The People's Pint Imperial Stout | The People's Pint

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The People's Pint Imperial StoutThe People's Pint Imperial Stout

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The People's Pint
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Outstanding flavor and aroma, quintessential RIS. Lots of boozy dark fruits and bitter chocolate. Drinks big for 9.5%. The carbonation was very low though possibly becuase of it's age. I'd love to try a fresh one.

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Photo of imscotty
4/5  rDev +2.8%

This was a 2012 bottle drank in 2014

Let me state this this is a totally unfair review because I am pretty sure I have a bottle that got infected. My experience does not seem to match the other reviewers, this beer was FUNKY. The funny thing is, I still really liked it.

A - Pours dark, slightly translucent with reddish hues. Not much head, almost no lacing.

S - Kind of funky and sour. Has a strong sweet oder (lactose?). Slight malt and roast.

T - Wow, this is different. A slight pleasantly sour taste like sourdough bread. Bready, yeasty, and funky. But contrasting these odd flavors is the very strong sweetness of a milk stout. Really strange combo and I was taken aback. I do not believe this is what the brewers intended. I think I got a bad bottle, but for some reason I keep coming back to it. The flavor is growing on me. I like it, a happy mistake perhaps.

M - A bit thin, very little carbonation left.

O - I know, I need to try a fresh bottle. I am not sure what I have here.

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Photo of rjp217
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 wax top bottle poured into my DFH signature glass...

A - Black as night, frothy brown two finger head. Sensational sticky lace left all over the glass. Exactly how a RIS should look

S - Milk chocolate, egg nog, plums, raisins, white chocolate

T - Dark chocolate, coffee creamer, vanilla, a hint of tobacco, milk, cranberry fruit roll up, coffee finish

M - Huge thick body, low carbonation, creamy madness, exceptionally smooth

O - HOLY SHIT, wow. This is awesome, friggin awesome. Unfortunately this is a Western Mass brewery I hardly pay attention too. The bottle caught my eye the other day and I figured what the hell. Glad I did, this is truly world class. Checks every category. Right up on the Mount Rushmore of RIS with Darkness and Expedition for me. Great job Peoples Pint!

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Photo of Papparoachy
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle in red wax
Hand written with Red Sharpie marker 2013

A-Poured dark with a 1 inch head

S-Aroma of sweet chocolates and coffee that were very weak initially but really came out as beer warmed.

Mouthful- Thicker than expected. Very nice substantive feel in the mouth. Lovely thickness.

Taste- Initially big malts came through almost sweet. I don't know how to describe it, but similar to the sweetness of a milk stout (but not quite). Very enjoyable. Then after the initial sweetness comes the classic RIS bitterness of coffee and chocolate that lingers in the finish.

Overall- This surprised the hell out of me. This was covered with dust on a rack from a smaller liquor store. I bought it because I was looking for stouts and the red wax and the hand written "2013" caught my eye. I would agree with the Brothers high score (100). It really is up there with the best of the RISs I have ever tasted.
Why the hell aren't more people seeking out this brew? I guess there will be more for me, but this is quite a shame that others are not enjoying this too.
$12 for 22oz bomber is quite a bargain for this and I will be actively seeking this out every year.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a tulip the beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.

A nice roasted malt aroma, both coffee and chocolate. Some sweet fruit.

Dark chocolate taste with strong, espresso-like coffee. They worked well with each other. There was also a bit of raisin.

This was a rich, flavorful RIS. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of SABERG
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage from the cask last night at the restaraunt.

A - Deep dark with a noticeable tan line serving as the head. Very low carbonation.
S - Bakers chocolate, hint of rasberry and vanilla.
T - Sharp, and smooth not thick though. Cocoa lingers long, a hint, slight hint of booze well hidden.
M - Coating the entire palate with smooth goodness. A very nice finish with that hint of rasberry as desert.
O - To have a 2007 on cask was a special treat, and a great way to kick off 2013 as it was our first visit to the Pint of the year. The vintage may be at its nexxus. Overall a treasure to behold.
A finely crafted and lovingly aged gem by the People at the Peoples Pint.


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Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage, bottle # 386

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deeep dark brown almost black hue with a dark mocha head that never really formed anything other than a nice halo and small cloud. Swirling resulted in a nice quarter inch head that faded slowly. Quite nice.

S - Excellent dark chocolate aromas, faint "old" espresso , older mellow roasted malts. Everything is super mellowed and balanced. Definitely has a vintage Abyss-like aroma.

T - Hmm. So, definitely mellow with Starts initially sweet fading immediately to mellowed roasted malts and espresso with light chocolate. After that there are faded piney hops. Shocking enough there is still bitter pine on the finish along with a super, super faint smoke. Really unique. On one hand its mellow aged espresso and roast flavours, the other hand contains somehow light biter pine. Kinda cool its still there after 3 years.

M - So, this mouthfeel is on the thin side of "thick and chewy" with some low carbonation. Not syrupy at all.

O - Overall, I was incredibly pleased with this beer. Great flavours here really make this pop. Very well done and an excellent vintage for this RIS.

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Photo of beerzulllbub
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark full bodied sludge empties out of the bottle into my Pint Glass... Pitch black body the head follows completion of a rather aggressive pour in a thin dark tan ring... you can tell this will stain your fingers if you let it, nice!

S- Chocolate and Raisin... Overwhelming, the beer smells like raisin juice... a bit of prune, vanilla, and tar (getting excited!)

T- Raisin Juice... seriously, wow! Chocolate follows that immediate impression and the aromas are immediately evident in this bewitching and powerful Imperial Stout... Nice balanced sweetness loads of chocolatey nuance but incredibly bright at the same time, notes of raisin and prune adding this lift... some notes of fig, vanilla, and caramel with coffee just peaking thru on the finish.

M- Full bodied and sticky, this is a big, heavy stout!

O- Very good I'll buy this again if given the chance, Really Really nice English Style Imperial Stout... No rough edges... Delicious!

*2011 Vintage

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 12 oz. Bottle #514
Purchased a dusty relic from:
Liquor World Porter Sq. Cambridge MA. <-- good spot

Very little carbonation. Tiny head that doesn't really want to rouse. Poured incredibly viscous. Black and virtually opaque. Initially smells of booze, but after a sniff or two one gets caramel, roasted barley, and coffee notes. Definitely smells alcoholic, very pungent aromatics, even w/ low carbonation.

Taste is quite intense at first. Mouthfeel is thick and sweet. Flavors like molasses and roasted barley. Bitterness is smooth and suiting. English flavored yeast, sweet and fruity. Aftertaste of roasted barley and other dark malts. Also definite reminder your drinking alcohol throughout the sip. Acidic from dark malts and fermentation, but light carbonation left a soft mouthfeel. Vast array of different flavors in this. I liked it quite a bit.

Couldn't find much info on the beer, to my knowledge not listed anywhere on

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2009 (2.5 years aged)

A: Coffee-like, thick, very dark brown, decent internal carbonation, minimal head (light brown)

S: Espresso, honey, maple syrup, roasted nuts, hints of cocoa

T: Bitter and sweet at the same time, very well balanced flavor, strong espresso notes, very malty, light alcohol, heavy aftertaste

M: Very thick, yet smooth and drinkable, aftertaste is quite lingering but not unpleasurable

O: Very smooth and heavy stout, age seems to have lightened the alcohol and really mellowed it out

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Photo of puboflyons
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch. Bottle no. 18. Sampled on January 27, 2012. The pour is nearly black with a tocuh of brown when held to the light. Little to no head though despite a slightly aggressive pour. The aroma is of full, bold dark malts, something like dark cherry, a yeast strain, and bitter sweetness. The body is also full. An aggressive coffee and dark malt taste up front followed by a smooth but sweet creaminess and a near-dry hopped ending. A very high quality brew.

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Photo of harrymel
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010, Bottle #31

A half inch of mocha foam falls quickly over this black ale. There remains a ring of said foam. No lace. Smells of leather, anise, molasses, alcohol and some hints of apple. I'm happy with this. I would suspect this to taste like a toned down aged Nightstalker.

Sweet with bitter bite. There's a hop presence to this still and reminds me of some of the hop profiles in some ABA's. I like it as it's a little spicy and a little meaty. Theres a certain nitrite flavor to this beer. Some dark malts, hint of blackstrap and some graham as well. Medium on heavy with low carb. i would argue a little more carb would go a long way to help open this beer up. Alcohol is not notable on the flavor.

I liked this beer. I think, based on reviews, I would enjoy this beer with another year, or at least an '09 as the reviews on the '09 are pretty stellar.

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Photo of Pahn
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. 2009 vintage, bottle #46.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a webbed wall of lacing. Pours a thick solid black with brown highlights, and has nice legs and spotty lacing.

Smell: Pastry and toffee, hint of roasted malt and faded piny hops. Slight oxidation that's almost undetectable (and therefore possibly placebo). Overall impression is a vibrant, vanilla chocolate toffee pastry aroma.

Taste: Toffee, mild roasted malt, long cookie aftertaste. Small but definitely present sherry-like oxidation note that does nothing but good for the flavor; if this brewery is consistent, this is definitely an age-able beer, as age has been kind to this bottle.

Lots going on without any of it being ostentatious. There's some piny and oily hops running through the middle, along with lots of toffee, some roasted malt, a hint of molasses, occasional vanilla. This is a really good imperial stout. As with the smell, this 4.0 is really pushing toward 4.5 territory.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for the style. Medium bodied and a little watery, though usually gives a creamy impression. Low but not too low carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Approaches chewy but not annoyingly so.

Overall: Very impressed with this beer. I often personally evaluate beers by thinking: "had I brewed 5 gallons of this, would I be disappointed?" I'd be proud to share a beer like this with anyone. It's developed beautifully with age, and delivers several great (but often understated) flavors that should satisfy any fan of Russian Imperial Stouts.

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

22oz bottle purchased at Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA. 2010 vintage, bottle #114.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed no head at all, although a slight skim did eventually rise to the surface. Lacing is minimal through the rosiest of glasses, albeit exhibiting quite the legs, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Aroma is anise and blackstrap, coupled with alcohol.

Flavor is dark sweetness to start, some syrupy fruitiness in the middle, and closes with a controlled acrid bitterness balanced with ample booze character. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, but would be even better with some carbonation, and drinkability is pretty good, especially for the style. Sad that I don't enjoy this one as much as I did when I reviewed it back then.

3/24/08 - 4.5/4/4.5/5/5
12oz bottle purchased at the brewpub. 2007 vintage, bottle #60.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a frothy 1/2" brown head, which holds nicely. Lacing is thick, and falls ever so slowly, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Aroma is hearty dark malts and pervasive fruity alcohol. Flavor is thick darkness, coupled nicely with the alcohol warming close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with drinkability that makes you want to drink another, even though you know you probably shouldn't *right now*. Very nice treat.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.49/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure who brought this rarity, but thanks(?). Served in a Cigar City snifter. 2009 vintage, bottle #26.

A - Quick-dissolving dime of tan foam settles to a thin ring and some nearly imperceptible wisps on top. No lace. Black body.

S - Holy booze! Green apple, chocolate, grain alcohol, roasted malts, molasses, toffee, soy, and anise.

T - Taste is equally boozy, with tons of alcohol beating down flavors of chocolate, Whoppers, toasted grains, and some slight buttery diacetyl. Finish is mildly astringent, with harsh roast and anise bitterness. And booze - did I mention booze?

M - Smooth full body, lower carbonation, and tons of alcohol warmth.

D - There is no way this is 9.2% - it tastes like it's about 15%. I took way too much in my glass and ended up pouring out a few ounces, as I just couldn't handle the massive alcohol presence. You know it's bad when you find yourself longing for Tap & Die malt liquor instead.

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Photo of wadecats
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super dark to the last swallow, with a fresh sweet and hoppy, people's pint stamp on the smell.
Taste is smooth for such a big beer - rather bitter and from hops and grain - heavy chocolates come through
Mouthfeel is thick and lightly carbonated

Overall, this beer is great. Last year's batch stood out for me, not too much alcohol or sweetness which can be a problem for the style and the brewery.

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Photo of ridglens
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt Watkins for this sweet extra, 2009 edition! poured into Portsmouth snifter.

A- Pours a pretty dark brown, black when it's in the glass. It produces a thick, dark brown head that slowly dies, leaving it's tale all over the glass. It pours thick, getting excited for this one.

S- Oh damn, this is going to ba a tasty one. Huge malts, and lots of sweet molasses and black licorice. some cinnamon as well, this thing almost smells like an abyss, it's dark and sweet but not cloying. This is a good stout, only wish it came out of a barrel haha.

T- Very tasty. sweet and molasses-y, but not without a very roasty coffee backbone to balance the sweet with bitter. Definitely some chocolate as well, many dimensions in this beer. reminds me a little of Dark Lord and Abyss (with molasses and licorice resp.). damn good. just a hair of an unrefined sort of mid-aftertaste i wouldn't normally associate with a 2+ year old beer, but I'm nitpicking at this point

M- This bottle coats the mouth and sticks to the teeth, with all the great thick flavors. It's a hair thinner than i would prefer, but for the ABV and flavors definitley not bad, and the carbonation is good, especially for the age.

O- this beer was a very pleasant surprise, one of the better beers I've had in a while, definitely for an extra. I will definitely be seeking more out, and soon. I think it could use a little more thickness and refining, but damn it's tasting.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured into my dogfish head snifter

This beer pours a dark dark brown to nearly black color with a brown thick fluffy head that lasts and laces the glass as it starts to recede. The smell was very inviting a pleasant amount of roasted barley smell along with a little chocolate and dark fruit hints. The flavor follows suit with the roasty flavor being in the front with a hint of raisin and cocoa. There is also a slight alcohol presence but nothing over th top. The mouthfeel is medium full to full with the right amount of carbonation. Overal I was very happy with this beer and am goin to be seeking out a few more if possible.

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

Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark chocolate sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage-bottle 960.

Inky black with a slight amount of carbonation. Moderate aroma of roasted grains and a slight yeast/sulfury tinge. Some deep espresso and dark chocolate notes. Much of the aroma carries right over into the flavor. A lot going on and nothing seems to stand out. The espresso and dark chocolate are backed with a strong dried fruit and plum flavor. Almost has an off flavor I can't pin down-like it is a homebrew actually-maybe oxidized? smooth and very full mouthfeel for sure. A decent RIS but nothing is well defined flavor wise for me. Nice to try and from the looks of the hand made label a small brewery. Worth checking out for your opinion.

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Photo of kenpo23
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle #64

picked this up a few months ago and just got around to pouring it tonight.

A: pours a really nice black with a great head that stuck around for awhile.

S: i could smell the molasses, chocolate and malt but for some reason it did not really combine to well for me...

T: ....but it all came across fantastically with that first sip. that RIS flavor just comes out and makes you glad you picked this one up. the balance of chocolate/ coffee/ malt/ molasses could not be improved upon.

M: this ones chewy and as much as i want to just drink it all up its too heavy to do that.

O: really nice RIS. i would definitely recommend this one as i am gonna have to run out and grab some more.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #89 from the 2007 release. Thanks to ralflord for this bottle.

A: The stout is dark as night, a moonless night that is. No crimson, no ruby, no dark cola colors. Just black. A thick head, a dark mocha color, is thick on the first pour, over three fingers. A second pour was necessary to empty the 12 oz bottle. Lacing is rampant.

S: The nose is roasted, dark with fruits along for the ride. Hate to say it, but the nose seems to be a little long in the tooth (it is at least 3.5 years old).

T: Dark roasted and more than a hint of oxidation. Kinda gives the stout an olde world flavor. Still formidable, the stout leaves a roasted, chocolate and coffee finish. Plenty of booziness, a vinous character, peaks through. The age, as expected, lends a sourness to the stout, not overpowering. Dark fruits are a lingering presence.

M: The sourness can't be missed. That's not surprising considering the age, so I can't ding the stout. Plenty roasted, a contrast for the sweet sourness.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle 466
Pours a pitch black with almost no foam on the pour but a thin layer of tan bubbles quickly cover the surface afterward. The aroma is full of dark chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla. Dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruits along with tobacco sum this up well. Medium bodied, creamy silky mouthfeel, slight alcohol pokes through. Very enjoyable flavor and taste, a bit much to drink often but quite nice.

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Photo of ICCULIS
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2009
Bottle # 958
Drank 05.07.11

I was not familiar with the brewery but this was suggested to me from a local shop. Price was $4.99 for 12oz. I poured into a DFH Sniffer.

A = Pours black (as expected) and leaves a 1 finger tan head, which dissipates fast. Looks exactly like an RIS should

S = Rich, sweet dark chocolate flavors. Roasted malts on the nose.

T = Sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Roasted malt as well and faintly coffee. The chocolate flavor stays with this taste til the finish. Slight boozy flavor but certainly does not have the taste/flavor expected w/ a 9% brew. Easily drinkable.

M = Full bodied, silky smooth. decent carbonation in this which presented a fresh taste - surprising for a 2yr old bottle.

O = I really enjoyed this - I'd call it a straight ahead Russian Imperial Stout with no certain flavor or taste competing each other. Very well balanced and delicious - very drinkable! This is an excellent representation of the RIS Style. If I can find more (at a better price) I'll certainly stock up as I enjoyed this very much.

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

2009. Bottle number 1008. 12oz bottle poured into a Laurelwood tulip. Thanks goes to WkndatBernardusfor this.

Appearance- Black with a small tan head that disipates to a film on the top.

Smell- Lots of dark chocolate aroma. Some vanilla and roasted malts, as well.

Taste- Dark Chocolate and tabacco. Little alcohol. Also some of the affore mentioned vanilla and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel- Nice, thick, and creamy feel. It gets very sweet and sticky when it warms.

Overall- This is a nice Imperial Stout. This is what I think of when I think about an imperial stout. The only thing I would say is that I would like it to be a little more interesting. Maybe a fresh bottle would be what I am looking for. I would like to try more from this brewery.

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