BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) | BrewDog

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BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003)BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003)

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 07-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: no head on a black body with light passing through creating a red hue.

S: vanilla, oak, whiskey and confectioners chocolate.

T: more vanilla, whiskey, dark chocolate which together form a little tangy flavor. The whiskey stands out and makes the beer. mild smokey notes.

M: light carbonation making this one very smooth and a touch oily medium to full body.

Overall: A little mild and definitely sweet. The whiskey makes this one. Fairly different from Paradox Islay but good in its own right.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this still on the shelf at my local store... really shocked me when I saw it was bottled in 2007. Anyway, it's poured out as a deep brown color, mostly black with virtually no head on top, just some bubbles that don't last very long. The lacing is nowhere in sight either. The smell of the beer though gives off a very nice mellow smoked aroma with some elements of scotch whiskey and some vanilla in there. The taste of the beer has also mellowed out nicely. The whiskey flavors are there along with some hints of char, roasted malts and some molasses. The mouthfeel is nearly flat, not much carbonation left if there was much to begin with I'll never know. The body is medium with some silky creaminess still intact. There is no booze heat on this either. Overall it's a pretty solid Paradox, one of the better ones I've had over the years for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent coffee brown color with a sliver of a head that quickly fades, leaving just a few bubbles around the circumference; just a bit of viscosity around the sides of the chalice

Smell: Chocolate and whisky barrel, with a burnt sugar, vanilla and graham cracker character; some boozy elements, too

Taste: Opens rather malty, with the dark chocolate and whisky character nicely blended; by mid-palate, the burnt sugar, vanilla and graham crackers move to the fore, along with a boozy, slightly peaty aspect; after the swallow, the flavors merge together nicely and linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body and relatively flat; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Other than the problems with the mouthfeel, I rather enjoyed this malty beer

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of light tan foam on top of a black body. The foam settles out rapidly and leaves only light traces of lace in its wake.

S - Spicy, smoky notes of whiskey with nutty caramel and a hint of chocolate.

T - Sweet malt up front with caramel and dark roasted grain. Some vanilla in the middle with a hint of smoke and a bit of sherry. Finishes with thick toffee and notes of maple sugar as well as a smoky aftertaste that works with the sweetness and stays away from any harsh, peat like notes.

M - A moderately thick, yet syrupy body, with a balanced finish.

D - Nicely balanced with a smoky character that is milder than some other scotch barrel beers I have had. The sweetness really stands out but works pretty well against the dark malt and alcohol.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany that would most likely be darker ebony in lower light conditions. What was minimal head creation during the first half of the pour became a thick slice of ecru colored froth by the time the final ounce entered the snifter. Decent persistence and decent lace, with neither being a surprise at this ABV.

The nose is a wonderful combination of dark chocolate fudge and Scotch whisky, which is undoubtedly what the brewers intended. Once the starting chill is lost, the aroma opens up even more.

There are no surprises with the Paradox series after the first few bottles, since the only variable is the type of whisky barrels used. Which isn't a huge variable at all since subtle differences are impossible to detect once the Imperial stout enters the picture. Besides, I'm not drinking these side-by-side-by-side, but separated in time by many months... or even years in some cases.

This really is a gentle and easy drinking beer of this general sort. That's because the base stout is not a rip roaring malt-packed beast. The tangy-peaty notes of the Scottish spirit combine in seamless fashion with the chocolate and coffee notes of the beer. Age hasn't harmed this brew one bit, except...

... for a body/mouthfeel that is thinner and less creamy than it should be. Then again, it probably wasn't Dark Lord-like immediately after the release. Nevertheless, it's enjoyable enough as a slow sipper, as long as one doesn't expect mouth and tongue pampering.

Paradox Glen Grant is on par with the rest of the series, so no surprises await those who are looking for something different to jump up and grab them. Yeah, okay, it's probably overpriced, but a single bottle won't break the bank if you have any interest in the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Bill as an extra in our most recent trade. I had been wanting to get these, but had yet to see them show up locally. Needless to say I was very happy when he included one to let me see if I needed to pursue it further. Served in an oversized wine glass, this was consumed at cellar temp on 08/10/2008.

Poured a deep, dark black, though utterly motionless with only the slightest bit of wispy brown lace on the top. That faded after a few brief moments and all that was left in its wake was a bare, blackened top.

The aroma was full of whiskey and vanilla smells. Lots of nice sweet touches here, maybe even some light butterscotch on the nose. Hints of burnt coffee and an almost peat like smell were dancing around in the foreground. The flavor was more f the same. Very nice, toasty, with a he malt bill on this one. Started smooth and dark, with an oak like flavor that washed over the tongue with hints of vanilla and molasses, fleeting though with some long after taste of roasted malts and peat, a touch of sweet whiskey flavor and the drying touch that was highlighted by almost a bitter bakers chocolate. Smooth Mouthfeel, though not as thick as I would have liked, but still not bad at all. Easily drinkable as the 10% was nowhere to be found on this one.

Overall not bad. Jury is still out on the 12 dollar price tag, but this was definitely a solid beer. The aging was not overdone at all, and an easy one for being so big. Will have to come back to this one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a dark ruby/garnet-brown topped by a miniscule bit of off white foam. The nose comprises cheap merlot (red and black grapes, light booze, cranberry musk, heavy tannins up the nose), cinnamon, light charcoal, cocoa, and wet cardboard box. OK, when the tongue gets involved, it seems as though someone put that cheap, boxed merlot on the radiator and that somehow scorched it, creating a sort of smoky character to go with the grapes and berries. Something here seems awfully wrong, as though tannins laid out in the sun too long, got sunburned, and then got surly about it when confronted. *shudder* The body is a sleek medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thin/slimy feel. Overall, I've enjoyed the other batches from this series, but this one just has not been treated well by the passage of time. Definitely the low-point of my Paradox experience so far.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz Bottle

Batch 03
Best Before: 12/12/09

Poured into a chalice a dark black color, some carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some oil slicks remaining. The nose is malty, with some whiskey, caramel/toffee notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with a nice touch of whiskey, caramel/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, this is an interesting brew, pretty tasty.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin head. Nice aromas of vanilla, caramel, whisky, light spicebox, cream, and a bit of toffee and roasted grain in the finish. The taste is fairly soft, but very nicely integrated flavor similar to those notes found in the aroma. Creamy and with a lightly peated whisky taste as well as some more of that toffee and caramel. Very smooth and easy drinking. A pleasure.

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark brown colored beer with next to no head.

Smell is toffee and whiskey and faint black currant. Chocolate is present but this is not as aromatic as I would have expected from this type of whiskey barrel.

The taste starts out coffee and whiskey with a nice vanilla and or oak flavor. Good chocolate flavor this has an astringency to it that really dries out the mouth. Nice but not really a great beer.

Mouthfeel is dry mouth.

An OK beer but not one I really need to try again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head, looks almost flat at first, solid head retention though.

S: Strong scent, get a lot of overt whiskey at first, then comes iodine, sea air, cherry, prune, and definitely vanilla bean, with a hint of ethanol.

T: Scotch and a alcohol bit hit, then the overall flavour mellows out. Lots of dark chocolate, molasses, raisin, and vanilla coke.

M: Quite light than I would expect with a 10% beer, perhaps this is because of the aging, I don't know. Smooth and mellow.

D: Very easy to drink for such a big beer. Very expensive, but I liked the concept, glad I bought it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Christmas gift from my wife, who has started a marvelous tradition of stuffing my stocking with beer the past couple of holidays (hint, hint). Let's not break that fine tradition! Batch 003 of course, 11.2 oz bottle, w/a best by date of 12/12/09 - European or American dating? Hmmm.

Popped the cap & precious little escaped, just a baby pffft that was barely audible. Flat & minimally carbonated even on a hard pour; black as The Guvernator's sin. Smell is sweet/roasted malt, vanilla, & whiskey. Straightforward & makes my mouth water.

Paradox Glen Grant is first & foremost slick, slithering off the palate in a weird, slippery way. Thin for a big stout, too, almost leaning towards porter territory. Taste is heavy on the vanilla, very sweet malting, with demure whiskey working closely with a light roast & dusting of chocolate. Nicely done, but the thin quality together with the absence of carbonation lowers the bar some.

I've seen these on the shelf & while this is a pretty good beer, I wouldn't pay the big price on these small bottles (though I'm glad my wife did!). I'll continue to work my way through BrewDog at a bottle or two a year for the next decade or two, I'm sure.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Kasteel chalice. Batch 003. Best before 12 December 2009. "Aged in a former 1970 Glen Grant cask."

A: No head, but a rim of white around the edges suggests such. The patterns on the surface look like a mixture of a fancy cappuccino and plaster dust rattled off a ceiling. Dark, black, and swampy.

S: Subdued, but ensorcelling. Vanilla, likely from the oak barrels, but also soft alcohol. This whisky cask is over thirty years old, so perhaps its no surprise that it doesn't make more of a mark. Lightly spiced fruit, fruit that reminds me of Speyside.

T: And lo and behold, this beer tastes remarkably like a watered-down, less boozy Speyside whisky. The characteristics are all here -- light, dancing fruit; floral, elegant topnotes; and a solid bedrock of cereal grain. The beer version, being of lower ABV is proportionally more fruity, soft and smooth, with a hint of citrus that is radically unusual for an imperial stout. Unusual though it may be, it is not unwelcome, as it offers the most provocatively engaging notes to the taste.

M: No carbonation. Silky and deceptively smooth. The citrusy fruit is lightly drying, but no more so than the 10%.

O: An exceptional Imperial Stout that has improved -- if thinned -- with age. More than worth the $3.49 I paid for it. Highly recommended if you can find it for that. I would drink again. BrewDog is one of my favourite breweries.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich aroma is oily, smoky, strongly of molasses with a firm undertone of fine mocha. It pours a dark chocolate brown with a thick grayish tan and none too persistent head. Flavor is mainly of molasses with an overtone of fine roast coffee and more than a hint of chocolate and toffee. The taste fairly fills the mouth - just a sip delights the entire tongue. Texture is slick, thick and a little tingly. Recommended to all "Stouties."

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a dark brown in color and clear with little head.

Smell - The aroma is mostly a very dark, roasted grain, but is mild. I thought it would open up more as it came to room temperature but no, not really.

Taste - The sweets are bigger at the taste then I thought they would be. I didn't pick up much sweetness at the nose but here I'm getting some good brown and cane sugars. I don't know what the cask aging was supposed to do for the flavors but other then a speckle of wood there's really not much else there.

Mouthfeel - This is relatively thin for the style, maybe medium-bodied at best, and a bit flat. The mild bitterness is offset by the sugars and they did a great job of masking the alcohol.

Drinkability - This was OK but nothing brilliant. The wood didn't add anything to the flavor profile and the beer itself wasn't thick enough to hold up to the heavy sugars.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

What does a Scottish-brewed Imperial Stout, aged in a former 1970 Glen Grant Single Malt cask, available in the US, tell us? American extreme beer seems to be spearheading the craft beer movement, setting forth a snowball effect thanks to its growing fan base and the mainstream media pointing a small spotlight on that part of the industry. Sure, we'll toot our own horn by taking a sliver of credit for our Extreme Beer Fest, and pushing that knowledge and information to our readers here, in our mag and on the site. But when this movement influences brewing customs outside of our own newly formed beer culture, it not only validates what the American brewers are doing, but possibly offers some justification as to why brewers from very traditional cultures are breaking away from the norm.

It's great to know that other beer cultures are actually recognizing what the brewers are doing in the US. We'll take it any way we can get it. Sure, we love the typical 5-percent session beer--we see those beers more as a staple than a luxury. A perfect example of a luxury beer is Paradox Glen Grant from BrewDog Ltd. out of Fraserburgh, Scotland (proof that in their world, they are thinking way outside of the box).
An Imperial Stout, so it's obviously opaque and nearly pitch black. A firm two fingers of head stands up when poured and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas of soft peat, smoked malt, sweet burnt sugar from the roasted malt and a big whiff of single malt lets the nose know it was indeed aged in a cask. Creamy smooth, with a nearly syrupy full body. Heavy hand of malt sweetness is rounded out by the roasted flavors in addition to the barrel char and single-malt alcohol characteristics. Modest hopping. No real bitterness or flavor to be picked out, which is fine, as the roasted tone and alcohol hold the sweetness from going overboard. No barrel or alcohol harshness makes it almost too drinkable with each sip. The Imperial Stout base comes through with the trademark dark fruitiness of black currants. Finishes roasted, a little alcoholic and with a thick underlying sweetness that makes us go back for another taste.

We both love a top-shelf single malt. Throw that into the extreme beer blender and OMG it is more than hype or magic. "Nectar of the gods" is more like it. It's a sipper, no doubt, with the 10-percent ABV weighing in on us. With greatness sometimes comes a large price tag. Yeah, $15 for an 11.2-ounce bottle is what your wallet will be looking at. Is Paradox worth it? A treat beer, not something you'll be bathing in. Your spending conscience will let you know, but we can tell you it is definitely worth a go. No pairing necessary--look at it as an after-dinner drink, like a fine Port.

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Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black hue with a nice 1/2 finger head. Good retention and nice lace.

S: Nice light sweet aroma quickly gives way to chocolate. A blast of whiskey, oak, and a touch of vanilla round things out.

T: Very much like the aroma. A bit of coffee with bitter chocolate start things off. Some smoke and vanilla make an appearence with a dash of scotch in the finish.

M: A bit thin for the style, but rather smooth for a barrel aged brew.

D: Rather good for the style.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Vintage 2007.

A: Pours black with very little head and weak lacing. No carbonation.

N: Whiskey, oak, vanilla and caramel.

T: Oak, vanilla (good amount), dark chocolate, butterscotch and bitter dark coffee.

M: Light bodied, smooth and clean. Seems a bit thin for an Imperial Stout.

D: Excellent! Very easy drinking. Wow! Dangerous.

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Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle labeled Batch 003 BB 12/12/09,

Poured dark brown with red edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, some earthiness, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and light whiskey. Tastes of vanilla, light whiskey, wood, chocolate, liighter earthiness, and roast. Thinner but nice and smooth body. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from: 8/11/08

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paradox Glen Grant (batch 003) pours a flat black into the glass with only a small fizzy ring around the edges. The beer is a clear reddish/brown around the edges and there is no lace on the glass.

The aroma malty with some smoke and peat mixed in. Notes of roasted malt, oak, vanilla and peat are all present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, slick and flat. The flavor is rich chocolate malt, oak, cherry, vanilla and smoke. It finishes with a bitter chocolate flavor. Once gone the chocolate and oak flavor lingers on the palate.

The flavor of this beer really comes out as it warms in the glass. The earthyness to the aroma is a bit odd, but the flavor makes this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

003 Batch Best by 12.11.09

A - Pours dark, almost no head. Not much lacing, either.

S - First thing I think of is smoky. Then, considering the source, somewhat peaty, but not much. True malt center and alcohol comes through.

T - Malt, wood, some peat, warming alcohol.

M - Much thinner than I thought. Also, not much carb.

D - OK beer. Too expensive ($12) and was disappointed on carb and body.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Batch 003. Bottled on 12/12/07.

Pours absolute pitch black with a finger of beige foam. Bubbles are large and loose and dissipate to a bulky ring. Only specs of lacing.

Aroma contains the iodine notes of a scotch whiskey, but isn't as strong as other Paradox varieties I've drank. Thus, the sweet malt has a stronger presence. Strong bready notes. Dark fruits are there as well.

The initial flavor, not surprisingly, is mild and of an aged stout. A soft sweet flavor that gives way to a more assertive bitterness and barrel notes of earthy oak and scotch whisky. Finishes with notes of lightly roasted malt and smokey whisky.

Body is medium with subdued carbonation. A touch thick, but not at all overly cloying. Seems right for a beer of this age.

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Photo of charlzm
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed on 09/03/08. "Best by 12/12/09" warns the bottle.

A conservative pour of this clear, dark brown beer nets a thin, light tan head made of fairly large bubbles. It quickly dissipates into just a little sticky lacing. A bit anemic in appearance for a RIS.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla and red grape. Alcohol has a defininte presence in the nose as well.

Moderately thick beer with almost no carbonation. Sweet dark malt flavor with oaky red wine overtones. Oddly, very little scotch character to the nose or the palate. Bitterness not a strong component of the flavor. Warmth from the alcohol is pronounced on the swallow. That, combined with the too-sweet character of the beer and the disappointing lack of complexity made this 11.2 ounce bottle hard for me to finish solo.

I had planned on aging this one, but found myself reaching for the bottle with only a few weeks on it. Might be worth aging; it's certainly nothing special now.

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Photo of Crosling
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Don't get as much out of the nose as I'd like. Some barrel components of vanilla, coconut and scotch, with a hint of the base beer. Silky mouth feel, similar to 011. Flavor shows nice balance and isn't overly peaty. Integrated barrel character which melds well with the base beer. Even a nice finish on this bad boy. It's a nice ale.

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

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

A - Poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head no lacing

S - Has a smokey peat oak and vanilla nose not much beer smell in there

T - This is good stuff but not getting much beer flavor instead its like the nose smoke oak vanilla and alcohol

M - This beer has a thin body with light carbonation to it

D - Despite it lacking most beer qualities I enjoyed this one quite a bit it takes some time to sip this down but its some good stuff if you find a bottle kicking around pick it up

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