Chocolate Salty BBLS
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Stout - American Imperial
4.29 | pDev: 6.76%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Chocolate Salty BBLSChocolate Salty BBLS
Notes: This imperial stout was aged in bourbon barrels, with vanilla beans, cacao nibs and salt added for extra succulence.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/24/15; drank 10/20/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Black/brown appearance.

Minimal tan head; minimal lace.

Vanilla, milk chocolate, oak & faint bourbon heat notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate, vanilla, oak & molasses flavors up front; mild brandy heat notes on the finish.

A delicious, substantial dessert treat.

Feb 24, 2019
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has the look and mouth feel of an old ale or a porter, not an Imperial Stout. Very thin, and not viscous at all. Small thin head on initial pour, but dead after that.
Nose is very solid, but definitely bourbon heavy. Chocolate and vanilla notes are present.
Taste is a little more muted than the nose, but I do get the salt on the back end.
Overall, this is a tasty beer. Alcohol and bourbon are definitely present, but at 18.6%, it is hidden as well as can be.

Oct 12, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Suck on my chocolate salty bbls! Now that is out of that the way, let's proceed. Pours a dark brown color for the most part, almost stout esque, but there is some like, brown ale or something else going on, just doesn't hit that dark roasty porter/stout level of black and viscosity. Could be cool, sometimes beers with less malt showcase the barrel better. About 1/3" beige head that doesn't have a lot in terms of retention.

The aroma brings the noise, plenty of vanilla, caramel, bourbon and chocolate. The salt isn't really in the nose. But the nose hits the good stuff for sure. The taste does start to bring more of the salt and caramel aspect of the beer. Mouthfeel doesn't let a massive abv jump your bones, you can taste the nuance and deft hand without sledgehammer like impact from the alcohol (on the taste, it will catch up to you in terms of the effects of alcohol). I would buy this at $1 an ounce, that is hefty praise. Its a lot like their anniversary beers in terms of base (like an old ale more than a porter/stout), but with lots of vanilla, cocao and salt on top of that bourbon booziness cracker jack mold. Cracker jacks with bourbon, vanilla & salt = this beer.

Sep 17, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter; 2018 vintage, bottled on 1/24/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing eventually. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, salt, smoke, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warmed, but not too overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, salt, smoke, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, dark/brown bread, light licorice/molasses/dark fruit, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spicness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering roast bitterness and bourbon/oak/alcohol spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky/chalky/tannic, and lightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Lightly increasing warmth of 18.6%, with mild barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic flavored barrel aged imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; smooth and dangerously easy to sip on slowly for the enormous ABV; with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Right in line with a majority of the BT variants. Impressive, but not mind blowing. Outstanding balance of rich malts and flavorings; with great barrel integration. Not overly boozy/tannic for the young age. Bruery imperial stouts are unique in that they are not very roasty/charred on malts like most others; but also insanely high in alcohol. Very similar to Black Tuesday with added flavorings. Not overdone on salt which enhanced flavors, and not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV from lingering bitter/spicy/alcohol dryness. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

Aug 11, 2018
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black with a slight brown hue and it looks pretty nice.

The smell is good. It has a good peanut butter note mixed with a good chocolate and moderate salty note through the smell. It's a good smell with a very good balance between all the different notes. There is also a moderate caramel note through it all.

The taste is pretty good. It has the same notes as the smell but with a stronger and more lasting peanut butter note. The taste has a salt note underneath all of this into the finish.

The feel is pretty good. It feels thin and is fairly drinkable with a good carbonation.

Overall, a damn fine beer and definitely one of their best. Go for it.

May 27, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1st Release bottle
750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep black color with a tone-finger creaky tan head that eventually reduces to a ring around the glass

S- smells similar to Chocolate Rain, with that classic Bruery stout aroma. Dark chocolate and mocha brownies, followed by vanilla bean, french vanilla cream, caramel and fig. Plenty of barrel notes with lots of oak and bourbon, providing hints of coconut as well. Big, sweet & boozy

T- really sweet up front with a big blast of chocolate and caramel, followed by lots of vanilla & heavy cream. Mid-palate gives notes of molasses, fig and brown sugar. As it nears the finish, the barrel character comes out with a hit of sharp oak, as well as bourbon. The salt is noticed on the finish and seems to cut through the sweetness a bit. Lingers of cocoa and vanilla cream, as well as some barrel character

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky, warming finish. Alcohol isn't overbearing, given the abv

O- as with most Bruery stouts, this is a bottle for sharing, due to the sweetness of it. However it's quite drinkable and I think that the salt helps offset some of the sweetness. One of my more recent favorites of theirs

Jul 03, 2017
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage

L - Pours that way oil does out of a can with a thin khaki head and a dark as night body.

S - Bourbon and cocoa nibs up front with salt, vanilla, roasted malts and oak coming up behind. Smells like a salted brownie. The salt part could be in my mind, hard to tell if I'm really getting it.

T - Initially, gobs of bourbon, cocoa nibs and brown sugar greet you. Vanilla, caramel and oak midway followed by some saltiness at the end. A long salted brownie finish.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Smooth and velvety body. The abv isn't as pronounced as I was expecting.

O - This is a home-run of a big bourbon salted brownie stout.

May 05, 2017
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AndrewP17 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice and dark look to the pour with an amazing smell. smells come across with salted fudge and caramel with a hint of the bourbon. taste is just as good as the smell. get all the taste that you think with a little nuttiness to it as well. feel is nice but could be a little thicker for the smell and taste.

Apr 06, 2017
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love a big, sweet stout and this is top notch. Not as cloying as chocolate rain, and the salt - I assume - gives it a somewhat savoryness that to me really balances it out. Solid barrel notes without overwhelming. Not gong to finish this in one sitting, but I don't think you're supposed to...

Nov 19, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a light to dark tan large foamy head.

From a distance I could smell what seemed like salted caramelized nuts reminiscent of an arts and crafts festival I used to go to in the woods. As I got closer I saw that it was just a lowly bottle of Chocolate Satly BBLS being popped open. Up close, the smell is like walking by the fudge and candy purveyors on the streets of Mackinac Island, with the glaring addition of an overwhelming sense of boozy heat--I guess from someone walking by that just watched another rough Lions game the night before.

In taste I get raisin, molasses, caramel, BOOZE, and salty chocolate. This one is heavy.

I'm going to quote the guy that cracked this for us: Straight Fire! For me, not in positive way, however.

Nov 08, 2016
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IKR from California

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage
16.4% ABV

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a medium-sized dark beige head that gradually faded. A nice looking Imperial Stout

Smell: upfront bourbon, chocolate, brown sugar, and mild roasted malt aromas. Nice smelling beer with the bal-aging elements featuring prominently.

Taste: The bourbon from the bal-aging, the taste profile also features chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and mild salt notes in the finish. The salt notes only come into the picture at the very end and along with some tannic oak notes help to dry out the finish. Sweet but not as sweet as many of the Bruery bal-aged offerings.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: A good bal-aged Bruery offering that deserves to be brewed again.

Oct 22, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter appears dark brown in color with no head formation despite a heavy pour.

This smells pretty awesome. Its a fudgy brownie meets mild dark fruit and bourbony goodness.

The taste is sweet tootsie roll mixed up in solvent booze with a light fruity tang to the finish.

This is full bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Very much in the vein of Chocolate rain and despite being lower alcohol, it feels just as boozy. Im not sure what the point of the salt addition was other than the name as none of us could detect that. Fun to try but dont need but 4oz of this before it becomes a chore to drink.

Jul 15, 2016
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gibgink from Missouri

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cracked open along with Blue BBLS on 7/8/16. Pours black as night. Smell smacks your face of Chocolate. A very rich and creamy smell followed by a lush chocolate flavor on the palate. This is like Chocolate Rain lite in the sense that the bourbon is very subdued, making the chocolate up front. Alcohol is one of the best hidden I have seen in a long time, as I could only tell that it was high percent after getting inebriated in a very short amount of time.

Jul 11, 2016
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MaineBeerDinner from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: jet black, motor oil
S: Big bourbon nose, Carmel, verging on artificial, dark chocolate, molasses
T: bourbon, chocolate, little roast, big caramel, aftertaste of salt
F: viscous, not too heavy body, cloying, melted caramel dessert

Jun 28, 2016
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floyd_pugman from California

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nose of caramel chocolates and raisins sprinkled with salt, with additional notes of bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Palate is much the same, with no flavor overpowering the others. Remarkably smooth considering the ABV; not hot at all. Decadent, and indeed excellent if not mind-boggling; there’s nothing not to like in this beer. A Bruery offering to be happy to have maxed out on.

Jun 10, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold foil cappped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 11/24/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours black with two and a half fingers of pale khaki head. The foam crackles away quickly, eventually fading completely with neither retention nor lace.

Aromas of bourbon, cocoa, coconut, vanilla, salted caramel, oak and a fairly cooling alcohol presence. Quite nice.

Flavor opens up with a sweet, rich bourbon note followed by dark chocolate, coffee doused with heavy handed sweet cream, wet oak, caramel, roasted malt, brown sugar, a faint salt towards the finish and a kick of alcohol. At once both familiar and unique, this goes down with an ease that belies its 16% abv.

Creamy, medium full body with subtle carbonation. Aftertaste of chocolate bourbon balls, oaky vanilla and salted caramels.

Chocolate Salty BBLs is further proof that The Bruery knows their way around a barrel aged stout. It is almost Chocolate Rain light but the lighter body and salty finish take it in a different direction. Outstanding work that is well worth a try.

Jun 07, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a DFH snifter to a black beer topped by a light tan head that quickly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of boozy bourbon barrels with notes of caramel, vanilla and oak with some chocolate.
T: Taste is caramel and vanilla with some oak and dark chocolate. Slight roasted malt as well but mostly chocolate with hints of salt. Swallow is chocolate and salt with more caramel and vanilla bourbon influence with chocolate lingering the most
M: This one isn't quite full in the mouth but it's close. Carbonation is adequate and slightly below prickly and the beer finishes on the dry side from the ABV.
O: Overall this one is pretty good. The bourbon barrel is fairly present and the chocolate notes are great. This one should do well with some age as well. Definitely one to get your hands on if you like big chocolatey stouts.

May 22, 2016
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rand from California

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into wine glass

Black, oily, weighty brew with too much viscosity for a cohesive head to form. Interestingly, the beer 'cries' like wine on a gentle twirl.

Pungent bouquet, especially as it warms. Boozy, unsweetened chocolate, faint notes of milled whole grains. Molasses and oak are noted as well.

Desert-like decadence on the palate. Chocolate notes are closer to milk chocolate than dark. Caramelly, sugary, but balanced by astringent oak and booze. Creamy complexion seemingly coats your teeth and palate, accentuating the bold profile. Nutty notes right at the back of the sip, working to dry the flavors a bit. Still closes with a long, sweet finish, with lingering notes cocoa and dried cherries.

The brew pretty much delivers as advertised, although the "Snickers" aspect will likely go unnoticed unless you drink a LOT of beer.

May 13, 2016
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Tele from California

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 11.24.15)
Consumed: 5.1.16

A: 4.5 Pours very dark brown, almost black. The small, tan head lasts a couple minutes and doesn’t leave any lace behind.

S: 4.75 Really terrific aromas coming off this beer. There’s lots of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses. Slight roasted malt comes through to balance out the sweeter elements.

T: 4.5 Flavors start off rather sweet, but not quite to the level of the Tuesday beers. Good quality dark chocolate kicks things off giving a chocolate cake/brownie flavor that compliments the slightly bitter, roasted malt. Bourbon is also rather dominant bringing a bit of raisin and vanilla. The finish lingers with coffee, anise, berries, and more bittersweet chocolate.

M: 4.5 Good body and nice, low-level carbonation.

O: 4.5 This “lighter” stout trend from The Bruery has been pretty nice. There’s still plenty of flavor, good barrel quality, and overall might be a bit more balanced than something like Chocolate Rain.

May 02, 2016
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Rollzroyce21 from California

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 2015 vintage
- 750mL bottle poured into wine glass on 13-Apr-16 (Mamba Day!)

The smell was pretty boozy, but the heat was just right in the taste and mouthfeel. Nice chocolate all around, but only got hints of the saltiness. I guess its up to you whether that's a big deal for you or not. Wasn't for me. Yet I would've preferred a bit more vanilla bean flavors. Overall, another nice big, bourbon-barrel stout from Bruery.

Apr 15, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle aged 4.5 months. Delicious beer. Chocolate stoutiness with some bourbon notes, but not overbearing Bourbon. Similar to Chocolate Rain with a thinner mouthfeel and less sweetness. Good stuff.

Apr 08, 2016
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Beer_Line from California

4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark with small brown head. Choclate and caramel on the nose. Mayeb a little oak. Taste is sweet vanilla and caramel, with some chocolate and barrel coming through. Has a tad salty finish. Great smooth mouthfeel. This is a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Apr 05, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from vanlingleipa recently. Cheers for the box of goodies man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2016
Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels with vanilla beans, cacao nibs and salt added.
Apparently this is little, salty Chocolate Rain.

APPEARANCE: Transparent dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium-looser looking, slightly fizzy, light tan head with decent retention. Body is transparent bistre brown with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring without clinging to the glass. Touches of wisp and ring remain leaving some falling dots of lacing as the glass empties. Much like the regular version of Chocolate Rain but better legs.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet cream, milk chocolate, toffee, butterscotch and alcohol on the nose. Decadent stuff, bold and very enticing. Lots of sweet barrel and malt aroma.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, alcohol with notes of vanilla up front. Notes of cacao and toffee as well. Boozy swallow with alcohol, bourbon and sweet vanilla notes. A bold and lingering finish bourbon, oak, sweet vanilla cream, some milk chocolate, toffee and butterscotch sweetness, as well as a touch of salt in there as well. Noticeable salt at the swallow and in the aftertaste but definitely plays a supporting role. This is quite good and gets even better as it sits in the glass. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, creamier than the regular version, goes down fine with a bit of a burn and finishes mouth-coating. Enough weight as well. Some decent heat lingers.

OVERALL: The nose is probably more decadent than the flavor, but this is still quite tasty and decadent. A lot of nice stuff going on here. I think I liked this one better than So Happens It’s Tuesday as well as the regular version of Chocolate Rain. This was less abrasive and surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. Something definitely worth checking out if you get the chance, and something I’d be happy to drink more of. Thanks again valingleipa! Recommended.

Mar 25, 2016
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cooch69 from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great Chocolate rain oriented beer.
The only thing out of wack was the nose. Very much subdued for the strength of both the ABV & the taste.
Nice body and mouthfeel. All the flavors that should be in there are. The salt is a bit muted but it works fine for me. Try this one

Mar 13, 2016
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Bowers-Brew from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served @ 55deg F in Bruery snifter

A - Jet black with 1/4 tan head - fades fast. Lacing around the glass lingers.

S - Chocolate and bourbon dominate with oak in the background.

T/M - Sweet chocolate and bourbon followed by a salty pretzel - smoke/oak and slight alcohol burn at finish.

O - Surprised to be able to taste the salt. Overall it seems to work well with the other flavors. I would describe this beer as chocolate covered pretzels dipped in bourbon or maybe Chocolate Rain with pretzels added. Prost!

Mar 05, 2016
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 166 ratings