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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 356
Hads: 871
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 65
Gots: 177 | FT: 9
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007

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Reviews: 356 | Hads: 871
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a semi-cloudy chestnut color. The head...well, it sucks. Not even a finger high (off-white shade), with a fizzy texture similar to cola and horrible retention. No lacing, natch - but I do get some alcohol legs on the side of the glass.

S: Nice smell. I don't get the vibrant dark fruits I do from the best Belgian quads, but the whiskey tone helps to compensate somewhat with touches of oak and vanilla. Some nuttiness comes through as well. Letting it open up doesn't really improve it, but it doesn't deteriorate, either.

T: It's fruitier than the aroma indicated, in a good way. The barrel comes through initially, providing some oak and vanilla flavors. These notes continue all the way to the fruity-yet-alcoholic finish. I have to say, the alcohol isn't hidden particularly well. On the other hand, the booze has defined flavors of rum, raisins, and marzipan. After a while, the flavors become quite vinous (at times, almost tomato-y, but not quite). There is some complexity to be found: after many sips, I'm picking up notes of brown sugar and graham cracker. All in all, it's a pleasant quad with a nicely subtle barrel presence, but it isn't top tier, either.

M: The booze is almost startling on first sip - not quite to '13 Parabola levels, but definitely there. It calms down slightly after a while, but only slightly. Like most quads/BSDAs, it's well carbonated and almost airy on the tongue. Even better, the barrel aging hasn't made it too thin-bodied or clean finishing - and yet, it's still fairly drinkable at the end of the day.

O: This is pretty good. Like many 'Murican quads, it lacks that special something to rise it up to Belgian standards - and not even barrel aging can change that. I definitely think it's worth a try, though. I mean, it's pretty well priced as far as a barrel-aged beer goes, just don't expect brilliance.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester.

Pours a crimson brown, with a small half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells like caramel, cherries, booze, whiskey, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is similar. There's a lot of good stuff going on here, but it's hard to drink due to how boozy this is. This seems to be a common problem with Weyerbacher BA beers. Lots of Belgian fruity yeast esters- some cherry, lots of raisins and plums, very sweet malt, and a strong lingering boozy whiskey burn. I get a little bit of vanilla and caramel, but I wish it came through stronger- as it stands, the booziness washes those flavors away.

Medium bodied, thicker than the typical Weyerbacher BA beer. A very slow sipper, due to the alcohol. Low carbonation.

Overall not bad, but needs 3+ years to calm and cool down.

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Photo of sevreng
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle purchased from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, PA on 6/19/14. Served in tulip glass.

A - Deep red velvet, one finger head on pour sinking to thin residual head quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - Bourbon, caramel and vanilla dominate.

T - Bourbon, chocolate, and caramel up front drying out slowly. Vanilla and caramel lingers on the palate.

M - Rich and creamy but balanced with appropriate carbonation. Leaves mouth a little sticky.

O - A sipping beer for sure, Weyerbacher demonstrates its talents with maltier ales and lives up to what a Quadruple should be. Definitely not an everyday beer, heavy and rich for the holidays.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle. Pours a murky brown with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is ripe bananas, bubble gum and cloves. Not really smelling any of the Whiskey. The taste is really where the Whiskey Barrel flavor comes out. Banana, yeast, coriander, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. Booze at the end with some woody notes and more of the banana. Whiskey finish. Lots of carbonation. It's an interesting mix of the Whiskey flavors and the typical Belgian characteristics. Pretty decent price too. Overall, intriguing beer I'd grab again.

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Photo of n2185
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark, clear orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Candy sugar up front with lots of caramel and vanilla. There are also some bubblegum notes before light aromas of oak and whiskey.

T: Candy sugar with sticky caramel, vanilla, oak, and whiskey. There are also flavors of bubblegum and sweet yeast before a moderately boozy finish.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet, but avoids being watery.

O: A pretty solid beer overall, and very reasonably priced. I'd like a bit more Belgian flavor and aroma, but the whiskey rules. Still, what's there is good.

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Photo of don1481
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a glass. Finally warm enough to be able to sit on my patio for this!

Appearance: caramel colored liquid with a two fingered white head on top. Vigorous bubbling action in the beer. Takes a bit of time for the head to diminish.

Smell: plums and vanilla and spices, like a normal quad, but with some bourbon notes mixed in. Happy that the bourbon doesn't overpower the base quad notes.

Taste: at first sip, it tastes like your normal quad and then... BAM. The bourbon notes come out of nowhere. This has a lot of complexity to it. Not to the level of Abt 12, mind you, but this is still pretty darn good.

Mouthfeel: pretty full bodied. Sticky. Bourbon surprisingly doesn't linger, but the sweetness does.

Overall: definitely like this. Definitely expect to be feeling this bottle later on.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a nothing. It is a murky crimson brown color with vision of bubbles coming up through the side of the glass.

Smell: Spice, caramel, bready, apple, pear, warm booze, raisins, figs, plums, vanilla, and a little oak.

Taste: This beer blends well together. The bourbon barrel adds depth and qualities to the beer. Once you get past the spice and booze, it's all good.

Mouthfeel: Whoa!!! Warm heat, full bodied, low carbonation, tingly spice, silky smooth, and quite the sipper.

Overall: I would like to try the base beer before it is aged in bourbon barrels for a comparison. Either or and they both would be awesome.

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Photo of Foyle
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper color and cloudy. Pours a thin ½” head that recedes quickly and leaves slight lacing.
Aroma: this brew is aged in bourbon barrels and the aroma makes that evident. Also pick up some fruity aroma (almost wine like), some clove, and a bit of hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat sticky, finish is dry and somewhat boozy.
Flavor: bourbon, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, raisins, and some hops.
Overall: This is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle. Reviewed on 6-24-12.
Weyerbacher always does magical things when they oak age any of their brews. The only thing I see any setbacks with this brew is the appearance. This is "too clean" to be a Quad. It might be from me grading it on the first half (Since this is the 750ml Corked and Caged.) I was looking forward to an ugly brew, yet I found a clean Quad. Other than the appearance, I found this to be enjoyable.

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Photo of whiterabbit
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from caged cork bomber

A - Dark copper Brown, like a well aged penny Brown. Cloudy, with little to no head

S - whiskey a go go. Love it dark fruit and sweet boozy Bourbon

T - smooth vanilla and whiskey. Mild yet very satisfying. Medium mouth feel. Ni

M - smooth, rich, slightly boozy. Different from any quad I have tried, but I love it.

O - next spring, I will buy a dozen of these. Really outstanding, a great experience, highly recommended.

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Photo of Jonada
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottled 5/6/2013. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark, rusty orange/brown color with almost no head to speak of save for a thin light collar. Body is nearly opaque.

Smell: Booze soaked dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, red grape skins.

Taste: Big malt sweetness with flavors mirroring those in the aroma. Bourbon soaked raisin and fig, brown sugar, hint of red grape and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Low levels of prickly carbonation. Booze is there, but masked well.

Overall: Another solid beer from Weyerbacher. Strays away from a traditional quad, but still a really good beer.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cork and caged bottle picked up in 2012. Poured into a Boulevard Brewing tulip.

Pours a reddish brown with a white sand head. Left a little cap and ring. Pretty good for a barleywine. On the nose vanilla, butterscotch, prunes, brown sugar and caramel. Smooth oak, vanilla, brown sugar and candi sugar. While there is plenty of spicy, bourbon bite it's quite mellow. Mouthfeel is very warming with low carbonation. Body is just a bit thinner than expected. Overall, solid bourbon barrel quad. A good deal for the price.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 05.06.13. poured into tulip.

A: a very cloudy pour. a bit too cloudy considering the upright condition this bottle was held in. caramel hued. head is slightly off-white. good retention. limited lacing.

S: great bourbon character right off the bat. oak, vanilla, heat. a lot of those characteristics with a rich caramel malt backbone highlights the nose.

T: definitely get a lot booze. a lot of caramel too. really rich but not sticky. really present vanilla bean flavor. soft and smooth. finish is filled with sweet unfermentables and more booze. wish I got a bit more Belgian quad flavors out of this. that or fermentation flavors. I suppose the majority was overtaken by the bourbon barrels. not the worst thing to overtake a flavor...

M: a really gentle fizz. subtle bottle conditioning. I think it works well. huge body.

D: really impressed with this brew from weyerbacher. this and their Insanity are two top notch bourbon barrel aged brews imo. got another one in the cellar, should be really good in about a year after some of the heat has perhaps dissipated. ill report back.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Corked & caged 750mL bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 9.00. Bottled 05/03/13. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours an opaque ruddy chestnut hue with about a quarter finger of sand toned head. The froth subsides rather quickly to a thin ring that leaves no lace.

Smells malty sweet with oak, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel and candy sugar with whiskey dancing in and out of notice.

Nice layers of flavor: candied dates, whiskey, caramel, plum, fig, treacle, subtle vanilla, oak, sugar cane, apple, cherry, yeasty bannana, faint marmalade and an undercurrent of alcohol. The barrel character plays nicely into the standard sweet American quad flavors. The whiskey never overpowers but compliments well.

Medium heavy, creamy feel with fairly light carbonation. It goes down dangerously easily for the near 12% abv. Whiskey soaked plum and funky sweet yeasty finish.

Perhaps the most enjoyable brew I've had from Weyerbacher. A marked improvement on the base quad and a good value for a barrel aged beer. This will certainly be a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/9/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, apple, pear, plum, clove, pepper, oak, caramel, candi sugar, toffee, bourbon, molasses, light vanilla, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, barrel, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, plum, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, molasses, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark/light fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, brown bread, herbal and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barrel aged Quadrupel style. All around great complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of THFCBeerBQ
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 25 oz bottle at a local bottle shop, no date on bottle.

Poured carefully into a Trappist glass.

A- caramel, brown in color…maybe a bit darker. Almost looks like I am drinking an apple cider – very similar in color and appearance. Good amount of carbonation but little to no head. Poured a quarter inch head initially but it dissipated quickly.

S- boozy! Oak and vanilla jump out at me predominantly. Hints of caramel apple and some other sweet smells. (Maybe grapes or plums…it’s hard to pin down)

T- malty, oak flavor hits your palette first. Followed by some alcohol and fruity hop bitterness. Fruits like grapes cherry and plums dance on the palette. The swallow releases notes of vanilla and more whisky barrel flavor. Nothing too complex here but what it does, it does well.

M- Heavier than I expected, (in a good way) medium-to-heavy with a smooth mouthfeel. Surprisingly drinkable for an 11.8% ABV beer. Should be a slow sipper but if you’re not paying attention it could go down quicker than you expect.

O- Overall this is a quality offering from Weyerbacher. I would say my biggest complaint is that it’s not exactly on style for my taste. Reminds me a bit more like a barleywine or something else…not a Quad. Taste is simple and straightforward but the smooth mouthfeel and drinkability help to make this high-level ABV a force to be reckoned with.


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Photo of mlhyatt
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I was really excited for this beer when I bought it. A barrel aged quad mmmm. It pours a beautiful redish gold color with about a half inch head. Smell is strong bourbon with notes of fruit like plums, figs, orange and maybe a little banana. Mouthfeel is good. Not overly carbonated with a smooth finish. Taste is sweet. Just sweet. I couldn't get past the sweetness to really taste anything else. There a strong bourbon aftertaste but it's just way too sweet. Had trouble finishing it honestly. I was disappointed with the taste.

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Photo of Heynow007
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great taste and mouth feel. Has a fruity /alcohol taste. You can taste the whiskey. I picked this up at the local Joe CAnals. Cost wasn't too bad am
Nod was in a bomber bottle. There's not much head, but you can expect that from a 11.8% beer.
I generally like the stouts, but also like these whiskey barrel beers. This one tastes a lot like Dogfish Heads Olde School, but with a little less ABV. (15% vs 11.8).

Deep red color

I love the smell. It has a fruity smell and makes me want to drink it.

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Photo of mverity
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Pours a hazy brown with a tinge of red. Cream colored head that lasted pretty well. Collar persistedthroughout the entire bomber. Aroma is mostly fig, and red grape with lots of molasses and whiskey booziness to it. Taste is almost the exact same but with some vanilla and cherry as well. Mouthfeel is enjoyably boozy. The booziness that detracts from the taste and smell is airy and pungent on the tongue. I'm glad I've got a few more of these for this winter and next winter. I'm hoping the booze subsides and morphs into something else.

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml caged and corked bottle into goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy brown with golden orange tones. Small white head that disappears quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Figs, dates, raisin, bourbon mixed with sweet caramel.

T: Sweetness and whiskey dominate the palette. Some fruits including dates and plum. A bit of spices in the back maybe a bit of clove.

M: Full bodied with little carbonation. Sweet alcohol on the tongue.

O: Very nice brew especially if you like a stronger ABV with some sweetness. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I wished it was in 12 oz bottle to make smaller portions easier.

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Photo of tviz33
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz. cork top bottle, served in a tulip.

A- Pours a murky brown body with some orange hues and one finger of off-white head that goes away pretty quickly.

S- Sweet and sour fruitiness. Figs and raisins. Boozy bourbon; maybe just a little too much

T- If you think the nose is boozy, the taste is even more so. The sweetness helps it out, but it doesn't appear to be overly complex or anything out of the ordinary.

M- Full bodied brew and lightly carbonated.

O- I know this beer is almost 12% ABV, but the alcohol isn't hidden too well. This is the only thing preventing this beer from being really good.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this out of a cork caged bottle: the brew pours a dark brown/orange color with a thin, creamy looking head. No real lacing to speak of; low carbonation.

The smell is strong with whiskey, oak, fruit, nuts, vanilla and some caramel. I took a few points off on the smell because the alcohol dominated, just a little too much.

Whew, if you like a boozy, sweet beer then this is for you. Whiskey caramel, brown sugar, nuts, a woody flavor and vanilla. Again the whiskey dominates too much for my tastes but I know there are some who like this quality, if so go for it.

The feel is creamy but intense in the sense that the whiskey leaves a warm tingling in the mouth and throat after swallowing. This brew definitely has a "warming" effect.

Overall this is a strong, boozy and sweet beer. A little to sweet and boozy for my tastes but if you like a beer ages in whiskey barrels this is a good one to try.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage bomber. Appearance is dark toffee brown with a thin, quick-receding head. Little to no lace.

Smells like sweet, sweet dark fruit, toffee, raisins and intense red wine. A hint of banana and Belgian spices. There's not really any whiskey on the nose, just a slight whiff of booze that is more reminiscent of strong red wine.

Taste is rich and sweet, and includes vanilla, caramel, fig, prunes, brown sugar, green raisins, apple. There's not much whiskey here either, but there is definitely some nice oak character. There is also nice Belgian yeast character with only the slightest tinge of banana flavor. The yeast is smoothed out by tons of sweet malts, giving it a velvety profile.

Overall this is a very nice beer that's definitely on the sweet side (a lot of quads are too sweet for my taste -- this one is borderline). It could use a stronger whiskey and/or hop presence, but it's still a complex, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy ruby amber with a thin layer of light tan head

S-rum soaked dark fruits, backbone of malts, subtle chocolate, and a nice bourbon booziness

T-similar to the smell with lots of boozey dark fruits, vanilla, lots of bourbon

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, lot of alcohol warming

Overall this is a really big Quad, really boozey. I'd be curious what a little time could do to it.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

First thing that comes to mind is WOW!
This is great it's kind of like a low abv bourbon boilermaker. The bourbon flavors and aromas are extremely prevalent. They mingle well with the Belgian yeasty flavors ones would expect from a quadruple. This is perfect harmony, the hops keep the sweet bourbon flavors in check while the malt is all smooth and graceful. Alcohol is a little strong on the nose but it's well hidden on the tongue. This was only 9$! For a something that is aged 2 years they could easily charge more but they don't! You have to try this if you like beer and you like bourbon.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.