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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java CoffeeImperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee

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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 96
Gots: 101 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DarthKostrizer on 12-07-2012

Lavender Pearl wax.

The 2013 version had 4Roses, High West Rye, High West Bourbon, Elijah Craig12 Eclipse and blended with a bigger Imperial Stout known as Totality Squared(aka Masterpiece) Starting gravity for the Stout was 31.5* Plato vs Totality's 26.5* Plato. Different hops, fermented with a blended yeast(s).
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Ratings: 332 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by rlee1390:
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4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass, one finger brown head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Some coffee, was expecting more, chocolate, roasted malt some oak and sugar as well.

T- Starts with coffee, like the nose I was expecting more, nice blend of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Good balanced, but I like a real dominating coffee. Oak and roasted malt as well.

M-Medium in body, almost watery not much carbonation.

O-A good beer, maybe not worth the price tag. Still wish that there would have been more coffee.

More User Reviews:
Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to hefman for kicking me this bottle, which I’ve been lusting after for quite some time. This is the first year I haven’t ordered a bunch of Eclipse & I might regret it. We’ll see. 22 oz. bottle split with my coffee loving wife.

The pour is full Eclipse black with a healthy, hard head for a big brew. Smells like a big, strong, sweet pot of coffee. Beer? Perhaps. Is sweet a beer?

Java Eclipse is making happy in my frontal cranial orifice. Wow. A gorgeous bouquet of java or bean or coffee or whatever hits the palate like a ton of Juan Valdez. But before the coffee machine hits Folgers levels, the sweet malts intervene, & the bourbon rears its head & cries out with a joyful noise. Mid-palate brings a few subtleties, a soft acorn or two, mild bitterness, vanilla, faint chocolate. The end lists into eternity & beyond with the barrel & the java mingling beautifully. Creamy, thicker than the regular Eclipse lineup. I could have easily taken the entire bottle, but would have needed to do so in secret, or face the Wrath of Wife.

This kind of brew is what gives coffee beers a good name. The lineage is good, the look is good, the beer is better than good. The world would be a better place with more beers like this one; excellent, & knocking on the steel door of elite.

Photo of richj1970
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Old Guardian glass. 2014 vintage.

A: Pours a dark murky black with one finger mocha colored head that settles after a few minutes to a thin cap, and leaves a slight oily film on the surface. Some light lacing,

S: Fantastic smelling beer. I might buy another bottle just to inhale the aromas again. Strong espresso, and rich dark chocolate. Vanilla and bourbon lingering around in the back. A light fruity note - maybe blueberry.

T: Tons of bold espresso flavors mixed with very rich quality dark chocolate. Vanilla, and brown sugar.

M: Full bodied and fairly carbonated for a BA beer. A slight dry and sweet finish.

O: A truly wonderful beer combining many of my favorite flavors - coffee, chocolate, bourbon. My only wish is that it was more affordable, but on the other hand I don't have to fight a line of folks to buy a bottle.

Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Black in body with a thin ring of dark brown foam atop. This already looks a touch thicker than other Eclipse variants. Slightly oily sheen. Leaves the glass oily and spotted with dots of stick.

The coffee aroma is very well integrated into the base, delicious aroma of Eclipse: chocolate, smooth, integrated bourbon, a bit of vanilla, and a wave of cold-pressed coffee. Very nice.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. This is not a coffee-bomb of a barrel-aged stout, like BCBCS, for example. The coffee is present, but only complementary, as opposed to boldly in-your-face. Nice layers of chocolate, some roast, bourbon and oak, and a bit of vanilla push up against the added coffee element. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very nice, and definitely thicker than most of the other Eclipse variants I've tried.

A wonderful nightcap.

Photo of jeonseh
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by leftyhyzer at NWI tasting

A - Dark coffee brown with lighter chocolate accents. Small mocha colored head

S - Dark chocolate, fudgy browny, light coffee, sweet cream, and a slight alcohol presence

T - Sweet vanilla, light cream, and coffee upfront. The finish is a slight bitter coffee presence. Coffee is really the main flavor throughout.

MF - Light body with an astringent finish from the coffee. A bit too thin for me

O - Solid coffee beer with good flavor throughout. There really isn't much barrel presence and it is a bit thin. This is a solid coffee stout but not worth the effort to track down one of these bottles.

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, lavender wax capped, from bottle run numero 2 of 2013.

This beer pours a pretty convincingly solid black, with the slightest of basal cola edges, and one fat finger of bubbly, frothy, and ultimately creamy mocha head, which leaves some nice approaching storm system lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of bitter espresso, semi-sweet baker's chocolate, dry hot cocoa mix, restrained roasted caramel malt, a subtle barrel character - more grainy wood than the usual caramel/vanilla/spice/booze scoreboard - and a bit of musty ashiness. The taste is a whole lot sweeter in its bearing - lightly toasted caramel malt, hard toffee, bittersweet cold coffee, a more aggressive Bourbon spicy grain and natural vanilla booziness, free radical chunky chocolate, and a dry ashy earthiness.

The carbonation is fairly involved in its edgy peppiness, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, the alcohol seeping in a tad, which doesn't seem to affect the airy creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, just, as the coffee persists in the form of one of those hideous java house diabetes concoctions, and the cocoa, caramel, and whiskey-tinged booze round things out.

While the coffee essence here is indeed prominent, it's hardly overbearing - I've had worse (or better, depending on your outlook) in recent coffee porter examples. It's the tame, well-rounded accompanying imperial stout that gets me - seemingly simple, but really a dense palette of sweet and bitter, charred and alcoholic, no one note taking over, rather, they're all laudable for their strength among and despite each other. One of the better versions of the Eclipse series that I've yet tried, and that from an avowed java heretic.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. waxed bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a dark, dense black brew with no head. Lacing is layered, thick and patchy with good stick. Thick, oily legs too. Good looking beer.

Nose is big mocha, chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. A touch of a lactose/cream undertone. Real rich, deep, and delicious. Pretty aromatic too. I like it.

Opens coffee, mocha and chocolate. Cocoa powder, fudge, leather and burnt malt in the middle. End is more coffee and cocoa. Aftertaste of molasses, leather, and mocha. Pretty straightforward but the coffee is big and bold here... something I don't always get out of coffee imperial stouts.

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily, thick, and slick in the mouth and goes down smooth. Messy finish with a long, sticky, lingering finish. Great for the style.

I've been very impressed with the beers from the 50/50 Imperial Stout series and Coffee Eclipse is no exception. The flavors here are pretty straightforward but the coffee is big, bold and in your face. Feel is great as always and overall this one is just as advertised. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Subtler bourbon flavor. The coffee is very raw. Not a strong coffee aroma. "Green"coffee aroma.

Taste - Coffee is sharp but green again. Sharper than the bourbon. The bourbon is smooth and flavorful, but subtle. Dark chocolate flavor. Bourbon lingers and sweetness isn't overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Slick and creamier than the base beer. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish. Bitterness from the coffee.

Overall - The coffee doesn't really add any more than it detracts from the barrel flavor. I didn't have to trade through the roof for this one, thankfully.

Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a dense beige head that left a nice wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of ground coffee. Nice woody bark like coffee scent. There is some light chocolate notes. Perhaps some hints of caramel and vanilla.

The taste is big on coffee and roasted barley. Slightly bitter from the roast but fairly smooth considering. Again light chocolate and cocoa notes. Some torched caramel sweetness.

The feel is well bodied. Sweet notes hit off to start but is quickly balanced by the roast and coffee bitterness. A touch sticky in the finish.

Very good coffee stout. Oatmeal would be a good addition to smooth out the flavor.

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Lavender Pearl wax bottle run No. 1 Vintage 2014.

Out of the bottle comes out with mahogany classic brown, but a little thin looking. Fills the glass with a classic dark walnut brown, nearly black with not much head creation. Nice simple tan thin bubbles, but barely a finger of head but dissolves to a nice collar and a leopard like lacing along the edges in spots. A bit of a filmy top. Not one of the better looking Fifty Fifty Eclipse brews I've had.

Jesus this aroma is truly perfection. Wonderful piping coffee and charing roasted malts. Excellent fruity tones coming off of this which really smells like blueberry. Dark bitter chocolate notes and a small bit of heat, the perfect warmth of boozy character that doesn't smell overly strong. Some hints of leafy tobacco notes also. Incredibly complex and perfectly balanced, one of the best smelling coffee stouts I've had to date.

Palate comes nicely, but is let down by a surprisingly weak body that doesn't even hit of barrel aging round character. A bit thin and wet mouthfeel, doesn't make the palate last or coat, but the flavors are at least there and big. Big charring roast on first sip, with piping warm coffee to match. Much of the fruit character really opens up in the mid palate, cherry, blueberry and some light tannic wood character, almost sawdust tasting. The finish though is a bit bitter forward and dominates, but easily tolerable, with a good amount of roast bitterness which is quite accentuating a tobacco menthol and seemingly hop character. It dominates and then lets all the other tones and flavors disappear.

Overall this seemed like it would be gangbusters but even being let down it's still a solid brew. That aroma is just gangbusters though.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of two variants of this series I've tried. The EW was slightly better, but this was still incredibly enjoyable. Purchased at AJ's in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black color. Might be dark brown, but still very dark. Foamy, dark head forms, about one finger. Small amount of lacing but not much.

Smells great. Sweet coffee, slight bourbon.

Tastes amazing. Dark, roasty malt flavors intermingle with sweet coffee, mild oak and vanilla from the bourbon, and chocolate. The coffee, as I drink more of this beer, starts to give off a slight tartness that's almost fruity. The coffee beans used for this beer are very tasty. The bourbon flavors are mild, since it's a blended BA beer.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium to full bodied, good carbonation.

A great treatment of Eclipse. I'm not sure if any beer is worth the money for this series, but very tasty nonetheless.

Photo of Gator_Chomp
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Certainly not worth the money. I see why these sit on the shelf. Good beer, but should be $10 less.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: black-bodied beer with a finger of creamy white head, shiny motes of lace follow the beer down the glass

S: rich roasted dark malts kick up aromas of chocolate and coffee; hints of oak and wood

T: coffee, espresso and regular, sweet and mildly bitter; chocolate, bittersweet and rich, dark and sensuous; oak barrels, light and woodsy, airy and dry - a perfect storm of these influences dominates the palate and wraps you up in an indulgent drinking experience.

M: milky-smooth, slick and slightly sticky, medium-full body, mild bittersweetness and drying finish

O: exquisite ale - price-point may deter some, but if you like coffee stouts, take the plunge.
Easily on par with Peche Mortel, Speedway Stout, and BCB Coffee Stout and other top-tier coffee stouts and barrel-aged stouts.

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Version

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger of dense dark tan head that fades to a small pool with decent lacing
S: smells of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and some bourbon barrel notes with some vanilla
T: taste is coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and vanilla, bourbon and oak. swallow is smooth and creamy with more coffee, chocolate, caramel and vanilla
M: big and heavy on the palate with soft but adequate carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: If I could only use one word to describe this beer it would be 'incredible'. Unbelievable smoothness and complexity. The eclipse series is truly one of the best lines of barrel aged stouts there is. It may cost a lot but it's worth every penny for every last drop.

Photo of Boccu
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good stout. Lacks the complexity of other high rated stouts. Strong coffee through out.

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Pours a dark mahogany color with a layer of off white/light tan head. The smell is the best part of this beer. Smooth, fresh coffee hits the nose hard, it's very nice. I'm also getting mild bourbon, dark fruit, and some caramel. The taste was a bit of a let down after smelling this beer. It was a good coffee stout and I enjoyed it, but I can't say I thought it lived up to the hype. There was a touch of bitterness in the finish. The bourbon was there, but I would have liked it to be a bit stronger. This was more of a refined coffee stout than I expected. I enjoyed this beer, but it didn't knock my socks off.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: pours a near black body with rings of brown around the edges. 1/4 inch tan head with good retention and some spotty lace

Smell: you are greeted by a fair amount of coffee which is followed up by some chocolate vanilla and a kiss of honey

Taste: again you are greeted by cold pressed coffee which lingers for a little while. The coffee is followed by some oak and vanilla with a tiny bit of chocolate finishing up the beer

Mouthfeel: like all the eclipse variants the body is just a bit on the thin side. This one however was a bit sticky on the roof of the mouth probably due to the coffee

Overall. I was actually hoping that at some point 50/50 would do this and the beer definitely delivers. The coffee is integrated very well though in my opinion there could be more of it. Highly recommended and absolutely worth a try

Photo of More_betterness
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Inky midnight black body with a one finger mocha head that recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass. Spotty lacing.

S: Big ground coffee and bourbon soaked dark fruit upfront, followed by hints of vanilla and a roasted dark malt backbone. Little beat of boozy heat. Pretty epic.

T: Bourbon soaked cherry, sweet cocoa, and honey first, with a long acrid coffee closer. Drying and tannic finish.

M: Medium/full bodied and lightly carbed. Long lingering finish.

O: Great beer. Bourbon barrels and coffee pairings never dissapoint!

Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bomber split into seven glasses for Stoutfest III. Black body identical in appearance to the Four Roses and Evan Williams versions. Good head retention and nice blankets of lace.

S- Fair Bourbon presence but more wood and peppery whiskey feel than the other versions mentioned in the appearance. Fairly strong coffee presence above the roasted malts and oak barrel feel.

T- Coffee truly opens up here and differentiates this from the other Eclipse versions we have tasted so far. Bitter coffee grounds and fresh medium roast coffee above the bourbon and decent roast malt base. Cocoa, peppery whiskey, fresh toast oak and slight vanilla.

MF- Medium thick body like the other variants lacking a bit of creaminess it could certainly use. Carbonation at a medium level with a roast bitterness in the finish. Slight warming on the palate.

The coffee stands out quite a bit and adds an aspect that the Evan Williams and Four Roses were missing, they both lacked a base but had great whiskey flavors. Fresh roast coffee lingers on the palate, especially in the taste.

Photo of Rifugium
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shilt for the share.

Dark black pour with a small tan head that retained as a ringlet; some oily streaks left on the glass. Aroma of dark roasty malts, cocoa, coffee overshadowing the bourbon. I actually think the coffee detracted from the taste in this beer, in that it clashed a bit with the bourbon. Fairly roasty taste, between the dark malts and the coffee, with a bit of astringency coming from the latter, bourbon and oak, notes of cocoa and vanilla bean. Body was on the heavier side of medium, carbonation was low, mouthfeel could've been smoother. My verdict remains in place...coffee didn't help this beer. It didn't kill it, it was still good, but probably my least favorite of the varieties.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with very little head. Fairly thin coming out of the bottle with quite a bit of light coming through. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, oak, whiskey and metallic nails. Different, but intriguing. Taste is sweet, but balanced. Strength of the coffee remains and combines with the barrel character. Cocoa powder, lots of earthy wood and a touch of dark fruits. Body is slightly more full than expected, low carbonation, and extremely rich. Fair amount of heat from the alcohol.
I really like the balance, but it lacks the depth of some flavors (vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, etc) that I prefer in the style. Crazy rich. Good, not great.

$30 for bomber

Photo of john0721
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, pours black with light brown head, good lacing.

The nose is all coffee.

Flavor: Coffee, some vanilla and dark fruit.

Dry, mild to moderate bitter finish.

Overall, the flavor is more balanced than the nose but the coffee still dominates from start to finish.

Photo of ChestSplitter
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber; the dude at the beer store I was at was recommending all of these Eclipse Stouts; I went ahead and dropped the coin for this one.
Pours opaque near-black. What you'd expect from a big ol' stout.
Smells wonderful, but the bourbon smell dominates the coffee smell; this is NOT like smelling a coffee porter or Breakfast Stout.
Tastes like bourbon more than anything else. This is, I guess, what happens when you take a nice beer and put it in bourbon barrels for a while. There are enough hints of coffee and chocolate, but barely. The dominant thing here is bourbon.
Mouthfeel is thick, just a big beer all the way around.
Overall, if you like barrel-aged stouts and the bourbon-forward character that results from that process, then you would be hard-pressed to do better than this. My own rating here is subjective, and beers like this remind me of why I prefer non-barrel-aged stouts.

Photo of cvm4
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Run #2... 2013 version

A - Pours black with a one finger dark khaki head. Doesn't seem like a thick stout on the pour. Lacing is okay and retention of the head is a ring around the glass.

S - To me, the coffee isn't at the forefront on the smell. Bitter dark chocolate mixed in with coffee and roasted malts on the nose. A rather subdued nose here and I'm not picking up much barrel.

T - Very complex taste! Coffee hits you from the get go, developing into bitter dark chocolate that gives way to oak, brown sugar and smooth bourbon notes.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. The carbonation bubbles feel small and toy with the smooth body on the beer.

O - Impressive... If only it was more coffee forward on the nose and the body was a bit bigger. Still, a great stout that I'm sure not a lot of people will turn down.

Photo of Damian
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA
Bottle run no. 1/2013
Served in a snifter

Like the other Eclipse Stout variants, this beer poured slightly thin for the style. The slick, motor oil brown liquid was topped by a billing, foamy, caramel colored crown. The fluffy mass deposited thick, drippy rings of beautiful lacing all down the glass.

Not much coffee came through in the aroma initially. The nose was actually quite muted and simplistic. Roasty malts and char-like notes were apparent. Some dark chocolate. Touch of smoke. There was a crisp, dry yeast quality that almost seemed like something you would find in a lager. In this case, perhaps a Baltic porter. Subtle hints of coffee were detectible. As the beer warmed, the coffee presence came out exponentially. It reminded me a lot of freshly ground coffee beans, and it soon dominated the nose. Loads of bourbon/booziness and oak appeared as well. Really fantastic.

Unlike the nose, the flavor profile was remarkably complex and coffee-forward from the get-go. Rich and robust. Super smooth and balanced. Loads of roasted and caramel malts came through on the front end. Strong brown sugar notes. Copious amounts of dark chocolate and creamed coffee. Freshly baked chocolate fudge brownies came to mind. Raisins and prunes were noticeable. Espresso notes appeared in the center and carried through into the rich, roasty, slightly ashy and dry finish. A touch of earthy, piney bitterness was also detectable. With time, both the coffee and bourbon notes became much more intense, almost overwhelming (in a good way) the overall flavor profile.

The mouthfeel was thinner bodied for the style yet still creamy and smooth. A fine, moderate effervescence gave the liquid a nice frothiness. After every sip, the liquid left a slightly sticky film on my lips.

Although this beer was a bit underwhelming initially, it finished in a really big way. Serving this at cellar temperature seemed appropriate, but it really needed to warm up substantially for the coffee to show its true colors. Of the three Eclipse Stout variants I have sampled thus far, this was definitely my favorite. Hopefully someday I can find an even fresher batch with an even more intense coffee presence.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.