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Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle PeppersStone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers

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Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 2006, Chris Carroll, a longtime member of Team Stone, took that adage literally, proposing that we produce a one-off version of our venerable Stone Smoked Porter made spicy from the addition of chipotle peppers. We gave it a shot and found that those smoked jalapeños melded quite naturally with the smoldery peat-smoked malt that gives the beer its flavor and moniker, creating a deep, roasty quaff with a carefully restrained tingle of tasteful capsaicin heat in the finish. The marriage of ingredients was so nice that it has become an annual summertime staple, released each May in honor of Carroll’s initial idea that Stone Smoked Porter w/Chipotle Peppers serve as an artisanal alternative to the industrialized adjunct-laden cerveza billed as the perfect fluid accompaniment to the sunny season. Cheers to variety and a quality alternative to mediocrity.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great porter, dark with large retained creamy head. Moderately smoked aroma. The mouthfeel is creamy. A substantive smoke taste, chocolate malt, the hot pepper in the background. Satisfying and enormously drinkable. ALtogether a tasty spicy mix.From Lueken Liquors.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted, toasted, and smoked malt along with some cocoa and very slight pepper aromas. Taste is of roasted and smoked malt, campfire, slight cocoa powder, and some mild chipotle pepper flavors. There is a mild smoke aftertaste and a fairly tame pepper heat in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that show a nice integration of the chipotle peppers with the base beer. Much better than the vanilla bean version in my opinion.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: half finger head. Minimal light passes through. No lacing to speak of.

S: minimal roasty. weakest aspect of the beer as it takes the porter aroma in any significant quantity.

T: the spicey chiptole reveals itself in the aftertaste. The porter aspect is very smokey. I love how the flavors seem to blend as oppose to offset each other.

M: smooth. Right amount of chipotle. The chipotle lingers but it enjoyable.

O: I love stone's creativity. I rated this for what it is, a smokey porter with the creative addition of chipotle. Not a beer to drink regularly but its the type of beer that you look for in your beer drinking travels to keep things interesting. Happy to get a chance to try this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

maybe the best chilli beer ive ever had. its got all the same great characteristics as the regular smoked porter, but the chipotle pepper adds a lot in my opinion. the pour is lovely, excited and invigorated light brown head on a dense dark brew. the smell is where the peppers really bring something special. they compliment the peaty smoked malts with a spicy roundness that really makes me want to drink up. the flavor is not hot at all, rather as the label says, its like one of those fine chilli chocolates, where the pepper adds flavor and not heat. such is the case with this, very complex finish on a decadent beer. feel is great too, smooth and rich, dancing on the tongue from front to back sweet to spice. i really really like it, and used it as a secret ingredient in a buffalo meat and heirloom tomato chilli that was sensational. this beer is fabulous!

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being black in color—when held up to a bright light it appears very dark brown. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of iodine from the smoke are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by Band-Aid like flavors that resemble iodine. The initial taste isn't that spicy, but the chipotle lends a hot kick to the finish. The spicy aftertaste seems to get stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The spiciness lends some kick to the taste.
O: I liked the spiciness that the chipotle lended to this beer, but felt like it had too much iodine. I would have enjoyed it better if it had more smoky flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer as part of the East vs. West Throwdown at Pazzo's.

Beginning with the base beer, Stone Smoked Porter (highly recommended), this beer takes on a whole new world of intensity because of the chipotle character. While the flavors of the chilis compliment the cocoa flavors of the beer very well, the fresh vegitable taste is largely lost in the heat of the peppers. Very warm, er... hot, this beer is a heartburn just waiting to happen. The heat of the peppers amplify the alcohols and the bitterness of the more coffee-like characteristics of the Porter. Because of the heat and intensity, it becomes difficult to descern the smoke flavor of the beer from that of the peppers- though this is a great subtlety, the smoke flavor is dimenished a bit too much.

Though a challenge to drink, I appreciate the experimental nature of the beer. Unfortunately it's one and done for me.

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

Appearance: Dark but clear mahogany-brown. Pours with a finger of lasting head.

Smell: The addition of chipotle peppers really amplifies the smokiness of the base beer. Beyond the smoke there's a dash of dark chocolate, a little charred malt and a mellow but enjoyable note of smoked pepper.

Palate: Chocolate and smoked pepper up front, followed by peat smoke and charred malt. The peppers intensify the smoke flavor without adding much in the way of heat. There's a fair amount of pepper flavor, and it tickles the throat a bit, but I find myself wanting just a bit more heat. It's a tasty beer nonetheless, and the chipotle works well with the base beer. The finish is ashy, smoky, moderately bitter - very different than the vanilla bean version.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are actually fairly high; I quite enjoyed the smoked porter with vanilla beans on-draught (and on cask).

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 5.9% ABV confirmed.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger nice khaki colour of nice smooth cream, good thickness, and above average retention - though the ABV is a mere 5.90%. Good lacing. Colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Smoke and hints of peat. Dark malts. Chili peppers do come through, though I wouldn't say I'm able to identify them specifically as chipotle. Cream. Hints of vague background chocolate. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Some cream opens into a dark malt foundation with hints of vague chocolate and peppers (only when I actively search for them). It's well built but lacks the subtlety needed to make it great. The pepper character emerges more as it warms. It could use more cream. Nicely balanced for what it is. It's certainly a far cry from the spicy chocolate vibe the label suggests it's akin to - but what would Stone be without that air of pretentious snobbery? I do like it, but it just isn't all that impressive. The smoke is incredibly limited, which is a huge disappointment for a smoked porter. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some creamy character. It's a bit thin for the style. Carbonation is adequate.

Dr: A solid pepper porter but not one that delivers on the promise of the style or even the title. Smoked porters require smoke; it's that simple. I like it and I'd try it on draught (or even nitro), but it doesn't live up to the recent hype. Certainly one of Stone's better offerings, but that doesn't mean all that much in my book.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours near black with head or lacing. Nose brings forward a pretty good amount of chipotle alongside some roasted malt and hints of coffee. Smoke in the background. Taste brings the peppers forward while the smoke and roast characteristics remain in the background. Good feel--I like he heat on this. Drinkability is okay given the distinctiveness of some of the flavors.

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Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown with some red at the edges. There is a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Definitely getting the roast and the smoked malt up front. The roasted peppers show up as well with a mild dark fruit sweetness.

Taste: The taste follows closely from the smell. Lots of smoke and roast with just a touch of sweetness. The peppers show up here more than the smell, with some tingles on the tongue from the heat. The finish is bitter from the roast with some pepper heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the mix of smoked malt with the smoked peppers. Definitely interested in another given the chance.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chocolate brown with a bit of deep ruby showing thru when held up to the light,a thinner light beige head atop.Smoke and molasses really come into play in the nose,the chipotle provides mild smoke and heat.The body is a tad thin and doesn't hold up that well to the fuller flavors.A bit earthy upfront with light smoke and lightly sweet molasses notes rounding it out,the chili's come in the finish and after taste.It's not bad but it's not nearly as good as the standard smoked porter,the vanilla was not anything earth shattering either.

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Photo of nickfl
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a small head of light tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Notes of dark sugar and light smoke with a hint of chocolate.

T - Toffee and caramel notes up front with smoke. Dark, sugary notes of molasses and brown sugar appear in the middle with a hint of fruity chili character. The chipotles only really come out in the finish along with some chocolate and more caramel.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This really sounds like a good idea, the dark character of porter and the moderate level of smoke in Stone's version should work perfectly with chipotle, but somehow it doesn't come together as well as I expected it would. The chili character is relatively subdued and it doesn't have a lot of impact on the base beer. It may increase the perception of smoke a bit, but aside from that it does very little until it shows up in the finish. Overall I would prefer the original version of this beer to any of the specialty aged versions that I have had so far.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been meaning to try this, haven't gotten around to it, and got as an extra thanks to gockets (Reddit) so figured it was time to go.

Pours a slightly darker colored fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades slowly with nice pot marked lacing, over very dark black beer, almost pitch black, slightest hint of cola brown light coming through.

Nose is complex, starting with a light roasted malt and a bit of cocoa chocolate malt, light creamy chocolate, then moving to light smoked malt, hint of smoked cheese like aroma, and a touch of pepper in there, just a bit of caramel as well.

taste comes on with smoked malt right out, light smoked cheese like flavor, and a light creamy flavor. Light chocolate malt, little powdered cocoa and little creamy chocolate, touch of roasted malt, and some caramel. A very light pepper flavor with a light pepper heat on the back end that builds a bit. Finish is creamy and slightly dry, more chocolate and cocoa, lingering chipotle peppers, and a little bitter roast and smoke lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, little creamy, decent carb, some pepper heat.

Overall nice, good malt flavors, smoke, etc, with a light chipotle heat, nice overall flavors , they all blend well with great flavors but still drinkable and nice long finish.

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Photo of mactrail
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My favorite salsas have chipotle peppers, so I had to give it a try. Dark brown in the glass. Modest foam with virtually no lacing.

The chile taste is actually quite nice. It's the campfire charred bitterness that takes away any pleasure. I don't remember the regular smoked version being so sourishly burnt. It gets more hot after sipping awhile, enough so that I don't want to sip anymore. Not hint of malty sweetness, which might have done this some good.

It doesn't take long before this totally wears out its welcome. Hot, dirty, extremely dry, and bitter in unrelieved rotation. Interesting for a taste, but not drinkable. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/26/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing rings cling down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, smoke, chipotle pepper, light coffee, and light herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, smoke, roasted malt, chipotle pepper, coffee, toffee, citrus, and herbal hops. Light amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, chipotle pepper, light coffee, citrus, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of classic porter flavor with the chipotle peppers; the heat does start to build up in the back as you drink, but it just fine with me. No cloying flavors on the palate at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed on the finish, unless the peppers are masking it. Overall this is a highly excellent porter! Fantastic flavor balance with the special ingredient; very smooth to drink despite the pepper heat build up. Highly enjoyable offering; I hope it makes a comeback around here sometime.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Stone's Smoked Chiporter displays a reasonably clear, dark brown body capped by a modest bone white head.

Smell: Includes all of the fine cocoa, coffee, and smoke notes I'd infer from the base smoked porter, as well as some well-integrated earthy, spicy chipotle accents.

Taste: A start of dark maltiness with the usual tastes of cocoa, mellow Breakfast Blend coffee, and lightly smokey character. Restrained sweetness. Slight, subtle pepper taste like a small spoonful of chipotle in adobo sauce. It makes itself known without getting unruly or morphing into anything like the Cave Creek Chili Beer. Modest amount of chile heat lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: With the standard Smoked Porter and the Vanilla Bean version, I really must dare myself to try and stop chugging them down. With this one, well, one was more than enough.

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Photo of drewone
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Damn - got much better with age, I assume it mellowed out, not a bit spiced beer fan. Originally rated it 2.75, now I would say easily 3.5-3.75 range. Mild spiciness, full bodied, minor chocolate notes.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/17/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, a touch of hops and a faint hint of chipotle peppers.

T: The taste starts out very smoky along with flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate. Then a mild sting of chipotle pepper heat comes in and intensifies after a few sips. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hot from the chipotle peppers.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you enjoy the hot pepper beers.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of this to use for cooking/marinading, but of course I took a sample as well.

Dark brown pour into a glass measuring cup (lol). Even a slow pour produced a pretty substantial head, off-white, simmering down to a patchy foam. Aroma of bready malts, smoke, some vegetal notes from the chipotle. Pretty much what you'd expect. In the taste, roasty dark malts, toasted bread, smoke, charred wood, slight dry heat from the peppers in the finish. [Interestingly, when I used this beer for a caramelized portobello reduction, the spice came out significantly.] This was a medium bodied beer, fairly good for the style, even if it's a style I'm not a big fan of. There's no way I'd be able to drink a bomber of this myself, and even for one small glass, I'd really have to be in the mood.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to ticking this one. On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente.

A: The pour is pretty much black in color, maybe just really dark brown, with a finger of tan head.

S: I get some almost salty notes from the beer, but plenty of earthiness. The peppers seem to enhance the smokiness of the beer, but not really overwhelm it. Plenty of roast to go with it along with some bitter dark chocolate.

T: A pretty similar flavor in relation to the nose. Lots of earthy tones to go with the smoke, which actually seems more rounded and mellow than usual. Very roasty with some of the usual saltiness of smoked beers, and a nice touch of bitterness and chocolate.

M: The body is maybe a bit on the light side for what I recall the regular smoked porter having, but still sufficient. The carbonation is medium.

D: Not always a big chile or smoked beer fan, but Stone has done well with this one. Not overbearing in any fashion, and actually pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crimson tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Nice head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Slight smokeyness & peppers

T: Smokey pepper, ever so slight roastyness up front. More chille heat as this warms, dryness & faint roastyness as this warms. Slight caramel notes in the finish along with smokey peppers

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, becomes creamy as this warms

Pretty decent take on a chille beer, but was hoping for way more. Way better than crime no matter how you slice it

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Deep dark ruby brown, two fingers of head

SMELL: Subtle smoke, hint of chipotle peppers, roasted grain, faint coffee tone

TASTE: Mild smokiness, charcoal, smooth, medium body, balanced hopping, chipotle peppers, slow pepper heat, black currants, peppery semi-dry finish

Decent, the pepper flavor seems to slowly be a bit too much or perhaps this beer has become too clean. Flavors seem not to fully mesh but all in all it works.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

A little surprised to see this guy pop up 'round here. It pours a deep, dark ruby-tinted sienna topped by over a finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, hot peppers, and molasses. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, molasses, light cocoa powder, oaky smoke, and a light pepper heat. The heat and smoke compliment the darkness nicely. The body is a hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a real treat, a pepper-ed beer that neither overdoes it nor underdoes it. Nice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark brown (almost black) in color with some lighter brown highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront the smell of this beer is all smoked chipotle pepper (and quite strong), after that there are some lighter aromas of dark roasted malts and milk chocolate. There are some very light hints of coffee and citrus hop notes.

T: Like the smell, upfront there is a lighter (than the smell) presence of chipotle pepper along with some dark roasted malts and coffee. Nice complexity. Subtle hints of milk chocolate.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Overall this is a very good example of the chipotle enhancing a beer rather than overpowering or dominating a beer. This is enjoyable but definitely not a beer that I could have over and over again - not sessionable and not one I want to have multiple times.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beige, two-finger head. Some spots for lace. Deep, dark brown liquor with only a bit of (bright sun) light passes on the extreme edge.

I smell powdered cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate. No chipotle that I can tell.

Starts as a typical porter with a rich body and a darker chocolate flavor. The swallow brings out the heat from the chipotles. It's surprising at first, but then it settles nicely to a truly spicy aftertaste. Lasts a long time. This flavor dominates from the swallow onward. There may be hops but I cannot detect them.

Overall, this is interesting, well made and a bit of a novelty.

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