Barrel Aged Behemoth
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Barleywine - American
Ranked #5
Ranked #537
4.38 | pDev: 9.36%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Barrel Aged BehemothBarrel Aged Behemoth
Notes: American barleywine aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels.
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kemoarps from Washington

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Part of the haul from @FBarber during NBS BIF #13.

Burnt caramel/chestnut colour, fuzzy light head. Moderate retention, no lacing.

Nose is rich and sweet. Caramel and oak, some boozy raisin, some light spicy tobacco, maybe even some fig, and a high sweet note that I can't quite put my finger on. Into it.

Taste isn't quite as sweet as the nose, which I personally appreciate. Has a bit more of the leather and fig, still has some of the raisin, and a bit of burnt caramel. Oak lightens it all and carries some of the vanilla from the barrels as well.

Moderate body, and the alcohol forms largely a warming cozy swell on the back end. Fizzy carbonation.

I love big rich barleywines, and this very much scratches that itch. Thanks Frank for sending this along, this is right up my alley!

Sunday at 05:45 AM
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter style glass, from @ovaltine in NBW BIF #13 (thank you!)

L: hard pour, a quick disappearing tan/offwhite head leaving no lacing, not hazy but murky/cloudy lake water
S: things pick up here, fig, light alcohol, brown bread no hops
T: raisin, fig and on all the fruit cake and malt sweetness but overall one seems one note
M light carb, medium body

O: I sipped and enjoyed the beer and was hoping as it warm so more complex notes came out but it did not. A treat and it was enjoyed.

Apr 23, 2021
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours a very attractive cloudy amber brown, with a 2 finger sticky khaki head with reddish hues that leaves thick waves of lace with excellent retention. 4.5

Aroma is dates, figs, caramel, toffee, hard candy, and bourbon. 4.5

Taste follows fig, dates, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and oaked vanilla bourbon. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, gentle carbonation, a tad dry, and at 12.5% ABV it goes down extremely easy. 4.5

Overall this is an absolute gem, every thing I was hoping for and then some. Thanks jzeilinger for this savory bottle. 4.5

Apr 18, 2021
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.32/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ovaltine for this one. 12oz bottle (maybe a date? certainly a code: 021013191973A) poured into 12oz goblet. Poured a solid muddy brown color with a half-inch of tan head that had decent retention and no lacing.

Bourbon forward on the aroma, with a touch of wood. The base beer is there, but barely, it's fairly well hidden by the barrel.

Very similar on the tongue; barrel dominant with the beer hidden.

The body was smooth and even, perhaps a touch on the thin side, and had a sweetish finish that lingered.

Drinkability was was good, an easy sipper for sure.

Overall, a good brew, but not one that stands from its peers. Worth drinking if you get the chance.

Apr 12, 2021
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mschrei from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good barrel aged Barleywine, but the base may have been better. Dark brown, thinning tan edging, light fluffy lacing. Smells of dark fruit, wooden barrel, notes of vanilla and caramel. It’s not there after a little warming, but there was something off on the nose
earlier. Taste is flavors of dark fruit (raisin, figs), toffee, vanilla, caramel, and some boozy barrel. Medium bodied, boozy, slight thick syrupyness. Definitely better as it warms.

Apr 02, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/16/21; drank 3/30/21 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange/red rust appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small khaki head; frothy lace.

Oak, bourbon, dill pickle & mild caramel notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Oak, bourbon & dill pickle flavors up front; mild caramel notes on the finish.

Ah, the downfall of an American Barleywine, exacerbated by the bourbon barrel; the overly hopped character expresses itself as dill pickle. Not bad, per se, but it reveals the supremacy of the English style. Worth a quaff, at least, but try to get a single instead of a 4 pack.

Mar 31, 2021
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a smoky dark copper color. Aroma is complex is winderfully sweet. Combination of caramel, earthy oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is incredible. Again, very complex earthy taste combining caramel, toffee, vanilla and bourbon. Mouthfeel is traditional American Barleywine. One of the best barleywines I've drank.

Mar 29, 2021
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016/Bottle #780/873 -

A: Appearance breaks a muddy brown, beaten copper pour, with a chestnut-backed chickadee allusion stirring ruby to burgundy treads: sun-struck to amber-colored sap. The collar recedes by the book to curtailments of frame durability, while preserving a soft, tawny appearance across minor legging. Overall, the entrance runs deep, with a bit of transparency amid a varying climate

S: Knotted barrel hitches against oaked vanilla fruit and dark varieties across malt densities. Aroma plays typecast thru Blackjack liquorice, chewy Riesen, and coffee nut brittle. Some subsiding on hops yet relevant to wood rosin, floral citrus, and earthy brittleness over strong fruity esters. The movement on returns, from other sensory junctures, braces fungal grapevines with rotting Cherrywood to smoldered bourbon undercoats in damp, pine wool

T: Appetite is caressing on raisin toffee to almond prune torte amongst an elderly hop timidity. The time cuts bold beginnings and elevates smoothness, while adopting a new sense of balance thru an attesting measure of bitter sweet typography. Thus, a vintage offering eroded sophistication in oxidation, where concourse develops in voluminous minutes, which cultivates a more vinous suave of fashioned grapefruit. Moreover, expanding archives to rugged Concord grapes, dried cherries, and honey soaked Panettone aided by the mitigation in sweet, rich caramel malt

B: Concentrating responsiveness to barrel renders pinnacles at given intervals, where coating takes to peated malt whiskey, charred figs, and coconut grahams. Furthering barrel headway is only light on vineyard chardonnay, but sturdy to sugared dates, pine orange bitters, and wooded nutmeg forestry

M: In texture, there stands an elusive attitude thru hitched viscosity, but the sentiment is predominately warm and velvety with an instrumental sweetness that steers clear of a cloying impoverishment. So, a characterful richness across a gentle sense of awareness, where the finish ends frail and dry to the softly dim carbonation

O: An antiquated construct of slight attenuation, but maintains the unity in Framework. Considering – A malt profile that varies on fullness with a bready, caramel-toffee sweetness: A hop presence that’s less forward, and less direct, but true to a floral presence with perky shades of fruity esters: A bourbon tone that provides balance on radiating heat, and measures warmth behind basecoats…An aging outline that pilots a modest structure, while retaining and building on humble convolution

Mar 13, 2021
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly complex, balanced and down-right delicious, The 3 Floyds brewers finally get around to a behemoth facelift that's decades in the making.

Deep mahogany and crowned with a simmering, swirling light tan froth, Barrel Aged Behemoth begins to swoon the nose with a plump perfume of caramelized sweetness, spruciness, brandy, whisky, toasted oak, charred citrus and sherry wines. The variance in scent goes on while an initial sip explodes on the tongue with the juicy malt flavors of toffee, granola, vanilla and toasted grain sugars.

The complexity hits a crescendo on the middle palate with the arrival of hops and barrel complexities. As the malts stew on the tastebuds, a bold citrus component is highly suggestive of grilled oranges, grapefruit and pineapple. With the jolt of Kentucky bourbon the bold nuanced flavors of coconut, vanilla, toasted oak and pecan ahead of the deep and piny bitterness of hop resins late and long on the throat.

Full bodied but assisted with alcohol dryness, resinous dryness and peppery oak tannins and the otherwise sweet ale suddenly has a highly drinkable balance that finishes spicy and sweet, warming like a mixture of peppery rye whisky and curaçao liquor and a long ether-laced bittersweetness.

Oct 19, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not much head expected here. Body is dark brown and nutty, a bit hazy by the bottom of the bottle.

Nose is fairly straightforward for a BA ABW: tons of caramel, earthy and bitter hops, malt soup, brown sugar, toffee. Some booziness, oak, and whiskey.

Unbelievably smooth on the palate. Obviously a big, bold beer, but the alcohol is never remotely aggressive. Flavor profile is a muted, smoothed over ABW: big tones of caramel, brown sugar, and figs, but leather and earthy hops aren't as assertive as they would be in a fresh, non-BA ABW. Again: exceptionally smooth.

This is a world-class BA ABW.

Oct 10, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

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

On tap at Ansari’s. Pours a dark brown with orange highlights. Smell had dark fruits,caramel,malts some toffee and barrel. Nice bourbon start mixed well with fruits, some citrus hops fig,prune and cherries. A sweet mouth fell medium carbonated with good barrel note, nicely done.

Sep 05, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter. 2018 edition, had 7/26/19.

Pours a medium amber, semi opaque, with a half inch head and some spotty cling. Aromas of caramel, malt, bourbon, figs, plums, some tobacco and vanilla, light cherries and brown sugar, light char. Flavors of bourbon, caramel, malt, dates, plums, brown sugar, vanilla, some tobacco, light figs, a light hop bitterness. Smooth, a very good medium body, well carbonated.

This really opens up as it warms. The barrels are prevalent, not dominant. Terrific aromas. Very enjoyable. Well worth a purchase at a high price point.

Mar 25, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from a hand-written orange wax sealed bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Bottle #570.

L: Cloudy turbid mahogany/caramel pour. A finger of fizzy white head. Falls fast leaving a nice ring of lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee... fruit, dark sugar, and vanilla.

T.F: Rich... sweet up front with brown sugar and caramel. Bread and toffee. Fig, plum, and vanilla. Bourbon and oak but smooth and wild. Thick and sticky on the tongue. Low carbonation... warming and boozy. Dark fruit and sugars linger at the finish.

O: A fantastic barrel-aged Barleywine. Big and flavorful.... and still fantastic 6 years in. Very glad I got to try this one and as always a fan of what 3 Floyds is doing.

Dec 04, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Teku glass.
Look: a very hazy copper-light brown color with an impressive tan head. Nice lacing in the glass, especially for a big BA beer.
Aroma: caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and faint citrus hoppy notes.
Taste: the malt and the barrel produced a rich vanilla flavor which remained in the forefront throughout the drink. Smooth and rich caramel notes that were joined with a fairly bitter and citrusy hop presence, reminding me that this was an American Barleywine. Smooth bourbon lingered on the finish.
Feel: big as expected but easy to drink. Fairly light on the palate at the end.
Overall: a fantastic American Barleywine. Great base flavor and the barrel only enhanced the flavors.

Oct 27, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Turbid burgundy brown color with cream colored lacing.

Toasted caramel, light bourbon, and a little oxidation in the nose.

Toasted toffee flavor, bourbon, citrus, oak, ends with a piney citrus bitterness with slight warming on the way down. Lingering citrus and dark roasted toffee with some booziness.

Thick and velvety on the tongue.

Recommended and so glad I was able to try this one!!

Jul 06, 2019
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miniditka77 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 Woodford, drank March 2019
L: Dirty pond water or apple cider. Cloudy with a little bit of cream colored head. Kind of ugly.
S: Amazing, toffee, vanilla, and a little bit of citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, toffee/vanilla/citrus, with a little bit of wood.
F: Very little alcohol burn, goes down really nice.
O: Great beer, one of the better BA barleywines I've ever had. This was drank about 2 years after bottling, so the hop flavor was pretty much gone. Based on other reviews, it would have had more hop flavor when fresh.

Mar 24, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pouring this 2018 (silver wax) bottle into a tulip, this beer pours out a dark and turbid brown. Like a very strong brewed tea. It forms over a finger worth of tightly packed, tingy yellow bubbles to create a crown. Leaves some lacing. Impressive crown for something barrel aged and if it wasn’t for the turbid looks, it would get higher marks. 4.25

The nose comes in with raisins and dark fruit galore. Waves of figs, caramel, leather, tobacco, vanilla and wood character. It overrides a lot of the prominent hop aspect found in the original. I do still detect it slightly, in the form of a light fruit aspect, like apricot, but not as heavily. Absolutely beautiful smell though and I hope this depth is continued. 4.75

With the first taste comes sweetness of caramel and vanilla. There is almost a candy like presence as well, like candied fruit of some kind or even Swedish fish, maybe some grilled pineapple. It could be the light fruit notes I’m picking up in the hops mixing with the sweetness. It then melds into the other depths of the brew with the notes of leather, figs, raisins, black tea. Once again though, absolutely beautiful. I wouldn’t change a thing about this taste right now if I had the power to. 5

The mouthfeel brings a bourbon warmness, like it should. It doesn’t bring too much though and doesn’t burn. Where the original is medium-full bodied, this definitely gets the extra boost it needs to declare full bodied. It doesn’t bring a real pop of carbonation, it goes in and leaves quite the same, however it does work for this. It finishes with a dry, clean oak character. 4.5

Overall, this truly is a world class beer. I tried to judge it fairly and mark it for characters liked and unliked. But it still comes out on top. It’s a different beer completely than the original Behemoth. It still shows those light fruit hops, but takes a lot of the burnt sugars and resiny pine elements away from it. So I can see how some people like one but not the other. But man, am I happy I got to try this. Thanks to my sister for grabbing it on a trip. 4.75

Mar 03, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find the name ironic. While it is a “big” beer at 12.5% it is not beastly. In fact, it’s rather gentle. And that, my friends, is dangerous. Piney, lemony and earthy hops play off a caramel and toffee malt profile all tied together with the kiss of a bourbon barrel.

A perfect style example.

Beyond reproach.

Feb 18, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage poured from a 750mL bottle into an oversized snifter. pours a light, puddle water brown out of the bottle but collect in the glass a darker, ruby reddish brown. half finger of sand colored head that fades to a ring around the glass. smells of whiskey, figs & dark fruits, a hint of chocolate and an event lighter hint of hops. taste is similar with more pronounced chocolate aftertaste as it warms. much more whiskey sting on the nose but plenty of barrel in the taste. mouthfeel is good but not great. still, nothing terrible & overall, fantastic BA barleywine. heavy yet drinkable. much more complex than the non-BA version (which i very much enjoy too). interested to see how this tastes after a bit of aging.

Jan 20, 2019
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Three Floyds brewery. The look was a golden orange. The aroma was some booze up front with caramel and vanilla. Also getting some stone fruits. The taste was some toffee, caramel, and then a little hoppyness. There was a just a little kick of spice at the very end. Very nice mouthfeel with hardly any carbonation.

Dec 30, 2018
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Barrel Aged Behemoth is about as pretty as a barleywine can get. It's deep mahogany in color, very rich, with some ruby highlights when backlit. Good clarity throughout. The light khaki foam is dense on the pour and never fully dissipates. FInely bubbled and tight, the foam rises to two fingers and eventually settles at a thick cap while leaving sheet lacing etched into the glass. It will take soaking and scrubbing, good thing I have a maid named Phil.

The nose is rather welcoming. It went from that hoppy monster at birth to more English in nature with the year in the barrel. Gobs of caramel and toffee and yellow cake off the bat. This guy sports a pretty extensive malt profile. Tea leaf and clean booze follows. Oaken vanilla and barrel sourced caramel run the middle. A soft citric fruitiness lingers on the backend in the form of orange marmalade and brown sugared grapefruit. There's a ghost-like wood spiciness that's reminiscent of sandalwood. This beer has a lot of depth and tends to morph with each whiff.

The malt profile follows that of the nose. It's not overly sweet and actually lays out a pretty sturdy base. Caramel, toffee, yellow cake, and a cinnamon spiciness from the barrels get this one moving. There's a sprinkling of baking spices in the middle before the barrel provided vanilla and caramel come along. Tea leaf-like aged hops pop up toward the finish with a touch of complimentary oxidation. Jammy orange and bitter, yet sweet, grapefruit hit on the backend with a soft, lingering bourbon heat on the swallow.

The body is sloth-like upfront until that healthy effervescence kicks in and get's it moving at a respectable clip. The body is on the heavy side of the spectrum and needs such a tight, dialed in carbonation to work well. There's a mild residual sweetness that gets washed away after a few seconds by a tannic supplemented dryness. Some clean boozy heat rises through the nose and accentuates the dryness. This beer is a sipper, for sure, but that dryness keeps it getting sipped.

Barrel Aged Behemoth is a good beer. The malt profile really shines with the year rest and the help of bourbon barrels. It's a big, boozy, bruiser of a beer. Rich in character; malt, hop, and barrel. It'll warm you up on a cold night, that's for sure.

Dec 27, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 release from 750 mL bottle, after also enjoying it on draft at the brewpub. The pour is very similar to the regular Behemoth, perhaps a touch darker from memory, but still with a full finger of head and plenty of soapy, retained lacing. Tobacco, grape tannins, bitter hops, prune, vanilla, pomelo, brown sugar, and a blast of oak. More mellow than an unaged vintage but still quite in your face, the BBA version is getting pulled in a slightly more English direction by the booze and barrel.

Dec 07, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a beast of a beer! Warm like the original, with enhanced booze, bourbon, wood, and molasses to go with underlying cookie yeast, barley, dark fruit, tobacco, and earthy cream. Really complex offering. Has no real weaknesses, the body especially that is full yet not too heavy, thick and textured, yet smooth, robust but not overpowering

Again Note: Ages beautifully, love the complexity fresh but the depth aged, so it's a win-win

Nov 22, 2018
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper brown and murky.

Oak, vanilla, bourbon, citrusy hop resin, and caramel.

Barrel character is there, but the base beer still is able to shine through.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, chewy, thick, some larger chunks of sedimentation.

Overall, while this appears a murky, unappealing mess, the hops really make this one stand out in aroma and flavor.

May 04, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

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

Bottle thanks to Torrey bottle 133 of 744. Barley wine tasting 2018. Copper colored pour with a small tan head. Malty aroma with some nice boozy barrel notes. Sweet malts up front in the taste, wood barrel, vanilla. Well rounded

Apr 01, 2018
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