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Big Chimney Porter - Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Big Chimney Porter
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-13-2010)
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