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Barrel Aged Behemoth - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.32%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
American barleywine aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 01-06-2007)
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at the FFF Pub 02/04/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a dark ruddy brown with a sudsy tan ring. A bit of head would have been nice, but otherwise it looks good.

Smell -- Sweet bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and dark fruit. Very inviting.

Taste -- Bourbon, damp lumber, vanilla, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, muted citrusy hops still kicking. The barrel characteristics are certainly present, but not so overwhelming that you can't tell that the base is Behemoth. Really quite nice.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with milder, almost creamy carbonation. Subtle wood tannin dryness is perceptible. Very smooth, and a good fit for the flavors.

Drinkability -- Of the handful of barrel-aged FFF beers, this is by far the best. While the others were so hot and boozy that the base beer was totally overwhelmed, the mellow bourbon really elevates Behemoth and gives it a new character. Total win.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 21:59:57 | More by yeahnatenelson
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep ruddy cloudy dark amber to chestnut. Unexpectedly nice persistent light brown head and lacing.
S: the citrusy hops found in regular fresh behemoth aren't there, in their place is a complex bouqet from the year in woodford reserve barrels-toffee, dark honey, dried stone fruit, vanilla, light bourbon, fruitcake, nuts, etc. Very complex and certainly I'm missing some notes. Long complex sweet finish, some spice and dark rum or whisky on the end.
M: thick, viscous, sweet, sticky, and full.
D: very complex sipper. A must try for barrel aged or barleywine fans.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 21:02:57 | More by MrMcGibblets
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Wadsey

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've drank this two times at Three Floyds, most recently today. I had two snifters and loved it.

A: Murky brown. I'm being generous with appearance because a small group of bubbles formed a skull on the beer's surface. Scout's honor. Pretty bad assed.

S: When the beer warmed to its proper temperature, it smelled like buttery toffee and bourbon.

T: Dynamic. Buttery toffee up front, and then bourbon, vanilla and nuts. If you dig, a touch of dark fruits, maybe light milk chocolate.

M: Appropriately low carbonation and full for style. Sticky, too.

D: Delicious. This is to barrel-aged barleywines what BCBCS is to barrel-aged stouts: a gourmet candy bar soaked in bourbon. No heat to be found but it is mildly warming.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 23:22:26 | More by Wadsey
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MrHirschybar

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6th taster - Port's Barrel Blast
2008 Vintage

A - Ruby light grape color - copper. Little to no head from the poor on tap that had a light color...

S - Strong vanilla, bourbon, oak sweetness, smoke warmth, peat

T - Bourbon, vanilla, oak sweetness with a peaty smoky finish. The strong taste makes up for the tricky light color.

M - Little to no carbonation, very smooth, little bit of heat that made it more enjoyable - this went down very smooth

D - Very nice drink - one of my favorites at the event. Vanilla, oak, peat like - reminded me somewhat of all the flavors I like in a scotch, but in a very smooth drinking beer. Very much enjoyed this one...

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 05:07:50 | More by MrHirschybar
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Gobzilla

California

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at barrel blast

A: Poured a reddish brown in color with brown highlights that had a almost no head and left virtually no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots going on here but had lots of caramel, bourbon, booze, and toffee, but had hints of vanilla and citrus notes as well.; very nice aroma.

T: the bourbon added some nice complexity to the behemoth base brew which had lots of caramel like the nose bourbon that was not overwhelming, vanilla toffee accents and a touch of toffee.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, bourbon, slight boozy, sticky finish.

D: very nicely done barrel aged brew that was not over done but was definitely a sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 19:11:58 | More by Gobzilla
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HopHead84

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/15/2011

2008 vintage on tap at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

A: Pours almost still with a few stray bubbles. Color is a light crimson.

S: Prominent toffee and lesser notes of caramel accompany a strong hop profile, redolent of earth and pine. Bourbon is not overpowering, but it's nicely integrated.

T: Upper moderate piney hop bitterness balanced by prominent bourbon toffee notes. Well balanced. Booze is strong. Finish is aggressive and bitter, with lingering hoppy toffee bourbon booze.

M: Upper medium body with low carbonation.

Overall: A nice and aggressive barrel aged American Barleywine. A little like Alpine's Great with more hops and less toffee.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 21:38:43 | More by HopHead84
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rfraga77

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice red/brown burnt color. A nice head forms and holds on for quite sometime.

S- Bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon with slight sherry like notes poking through. Most of the hop aromas from regular behemoth are non existent.

T- A true sipper. The bourbon and age have done wonders on this barleywine. The one year in the barrel has created an awesome liquid to be savored by kings, queens, and me. I would never have guessed 11%. The age has mellowed out most of the bitterness. Barrel aging barleywine should occur more often. A wonderful marriage of flavors. Top 5 beers i have ever tasted.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Decent carbonation.

D- Even though it is 11%, i can drink these all night. As a matter of fact, i drank this until the keg was gone. I officially had the last glass. WOW. I cant wait until next year when it comes out again. Keg was gone in less then 1 day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 18:21:50 | More by rfraga77
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at DLD 2009. All the reviews for the Barrel Aged Behemoth indicate that it was a bourbon-barrel aging, so I've added this one. Note also that this was not the oak aged with cherries--unfortunately, I didn't get to sample that one.

A: Fairly dark, molasses type color. Slightly reddened with a creamy off-white head.

S: A good whiff of oak alongside sweet and creamy malt. Quite similar to the regular Behemoth, but quite a bit lower on the hop scent than fresh Behemoth.

T: Sweet and complex. The oak has definitely done a number here, and comes out very well. It melds with Behemoth's flavor quite well, creating a subtle spiciness. Some caramel flavoring is definitely there.

M: Thick, full-bodied, and very creamy. Low to moderate carbonation.

D: Very good stuff. The flavor of the oak is a little much to drink a lot of this, but that just encourages slow sipping. Solid beer all around. Hope to have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 13:45:37 | More by Thorpe429
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Gumballbrogan

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had for the first time since DLD. Better than I remember that day. The taste of bourbon and oak was a great combination with the barleywine. That sweet, woodsy taste lingered on the palate and hd a smooth finish. Really wish it could have bottled and taken home. Definitely worth trying!!

Amazing Beer!!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 20:32:30 | More by Gumballbrogan
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DLD '09 in a plastic cup. Poured to a to a deep dark brown, with little had or lacing, to the consistencuy of cough syrup. Nose was malty dark fruit, sugar cookie and bourbon. Mouthfeel was full, and a went back and forth between the biting sting of the bourbon and the swee thickness of the malt, yet all the while mellow. Taste was primarily bourbon, Karo dark syrup, and dark fruit, and the finish was very warming and smooth. At 12.5%, the folks at FFF did a good job of keeping the alcohol from being overwhelming.

Darn good beer, though not quite up to the DL status.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 01:07:50 | More by kimcgolf
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nrbw23

Ohio

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

A- Pours a ruby reddish color. Not too much head here just a few bubbles here and there.

S- Compared to the normal Behemoth the hops seem to have mellowed out quite a bit. I could pick up a nice wood smell, some bourbon and something that was spicy.

T- Tastes of bourbon, nice vanilla, woody and caramel malts. Very nice brew here a lot going on in here.

M- A huge beer, full in body and very low carbonation.

D- Wow this is a great beer. I really enjoyed this one. A sipper for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2009 20:27:43 | More by nrbw23
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mynie

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Barley's should be barrel aged. Like, normally, with few exceptions. They're the one style I really enjoy but absolutely cannot drink regularly because they're just too darn harsh. Oak smooths everything out, make it soft and blurry like you're looking around a room through a scotch glass.

And when you combine a stellar barleywine with an excellent aging process it should be no surprise that the end result is a great beer.

Dark ruby, almost flat. High ABV + aging = not much to look at.

Smells like a really, really smooth barleywine. Old furniture, woody hops, smooth whiskey.

Tastes like it smells. SMOOTH. Lots of whiskey, lots of hops, goes down like silk. Nothing harsh or syrupy, no burny alcohol. Just goodness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 15:46:51 | More by mynie
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pwoods

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at DLD '09

One of the best beers I've ever had.

Pours light burgundy, a little cloudy. A decent, airy head forms and holds for a bit. Not a ton of lacing because of the high alcohol but the hops stick just a bit. Aroma is out of this world. Lots of fruits. Ruby Red Grapefruit is the frontrunner with plenty of other aged citrusy fruits to back it up. The bourbon barrel just did absolute wonders for the taste and aroma. The barrel is a touch more present in the aroma but it's still perfect in the taste. Hops are still pretty big in the taste but nicely rounded out with the age. Sweet but not cloying. The alcohol is heavenly. The fruity esters are perfect. Body is about full with just enough carbonation. A pure sipper at its finest.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 01:13:11 | More by pwoods
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Sean9689

Illinois

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

This was a memorable brew. On tap during Jan '09 at the BrewPub. Aged in (from FFFs management) Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels, this was unlike anything I've ever had before. Still the citrus and bitterness of Behemoth, very "in-your-face" but included a sweetness/sugary taste of bourbon...easy to detect! I could drink this beer until I pass out (which wouldn't take much with the ABV). One of my favs.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 17:31:36 | More by Sean9689
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panicspread33

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the Three Floyds Brew pub and WOW. Huge brew with alot different aromas on the nose but the biggest would have to be the bourbon. Super smooth mouth feel and hits the plate with a burst of sugars and hints of plum and citrus. One of a kind beer from a one of kind place. Thank you munster IN.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 20:45:13 | More by panicspread33
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby color with a short, creamy off white head.

Scent of bourbon. oak, caramel, sugars, and some fruit. Very nice bourbon and oak characteristics here.

Taste of sugars, bourbon, oak, caramel and warming alcohol. Finishes dry with a lingering oak flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth with a small amount of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 17:00:19 | More by paco1029384756
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mdm46410

Indiana

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

On tap at DLD '08. A syrupy pour of muddy amber/brown with almost no head or lace. The aroma was sugary carmel and bourbon. The flavor was almost that of melted caramel with tinges of bourbon seeping through. Very nice! The mouthfeel was lush and thick with minimal carbonation. Although my rating for this and the regular Behemoth are the same, these are two vastly different beers. Not anywhere near as hoppy as it is fresh, this brew has taken on a much sweeter, English barleywine character. I love it!

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2008 23:14:44 | More by mdm46410
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I went to FFF Monday after DLD for lunch since I live right by the brewery and this beauty and Oak Aged DL were still left. Have to say happy I got to try it since had to leave DLD early and I got to try it in a practically empty FFF which gave me the chance to fully appreciate it and write a full review. Served in a stemless goblet which look like a rounded old fashioned glass to me.

A - This is a dark apricot color that has hues of gold and bronze shining through it. There is a small ivory head that sits on the sides of the glass and really had no chance of surviving. Looks thick and viscous, almost syrupy like as it just coats the heck out of this glass. Very clean looking beer and actually after looking at it for a while, it reminded me of what a fine scotch looks like sitting in its glass. It seems to have a glow to it that just reminded of the old firewater. One of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen.

S - this was much sweeter and less hoppier than the fresh Behemoth that I've had on tap. It smelled of apricots and honey at first. Also get a big hit of oak, cinnamon and whiskey spiciness that let you know this was barrel aged.

T- First of I want to say that I loved this so much more than the regular Behemoth which I've only had fresh and on tap. I don't know if it was the year of aging or the barrel but this was so much smoother than it was fresh as the hops were much more subdued and the flavors all seemed to meld together. The first taste I got was candied apricots and then there came a hint of fresh toffee and caramel. Almost tasted like sucking on a Wehter's original. On the end, this was all counterbalanced by the effects of the Barrel aging as I got a bit hit of smoke, pepper, cinnamon, and whiskey flavors. One great thing about this beer is how much is how complex it was. All of the flavors were huge and prominent yet it was super balanced and each sip brought me a new flavor experience. One thing that I love about FFF Barrel aging is that they use Woodford Reserve barrels, which, if you have ever had the whiskey you would know this already, is one of the spiciest bourbons out there. These barrels really impart their odor and flavor in the beer and causes the beers to differ completely from their non-BA brethren.

MF - overall just how a barleywine should feel in the mouth. It was big, thick and sticky yet managed to not be cloying at alll. There was no carbonation at all and this was good as it just allowed all of the flavors to roll in and coat your tongue. The after feeling had a nice bit of spicy and astringent to it that reminded you of the effects of the BA

D - This was one insanely good beer and it was so easy to drink. In terms of taste, while it and Oak Aged DL are both 5's, I thought this one was even better than OA DL. If possible, I would give it a 6. Wish it had a bit of a bigger nose but oh well. Loved this so much more than the fresh Behemoth I had on tap and this experience inspired me to buy some Behemoth to cellar to see if the flavors will meld together as well in the bottle as they did after a year in the barrel. Try this if you get the chance as you will not be disappointed at all.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 21:57:06 | More by jeonseh
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Behemoth Barleywine (Barrel-Aged) was served on tap at FFF Brewpub during the 2007 Dark Lord Day. I was very excited to get the opportunity to sample this one even though it was presented to me in a plastic cup and served at extremely cold temperatures (-40F). The first thing that stood out in my mind (as compared to the bottled version) was the dark, ruddy brown color (maybe aged in the same barrels as the Dark Lord?) that was almost completely opaque with very little carbonation that created barely a tannish brown head. As the barleywine warmed, it started to let off some of those ripe, pungent Northwest hops that it's famous for, along with some serious vinous bourbon overtones (cherry tobacco, mint honey, cinnamon sticks & French vanilla) from the Woodford Reserve barrel. The rough-edged flavor expressed some of the treacle/toffee & toasted caramel sweetness that wasn't completely overshadowed by the marked bitterness or weighty alcohol. The finish was long, hot, and slightly coarse. This hefty, barrel version is certainly a sipper that might benefit from some additional aging to mellow out the rough edges. Here's to wood, it's good!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2007 03:47:52 | More by Beertracker
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Three Floyds.
I let it sit on the bar for a while to let it warm up a bit. Smell is incredible. Think a very nice bourbon whiskey smell complimenting a very refined, well melded barleywine. Taste is absolutely amazing. This is one to sip all day. Every sip was velvety smooth and better than the last. This barleywine has transformed into a incredible beer while in the barrel. I could not get enough of this beer. The guys at Three Floyds have taken barrel aging to the highest level.
Very glad I had the chance to drink this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2007 22:32:14 | More by FtownThrowDown
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mcallister

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This looks like a beer that has been sitting in a barrel for a while. Dark opaque russet. A very good looking barley wine and much more woody looking than the non BA version. Poured with no head.

Big resiny fig and raisin aromas with a toffee underlying that was scorched in hell. Dried fruit galore with nutty aspects. A floral somewhat citrusy hop esters linger deep in the background. Very reminiscent of a recent vintage Hardy's I sampled.

What a monster of a beer. Big alocohol in the mouth. Full of sweet toffee malts and melted caramel. Milk chocolate with rum soaked raisins. For Blake a big mission fig paste mid palate leads to the long candied hop finish that lasts and lasts. Grilled pear, and caramalized pineapple help tame the alcohol.

Mouth is a little thin otherwise very good and the type of beer I could sip daily.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2007 18:50:22 | More by mcallister
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at FFF. It was very dark with almost no carbonation. The smell was heavy on the vanilla and alcohol, with some caramel. The taste is more of the same, very heavy vanilla and caramel, the alcohol was hidden nicely. The mouthfeel is slick and heavy, but it is so tasty it is very drinkable. In the same session I had a Surly Klaus and I thought the chocolate flavors from the porter were a much better mix with the burbon barrel aging.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2007 18:50:41 | More by orsulacp
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sman262

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap 1/10/07, first off this is definatly how i think a barrel aged Behemoth might taste.

A: Extremely dark for a barley wine, could tell this has definatly undergone a change in the barrel.
S: I am a sucker for barrel aged beers, I love the smell and the taste, its like drinking fine wiskey but instead its not 100 proff
T: LOTS of Bourbon here, very intense along with the alcohol, the snifter was almost too much, it was sooo intense.
M: Very silky, had the ability to coat your mouth with flavor, reminds me of the Kentucky Breakfast.
D: There is no way i could drink more than one snifter of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2007 07:21:13 | More by sman262
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at FFF 1/6/07. "BA Behemoth (aka Wood Aged Behemoth), the 2006 BBW that's been aged 1 year in a Woodford Reserve Bourbon oak barrel, 12.5% abv."

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black. No head with an off-white ring.

S: Huge boozy nose of bourbon with caramel and vanilla.

T: Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, burnt toffee, cinnamon, caramel, and spices. Sweet with a hoppy/alcohol tang to the spicy finish.

M: Huge, slick, and coating. Massively thick, smooth, and oakey. Very still/low carbonation.

D: Surprisingly very drinkable considering the high abv. Maybe a tad too bourbony but very enjoyable none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2007 21:40:32 | More by GbVDave
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Barrel Aged Behemoth from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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