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Blast Furnace Stout - Church Brew Works

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BA SCORE
89
very good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001)
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Blast Furnace Stout from Church Brew Works
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