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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.99%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"based on a 1914 London Style Porter Recipe"

Added by NEhophead on 06-22-2008

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Ratings:
115
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
13.11%
 
 
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 115
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 352 / 696; Sampled July 2008
A reasonable pour produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head in my New Belgium globe glass. The beer sits with an almost black color (just barely a hint of deepest, dark brown to it), but shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue to it when held up directly to the light. The aroma is rich and roasted; notes of burnt toffee, caramelized-burnt prunes, coffee liquor, burnt / slightly acidic burnt grain, sweet dark chocolate and in the finish a combination of roasted saltine crackers and overly toasted, but not burnt bread. With a touch of alcohol noticeable it can smell a touch like fermented prune juice (very burnt of course) at times.

Much lighter in heft than I was expecting, much less than a 1.030 finishing gravity would suggest. This still has a viscous feel to it and a heft that coats the palate, but I would guess that it was a couple alcohol percentage points less than it actually is. Sweet tasting, but no where near cloying; the sweetness accentuates substantial cocoa flavors as well as notes of roasted raisins and a touch of figs. Finishes with a lightly bitter roast malt note, a round hop bitterness and a hint of burnt acidity; each of these combined does not really balance out the sweet up front malt; they actually help to balance the sweet malt quite well it is just that the sweet malt plays a bit more of a role here. The roast profile reminds me a little of a full-city roast coffee that has been heavily influenced by dark chocolate.

Almost more than the roast character, both the fruitiness and the chocolate notes play a substantial role here. A bit more balanced, even more refined than the London-style Porter, there is enough sweet malt here to stand up to the ample roast character, but I think I like the Porter better than this beer. This is still quite tasty and definitely interesting. It drinks a lot easier than its 10% would suggest.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice revisit to an old porter recipe, smooth and quaffable.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew such as bittering hops, EBU's (84.5), OG (1090), bottle number (314 out of 616), which will be good for five years from the bottling date (23 May 2008). Notes 9.99% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Very dark brown pour with a fair head, moderate retention and surface memory, and some touches of lacing.

S - Good nose with roasted malts. Touches of coffee and a hint of chocolate.

T - Taste flows accordingly with dexterity an quite a composed sense: roasted malts, coffee, the touch of chocolate, a minimal fruitiness around the bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth with the alcohol very well integrated and balanced.

O - Nicely quaffable and with a good flow.

Notes: Nice historic exercise. Maybe not too exciting but what Pattinson and Menno do here is rather welcome. Quality offering and a stimulating insight into vintage brewing.

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Photo of jdklks
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer is lighter (in color) than expected. light penetrates all the way through the body and it is more of a really dark brown than a black. the smell is bursting with cherries and similar sweet dark fruits, though there are hints of chocolate and roasted malts as well.

the first thing i thought upon tasting the beer was that it resembles what i think a mix between a fruit lambic and an imperial stout would taste like. as the smell suggests, cherries are all over the place, accompanied by plum. there is a hint of the [almost] 10% alcohol, and some sweet, dark chocolate. a nice and smooth roasted coffee aftertaste.

the mouthfeel is nice and thick, though a little over-carbonated and the drinkability is limited to one 750ml bottle, though that is still certainly a lot.

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Photo of IKR
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown when held up to the light but otherwise appears black. Generous size beige head which slowly faded. All good here.

S: Chocolate and faint coffee/roasted malt aromas.

T: The chocolate features most prominently with the roasted malts/coffee flavors in the background. At times I picked up a faint sour taste. I would never have guessed this was 10% ABV

M: Fairly light body with good carbonation.

O: Good beer but I wonder if the flavors would have been more upfront earlier in it's life.

Bottle #407 bottled on May 23, 2008.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly dark brown with a decent amount of red highlights making its way through when held up to light. Head is super huge and frothy. The craters are impressive in this brown frothy masterpeice. Smells of dark fruit and smokey. Taste super malty and musty. Hints of dark fruit and coffee. Feel is kinda thin but nice.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me this (also, I split this with him)

Review adapted from notes taken 9/18/11

Note: Brewed 2 April 2008, bottled 23 May 2008, bottle 509/616

Appearance: Dark brown starts with a huge, tan head, fades to a nice cap - foamy lacing

Smell: Cooked, roasted malts, and a ton of chocolate - a lot of sweetness, a lot of booze - kind of smells like a burnt barleywine (similar sweetness level) - lots of dark fruits

Taste: Follows the aroma - dry, dark chocolate malts and burnt, roasty flavors - an interesting malt profile - cooked, caramelized malts - chocolaty - a lot of dark fruit flavors that lend a slight tart flavor - plum, fig - booze becomes more apparent as it warms

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, could be heavier given the flavor, a bit overcarbonated

Overall: Weird but tasty

The label describes this beer as a porter, but it definitely isn't. It is somewhere between a light, chocolatey quad, a Belgian stout, a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Whatever this is, it was interesting.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark b rown to black in a Dogfish Head snifter with ruby red highlights when put to the light. A big, creamy manila head drops quickly to half an inch, then waits out the session.

Deep roasted malt with burnt sugar and some burnt coffee grinds.

Flavor follow the nose adding baker’s chocolate and nuts with a hint of dried fruits and cigar. This is yet another stout that improves with warmth.

Well balanced with a medium body, light carbonation and surprisingly no alcohol.

This is a laid-back beer for conversation. While there is not much to this one, it is done well and would match with a cigar. Having aged 18 months in the bottle, it has clearly mellowed out.

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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed: 16 February 2011
Bottled: 21 March 2011

Clear yet dark brown body topped with a rich, creamy tan head. Roasted grains, slightly toasty; baking chocolate in the aroma. Lightly charred grain flavor, bitterness sneaking in midway and lingering in the finish, slight alcohol warmth; slight sourness. Medium-light bodied; clean with lingering sugar residuals.

A great looking stout; great roasted scents. I was somewhat surprised at the relative lightness to the body. The rich, dark malted character dominates the initial taste, giving away to a nice hop bitterness (and, perhaps, grain huskiness or tannin note) and a faint hint at the relatively high ABV.

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Photo of crusian
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle thanks to greggerino...
bottled 09 May 2008, bottle number 17 of 413
OG 1090
FG 1016
EBC Colour 194.7

pours thin brown color, but once it is in the glass is a nice deep deep brown with a nice three fingers of head. bobbling around like an ice cream float. nice. MUCH better than the Hel & Verdoemenis... which is not carbonated at all.

chocolate an coffee on the nose also smells creamy. like a bit of dairy in it.

taste is very thin, coffee and bitter. It is just ok for me... had it after a piece of chocolate and it was great, but not really for me. As this warms, the roastieness is coming out more... and it is very dry, which is a nice touch. I wish it was a bit thicker, but it is an good example of its style.
NOT worth the pricetag on its head though.

for an original recipe out of 1914 London... they were not drinking too badly back then, not bad.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown (close to near black) in color and poured with a finger high creamy brownish gray head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: The taste has aromas of dark fruits and roasted malts.
T: The taste has fruity flavors of grapes and roasted malts along with some hints of coffee and nuts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: Despite its strength, this beer is very easy to drink because there are no traces of alcohol present in the smell or taste.

Note: Bottled March 21, 2011

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Photo of jdhilt
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving traces lace. Dark opaque brown color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel and dark chocolate nose and flavor is balanced with caramel and baked chocolate. Higher ABV is hidden. Bottled 24/5/2013, $6.49 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a mild haze and a thin layer of tan foam which doesn't stick around too long. Not bad.

Smell: rich and sweet coffee, chocolate and roasty aroma. There's even a little dash of toffee in there; very enticing.

Taste: very sweet up front with some caramel/toffee character, followed by a chocolate and coffee flavor that is milder than the aroma. Bitterness is moderate but balanced. A dark, sweet treat.

Mouthfeel: the body is quite light considering the size of this beer; carbonation is relatively low but the overall effect is rather smooth. It's decent.

Overall: a good tasting beer that could use a little bit more substance.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beergestapo for sharing this on 11/16/09.

A - Poured a muddy, chunky brown with lots of active carbonation and half a finger of beige head that settled into a thin ring of retention.

S - Initial aroma is quite chocolatey with a roasted malt character and a hint of coffee.

T - Pleasant roasted malt quality with a hint of chocolate and some bittersweet cocoa notes. Finishes with a hint of earthy bitterness, albeit rather subdued.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, albeit a tad watery, texture. Finish is semi-dry with a touch of hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Surprisingly nice stout with plenty of chocolate and roasted malt goodness.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Bot march 2011. A very dark brown, some light does get through especially around the edge. A thin layer of white.

Aroma, dark fruit and dark chocolate. Maybe a little peaty maltyness.

Taste, a good dose of raspberry, cherry up front. Works quickly to more toasted malt, chocolate. Finishes pretty dry with a mild roast and cocoa.

Carbonation is just a bit too sharp to be creamy at first, but it gets there as it sets a bit. Solidly mid bodied. A very faint warming.
Knocking out a few more of the Belgian characteristics would have put this over the top. As it is, pretty good, though a tough price point.
The best I have had from the DeMolen brewery.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, cool, another beer to crack off the wants list, always up for a new Export Stout,

A: Pours black with a mild true white head. Good retention for sure leaving lots of lace.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, solid.

T: Heavy roasted character, coffee and dark chocolate, licorice. Good flavour and certainly to style.

M: Medium to full-bodied, soft carbonation, creamy. No notice of the ~10% ABV, drinks more like 7%.

D: Rare enough style that should be made more because it's really good. Well worth a purchase. One of the better beers I've had this month.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL cork and caged brown glass bottle. Bottled 22 Oct 2008. Bottle 470 of 510. Thanks to my buddy Petey for this one!

Pours a thin black with 1.5 fingers of creamy tan head. Nose is full of classic milk-stout aromas, light roast coffee, a little creamy smoke note, dark chocolate. Really a pleasant smelling brew!

Palate is really light for being almost 10% abv. Sort of thin. Lots of roastiness and coffee-like flavors. Cocoa, toast, some woody notes too. Lots of flavor and a long finish for such a light-weight brew. The hops seem a little tired, though. Or maybe it's the yeast.

Notes: Lots of flavor, a serious stout. Seems like it might be a little over the hill though. Or maybe the yeast is just failing. There's something in here that reminds me of old home-brew. Tasty though I suspect it's a bit more expensive that I'd be willing to pay.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008

A: Dark brown with a 2 finger beige head

S: Nutty chocolate, mellowed dark fruits, and some sweet raisin.

T: Slight tang, cacao, muddled espresso, and some bitter resinous hopping. OK in it's own right but not too well connected. Nice chocolatey finish.

M: A bit thin and highly carbonated.

D: An easy drinking FES for the ABV and some good flavors but price and slight tang would deter me from seeking this out again.

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Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/15/2010. Almost exactly 3 years old.

A: Bottle doesn't explode when the cork is popped but the bubbles build very slowly inside the bottle. After making my pour of a full snifter, 10 minutes later it was foaming out of the bottle. Very unusual, it continues to foam over even when the bottle is half empty. Pours a very dark brown but not quite black. Very large and very thick, fluffy light brown head. Head fades slowly with absolutely zero sign of lacing. Great retention however, especially since it seems capable of generating its own head without even touching the bottle or glass.

S: Nice mellow burnt malts. Roasted coffee. Fairly sweet and creamy, almost a caramel-like sweetness to it in fact. Hints of sweet milk chocolate.

T: Nice roasted coffee up front with a sweet milk chocolate backing. Some chalky char in the middle leading into bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Fairly dry finish in fact, one of the driest 10% stouts ever, IMO. Lingering charry flavor between sips, distinctive of de molen stouts.

M: Medium bodied, smooth but a little thin for almost 10%.

O: Not a bad FES. Age has mellowed and smooth it out but it still has a prominent and sharp char character. Can't imagine how strong it was 3 years ago. Alcohol is completely hidden, drinks like a 6-7% porter not a 10% stout. Nice drinkability as a result. Good beer, lacking a bit in complexity but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #478: This beer was said to be a rarity when I saw it on the menu at the Bethlehem Speakeasy. I figured that I must try it then since I'm easily persuaded into things like this. The bottle was split between a friend and myself that night. The pour was nice. It gave of a deep black color with a creamy brown looking head that stuck around for a little while. The smell of the beer had some very heavy burnt aromas coming off of it. There was a booze aroma too that was also there. The taste of the bee was very dry and gave off plenty of burnt toast flavors mixed with some rich dark chocolate. The mouthfeel was lighter than I expected a "Triple Stout" to be... Overall I found the beer to be pretty good, I'd say if you have the money on hand give it a try but if not, you're really not missing out on too much. It was nice to try but I wouldn't have to purchase it again.

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Photo of baggio
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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A: Dark as a black hole with a nice beige, creamy, head.

S: Darl caramel, Berries, Bitter chocolate, Coffee, Leather.

T: Chocolate, Grain, Anise, Salty licorice, Leather, Coffee.

M: Very thick and quite salty at first but gets a bit sweeter as it warms up with a nice touch of chocolate.

A good stout!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It very nearly tasted like Jäger in that initial Arctic range of temp - highly medicinal sweet/sour booze enveloped in a coat of bitter licorice and mid-grade jet black espresso. After quite awhile and as it boosted into the 50s, the bitter licorice subsided, becoming instead a sort of bitter Belgian chocolate, still devoid of any sweetness which could've complemented. But for the longest time there, each sip yielded a two-dimensional, palate-arresting, potentially hazardous shock of fermented bat piss, or something of that nature.

Even after the flavor became a hell of a bit more palatable, the ultra-smooth, semi-ultra-clean, semi-thin body still held little in the way of malt nougat. It's a slick, flat-silky boozy-strong porter-esque brew. Not much to excite over on the nose either - really, the scent was a notch or two more frozen stiff than the initial taste, lacking depth and richness and only toward the end revealing some charcoaly bitter roast, and maybe some hop (probably not), while the booze faded, without anything to round it out or play against.

[EDIT 07 Apr 2015] Just had a bottle (bottled May 24th 2013). I did remove some of the more trivial observations from my initial review, as well as keeping in some of the more extreme (and perhaps exaggerated) observations... Basically, this beer exhibits much of the same characteristics as their other dark beers - which is great, as I love them - however, despite it's abv and ostensibly fuller/sweeter constitution, this beer doesn't dazzle and it could very well be attributed to poor handling and/or staling oxidation. If you do happen to find a bottle, serve it at cellar temp, and go from there.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 23 May 2008 Bottle #145

A-As soon as I undid the cage the cork came right behind it. Took a lot to keep it from shooting out. Once removed, however, the bottle was not a gusher. Pours shiny black with ruby highlights and a shimmering mocha colored head that fizzles away, leaving no lacing.

S-Could smell this one from a few feet away. Milky coffee, milk chocolate, roasted barley, a hint of grassy hops. Appetizing.

T/M-There's a sharp oxidization flavor right up front, but it disappears really quickly, revealing smoky roasted barley flavors and a chalky mouth coating tannic quality. Oxidized flavors return in the form are sharp fruitiness on the back palate. Warming quality on the back of the throat. Full bodied with light, peppery carbonation.

O-My least favorite from De Molen so far, but still a solid beer worth your attention.

O-

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Photo of shleepy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from small bottle (purchased at K&L in Redwood City, CA) into a chalice glass.

Very dark brown color. Almost no head or carbonation... possible seepage from bottle-cap, which had some weird residue?

Smell is toasty and chocolatey, but it smells slightly sour.

Taste is very peaty, toasty. Dry, but not sour. Flat mouthfeel (again, possibly from defective capping, rather than intentional). Strange but tasty enough.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doops picked up a bottle of this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht for me. Thanks bro!

From a 750ml into a snifter.
Brewed: 16 Feb 2011. Bottled: 21 March 2011
Label reads "Original 1914 recipe London Triple Stout."

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour makes a three finger, medium-thin, looser, crackly, light brown head with pretty good retention. Clear dark brown body, almost black, with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap that remains until the end and leaves some decent splotchy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smoky notes with cocoa powder. Classic De Molen nose. Bold enough, with earthy peat aromas as well and some nice milk chocolate under everything. Good stuff.

TASTE: Roasted and smoky malts with a burst of cocoa powder and hop bitterness. Some milk chocolate and licorice with some nice peat flavors as well, moving into a bold and lingering bitter hop finish. Earthy hops with just a touch of booze, roasted malts and some cocoa powder linger nicely on the palate. Tasty stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Pretty light on the palate, semi- creamy, and goes down smooth with a little burn after the swallow. Finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Another good De Molen brew. This is kind of a touchstone for their stout beer, as it is a tasty and aromatic beer, but would need a heavier, thicker palate to really get the flavors over the hump. A tighter head would also help the scores. That said, I enjoyed this one very much. If you’re interested in the brewery, this would be a stout to check out. If you enjoy it, then their barrel aged and smaller batch stuff would be well worth tracking down. A good beer that I’ve had before and will have again. Recommended.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice dark mahogany brew. took a vigorous pour to create a light tan head that quickly faded with no lacing.
S - dark malts, coffee and dark brown sugar
T - similar to the aroma but with a dark ripe fruit note and a noticeably abv note.
M - medium full bodied, medium carbonation with a residual brown sugar sweetness and a biting finish.
D - an interesting look back at a historic recipe. I think I'd like a better balance before I'd want to spend another $20 on one of these.

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