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Rogue Farms Marionberry BraggotRogue Farms Marionberry Braggot

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.42%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of Treyliff
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a tulip

Pours a deep purple color with a small fizzy white head that dissapers immediately. Berry and honey sweetness up front, some English-barleywine like aromas. Tastes of sweet berries and honey, some caramel sweetness, finishes with more berries and honey. Medium thick body, medium carbonation and finish. Very tasty

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Photo of gotzilla
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm new to this style so nobody should read this with any weight.

On tap at Eureka Burgers.

Color was dark and boring, but it was dark in the restaurant.

Not much head, and it looks flat but the carbonation was there in a very unobtrusive way.

Both me and my friend really went in with almost no expectations and really liked the taste. The only expectations I had was I thought it would be tart/sour due to the name and I was delighted that it wasn't (it was just a little sour and a little sweet, and I didn't think of this as a "fruit beer"), and I thought due to the APV that I would be blown away by the alcohol (which was impressively hidden).

We ordered a second one, which is evidence we really liked it considering there were a lot of other beers to order. I mentally understand where a lot of the other reviews are tasting cloying cough syrup, but I really don't feel it. However, this was my first Braggot, and I have no doubts that there are better ones. One reviewer said I hope this isn't somebody's first benchmark -- it is, but I think it'd be great to go up from here.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and good lacing. Smells of herbal notes, floral, honey, slight nut, slight sweet malt, earthiness, and fruit. Fits the style of a Braggot. Mouth feel is sharp, pungent, crisp, and a low carbonation level. There is also a dryness and perfume quality. Tastes of herbal notes, floral, honey, slight nut, slight sweet malt, earthiness, and fruit. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with Rogue Farms Honey & Wildflower Honey; Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™, Dare™ R-1, Dare™ R-3, Risk™ R-1, Risk™ R-3, Risk™ R-7, Maier Munich & C120 Malts; Rogue Farms Flaked Rye; Rogue Farms Rebel Hops; Rogue Farms Marionberries & Marionberry Juice; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.
26° Plato / 11.4% ABV / 17 IBU / 84 AA / 32° L

$11.99 for a 22oz bomber at Binnys in Chicago.
Pours out to a cloudy medium brown, forming a nice creamy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. Nose of prune juice, raisins, figs and dates, strawberries. No hop character. Mouthfeel is slick, smooth, dense syrup and cloying. Taste is again of prune juice, raisins, figs, dates and strawberries, just like a good barleywine should. I've never had marionberries, but I don't get a rasp/blackberry flavor, but there is a lot of grape, syrupy grape juice. Bitterness is quite mild. Finish is syrupy, overall on the sweet side, with lots of prune juice.

This reminds me almost exactly of a barleywine I brewed 5 years ago. It tastes exactly like this, which is pretty good. A meal unto itself. Worth trying for barleywine lovers.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another braggot! Love this style. This one pours a dark brown with dark plum accents
and a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and nice lacing.
Nose of light berries and dark sugars. Flavors exceed the nose by weight and volume with
marionberry (love the jam from the Amish folk around here--almost a mulberry in taste)
and a blast of brown sugar syrup with tea notes on the sides. Nice mouth feel like a sparkling
mead, wine notes fall on the back with warming port notes and finish moderately dry and warm.
Overall an interesting experience and one I would enjoy again. A fine brew from a pioneer in
the craft beer world.


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Photo of Sabtos
2.03/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brownish red with no head.

Smells like a hard taco shell. There might be other elements here but this is not the bouquet of berry aromas and spices that others have described trying to justify the price and ridiculous ABV of this Braggot--which is supposed to be a blend of mead and beer. People, mead, way back in the day, was exceptionally low ABV, nothing over 2% would probably have ever existed. In any case, all this funk and oddness comes together to create a straight up soggy, hard taco shell aroma.

Taste is cough syrup, with hot booze, and maybe a touch of berry and old lady perfume.


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Photo of dcotom
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into snifter. L - Caramel colored pour with purplish highlights, one-finger light tan head that dissipates quickly. S - Caramel, honey, a little fruit, some mild floral notes. Lots of alcohol on the nose. T - Malty and sweet, a touch of fruit and honey on the palate. Some hop bitterness coming through as the beer warms. F - Sticky sweetness on the finish, with a hint of tartness. O - This has a big barleywine quality about it. Very alcohol forward on the nose, palate, and finish. The fruit stays in the background. Paired with aged cheese and pita chips, this was quite good. Not a stand-alone sipper for me, though.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber suffused with purple, with a massive, coarse tan head, with very good retention. Thick Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Spicy alcohol vies with grassy hops and lush berries with an aroma like dew berries, or perhaps a fusion of black berries and raspberries.

Taste: Opens with a rich and flavorful blackberry note, with a strong undercurrent of spicy alcohol, yielding a flourish reminiscent of a blackberry cordial. The alcohol is warming and complementary, but does not seem at all excessive, in light of the relatively high ABV of 12.42%. Late in the taste, some leafy herbal hops appear, serving as a counterpoint to the pronounced sweetness of the fruit and the alcohol..

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft, quite full, and extraordinarily gracious upon the palate.

Drinkability/notes: Extraordinary in its excellence, Rogue Marionberry Braggot offered a fitting tribute to the
conjunction of the Summer Solstice and the full Strawberry Moon, a one-in-a-lifetime event. Cheers!

Presentation: Packaged in a purple-enameled 750 ml Belgian-style bomber, sealed with a pry-off crown,
served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of gandres
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to glass at the Brewery at Issaquah, WA
Appearance: dark brown, minimal tan head
Taste: low bitterness with sweetness that last long
Feel: very good, lively carbonation, long finish
Overall: good beer ok to repeat, not look for
Drank: May 8, 2016

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Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber picked up at TW in Naples, FL at the beginning of last month.

poured into a tulip. i swear this beer changes color. initially looked very dk brown, almost black, with a good oatmeal colored head. after the head dissipated, body color was more brownish with burdgundy tones. very little in the way of lacing.

couldn't really get much on the nose except for some sweetness and a clear alcohol aroma. judging by when this beer was added to BA, this beer is around 18 months old. (coz rogue doesnt do the dating thing)

taste was pretty interesting, because like the color, i got different things over the 3 hours of sipping it took to get through this. initially it was just alcohol and booze. later in the bottle, i began to get the strong berry taste coating the tongue while the alcohol was all in the back of the throat.

feel was above medium, pretty boozy.

overall, seemed very similar to an old ale, until the berries kicked in. an ok thing once in a while, but not a style i would search the aisles for.

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Photo of bnes09
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby amber color with no head. Berry, caramel, malt aroma. Lots of sweet berry flavor with dense malt. Minimal hop. Full bodied. Syrupy feel. Not bad.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Seems dark brown, but enticing deep ruby in the light. Fairly clear but hard to discern given shape and volume of snifter in use. Beige to tan, quickly dissipating head of finer bubbles, but retains well as soon as it devolves into more of a film. Lots of berries (marionberries, apparently), hot and sweet with booze, some molasses, a little honey. Tastes like honey and berries boiled down, very syrupy, extremely boozy and hot. Earthy, leafy, to almost spicy hops throughout, didn’t notice them at first, strongest in finish. Full-bodied with extremely fine carbonation, smooth, packing heat.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass. The color is an attractive reddish-purple with a thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing. I'm not familiar with marionberries is but I suppose that is what I'm smelling, along with some vanilla and honey. The taste is very fruity - it starts out quite sweet and turns fairly tart in mid-taste and finishes with some citrus. There is also a distinct taste of honey along with the booze; it's a little like drinking a fruity Drambuie. I'm surprised at how well this ale hides its 11.42% ABV; it seems very drinkable but really sneaks up on you. Overall, while I generally don't favor fruity beers, this one was quite good. It's a nice change of pace but I wouldn't make a steady diet of it.

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Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too much booze. Interesting flavors. The berries show with a huge honey sweetness. Too bad this has so much alcohol showing that takes away from the flavors.

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Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had never heard of Marionberries before and so was interested in trying this beer even if only for that reason alone.

The beer pours out into a wine glass a purple color with reddish highlights. The off white, almost pink color head was a bit thin, receded quickly but did retain a circle of foam around the glass for a while.

The aromas contained a pleasant berry character which seemed like an interesting combination of blackberry, blue beer and a bit of something else, all mingled with a touch of honey in the background.

The flavors followed pretty much from the nose with the dark berries weaving together in an interesting blend that is supported by the honey backbone.

The mouthfeel was medium with a touch of prickliness from the fine and fairly long lasting carbonation. The medium long finish began about mid way through as the beers slid away leaving an interesting touch of earthy bitterness mingled with the honey. That all then just faded away.

I thought this was a well made and an interesting beer and was better than Rogue typically gets credit for. I could see having it again and think it would work best as a digestif to be served either before or after a meal. I don't think I'd be interested in opening up one just for drinking, both because of the ABV and the sweetness.

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Photo of KevCan
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at my parents' house. My dad bought it from Total Wine because it looked cool. Poured from the 750mL bottle into a mini snifter. Paired with a bag of Newman's Own mini chocolate chip cookies.

Look: Striking and attractive bottle. After pouring, I realize why they paint the bottle: the dark brown, murky appearance is not very attractive. Very little head which quickly dissipates, as expected for a high ABV.

Smell: Smells like mixed fruit jelly. Strong Belgian yeast. The honey is apparent. Like a fresh-baked biscuit slathered with honey and jam.

Taste: Less fruit in the taste than the smell. Like a Belgian dubbel with honey. Chocolate truffle with a fruit liqueur center. Yeasty with a bit of peppery alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Very sweet. Doesn't taste like an 11+% beer.

Feel: Extremely smooth and thick, syrupy.

Overall: Very sweet. Great dessert beer. Better sipped than guzzled.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've been wanting to try this for some time and when I had a chance I grabbed it, going with the style as a whole and not with the focus on honey but tavern owners mixing their own blend right on the bar....I really thought it was pretty good, wine like in flavor but hiding the 11.42 % ABV very well.
Poured from a 22 oz Bomber into a Mason Jar showed a reddish purple brew with a small tan head than goes away fast leaving a little lace that slides slowly down. Aroma hold wine like fruit with a little malt back ground, taste is the same and I feel this is were the honey is missed...we have a dry finish and a little sweetness here would really seal the deal for me. Mouthfeel is medium but has the heavy wine like dry finish. Overall this style is great to taste test due to different ways to blend it...

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, no dating that I can find on it. Served in a wine glass/chalice, the braggot pours a hazy dark reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like honey, marionberries, dark fruit and some earthy woodiness. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also red grapes and a slight medicinal flavor noticeable along with a good amount of bitternesss in the finish. The bitterness eases up as the braggot warms up more, overall there's a nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I can't say I've had many braggots so I don't have much to compare this one to, but I liked it. This was a nice change compared to what I usually drink, it's certainly worth a try!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown/mahogany, slightly tan two finger soapy head. Cool bottle color and neat descriptions.

S&T: Malty smell, mild grape skin (I guess that's marionberry), sweet honey resides in the back. Flavor is the same, minus any honey elements, plus some wood, as if it's been barrel aged. Reminiscent of Belgian quad, without as much depth as the great ones. Kind of an unpleasant aftertaste though, chalky/tannic, medicinal.

M: Slightly astringent, but medium bodied.

O: Granted, this is my first experience with braggot. Not totally favorable, but still drinkable. Glimpses of genius (yummy malt and wood characteristics ) followed by the weird (medicinal/bitter aftertaste, no honey to speak of.) Part of this is my fault too, I imagined the marionberry being sweeter/juicy, but came off as grape. More tastings required.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Rogue “Marionberry Braggot.”

BOTTLE: 750ml purple painted brown glass bottle with branded black pry-off pressure cap and eye-catching label purchased at a local H-E-B grocery and served cold into a snifter at low altitude in Austin, TX.

Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I’m not huge on the brewery but I always smile upon seeing more braggots in the world. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide. Off-white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Average complexion and consistency. Average (~2 minute) retention. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark brown. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Dull and unappealing.

Appears adequately carbonated. It’s far from unique or special looking for a braggot, and isn’t much to look at in general.

AROMA: Subtle but lovely berry notes. Clover honey. Faint smoked malt; it’s a unique smoked character and goes well with the pleasant caramel aromatics. Flowery notes. Floral hop character. Some hints of wood. I don’t find any true mead or infused notes. The berries are a highlight for me, but I crave more presence. It’s got a nice sweetness, but Rogue didn’t go overboard. It’s slightly tart (likely from the berries). I’m finding none of the 11.42% ABV evidenced in the aroma, which is damned impressive.
It’s an intriguing aroma for a braggot. I’m very excited to try it. Inviting and of average strength.

No yeast character, off-notes, or overt alcohol is detectable. Hop presence is minimal (which is to style).

TASTE: The wildflower honey lends this flavor profile a natural cohesion, but does venture into cloying territory by the late second act. The berry notes are pleasantly fruity, and lend this beer some interesting tartness, but don’t feel as seamlessly integrated as they should given this is a braggot. While the aforementioned honey blends well with the caramalt and Munich malt base, it’s still not mead-like – which is definitely disappointing in this style. The light woody smokiness of the aroma is largely absent here, but I do find it in the early second act when I look for it.

It’s not a herbal or flowery as I hoped it’d be, but it does have some generic floral hop character. The tartness in the third act is more noticeable as the beer comes to temperature, and I find it grows on me.

This beer does an excellent job of concealing its high ABV. I’d guess this was maybe 8% if I tried it blind. Unfortunately, the flavor profile in general isn’t real well balanced, in large part due to the inherent artificiality of many of its constituent notes; what were these added “natural flavors?” Was the marionberry juice from extract/concentrate? It definitely doesn’t taste genuine throughout, but then this IS a Rogue beer…
It’s not complex or intricate for a braggot by any means, and the fundamental failure of the berry notes and honey to deliver on the promises of the style really hold this back. The tartness of the berries is the only subtle aspect of the beer I pick up on, and the flavor profile is surprisingly bereft of nuance given the style, which is usually defined by the potential implicit in blending rather than (and/or in addition to) brewing.

This isn’t off-note free; some drinkers will be unable to drink much after recognizing a distinct cough syrup-esque note hiding somewhere in the tart berry character. Never a good thing. It edges closer to grape as the beer comes to temperature, making it more and more intolerable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, aptly thick, syrupy, and full-bodied. This texture does a decent job of supporting the taste, but overall presence on the palate is underwhelming.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, boozy, astringent, hot, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Better perhaps than I expected given the brewery behind it. The artificial taste holds it back considerably, but then we’re used to that from Rogue (or, by now, we should be). To its credit, it does a damn find job at concealing its near wine level ABV, but I wouldn’t encourage friends to pick this up, and the price is laughable given the (lack of) quality. The cough syrupy off-character, once recognized, is hard to ignore. That said, I’ll finish the bottle alone without much effort, and I’m grateful it isn’t the cloying mess many drinkers have come to expect from this brewery. I love to see another braggot in the world, but this may well be the worst one I’ve tried to date. I’d hate for someone new to the style to use this as their benchmark going forward. The pink paint marketing gimmick (and nonsense “Rogue Farms” label) will continue to work for Rogue, but I wish they’d put more effort into the beer inside the bottle.

BOTTOM LINE: Not recommended, especially if you’re new to the style.



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Photo of emerge077
2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark purplish brown, interesting color but that's about it.

Smells like grape candy and alcohol. Blech.

Tastes like grape candy, Robitussin, and oxidized malt. Bad, just bad.
Harsh feel, the booze is obvious and it's rough. It's like grape flavored four loko meets sloe gin fizz. Pretty nasty. Glad this was a post-party freebie, I'd never buy this.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in wrapped bomber
Purchased from specialist beer shop Beermoth
Unusual in every sense and to every sense, certainly an unique experience & on the whole enjoyable

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Photo of Urk1127
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into stout glass. Pours a dark purple almost like the color of the bottle but much darker. No head but some lacing. The smell is alcohol, dark fruit like raisins and plums and toasty. Taste is alcohol heat up front then roasty malt and dark fruits. Fig, plum, dark berries. Mouth feel was slick and medium. With decent to little carbonation. I ending up drinking the whole thing in one night but it was a slow process. It was better a little warmer than completely cold. It was my first and maybe only braggot for a long while I haven't seen many. Just this and Sam Adams honey queen. But I would also not buy it again, but I did enjoy the experience

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a purple bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, muddled, amber-brown coloring with a thin, low profile, tan head. Aromas of rich honey, sweet berry, floral and herbal highlights, and rich caramel notes. Flavors are tangy and richly sweet forward, with a blast of berry sweet and tart on the forward tongue, a solid caramel and honey backbone, and a vegetal and herbal highlight. Full bodied and smooth, with a tangy sweet blend of marionberry and honey in the aftertaste. The beer has a slight edge from subtle carbonation which helps clean the finish a bit, but there is still a considerable linger on the smooth feel. Good beer.

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Photo of leroybrown10
2.12/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown. One finger, light tan colored head. Some haziness.

Fruity aroma with some cherry, raspberry, and gooseberry. Some herbal notes to go with honey and candied sugar.

Very unpleasant flavor. Bitter sourness, over cooked vegetables and rubbing alcohol.

Mouth feel is horrid. Perhaps the worst I've ever experienced. Oily, bitter, acrid, and noxious on the tongue.

This has a pleasant appearance and a decent but unremarkable aroma. Unfortunately, the flavors are nothing like nose and the mouth feel was gag worthy. This was a drain pour.

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