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

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343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 27
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 02-20-2010)
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Xul

California

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours almost pitch black, capped by one finger of creamy pale beige head. Retention is moderate as it slowly recedes to scattered lacing atop the beer.

S: Cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate up front, followed by some roasted coffee and dark malts, dark fruits, caramel and vanilla. Aroma is very well integrated.

T: Cocoa up front again, with vanilla and some sweeter chocolate arriving on the mid-palate. Dark cherries and roasted malts come in near the backend, leading to a blend of coffee, semisweet chocolate, and dark fruits on the finish.

M: A little bit less than medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit too thin for the style. Still not bad per se, just not optimal.

D: Incredibly balanced and well-integrated, goes down far too easy for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 05:37:11 | More by Xul
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Imperial Chocolate Stout is part of the Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet "Big Beer Series," whatever this portends. In any case, I purchased a bomber of this black beauty; it pours a thick beige froth, one that slowly subsides into a tar-black body wearing an imperial crown of foam.

There is a strikingly powerful miasma of cocoa powder that hits the nose; concurrently, the poor palate is beseiged by a chocolate syrup blanket imbedded with a sweet and toasty fade.

This is heavy as per the style - not so in comparison with Old Rasputin. Its complexity lies in the temperature. Do not drink it cold; let it warm up. Then do battle. Another fine presentation from the folks at Clipper City - ahem, Heavy Seas.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 23:59:03 | More by jjboesen
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Head is a super-creamy tan thing, which takes awhile to transform to a crown. Liquid is the expected opaque black, although not the most abyss-like dark black of some other imperial stouts.

Aroma is...not what I expected. Dusty cocoa, even Quik chocolate milk mix further back, maybe a little black licorice and some alcohol snapping at the nostril hairs...but by far, the most prominent smell is a mineral/creek-pebble sorta deal. Stony, stiff and literally quite rocky.

Flavor is little better than the aroma. Elements of sweet cream sneak in, and the chocolate is of the bittersweet dark/baking variety...still hampered by too much mineral. Lots of roast, like a so-so variety of dark-roasted coffee bean. Lacking the depth and gooey oomph of other stouts in this general category.

Texturally, this isn't helped by the too-present carbonation, although there's a slickness and something approaching roundness that I like. But it's not the stuff of truly great double/imperial stouts.

A letdown, especially as I've tended to enjoy Clipper City's Heavy Seas series. Just not what I want out of a double/imperial stout, chocolate or no chocolate, and the chocolate fails here as well. It's not a total disaster, and there are some things being done right, but for the money and calories, there are many better options...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 22:51:32 | More by Metalmonk
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark brown colour with thick off-white head and good lacing. Smells of heavy roasted malt. I'm getting something a little bit off in the flavour, but I wasn't able to put my finger on what it was. It didn't dominate the beer, or make it bad, just not as pleasant as it could have been. Mouthfeel and carbonation ok for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 18:31:19 | More by kwjd
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wines in Claymont, DE...

Appears a near black with a small tan head that quickly fades into a small cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, dark fruit, black grapes, brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas with a touch of roastiness that pulls through the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, airy, a bit chewy in the middle with a velvet-like swallow.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 19:33:50 | More by weeare138
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morimech

Minnesota

2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dark brown in color with one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. A little sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of some nice chocolate elements but unfortunately there is also some acidity or sourness coming through. The flavor is also suffering. This sourness comes through in the flavor as well and ruins the otherwise good bittersweet chocolate flavor. Wish I could taste more of the malt because what I can taste, is pretty good. The alcohol is not detectable. The body is also thin and watery. Not completely undrinkable, but it sure made me work to get through the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 18:25:22 | More by morimech
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jon. Not so much chocolate. sour aromas, more roast noticed as it warms. big thick opaque black lacey head. more coconut than signs of chocolate, with some chocolate and coffee taste.average mouthfeel, average drinkability, appropriate carbonation.Weak for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:01:40 | More by Sammy
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icetrauma

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Poured the expected black with dark tan head.

Initial smell was that of dark roasted malt with a bare hint of chocalate.

Taste was awesome. The dark roasted malts hit you up front but then progressed to a smooth dark chocolate flavor. Finished off with a dark chocolate bitterness. The chocolate really shined through on this beer.

Mouthfeel was thin and this beer was not very filling. Which is a good thing.

Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 12:26:09 | More by icetrauma
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark black color with on head or carbonation.

s - Smells of cocoa, roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruit.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent stout with some nice cocoa to it. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 03:12:58 | More by mdfb79
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black some highlights when held to bright light but pretty dark. Two finger coco head falls fast without any lace left not even spots, little strange.

Aroma is roasted malts light sweet chocolate notes mingled through out.

Taste is roasted malts lightly astringent, some good coffee/espresso notes dark fruits and chocolate notes. For a chocolate stout kind of expecting more chocolate but of well. Espresso notes and bitter hops blend well together, but over all comes off a little short.

Mouthfeel is only medium which is also little strange for a big stout, carbonation little peppy. Needs more body.

Drinkability is alright not really bad, would be nice regular stout seems lacking for a double though.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 00:38:27 | More by mntlover
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argock

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Nearly black with ruby edges with cola-like 1-2 finger head that disappears pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Nice chocolate and espresso aromas which couple with nice roasted malt and dark fruit notes. Noticeable tobacco hops.

T: Flavor is robust with bitter dark chocolate leading but coffee, tobacco hops, and roasted malt come through with punch too. There is a mild amount of astringency that hints that the maltload is a little on the shy side.

M: Mildly astringent with overly active carbonation. Not the typical mouthfeel for the style. The body is medium and not hefty enough to support the roast and chocolate characteristics.

D: Pretty drinkable despite its shortcomings. I enjoyed it but nothing to write home about for sure. It you like chocolate stouts it's worth a try and the price point is decent, but both Rogue and Great Divide chocolate stouts are a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 01:31:25 | More by argock
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. I let it warm before opening and pouring this beer.

This stout is an oily black, with a carbonated tan head that quickly disappears.

Has a sweet malty smell, heavy on alcohol, with coffee and dark chocolate notes. Has an underlying milkiness to its smell.

Is a lot harsher than many other stouts of this style. Sharp in its alcohol taste, it is overly sweet, with an almost medicial taste to it. There is little malt taste to this stout, and it finishes with a slight sour nip at the tongue.

For a stout that I let get good and warm, it is actually pretty thin it its mouthfeel.

Not terribly drinkable, I do not plan on purchasing this one again. Its a shame, too, because as a fanof this style, I had high hopes for this one tonight.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 02:03:07 | More by TheHoppiest
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strangefate

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with not much head or lacing. This is very thin and not as much taste for an Imperial Stout as I feel it should have - very slight hints of chocolate but not like I'd expect from a beer with this name. Of course it's very drinkable for its thin mouthfeel, but not as good as I'd want it to be.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 09:04:35 | More by strangefate
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Brenden

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a thick, dark brown. The head poured out extremely light, small and fizzy. I poured one bottle straight from the refrigerator and later poured a warmer bottle. Either way, there was very little head or lacing, though a slight remnant was always there.
There's a smoky bittersweet chocolate on the nose underneath a strong roasted malt with coffee and a hint of dark fruits.
The taste is a bit more muted, with much less of the chocolate coming through. In fact, chocolate is difficult to detect on the tongue at all. The strong roasted malts are there with the coffee and the dark fruits, and an odd tangy flavor lingers as well.
The mouthfeel is about par, a medium to full body with moderate carbonation making for a pleasant sip.
This one's a little tough to fully enjoy with the strange tangy flavor and lack of chocolate on the palate, but it's pretty good. A high ABV also makes for slightly less drinkability. All in all, I'd certainly drink it again. I've been told it's better off the tap (I'd have to assume I'd get a better head and a fuller flavor at least), and I'd like to be able to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 14:56:17 | More by Brenden
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of dark roasted malts. Chocolately aroma with coffee highlights. Moderate earthy hop bitterness.

Appearance: Dark shoe leather brown pour with a firm tan head that retains well. Lacing is moderate and leaves nice legs on the glass.

Flavor: More coffee and chocolate notes. Nice roasted grain profile. Earthy hop bitterness balances all the roasted malt character. Finish is clean, bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. A moderate coffee-like astringency is noted. It is pleasant and appropriate.

Overall impression: A nice coffee and chocolate flavored beer. It is nice to have a beer that has a chocolate/coffee profile that is due to the grains and not artifical/extra flavorings. I really enjoyed this beer. Nicely done!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 21:16:24 | More by mattcrill
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On- tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Bordering on light black if that makes sense with some muddy brown towards the edges, a semi tan head up top with a foamy look, minor stickage.

S- A small amount of cocco and chocolate bar is even lighter. More roasty than sweet chocolate. A hit of vanilla and cola. It smells like it's not going to be to sweet.

T- Not an Imperial chocolate stout, there may be alot of alcohol in it for that classification but certainly not big on chocolate. This taste like a light cocco infused cherry cola when all is said and done. I swear I get some cherry out of it, I don't think i'm crazy. Some roast, all together bad.

M&D- Medium bodied but it comes off a bit watery since it's classified as being big, that's not the case. A cola like aftertaste. Not very sweet. Some people are calling this choklat light, well they are wrong, no way. I did not pour this down the drain, but the bartender did when I left the rest of my glass on the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 14:42:21 | More by BARFLYB
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at hulmeville inn

A- comes to me with little to no head that sits on top of a murky dark brown brew.

S- dark chocolate and a bit of roasted malts.

T- slight roasty flavor with bits of cocoa. Rather cola like all thing considered. Not that imperial at all.

M- thin body and mid to high in the card. A little to high I might say.

D- I'm not even going to finish my share of a pint split with my boy. I'm really glad I don't have to.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 03:25:16 | More by oglmcdgl
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Not so great retention and not really any lacing either.

5.0 S: Wow, this is an incredible smelling brew. Lots of roastiness and probably even more milk chocolate and the two exist in perfect harmony. Lots of toasted malt too. It isn't the most complex, but it's in your face and absolutely wonderful.

3.5 T: Unfortunately, the quality of the taste isn't even comparable to that of the nose, but it's still pretty good. There's semi-sweet chocolate in there, but there's an even bigger dark roasted coffee flavor. Roasted barley to round things out. Alcohol is well hidden. I would have given the taste a 4.0, but the mouthfeel brings it down.

3.0 M: Medium body. Could use a bit more carbonation. The problem is that the beer sits dead and lifeless on the tongue. It isn't creamy at all, which is a necessity for a stout.

3.0 D: Could have been a really good beer if the mouthfeel was made better. Based on the nose, I was expecting a sticky chocolate milkshake like brew. What I got wasn't even close.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 02:55:17 | More by DavoleBomb
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Kendo

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is just-about-black (some ruby hues when backlit) with a small tannish-colored head that disappears fast. No lace.

S: Roasted barley and coffee, with a slight scent of dark fruits.

T: Dark, roasted barley malt and black coffee are the first impressions. Given the name, I'm not impressed with the chocolate presence, but after a few sips I get more of it -- mainly cocoa powder, with a good amount of basic sweetness. Dark fruits are present too -- prunes perhaps? Finishes roasty with a touch of chocolate. Despite the sweetness, there's a slight lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. I don't get a sense of the 8% ABV at all.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied. Carbonation is a tad bit too active and prickly. I want smoother and creamier in my chocolate stouts, and more heft all-around. Too thin for the "imperial" moniker.

D: Can't hold a candle to ST Choklat, but it's not bad. Call it a lighter little brother to Choklat.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 01:50:19 | More by Kendo
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billab914

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a small tan head taking up the top of the glass. The head faded after a minute or so down to a ring around the edges of the glass. A little lacing was left but not a lot.

The aroma has some bitter sweet chocolate to it with some roasted and coffee flavors coming through as well. Overall it doesn't have a real strong nose to it, but the chocolate that does come through is pretty nice.

The taste has a big bitter unsweetened chocolate presence to it, especially in the finish. It has a some nice roasty and coffee flavors coming through, along with some sweet malty flavors as well. The bitter chocolate is really the focus of the taste though, and I liked that about it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is a little below average. Drinkability is good, it was a very nice chocolate beer. I liked that it had more of a bitter chocolate flavor to it instead of the sweeter chocolate flavors found in a lot of chocolate beers. I tend to like my imperial stouts a a bit thicker and less carbonated but the mouthfeel wasn't bad by any means. Very nice flavors to it overall though, the bitter chocolate flavor was especially very well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 00:24:41 | More by billab914
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice pitch black leaving very little overall head with a very fine, and small amount of lacing on the surface which dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Smells of unsweetened chocolate with some maltiness, finishing with some coffee scents.

T: Initially tastes just like the smell. Unsweetened chocolate is definitely the most prominent followed by a slight amount of maltiness and like other reviewers have noted, a little like watered down iced coffee.

M: Medium amount of carbonation which sits nicely on the tongue. Finishes fairly crisply.

D: Very drinkable, would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 23:19:15 | More by Daktyls
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Stone IRS snifter

A - Black with a light tan head that ran away pretty quick.

S - Smells like milk chocolate, Really like a candy bar of some sort. Smells sweet and yummy.

T - Hints of roasted malt and chocolate but really not all that flavorful. Honestly kind of boring for the style.

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation

D - pretty easy to drink but the best example of the style. I've been drinking some top notch RIS's lately however and that may cause this one to seem kind of blah. I wouldn't mind drinking this one again but won't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 00:43:17 | More by jpmclaug
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thekanna

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black into a snifter with about 2 fingers of dark tan head.

S: Heavily dark roasted malts with some dark cacao and coffee notes. This turns into a sweet German chocolate cake smell right before you sip.

T: Dark roasted malts, huge chewy dark chocolate brownie / cacao powder, slight hops and a phenol kick at the end.

M: Thick, chewy, extremely filling. This has only a slight bit of carbonation bite at the end.

D: Dinner in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 03:54:03 | More by thekanna
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of milk chocolate, coffee, plums, and roasted malt. Not a ground-breaking flavor, but well done.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Thick, chewy, full-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 14:10:40 | More by avalon07
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a rich mahogany straight from the bottle, while in the glass appeared flat black of a medium contrast. The head was compact, barely mustering enough strength to break a finger high, while a great deal of fizzy activity was observed with a sponge like appearance. Retention was short with no visible signs of lacing.

S: A light booziness of juicy plums and vinous grapes are present on the nose. However there are some off phenolic notes of vinyl, perhaps from the brewing process, that stands out leaving you with an uninteresting first impression. Light signs of raw pancake batter and brown vegetation are also present.

T: The flavor starts to pick up for a rather lame appearance and aromatic sense, but still leaves much to be desired. Sweetly roasted grains combine with juicy plums and creamer enriched coffee delivers only a light offering of roastiness. Sweet and bitter chocolate notes intertwine but in the end comes off watery and weak contributing little to the dark roasty nature I was expecting. The bitterness starts to pick up a bit on the finish, maybe to little to late, with a decent show of coffee and bitter chocolate with some boozy alcohol tones. Decent overall but nothing that convinces me that this is an imperial stout.

M: Some nice bubbley edginess occurs with a medium proposal of carbonation. The viscosity is fairly full with an oily slick texture. Again nothing that really stands out and delivers.

D: Drinkability was average, fairly easy, but comes off as a boring drink that I found myself not caring if I finished it half way through. A yawner that falls way short of expectations. For what its worth a very unlikely re-visit, comes off middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 23:36:46 | More by beerthulhu
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