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Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic StoutCap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 222
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.38%
Wants: 57
Gots: 34 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 01-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For our Second Anniversary beer, we tapped into the legendary fictional adventures of the mythical Cap'n Skoon to bring you this monster Baltic Stout. It's big and roasty like an imperial stout but fermented with a German lager yeast. Ideal for sipping now, or be like the Cap'n and stash some away in your cargo hold for the years to come. Cheers!
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Photo of Mantooth
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle gifted from Chris @ Peabody's in Boone, NC... into an Olde Hickory snifter.

Very solid brew, great look... black body and slight mocha head that fades quickly, sexy brown lacing. Roasty nose, slightly boozy... chocolate malty goodness with a peppery finish.

Killer brew - grab a few bottles if you get a chance.

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Photo of maximum12
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AtlCarl for sending me one more bottle of southern goodness, near to a place I hope to be visiting during the depths of this MN winter that's almost upon us. 22 oz. bottle dated 12/18/12, split with my wife.

My 11 year old pour expertly & the brew is dark black with carbonation that's close to invisible to the naked eye. Nose sits down in first class: lovely fudge wafting from the kitchen when the brownies are cooking, & the coffee pot churning away right next to the stove. So good I don't even want to put it in my mouth & ruin the illusion of greatness. Or is it illusion? Hmmm.

Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout is no sleight of hand. The seductive nose slides into a sublime taste experience that starts out strong just as the nose does, with restive chocolate & a sharp dose of roast that veers towards coffee. Beneath that hot mess is a touch of hop bittering, hint of a distant bonfire, & a deep balancing sweetness. Drinkable enough that Westbrook should be slapped with a felony if this is sold on tap.

This is an unexpected 'wow' beer. Too many middle-of-the-road stouts have bored my palate lately, & this brew hits all the right notes, hard. Westbrook? Do more like this & the gose. An excellent beer.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Living in Charlotte, I had never heard of Westbrooks. Well, I drove 2 mile south into South Carolina and found out about them

A: Motor oil; black out; small head, with deep brown lacing

S: Chocolately coffee

T: First taste I get is sweetness, then the coffee, chocolate and dark fruits hit me. I get a fair amount of bitterness at the back end. The coffee comes out your nose a bit

M: A tiny bit boozy, with moderate carbonation; nice solid body

O: I really enjoyed this, esp for such a big beer. Its a sipping beer, but the flavor was so good, I gulped it at times for the overall flavor. Would love to see how this does with some aging. I'm thinking of grabbing several more of these and throwing one under the stairs for a year or two to see if it can get even better.

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Photo of Maltmaiden
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: viscous. black with creamy thin and strong head. cannot see through it.

S: Very dark roasted malt. Lots of chocolate. touch or licorice. Alcohol is not shy but not horrific. vainilla.

T: Wow. So much depth. Sweet dark roasted malts upfront. Lots of chocolate, coffee beans. Some vanilla. Sweet at the beginning then quickly becomes quite dry. Ends with a long warm smoky finish.Alcohol is potent, but is on only just on the edge of being too much, at least for me.

M: Not that the smell and taste of this beer are really lacking, but the texture of this beer is definitely the strongest aspect in my opinion. It's like drinking a velvet blanket...So, it starts off somewhat jammy, then softens out, then ends with a savory dryness.

O: It's a big beer. One to sip on for a while and appreciate its complexity, as well as great taste.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to treebs for this and the properglassware assist. Enjoyed from my new westbrook snifter!

a - wow. Pours a rich stunning black with a generous dark tan creamy head that fizzled down to a thin skin. Really attractive.

s - milk chocolate and roast. Really well balanced. Has some charry briskness.

t - wow, big rich bold chocolate and roast. This beer is amazing! Extremely well balanced with just a touch of char to give it some brisk characteristics.

m - medium tomfull bodied, big and bold.

o - i am very impressed, this beer is a home run.

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Photo of UNCCTDawg
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler, keg tapped at Piggly Wiggly at Market Commons.

A- Great looking stout, pitch black with a half inch of dark brown frothy head.

S- Smells bring chocolate up front, with maybe so dark fruits and a sweet marshmallow finish.

M- Light, not heavy like most imperial stouts, well balanced.

T- Wow... The well balanced feel on the mouth is because this beer drinks perfectly. Tastes of toffee and sweetness are overwhelming. I really like this. Drinks very nice.

Overall- best beer I've had from Westbrook, and they make good beer... Better than Mexican Cake IMO.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Happy Father’s Day. Bottle courtesy of Brad. Served in Westbrook glassware, also courtesy of Brad. The beer is black with an inch of beige head. The aroma brings chocolate, molasses, dark fruit. Beautiful balance and delicious flavor. Alcohol is evident but gracefully masked. Rich and full bodied. Abundant chocolate, both dark and milk. Palate coating and viscous. Delicious.

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Photo of avalon07
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good, solid aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malt, a little hops, and a burnt element. Pretty much everything you'd expect from a big stout. Flavorful, powerful and complex.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, silky finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is an easy to like, well made, and likeable beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Boy is this a super dark head although barely a pencil tall, it is a super dark mocha brown chocolate, and settles to a nice small collar. Body and nearly black, with some red hues and totally opaque.

Bouquet is both fascinating, odd, and weird and sort of wonderful. A sticky chocolate sense, and hints of berried red fruit. Lots of sweet pipe tobacco on this, mixing with a strange brine sort of salinity. It's bizarre but really unique, I kind of like it but I am scared to figure out what is next.

Oh this is really nice on the palate. Sharp lingering hop and roast, and wonderful aromatic tobacco notes and dark chocolate. Creamy palate with a little tinge of carbonation. Wonderful nice bitterness on the finish which matches bittersweet dark chocolate nicely, and deep red berried fruit. Coffee roasty as well while finishing with a great hint of cream. Lots of different flavors in this that really gel nicely, and mixing hop and bitter chocolate nicely, and hints of black licorice.

This is a wonderful brew, great to have tried it!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 12/18/12. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a near black dark chocolate with a finger and a half of dense mocha head that leaves a smattering of small, lacey dots.

Smells of chocolate, roast grains, creamed coffee and mild plums.

Taste is very bold with bitter dark chocolate, roasty coffee, earthy bark, a little smoke, licorice, anise and cherry skins. The booze is noticeable towards the finish but well integrated and doesn't distract from the roasty goodness.

Creamy, medium thick feel with fairly mild carbonation. Lingering bitter roasty aftertaste.

Another very strong offering from Westbrook. I've had several Baltic porters but I think this is my first Baltic stout- and it stands head and shoulders above pretty much all of the porters. I'll definitely pick up another couple bottles if I see it again and I'd love to try a barrel aged version of this gem.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours damn near black, very thick. Poured slightly agressive resulting in a full 2 fingers of rich chocolatey looking head, looks thick. Good retention, about 5 minutes later there's still ~1/3" of head, lacing is a solid wall around the glass. Really impressed with the appearance

S - Semi-sweet chocolate and roasty malts, coffee, slightly smokey. Simple but very appealing.

T - Oh wow, super robust and delicious. Roasty bitters mixed with a tame alcohol burn and some delicious a sweet chocolate lead to a very mild sweeter fruit taste (not really dark raisin or prune) something a little sweeter and possibly lighter.. not sure really sure tbh. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, somewhat sweet and definitely a bit boozy, saliva glands still going.

M - Surprisingly not quite as thick as i was prepared for, still fullish bodied, mildly under carbonated (not a bad thing).

O - Honestly, super impressed from beginning to end. Not normally a humongous Westbrook fan even though they are local, but they are definitely starting to sway me, this was just fantastic

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Photo of GPHarris
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a dark black color.
s - chocolate and some roast.
t - chocolate, molasses with a peppery finish.
m - creamy and medium mouthfeel.
o - excellent beer and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Dark dark, essentially black, oily appearance, thin tan head, low visible carbonation.

S: Big roasty malts, notes of coffee, dark fruit, tobacco, leather, hints of fruity esters, and seems slightly boozy.

T: Follows the nose well. Coffee, roasty malts, tobacco, and dark fruit. Lager sweetness at end with a bit of roasted malt bitterness in finish. The hang is fairly dry.

M: Chewy sticky mouthfeel, moderate alcohol presence but still seems a bit boozy. Well-carbonated for a stout.

O: This is tasty, and quite different. Nothing I'd reach for every night, but thoroughly enjoyable. I'm curious to see how the other bottle ages.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 12/18/12
Serving Temp: 45 Degrees
Glass: Tulip

Pitch black body with no light penetration. Rich, reddish-brown head (2 finger thick on pour) disappears quickly to nothing. Trace lacing and thick legs.

Thick syrup, heavy chocolate, and smokey campfire. Heavy roast. Sweet, dark dates and fig. Tart cherry and cola notes.

Sweet, tart raisin and cherry. heavy smoked wood and light vanilla and caramel. Bitterness is present but overpowered by the dominant sweetness. Alcohol burn on the way down might turn some off. Aftertaste is raisin and ash.

Thick - might want to have a spoon handy. Carbonation is noticeable, but just. Super sweet, syrupy finish.

A tasty, if not a tad overly sweet treat in a glass. As the glass warms, a more prolific beer can be found - so follow the recommended serve temp of 55 degrees or start colder and allow the temp to rise, this is the perfect beer to get an understanding of how temperature affects taste and aroma. Definitely worth grabbing, if bottles are still floating around!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westbrook Brewing Co. - Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Super thick viscosity motor oil black with a brown hue around the sides. Minuscule mocha head that dissipates quickly. Nice rings of lacing.

Smell - Aroma is super decadent chocolate with sweet malt and a touch of roast.

Taste - Rich and carbed. Chocolate and sugar comes in first, followed by fruity roasted malt and an earth bitter almost hop-like finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Rests bitter and plum. Good drinkability. Booze is well hidden, perhaps too well hidden haha.

Overall - This is a good brew, a robust imperial stout. A must try for sure.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black, opaque, very dark, rich brown head. Dissipates to a ring, with lots of lacing. The aroma is heavy on the roast, with dark fruits, bitterness, coffee, and cocoa. Taste leads with dark fruits, earthy yeast, bitter cacao, light coffee, big roast finish. Full bodied, chewy, and thick. Alcohol is well hidden and it drinks quite easy.

While Mexican Cake may have tastes better initially, it can get a bit spicy as it warms...this stays quite consistent, if not better as it warms. A great beer overall.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. While pouring the glass it's a hard fudgy brown color, but blackness fills the glass and clings to the edges as it rises in the glass, even when held up to the light. Deep red and brown thick frothy looking head, a couple of medium sized bubbles but mostly small. Really good lacing, coats the glass and there's a strong film skimmed across the top the whole way through.

Smell is good, most of the classic aromas you'd expect from a good heavy stout, but on the sweeter end. Kind of like there's a slight hint of bakers chocolate sprinkled in with a heavy amount of milk chocolate. Slight charred and smokey aromas as well.

Taste is really good. Again with nice aromas with chocolate and hints of coffee. Lots of dark and deep roasted grains, good malt bill. I mentioned a charred aroma in the nose, it's not as strong here, more like a hearty roasted, like if you were put some peanuts or some other shelled nut in the oven or over a fire, so I guess slightly nutty is a fair description in the flavor profile as well.

Mouthfeel is extremely interesting. I think I have a love/hate relationship with it. At first the flavor doesn't seem to linger, but the more you drink it, the beer flavor tends to linger more and more. Might have trailed off a little since it's a year old, but still nice. Strong flavor that is a pretty otter chocolaty, but full flavored all the way and has an earthy bitter finish. Overall I really can't believe how light the beer is. It doesn't sit heavy AT ALL even though it's so full flavored. According to the label it's brewed with German lager yeast which is probably a main reason why. Alcohol is well masked, this is one that should be a slow sipper, but DANGEROUSLY drinkable. Bottle is a lot, but is great and could be consumed by any stout lover, if you have more of this lying around and haven't drank it yet, it's something that can be consumed individually, but wouldn't share it with more than 2 people. I felt guilty cracking this on my own, but this is one that 12+ ounces really does the beer so much more justice.

Great beer, love that they went for this for the second anniversary. Thanks EasyReader for sending this bottle, it's phenomenal!

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Photo of cvm4
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black, brown espresso one finger head with great lacing/retention.

S - Heavy roasted malts, cocoa powder, licorice and bitter coffee.

T - Again with the big roasted malts all throughout. Also getting molasses, dark fruits, bitter coffee and cocoa powder.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation. Creamy, smooth and chewy. Too drinkable.

O - Such a treat! Haven't had a beer this roasty that wasn't smoked on purpose in a while. Just a great beer through and through.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/18/12

Pours black with light tan head. Minimal head that dissipates to ring along the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweet and malty with lots of raisins and chocolate.

Taste is sweet and chocolatey malts up front. Ripe fruit such as plums or raisins come in later. Good bit of dark chocolate bitterness comes late. Matbe a hint of smokiness too.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was excellent.

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Photo of ksimons
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black and no highlights seen in the light, with a very thin layer of dark tan head that leaves some lace around the edge

S-sweet chocolate, dark malt with a dark bread like aroma

T-rich roasted malt with milk chocolate to start finishing with dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, light dark fruitiness, some alcohol, and a slight burnt flavor to end

M-full body, very smooth, good carbonation

Overall this is a very complex, interesting beer. A lot of different flavors going around. Maybe a little too much alcohol, but I bet some aging would take care of that. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/18/12, poured into a snifter glass

A- pours pitch black with a small fizzy khaki colored head that vanishes almost immediately, leaving nothing bend

S- aroma of black licorice, dried fig, raisin & prune, sweet molasses, a hint of charcoal, black cherry and dark chocolate

T- flavor up front is dominated by a variety of dark fruits; fig, plumb, prune and black cherry. Sweet molasses kicks in mid-palate, complimented by a slightly smoky charred malt. A hint of dark chocolate follows, eventually finishing with medicinal holy notes and a linger of black licorice

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, eventually finishing smooth and creamy with just a hint of lingering alcohol warmth. Alcohol is hidden quite well for the most part

O- This has aged quite nicely and everything seems to mesh well. It definitely opened up more in both aroma and taste after it warmed up a bit, a nice slow sipper

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Photo of jpro
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from the brewery... into a tulip glass -

A: Black pour with a tight head of light khaki foam; not much lace although retention was there.

S: Roasted malts; coffee.

T: Roasted malts; dark chocolate; currants / dark fruit, too. Very big, roasty flavor profile + some pretty big sweetness on the end.

M: Full bodied; higher, lively carbonation; very sweet, though - maybe too much.

O: An interesting "baltic stout" - very roasty, yet very sweet. My only knock on this beer would be the sweetness that seems almost distracting.

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Photo of Bung
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Grapevine. Pretty viscous black pour, thin layer of dark tan head.

Aroma, roast malt, dark chocolates. Pretty basic.

Taste, Big. Roast malt, anise, earthy peatiness. Dark chocolate. Kind of a dry woody and cocoa, light coffee finish. Lingers nicely.

About full bodies and nicely mouth coating. Could consider this creamy. Just a little warming. I like it, maybe not as much as the Cake, but this is still quality. Definetely a Baltic Porter flare to it.

Liked Medican Came better on draft, we'll see about this one. The bottle has some big shoes to match here.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured pitch black with a one finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent pacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, spice, cream, and subtle nutty. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, wood, earth, and milk chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. There was a huge amount of complexity going on in this one that I really did not expect to find. Big notes of roastiness while still maintaining a nice sweet balance. This kept your palate alert and refreshed after each sip. Wish the alcohol would have been a little subdued on the flavor, but you can't win them all. Nicely done Westbrook and congrats on two successful years!

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Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ominously inky black with a craggy mocha head that settles to a thick cap. Lovely aromas of dark, bitter chocolate, nearly-burnt roasted malt, molasses, and a touch of smoke. Really nice, similar to a (big!) Baltic Porter. Taste is just as impressive, huge bitter malt backbone, baking chocolate, and roasted espresso beans. Mouthfeel is velvet-smooth and creamy, with a full body and ample carbonation. Another impressive Stout offering from Westbrook, cheers to 2 years!

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Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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