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Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
82
good

294 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alexgash on 12-23-2007)
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a standard amber transparent color, initial foamy head that vanishes like a mirage without any lacing unfortunately...
Smells like pecans, just like another astute BA already pointed out. Also I get a vague honeyed smoke scent off this one. Odd. Its almost as if it couldn't decide on whether to be a rauchbier or a doppelbock. Hides the ABV perfectly and has pretty decent body, texture, but the flavor is much weaker than the nose hinted at. The shortest finish on any craft beer I have ever tasted, and in this case that is a bad thing because the sweet malt that is there is quite delicious, just a total mismatch to what the nose is telling me, is all.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 04:01:24 | More by WastingFreetime
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jdense

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer #3 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Medium brown cloudy body, minimal effervescence almost still, little if any head resulted in no lacing. Caramel malts in the nose and wet cardboard, ugh. No plum/prune/raisin esters, a bit of burnt brown sugar, not much in the way of flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watery, no stickiness. No go, won't do this again. On the low end of the tasting scoring. IMHO, not very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 18:45:38 | More by jdense
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Francepants06

Louisiana

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange color beer with an average size head which quickly dissipated. It smelled of burnt caramel, brown sugar, honey, yeast. It tasted of wheat, honey, tea, yeast, toffee and some malt. Can't taste the alcohol , generally this can be good or bad, in this case it is bad because the beer just seem slightly flat with a weird aftertaste. Doesn't stay true to its style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 05:54:27 | More by Francepants06
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FosterJM

California

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

648th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilner
12oz
Born on: Can't read it.

App- A mix of colors of light amber/red/light brown. Unique color. One finger of head, no cling. A layer of pond bubbles.

Smell- A little caramel, a little spice, a little malty.

Taste- It's got the right base of flavors just very light and a bit bland. I think its a product of the enviornment for Utah and not having a large flavor profile to sell more.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated.

Drink- Average Dopplebock and I was expecting it, not too suprised. Nice to try for a state not known for beer

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 17:30:25 | More by FosterJM
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug/stein.

Look - sort of a deep, medium brown with about two fingers worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - sweet and malty with maybe just a hint of some spices. Hops are not very present.

Taste and mouthfeel - a little bit warming and very noticeable are the malts, but it's not terribly worty-tasting either. Only a slight "alcoholic" taste, not bad for the abv. Just a little bitter or biting on the finish and aftertaste. Texture is a bit warming and just slightly on the creamier side.

Overall - a pretty decent brew, but not very intriguing in terms of its taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 01:44:00 | More by Nerudamann
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kevo237

Louisiana

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Initially, this had a great head and was a very good looking beer. This is all changed within a minute or so as the beer completely lost its head and looked like iced tea. On the nose, I got plenty smoked meat, smoked ham even.

Taste was of pecans and roasted nuts. Tasted much sweeter than a normal double bock. Almost seemed like it was a straight up pecan beer. Mouthfeel was decent. Lost some carbonation as I kept drinking. Overall, not impressed. Was a slightly below average double bock that was too sweet and didn't keep carbonation long enough. The alcohol was not detectable, which was a good thing, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 16:09:02 | More by kevo237
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BigE90

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass with very light head and a moderate amber color. Light malt smell. Taste a bit sweet, light malt flavor. Before you know it you are ready for another drink because the taste is gone. Definitely a week doppel but very drinkable. No hint that it is an 8% so a positive there. Would chose another one to drink while out in a bar but I would not have to have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 00:33:13 | More by BigE90
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backfat

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist off bottle. Born 3/24, reviewed 5/16
Received this bottle from the very generous pokesbeerdude in a recent LIF I won. Thanks chuck! Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a shining copper/amber. Gorgeous red and orange highlights with a fizzy tannish, white 1/4 inch head. Looks great.

Smells roasty with lots of coffee notes. Some dried fruits and chocolaty raisins are also present.

Sweet toffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Short with flavors well blended. Could use some more biscuity and cereal notes that I enjoy in most doppelbocks. Lots of chocolate covered notes in the taste as well as the smell. Light and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 01:04:50 | More by backfat
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Born 02 07 11

A: Hazy copper, off-white head, thin ring of retention, leaves a bit of leg.

S: Floral & steelie grass in the aroma, hints of dark fruit & bread.

T: A light sponge-toffee sweetness with a restrained bitterness for balance. Alcohol is remarkably well-hidden. Floral & slightly herbal, golden raisins and hints of treacle & nut. Flavours are subtle; I expect a little more from a big doppel. It's very well-crafted, but the domestic malts are apparent (American pale as the base?), making it difficult to compete with a continental brew.

M: Slight residual sweetness with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: An easy drinker for its weight, but it doesn't make me lust for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 03:39:11 | More by Derek
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champ103

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brown color. Nearly opaque. A one finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt for sure. Moldy wood and cooked veggies. I can't get anything else.
T: Sweet malt. Lightly toasted. Some grainy flavors. Slightly astringent, and some cooked veggies that follows the nose.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though on the lighter and watery side. Not something I am coming back to.

Sub oar in any regard. Not a DoppleBock, and not all that enjoyable. Not something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:29:39 | More by champ103
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allengarvin

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint, this is a deep ruby-red beer, clear, without any head, or even a layer of foamy film across the top. The color is nice, thought. Nice malty nose, somewhat bready with a small bit of caramel. The caramel component is a bit stronger in the taste, edging out the more German malts. Bitterness is low, putting this on the sweet end of the style--but not cloying. Clean, yeast-wise.

Decent example of a dopplebock. But there's nothing special enough here to warrant a second purchase.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 15:26:52 | More by allengarvin
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obrike

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A buddy of mind bought a sixer at Specs in Austin and was kind enough to share.

Appearance was nice. A dark iced-tea look with a decent white head...spotty lacing.

This is odd. I'm getting not much scent at all...if anything, a bit of bmc adjunct...not a good sign.

Taste was an improvement over the smell, but still, for a doppelbock, a bit weaker than I am used to. A slight, sweet malt, a hint of dark fruits, but quite buried. Certainly not a top choice for the style.

Quite easy to drink for an 8.0, but still, no real need to as there are a multitude of better choices in this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 00:55:08 | More by obrike
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I picked this beer up at the down town Spec's a week or so ago. This brewer is new to Texas, and I always have a soft spot for a DoppelBock. Let's se what Utah thinks a DoppelBock tastes like:

Appearance: Pours a very clear dark brown color with very little of the Red highlights that you would expect for a DoppelBock of this hue. The head was going fast, and was disappearing as fast as I aggressively poured the beer. After a minute, the beer was quite still looking. There is no lacing at all, but I wasn't really expecting any. At least the beer isn't cloudy, but it doesn't look much like a Bock.

Aroma: The aroma was clean...WAY too clean. There are no melanoidins in here at all, like they didn't even put any of the actual malt in the grain bill. I wasn't expecting a triple decoction, but it would be nice to have some...like they at least tried to hit the style. There is some dark caramel malt in there, and reserved hops like there should be, but it is coming across more like an amped up Vienna that may have some adjuncts in there to be able to achieve the 8% ABV. I am not impressed so far, and Bocks are my favorite style. This beer is missing a heck of a lot of complexity on the malt side to be a real player in this style.

Taste: The flavor tries to make up for the lack of complexity by giving you sweetness to coat the palate and that's about it. The beer is quite cloyingly sweet in that it leaves a burnt toffee flavor to linger on the back of the palate for what seems like forever after the sip. The body is medium to full with low carbonation, so the beer has a bit of a hard time making it over the tongue to the belly, so it kindof oozes its way down. The hops might have been forgotten in this beer. I am not one to over hop beers, but this one doesn't give you any hop character at all in the flavor or the finish.

Opinion: Well, if you read my review, you would know that this beer disappointed me. I am really critical of this style as this is what I primarily brew and drink, but I regularly drink the classic examples. I live in Texas, where the origin of this mis-guided "Bock" characterization has occurred, so I am no stranger to drinking a Brown Lager that has the words "Bock" printed on the side of the bottle. You don't typically find that with a brewer that will print "Double Bock" on the bottle, but that is what you have with this beer. It is the same Americanized "version" of the Bock style, but the alcohol is cranked up a bit, so I guess they printed Double on the side. I will stick to my Weihenstephaner Korbinian and leave this on the shelves for someone who just wants a quick buzz with no real Bock flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 05:59:39 | More by SkeeterHawk
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear auburn-brown. Rich head, decent lace.

S: Sweet and malty.

T: Deep caramel and dark malts. Alcohol flavor a factor. Tight bitter on the finish with an aspirin-like astringency. This weird aftertaste is one of the things I notice to be pretty consistent in Wasatch brews.

M: Rich. Dry finish. Medicinal.

D: Good with the exception of that weird aftertaste. Some room for improvement here.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 15:15:41 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another treat sent to me by Wasatch. Thank you John.

The Devastator Double Bock Ale (uh, lager?) has a translucent body that is a cross between red and orange. The tan head does little in the way of retention and lacing.

The aroma is earthy and nutty, featuring some bread and toasted malts.

If the appearance and aroma weren't enough of an indication, this is not a dark doppelbock. It's more of the "amber doppel" type of beer. Grainy, whole wheat bread is a big flavor, along with toasted malts. Beneath that are some nutty characteristics and some sweet toffee. There is a little bit of bitterness in the finish.

Smooth body with enough heft and an appropriate amount of carbonation.

That 8% alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor. I drank this one like a much smaller beer, I can see how it could have devastating effects over the course of the night. I only have one bottle though, so that was not a problem for me. Pretty good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 21:11:09 | More by Hojaminbag
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zhanson88

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Squatters location in the SLC airport. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Devastator Double Bock pours a clear ruby color with copper highlights. About a finger of white head forms. Lacing and retention are decent.

Smell: I get a lot of maltiness and caramel right off the bat. Also, some floral and grassy aromas and a light spiciness. Not bad.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma, only much stronger. There really is a ton of caramel in the taste, and the slight spiciness from the hops really balances it out nicely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and smooth drinking. I really like this beer. Simple, solid flavors that are really pleasing. Definitely my favorite of the 3 beers I had while waiting for my flight.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:40:35 | More by zhanson88
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isualum12

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: cooper to dark....great looking
smell: not that overpowering. has some butterscotch smell to it.
Taste: sweat, but rich
mouthful: Is great. It has a slight carbonization to it but really rolls in the mouth well.
Drinkablity- I think it is nice. I enjoy it.

I am struggling to describe tonight...I guess my mind is just not with it but let me say this...

I really enjoyed this beer and it was very tasty. I would really enjoy this as a premeal beer or perhaps with some pork.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:38:09 | More by isualum12
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Glibber

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, not much of a head to speak of. Dark amber color with nice clarity and carbination. Not very aromatic, slight hops.
Decent taste, nutty, malts, not too overpowering for 8% alcohol. For the lack of head, the mouthfeel is pleasing and suprisingly carbinated. I think the drinkability is very good- although you need to be carefull due to the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 03:32:58 | More by Glibber
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MikeThompson

California

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Utah with family for the holidays and like to check out local beers. I bought this at the State liquor store for about $9 a six pack. I do like the cheesy logo.

Poured a dark brown with a light head. Smelled a little funky, almost slightly reminiscent of garbage, but mostly consistent with a Doppelbock.

The taste was better. It was dominated by a chewy malt flavor, although weaker than most. Nice sweetness, very subtle hops. Once again though, a little funky. I bought a Celebrator to compare back to back, and although the Devastator is a good first-approximation, it is no substitute for a great doppelbock.

Mouthfeel was carbonated and not as thick as I expected for the style.

Drinkability is good, and this is evidenced by all of the drunk Utah hipsters raving about this beer. I though it was alright.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 05:32:02 | More by MikeThompson
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"There is no insanity so devastating in man's life as utter sanity."

--William Allen White

Antique bronzed orange peel with brighter tangerine trim. The entire 12 ounces entered the glass easily and with room to spare. Barely two fingers of beige foam was created, which is now down to one finger and shrinking. A short collar of lace is all that sticks.

It's obvious from the color and the aroma that this is an amber doppelbock rather than a dark doppelbock. There's a generous amount of toasted-earthy-nuttiness, which means that Munich malt is large and in charge. A better than average smell score is probably being kind.

Devastator Double Bock Ale (shouldn't that last word be Lager?) is decent beer if you like this take on the doppelbock style. There's plenty of flavor and no major missteps, which are positives of a sort. Full disclosure: this basic blueprint has never floated my boat.

Each mouthful delivers brown bread covered with walnut butter and fruit jam. Sweetness stays well ahead of bitterness, as it should, but the beer does not go overboard in that respect and is acceptably balanced for the style. That last burp tasted exactly like dry-roasted peanuts.

Even though the mouthfeel might be the highlight, it doesn't do enough to earn the next highest score. Size is fine and the carbonation is fine as well. Neither more nor fewer bubbles would have worked as well.

Wasatch's Devastator Double Bock is a solid interpretation of the style that might have earned higher scores across the board if I was more of a doppelbock dude. Please take that into account and buy accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 14:41:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent, burnt orange-red color. The head is about 20mm high, eggshell white, and quickly falls to the top of the beer. A fair amount of bubbles remains around and about the beer, though. Lacing is present and good to excellent in display and persistence.

Even after letting this warm considerably, the main scents detectable are reminiscent of malt syrups and alcohol. Rather bland and disappointing.

Tastes are generally soaked beneath malt flavors, but I can pinpoint flavors of prune, hints of rum, the barest of roasted barley flavor, a bit of cinnamon spice, and alcohol. The aftertaste is kind of cloying, a lingering sweetness.

In the mouth, the beer feels heavy, appropriate for the style, and generally lacking in perceptible carbonation (there is some, it's just not that detectable with this heavier beer). Finish is rather wet, lingering slowly and dissipating to a drier feeling.

This doppelbock lacks heavily in the nose and taste department. The sweetness is overpowering, overly lingering, and also not of the rich, dark, heavy bread-fruit-nut flavors that I associate with the best of these. With this high of an ABV as well, I don't see myself having many.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:56:22 | More by falloutsnow
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle proclaims that this beer "will earn some Big Love," and that "Utah will never be the same." It's deep copper, with light carbonation and a finger of tan head that leaves light lacing. The rich Munich malt delivers sweet and toasty melanoidins - nice and aromatic. Very rich malts are toasty/bready, lightly sweet, and blended with a bit of hops that deliver a mild bitterness. Medium to light body, with nice attenuation for a big lager. Very easy to drink, but it's better to sip and slowly take in its deep maltiness. These Utah brewers did indeed earn some "Big Love."

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 02:37:26 | More by mmmbeer
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this at the Wasatch Pub in the Salt Lake Airport. An Autumn coloured beer that is extremely drinkable for the style; not too sweet and enough complexity once it warms up. I wished this was not so high in alcohol as it would make a great Fall drinking beer. I hardly noticed the ABV in this beer but felt it on the plane ride to Seattle

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 05:04:42 | More by canucklehead
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color, sort of cola like, with a fluffy off-white head.

S: A nice fruity nose, especially heavy on the cherries. Almost a cherry cola sort of aroma to it. Some sweet chocolate and sweet roasted malts.

T: The flavor profile is quite similar to the nose. Good sweetness to the beer that is (again) very cola like. Some light roasted malts, fairly sweet, however. A bit of a fruitiness, too.

M: The body is definitely on the thin side with a medium level of carbonation.

D: I was expecting this to be pretty bad, given the gimmicky label and the fact that I bought it at a crappy liquor store in Vegas, but I actually enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 05:25:00 | More by womencantsail
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koopa

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a fairly translucent deep brown with orange red folds. The crown is 1 finger, off white (buttery), shows moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Ruby red candied fruit, strong notes of caramel, and some toasted grain.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with lots of fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Taste is too bad to want to drink more than a 12oz bottle if you can get through that.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 23:59:57 | More by koopa
Wasatch The Devastator Double Bock from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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