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Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

Pot Kettle BlackPot Kettle Black

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%


Brewed by:
Yeastie Boys visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Black IPA"

(Beer added by: ADZA on 03-02-2011)
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a long lasting creamy tan head. Very good head retention and lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate roasted malt essence. Taste same as aroma with a bit of roasted malt bitterness. A medium body, slightly creamy on the palate. A rich roasted chocolate malt flavor with some mild roasted malt and light hops bitterness. A very good and tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 17:13:08 | More by Samp01
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with cocoa and char qualities that are a bit more refined in the taste in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 03:29:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a very dark ruddy brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Nice aroma of caramel and dark toasted malt, chocolate and nuts. Flavor is dark toasted malt, faint coffee, light milk chocolate, nuts; finishes with toasted, lightly charred malt and a lingering grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nicely made and toasty brown ale with good, but slightly faded grassy hops. I'm guessing that this is a lot better fresh and would be very impressive with brighter hop flavor. A flavorful and satisfying black ale that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:08:07 | More by LiquidAmber
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Best before date of August 27, 2014.

A: Black in color. Creamy tan head retains well at a quarter inch. Webs of lacing hand loosely on the glass.

S: Caramel, brown molasses, perhaps some toffee. Hints of milk chocolate and faint nutty coffee. Bit of raisin. Touch of charcoal. Green hop aromas, vague hints of exotic tropical fruits.

T: Hops are much more influential than the nose suggested. Very oily with an aggressive wet, herbal bitterness. Heavy pine resin. Toasted hemp seeds. Guava, mango, and many other exotic tropical fruits that I can't put my finger on. Bitter dark chocolate. Black coffee. Moderately acidic. Touch of brown molasses. Chocolate caramel chews. Toasted grain. Espresso in the background. Faint char and smoke. Drying finish of charcoal, smoke, and fruity hops.

M: Sits rather lightly in the mouth. Thin creamy texture. Light and airy. Gently carbonation fluffs it up a bit.

O: An enjoyable black IPA style beer. Easily drinkable, and a little more complex than average. The aroma gets a little lost though.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 17:32:54 | More by ryan1788a5
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head and lace. Aroma of roasted malts and floral hop. In the taste, roasted malts and a tea like, piney hop character. Nice earthy character and fair bitterness. The hop bite and acrid smoke are a nice compliment to the finish. Medium bodied, well carbonated black ipa. Overall, this is quite drinkable and enjoyable. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 03:04:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours is a black IPA, dark and some nice creamy looking head. It really leaves a lot of lacing. Very nice look.

The aroma is ripe grape fruit and dark chocolate malts with hints of coffee.

A nice mellow black IPA with plenty of citrus hops and plenty of roasted dark malts. I'm digging this.

A bit more bite than expected in 6% beer. Though like a 6% beer it is nice and creamy with good carbonated body.

I really like this. It's over priced due to shipping and the sheltbon brother mark up, but a nice beer I'd want more from these guys if on draft.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:36:17 | More by bobhits
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emerge077

Illinois

2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Barely an ounce of beer hits the glass and it's instantly full of foam. Uh oh. Had to pour it off over the sink, still got a relatively full 25cl glass.

The tan foam looks like a melted milkshake, and forms irregular craggy peaks above the rim of the glass. Color is a dark brown with some mahogany highlights in the light, displaying some clarity also. Super long lasting head, it has a creamy surface texture and maintains its irregular topography.

Aroma is mildly roasty, no off notes are perceptible, it's just relatively mild and certainly not at all hoppy. A little carob or cocoa nib comes through as it warms.

Taste is a letdown, ashy and astringent, overly foamy and then a little watery in feel.
Decent aftertaste of cocoa and ashy roast malt, but the initial impression is too jarring. It feels almost like club soda, and that ain't right. Some porterish notes linger behind, earthy roast and bitterness. Overall this seems as if a slight infection has taken hold over time, but no way to know how old it is without a date on it.

Thanks to Julie & Ryan for this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:09:14 | More by emerge077
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark black with just a thin layer of head with pretty good lacing as expected since its old and discounted.
S - Among the roast and chalky malts (reminding be of a porter in a way) their is a solid bit of hops but at this point in the age it's hard to distinguish. I sip.
T - Smooth and malty with a touch of herbal hops. Nothing really sticks out... chocolate? Coffee roast? In a way it just a balanced black ale.
M - Smooth, slick, and creamy with a light to medium body.

Overall for 5 bucks it was a decent ale but nothing really stood out for me. If local for you it's worth picking up but I can think of many american Black ales that have more taste at half the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 02:45:30 | More by DrDemento456
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JohnnyRay

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a dark brown body, and a hint of orange at the bottom of the glass. There was about one finger of light brown head with low retention. There was moderate lacing on the sides of the glass, with almost no carbonation.

There wasn't much smell - a bit of roast and hops.

I liked the taste of this beer, there was some malt and hops and a bit of coffee and chocolate flavour as well.

I feel like the bottle I drank had been sitting on the shelf for a while, but still overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 11:04:08 | More by JohnnyRay
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stcules

Italy

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black color, with one finger of light brown colored foam.
At the smell a strong toastiness, resin, citrus fruit, and a light background coffee. Lighlty smoked.
In the mouth an explosion of fullness, with coffee, hazelnut, a strong toasted, and then a resinous and citrus hop.
Well balanced, not a useless IBU bomb.
Light to average body, quite long aftertaste, good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 18:15:03 | More by stcules
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farrago

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn near foams out of the glass with an average pour, gives you about a finger of LIQUID below the head, excellent retention not helping matters, it’s a very deep brown color, quite airy with hardly any larger bubbles, lots of cratering as it does finally dissolve, the lacing is thick and above average. The liquid likewise is a dark brown, clean but mostly opaque, with a brightening orange cast at the glass bottom. Heavy roast to the nose, coffee beans, dark chocolate, baguette, hard toffee, at times leafy with pungent white citrus and also pine sap notes, too much toast for much fruit to come through, lots of kick and energy. Medium-bodied, dry with an almost dusty texture to it. The carbonation acts like sandpaper gently scrubbing the tongue, doesn’t really provide lift. The coffee roast knit back into a larger and milkier chocolate base, more caramel than toffee. The white grapefruit citrus remains comfortably in second place. Pine, licorice and some cherry pit next, the more you sip the hoppier it seems. Might actually benefit from additional smokiness. Does not strive for crazy complexity, chooses an interesting array of flavors and keeps the recipe simple.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 23:59:23 | More by farrago
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle, no date

pours a very dark brown, almost black. ruby colored highlights when held up to the light. thin off-white head, good head retention. smells of slight mild roast and nice earthy hops. pleasant. the taste starts slightly sweet, but finishes more balanced with dank herbal-like hop flavors. none of the roastiness that I picked up the aroma. medium to full bodied, medium level of carbonation, it works.

I have a feeling that the hops may have faded a bit on the journey half-way around the world. but still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:41:37 | More by jmdrpi
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a monstrous four finger mocha head. Beer is a pitch black color. Lacing and glass retention are great.

S: Slightly acidic, coffee beans, peat, cacao.

T: Slight malt and hops. Balanced with coffee notes and bittersweet chocolate.

M: Crispy clean. Great balance of stickiness and carbonation. For coming all the way from Down Under, it was really pleasant.

O: Average +

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 16:18:22 | More by cooler4life
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tykechandler

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

note: 12 oz bottle aged for approximately 2 months (not likely a huge difference, but must be noted)

A- dark brown with a nice lacing head, about two fingers high poured delicately from a bottle

S- dark berries! some malt as well.

T- actually much smokier and maltier than i remember it being fresh (dunno if that's my memory being faulty or due to the moderate aging this bottle has accrued). still light, but with more pronounced chocolate notes, maybe some coffee.

M- light, slightly fizzy actually, which is a bit surprising.

O- better than i recall. again, not sure how much is due to the slight aging and how much is due to memory. but a totally fine beer regardless. now i kinda want a fresh one, and another to cellar for a year, just for fun. certainly recommended for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 07:20:41 | More by tykechandler
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SLeffler27

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with dark brown highlights in a Dogfish Head snifter. The head is explosive and glistens chestnut brown as it ranges from creamy to rocky and quickly overwhelms the glass. The head slowly turns completely rocky and barely diminishes.

The aroma is reminiscent of dark berries with a light, but distinctive, pine and faint roasted malt. Additionally, one may find some baker’s chocolate.

The flavor is surprisingly light with bitterness and sweetness. Roasted malt is varely noticeable in the mild finish. As it warms, some coffee and chocolate is released.

This one has a medium to light body with a watery texture and surprisingly light, fizzy carbonation. The alcohol is as expected.

Pot Kettle Black is easily consumable once the head tames a bit. Overall it is okay on its own, but better when accompanied by food.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 21:04:50 | More by SLeffler27
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering served in a mug at the Trapp Door. I never had an offering from the Yeasty Boys before so I had to try this. It appears dark brown in color with ruby clarity through the body. A rich finger of khaki head sits atop and slowly fades leaving a wall of lace on the glassware.

The aroma is fruity with a mixture of alcohol esters and fruity to floral hop quality. A hint of licorice root and something almost like root beer fills the nose midway. Some roasty grain is the last scent noted.

The flavor is roasty with a solid inclusion of fruity and floral hops blending with fruity esters of alcohol. Like the nose suggested, a flavor of licorice and root beer is noted mid-palate which is a bit strange.

This is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation visually and a bit thinner in the feel. It is smooth, easy drinking and quite unique. I had no problems finishing my glass but style-wise it made me scratch my head. Think something along the lines of a weak porter blended with root beer. The hop additions seem to come all late in the process providing plenty of aroma and flavor but little bitterness. Strange but decent.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 19:25:38 | More by stakem
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kiya

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this part of my monthly beer club from Plumpjack SF.

Opening the bottle the brew bubbled up and out of the bottle. Pours a very dark chocolate brown with an extremely milk shake thick head. Head retention is extreme on this guy, even through the entire glass it still remained thick and heavy.

Smells of roasted walnuts with a strong campfire mustiness that becomes more pronounced as it comes up to room temp.

I'm expecting more than what i got from the flavors here considering the smell and look of the beer. There's a roasted malt flavor in the front mixed with a very smokey flavor creeping up. A sourness that seems like it doesn't really belong lingers even minutes after the last sip.

The brew stays heavily carbonated through the session to the point of almost being too bubbly.
A fine beer for it's style for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 22:46:25 | More by kiya
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cherry cola color. Very large, light, bubbly, sticky, frothy, ecru head. Very nice retention leaving plenty of sticky lace.

S - Loads of roasted/earthy malt. A good amount of dark chocolate/cocoa with some stale dark coffee. A bit of a fruitiness as it warms (both dark fruit and a sweet citrus). Some licorice as well. Not overly hoppy.

T - Again, not overly hoppy. A good amount of general roasted flavor. Fair amount of licorice and dark fruit that probably pairs and slightly hides the fruity hop flavors. Strong dark coffee and chocolate flavors with that roasted malt.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Slight dryness on the finish but not too dry.

D - Easy to drink with a smooth body and flavors that compliment each other. Tasty but not overly tempting.

Notes: Decent Black Ale (not my favorite style). Not too hoppy but it seems to go along with the licorice/dark fruit. Light hoppy porter, roasty black ale, something in between; not sure what to classify it. Overall it's good but not great or worth the price. But the brewery name is fun, right?

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 02:54:25 | More by FreshHawk
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Poured into a standard pint glass nearly pitch black except for a tinge of reddish brown,a one finger tan colored head atop.Earth and roast with some green leafy hop notes,not overly complex and on the dryer side.Flavors of roast and bitter unsweetened chocolate and charred fruit with low handed leafy hops in the finish.A lighter hopped ABA in my mind,a decent amount of char and pretty dry,pretty average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 18:05:53 | More by oberon
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chunky lace from the lumpy and frothy beige head. The broth is deep ruby brown where bright light will shine through the center of the glass.

This smells like a fudge brownie--sweet and rich with double dark chocolate. There's a bit of oatmeal to the nose as well.

More burnt malt than the nose suggests. Comes across like a cross between a dry porter and a stout. There's notable hop in the swallow. Short aftertaste because of the dryness of the liquid. Thin bodied in an appropriate way. The low carbonation helps.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 01:43:01 | More by smcolw
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JaredKent

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a dark beer. It is black and even when a light is held to it, not much gets through. The head pours softly, about half a heads worth. It lingers though, providing a "crema" like appearance throughout drinking.

Scent: Right up front a get quite a bit of rich chocolate and coffee. This is followed up by a hint of smokey ash. The hops come through a bit, but nothing too overpowering. Lots of roasted malt coming through. Definitely stands in the forefront.

Taste: Once again the roasted flavors come through strong. Definitely get a coffee taste with minimal chocolate. The hops come through a bit more on the palate, but really their contribution is in the bitterness, which there is plenty of on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The carbonation is well balanced, what you would come to expect from your average beer.

Overall: Before purchasing this I wasn't sure what style it was. Some legitimate sources called it a black IPA, some called it a Porter. Yeastie Boys' website officially calls it a Black IPA, while acknowledging the "Hoppy Porter" title as well. I would definitely describe it as the latter. The roasted barley is the strongest flavor in this beer. The hops are fairly mild. In my own experience I like the reverse for Black IPAs; Hops upfront and roasted barley as a support. Still a very enjoyable beer though. I'd mark it down as a hybrid between a Black IPA and a Porter. If a Black IPA is halfway between IPA and Porter than this is about 3/4 of the way, leaning towards the Porter end of the scale.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 22:25:29 | More by JaredKent
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice deep black with a hint of dark brown around the edges when held to the light.... A semi gentle pour but not much head at all here... Maybe half a finger.... Dissapates quickly.... A few touches of lacing... But nothing impressive.

S: sort of dry musty aroma to me... Dry roasty chocolate with a touch earthy hop... Honestly I was expecting more hops in the aroma.... A bit of black licorice and a kiss of dark fruit ... As the beer warms the roasty character really comes out.

T: taste... Deffinatly steps it up from the aroma... Nice and roasty, with notes of chocolate and black licorice and coffee... Very tasty... Not much hops... But delicious overall.

M: light medium body and dry.... Creamy with nice medium/high carbonation... Perfect for this brew

O: a very good very tasty brew, creamy, roasty and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 01:20:52 | More by PeterIngemi
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking black color with a large brown foamy head. The lacing was pretty good on this brew as well as the retention on it. The smell of the beer was hoppy and roasted. More along the lines of a porter in my opinion. The taste of the beer had a nice burn flavor to it as well as the hoppy crisp finish. The mouthfeel of it wasn't too bad, rather drinkable with a dry finish. Overall this was a pretty good brew I thought. Looking forward to having more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 23:37:41 | More by Knapp85
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12.Very dark amber in color & deep ruby to the light. Beige, creamy & copious, lasting crown. Rocky collars. Head lasts on to top ´til the end. Roasted malt, floral, citric aromas with oat hints. Flavorful malt, viscous taste of subtle roasted cereal flavor. Dry bitterness & earthy touch to the palate followed by a soft velvet sensation. No esters. Slightly grainy in the middle. Hops show their personality in a perfect balance with such an intense malty profile where malts provide creamy viscosity. May be chewed it up! Full body, soft carbonation. Dry finish & earthy hops on the aftertaste. Amazing beer not as refreshing as usual Brown Porters but much more pleasant in flavor. Gentle mouthfeel & more delicious than regular Robust Porters. Highly recommended for malt lovers. Outstanding job, Kiwis!!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 09:40:49 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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danieelol

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with good head and lacing.

Nose is that of a high quality, rich stout. Toasted, roasted caramel and chocolate. Slight bit of hoppiness following through. Bit of soy and barleywine-malt, marshmallows. Almond nuttiness.

Taste is weak and kind of watery. Bit of bitter soot.

Mouthfeel is similarly thin and kind of lacking.

Overall an OK beer which kind of falls apart with wateriness and astringency when it gets to the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 13:48:52 | More by danieelol
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Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
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