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Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate StoutHeavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
83
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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%


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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 02-20-2010)
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pvo

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle. Thin head, lots of carbonation. I want to like it, but the alcohol comes through too much for an 8% beer, and it doesn't have nearly as much depth as most of their beers- this is a perfectly good imperial chocolate stout, and that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 22:24:08 | More by pvo
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thechaser

New York

2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into white wine glass.

Very dark ruby red, almost black. Tan thin head. Thin appearance.

Nose is straight up dark chocolate dominance. Slightly boozy and roasted dark malted barley.

Taste very similar to nose. Yet a bit more dark fruit, raisin, but not much. Too much carbonation for the style.

Overall this beer is slightly below average for this style for me. I was actually expecting much more out of it but I was led to an over carbonated, dark chocolate dominate stout. It had potential but didn't deliver.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:38:27 | More by thechaser
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep black with some garnet hues and a one inch beige head. The head settles rather quickly and leaves behind only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Robust chocolatey scents of milk chocolate, black cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup. Roasted malts add mocha-like aromas of their own. Faint raspberry and plum within all this. A chocolate bomb.

T: Milk chocolate on the attack, distinct black cocoa powder follows. Very subtle hint of acidity and tart fruit. Touch of oily, green, leafy hop tastes. Smokey roasted malt tastes assert themselves toward the finish. Lingering finish consists of a heavy dose of black cocoa powder.

M: Medium bodied, full, creamy, and silky in the mouth. Sharp carbonation.

O: Chocolate flavors are not as layered and complex as they were on the nose. The cocoa powder tastes are pretty intense and overpowering. The beer itself doesn't get to shine through as much as I'd like. A decent beer, but it just doesn't feel as cohesive as some of the better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 05:17:11 | More by ryan1788a5
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bit light for an imperial stout it kind of reminds me of Peg Leg since it has a bit of ruby hue at the base and it's a bit thin. Head is also minimal with only a 1/4 inch of mocha head that quickly turns to a light lace ring. Sticky though.

S - My gawd this smells of chocolate like fudgey chocolate also reminds me of the Belgium chocolate qualities of ST Chocolat. Sweet, Sweet dessert beer!

T - Definitely not as sweet as expected but that makes it more drinkable and more beer like. Sweet melted Belgium Chocolate but not overly sweet with mild roasts and a bit of hops in the finish. Pretty sweet beer.

M - Medium bodied it's not as thick as most imperial stouts but thats not a bad thing.

Overall I went into this expecting some level of Chocolat from Southern Tier and smell confirmed its chocolate strong and sweet. Taste is more beer like but still very sweet with a good body. Not bad just not worth a repeat visit for 8 bucks a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 03:27:13 | More by DrDemento456
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Consumed blind.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger mocha colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of milk chocolate and cocoa, can't recall a beer smelling more like chocolate in a very long time. Not much else comes through, as the chocolate dominates.

T: Similarly chocolate heavy, very creamy. Just chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.

M: Maybe a touch on the thin side, moderate carbonation.

O: A definite surprise, pretty good. A little one dimensional, but its chocolate, so it doesn't really bother me. Would pair well with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 21:53:51 | More by mdaschaf
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wowbagger

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant red, which I didn't expect. The head is foamy and thick.

Smells strongly of chocolate, almost like fudge.

Big sweet chocolate flavors, not too much else that I can detect. As it warms, the chocolate eases up and balances out better. It's a little one-note but good.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 15:50:57 | More by wowbagger
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beesy

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz into a Stone Cali-Belgique flute glass.

A - pours an intense, deep brown with a two finger dark kahki head

S - cocoa and milk chocolate dominate every other aspect of this beer.

T - the taste follows the nose with notes of chocolate and cocoa. I getbsome vanilla too - almost like a mocked barrel aged vanilla. A bitter baking chocolate note lingers slightly on the palate.

M - somewhat thin. Almost too thin to hold the massive chocolate flavors.

D - for 8.5% abv, it's fairly sessionable.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer even though it gets beat up a little in the reviews. Not quite as put together as Choklat, but I dont think its too far off. At $5.99 a bomber, this is a huge alue compared to Choklat.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 00:21:10 | More by beesy
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of dark mocha head. This maintains a thin creamy foaminess, leaving back a heavy cascade of spotty lace when swirled. The aroma smells like straight up chocolate syrup, with some additional cocoa powder accents behind it. There is a light earthy hop presence that is barely detectable underneath, as that chocolate flavor just totally dominates the nose.

This carries over to the taste, which feels like I’m drinking liquefied tootsie rolls. Thankfully there is more of a balance than there was in the aroma, with green bitter citrus and dark roast helping to counterbalance all of that chocolate sweetness. It’s actually the hops and roast that end up finishing this, with light char and pith sticking to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit fuller feeling, with a sharp and crisp feel to the carbonation down the center of the tongue. That 8% ABV is well hid here, basically just adding some extra fullness to this and that is about it.

It you like your Chocolate Stouts with extra chocolate; you’re probably going to dig this one. Unfortunately, it was a little too much for me at times but this certainly promises what is advertised. This is a good one to split with somebody.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 20:03:07 | More by Kegatron
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SLeffler27

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Puts up a half-inch, almost creamy latte head that quickly dissipates over a black beer. Each swirl leaves a film on the glass but no lace.

Distinct aroma of fresh-ground coffee followed by sour cherries and peppery Chianti. Warmth is a friend of this Siren Noire.

The flavors follow the aromas remarkably well. Some acid can be found in the lingering aftertaste. Chocolate bitterness is pleasant. This stout warms well, releasing fruit, wine flavors and roasted malts.

Lightly carbonated, this fully-bodied stout has a smooth texture with clear alcohol that is not warming.

An easy sipping beer from a Dogfish Head snifter, it will pair well with ice cream or casual conversation.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:33:35 | More by SLeffler27
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AgentMunky

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a

A: Great head, creamy and thick. Black and opaque.

S: It smells like a goddamn chocolate bar. Like actual dark chocolate. And nothing else. Unbelievable.

T: Uhh...it TASTES like alcoholic hot chocolate (that's cold). Paired with real chocolate and -- honestly -- I can't tell the difference. Perhaps some hop bitterness? Not much else to say; very one-dimensional, which is the only reason I'm not rating Taste higher.

M: The carbonation and (relative?) thinness detracts from the utter, irrevocable chocolateyness.

O: If you didn't get it from the above review, this is a beer that only tastes like chocolate. If you like that, move heaven and earth to get it. If not, stay far far away. I realise I've rated it highly, but I'm considering style...and the sheer, unadulterated chocolate flavours.

Notes: Paired with Marabou Daim (from Sweden).

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 05:17:01 | More by AgentMunky
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent black with a thumb of mocha colored head. Nice viscosity to this, zero head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, carob, roasted grain, raisins

T: Raisins, dryness & a touch of Baker's chocolate up front. More baker's choclate as this warms & prunes, ever so faint vanilla & woodyness. Finishes dry, woody with boozey raisins

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

An average take on the style, taste-wise & only slightly better & other aspects. A bit of a disappointment

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 04:21:45 | More by russpowell
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer on a whim, was looking for a high ABV bomber and this fit the bill.

Pours a jet black, nice brownish head. Smell is of strong cocoa flavors. Taste is nice and creamy, nice and heavy taste to it. Mouthfeel is delicious, feels good on the palette. The chocolate taste really comes through in this one, way more than most other 'chocolate ____' beers I've had. Solid beer, nice dessert beer or one to have on a nice cold night. Recommended for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 21:30:55 | More by marlinsfan4
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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks Bill! Poured into a DFH signature glass (also thanks to inlimbo77).

Pours a dark brown that appears black in the center of the full glass; a small, half-inch layer of tan head forms (less than expected, given the 8% ABV) and leaves very little, nearly absent lacing as the level lowers. Smell is predominantly of chocolate; not cocoa or molasses, but Hershey Bar chocolate. Some vanilla, caramel, sugar, and a touch of roasted malt come through as well. Tastes similar, with an emphasis on the chocolate. Caramel, vanilla, sugar, some roasted flavors, and warming alcohol also make an appearance. The mouth is thinner than anticipated, granting it a bit of a smoother finish. A bit dry in the mouth but, thankfully, not sugary. Overall, a VERY chocolately beer, easily the most chocolately of all I've encountered. Makes for a great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:37:51 | More by eclipse54
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

1.38/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Snifter...

2010 Vintage

Appearance-Pretty black, light can shine through. Head is about One finger of light brown head which dissipates quikcly. Some streaks of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell-Fucker. I think I jynxed myself. To my knowledge I have never had an infected beer, and yesterday I was wondering if that day will ever happen and I hope it's not something that's crazy expensive. Anyway, I take my first whiff and I can a light aroma of chocolate and roast but something didn't seem right. Sniff it again and I got some vile, sour, vinegar aroma. Stings the nostrils. Surely this beer may be my first infected experience. Or maybe It just sucks?

Taste-Yep, somethings wrong. Big roasty note upfront, and then it just sucks. Has to be infected. Sour, disguisting. I took a few extra sips just for review purposes and once I finish this review it's going down the drain.

Mouthfeel-Taking away from the fact that it tastes like shit the mouthfeel also sucks. Just watery and not good.

Overall-I need to get a Rogue Chocolate Stout to drink this week, just to double check that these beers don't suck. Dammit, this taste is lingering and blows. At least it's not an expensive bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 00:54:51 | More by SWMeyer4141
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finger and a half of light brown head, opaque dark brown body.

Nose is pure dark chocolate. Not cocoa. Not coffee. Chocolate.

Taste follows the nose, and in a good way. Mostly dark chocolate, rather syrupy. Sweet, but not cloying, as the chocolate is mostly dark. In that respect, there is little else other than some acid brought by carbonation (which is a bit out of place), but still quite solid.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich and carby, but the carbonic acid eats into the chocolate flavor.

Quite a nice chocolate imperial stout. One-dimensional, perhaps, but sometimes one is all you need.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 03:51:03 | More by zaphodchak
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aandresen

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A medium brown pour with a small head that recedes quickly, good lacing. Not black but doesn't have to be I think.

S- As another said, "SO much chocolate." It smells almost like it was flavoring, so very, chocolaty. It is an imperial chocolate shout but wow.

T- Very up front with the chocolate taste, just like the smell. I started drinking it cold and it improved greatly as it warmed up (or my tastes got used to the chocolateness of this).

M- Good mouth feel for a stout, not super thick but for the style I think it was good.

O - An interesting beer I got from my east coast trip. I don't think I would look for it again but good for a try. I can hardly knock a chocolate stout for tasting so very chocolaty, just not the taste I seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 07:14:07 | More by aandresen
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Siggy125

California

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a very dark muttled brown, not quite black with an beige head. Very little to no lacing.

Has a bit of a sour tone on the nose. Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate bitterness.

Tastes of bitter black coffee and scorched baking chocolate. Sour on the front end followed by roasted caramel on the back end.

Average mouthfeel, no wow here. Fairly solid stout but wouldnt go out of my way to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 05:14:39 | More by Siggy125
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of chocolate, some malts. Taste is also chocolatey, roasyed malts, just a touch of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 15:07:16 | More by tone77
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of black chocolate is quite intense with nice notes of dry roasted malt and some lactose. Taste is a nice mix of black chocolate malt with light dry roasted malt notes with a semi-sweet finish. Body is quite full with some creamy notes and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed for style and something I could drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:05:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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ridglens

Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Founders Snifter at cool temp.

A- Pours a really thick fluffy head, a very light brown creamy foam. dies in a coupls minutes to thin layer of very small bubbles, no lacing at all. Dark brown, but definitely not black, and can see light through the edges.

S- SO much chocolate.Sweet cocoa right at first, with tones of bitter baking chocolate as well. I haven't smelled chocolate like this since Southern Tier stuff. I can dig a little coffee out, with some maltiness, but overwhelmingly chocolatey (aptly names i suppose). Smells pretty damn good.

T- Less chocolatey and sweet than the nose suggested. Pretty light flavor actually, bitter chocolate and cocoa up front, with some sweet malty backing. Some hints of coffee (with adding bitterness) sneak in towards the middle/end, with a long bitter baking chocolate finish. Pretty mild (for the smell at least), but not offending. As it warms/ loses carbonation, the coffee comes out a little more, and a lot of the sweet chocolate fades and the bitter cocoa comes out more.

M- Kind of light (though i like really thick stouts). holds a lot of carbonation for an imperial (that comes out with big bubles like a lighter beer, a little sharper instead of smooth), not ideal for my tastes. Besides the carbonation (it leaves as a swirl it/let it warm up), the liquid is pretty silky, which i enjoy.

O - I think the scores will be exactly like i think... totally average beer. Not bad or unpleasant, but not really one to seek out again for me. If you are looking for a sweet dessert beer, ST is far better, and this beer isn't attempting anything else.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:29:43 | More by ridglens
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter. Pours very dark brown color with a dense 1 finger tan head with good retention. A thin lacing cap lingers for the remainder of the glass. Aromas of strong milk and dark chocolate; with some roasted malt and caramel as well. Not very complex here, but it sure smells damn good, like a tootsie roll. Taste of strong chocolate once again, with some roasted malts and caramel. Maybe a bit of dark fruits and coffee mixed in there as well. A very small amount of bitterness is present on the finish, but isn’t around for long. Lots of roasted and chocolate flavor lingers after the finish. No alcohol noticed in the taste at all, but a decent warming is present on the finish. Medium carbonation with a fairly full and creamy body. Very smooth drinking as well for the alcohol level. Overall, quite an tasty chocolate stout, nice smoothness and good balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 07:47:06 | More by superspak
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Kromes

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thick brown head that did not fade.

S: A very nice milk chocolate aroma is coming off of the beer with a touch of roasted malt.

T: Now that is a chocolate beer. Tastes like a darker milk chocolate with an alcohol and slight hop bite. Just pure chocolate until the finish when the roasted malt flavors kick in. Also a very, very slight hint of ginger in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth and a little on the thin side. Still pretty good though.

O: Judging it purely on Imperial Stout style, it's OK. The aroma and flavor are one sided. But....this is a chocolate Imperial Stout. That being said, judging it with that in mind, it is one of the better chocolate Imp. Stouts I've had. A bit sweet, but the chocolate flavor is very up front, smooth and tasty. I think this beer gets a bad rap because everyone chills it to the point where they can't taste the chocolate. It should be 50+ degrees, that's when the chocolate flavors really come out.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 22:13:14 | More by Kromes
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as stout should with a good looking black body and a decent brown head that lasts for a little bit. The smell of the beer is roasted with some chocolate notes and a little coffee too. The taste of the beer was a little weaker than expected. There wasn't enough complexity here in my opinion. The mouthfeel was a little thick which was a plus. Overall I think this could have been much better but it wasn't.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:54:37 | More by Knapp85
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elgiacomo

Georgia

2.28/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle...probably about 1 year old. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours thin dark brown to black with a one finger active light brown head that hisses like a snake, leaving some temporary spots of lacing and quickly recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is some light cocoa and bakers chocolate, some overripe if not sour dark fruits, a bit funky. Moderate strength.

Flavor is light on the chocolate, strong dark fruits with a touch of tartness, roasted malts, minimal alcohol, fairly sweet early but does finish with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin with medium to high carbonation.

Not very Imperial Stout-like and the minimal chocolate presence doesn’t help. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:46:38 | More by elgiacomo
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours extremely dark brown to jet black and any brown color can only be seen under direct light. It builds up to a decent, silky head which fizzles after a few minutes. The aroma is rich with dark baker's chocolate with a slight hop drop mixed in. Or is that the alcohol? The body is of medium weight and on the slick, oily side. Loads of chocolate emerge on first sip with a noted but balanced dry hop bite on the second. Pretty good stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 16:19:02 | More by puboflyons
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