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Nordic Rye Ale - Beer Here

Nordic Rye AleNordic Rye Ale

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.33%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
Roggenbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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(Beer added by: GRG1313 on 07-08-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown coloured bodied, big soapy head, very lacey. Malty and very yeasty.Corriander, pepper, yeasty,toasty bready, salty, licorice, caramel, oily, rye.It's the style,would like more boldness. Danish Farmhouse, but still only so-so drinkable. Thanks Peeno.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:58:18 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a bottle of Roggenbier for me to try.

Pours a murky brown with a huge 3 inch puffy tan head that settles to a 1 inch cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malts, bread, and some pine-like hop aromas. Taste is of dark malts, bread, smoke-like flavors, and a spicy hop finish. Mild hop/smoky bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice spicy/smoky flavor on the tongue. I am glad I found one of these to sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:43:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention with some light lacing. Aroma of light spicy rye notes with some light hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by light spicy rye notes with medium hoppy finish with light residua sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but not really memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 03:27:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter.

Pours a medium brown color with a good off-white head. Decent retention and falls into a thin cap. The nose brings forward a good amount of spicy rye plus some pine-needle character. Flavor pulls back on the pine and is more earthy with some rye. Also some toasted bread and a bit of faint sweetness. Medium body with a good amount of bitterness and spice. Interesting. This is something I'd have again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 10:50:37 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very cloudy brown in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high dense beige head. The beer has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of spicy malts in the nose along with notes of earthy yeast and smoke.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has spicy flavors from the rye along with notes of fruity yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste of this beer. It is definitely a lot easier to drink compared to other beers I’ve tried from this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:04:41 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off this is no Belgian-style farmhouse/saison,this a Scandanavian-style farmhouse ryse,the style needs to be updated.Poured into an imperial nonic a deeply hazed russet with a large blooming off white head atop.Aromas of chocolate malt and lighter spicy rye,not really in your face but the rye is there.Somewhat sharp and lactic rye flavors overtop of toasted grain,the hops give off a leafy herbal quality.This isnt a hop bomb infused ry ale,the rye is pronounced and is the main component of the beer,its pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 20:27:06 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. My first Roggenbier, and my last BA style to try! Skol!

This beer pours a hazy, dark burnt amber hue, with two fat fingers of creamy, foamy off-white head, which leaves some pretty consistent frilly lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of dense bready malt, spicy rye, herbal hops, and a bit of edgy booze. The taste is caramel malt, sweet, zingy rye grain alcohol, and leafy, earthy, herbal hops. The carbonation is average, bordering on being a wee bit zippy, the body a stoic medium weight, a little clammy, but generally smooth. It finishes quite off-dry, the rye and caramel notes still leaning heavily in that direction, a tugging booziness and somewhat metallic hoppiness providing the counterpoint.

The label proclaims this a 'modern Scandanavian farmhouse ale'. I'll take this to mean that Norwegian farmhands like different kinds of beer than their Belgian counterparts. Anyways, this is pretty much what I expected, given my until-now only academic exposure to Roggenbiers - the rye not shy about stealing the show, for better or for worse, adding to an unfiltered, complex, interesting beer. Glad I got to finally try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 22:53:28 | More by biboergosum
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. The bottle date and batch number fields are blank. Served in a tulip.

A - A voluminous tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Mostly opaque dark reddish-brown color.

S - Rye! Some mildly spicy and savory rye notes mingle with brown sugar, milk chocolate, coffee, lightly toasted grains, and a tough of Belgian yeast. Reminds me of Coffee Crisp a little.

T - The taste is a bit of a step down from the aroma - substantially less sweetness and coffee present. Instead it's mostly rye malt and roasty bitterness, with hints of sugar and caramel. I was surprised to see this was 8%, as I didn't get any obvious alcohol.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, lightly sticky texture, and a chewy, bready medium body. Again, not alcohol warmth is present.

D - I've only had two Roggenbiers, and they weren't at all similar. To be fair, this beer says it's a Scandinavian Farmhouse Ale - perhaps it's been miscategorized a bit. Still, it's a nice and unique brew that I'd have again - a bit pricey though.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 20:47:12 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, served in a tiny snifter. This was a GREAT GREAT surprise for me how good this beer was. A definite repeat for me. A great rye beer which I just noticed is classified as a roggenbier.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with a haloed off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is bready with a hint of yeast character, nice sweetness, good malt feel to this one.

Beer is medium in body and has this almost peaty sort of flavor and feel to it. It is mildly dry on the finish but the malt and yeast character really carry this beer to that finish very well. I really enjoyed this beer a lot and would have it again, and I would really like to try it in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 20:02:51 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I'm part Finnish, I'm always interested to try "Scandinavian" style beers, and at the same time a fan of rye beers and good farmhouse beers, so hopefully this hits right on for me.

Pours a frothy almost 2 finger head that starts smaller but rises continually to almost 2 fingers, then just sits around and doesn't want to fade, but leaves a slight lacing when it finally does. The beer is a darker murky ruby copper brown color with barely hints of light coming through.

Nose explodes with rye, spicy fruity rye dominates, followed behind by some darker rustic malts, hints of caramel and reddish toasty malts, some soft but spicy yeast bursting through but disappearing quickly. Deeper in comes some roasty porter like creamy aromas. Also some spicy and light earthy hops, and mild grassy hops.

Taste brings more of the same, starting this time with dark malts, some reddish toasty malts, plenty of crystal malts bringing a slight caramel, in there is some rye as well, not as dominant as the nose had but plenty of spicy rye, and hints of roasted creamy porter flavors. Some hops make themselves known as well, with some herbal hops, a bit vegetal and earthy, hints of spicy hops too with some decent bitterness. A very light spicy character with hints of rustic farmhouse like flavors. Finishes a bit bitter with some lingering hops, fairly dry as well, the spicy character comes out a bit more on the finish, both some of the farmhouse saison spicy yeast as well as the rye.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, good carbonation.

Overall not really what I expected, more like a dark brown ale with some rye fermented with a hint of saison yeast. The spices come out a bit more on the finish, but are barely there. Not sure if this is really what they typically drink as a farmhouse saison style in Scandinavia, but it's interesting. The herbal hops are a bit of a take away for me, but also probably usual for the area.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 02:12:11 | More by jlindros
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Halcyondays

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours an opaque brown with a long-lasting off-white head, some lace.

S: Rye spice, dark bread, and earthy spicy hops.

T: Dark bready notes, very malty but well balanced with the considerable grassy earthy hop character which lasts. Complex spice taste in the finish.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, easy drinking for its size. Would make a great winter beer.

O: The best I've had from Beer Here. A complex tasty effort that stays with you. I still don't think I've had a traditional German Roggenbier, and this probably doesn't satisfy the style, but it's darn good.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 04:59:37 | More by Halcyondays
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely red-brown colour, quite clear, but deep in hue, with a fine but subsiding head of mocha beige. Body is quite light, and extremely fluid, which is something of a shame. Looks pretty good overall. The colour is particularly nice.

Nose is spicy with rye, but also with a touch of booziness. Hints of estery fruit come through as well, mostly dark dried plums and dates which work with the booze character, and some slight banana notes. As it warms, a more pronounced pepper note arises as well. It's interesting.

Taste is dark and indeed spicy, but with a definite bite of booze. Slight phenol on the back, but it's smoothed slightly by the estery characters. Some fresh fruitiness comes through at places towards the back, giving slight red apple and plum flavours. Feel is very light, but it does add a certain rustic saison-like charm.

Overall, a good beer. I like some rye in my beer, and I particularly like a lot of rye in my beer. This one gains spice, light acidity and bite from the addition, perhaps at the expense of body.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 09:18:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
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glid02

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with large amounts of breadiness, milk chocolate, and spicy rye. Also present are mild amounts of herbal hops and very slight hints of white grapes.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet dark malts up front with slight amounts of roast and milk chocolate. Joining in shortly thereafter are spicy rye, light smoke, and heavy bread flavors. Near the end the flavor profile sweetens with hints of white grapes and raisins, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was very good, a whole lot of things going on and they all played off of each other very well. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 01:57:44 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is a dark chestnut hue, with 1/4" of tan head that leaves sparse lacing on the snifter. The aroma is very inviting, with malt, bread, pine, hops. The flavor surpasses my expectations. Rye and hops are balanced extremely well, and the beer has a bold, delicious flavor. The beer is medium bodied, with solid carbonation. Alcohol is masked quite well. A terrific brew, I would certainly have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 21:07:45 | More by Huhzubendah
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine rye beer, and it does indeed deserve to be called a Roggenbier given its high rye content and unfiltered nature. I know it's not German, but until we've got more Scandinavian styles listed, it will do. This Scandinavian farmhouse rye pours a murky brown with a foamy head that settles to a thin cap. In the nose, you get notes of bubblegum, spice, fresh rye bread, some fruitiness and a touch of sweetness with just the barest hint of cocoa. A thick beer, almost mouthcoating, with a nice smoothness, and a touch of grainy sourness. The predominant flavors, though are of smooth and spicy rye. Very little of the cocoa notes you get with rye sometimes. Bready and full in the mouth. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:07:49 | More by Georgiabeer
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light to medium brown in color with a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very good retention qualities for the head. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots of pleasant rye spice notes with some earthiness. Not the strongest aroma for a beer but what is there is very pleasant.

T: Great flavors in this beer, follows the notes from the smell with the primary component being the rye spiciness. There is some bready malts and quite a bit of yeast flavor as well. I like the complexity in the flavors of this beer.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Chewy.

O: A very tough style to find here in the US and I'm glad that I was able to find an try it (and it seems like this is a pretty good example of the style). There is no presence of alcohol which makes this one very easy to drink. Would gladly have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 14:35:18 | More by dbrauneis
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, coffee, and a nutty quality.

T: Tasted of malt, coffee, rye, a little chocolate, caramel, a touch of hops and that nutty quality. Definitely a complex beer. Very unusual and very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is the first roggenbier I've had, so I don't have any frame of reference for the style. That being said, this is a highly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 12:03:35 | More by avalon07
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gford217

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours dark chestnut brown with a big tan head. There are hints of hazy amber around the edges and lots of lacing.

Nose is dominated by rye and chocolate malts, and the malts are heavily roasted with the sweetness taking a back seat. Nice and spicy character overall in the nose.

Taste has a sweeter milky lactose character up front which is backed up by a big roasted chocolate malt foundation. Then there's the rye which is especially noticeable in the finish and leaves a spicy tingle on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and crazy smooth which is to be expected with the heavy dose of rye.

I'm a huge fan of dark rye beers so I figured I'd like this one, and it didn't disappoint. Hardly a farmhouse style beer, but no reason to let stylistic semantics get in the way of a great beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:53:29 | More by gford217
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious rye beer! I let it warm a bit out of the fridge, then poured a good sized, foamy, frothy, tan head that settled after a little and a few lacings. Color is a hazy/cloudy apricot copper. Aroma is fairly mild - rye, malt, hint of yeast. Flavor is similar with only a little sweetness to stand up to some big tang although the carbonation seems fairly smooth. Also a big smoke component that works real well. Finish is like flavor, kind of long and has some alcohol in it. Great brew! Very easy to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 23:11:47 | More by drpimento
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Share by MasterSki.

A - Brown beer with some yellow on the sides. Bit of an off-white head that faded to a ring. Some random stick left on the sides.

S - Caramel, brown sugar malts, little bit of smoke, rye, coffee.

T - Really unique beer, you get the rye, the coffee, some good sweet caramel.

M - A little bit on the light side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Unique beer, tasted pretty good, enjoyed drinking it. Don't believe I've had a Roggenbier before, but if this is a good take on the style I'd be willing to drink more of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 23:59:47 | More by AgentZero
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped this open to soak my wounds after a fantastic UK team beat my Jayhawks for the Title. Oh well...

Scandinavian Farmhouse or Roggenbier? Difference? Not sure. But this beer looks black in the glass. Very white, dense, foamy head. Looks like a Guinness almost.

Rich aroma albeit not all that complex. Some roasted malt and raisin. Dark bread. Hints of soft chocolate.

The taste picks up a bit. The raisin is first, but quick. Followed by a tannin coffee thing that is also quick. Some spice and roast carry the middle and the bready, rye finish is soothing.

A nice beer. Glad I chose it for my remedy.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 06:24:22 | More by Mebuzzard
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Gmann

New York

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/ruby color with a huge pillowy tan head that slowly settles leaving chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is slightly grainy with some sour and pepper notes from the rye. Some steely metallic aromas as well.

The taste is fruity, mainly raisin but not in an oxidized sort of way. The raisin mixes well with the sour and peppery rye. Some ripe grape and tart cherry. The malt is lightly roasted, subtle chocolate. There is also a spice note from the yeast that I can't quite figure.

The feel is light with airy carbonation. Lightly sweet on the palate with enough of a bitter offset for good balance. Good drinkability.

I like the beer but its not very complex. It is well made and balanced. Perhaps display more of the rye or some juniper.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:40:42 | More by Gmann
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey

A - Poured into a tulip a clearish garnet hue with one finger of creamy light brown head that leaves a nice blanket and side lacing.

S - Smokey malts, light dark fruits and chocolate with some light nut aromas too.

T - More of the very nice chocolate, dark fruits, light nuts, super light smoke, and rye malts.

M - Nice and creamy and pleasant. Very drinkable and somewhat thick.

O - Wow, really nice beer from Denmark here. Would definately buy this again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 21:29:59 | More by rudzud
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous, rich pinot noir colour, clear and red throughout. Slight pink tinge to the head which is lovely and thick, nice and tightly packed together. Awesome retention. Just looks magnificent.

Smells lovely as well. Quite dark, with a slight roasty edge, mildly vinous but very rich. Lovely rye spice coming through strongly, giving earthy, peppery notes and a slight acidity on the back. Sultry and inviting, for sure.

Taste is dark, and quite brooding. Spicy rye notes combine with mild roast to give a piquant espresso character midway. Big grain bomb, then the yeast takes hold towards the back, twisting towards a slight earthy funk and a touch of acidity. Mild resinous note as well and a touch of booze towards the back. The two halves are distinct, but blend well and complement each other beautifully. Great balance, and great contrast as well. This is a wonderful, exciting beer.

Smooth texture. Booze is not noticeable on the mouthfeel at all, or if it is it's just to warm the cockles. Gorgeous.

I enjoyed this brew on a midsummer evening, but the weather was on the cooler side. Even still I can see this being enjoyed year-round. It's got the spice and warmth of a winter beer but the fresher saisony notes as well. Absolute cracker.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 05:55:04 | More by laituegonflable
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows bready and nutty malt along with sweet melanoidin notes and a spicy, bready rye hit.
Big malt notes as flavours but there's a weird minty note throughout too.
Carbonation is pretty damn aggressive.
Interesting stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 09:01:39 | More by CrazyDavros
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