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Pile O' Dirt Porter - Crow Peak Brewing

Pile O' Dirt PorterPile O' Dirt Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%


Brewed by:
Crow Peak Brewing visit their website
South Dakota, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This robust porter is black in color, is medium-bodied and has a rich, roasted malt flavor ending with a pleasing hop flavor and mild hop bitterness.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-22-2010)
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am on a porter/stout kick tonight and this came to me recently in a CANTrade (but I CANnot remember from whom - identify yourself if you'd like to be mentioned).

From the CAN: "Handcrafted in the Black Hills"; "Peace, Love, Funk (funkpottery.com)".

I rarely describe a beer's color as "Black", since most are actually a deep brown, but this poured like motor oil! I got just over a finger of deep-tan head with decent retention off of my pour. Nose was much milder than I anticipated. It had a grassy hoppiness along with a light smoky chocolatiness. My mouth was watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was a little thin, not quite watery, but not out of the distance, either. It had a strangely astringent bitterness on the tongue, a burnt quality as opposed to simple roastiness. As I CANtinued to drink it, I was reminded of medicine (and not in a good way, if that is even possible). Finish had a dry, slightly smoky quality but I still felt like I had been swallowing cough syrup or some medicinal liquid. I am going to have a high red rDev on this one and I feel badly for it, but I would not have this in my cooler and that is the yardstick for me on drinkability.

Serving type: can

03-13-2011 03:46:54 | More by woodychandler
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Honisbygonis

North Carolina

3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour = dark black brown w/ minimal carbonation, as expected

Smell = invitingly sweet

Taste = initially smooth, then mildly harsh / uneventful, and finally mild-moderately harsh, lingering after taste (comparable to dirtiness, so appropriate)

Buzzability = at 6%, gets you happy (or amplifies whatever your emotional buzz is by 1.5X)

As standard porters go, passable at C+, but more like a C- in my book.

Serving type: can

04-01-2014 21:38:55 | More by Honisbygonis
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased last weekend in Sioux Falls, no date on can.

A: Poured from can into Rogue pint glass. Nice deep dark chocolate color, about 1 finger of fine carbonation that ends up leaving a slender coating.

S: Smells tasty, with sweet milk chocolate and cocoa powder, roasted malts and some cold pressed coffee.

T: Things go south here. Starts with bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt, but that gives way to charred, burnt malt and "dirt" flavors are quite present at the tail end, which I suspect is the hop addition that isn't quite right. It seems like there is some lactic tartness as well.

M: Finally, a small brewery porter that actually has some smooth silkiness to it. Mind you, it is not quite up to par with the big hitters, but solid nonetheless. Carbonation is subdued, which I think helps with this. Nice hop bitterness rounds things out at the end.

O: Solid porter if not for the funky hops thing going on. Still quite drinkable though, I certainly wouldn't mind another.

Serving type: can

03-31-2012 23:05:19 | More by doucmehu
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harrymel

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to a77cj7 on this one.

A: pours a dark brown porter with little translucency. Transient head whit dissappears and leaves a couple spots of burnt cream bubbles. No lacing.

S: Bit of cardboard on this one (oxidation?). There's plenty of dry malts and hints of dark cocoa nose, along a hint of milk choco feel. The cardboard keeps coming back.

T: Nice. Creamy, cocoa, graham, dark malts. Plenty of leftover resonance on the back end. I like the dry flavor despite the cream tones.

M: Medium body and medium carb. Good mouthfeel in that the beer makes my tongue feel the sense of possible milkiness, but then the finish is quite dry.

O: I think the beer is well crafted. The problem is in the packaging here. There is obvious oxidation and thats an issue. The look could use a little help (maybe some head, lacing), this issue's resolution could offer more opportunity in the nose as well.

Serving type: can

04-05-2011 15:20:20 | More by harrymel
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Pitch black with no lacing or head. There is plentiful carbonation and the head was a light tan/amber before disappearing.
Not too impressive, but a nice rich dark color never hurts.

Smell:
Nothing too special, mainly just malts. Maybe I'm spoiled, but I'm used to imperial versions of almost everything...

Taste:
There barely is a taste. Slight toastiness with malt and absolutely no spice at all. I understand this isn't a stout, but just a little bitterness goes a long way...
This beer is easier to drink than water.

Mouthfeel:
Light for a dark beer, possibly a light-medium body with bubbly carbonation to make it quite drinkable. There is a slightly malty aftertaste that lingers.

Overall:
Not a bad beer, but overall pretty average. I would prefer a rich stout in its place, but understand that's just a personal preference.

Serving type: can

11-15-2011 03:36:23 | More by ThePorterSorter
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antlerwrestler19

Nebraska

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with deep blood-red highlights through the light that settles to an almost black color with a mocha head that fell quickly with some spotty thin lacing behind. Smells of dark bitter chocolate, roasted barley, toasted smokey notes. The taste is bolder than the smell bringing on nice roastiness, bitter and chocolately, both from the dark malt and hops it seems, also a hint of smoke comes through ever so slightly. Pretty low carbonation and silky medium body form this porter's mouthfeel. This is a nice porter out of a can (my first porter out of a can, actually,). Snagged a couple sixers of this among other cans to take camping and I'm glad I did, should be nice to drink around the fire with good company.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 05:04:11 | More by antlerwrestler19
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a downtown Rapid City bar.

A: No head to speak of. Inky black with slight rouge around the edges.

S: Coffee grounds, unsweetened cocoa, spice cake?

T: Leather and orange-citrus. Candies fruit (fruit cake?) into deep cocoa and espresso.

M: Thin. Unremarkable.

D: I would recommend giving this a try to anyone out there. It is way better at the brewery itself but still a unique and all around good porter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2010 06:50:29 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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Whadawookie

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty decent porter. a little bit of head and lacing, aroma is almost reminiscent of an oatmeal stout...
Tastewise: smoke and roasted coffee up front, dark malts followed by....grass or perhaps a pile o' dirt? There is definitely something earthy goin' on in there, I'm not sure if I like that part of it all that much. I had this breweries fresh hop ipa and enjoyed that way more than this, still, it's not bad by a long stretch.

Serving type: can

12-07-2011 22:46:53 | More by Whadawookie
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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft in a 12 ounce pint glass.
Appearance: Mahogany dark with a rapidly vanishing head.
Smell: Roast, licorice, molasses.
Taste: Roasted malt with a sweet, charcoal finish. No bitterness to speak of. Pretty simple and straightforward.
Mouthfeel: Sweet and watery. Clears the palette very quickly.
Overall: Overall not a bad porter. Not very many layers to dissect, but that’s not always a deficit. Could be a decent “everyday” beer in the cold season.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 17:28:51 | More by mhaugo
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by roasted malts. Taste is good but rather mild, lots of roasted malts, some hints of coffee, a very slight bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

Serving type: can

03-12-2011 15:13:10 | More by tone77
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Crass3000

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 12/24/2011

4/5 POurs our black as night with a finger, brown head with little retention.

3.5/4 Smell is dark fruits upfront followed closely behind by roasted malts. Seems to be mild hop presence in the background that is hard to describe.
3.5/4 Taste is quite nice with coffe upfront, roasted grains, and some dark fruits. Quite nice really. Better than I was expecting. The coffee really makes this a nice porter.

3.5/5 Mouthfeel is fairly thin but to be expected for a beer with the low ABV. Overall a nice beer.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 11:22:03 | More by Crass3000
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown to black in color with a light brown head of medium size that floats above this beer.

A light roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee.

A rich dark malt taste with hints of different coffee types and just the slightest hint of a dark chocolate coming through.

The aftertaste is a dry roast making me want to have another drink and some grilled fresh Mahi Mahi for some reason.

Serving type: can

03-02-2012 22:22:27 | More by LXIXME
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Town Hall glass 2/27/11.

Pours a solid black with a huge beautiful light brown head. Lots of lacing even after a couple minutes.

Smell IMO gets better with its temp. I like the stoutish coco, malts, and coffee. Great in the smell category

Taste is weaker then the smell. I can still get the chocolate and coffee tastes but it is really subdued. Needs to be backed up a bit more by the chocolate and coffee tastes..

Mouthfeel is flat. I like the beer but the lack of staying power and weight for a stout really hurt this beer for me.

Drinkability is moderate. If they increase the chocolate and the mouth feel this would be an +B to -A beer. I can't recommend this as very drinkable at this point as the beer had significant flaws.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 08:12:05 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Chris for sending this my way.

Appearance: dark brown black with a 2 finger mocha head

smell: roast, black patent, coffee,

taste: roast, coffee, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: a nice porter. Enjoyed the smooth texture and clean finish. Glad I finally got to try it.

cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: can

06-30-2011 00:46:36 | More by THECPJ
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crow Peak Brewing Company, Spearfish, South Dakota, Handcrafted in the Black Hills. Alcohol 6% by volume. As mentioned in a previous post, I can't imagine what was in their heads when they okayed this name. "Pile-o-Dirt"? What? Doesn't even sing. Thuds. Clunks. Sits. Ah, well. Let's crack and slurp.

Solid stygian appearance, no light escapes. Small brown, espresso-toned head, slims down, but stays.

Aroma, roasted malt and cocoa. Bittersweet espresso tinges, slightly sweeter chocolate edges. Very even, mellow, nice.

Taste: smooth on the palate, slight bitterness, good malt, with hardly a sweet note anywhere. Excellent balance, even tempered. Cola tints here and there, medium bodied, not too full, not too rich, just right, as porter ought to be, right? Hold together just so, and continues to deliver flavor.

I do like this, and would be very happy if I were a frustrated South Dakotan dark beer lover, encountering this for the first time. This is the first packaged SD brew I've ever had, apart from a brewpub growler, years ago. I hope Crow Peak does well. That would be a good omen for the craft beer community at large. Next up…North Dakota???

Serving type: can

05-01-2011 09:08:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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lawlerj

Nebraska

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass.

A - pours black and oily with a froth light brown head that comes to about two fingers. Leaves splotchy lacing and retains a thick collar of foam around the edges.

S - Dark roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate sweetness. Not too much else.

T - bitter, roasted coffee up front that slowly opens up into a prickly chocolate flavor in the back of the throat. A touch of sweet malt as well. Nice and balanced.

M - medium bodied, and quite a bit of carbonation.

O - overall, a nice, easy drinking porter. Has all the right flavors and isn't too terribly complex. Just a solid beer. Also, love the can.

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 19:40:12 | More by lawlerj
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to mnbearsfan for this one.

A: Black body with two fingers of creamy tan head. Good retention and lacing. Beautiful.

S: Smooth, balanced mix of milk chocolate, sweetened coffee, and earthiness. Pleasant.

T: Spicy, husky malt up front, followed by coffee and a distinct cola flavor. Creamy, bittersweet finish. Pretty good, but not quite as nice as the aroma promised.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate, late-developing carbonation. All right.

O: Good, not quite great. Always fun trying a new craft beer in a can.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

12-10-2012 01:46:14 | More by woosterbill
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with a small tan colored head that dissipates quickly leaving behind very small bits of lacing.

S: A good bit of roasted malt, some coffee, and a touch of cocoa. The roasty aroma dominates.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of big, roasty malt, coffee, and some chocolate. There is some bitterness on the backend that balances things out a bit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty smooth and easy drinking.

O: A pretty good porter, not overly sweet, and easy drinking. Love a porter in a can, makes me happy.

Serving type: can

07-10-2011 23:16:44 | More by mdaschaf
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Is this motor oil in a can? Wow, this comes out thick and it is dark--not just dark, it is black; there is a thick, beautiful head that has decent retention; lacing clings beautifully to the glass; this really is a great looking beer

S: Typical porter aromas: roasted malts--slightly burnt with a touch of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate, plus some dark fruits; but in the end it's a bit subdued

T: A nice balance of roasted malts and coffee and a sweet vanilla, dark chocolate--even slightly boozy--character; there is a touch of a medicinal flavor that doesn't turn me off; finally there are some burnt grassy flavors as the beer finds its way down the hatch

F: This is a creamy beer that still manages to hold on to the side of the mouth as you move it down; nicely thick and creamy

O: This is a nice porter from South Dakota and it's one that I can see myself buying again when I'm stuck with family in the middle of South Dakota

Serving type: can

04-27-2011 21:18:48 | More by dbossman
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can opened on 6.6.13
Thanks to jodan for my SD tick.

A - Pours a ruby-brown, looks black in the glass with a 3/4" dark tan head with good retention.

S - Roasted, subtle nuttiness and some chocolate. Pretty mild.

T - Bitter roasted and sgood amount of smoke.

D - Heavier body with medium carbonation.

O - Roasted and smokey porter. Solid, especially for my SD tick.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 03:49:52 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Cheesemoose

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from a77cj7. Thanks man!!!

Pitch black pour with muted brown edges. Foamy, khaki head rises, giving a mere 1/2 inch. Lacing is spotty, though it holds on fairly well. As it warms it sticks a bit better, though the head has dissolved well by this point.

Earthy, muted chocolate and a faint coffee edge to the nose.

Starts of with a roasted malt base, that is rich, though a bit one dimensional. Coffee/chocolate, nothing really stands out. Pick a flavor and it's there, though it doesn't come rushing out. Perhaps that is the overly balanced nature, though I was wanting something a bit more "umph". But, it is a very earthy, slightly roasted porter. Well balanced. A nice citrusy finish.

Clean, slightly watered down mouthfeel. ABV is unknown but slight, a very quaffable porter. Mild carbonation. Smooth finish.

Serving type: can

02-22-2011 02:18:57 | More by Cheesemoose
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to luxbwin for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee. Medium Body, smooth, slight dry/bitter finish. This is a very nice Porter.

Serving type: can

05-04-2011 00:12:24 | More by Wasatch
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of rudge75. Thanks! Poured into a Duvel tulip ~4C

Pours thick and dark with a small dark tan head that drops off quickly. Enjoyable nose with lots of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Hints of fruity hops come overtop it all . The body is a little thinner though with most of the same flavours as were on the nose coming through, though with less force. Licorice and molasses come through too. Very light carbonation and a thin mouthfeel... Pretty good, though not great.

Serving type: can

12-23-2011 23:24:36 | More by kjyost
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FosterJM

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1616th Review on BA
Can to Alchemist stemless
12oz

No canning date

Thanks to Jodan for this one

All 50 states now ticked!

App- When this poured out it was a good mix of browns and blacks. It was dense in the center and a little lighter on the outsides but not reaching the red level of some others. The head was a nice mocha colored pulled apart bubbly note. The cling was nice but not overbearing or crazy. Nice looking canned porter.

Smell- This was a bit light on the nose. It had some good porter malty roasty notes and then transitioned to a bit of a smoother chocolate powder note like that at Starbucks and just tinges of a little bit of hop bitter.

Taste- I enjoyed this porter. In fact I drank both of my cans last night. It was a good amount of roasted malts with a bit of earth behind it and transfered over to a good chocolate cocoa flavor and just tinges of a little hoppy bitter. More of an Americanized and re-done recipe vs. the malt & hop heavy imports I have had.

Mouth- Its a pretty light body. Wouldve expected a bit thicker feel based on the pour. The carbonation was pretty solid medium with a fairly good creamy bubbly feel. The residual flavors are of the small bitter and some chocoalte malts.

Drink- Its a good beer. It was a bit hard to get ahold of but glad I did get to tick all 50 states. Was super rad of Jodan to hook me up. I think this could compete with other well regarded porters out there (Founders comes to mind)

Serving type: can

11-15-2012 17:11:29 | More by FosterJM
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz can into a pint glass. The beer is a nice dark liquid which I can't see through, even when held to the light. The beer pours thick and oily looking. The pour produces a 1/2 inch brown head which fades a bit quick to a partial cover and ring around the glass. It is redeemed by leaving sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell: Big roasted malt giving off aromas of roasted coffee, roasted nuts and barley. A hint of chocolate, not really any hop related aromas, not really expecting any either.

Taste: Fully in line with the smell of the beer. Big roasted malt flavors which match the aroma, not sweet(er) caramel malt. Some roasted coffee nut and roasted barley mixed in. There is a bit of a surprising touch of hop bitterness as the beer goes down.

Mouthfeel: Medium to near full in body, smooth on the tongue, a touch oily going down. It does seem to finish a bit "dry" as well.

Overall: After a long day of drilling, Pile O'Dirt Porter is a perfect beer. Sells regular price for $10 a six, which is a bit steep for me. I paid $8.50 for a six of cans, which is just fine and well worth it. I'd buy it again for that price. Good craft beer in a can is a good thing IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 03:10:25 | More by BigRedN
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Pile O' Dirt Porter from Crow Peak Brewing
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