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Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrels filled with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and our chocolate oatmeal double stout.

Added by beerwolf77 on 11-12-2010

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby bottle courtesy of a trading partner, whose name is lost to the annals of history - thanks!  Poured in to a tulip. 

Appearance:  Pours an inky cocoa brown, and a fairly vigorous pour coaxes out only an inch and a smidgen more of head.  The head is a nice, consistently hued tawny chocolate, but the retention is fairly pour - inside 60 seconds, all that remains is a consistently sized but inconsistently constituted collar and a paper thin, culture-like surface dusting.  Persistent but tiny bubbles of effervescence are visible at intermittent points around the edges of the glass, rising upwards fairly quickly towards the head, suggesting a thin body.  Agitation reveals fairly good lace retention, with sizable, crisp, sandy ribbons clinging to the sides of the tulip, surprising given the lack of head retention.

Aroma:  Fat brownies, smooth vanilla, and a faint kiss of bourbon make for a smooth and appealing nose.  It's rich, without being opulent or offensively decadent; it's sweet, without being saccharine or sticky; it's balanced, and smooth, without being unexciting or flat.  If it were amped up from 9 to 10, this one would be perfect. 

Taste:  A pleasantly flavored beer.  The malts are coffee heavy, with a nice toasty, almost dirty espresso undertone throughout.  The espresso is balanced nicely by a number of sweeter and less roasted malt overtones - heavy cocoa, almost truffle-like at points, caramel, and hints of toffee.  A few hints of darker fruit mingle nicely with the additional overtones present in this one - a slew of vanilla, bright and wholesome, and a nice, subdued, only faintly spicy and sweet bourbon note.  The bourbon adds a definite element of warmth, though, again, almost no spice or other presence - that could be due to the age of this one, but it works, on the whole, despite the unexpectedness of the heat with a 7.5% abv.

Mouthfeel: Slick, with a lower level of carbonation, despite the appearance of excessive carbonation at the outset.  Very smooth, though almost too thick, given the level of residual sweetness (which, again, isn't overwhelming, but when coupled the low level of carbonation is in combination a little offputting).

Drinkability:  All in all, a pretty tasty brew, with a few process issues but a solid flavor profile and a smooth, above average aroma.  At 7.5%, you could put a few of these down pretty easily - recommended.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a LIF from Madvike. Thanks!

A: Good thick pour yields minimal head and leaves a trace of it after the beer settles. It's black as an RIS, though.

N: Chocolate syrup, oak, plenty of vanilla. Great mixture of the bourbon components, the base beer, and the nibs.

T: Balanced, but a little lacking. However, there's an excellent mixture of the coffee and roasted malt "bitterness" and the chocolate and bourbon aspects. However, I'm docking points for noticeable alcohol. At 7.5% this shouldn't even be an issue.

M: Hurts the beer. It's a little bit thin and watery, and as such can't deliver the flavors with a right hook. I know it's a double stout, but it still feels like it should have a bit more oomph.

O: This is so close to being brilliant, but the mouthfeel continues to hold it back. I don't know if it can get any thicker at 7.5% ABV, but if there was just a little more something here this would probably walk briskly into mid 4 territory.

Edit: Dropped this a couple points because it doesn't deserve a 4.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the chocolate with some roasted malt, oak and bourbon notes thrown in. The barrel-aged notes are stronger in the flavor, where the bourbon and maple is the first thing to come through. I also get a nice amount of chocolate, as well as some vanilla and some alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Received this as an extra from Lobonix's "friend" lol.

A - Pours a viscous black color. The normal pour yielded virtually no head, but a thin ring of mocha color bubbles formed around the edges of the glass as night in the glass. No lacing present.

S - They weren’t kidding with the double chocolate moniker. Huge dark chocolate notes along with a nice and prominent, yet very mellow bourbon aroma. I’m definitely picking up some hints of sweet vanilla as well. As the rest of the aromas clear my nose, I also pick up strong notes of roasted coffee.

T – Nice dark chocolate upfront followed by sweet vanilla. The bourbon although very evident isn’t overwhelming and is very smoothy integrated and well balanced. The finish is fairly sweet and roasty with a mild coffee tartness.

M - Medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Although its smooth I would have liked it to be more full bodied and creamier. Perhaps some lactose is needed?

O – This was a wonderful surprise. Its a great beer that is very tasty and well balanced.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown a shade ahead of black. A half finger of light tan head forms and quickly recedes to a few bubbles. Not a lot of carbonation really.

S: Strong roasted malts with a good amount of dark chocolate and very light caramel and bourbon. I get some oxidation notes and light vanilla.

T: A nice mix of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon with light roasted malts in the background. The bourbon actually tastes pretty dry, reminding me more of a scotch that sits in my mouth long after the stout flavors. The stout remains easy to drink and the flavors not too strong, and is fairly sweet but has a fair amount of bitterness from dark chocolate and hops. I find myself wanting stronger flavors and more complexity, but the flavors that are here are nice.

M: A bit on the thin side but nice carbonation.

O: A very easy to drink barrel aged imperial stout. The flavors are nice, but are pretty tame and not very complex. It is pleasant, though.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan, this beer just sounds like something I want to try.

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. Not head or lacing at all. Very thin ring of foam on top.

S: Lots of bitter/bakers chocolate and vanilla, it hits right away. There is a little bit of roasted malt underneath it. The bourbon isn't very strong, but very subtle.

T: Very tasty. Lots of chocolate mixed with plenty of vanilla with hints of oak. The bourbon is again, rather faint, but adds a nice little kick to it. There is a little bit of cream as well.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, rather smooth. With a nice vanilla kick at the end.

O: A very nice beer, lived up to its name. Would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of biker30x
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pure black, little head gone quickly. Redolent of vanilla and coco on the nose. First sip is bitter coffee and vanilla with the deep mocha following behind. A rich and complex stout with layers of flavor, perfect for sipping on a cold evening.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1027th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

App- A very inky black pour and that was about it. Very little in terms of head or lace or cling. Just not much here.

Smell- A nice blend of a lot in the glass. Opens very smooth on the nose with sweet vanilla and nice blend of oak and some bourbon.

Taste- A great layered stout. I was intriqued by this small bottle with a lot of vanilla. I love vanilla stouts. It was depthful with the vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and malts.

Mouth- A bit of a low bodied to medium carbonation with a medium carbonation. A good bit of residual vanilla and chocolate malt notes.

Drink- A solid stout for sure. I love Vanilla and this delivered in spades. I would love another bottle of this one for sure. I hope to get one in trade or an extra again.

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Photo of Centennial
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Pours a dark brown with no head present and this appears on the thinner side

S. Vanilla and Bourbon smells are inviting and have my hopes set high. Roasted chocolate is there in the back.

T. Sweet milk Chocolate with muted Vanilla and Scotch w/water flavors with alcohol burn lingering more then the other flavors.

M. Very light, lightly disappointed that it is not richer and fuller in body, it would really help the overall on this.

O. Good, but not great, was expecting more.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very solid stout from Tyranena.

As Ron Burgandy would say: it is the color of fine mohogany. Not the pitch black of some impys, but let's wait until we taste it before getting too bent out of shape about this.

The smell shows considerable promise: complex blend of coffee char, molasses, vanilla and wood. No one note bowls you over; just a nice subtle blend.

The mouthfeel is a shade thinner than some of the category leaders, but it holds its own.

Lots to mull over on the taste buds. Some baker's chocolate, nutty breadiness, some mild coffee and vanilla. With repeated sips, the vanilla begins to club the other flavors into submission and the finish has a very mild acidic note that detracts slightly. That said, this is a solidly above average stout. Well worth a try.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pitch black color with a fairly thin brown head. Head is gone pretty quick, forms a ring around the edge and leaves very little lacing.

S- Smell is really nice. Picking up quite a bit of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and quite a bit of bourbon and wood too.

T- Taste is really nic too. Follows the nose quite well. A great taste from the barrel. A good amount of vanilla, bourbon and roasted malts.

M- A little bit thin in body for my liking. Medium in body and carbonation was good.

O- This is a very solid brew for sure.

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Photo of Duff27
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much in the way of looks. No head, some lacing.

Wonderful smelling. Vanilla, oak.

Lots of sweetness. Vanilla dominates, takes it to a whole new level. Not the artificial kind either, just real sweet vanilla. Some chocolate roastiness in there. Would guess at a higher ABV than what it actually is just because of the -bal factor.

Nice thick mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation.

A real vanilla treat, bring this one back Tyranena! Wooo!

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Photo of doughanson78
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Received this from Phelps in the Tickers BIF.

A: Black as night in the glass. The slightest wisp of a mocha head that still leaves awesome lacing.

S: A nice subdued bourbon aroma. A very nice vanilla coming through. Chocolate mingles very well with the bourbon and vanilla. A very slight roasted coffee comes through.

T: Bittersweet milk chocolate upfront. Vanilla and bourbon come into play and blend very well with a very mild roastiness. No alcohol is detectable. Just a light butterscotch bourbon finish.

M: Medium bodied, very light for an Imperial Stout. Low carbonation. Smooth. Would have liked it to be fuller and creamier.

O: A very good beer. The chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon come together very nice. Very well balanced.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to an imperial pint glass

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Tan head is 1 in., tight bubbles, recedes to line rim of glass. Medium lacing. Nearly opaque.

S: Chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla mix with roasted malt.

T: Coco nibs and vanilla initially hit, with roasted malts following and finishes with a bourbon note.

M: Medium body. Complexity in flavor gives a unique mf. Sweet, bitter, and bourbon/wood notes give contrasting points of reference.

O: Excellent use of ingredients. Fantastically balanced and very, very tasty. One of my favorites.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed 7/9/11

Big thanks to Eric for this bottle. Cheers!

Deep black body, minimal light breaking the surface. One finger cafe au lait head rests atop momentarily. Retention is rather minimal, works its way back rather quickly leaving scant lacing clinging to the glass.

Rich roasted malt and coffee up front. Pleasant bittersweet chocolate and vanilla come in just behind. The oak is almost more prominent that the bourbon. The bourbon is noticeable but remains subtle.

Sweet chocolate and caramel flavors flood the palate upfront. Strong vanilla flavor comes in to play just behind. The bourbon flavor is very smooth and pleasant through out, never becomes as assertive as I imagined however.

Medium bodied stout, carbonation is moderate. The texture is soft and smooth, falls just short of being creamy.

Rather tasty beer. Flavors are very pleasant and well balanced. The sweetness becomes a bit too assertive for my likings however it does not become obstructive. Very easy to drink, would definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of oline73
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque dark brown. There is a half finger of off white/light tan head. The head goes away completely quite quickly.

Smell: Slightly roasty but the dominant smell is sweet chocolate. There is some vanilla and a very mild bourbon note.

Taste: Tastes like bourbon/vanilla chocolate milk. There is a very mild roast to this beer. The sweetness is full of chocolate and vanilla. The bourbon shows up more in the finish as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with very mild carbonation. The beer clings to your mouth and is quite slick.

Overall: This is a very nice desert beer. Lots of chocolate and vanilla notes. The bourbon just adds to the flavor and doesn't take over the beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 04NOV10

Thin ring of tan stucco up top, spotty flash on the sides. Wispy across the surface. Jet black body. Frothy sticky edges.

Deep and distinguishable aromas, all coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Softened with age, but still spongy and marshmallow sweet.

Milky sweetness, vanilla and coffee figure largely into the flavor, earthy dark roast coffee bitterness cameos later. Vague hints of char in the aftertaste. Melted dark chocolate intertwines with a light bourbon impression.

Thin, milky, lightly buttery feel, lightly astringent from the roast. Similar to a few other Tyranena stouts of distant memory. Big on flavor, light on body... could beef up a little. A tasty stout, glad to have tried it.

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Photo of readbaron
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bauermj for the pour.

Looks like your standard Impy Stout - maybe slightly more transparent and brown, but look is good.

Nose is very impressive. Vanilla and chocolate dominate. It's rich, sweet, and deliciously malty with a touch of booze and bourbon.

Taste holds up as well. Chocolate malt up front, balanced by a bit of bourbon, with subtle and delicious vanilla notes. As you sip it, you get the sense that this would be exceptionally quaffable. It's not as rich as a lot of imperial stouts.

Feel is good, but a bit thin and slightly watery. It's well carbonated.

Overall, a really tasty beer. I'll keep my eye out for it and would like to have more.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Thanks to bauermj for opening this up.

Appearance: My pour has a molasses brown hue with slightly lighter transparent edges and a wispy off-white head.

Smell: The aroma is full and robust. Dark, unsweetened chocolate, roast coffee, roasted malt, some light tobacco and smoke.

Taste: The flavor is full of roasted and bitter notes. Roasted malt borders on burnt, with some smokey notes as well. Dark chocolate and roast coffee are noticeable as well. The bitterness lingers throughout the taste and finish. At the finish there is a light woody oak that contributes the only barrel character I get from this beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a little light body for the style, although I understand it is only 7.5% ABV. The carbonation is a little fuller than medium and there is a light stickiness as well.

Overall: Even though this is a little bit light, it packs some nice flavor and has a great aroma.

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Photo of CruisaC
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade with nwu008; thanks Erin.

A fairly wimpy dark khaki head forms with a fairly vigorous pour into my Rodenbach snifter.

Smells a little weak. I get some coffee and chocolate but I find I have to take in a pretty big drag to pick much up. Maybe a hint of bourbon on the end.

Taste is better: tons of chocolate-flavored iced coffee. A bit of bourbon on the back end but I had to let it warm (as I probably should have from the get-to) to get much of this. pleasant overall.

Medium body, good carbonation. Would prefer just a touch thicker but I'm reaching here.

Overall lots of potential here that seemed to just slightly miss the mark. Still pretty tasty and I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of jale
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my great friend Eric(turdfurgison) for this treat.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with slight brown head.

S: Beautiful roasted coffee followed by cocoa bourbon and a hint of vanilla.

T: Sweet upfront moving into mild bitter roasted coffee and mild bitter cocoa. The cocoa and coffee are nicely done with just the right amount of bitterness. Small amounts of bourbon add to this versus overpowering. Just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish and vanilla in the late. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Heavy body that is smooth and creamy with good carbonation.

O: A nice beer that could be a tiny bit less sweet.

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Photo of sholland119
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12 for sending this one. Thanks, Corey.

A-Pours a cedary dark brown with almost no head.

S-Sweet vanilla, toasted marshmallow with some understated chocolate notes, and just a hint of bourbon.

T-Starts off with sweet vanilla and toasted marshmallow, chocolate and mocha. Great start. Some heat from the bourbon in the finish, not too hot but nice use of bourbon. Very much in balance.

M-A bit thin, appropriate to the ABV but still a bit thin.

O-Quite delicious. It's been too long since I had a Brewer's Gone Wild series beer.


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Photo of Klym
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive gratitude to Klikger for this wonderful in an excessively generous trade on his part. Poured into a darkness snifter, also compliments of Klikger!!

A: Pours black with the darkest of brown on the edges. A nice creamy 1cm leather brown head sits on top and leaves killer lacing. Great look!

S: Bourbon barrel spicyness peppers a coffee tinged, very heavy chocolate smell with vanilla bean smoothness rounding it out. Love to get so much intensity from all of the smells.

T: Much like the smell, heavy chocolate with a nice vanilla bean smoothness to it, and a tad of coffee and wood bite. Much more wood comes through from the barrel than bourbon character in my opinion, but it has that nice slight spicy burn that makes sense out of the bourbon character. For the abv this is down right super delicous.

M: Medium bodied but the creaminess of the carbonation makes up for a lot. Again, for the ABV I think it's as good as it gets.

O: I really enjoyed this. It's no record setter in any particular aspect but for a relatively low abv double stout, it's delicious, packed with smell and flavor, drinkable, and gives you a taste of all of its ingredients.

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Photo of wnh
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Consumed 12.10.2010.

Pours an opaque brown-black with the slightest mahogany highlights, topped by a small and fleeting tan head.

Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee (decidedly not just coffee beans), charred oak, vanilla. Maybe a touch of earthy hops in the background. The chocolate note has a bit of a chocolate syrup edge to it, lending some sweetness. Smells delicious.

Shows decidedly more roast on the palate. Flavors of bitter chocolate, nearly-burnt coffee, evergreen needles, vanilla and coconut, and a bit of char. Quite heavy and still. Sweet chocolate syrup flavor emerges slowly, but is thankfully complementary and doesn't become cloying. Finishes dry and a touch woody.

Full bodied and firm. A bit rough around the edges, which lessens my opinion of it. Seems like it would be a good foil for certain foods, but exactly what I can't say. I didn't really get any bourbon notes until it warmed up a fair bit, but with time I'm getting butterscotch and perhaps leather, among others, in both the nose and the palate; this seems to take a bit of the roughness off.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cold from the tap at macniven's pitch black to a 17.5oz goblet with a full finger, long lasting, foamy mocha head

aroma of dark chocolate and espresso roast.

chocolate up front, bourbon close behind, vanilla, toasted almonds(?).

medium bodied, smooth and creamy, low carbonation, sweet and hints of heat.

overall, very nice, enjoyable, great dessert beer.

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