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CEO Stout - Right Brain Brewery

CEO StoutCEO Stout

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BA SCORE
84
good

143 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%


Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ffejherb on 12-03-2008)
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Mavigo

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this off tap at HopCat in East Lansing. Was served in a pint.

A: Is a rich, dark black-brown color with a beige head with ample amounts of lacing.

S: Rich and sweet. Coffee, toffee, milk chocolate, barley, oats

T: Delicious. Very chocolatey and sweet. Tastes of coffee, oats, malts, barley as well but its really sweet in a milk chocolate kind of way.

M: Full bodied brew that is well balanced in terms of flavor and has good carbonation to it.

O: I bought this on a whim and I was not disappointed. Right Brain seems like a great little brewery from the northern part of my state. Bravo, try it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 22:34:06 | More by Mavigo
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Terry's Terrace in Harrison Township, Michigan for $6.95 a pint.

Appearance: Pitch black. Tan and frothy head... boy is the appearance section of reviews getting redundant... especially for stouts! The lacing is what really makes this beer, though... basically a wall of lacing through the majority of the beer. Above average.

Smell: Espresso/coffee. Through and through. That's really it. Roasty coffee and espresso... what else should I say? One dimensional, but it's what I expected given the beer's description, and it didn't disappoint.

Taste: Espresso/coffee. The oatmeal in this beer adds a silkiness to the mouthfeel, too. Man... this is an easy drinking, tasty beer. Good or bad, whatever you'd consider it, this drinks like a cold, black cup of coffee. A really delicious coffee-forward stout that goes down easy and is very enjoyable.

My first from Right Brain, and it won't be my last. I'm sure my minor buzz has something to do with my elevated ratings for this beer, but dammit, I don't think it'd be much, if any, different if I were completely sober. A stout for the coffee/espresso fan, without a doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 02:50:32 | More by Alextricity
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smalenberg

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint at the Berkley Front.

A - Black as a moonless night with a thin chocolate brown ring of foam.

S - Did I order beer or iced black coffee? Wow that's a lot of coffee! In the best way possible. The deep, rich, roast didn't allow me to get other notes, but it immediately took me back to some of the best cups of coffee I've ever had in France or Italy. No quite espresso, but very rich.

T - This is lovely. Full of rich full-bodied black coffee with none of the bitterness. I'm guessing a debittered black must have been used.

M - Full bodied and complex that lingers on the tongue in the same way coffee does.

O - This is a great beer and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 13:13:41 | More by smalenberg
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Right Brain on 1/11/11.

CEO Stout is handed to me looking somewhere in between dark brown and black. The head is of a dark khaki to light mocha color and is fairly negligible. There is not much lacing left behind save for some tiny dots on the pint glass.

Coffee is the main component in the bouquet and is supported nicely by roasted malts when agitated. I can also smell some light notes of bitter chocolate and nuttiness.

Coffee also takes the lead in the taste, with undertones of roasted malt, bitter cocoa, and peanut. I also taste a bit of dairy creaminess in the middle of a draught. The finish is a pleasant combination of bittering hops and acidic coffee.

This beer plays between light and medium in my mouth and is just a little creamy and silky. There is a lingering bitterness on my palate post-sip from the hops and coffee.

I found this to be a nicely drinkable stout and the most enjoyable Right Brain brew that I have had to date. It was very approachable and had a lot of good coffee stout characteristics going for it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 23:27:33 | More by TCHopCraver
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark brown body with ruby highlights with a light tan head that reduced slightly and left decent lacing.

S-Fairly bold coffee with roasted malt accents.

T-Coffee and roasted malt upfront. Nice dry bitter finish form the coffee/hop combo.

M-Medium body and smooth. Good lasting coffee/hop bitterness and flavours.

D-Solid but not spectacular. This one is in need of a bit more boost...in the coffee and body. Like Founders Breakfast Stout Light.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2008 12:24:57 | More by Deuane
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Right Brain Brewery on 11/29/08. Described as follows: "Made with espresso from Great Northern Roasting Company. Roasted and delivered in the hour for this fine beer."

A - Deep, dark brown body with walnut hues and patchy burnt tan head that left decent lacing around the glass.

S - Big coffee aroma overall with dark roasted malt and earthy hop notes as well.

T - The coffee and roasted malt character persists throughout, with some astringent nuttiness emerging in the backend. This stout finishes with an earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a smooth, warm mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This one finishes with quite a good bit of bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty solid coffee stout overall, although I'd like to see more of a cream/vanilla sweetness to balance out the bitterness. Otherwise, this stout was quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2008 18:11:56 | More by ffejherb
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Vogie

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would consider this more of a Breakfast Stout light, which is actually quite nice. It has a great coffee and chocolate presence throughout, although it holds off on the thickness and lingering bitterness that you might expect in a stout. It may lack in the mouthfeel department, yet I strangely enjoyed the higher carbonation that was present. A nice session stout (if there is such a thing) or even introductory stout for those new to the style. This is my first beer from Right Brain and I really enjoyed it!

Cheers!

Serving type: can

03-09-2014 03:33:02 | More by Vogie
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ehammond1


3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Spartan213!

A deep black that leaves great lacing down the glass. Very sticky. Somewhat persistent light brown head of small bubbles. Very pretty, especially for a low ABV stout.

Nice roasted coffee notes throughout, along with more simple and straightforward black and dark malts. A hint of vanilla.

The flavor follows the aroma. Nice cold-pressed coffee character without any of the stale coffee flavor I sometimes worry about in beers like this. A hint of vanilla and definite chocolate emerge as well.

Thinner-medium bodied, though appropriate.

Very nice lower ABV coffee stout. A great Sunday beer to enjoy while watching football.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:42:02 | More by ehammond1
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours in a snifter - Pitch black with a ring of creamy mocha head. Not much lacing or head retention to speak of.

S - Coffee, espresso, chocolate.

T - Bold cofee flavor, espresso, some of the sweetness comes through in the form of chocolate flavors in the back end.

O - Solid stout, I'd love to have this at the brewery in TC. This is definitely worth a try if you can your hands on a bomber.

Notes - 22oz bomber shared by Closer Paul in garage with myself, Tom and DLP while watching the Tigers clinch their 3rd Straight AL Central.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 13:25:46 | More by andrewjraab
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Bung

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Picked up in GR on a trip home. A very dark black pour, just a thin layer of tan head. Minimal retention or lacing.

Aroma, a nice coffee, some chocolates and hazelnut. Roast malt is pretty faint.

Taste, Again a real nice coffee and hazelnut. Some more roast malt here. Coffee and light anise finish. Definetely a coffee forward brew.

A little on the lighter side, making it quite a nice session type stout. No alcohol to speak of.
Maybe a could use a little more stout to round things out, but coffee beer fans will approve.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 02:14:03 | More by Bung
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Black as night, with pretty much no shade of anything resembling color thoughout the entire body, even at the very edges. A frothy, light-mocha cap sits pretty and takes its time receding down towards the brew, all while leaving some hefty lacing along the sides of the glass.

Deep coffee makes up the largest portion of the aromatic profile, with a nice mix of bitter roast and creamy sweet, with a slightly larger lean towards the roasty side. Undertones of bittersweet cocoa and a sweet, oat softness transpose in and out, but this is pretty much coffee all day. It actually smells damn good if you're a coffee fanatic; not far from a black, roasty, iced coffee.

The aroma got me pretty excited to finally try the brew, but the first sip leaves me disappointed, namely with the mouth feel. I want it to be thicker. Much thicker. It's almost watery thing and it dissipates from my mouth quickly with ever sip. I know it's only 5.5% ABV, but I've had plenty of lower ABV oatmeal stouts that still had creamy, thick, and smooth bodies... This one does not.

Despite the lackluster build of the beer, the flavors are decent enough. Again, mostly coffee beans, roasty and lightly creamy, with a residual backdrop of mild brown sugar and roasted malt. The finish is packed with even more coffee, and the mouth is left with something resembling nuttiness; kind of woodsy and dry. A hint of chocolate pops through here and there, but is nothing but a bit-part.

Oats don't contribute much to the flavor, and certainly not to the mouth feel. Wait... this beer *does* have oatmeal, right? I was under the impression that CEO = chocolate, espresso, oatmeal, or at least that's what I heard. Either way, it smells great, tastes alright, but feels closer to water than a true stout. The mouth feel was killin' it for me, otherwise it's not a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 18:37:52 | More by tectactoe
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Mostly black. Some head. Not a lot. No wisps or lace.

Smell - Lots of coffee. Dominates the aroma. A little vanilla. Just a hint of beer back there.

Taste - Again the coffee dominates. Vanilla. Really strong coffee. Weak stout behind it. Just a bit of distinct malt roast.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Easy drinking stout.

Overall - Great coffee and mediocre beer. Great coffee really redeems it though.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 06:34:39 | More by Alieniloquium
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx Shamrock071521:

Into a nonic:

A: dark brown close to black body, half finger copper/tan head, some light lacing

S: deep, dark coffee, light chocolate and vanilla trying to come out, but mainly stays subdued even as it warms

T: bitter becomes slightly sweet through the chocolate/vanilla combination, dry bitter aftertaste and finish

M: medium, somewhat sessionable, adequately carbonated

O: I say this is a pretty good coffee stout that I would have again

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 13:25:42 | More by BeerKangaroo
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PattyMelt

Michigan

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very dark brown, not quite black. Copper Brown head, heavy and thick.
S- Dark coffee smell, almost more of an espresso than a coffee really. Chocolate and vanilla on the back. Malty, as well.
T- Chocolate coffee flavor initial. There is a decent malt there, but it blends well with the other flavors. Dark roasty flavor lingers throughout the drink.
M- Mid-to-full bodied. Very good on the mouth, and easy to drink.

Overall a decent coffee stout. I personally like a more abrasive coffee flavor, but this isn't bed. Nice and smooth. A good coffee beer for someone looking for a less intense coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 06:11:37 | More by PattyMelt
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into my Samuel Smith Imperial Pint

A- A normal pour creates a 1-1/2 finger, dense, brown head atop a near jet body. Sustain is quite good and there's great stick left on the glass.

S- Loads of coffee. A little chocolate and other sugary sweetness. I'm thinking something along a Mack Fudge coffee with a single cream and a packet of Sugar in the Raw. The coffee gets even bolder with a little time to open up and warm slightly.

T- A little sweeter than the aroma lets on. Stills loads of medium-dark roast coffee and hints of chocolate and vanilla, especially in the finish.

M- Full bodied and quite viscus. Creamy carbonation. Really nice feel.

O- Awesome coffee stout. I would definitely buy this again. At a $6.99 for the 22, it's not too far off the better 12 oz'ers in a 4 or 6- pack. I really enjoy how robust the flavor is while clocking in at a modest 5.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 22:12:22 | More by GRPunk
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hmm, I was expecting more from this brew, but perhaps it's better on tap?

A- Pitch black, little head with no retention, and almost no lacing. It does look like black coffee, which is the only way I take my coffee.

S- Smells like coffee, though without the lingering coffee aroma in the air that you'd get from the pot or hot mug.

T- Cold coffee, but not too strong or weak. No complaints here. The coffee aftertaste lingers and that's quite nice.

M- This is where I'm most disappointed. It's way too thin for my tastes. That said, since black coffee isn't as thick as a normal stout, perhaps that's what they were aiming for? I'd prefer it to be a bit creamier, though.

Overall, it delivers as a coffee stout, but I'd rather try something more full-bodied next time.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:30:28 | More by Kerrie
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was bottled very recently. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas a huge dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, light smoke, and light caramel. Fantastic aromas with great strength and balance of coffee and dark roasted notes. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, toffee, and caramel. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, toffee, light char, and caramel on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark roasted flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. The big nose didn’t mirror in the taste, but it is still nice. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent coffee stout. Very nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors; and very easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:58:01 | More by superspak
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very coffee, that is cold coffee, some expresso. Creamy mouthfeel. Big coffee aroma. Black with a llittle head, lacey. Average all around. Bottle from Steve in Warren.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 15:20:13 | More by Sammy
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I got a couple bottles of Right Brain's CEO Stout from my friend Ben for Christmas, it came in the limited gift set sold only at the brewery. I tried this beer during my visit to Right Brain in the Fall, I thought it was a nice Coffee Stout, but since Right Brain Just started Bottling their beers and this is the first one they Bottled, I thought I should sit down with a bottle and give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label. it's pretty well done, and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice pitch black color that didn't let any light come through with three fingers worth of fluffy light mocha colored head that died down to a thick ring that left lots of nice lacing. This was a very good looking beer, there was nothing that was wrong with it.

S- The aroma start of with loads of coffee that impart a real nice gourmet coffee aroma that is pretty damn good. After that comes a slight grainy aroma followed by a light amount of caramel and a noticeable amount of dark chocolate to round out the aroma. The aroma was very good, it had a great coffee aroma with some other nice aromas that made it smell more complex then just Black coffee.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but lighter. It starts off with with some coffee flavors that are nice but they aren't as rich and nice as they were in the aroma. After that comes some grainy and roasted malts flavors followed by a lower amount of sweetness. Towards the end comes a slight bit of chocolate followed by a light amount of medium bitterness and some astringent coffee bitterness with a grainy and black coffee like aftertaste. This beer had a nice taste to it, but the thinner flavors held it back from being as good as it could be.

M- Pretty smooth, a little watery, on the thinner side of being medium bodied and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was average, the carbonation and drinkability were good, but it just felt too thin and watery for the style.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and an above average example of the style, it had some great coffee aromas but it fell a little short after that. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth and the flavor did a decent job at holding my attention, a bomber of this is a good amount, I wouldn't want any more than that. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both very good with the aroma having lots of great coffee aspects that I enjoyed. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was just to thin and watery for the style, it would really benefit from a thicker body. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice Coffee Stout, and I recommend giving it a try. All in all I liked this beer but there is room for improvement and it doesn't come close to being my favorite Coffee Stout, Founders Breakfast Stout still holds that title. Nice work Right Brain, It's nice to see you guys getting your brews out there to the public, you can be sure I will be trying some more of their releases. Thanks a lot Ben, this was a kick ass gift.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 22:19:21 | More by StoutHunter
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MikeyRx

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with thin tan head leaving nice lacing.

S- Toasty, chocolate and coffee.

T- Starts with roasty malt, choc nibs, coffee finish and lasting aftertaste.

M- Moderate in body with light carbonation. Very smooth!

Extremely smooth and easy to drink, very coffee stout!

Serving type: growler

09-18-2011 03:56:01 | More by MikeyRx
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GordonQuid

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a Murphy's pub glass.

Black as night with a ruby hue around the rim of the glass. Thick oatmeal head, good thick lace clings.

Smells of dark malts; patent, roast and chocolate. Bready freshness and coffee.

Taste is huge coffee and biscuit, bready chocolate and oatmeal dryness in the finish. This is quite a dynamic stout. This is a bit more mellowed from the staight on-tap I've sampled. Seems to have shifted shape for a week in the growler. Extremely gratifying and sessionable.

Drinkable. YES!

Serving type: growler

09-28-2009 15:08:42 | More by GordonQuid
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into a standard pint glass
Dark black in color with two-inch tan head
Aroma-Dark roasted coffee and chocolate
Taste-I had the growler for over a week before opening, and it being the first one I've ever bought, I was a bit concerned about the carbonation. No worries mate! It poured frothy and true just like on tap. To me it seemed a little mellower than on tap-Still big, in-your-face coffee with dark chocolate notes, but not quite as bitter a finish.
Needless to say, I have no more growler anxiety, as the flavor and freshness was every bit as good as on tap!

Serving type: growler

09-07-2009 16:07:49 | More by hosehead83
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KC8LTL

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the first beers I had from Right Brain when they opened last year. Since then I have had it quite a few other times. This is the beer that made me sit up and notice as a local that the new place had some decent beer. That said...

Appearance - inviting head that stays but doesn't get in the way.

Smell - Rich coffee, but not overboard. I'm not a coffee drinker, but this is still inviting.

Taste - Good, but honestly I was wanting and expecting more. Founders Breakfast Stout and Shorts Cuppa Joe just have so much more going on.

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery. I don't know what exactly it is, but it just seems like something is missing.

Drinkablity - Good sessionable Coffee Stout.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2008 01:56:53 | More by KC8LTL
CEO Stout from Right Brain Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.