Inebriator Stout | Sonoran Brewing Company

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Inebriator StoutInebriator Stout

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Sonoran Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 03-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the beers I bought while in AZ.

The beer pours really dark brown black like you might expect. Only a hint of reddish brown at the edges. Head was nil after about 10 seconds.

I smell earthy tarry chocolate and coffee with an odd plastic smell mixed in. Hmm.

Taste is exactly as it smells, but the plasticy taste is back and very noticeable. Not completely unlike the plastic taste I get from Hennepin or Ommegang.

Mouthfeel is thick, but not creamy. Almost exactly like Storm King.

The plastic taste and smell really got to me by the end of the glass. I think it is something in the yeast they use because other brews get the same reaction from me on a consistent basis.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Yes, this is the blackest beer that I’ve had to date. I brought out my flashlight and shined it on the other side of the glass, and not a peep of light came through. The conservative head is a very dark brown, like the crème on a straight shot of espresso.

Smell – Big, buttery roasted malt leads this one off. There are some nice dark coffee notes as well, but the treat here are the treats. Lots and lots of sugary substances. Thick, melted caramel and toffee mixed with refined sugars of all types. This ale has a wonderful bouquet.

Taste – I expected the bulldog on the label to jump out at the taste, but not so. The flavors are big here but this is remarkably well put together. The sweets come out big time. Butter infused toffee comes to mind. The malts and coffee are there as well, but the unique feature of this taste is the sensuous sweet profile.

Mouthfeel – Not a creamier stout could have been made. This one left my lips sticky and my cheeks full. Wonderful mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This was the smoothest and creamiest stout that I have had to date. What a delight.

Comments – This one was a pleasure to consume. Rumor has it that I might have put down some of this over at La Casa de Perro Grande, but I wasn’t exactly in the state of mind to be jotting down tasting notes. By itself (first bottle of the night tonight) I was able to appreciate the amazing accomplishment of this stout. A big BA THANK YOU to mickeymac for sending me this bottle – it was much appreciated.

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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub's sister restaurant location in North Scottsdale. The best breed beer in the state. A meal in itself. Opaque black, with a dark brown bubbly head. Wafted some chocolate aromas. Flavourful, good roasting. Creamy full mouthfeel. Leaves lots of lace. Coffee and chocolate, good integration. Appropriate carbonation. Not a lot of coffee, and that's also good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An opaque, tar-black body rests sleepily beneath a solid head of dark-tan foam. The head slowly receeds to a thin surface covering, but it also holds throughout the pint and leaves some very nice rings of lace. The nose is quite rich and enjoyable. It's smokey, roasty, a touch alcoholic, cocoa-ish, gently fruity, and caramelish with a touch of citrusy and resinous Pacific Northwest hops thrown in.. It's full-bodied, yet gently crisp on the tongue before warming into barely-noticeable smoothness. Its alcohol, however, is far from 'barely noticeable' and it steps out clearly in a flavor that's dominated by dark malt and bitterness. It's smokey, chocolatey, roasty, and alcoholic with a clear note of alcohol and some undecipherable hops in the background over a bold bitterness. An agressive beer to say the least! It finishes dry with a lingering note of burnt malt and berry-like fruit (burnt... or mildly scortched Currant).

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black color with a creamy chocolate malt colored head, which dissipates quickly but leaves heavy lacing on the glass.

Aromas are chocolate, malt, cherries, vanilla and coffee
Mouth feel is soft and rounded

Dark fruits and roasted coffee dominate the palate, with a hint of bittersweet chocolate.
A tasty beer that I'll definitely be buying more of ....

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Trader Joe's not too long ago - thanks to xlperro for the recommendation. It went into my fridge and disappeared until last night when it showed up again back where I had originally placed it.
Presented as pictured with a "bottled on" date of 08-03 on the side. This imperial stout poured an absolute onyx black - no ruby or brown edges, no variations in hue, just an impenatrable black. Had a moderate sized creamy espresso colored head that settled down to a minor cap but kicked up again nicely when aggitated.
The aromas from this brew jump out and grab the nose like the bulldog on the label. Full of sweet dark fruits and bitter with burnt malt and old coffee grounds, this imp stout packs a great batch of scents. Has a noticeable alcohol tang.
Taste is nearly as tenacious as the smell. Dark malts, strong double-shot espresso, and baker's chocolate all roll around on the palate with the taste of plums, rpunes and raisins. Inebriator has a solidly bittersweet taste with a potent alcohol punch in the finish.
Feel was full, rich, lightly syrupy, and exuding a real warming quality.
The high %ABV detracts from the drinkability, but only slightly. This is one knock-out beer, definitely one to take the time to get to know.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle with a friend last night, and this was an experience! Pours a deeep dark blackish brown like tar, with the most brown-colored head I have ever seen. A real beauty. Aroma was of malt and roasting and chocolate and maybe a bit of cocoanut. The flavor was the real winner here. My first taste made me think of a rich chocolate cake, creamy and delicious. After a few more sips, the sharper flavors (I can't say they were hoppy, they weren't) reminded me of a double espresso with a lot of sugar mixed in. A hard sharp bite that is really good once you are used to it.

My warning though is that this is well named. We had tasted a few much lower alcohol brews earlier in the evening, and this was to be the last of the night- and the alcohol from a half bottle dropped on me hard. Other than that, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of lou91
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imperial Stout week continues. The beer pour still and black and then developed a nice 1/2 inch light brown head. No nose. The taste is bitter and not in a good way with a strong alcohol taste and not in a good way either. There are some interesting cocoa and coffee notes but the brew is out of balance. The mouthfeel is also thin despite the style. Warming does not help. Not so bad to dump but will not buy again. The good part is that it was cheap at trader joe’s.

I'm drinking this same batch in 5/05 and it is at least a full point better than my original review. A true testament to bottle conditioning.

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Photo of Gusler
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As the beer sets in my “Chalice”, the only true home of a top-notch stout, of course that’s in my humble opinion, the color piceous or black as tar if you prefer, the head modest in size, the consistency frothy, the color chocolate brown, and as it transmogrifyes a thick-bodied and glutinous lace clings mightily to the glass. The aroma of roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, sweet and quite pleasant, start is malt-laden, sweet with the top full-bodied, fudge like in its thickness and feel to the palate. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops potent in their spiciness, but not in an overpowering way, quite dry and bittersweet aftertaste lingers on the palate. The 9.1% ABV provides a nice “tummy warming” sensation, bought 24 bottles for aging, should lay down nicely if I can keep myself under control.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It appears black w/ a beige bubbly thick head. Some carbonation comes through as you hold it up to the light. Lots of lacing as I go through this one. The smell is resonating with lots of bitter chocolate and black grapes. Some roasted nuts and malt also comes through. Tastes really nice. It's a complex one for sure. Some dark chocolate, malty sweetness in there. I detect very little hops in this but the alcohol starts to seep through after a couple of sips. Pretty smooth though with a nice finish. I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting. It'll leave you inebriated!

Finger licking good!

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Photo of jcalabre
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another bargain beer found at Trader Joe's. Thanks to xlperro for the tip. At $1.25 for a 12oz bottle, this was a steal.
Appearance: To the shock of no one, this imperial stout poured black with a cocoa brown head.
The smell was of roasted coffee and chcolate.
The flavor was slightly bitter yet creamy with chocolate undertones.
This is a tasty imperial stout.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with nvsblman. Thanks for the opportunity...

Hard-poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" of dark tan head, and what there was didn't last long. Very slight lacing, most likely due to lack of head to begin with, and brew in an opaque dark brown/black in color. Strong aroma of dark malts, with chocolate, coffee and rauch smells all present and accounted for, according to my nose. Flavor is actually a lot smoother than the scent led me to believe, still heavy and strong with dark malts, but the often accompanying bitterness seems in relative check. The abv seems relatively well hidden, except for the smoothness and warming effect. Liked this one better than the previous reviews led me to believe...

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Photo of GreenCard
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this from the cask at Papago Brewing. What an amazingly tasty beer! The most profound thing about this brew is the prevalent guava aroma which, in my opinion, comes from an interaction between the dry-hops (Simcoe, I believe) and some type of ester (in the vein of pineapple). This guy is a bath in hop aroma and flavor! I couldn't stop sniffing it... or drinking it! The flavor was dominated by a nice roastiness and a smooth, malty sweetness. Finishes semi-dry.

If you’re able to get to Papago Brewing Company or the Sonora Brewhouse, do so ASAP to try this beer!

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Photo of abents
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking label and what's inside is even better.
Pours a dark black with small dark brown head. Laces the glass very well. Smells of dark roasted coffee with a slightly sweet hint to it. A touch of alcohol is also there. Taste is overwhelmingly a sweet malty stout. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Not much hops, but very pleasant. This is however a very big stout, nice alcohol warming in the beer. Very smooth with the nice sweet finish. Very nice stout with pleasant flavors abounding. Great sipping stout one is pleantly nice for me.
Big thanks to nvsblman for another great brew.

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Photo of fattire513
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark as night. Minimal lacing and not much head. On draft at mellow mushroom in tempe az. Place just opene. We have one in columbus really good place. They didn't have a beer on their list. Must be too good.

S: not much apparent right off the bat. chocolate apparent with a roasted flavor. not too strong for the name but good regardless.

T: again roasted taste close to the java stout from bells. Alcohol doesn't jump out right at you but apparent.

Overall a good beer won't be drinkin too many of these in one sitting. first sonoran beer I've had and I'm anxious to try the rest

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged for at least a year or two...

Motor-oil black pour, with a thin, spotty dark tan head.

Aroma is quite rich and malty. A bit rummy, with what strikes me as some very sharp fruitiness. Spice and alcohol are evident.

Bittersweet chocolate comes through quite heavily in the flavor. There's a bit of tart fruitiness to the mid-palate that I'm having a difficult time placing. This quickly fades, however, and yields to a very well-hopped finish, and a complex roasty character that lingers into the aftertaste and continues to develop well after the beer is swallowed.

Fairly full-bodied and tasty. Kind of a smoked whiskey character to this beer. Not a bit bad.

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Photo of Lucklys
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lurking in the little glass with a deep, tar black body and a crazy thick head made of dark nutmeg brown cream, it left behind gorgeous thick sheets of sticky lacing and held a nice retention throughout the drink with little complaint. After reviewing a few other imperial stouts, I was slightly less intimidated by the appearance and dove right in with my nose. I gulped down roast coffee, salted toffee, bittersweet bakers chocolate, woody (oak maybe?) smoke, burnt caramel melted over brown sugar, and dark toasted malts. Despite the bold aromas, I didn't find the smell to be overwhelming in the slightest, but rather smooth and slow like molasses. The mouthfeel was suavely smooth as well, carrying a medium-thick body and closely resembling the nose in flavor. There were lots of dark toasted malts, chalky bittersweet chocolate, roast coffee, toffee and caramelized brown sugar. On top of everything was a fine layer of smoke, and resting just beneath everything was a smooth plum molasses. What little carbonation made it through the depths of this brew did little to interfere with the flavors and the beer had a nice warming effect. Quite a solid stout and very easy to drink if dark beers are your thing.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This sample comes courtesy of Gueuzedude via BIF X. Many thanks.
Rich, rich, rich deep rast malt aroma that takes on asome fruitness, but largely a roasty sweetness. Pleasing!
"Paper thin" head, that moves to a ring only -> but shows outstanding stamina. Black as pitch with a complete absense of color -> beautiful.
Deep heavy somewhat rich (but not sweet or cloy) rast malt flavor. Nice sweetness that adds strong fruity quality without excess (of sweetness). Slight coffee qualities. I really enjoy the blending of burnt and fruit on the finish.
Carbonation is about right, with enough to be present, but still leaving a flat enough feel to enhance smoothness. Rich and heavy. Very nice.
There is something really appealling about this beer. So many good qualities without extremes. Very well balanced. Give me another....please.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short stubby type 12 fl.oz. (355ml) brown glass bottle. Now the thing that really confuses me here is the name on the label. It actually says “Sonoran Brewing Company”, whilst the small print on the side confirms that it is brewed by Sonora, why the extra “n” ? – I have no idea but it is intriguing the hell out of me! Below the extended name, the black label has a picture of a snarling Bull Dogs head, which looks like the one from Tom & Jerry cartoons. Labeled as ‘Inebriator Stout’, listed as 9.1%ABV, Bottle-Conditioned, & also that it is a ‘Special Release’. Bottled-On Date: Aug.03.

Appearance: Pours with a gelatinous, slow viscous pour that makes you want to give the bottom a “ketchup bottle” type slap & shake to ensure you empty all of its contents. A very deep black color, impenetrable to light. Dark brown, frothy cocoa head, which is at least 2” deep at first, but settles to a thin covering after it rests a while. Lots of lacing & nice carbonation.

Nose: Powerful malts & coffee beans in a brooding alcohol mix.

Taste: Roasted malts, light sweetness at first, coffee, some cocoa in the middle. Hints of dark toffee that end with more coffee, roast grain & a spicy smooth, but strong, bitterness that is pervasive & lingers. Liquorice at times as the beer fades. A lovely after-taste that is begging me to open another bottle, it’s a bloody good job it’s a Friday.

Mouthfeel: Dark & chewy, powerful & fulfilling. Dry bitter finish, with coffee hints & plenty of hops in the ending.

Drinkability: This is a very tasty warming Stout that just happens to kick butt. Drinks well.

Overall: I have not had much luck with the 3 previous beers from Sonora that I have tried in the past, making it all the more remarkable & surprising why I even picked these up tonight. Must be my beer senses working again. This is THE exception to date. A Highly Recommended, bargain basement priced, Imperial Stout that you can afford to stock up on.

Really Good. 4 x 12 oz bottles for just $4.99, that’s about a Dollar an Ounce for a 9.1% beer! I’m going back tomorrow to TJ's for another 4-Pack to snaffle away, because this is THE perfect beer to crack open when you are tempted to want to break into your limited Stone Imperial Stout stash – you’ll be just as satisfied, & your Stones will live to drink another day! Superb!!

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Photo of stirgy
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this as a gift from nvsblman. Poured motor oil black, with a small head of dark almond foam. The aroma is buttery rich, tannic and has a woody alcohol bite. The taste is thick, dark, roasty and complex. Caramel and dark fruits are prominent in the flavor. The body is light but is full of flavor. As this one warmed, it turned into a quite an enjoyable stout and a good one to sip.

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Photo of Phelps
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at Mellow Mushroom, poured into a frosty shaker pint.

Incredibly dark brown in color, toeing the edge of black. A tiny, fizzy head the color of latte foam pops away, remaining as a thin ring.

The nose: cocoa, bubble gum, medium roast coffee and roasted peanuts. Rich, toasty and sweet.

Each sip brings a wave of sweetness that's slowly but mightily overtaken by roasty bitterness. Milk chocolate, hot cocoa, some peanut, molasses, burnt black malt and a subtle tang.

Thick, velvety medium body with light yet prickly carb. There's some tongue-numbing alcohol, but not much heat in the chest. The chewy thickness matches the heavy flavor.

Inebriator's one of the better stouts made by Arizona brewers. Thick, rich, and above all, inebriating.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Eclipse black color. Small tannish head. Aroma is malt, chocolate and coffee. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are choclately, roasted and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Very smooth tasting. Minimal carbonation, but rich complex malt and chocolate flavors, with hints of vanilla and toffee. Well balanced. A touch of sweetness is balanced by a slight alcohol bite. This is a very nice Imperial Stout. At $5 a 4 pack it a frelling steal. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a touch of dark chocolate and a slightly alcohol bite.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some of the reviews of this one show the distinct influence of the abv. Here are my opinions:

Nice dark brown-black color, served at a local ale house in a 12-oz. goblet. Head could use some gumption but otherwise a nice look in general - to clarify, it is served tall and appears strong (the head) but lacks the retention to push this up a notch. Legs are present, but skinny and spotty.

The aroma shows off some dark roasted barley notes, with coffee and chocolate coming in for even scrutiny. Some sweetness, some booze. Good power, and in general a very nice nose. Flavors are similar, with a stronger hop-pine note than I was expecting, which makes me happy. Heavy roast bitterness more than dominates the hops though. Alcohol is prevalent and a little overly involved in the tasting process for the size.

Smooth and full mouthfeel, a little slick, and the finish reveals too much alcohol. All the same, Inebriator is a quality stout and if you see it around I would definitely recommend it. That said, don't expect a monster.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah...time for dessert. Acquired this at the local Trader Joes for $4.99 a 4-pack. Poured black as tar with a medium brown head that lasted longer than I thought considering the style. The aroma was of chocolate, coffee, cherries and alcohol. The taste was bittersweet. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of molasses all balanced by a spicy hop aftertaste that lingered rather nicely. This beer got more complex as it warmed with a smokiness and hints of currant and licorice. Finishes dry with a definite alcohol warming. Quite the tasty morsel and exceptional for the price. Get thee down to your local TJ's and stock up!

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. 'Special Release' is noted on the side. It is also bottle conditioned.

This brew has some bite. I think the most bittersweet beverage of any kind I have ever had.

It poured atramentous. Black as tar used for roofing. Almost as thick. No light penetrates even on the sides of the glass. The black hole of stouts. Unfortunately there was no head to speak of. Maybe due to the thickness. Not much lacing either. The scents are strong roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Some molassass for sweetness and warming alcohol.

Flavors are very bittersweet. Heavy malts. Espresso and burnt toast. Roasted coffee grounds, molassass and vanilla. Dark unsweetened chocolate and even some cream. Bitterness to start and sweetness to finish. Very well done. I tip my hat to the brewer. The alcohol is warming in the belly and adds an ever so slight dry taste to the stout.

I cannot get over how thick and full bodied this stout is. It is dense. The mouthfeel is warm even though it was chilled. It is excellent as it warms in the glass. I do not know how many I could have with the high alcohol and the heaviness but it is a pleasure to have one tonight. More later.

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Inebriator Stout from Sonoran Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 41 ratings