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Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 92
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%


Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sideshowrob on 01-07-2009)
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Nose of roasted malts and wood smoke with notes of baker's chocolate, mild coffee, charred grains. The smoke is distinct but discreet; it's no Schlenkerla.

Taste: Roasted malts swirled with a rich, but tempered smoke character -- flavors of unsweetened chocolate, licorice root, coffee, blackened barley, and pitch glide by the tongue. Delicate touch of black currant fruitiness. Mild bitterness. The smoke is still there, still present, but it's still somewhat reserved. A more predominate roasted grain flavor develops. Finishes dry a lingering (but still subtle) smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation, which keeps the brew delightfully light and aids in overall drinkability.

Drinkability: A pleasant, quaffable, bumped up smoked-schwartz, but, at the prickly price of $18.25 a bottle, this'll have to be a one-time visit.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 21:19:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
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botham

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. pours black with garnet highlights and a single finger of rich brown head that has good retention and no lacings. reduced to a soapy rim after a couple minutes.

aroma is of earthy smoke up front with roasted malts mixed in, along with a touch of alcohol and undertones of burnt wood and sweet malts. well proportioned in the nose with a brilliant smoked character. a bit rich for a schwarz, but still smells great.

taste is of lightly roasted malts and a bit of smoke up front along with the same earthy undertones and sweet malts from the nose. this transitions smoothly into a finish of earthy smoke and a mildly drying hop character in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick and warming feel, along with a super smooth finish that coats the tounge, lasting for minutes. very well done on the palate.

drinkability is good. this is not much of a schwarzbier, but for a dark smoked beer this is very well put together and quite tasty. definitely worth the price. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 19:23:21 | More by botham
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. This cork was one pain in the ass to get out.

Poured dark black, with brown edges, and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, roastiness, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, lighter roastiness, and coffee.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 00:31:46 | More by hopdog
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Krog for sharing this. It was a deliciously balanced, strong smoke beer. Poured black with a short tan head. Sure, it tastes kind of like bacon, but like a good rauchbier, there's more to it. I'm reminded of the smell of cedar planks on the grill for a toasted wood flavor. The background malts have a touch of caramel with smooth dark chocolate. Very drinkable for a good smokey beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 15:56:02 | More by tempest
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle that I shared with some fellow BAs. Into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown/almost black with a 1/2 finger of creamy dark mocha colored head. Quite the robust retention on this as well, that just absolutley coats the sides of the glass with lacing. A nice spiced smoked meat character is prevelant in the aroma but isn't in any way overpowering, going the more subtle route. I'm also getting a solid backing sweetness of cocoa and caramel. Touch of light roast in the back as well.

The taste is more Schwarz and less Rauch than what was in the aroma. Roasted chocolate and carmamel, with a bit of coffee and nuttiness mixed in. Some bitterness pulls up the back. The smoked malts that are present are even more subtle than the aroma was, wafting in and out of the other flavors. It's overall pleasant but I was hoping that it would be a little more aggressive. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharper carbonation up front but then it gets creamier towards the back of the swallow. For a 7.5% beer, this actually feels pretty easy in the mouth. Not bad.

I liked the effort here. A Schwarbier with a bit of smokey Rauch attitude seemed to be what they were shooting for here and for the most part, they succeeded. I personally would have liked to have had a bit more smoke in the taste but hey, that may just be me. On a side note, while I liked this for the most part, IMHO, this is not worth the $15-17 per bottle that most places are selling it for. They need to release this in six-packs and make it a fall release.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 17:02:54 | More by Kegatron
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml green corked and caged bottle into nonic.

A semi-aggressive pour yields a two and a half finger dense brown head that slowly settles to a thin even cap, leaving behind a wall of lacing. The head seems to get denser as it settles, eventually becoming the cap. Rings of lacing are created as the beer moves down the glass.

The first thing I looked for was the smoked malt aroma, which came out as spicy smoked sausage, a bit of beef jerky, and a touch of campfire smoke. The malts add a touch of roasted grain. It's hard to detect anything behind the smokey aromas.

A little more spicy smokiness in the flavor, witch characteristics of smoked ham or Jamón Ibérico ($50/lb Spanish ham - trust me on this one). The malts also add a strong burnt grain flavor. A bit of bitter cocoa is in the background. Full bodied, slightly chewy, carbonation is there but isn't too fizzy.

A good variant of the Rauchbier. Generally found in amber beers out of Bamberg, Germany, they create a mouthful of beef jerky and bacon. However, with the darker, roastier flavors of a shwarzbier, and different complexity is created. Hint of chocolate, maybe dark fruit, are just highlights of something that tastes like it was pulled out of a campfire. This was a pricey beer, but definitely worth it. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 23:56:10 | More by BeerSox
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(I gotta roll, cant stand still,
Got a flame in my heart, cant get my fill) sorry Led Zep reference(dog schwarz) poured chilled from the 750ml into a snifter and ale glass.

A - A very shadowy brown w/ a corpulent 2 finger medium light brown cap that drops quickly leaving a subtle lace ring. The opacity is dense w/ pin sized bubbles comprising the head

S - A splendid smoky cocoa nose w/ woody vanilla and mild pepper notes. Sweet malts dominate w/ caramel fruitiness restrained in the aroma

M - A rich caramel toasted note, smoky dry accent and med full carbonation w/ mild sweetness and smoke in the finish

T - I am intriqued by the toasted woody smoky subtlety which is like an accentto the schwarzbier flavor. Both nutty w/ a hint of caramel mixed w/ light roast coffee and subtle smokiness as the malt is almost like a candy center to the rauchbier coating. It is pretty accurately described on the label which is unexpected. A very flavorful dark lager w/ added interest in taste of smoke. There is a pleasing fig-like taste w/ light toffee note of sweet cream.

D - The 7.5% dark lager/rauchbier qualities still well referenced. A very drinkable beer and one I would definietly look forward to tasting again, the combo of Schwarz/Rauch is very well matched I was wishing there was more when the bottle was finished.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 18:40:58 | More by Slatetank
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light syrupy black and maple syrup colored brew. Great to finger plus brown head that quietly returns to the black. Smokey, hickory, some charcoal, heavily roasted malts, and even some pipe tobacco. Charcoal roasted malt that was first smoked over hickory, oak, and some peet. The smokey malts help accentuate the pipe tobacco flavor. While the peet rounds out the taste with an earthy finish. Very silky, but a little syrupy. Still a nice rauchbier. Good sipping.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 03:24:31 | More by scruffwhor
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WilliamD

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark- almost black. Looks more like a porter or even a stout. Thin fizzy head that dissolves quickly.
The first disappointment is the smell. Not nearly as pronounced as I had hoped. Only a hint of the peat, smoke, and sausage normally evident for this type of beer. Other than that, it is difficult to discern much else. A very subdued aroma with this one.
The taste was the second disappointment. As with the aroma, it is quite subdued. Some smoke and peatiness, but not nearly as much as I hoped for.
Mouthfeel is blah. Rather flat and watery. Little to no carbonation, and no spiciness.
Drinkability is not bad. It don't foresee any difficulty getting through this bottle. It just won't be nearly as enjoyable as I thought it would be.
This brewery makes very good beers, but this one was definitely a letdown. With how good its overall rating is, I wonder if I might not have gotten a bad bottle. However, given the fact that a bottle runs about $16, I don't think I'll be testing that theory.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 01:00:04 | More by WilliamD
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Bung

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Dark chocolate pour with a beige head. Good head retention. Aroma is lots of malt and grass, some pine and chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel, but pretty light bodied. Extreamly smooth roast malt and chocolate up front. Almost has a little milk stout characteristic to it. Enough hops to keep it honest though, but just barely. Just a hint of smokiness through the finish. Excellent drinkability. ABV non-existant. Maybe the best Schwarzbier/Rauch I've had. Exactly what I was looking for to watch my Spartans in round 2 of the NCAA.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 21:24:51 | More by Bung
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressed to see the Dog Schwarz on the local shelves. Surprisingly, the beer holds true to the delicate yet bold schwarzbier character while interjecting a pleasant layer of smoke qualities.

The beer opens with a dark brown, nearly opaque clarity, and with head formation that remained formitable for most of the duration. No real lacing, but that does not deter from the look. A basic similar to a good porter or a dry stout.

Bold and super clean aromas with big bready, toasty malts, layered with light coffee, cocoa, roasted barley, toast, and a touch of nuttiness. Then there's the smokey aroma that takes on a campfire-like aroma- quite pleasant. On par with a Kostritzer, but bolder and toastier.

Likewise, the proportions of classic Schwarz make their way into the delicately balanced beer. Again, toasty, roasty, cocoa and a bit of coffee. Don't get this confused with a porter- this is much less sweet, no real hop character, and no fruitiness or phenols. Very clean tasting in the finish. A moderate dose of smoke flavor gives a meaty, savory character to the beer without dominating like many rauchbiers might.

For such maltiness and gravity, the beer remains remarkably dry, airy, and a little chalky. The beer just lifts and then evaporates from the tongue. Creamy and rich wihtout being heavy, sweet, or cloying to the palate.

A very enjoyable and refreshing beer. Clean, simple, and characterful. At first I was apprehensive about opening the bomber because I didnt' know if the boldness and smoke flavor would wear on me quickly. But now that I am at the tail end of the bottle, I could easily open another. On a side note, it must have been hard for Flying Dog to make a sub-50IBU beer!?

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 00:44:04 | More by BEERchitect
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deliriumfest

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on 1/17/09

750ml bottle

Popped this one open at the January Twin Cities BA Gathering. Poured a pitch black color with a petite brown head. The aroma was that of smoke which is not my favorite. The taste was plein de smoke along with some fruit. Although a smooth mouthfeel, this one just isn't that drinkable to me. I do not like smoky beers and this one definitely isn't worth its $17 price tag. Go ahead and try this one if its free but you're better off not wasting your money.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 20:56:39 | More by deliriumfest
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cbl2

New York

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No best by date.

A - Pours a pitch black medium bodied, topped by three fingers of tight medium tan head that is slow to settle.

S - Split pea soup heavily laden with ham, with a shot of espresso tossed in.

T/M - Extremely smooth/creamy mouthfeel. An excellent blend of smoked ham flavor coupled with lightly sweetened coffee. This leans a little toward stout territory, and away from a Rauchbier, but regardless it is delicious!

Alcohol is masked nicely, letting the smoke, ham, sweetness and coffee intermingle and linger on the tongue. By far the best beer I've had from Flying Dog. A little overpriced, but worth the experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 20:36:42 | More by cbl2
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Party Town.

A - Poured a dark brown color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy roasted malt, chocolate, smoke and woody aroma.

T - Medium to heavy smoke bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation.

D - This is a standout beer and one of the my top rated beers for the Rauch style.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 13:52:37 | More by tmoneyba
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, thanks Cyrl!

Pours a cloudy and opaque dark brown/black, thick tan head forms, drops some nice lacing, settles to a thick ring, great retention, looks real nice. Smell is awesome, very smokey, some caramel and biscuity malts, chocolate, roast, iron, very malty, light bit of spicy alcohol, perfect smokiness. Taste is similar, but also real nice, lots of smoke, caramel, roast, toasty malt, light fruit, raisins, some iron, real beef jerky smokiness, very clean flavour, really nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, buttery smooth. Great smoked beer, perfect amount and very drinkable. A real treat. Thanks Carl!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 18:21:04 | More by Viggo
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supercolter

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is good. Dark and smokey looking, with a decent head of tan bubbles. Smell is very smokey with a bit of dry malt and no really noticable hops. Taste is bacon grease... that is the only thing I can describe it as. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, low carbonation and medium in body. Drinkability is ok.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 19:42:04 | More by supercolter
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I also have difficulty categorizing this beer. The label says it's a Smoked Double Lager, and calls it a Schwarzbier, but I have to agree with the previous reviewer and say that it is a Rauchbier. It's a dark brown color with beautiful red highlights. A thick tan head that left a bit of lacing. Once you catch a whiff, there's no doubt it's a Rauchbier. Very strong, but pleasant, smoke aroma. The smoke is less noticeable in the taste, where the malt predominates. Just an incredibly smooth beer, one that I want to get more of.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 15:17:31 | More by lordofthewiens
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer North Hills on 12/29/11.

pours a deep black with a thin lacing of off white head. The nose has notes of hickory smoke, chocolate, and roasted malts. The flavor has notes of chocolate and hickory smoke up front with some notes of chocolate and coffee in the finish. This is a medium to full bodied beer with decent carbonation.

This is a very unexpectedly nice beer. The smokey, full body actually makes for a solid cold weather offering.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 00:06:42 | More by tdm168
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub.

A: Pours a rather dark brown color, practically opaque, with a small tan head on top. Retention wasn't very good, eventually ending up in a ring of foam around the edge. Not much lacing.

S: Bold aroma with a good bit of chocolate and cocoa, a little bit of coffee, some roast, and a bit of honey. The smoke is very light but present.

T: Roast, chocolate, and cocoa are the predominant flavors, with a little bit of coffee. On on level, it is similar to a porter, but it lacks the hop presence and the sweetness. The is some like smoke on the midpalate, fits just right and does not over power the other flavors.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. It is rather dry, but still has a creamy texture.

O: A very nice beer that straddles the line of a schwarzbier and a rauchbier. The chocolate and light smoke combine nicely to make a rather easy drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 00:44:30 | More by mdaschaf
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, little hint of smoke, sweet, malts,

taste: smoke, roast, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice schwarz / rauchbier. glad I finally got to try it.

Cheers,
the CPJ

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 18:25:43 | More by THECPJ
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1/2 finger of tan beige head. Color is a dark brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: Smoked and roasted malts. A bit of bacon flavors. A hint of chocolate malts as well.

Taste: Chocolate and caramel malts show up more in the taste. A nice amount of smoke and roast complement the other malts. I like that the smokey malts aren't overdone and work as a complement rather than the dominate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smokey, smooth, and creamy. A very nice texture. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this one. It was a beer that I have been wanting to try for awhile and I am glad it showed up on tap. It was easy to drink and very pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 01:49:58 | More by mothman
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flexabull

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the local Alehouse.

Pours a very dark brown almost black color, with a very nice off white head.

Aromas are kind of faint, light smoke, cream, and sugars.

Taste is not as faint as the nose suggests. Nice dark roasted, charred, and smoked malts up front. Light sweetness, some chocolate, and sweet creaminess. Finish is crisp, with more smokey flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth, but with enough body.

Overall, I liked this one. A tasty and approachable smoked beer, drinks pretty easy, I think even non smoked beer folks would enjoy drinking this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 16:04:58 | More by flexabull
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, looks like stout in all ways.

S - The nose is a good deal of campfire and earth notes that make me think of oysters and stout (not oyster stout).

T - The taste is quite stout-like. Lots of campfire, roast, burnt coffee. After a while, I start tasting straight-up mullet.

M - Feels IPA-ish.

O - Quite nice. Very drinkable for a smoked brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 20:45:43 | More by ktrillionaire
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sleazo

New York

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a nice dark black. Light cannot penetrate. There is a nice brown two finger head that slowly settles down into a decent cap

S_The aroma is pure smoked meat. Reminiscent of bacon and as good as a Schlenkerla.

T_More of the same up front. First sip is the smoke which is followed by a mild malt sweetness. The smoke comes back in the finish in the form of bacon, campfire and charred wood. This does not overpower but leaves a pleasing aftertaste.

M_On the thicker side with a mild carbonation

D_Most American smoked or rauchs can't equal Aecht Schlenkerla but this one does. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 00:48:11 | More by sleazo
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taigor

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - Poured black non-transparent color with medium head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Malts, and smokiness upfront with some hints of coffee and dark chocolate afterwards.

T - Slightly sweet and malty followed by slight bitterness and barbecue bacon aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Great smoked beer overall but might be too overwhelming to drink in big quantities.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 17:32:34 | More by taigor
Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.