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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

Altenmünster Winterbier DopplebockAltenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%


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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-21-2007)
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Altenmunster/Allgauer's Winterbier (a bock, whether it be a doppel or helles is your choice, I guess) is a fairly enjoyable, straightforward lager that displays its light malts fairly well, adds in a bit of Germanic hops for complexity, and is generally clean and perfectly masking its 7.5% ABV. Where it falters, though, is in the fairly bland aroma and average flavor profile: it's a good lager, and I could drink this all night without noticing how intoxicating it was. Would I get it again? probably not (the Oktoberfest had bigger and breadier flavors than this, I thought), but I like heavier malt flavors and more complexity in my -bocks.

Pours a 2cm tall head of frothy, light tan foam, made up of very small bubbles, giving a very frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting well over two minutes in a decline to a thin film atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, with complex and heavy patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Beer's body is a moderately bright golden orange color, with light bringing out very bright golden orange (or dark golden yellow) hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, low in number, but moderate in pace/activity.

Aroma is fairly muted, some general malt sweetness with hints of light caramel and possibly light toast from Vienna, but lacking substantial maltiness as one would expect from a doppelbock's Munich malt background.

Front of palate is lightly sweet, with gentle bright sweetness from Vienna or light caramel malts, and a hint of floral hop character. Mid-palate is sweet, slightly malty with a light toast and light caramel component, just a hint of bittering hops that also contribute slightly floral qualities. Back of palate is sweetly malty, with slightly more bitter hops. Aftertaste of lightly toasted bread, light caramel-like sweetness, very mild bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a slightly foamy (1/3) and smooth (2/3) mouthfeel that is super-pleasant and gentle, kind of like a fine, slightly frothy cream. 7.5% ABV discloses none of its ethanol. Closes dry, with moderate to heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 06:22:29 | More by falloutsnow
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Brenden

Ohio

3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's on the lighter end of the color scale for a Doppelbock, sort of a deep, clear amber-copper. The head is fluffier and less dense than I might expect, but sizeable enough and with good enough retention that it doesn't look bad. It's able to drop some spotty lacing in moderation on the glass.
The aroma is malty and breay with some good sweetness and a touch of molasses to it. It might not be as big or robust as the best out there, but I think it's pretty standard for the style as it used to be or as it's still brewed classically in Germany. A bit of cocoa and a gentle bite actually make for a fair complexity. I'd liken it to a cookie that's not too sugary and is baked with ginger and molasses.
The flavor's not as complex, and it gets a little too light for my liking. There's only a hint of either the molasses or anise/black licorice notes typical to a doppel, breads are less pronounced, and some of the strength of the nose is lost. It is a little spicier and has just a ghost of something like floral hops bitterness.
The mouthfeel is where I'm really at a loss. Who took a robust style like this and decided it would be better to take out some of the depth and body, to thin in out, and thought it would be better? I'm not sure I can get into a light-bodied doppel, to be honest. Maybe it's not that bad. It picks up a bit as it goes. Still, let's give this one some more heft.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 19:16:33 | More by Brenden
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the .52 Gal, swing-top, bottle.

The beer was a clear, dark-amber colour with a very white, foamy head. It smells lighter than one would think that a bock should be. Very mellow malt and hop blend. The taste was slightly metallic for some reason, but ignoring that, the beer was slightly malty with a subtle hop flavour. Nothing overwhelming... pretty generic "beer" taste. Not good, but not bad... nothing special about it. Definitely doesn't taste like most bock beers.

Would I buy it again? Probably not.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 01:33:47 | More by NilocRellim
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MikeDippel


2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass. Looks brown golden brown. Small amount of head moderately bubbly. Not very much taste or after taste. Smooth and easy to drink. Smells a little hoppy and slightly skunky, tinny. Lacking taste somewhere and what is there is pretty average. Nothing very special, nothing too bad about it either.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 01:19:52 | More by MikeDippel
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this massive 3L bottle amongst JLindros and BPK59. Poured into a duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a clear burnt malty hazel appearance with a nice two finger off white heads that fades to leave a light thin blanket.

S - Aromas of burnt sugars, caramel, and malts.

T - More of those burnt caramel and soft malts. Slightly metallic. Really not too shabby.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly under carbonated and a bit thin.

O - Overall this was a solid dopplebock. I believe I paid under $20 for this 3L so for the price it was definately worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 18:53:01 | More by rudzud
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this monster 3L bottle!

Light fizzy head, crystal clear ruby mahogany red.

Nose like a cheaper doppelbock, cheaper for a true german that is, light fruity esters, wheat, molasses, hint of sweetness that comes like booze and cola, hint if raisin.

Taste starts with lots more dark wheat, caramel, molasses, esters with more fruity flavors, light banana, raisin, clove, biscuit, bit of booze that gets a bit warming, spicy chewy hops, light creamy. Hint of metallic twing but barely. Finish is dry but still sweet, more biscuit, wheat, plenty more raisin and light bananas foster, bitter spicy hops.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, light syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall not bad, a bit cheap but cheap for a true german doppelbock, nice malts and wheats, fruits, bit boozy too.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 13:10:04 | More by jlindros
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chetripley

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into my shaker pint. I like the swing top German bottles, not only because they are good for homebrew later, either. I saw the big 2L bottle in the store but I wanted to taste it before going huge.
There was a lot of carbonation and bold strong flavors, mostly the alcohol punch following the strong maltiness I usually associate with a doppelbock, but there was something extra in there, a little spiciness, that I think made it an effective winter beer too.
Not the best doppelbock I have had, but rather good and a nice presentation. I will try the maibock next from them.
Purchased from Liquor Barn in Niles, I, a good place for Polish, Czech, and German beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 13:55:43 | More by chetripley
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musicman575

California

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I saw this behemoth 2-liter bottle at Bevmo for a decent price so I put it in my cart.

Dark and clear like coffee with a thin, tan head that vanishes almost as fast as you can say "Altenmunster Winterbier Doppelbock". It takes about a minute to say though.

Has a carmely smell with less malt than other doppels. A whiff of booze too. It tastes like it too. It's much too light-bodied and clear to find its place in the ranks of thick doppelbock greatness. That doesn't mean it doesn't have enough alcohol. There's plenty of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 06:54:20 | More by musicman575
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL German swing-top bottle with a batch code on the back; roughly one year old. Pours a deep, dark brownish red with dark scarlet highlights - just a tick lighter than a porter - with a few particulates, low carbonation, and a quarter inch of tan head that eventually recedes, and doesn't do much lacing. Rich and malty sweet nose contributes raisins, cherries and a big dose of prunes. Big and malty on the palate as well, lightly sweet, with prunes, milk chocolate, toasted and roasted malts, and hops that bring a light leafiness and mild bitterness. Lightly oxidized as well, with more paper than cardboard and, surprisingly, not all that distracting. The body is smooth, tongue-drying, with low carbonation and a medium finish. This is a very easygoing dopplebock that hides its alcohol well. Delicious and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 21:07:44 | More by mmmbeer
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crossovert

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 liter growler flip top.

It pours beautifully into my 1 liter dimpled mug. It is a deep, dark brown, looks black int eh big vessel, and a unique brownish tan head.

The smell is super malty. A nice dark doppelbock. It is sweet with some cocoa and caramel. There is an alcoholic twang and also some subtle dark fruits. It is big and bold, i like it.

The initial gulp is quite flavorful, one of the sweeter, more flavorful doppelbocks. It is thick with molasses, cocoa, dark bread, some licorice, and dark fruit. It is just a looong quaff of malt. IT is a flavor deeper than you will usually come across.

The mouthfeel is full and thick, but perhaps lacks a bit of carbonation. It is a mouth full of flavor.

I have to lower drinkability a little bit because the sweetness is tiring after a while.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2011 23:40:54 | More by crossovert
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samie85

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark molasses color with one finger of light tan head.

S-A bit of butterscotch and some nutty malt.

T-Big, huge, nutty and dark fruit malt notes with with a light, crisp bitterness.

M-Rich and full mouthfeel although medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-Pretty drinkable for a doppelbock, the richness usually gets to me but I'm not having that issue with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:30:28 | More by samie85
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tapman

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep red/brown, a good 3 finger head subsides to a 1/2 finger lace after 5 minutes or say and stays that way. Head is tan and packed with tiny bubbles. Obviously filtered.

Aroma is malty, but 'malty' malty, like milkshake malt, you dig? European milk chocolate and a minty hop character.

Rich, tangy roast character akin to the 'Guiness twang'. Dark chocolate covered raspberries produce a sweet/bitter combo similar to this beer. Very, very light prune/raisin, but without that inky-quality that makes those flavors chewy. Hops are floral and minty, like a Northernbrewer hop in the Anchor Steam beer, though less extreme. What this beer doesn't have is a lot of DMS or diacytel, those buttery/butterscotch flavors, which make s this offering so damn smooth.

Mouth is like a milkshake after it has melted a little.

Highly drinkable. Not the perfect doppelbock, but it is the perfect doppelbock for RIGHT NOW!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 03:17:26 | More by tapman
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 liter bottle into a 1 liter stein. This bottle seemed too large until I found the right vessel, then it was merely 2 glasses of beer.

Looks dark with some light. Smells of malt and plight. Roast and coffee on the tongue, hints of kitten fur, vinous fruit and plum. Bitterness and tannins are in the cue, yet this is a smooth, quaffable brew. The body is medium-full; hell the kitten character is not but a purr. Two liters of this stuff is not enough to keep me playing the devil's scale dawn through dusk.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 06:07:52 | More by largadeer
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a La Chouffe tulip. 7.2% ABV, at least 1.5 years old as it was aged by my friend; thanks for this one Bryan!

A - A slow pour creates nothing more than a thin foam of tan bubbles with low retention. It's incredibly dark mahogany brown, almost black, but totally clear.

S - Rich roasted malts are super potent and strong, mainly comprised of caramel, crystal, and chocolate. Robust and filling just in the aroma, this dopple is strong. No hops present at all.

T - Rich and creamy caramel malt, toasted to perfection, blends with sweet chocolate and crystal malts to provide a sweet but even taste. Again, no hops come through.

M - Clean and smooth with a silky texture and robust, filling body. It goes down nicely and finishes sweet and malts with a minuscule touch of alcohol.

D - Very drinkable and smooth with a small warming quality to the finish. Even with it being mid summer, it's still a drinkable beer. A great dopplebock!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 22:34:25 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black bodied brew. Amber hues through the light. Small tan head. The scent is caked with malt. Sweet syrupy with a hint of alcohol nose. Bubblegum. Taste is all over the place. Sticky malts, candy, a bit of smoke, bit of spice as it warms. Mouth is fairly wet and medium bodied. Oohdalolly its dank.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 03:47:25 | More by Tballz420
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, clear when held up to the light but otherwise too dark to be called opaque; a nice tan colored foam formed upon pouring and clung to the side of the glass as I drank it down.

Smells were toasted malt, grain, and raisins.

The taste is much the same as the scent; the fruity raisin-like impact on the palate coming in part way through but domminating the moment its presence is made known.

A solid beer, a bit thick in the mouth; easy to take down.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 03:21:04 | More by donteatpoop
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MNJR

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a dull, murky brown. Almost no head and very thin lacing. The smell is faint. The flavor redeems it a bit, though. I taste grain and then some lush fruit - sweet & sour apple/prune flavors, then a licorice finish that is good until a copper aftertaste settles in. Mouthfeel is a bit flat. It's not bad, but not too impressive, either. This stuff is not cheap. I paid $3.49 for pint + .09 swing top bottle. The bottle and label may be the best thing about this beer. ABV is high, so at least you get a decent buzz from downing one of these. Drinkability is definitely questionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:03:53 | More by MNJR
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THORN

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pt. .9 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into mug.
A: Very dark almost purple brown. Pours thin frothy head. Sediment at bottom of mug is apparent with a few CO2 bubbles.
S: Malts, barley, and a little bit of rye.
T: Sweet dark malts that have a faint cocoa quality. Contains an unwelcomed sourness.
M: Medium on tongue.
D: Body is mild, flavor is limited, but alcohol is surprisingly well covered.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 03:10:41 | More by THORN
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taigor

New York

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass.

A - Dark amber with huge white head that slowly dissipates leaving slight lacing.

S - Mostly yeast with barley but there are also slight hints of rye and wheat.

T - Right away it is bitter with bready aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with significant carbonation.

D - Good drinkability; just what I expected from this winterbier dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 15:13:16 | More by taigor
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark ruby caramel brown with a large beige khaki head, thick and cloud like forms intricate scattered lacing. Aroma has deep plum mild chocolate edge with herbal hops. A deep dark malt base with a mild mineral water edge, a bit of booziness is evident. Flavor is full of plum and wet tobacco leaves, herbal hops with a metallic mineral water edge to it. Mild bitterness weighs heavy with malt sweetness and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a bit soaked with deep fruits and residual sugars in the finihs, carbonation is moderate easy going. Drinkability is decent not something world class a bit sticky with malts making it a bit tough especially as it warms. One of my first Christmas seasonals this year, keep em coming.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 22:16:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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kaseydad

California

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife picked this up for me from a local store and it was discounted down to $2. Not sure what that means but here goes....

Pilsner glass pour and met with a flat cola color with a head with staying power.

Aroma consists of a major whiff of grape juice, nutmeg, prunes and malt.

A tangy, spicy taste with a malty finish. Pleasantly surprised how smooth it is when first encountering the aroma and seeing the label stating "malt liquor".

At 7.2%, one is perfect for a sitting though multiples would be somewhat difficult as the taste is somewhat strong.

From the previous reviews I wasn't giving this a fighting chance, but overall it was not a bad beer at all! The bottle itself is attractive, beer is good and is definitely worth a try. Not the greatest but not the worst by far.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 19:04:35 | More by kaseydad
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 ounce swing top bottle (gonna be a refillable growler in its next life) $14.99 from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours darker amber, clear, with a medium khaki head, moderate volume,frothy with nice retention shown and then a fine and minor film. Respectable bits of slippery lacing and light sheeting left on the glass. Malty, dark bread nose. Tasty, malty brew. Lots more bready notes, dark caramel, vanilla, toffee, light mocha latte light smoke and milk chocolate notes wafting around in the rear and adding to the complexity. Quite dry and snappy in the finish. Quite an enjoyable fall/winter time sipper. Reading some other reviewers with less favorable impressions, perhaps I got a fresher sample, cuz this one tasted pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:44:03 | More by Billolick
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jsh420

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown with a big 2+ finger pillowy head that leaves some spotted lacing

smells of cereal grains and some bready malts also a little sweet dark fruit but i expected more

taste was good - a bit thin but good - not a powerful beer - roasted malts chocolate fruit and alcohol

mouthfeel is thin and light which you dont find in most doppelbocks - good carbonation nice smooth creamy finish

drinkability is great imo - it might be thin but that just adds to the drinkability - just watch out for the 7.2 abv

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 00:46:25 | More by jsh420
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown swingtop bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of off white head. Decent malty aroma with some dark sugar. A little alcohol in the aroma, but not the flavor. This seemed a little thin for a dopplebock. It had some molasses and a bit of noble hop bitterness in the middle. This was a fairly lackluster example of a dopplebock. Perhaps it was a bit past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 02:12:02 | More by homebrewhawk
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This one pours from its swing-top bottle into my imperial pint class a dark chocolate brown with a small but nicely contrasting white head. The difference between the darkness in the glass and the starched white head is strikingly beautiful. The head itself is small, and reduces to a nice white cap after a few minutes. This one is all about the details... small white collar, and midnight-dark brew. Nice.

S - Smoldering woodfire and charcoal. Wet twigs used as kindling in the absence of anything more combustible on a dark wet autumn night at the campground. Mild hints of dark chocolate and prunes.

T - Big time raisins and prunes with a very pleasant smoky flavor. Almost like deeply burnt sausages topped with grilled plums and raisins. This is nowhere near as overly chocolaty as many doppelbocks, but the sweet dried fruit aspects give it an edge in the complexity department.

M - Medium bodied and pretty sweet. This one has a full sugary taste on the palate that is balanced by a good deal of smoke.

D - This would go well with a desert featuring candied dried fruits and dark chocolate. Decadent and extremely deep and complex. This is one of those brews that really stands out within its respective style, but does so by being really different. This is like that kid who was valedictorian at your high school commencement, but after two years of college decided to die his hair purple and get deeply involved in D&D instead of applying his abundant intelligence towards a more lofty goal.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 05:54:07 | More by pmcadamis
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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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