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Eisenbahn Rauchbier | Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Brewed by:
Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
Brazil
eisenbahn.com.br

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by soper2000 on 02-13-2006

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110
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3.85
pDev:
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Photo of kmpitz2
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer fills the glass with a deep copper hue. the finger of very bubbly head falls quickly to a quarter inch over top, though a constant stream of bubbles helps to keep it stationary there. The color is very brilliany and clarity is fantastic. Even before getting near, I get excellent sweet smokey notes wafting towards me. Taking a closer smell, I find a nice and delicate smokey character, with a more mild sweetness playing below that. The sweetness from the smoke and the malt play well together and are hard to tease apart. The first sip brings a reserved smoke character with a solid bready and slightly grainy malt base that hits directly after the smoke. The smoke then kicks again before fading to a very bready finish. There is excellent balance between smoke and malt here. There is even just a hint of a hop bitterness on the finish. I definitely get a lot of the base beer without feeling I lost any of the rauchbier character that I love. This is excellent. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. A little more carbonation would be nice, but that is just my personal opinion. Overall, this beer is impressive from start to finish. I'm used to smoked beers with a very dominant smoke. I think I may like the balance of this more than others I have had. I will be having this one again.

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Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been hearing about this beer and finally get to try it. Must say one of the nicest looking lagers I've seen in awhile. Dark crystal amber with bright ruby highlights. Head is off white full fluffy and has good retention leaving thin lacing behind.

Big rich aromas of caramel and toffee, with some butterscotch as well. Smoke shows through and is almost perfectly integrated in the aroma with the malt aromatics. A certain chocolate aroma with some macadamia nut aromas. Slightly sweet brown sugary lies beneath.

This is an unbelievable Rauchbier. Perfectly integrated, big and chewy complexity. Rich coating thick mouthfeel and very easily drinkable. Melted heath bar with milk duds on the side. Big chewy fresh caramel, smoke isn't overpowering at all and lends a great compliment to the thick malts. A slight hop bitterness on the 2 minute finish. Easily one of the best Lagers I've tasted.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy head that leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Balanced aroma of slightly smoked caramel with a dusting of chocolate; very nice

Taste: Starts out with a nice rich caramel flavor, with the subtle smoke aspect right up front; after the swallow the smoke builds as does a milk chocolate aspect; the smoke lingers on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, rather creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I like my smoked beers to be subtle but discernable and this is one of the best examples I have found; a masterful achievement

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - clear medium amber color; decent head as it pours out - settles a bit and is retained nicely in a lacing about the top

S - nice, clean smoked malt nose, no hops

T - malty taste with a moderately strong smoke taste, very balanced but only a faint hop taste on the finish which is mostly malty

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is an excellent rauchbier. I'm very pleasantly surprised by this brewery from Brasil. I guess I didn't expect that much and they keep surprising me with wonderful beers - this one being a great example!

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle ("Batch No. 6") in a classic conical pint glass

Poured with a semi-thickness and nice snap to it. Caramel is first noticeable on the nose, a pleasing, light smokiness, not over the top or anywhere near other Rauchbiers, stone fruit like cherry, slight yeasted quality, crackers. Malts are also there, slightly muddy, they grow with warmth and air. Head was a solid & lively 2 fingers of loose, cracklin' blanched almond hues foam that faded in a short time to a thin sheen and glass ring.

A beautiful, ruddy, brassy, crystal clear cherry amber in color, a slow cascade of bubbles steadily rises with little fanfare through it.

This is the way to use smoke! Its so subtle, not like the campfire in a bottle most Rauchbiers are! A splendid balance between subtle smoke and lush caramelized malt sugars, along with a pleasing array of fruits - raisin, cherry, dried currant. This is just an amazingly pleasing balance of all that which is usually found in a barreled spirit such as a single malt, bourbon or whiskey. Its slightly syrupy, adding to the allure and seduction, and grows even more so on the palate as lush, lavish, rich caramels sing with the stone fruits and ever present, but understated, smokiness...all in a beautiful marriage. This is awesome.

It finishes, true to form, with a semi-sweetness, traces of orange, a little leathery with some tannins, a whisper or orange, all enveloped in a warm glow of alcohol that hugs the teeth and leaves a crisp, chewy, slightly candied afterglow.

I feel pretty confident that, once word gets out about this and its more available, it will become one of the best of its style/genre. Just a fantastic beer, truly a barreled spirit in 11oz form, complete with the smoke. If you like single malts, bourbon or whiskey with a little charcoal in the background, some caramel up front, stone fruits here and there, and a big chewy finish I cannot recommend this enough. A new member of my personal Top 10, perhaps Top 5. Seek this out & enjoy!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i'm drinking this under the defumada label.

batch 6.

6.5% 12oz

crystal-clear brown with candy corn coloration around the edges. thin wisp of resilient foam. aroma gives off even parts honey and beechwoody smoke.. medium smoke nose. smells rich and multi-dimensional. first sip is a tad sweet immediately, lots of that uber malty german pils character. once my mouth is coated with that sensation, further sips contain more and more of this wonderfully subversive smokiness. definite balanced mix between the bamberg-style which is all smoke and no wood, and a smoky flavor one would associate with a bourbon barrel-aged beer. the latter might be perceived, as the beer leans toward the heavier, richer side of lagers. but who the fuck cares. this beer goes down easy like a hooker on hunts point. next to the rauchator dopplebock from fort collins, this is my second favorite smoked beer of all time. beats the piss out of schlenkerla helles. why didn't i buy a sixer of this?!?! next time.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgian globe. This beer pours a dark caramel with just a slight off white head that completely disappeared leaving no remnants left behind in my glass. The aroma is distinctly smoked barley. Not that fake liquid smoke aroma that you find in so many rauchbiers. Its not overpowering but it is definitely the most distinctive aroma in it. A nice meaty smoke. The flavor is just a really subtle smoke complement very well by a sweet caramel malty backbone. The mouthfeel is a very light and smooth but just a little to dry for me. I can honestly say that this is the first Rauchbier I have truly enjoyed.

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Photo of thiagovalenti
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A surely tasteful beer. Pours softly, round and middle body, forming a beautiful head, soft and maintained for a preety good time.

It has a kind of red or amber look, darker, amazing aroma of smoked malt, strong, with a dry taste, roasted flavored, no so much hoppy taste, and with a few senses of the 6,5% ABV.

No too drinkable, a couple are enough to appreciate. Goes very well with pork meat, roast beef, and barbecue.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at Stimmel's Market in Bowling Green, Ohio. The label says "Defumada Eisenbahm Smoked Lager, batch 06". I chose the Sam Adams Uber-glass for the occasion of my 1st Brazilian craft beer. Everything about this beer was spot-on, it's as if they re-bottled something from Bamburg. The beer was copper colored and crystal clear (like a sun tea). The smell was smoked malts with a hint of sweetness. The flavor was definitive rauchbier, smoky after-taste but not so much as to seem like a campfire. Delicious, easy to pound, and completely recommended.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a reddish amber with three fingers of light tan head. I poured the whole beer at an angle due to the high carbonation. Thick and foamy, good sheeted lacing down the glass. Very active bead from below. Looks great.

Aroma - a very pleasant smoked grained. Reminds me of hickory for some reason but it could be anything.

Taste - lightly sweet grain at the start, a soft smokiness casually overtaking it. Very mellow, the malt gives just a bit of caramel on the swallow and the smoke is evenly balanced. A fairly clean finish, very restrained hop presence at the end.

Mouthfeel - for such an effervescent brew this comes across amazingly smooth. The bubbles are there but the malt has enough body to keep 'em under control.

Drinkability - this is an ideal candidate for an introduction to the style. Not over the top smoked like a Schlenkerla rauchbier but definitely enough to get a feel for the style. Beer tasting candidate for certain. Perhaps the most sessionable smoker I've had.

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Photo of israelleoni
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got very impressed about this beer. I bought a six pack direct from their web site and worked very well. It really reached my expectatives. I was thinking to call some friends for drink the others, but now all of the 5 are mine.
AP- Red amber close to dark.
SM - It's really possible to identify its main charcteristc. smoky.
TA - its the same time strong and sweet, with a perfect balance of ingredients.
DR - As said before, its impossible to drink only one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a ruby amber tone nice velvety light tan head dwindles slowly leaves behind fine even lacing looking good. Smelling even better smoked rauchbier at it's finest smoked meats and peated malt accents burnt wood with sweet fruit malt undertones not getting much hops but that's okay I never have from a true rauchbier. Flavors like camp fire roasted caramel covered nuts, and smoked meats combine to form a slight woody flavor with enough malts coming through to really forms a tasty balanced smoked lager. A touch of alcohol and sweet ripened plums combine but the lingering smokiness is killer really great brew. Texture wise I get fine even carbonation even a bit bubbly medium bodied ale with lingering presence on the palate due to the dry smokiness. Drinkability is nice I could see myself indulging on a couple bottles of this stuff smoked beer grows on you especially after a couple in a session this would be addictive for me especially with some assorted meats and cheeses.

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Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #5.

Pours a clear amber color with a 1 finger white head that leaves no lacing and just a light covering on top of the beer.

Smells wonderfully smoky. Lovely.

And that smoke? Nice and present in the taste. Basically, smoky on top of a slightly sweet caramel-ish body. Nice interplay between the two.

Mouthfeel has a touch of richness with low to medium carbonation. I like this balance here - makes it very drinkable without being too light.

Highly recommended. A very good smoked beer, from Brazil no less. Wish I had bought more than 2 bottles.

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Photo of kegster
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Pizza Port Carlsbad Bottle Shop. I am a fan of Schlenkerla's Rauchbeers and chose this as somewhat of a novelty beer, not expecting much.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle the beer displayed a nice copper hue with a firm white head. Lacing clung to the glass as the beer quickly disappeared.

Subtle Beechwood smoke with no noticeable hop aroma. It sure smells like Weyermans Bamberg Smoke Malt was used as the base malt for this tasty brew.

Smoke is still subtle but noticeable. Perfectly balanced by early hop addition to counter the sweet malt characteristic.

Wow!! I can't believe this came from Brazil or anywhwere other than Bamberg for that matter. This is beer is top notch in every regard, and I highly recommend seeking this out if you love smoke beer. I enjoyed this beer so much it inspired me to write my first BA reveiw.

Prost!!

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Photo of Greggy
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a 2 finger off-white head with decent retention over a nice dark amber colored body. NO sediment is present. As the head recedes, no sediment is present.

S- Nice sweet malt with notes of apple and pear, some fresh flour notes, and of course, an excellent smoky meat and campfire note, although not huge.

T- Starts out some sweet malt then some nice smoky malt with a drying feel and notes of apple, slight chocolate, nice smoke and cured meats. The finish is drying with a bit of smokey apple malt.

M- Appropriately low carbonation. Nice thick feel.

D- This is a nice stab at a Rauchbier. It wasn't quite a schlenkerla, but it's unfair to judge everyone against that. If you like rauchbier, try this. It won't disappoint. Huge thanks to schellsbeer!

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Photo of Tbone
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, clear, burnt orange with minimal head. Attractive to look at.
I definitely disagree with the below reviewer about it being only slightly smokey. There is a very nice and notable sweet smoke nose and flavor to this beer. I would say that its smokier than Spezial and very similar to one I had at a small brewery outside of Bamberg Germany that does not export. It's not nearly as smoky as Schenklerla, but its also a much smoother and well-rounded smoke profile that blends into the beer. It also has a nice toffee, caramel sweetness that reminds me of a good Vienna Lager.
The mouthfeel is moderately heavy for a lager (which I like) and somewhat creamy. Unlike a lot of Rauch beers, I could drink a few of these in a row, but more because of its great balance and not because it lacks a notable smokiness.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try something from Eisenbahn for awhile, especially since it came recommended from a colleague in Brazil.

Pours a beautiful clear, clean amber color with a very rich looking finger's worth of off white head.

Smells of super smokey meats, smoked fish, smoked sausages...you name it! If you like a smokey beer than this one certainly provides the smells. Some sweet, caramel-y malts come through as well but its tough to weed through the really smokey smells emanating from this pour.

Taste is very rich, smokey, malty, roasty, toasty and sweet. Some of the caramel shines through the smokiness. Altogether I found it a very good balance between malty/lager flavor and the smoke.

Personally, I really enjoy smoked beers so I really liked this one. The smell of smoke is not as dominating as the taste of smoke, its very balanced and very drinkable.

Its great that so many delicious micros are coming from Latin America. This is one I'll seek out down in Brazil this summer for sure.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to Todd the beer guy at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro for getting me to try this. I never would have tried it without his suggestion, and then I would have really missed out. This is a great, almost phenomenal, beer. A 12oz bottle, Batch 06, poured into a pint glass. Dark amber color, small head. Faint campfire smoke aroma, with a some fruit. Very pleasant. Fruit, malt taste, with the faint smoke flavor coming in afterwards. Very subtle, very comfortable. Truly a beer to enjoy. I need to see if Tully's carries this, because I don't get up to Waldoboro that often.

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Photo of schiaveto
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made with pure malt, the smoked malt from Bamberg (Germany) is one of the recipe malts.
Beautiful amber to red colour, nice head.
Notes of caramel, roasted, smoked, alcoholic.
Good balance with bitterness.
Another excelent beer from Eisenbahn, the small brewerie from Blumenau, SC.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As someone who nearly vomited upon first tasting a Rauchbier, I am quite happy I eventually got over all that.

Pours an off-white head that sizzles and settles on top of a ruby-tinted amber/copper brown. A little lace is left in the liquid's wake.

Aroma is, unsurprisingly, dominated by smoke. Has a mesquite charcoal smokiness. Makes me think of glowing coals and BBQ. The smokiness veils any other aromas that might've tried to penetrate.

Oh wow. Flavor-wise this is one of the best smoked beers I've ever had, in any category. The depth of flavor is immense, revolving around a complex smokiness that indicates the brewer didn't use just any old crappy wood when smoking the malt. Woody, earthy, dense, hazy, rich, round...the smoke dominates, but there's an apple-ish layer coming through, giving the right amount of light, sweet balance to an otherwise hearty, heavy brew. Superb flavor. I mean: SUPERB.

As awesome as the flavor is, this is more demanding and left-of-center than your everyday beer, hurting the drinkability somewhat. But it still this comes highly recommended.

Hooked up with this beer thanks to msubulldog25. Much respect flyin' out to B to tha G.

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Photo of errantnight
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, take my Rauchbier reviews with a grain of salt until I've had more.... but damned if this wasn't a tasty beer.

A deep, deep copper / brown, clear, with thin but sustaining head and some lacing.

Smell is actually not over the top with the smoke, bread and honey sweetness shine just as brightly.

The taste is a bit of a shock at first, there's a rolling wave of smoke buoyed by a caramel sweet middle. The crystal malt really stands out, but it finishes clean, if not necessarily dry. Once the palate accepts the smoke, the bacon similarities start to drift away.

Paired with a steak with chimichurri, this was superb.

I wasn't crazy in love with it, but it had its place, and seemed to me to be a clean, smoky interpretation of the style that could serve both as entry-point and reference point for Rauchbiers.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled "Batch 05" to BMS mug...

Beautiful clear copper color. Ample carbonation bubbles up to robust, tight head that slowly dissipates with sufficient lacing.

Solid smoke flavor - warm beef jerky. Amber lager characteristics - a little earthiness from malt profile. Nicely balanced for style.

Very mellow yet ample smoke character. Malt is sweeter than expected. Slight slight grassy hop presence. Much better balanced than expected.

Warms the mouth nicely - coats like BBQ sauce and charred pork ribs while actually being quite refreshing. Excellent for style!

This is by no means a style I seek out, but this offering is very impressive. An oily malt sweetness cuts the smoke perfectly, making this an extremely drinkable example for the style. Thanks to this I'm now craving a big plate o' ribs.

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Photo of bryanbrick
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finding this beer in the depths of the Shelton Bros. Catalog I got really excited. I mean they are one of the best beer importers going and I love Rauchbier so I was pretty fired up.

But alas I think let my expectations get the best of me. Don't get me wrong this is good stuff and very drinkable, it would be killer with some bacon and eggs for breakfast. But I want my Rauchbiers to pummel me. I guess I'm like all these hop fanatics but with smoke. The more the better right?

All that out of the way here is what I think: nice dark amber color with a small, quickly disappearing head but one that persists around the edge of the glass. I never really had a heady Rauchbier so no surprises here.

The nose is packed with fresh wheat, bread dough and some far away smoke. Like a small wild fire a few towns over. I wanted a full blaze engulfing forests.

The flavors are pure and delicious with nice clarity. You taste all the parts and nothing is overwhelming, great balance. Smoked ham, pine sap, grain aspects and hints of toffee are all there.

I do like the silkiness here very much it is nice and perfectly carbonated for my liking. A bit more punch and it could be a 5 in my book.

But where this shines like I mentioned before is its drinkability. It is so balanced and actually really feminine for a beer of this style. I could easily but back a sixer of this. I guess I was dreaming of a bit more smoke.

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Photo of klewis
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark carmael, almost red color with a foamy head. Lacing sticks briefly after each sip before slowly sliding back into the brew.

S: Strong malty smell with an aroma or burnt caramel. Slight, roasted "rauch" smell.

T: Just like the smell, malty with a subtle smokiness. A strong but smooth taste.

M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Finishes with an extended smoke character.

D: Admittedly, I didn't have much hope for a rauch coming from Brazilian brewery. Fortunately, I was quite wrong. This beer is very drinkable and is pleasant in all areas. The subtlty of the smoked malt makes this a great introduction to rauchbiers before jumping into the Schenkerlas.

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Photo of stumac
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with Onslow at the first Stumelagram...

...pours a dark amber with a darker-white head... the nose is oaky... slightly sweet...i dig it... the taste is smoky, wood, delightful, sweet malts... medium bodied... medium carbo... uh-very niyees! (borat)...

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