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Jones Dog - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%


Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Jones Dog pays homage to our very own brew dog Jonas. Our chocolate lab has been with us since the birth of Pipeworks and so we honor him with this chocolate milk stout. Brewed with cacao nibs and lactose milk sugar, we hope you'll find this brew as smooth and chocolately as the Jones Dog himself.

Initial batch was 6.5%.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-14-2012)
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schris

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured out into my tulip with an unmanageable amount of head - surprising to me, and forced me to split my bomber into 8 ounce pours. Head was light tan and faded to little or no lacing. Aroma is almost typical - chocolate, maltiness, but I also got a big hit of what I can only describe as apple. That aroma faded as the beer got consumed. I couldn't get a handle on the flavor until the beer warmed up - in part because of the temperature, but also because of what I found to be way too much carbonation. Once those factors are considered, though, it's a nice smooth chocolate, with a little bitterness and a hint of coffee on the finish. All in all, a good offering from Pipeworks, but there are better chocolate stouts out there. I'd like to give the barrel aged version a try - I imagine that some of my issues with the beer would be resolved by letting it sit for a while in oak.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 00:55:26 | More by schris
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown with brown edges. Some bubbles well up as I pour it. Medium collar and a thin layer of foam swirls around the surface.

Smell - Nutty and caramel malts. Chocolate and a deep roasted malt aroma.

Taste - The roasted malts are most prominent. A little bit of a cola character. Bitter chocolate. Some sweetness, a little bit of lactose. Burnt malt zing in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated, as always, from Pipeworks.

Overall - Run of the mill.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 00:27:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In honor of chocolate labs everywhere Jones Dog is the poster child for Pipework's chocolate stout to do the awesome breed justice.

Jones Dog Milk Stout pours a dark, very dark brown- but not completely black. Its edges show tawny brown low-lights but through its center, it appears like ink. Upon that ominous body, a delicate and creamy gives appearances of as much espresso as of ale. With low-lying retention and spotty lace at best, its quite apparent that the oils of cocoa have gotten to its foam.

Doubting that even just poured a beer, the decadent scent of chocolate is overwhelming. Hershey would be proud as the aromas are spot on milk chocolate. But as the beer warms, here comes a tinge of alcohol, and vanilla, and heavy whipping cream, and burnt toffee, and nuttiness. Huh, I guess there's a beer in here after all.

With all that sultry sweetness coating the mouth, its taste of milkshake and mocha seduces each and every taste bud. Bittersweet chocolate, and not so bitter chocolate gives the taste a silky milk chocolate flavor that's backed by dark roast coffee, roasted walnuts, toffee and toast. Its roasted elements are softened completely by the taste of heavy whipping cream and vanilla before the sharpness of cocoa powder and espresso finish things off.

Its full body is velvety and sinfully smooth. As the ales silky weight glides over the palate, its like a little massage to the soft tissues of the mouth. The ale simply does not waiver as it finishes as lush as it starts, trailing with coffee and chocolate, despite its hidden alcohol warmth.

The beer is simply lavish with chocolate flavor and all things that support chocolate. Sure, the balance is completely thrown off, but is thrown off in the most wonderful of ways!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 18:54:55 | More by BEERchitect
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pitch black with a one finger tan head.
Aroma is chocolate syrup, coco powder, chocolate truffle and slight roast notes.
Flavor is massive coco powder and chocolate.
Mild coffee and roasted notes on the back end.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Nicely balanced bitter notes.
Don't know how this beer isn't rated higher.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 01:40:33 | More by zookerman182
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cosmicevan

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

another bottle from pipeworks that i picked up the last time i was in the chi-town. enjoyed from a pipeworks snifter. batch 101

a - brew pours a greyish black with a greyish tan head. the head was massive and filled at least half the snifter...definitely looks heavily carbonated. as the massive foam dissolved, it left chunky lacing clinging to the glass and seemed to never fully leave the beer.

s - milk chocolate with light roast and a porter like char.

t - milk chocolate malt. subtle roastiness. char.

m - wow, feels like a porter. very charry and zingy carb.

o - overall, not bad, not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:26:19 | More by cosmicevan
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black and thick with some sediment. 1.5 finger tan head that dissipates pretty quickly

Smell has notes of slight roasted malt and a slight vanilla presence over a dark chocolate backbone.

Roasted malt comes out more in the taste and has a mild char flavor. Lactose sugar gives this a mild rich feel with chocolate coming in last after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and has mild carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 00:47:19 | More by Fcolle2
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark brown color. Some light escapes through when held to light. Low head retention with a light head even on the pour.

Smell: Bright and bitter. Chocolate on the front of the nose. Dig deep and some mature coffee and heavy dark chocolate is found. Overall the aroma is a little thin, lacks depth.

Taste: Step up front the aroma. The front is a very bitter sweet chocolate hop presence. Thick malty presences kick on the back end of this brew. Then comes the cocoa nibs which jumps on the palate long after drinking. A chalky hop texture is left on the palate.

Mouthfeel: A very complex and changing mouthfeel makes this a unique brew. Smooth front and followed by a rocky finish. Nice ride for the palate.

Overall: This brew is a little all over the place but ends up being a quality brew. One of the better milk stouts I've had. Much more aggressive then others of its kind.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:57:04 | More by KFBR392
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
Batch 004
A- This beer has an inky jet black body with a thick creamy tan head that slowly pops away.

S- The aroma of cocoa nibs comes through even during the pour but turns more to tootsie rolls as it opens and they start to dry out.

T- The chocolate malt and cocoa nibs blend with some roasted notes underneath that grow inky and linger in the aftertaste. There is some green hops support that takes on a spicy quality as it warms.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slightly creamy texture that is scrubbed away by the carbonation in the finish.

O- There is a big nib character that is not my favorite when it overpowers the other malt flavors and they never seem to really come back. There is a cigar ash quality to the char in the finish but it stays pretty soft and the mellow roasted malt flavors stay hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 20:14:31 | More by rhoadsrage
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. (1 pint 6 fl oz) bottle, batch #65, bottled sometime in 2012. Pretty excited, this is going to be my second stout from Pipeworks Brewing Co., and I enjoy the Pipeworks Abduction Coffee Break a lot, so expecting good things here.

Poured into a St. Bernardus Watou chalice.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about a finger of mocha colored head, comprised of tightly packed microbubbles, sitting on top of a luscious opaque black body. Vague cola brown notes noticeable near the top, when held under the light. Head dies out quickly.

S - Smell is of dark bitter coffee beans / malt roast, dark chocolate cocoa nibs, dash of vanilla presence, and some alcohol.

T - Wow, what a lovingly complex and subtle beer. Dark coffee bean roast, and some fruity hop bitterness up front, layer of carbonation, and then a pervasive chalky cocoa taste takes over your entire palate. That was just f**king lovely.

M - Feel finishes off somewhat bitter and chalky, with some chocolate remaining behind. Mostly clean & highly palatable.

Overall, another amazing beer from Pipeworks. So far, everything I've tried from them has been excellent, and I can't wait to continue exploring their other beers. A delicious stout, with a rewarding 8.50% abv that has got me toasted, this beer comes highly recommended.

Pipeworks Jones Dog ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 20:54:57 | More by mfnmbvp
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Thurgoft

California

3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber split with a friend poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours a murky deep, dark brown with a 1" bubbly tan head. Not too much lacing on this one.

S: After letting it warm up a bit you get a good bit of bitter super dark chocolate. A little bit of a tootsie roll type chocolate as well. Hints of sweetness but just a barely. Also a good bit of alcohol in the nose.

T: Taste follows the nose a fair bit. Bitter, malty chocolate. Alcohol on the palate as well. At 8.5% its not hot, but there's a rather strong alcohol taste. Pleasant hop bitterness on the finish, though just a bit.

M: Super creamy and smooth without being heavy. Feels great going down.

O: Overall pretty happy with this beer. Perhaps could be a bit more balanced with more rich chocolate flavors and toned down alcohol presence. Not in a hurry to buy it again, but would like to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 06:52:25 | More by Thurgoft
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taez555

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I'm confused. The pic in the BA profile says 6.5%, but the bottle I have defintely says 8.5% (and tastes like it too), so I have a feeling the recipe has since been changed to kick up the ABV since it first came out.

Anyway.

Pours a nice dark black body with small white head.

Nose is a lovely mix of rich chocolate.

Taste is chocolate city. Very rich and thick with a huge milkly milk stout type flavor, but domiated by chocolate. I know it has chocolate nibs, but this is crazy. It's like drinking pure dark bakers chocolate, but with just enough sweetness and milkiness to make it not gross and VERY tasty. It's like licking the side of chocolate bar and just getting the white cocoa butter or something. It's really damn good. Like I said before, the ABV shows at 8.5A%, so it's a sipper for sure and feels like. Very thick and rich. On top of that it has a strong espresso coffee flavor. The roasted dark beans and chocolate are crazy together. It tastes like sucking on coffee beans and chocolate beans at the same time. Very in your face and over the top.

This is not what I was expecting at all. IN YOUR FACE CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE BEANS. Oh my god. It's amazing, and yet almost difficult to drink on it's own. Give me some ice cream or something to balance it out. It's just sooo big. Great beer though. Too bad I'm not in IL more often, or I would defintiley pick this up on a regular basis to pair with deserts.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 04:23:48 | More by taez555
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a thin tan head leaving behind a ring of foam.

S - Cocoa nibs, vanilla, roasted malt, lactose sugar.

T - Smoky, roasted malt, black coffee, bittersweet cocoa nibs, milk chocolate.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, lactose creates almost a chalky feel.

D - Solid milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 01:01:52 | More by brewcrew76
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice carbonation on this bad boy. It had a huge pop as the cap was pried off. The head developed to a good finger full of lace but dissipated to a thin creamy collar and scum on the mohogony black body. Perfect lacing, sticks around to fight anything you throw at it.

S- Very roasty... unbelievably so for a milk stout. This bad boy smells like an oatmeal stout like noones business. Behind the roasted grain is a cocoa powder and mildly chocolate presence. Its definitely what you’d expect cocoa nibs to smell like, but not what they are described as these days. As you keep inhaling the delightfully stouty character, it starts to transition to a cheap grain nature... something lightly off. Like.. plastic grains.

T- Starts milk sweetness, you can really taste the lactose addditions here right off the bat. as it progresses theres a tad bit of resemblance to chocolate milk. This is like a genericly roasted chocolate milk beer. It has that rising plastic flavor that you picked up on in the nose.... leading you right into the finish which is simple lightly phenolic cream flavor and a half strength bitter acrid grain.

M- Smooth, creamy, light to medium bodied, crisp carbonation tingling you too harshly on the edge of the tongue. Sticky roasted grain flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 23:21:30 | More by Khazadum
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I miss my pup... Oh well, this is no time for overly emotional displays of...emotion... ... This stuff pours a mostly opaque black-brown topped by a half-finger or so of wan sienna foam. The nose comprises toasted oats, cocoa powder, and a bit o' molasses. Simple, to the point, smells tasty. Hope. The taste holds notes of cocoa, chocolate milk (yeah, I can tell them apart...can't you!?), light roasted malts, very light molasses, and a touch of mild lactic sour cowering in the foreground. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation (bordering on lightly fizzy) and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a nice, sweet milk stout, nothing exceedingly exceptional, but something I can see enjoying a few pints of should some sort of tap room pop up sometime...

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 03:43:28 | More by TMoney2591
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to funkyaudio for this beer. Poured from bomber (Batch #004 brewed: 2/13/12 bottled: 3/10/12) into tulip glass. Pours deep brown hue with a fading fizzy tan head and spotty lace throughout. The aroma has notes of chocolate, vanilla, lactose and roasted cocoa nibs are quite profound here. The taste is more of the same, sweet chocolate and moderate malt notes supported by a slight lactic character and some fruity undertones. Very minimal hop presence. The mouthfeel is a tad oily and thin. I was a little disappointed with the flat taste at the backfinish. Overall, an interesting and good milk stout from Pipeworks.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 21:11:59 | More by CuriousMonk
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jones dog is quite opaque and dark with a half inch off white head that has pretty nice retention. Not much lacing, bu an occasional spot does stick to the glass. Aroma is pretty roasty and a bit smokey. Had on tap, and there was a bit more of a cocoa sensation than in the bottle. Taste has more of that cocoa i remember. A bit of sweetness is balanced nicely by roast, smoke and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than I would like, but not unenjoyable. Liked this a bit more on tap when I had it ~2 weeks ago. A lot of the chocolate milk that I loved so much about it isn't in this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 03:17:22 | More by Agold
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Treebs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Founders snifter. Batch # 004 on the label.

A: Pours a dark black with a one finger khaki head forming on the pour. The head recedes to a thin film and ring. Some splotchy, soapy lace is left on the glass with some sticky residue as well.

S: Raw cocoa nib and lactose sugar are present on the nose. There is a nice light roasted flavor from the malts and backend chocolate sweetness.

T: The flavor follows the nose. Upfront is a nice roasted chocolate and raw cocoa flavor. The middle smooths out to a sweet lactose sugar flavor. The raw freshness of the cocoa nibs bounces back in the finish and combines with a chocolate milk like sweetness.

M: Medium bodied which is nice treat considering how thin and borderline watery End of Days was. Spot on carbonation and nice sweet flavors on the finish.

O: A very large improvement over End of Days. I had Hyper Dog at GI Stout Fest and like it a tad more, so I'm excited to try that out of the bottle as well. Way to bring it back guys. Excited to try Close Encounter soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:15:42 | More by Treebs
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Binny's - Marcey St. Served in a Goose Island Black Friday taster pint.

A - Half-finger of light tan foam that settles to some wisps, a medium collar, and a few stray spots of lace. Very dark brown with a hint of transparency at the edges - vaguely cola-like.

S - Aroma is quite nice, with a hefty dose of cocoa nibs, roasted malts, and a vanilla flavor that I'm attributing to the lactose sugar. There's a biscuit malt flavor and perhaps a hint of coffee. Reminds me a little of Coffee Crisp. As it warms up the cocoa nibs take on a 'green' note.

T - The flavor is a tad disappointing, with a bit too much smoke and char for my liking. Roasted malts, mild bitterness, and only vague earthy cocoa nibs in the periphery. Wouldn't have guessed milk stout from the flavor.

M - Fairly dry, with a roasty and mildly chalky texture. Medium-low carbonation, lightly sticky finish. Not much in the way of alcohol presence.

D - It's a lot like Hyper Dog, but without the coffee. I like this a tiny bit less, although the cocoa nibs and lactose sugar are just as interesting aroma-wise. Still, it's a much more enjoyable beer than End of Days, and I had no problem polishing off the entire 22oz bottle over the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 04:12:21 | More by MasterSki
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Grohnke

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour black, or very dark brown. Creamy burnt tan head erupts when poured, holds well, and then falls to a thin scattered film.

Aroma is big chocolate, mild roast, malted milk balls (you can actually smell the milky lactose dressed in chocolately sweetness).

Medium roasty malt flavor, mild coffee-like undertones, heavy sweet chocolate, with high residual sweetness. Bittersweet cacao and light hop bittered finish. Chocolate milk aftertaste.

Medium body with low carbonation. Lactose provides some additional depth to the body. Incredibly smooth, delicately creamy, and finishes moderately sticky.

Enjoyable milk stout. Intensely chocolate, yet very drinkable. Although it favored the sweeter side, the roast was prominent enough to make it very palatable. Captures the creamy milk aspect very well, as it actually made me think of chocolate milk and malted milk balls. Pipeworks is the real deal.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:27:06 | More by Grohnke
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, batch 004, poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a murky chocolate/black color, topped with a finger of creamy tan head.

S- Roasted grain, milk chocolate and a bit of fruit, some coffee as well.

T- Sweet milk chocolate, has me me thinking Milk Duds, roasted grains with coffee and cacao, some light fruitiness, has a really delicious milk chocolate finish.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy, smooth feel.

O- A very nice milk stout, crazy drinkable, definitely give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 06:16:39 | More by WillCarrera
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Jester King pint.

A- vigorous pour, black at bottom with 3/4 of glass fills with a cola colored head that rises to leave about 1/2 of a glass of beer. Some blotches of lacing.

S- sweet roasted malts and bitter chocolate.

T- roasted malts, some sweetness and nice chocolate finish. Has just a slight bitterness at the finish.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Slightly thin but not different per the style.

O- not a huge milk stout fan, but is a very easy drinking enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:08:07 | More by kawilliams81
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours blackish brown, looks black in the tulip glass. Surface foam is a creamy textured caramel color, swirling and eventually fading into a veil on the surface. Spotty lacing hangs in the glass after each sip, slowly returning into the liquid.

Aromas of dark chocolate, mild coffee, malted milk balls, dulce de leche sweetness. Light and pleasant.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, it has a supple creamy feel, with nice chocolate and cream flavors that linger into the aftertaste. Light banana yeast esters, vague bitterness in the background at first, aftertaste of light roastiness. Overall a tasty Milk Stout, seemingly with more body and cacao sweetness than End Of Days.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 23:41:55 | More by emerge077
Jones Dog from Pipeworks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.