted malt, dry spicy oak, smooth whiskey notes, coffee and char. Finishes with sweet and creamy flavors, lots of vanilla, fudgy chocolates, caramel, hints of molasses, dark fruits, coconut, and nuttiness.

Feel- Medium to full bodied, very creamy and sticky sweet. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Barrel influence is very forward, the aroma is flooded with bourbon notes and oak, while the taste is more refined and smooth. Tons of earthy, spicy sweet whiskey and dry spicy oak. Creamy flavors take over into the finish with a rich, decadent sweetness. Still a good amount of roast and bitterness from the base beer as well. Excellent barrel aged stout, different and unique in the earthy, spicy character.

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

2011 Vintage Bottle 3573

A: Pours a opaque jet black in color with a dark mocha head (even darker than the bubbles traditionally seen in a cup of espresso). When swirling the beer, the dark black color coats the tulip glass. The head started as a thin layer over the entire surface or the beer and reduced to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The smell of this beer is phenomenal - lots of notes from the whiskey barrels and some more subtle hints of bourbon as well. There is a strong presence of dark roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate, oak and vanilla. Very well balanced and great complexity.

T: The flavor of this beer is amazing with great complexity and amazing balance. The barrel aging really improves and already good beer.There is some really great enhancement to the strong flavors of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate with the oak and vanilla. This is great.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really enjoy this beer and could enjoy it for many hours. This beer has a great aroma and wonderful taste that makes me want to enjoy this more and more. An improvement on an already great beer.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a thick, viscous black, completely opaque, topped by a medium-dark creamy tan head.

A lot going on in the nose, with roasted grain, char, earthy dark chocolate, and touch of hoppiness. Turns a bit meaty--think beef bouillon--as it warms. But I don't notice any whiskey character in the nose, at least by itself.

The palate shows roast, burnt grain, a touch of charred barrel, smoke, woody oak, vanilla, chocolate; in short, everything you'd expect in Yeti, and then some. Piney hops on the finish, but the beer on the whole is only mildly bitter. Finishes with alcohol warmth to let you know this is a big beer.

Thick and rich and mouthcoating--it's Yeti, after all. Certainly a sipping beer. I don't know that this beer is different enough compared to Oak Aged Yeti to justify the higher price tag, but it's fantastic regardless.

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

A huge thanks goes out to EmperorStan for sharing this last night out our mini RIS tasting.

Pours black and almost completely opaque, except for the slightly ruby hued edges. A thin, light brown bubbley head forms on the pour and lingers with decent retention but leaves no real lacing.

The nose is really nice. A big smack of whiskey hites you in the face, followed by some oak, roasty malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Really nice.

The taste is great too. Huge whiskey notes, but they are really smoothed most likely due to the prolonged aging. Bit roasty malts, vanilla, chocolate and a bit of coffee all play on the palate. Really what a Whiskey Aged Imperial should be like IMO.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated. The body was really pushing full if not there, but I am always happier if it's a little thicker.

Drinkability is quite high. The flavor is great, and the booziness is so tame as it's had plenty of time to mellow. A phenomenal beer, and a real shame they produced so few bottles.

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Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, purchased from the fantabulous Wine and Cheese place. After giving away a bottle I brought to Dark Lord Day since I was "all beer'd out", I've been dying to find an occasion to open one. Saturday morning seemed like a good choice, so Paulie and I split this along with some chocolate doughnuts!!

Into a snifter it goes. The beer is black, opaque, and devilish like the soul of Hades. The head is mocah colored and quickly sinks into the black abyss. Spotty lace is left on the snifter, but the head and lace deficiencies make this just good and no better.

Barrel aged Yeti has all the smells that make Yeti great, and then some extra pizzaz. The primary smells are bourbon, or, in this case, really good Colorado whisky and chocolate. The chocolate is more of a dark fudge than milk chocolate, and there's a sweet roasty malt character that I really like. Wood gives some vanilla and earthy characteristics and there's a touch of cherry as well. Overall, it's very expressive and just a touch boozy and brash. Almost perfect but falls a hair short.

However, the taste is sublime. Perfect example of how oak can add depth and vanillin to a stout. The barrel has made this just exceptional. It's dark and decadent, with chocolate-dipped cherries and slight whisky sting. Theres some dark cherry and vanilla, plus coffee roast and even coffee liquor. Just an amazing array of flavors and one of the best examples of -bal aging that has ever crossed my lips.

This beer is thick with creamy milkshake carbonation. Sweet and not sticky with a sweet bourbon finish. Just a hair short of perfection. This is the best Yeti version ever. I will be permanently ISO of any chance to drink this and I'm so happy I have one more bottle to do a Yeti horizontal with. So its not the most "drinkable" beer every because of the intense flavors but it's something every stout fan should seek out. A heavenly beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

two finger dark brown head on a jet black body with no light passing through. nice lacing. Aroma is a definitely a nice whiskey barrel rich aroma with a subtle chocolate and vanilla aroma seeping in. Flavor has a very nice, just right amount of whiskey note with a nice base yeti that balance each other out perfectly. This is a very smooth bodied beer. The vicous-ness isnt lost. It is very creamy/milky. Certainly as good of a mouthfeel you can get.

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Photo of jellikit
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black. Thin, tan head. Nice lacing.
Smell: chocolate. Raisin.
Taste: chocolate. Figs. Raisin. Slight oak. Alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big body. Sweet-ish.
Overall: tasty. Balanced well. Not too oaky. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of humanawho
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- good dark black appearance with ok head retention and lacing

S- strong whiskey and oaky smell right off the bat, there is a nice chocolate aroma and a faint strawberry aroma; no alcohol on the nose

T- as with the nose the taste is first of whiskey and oak with a strong sweet backbone of a strong stout with a nice dark chocolaty bitterness

M- mouthfeel seems a little thin for a stout of this strength but is still good

D- drinkability is about what you would expect, the 750 bottle is for at least 2 probably 3 people because of the strong whiskey component

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 model shared with steepH20

Dark and murky pour that yields ample puddles and spattered lacing

Big brownie batter, loads of oak, hops and chocolate cake soaked in whiskey. Truly and unmistakably a Yeti incantation.

Woodzilla Vanilla! Oak has seeped into every aspect of this beer. Like the regular oak aged version, there's something about Great Divides aging program that really allows their beers to take on the wood from the barrels. This is no exception. Heat is present but well tempered. Leafy hops roll from beginning to end. Whiskey is vanilla and complimentary but in no way overpowering. It is, if possible, subtle. A drizzle of caramel finishes the deal.

Medium bodied and amply carbonated. Steep is in love and I am significantly infatuated.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of wethorseblanket at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2011 vintage. Bottle # 1414.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with a woody finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and is showing no signs of infection that apparently so many other bottles have.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter
2009 vintage 897/1104

A- Dark pitch black body, slight hints of brown hues, very small mocha head, nice bubbles around the glass, slight carbonation.
S- Very nice aroma, hints of dark fruits, bourbon upfront, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, coffee beans, nice oaky notes.
T- Very big beer, complex, a lot going on, very sweet vanilla notes, bourbon, chocolate, slightly bitter, caramel, hints of coffee, nice woody oaky notes are apparent.
M- Medium to big mouth feel, sticky, smooth drinking, alcohol is hidden, slight carbonation.
O- Top Notch Barrel Aged Beer, very tasty complex beer, so much going on, very sweet but not overdone, easy drinkability for such a high abv beer.

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Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.28 out of 5 based on 745 ratings.
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