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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Cimmerian Sabertooth BerzerkerCimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the seemingly endless cruelty, battle, and strife of the Hyborian age, a warrior has but two pleasures: Decimating one’s enemies in battle, and a horn of Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker to slake the thirst of victory.

100 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 01-14-2012

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Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving bits of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—mangos seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by flavors of tropical fruit hops, although only a light amount of bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has lots of aromas and flavors of tropical fruit hops but is easy to drink because it doesn't have much in the way of bitterness or alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, resinous and incredibly of perfume. Three Floyds brewers set their sights on an imperial IPA the all the juicy, racing vibrancy of hawaiian punch, but with the hop bitterness and alcoholic jolt to move the hop-head's needle.

Plump, ripe and tangy, the beer's billowing scent carries tropical, citrus and a host of herbaceous botanicals. Its hazy golden-orange hues might be mistaken with orange juicy. But once its creamy and almost silky taste slathers upon the tastebuds, early impressions of orange cream sickle and pungent cannabis easily come to mind.

A bold undercurrent of shortbread, thin caramel and honey-dipped biscuit frame the malty rebuttal, but the beer quickly shows its favoritism for hops with red grapefruit, blood orange, a lemony "funky-fresh" twang; but then rich mango, apricot, pineapple and passion fruit give a rich fructose-laden taste that echoes malt sweetness and transitions to verbena, green tea, cannabis and fresh-cut grass.

As the malt recedes and the hops continue its bitter development, the resinous ale seems sticky-dry with pine sap, shaved wood and sassafras. Smooth to finish, the medium-full ale is soft in its bitterness, gently rolling, and extensive with bitter fruit peels. Its scaled up American pale ale recipe to imperialized strength, using some of the most coveted hops on the planet- its the Three Floyds way.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy amber color and a sturdy head that leaves sheets of lace behind

Smell: Piney and hempy, with an undertone of pith

Taste: Hemp, pith and pine, up front, with the sugary malts arriving at mid-palate; a wallop of bitterness, after the swallow, that assaults the tastebuds

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite a powerful beer; I wasn't that crazy about the hemp flavor though it was an interesting twist from the typical DIPA

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an 8-10 oz. mini nonic. Draft at Northdown, all hail Santa Muerte...

Saturated transparent gold orange, webby lace. Lasting retention and no visible carbonation in the dim lighting of the bar.

Dank papaya, cheesy mary jane, woody eucalyptus. Hops reminiscent of reefer and flinstones vitamins. Resinous alpha acid barbs rip through the palate, while notes of tropical pineapple/papaya headiness and leafy herbaceous greenery linger. Medium bodied and burly, low carb, abv is pretty well disguised. A huge Johnny Cash middle finger to the west coast.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Brewed 12/09/14.

Reviewed live as a pale ale per the label. Served cold into a Guinness goblet at high altitude in Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high given the brewery and this beer's current ratings.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide head. White colour. Nice creaminess, thickness, fullness. Retention is good - about 5-6 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Translucent gold-copper of good vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking pale ale. I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Tropical hop notes dominate atop a pale malt foundation. Mango, faint tangerine, vague citrus, floral hop notes, and mild resinous character. The hop bitterness seems insufficiently tamed by the pale malt sweetness.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Heavy tropical hop notes, including mango and (unfortunately) pineapple - a hop note I always despise in beer. The foundation is pale malts. Too sweet and too fruity for my tastes. I want more of a resinous and oily character. It's not too well balanced.

No alcohol or off-notes come through. Depth and duration of flavour are average. Flavour intensity is quite high for a pale ale, bordering on an IPA. It's complex for a pale ale, but without balance that doesn't count for much. There's some limited subtlety here.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, overcarbonated, medium-bodied, aptly thick, and slightly pulpy.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough or scratchy.

OVERALL: Downable but forgettable. A surprisingly pedestrian and unfortunately tropical fruit-dominant pale ale flavour profile. Not very good work from 3 Floyds, but I'll chalk it up to personal tastes; I just can't stand pineapple in beer. Meh.

Low C-

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with creamy head. Aroma is intensely hoppy with tropical fruit and also some vegetal, herbal notes. Taste follows with the same notes and a good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Body is smooth but has a good amount of carbonation too. Another good one from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Medium white head and a thin collar.

Smell - Lots of hops. Smells like nelson. Orange. Kinda herbal. Sweet pale malts.

Taste - Eh. Doesn't live up. Orange hops. Lots of pale malt. Sweet. Light rye flavor? Interesting, but not great. Herbal finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - Well I expected something interesting, but I'm not sure why. Just turned out to be a good IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy golden/orange color with a huge frothy white head that persists forever. Green onion hop aromas dominate with pine and resin playing supporting roles. Very faint bready malt underneath but its hard to find under the onslaught of allium. The flavor is a bit more malty sweet with a solid bready caramel I couldn't find with my nose. Still huge green onion garlic like hop flavors with shades of resinous pine. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Nice enough beer, but damn that is a bit too oniony.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle dated Jan 6th 2015, into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A murky classic amber orange body. Opaque but not too muddy, looking a little unfiltered with some pin head random carbonation, and has a secondary racking orb glow to it. Off white head, two fingers tall with a good amount of retention but tiny for a typical IPA. Tiny, a bit murky, but not too bad.

This hop aroma is just huge, I mean this beer litteraly STINKS, even while pouring. Huge amounts of mushy tropical fruit mush and nearly rotten. Big amounts of earthy danky notes as well, but just going all out insane. I can't even detect anything else that isn't hop related on this beer, malt, yeast esters, forget it… just ugh.. It's really neat but this is overkill but I would be lying if I wasn't enjoying this.

Palate though manages to at least tweak the hop angle into a more direct and wonderful flavor. Juiced with a sweet forward note of tropical and spice hop angle. Mango, and sweet and almost peppery fruit qualities just burst in the mid palate, but huge amounts of thudding dank and almost weed like qualities. A real actual tight carbonation really helps to cut through the flavors and let things sort of mellow out, and even give a nice hot pepper accent. Huge and crushing palate, but I can't turn away, the warmth brings out more sweetness that really balances things out nicely on a malt angle.

Really unique meld on an IPA for it's qualities, but this is no lightweight by any means, and at this point I think I need a few hours or something else to rest my palate. Truly an aggressive and impressive destroyer of an IIPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in an imperial half pint glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Hazy golden body.

S - Massive dank marijuana, pine resin, and a touch of herbs, but with moderate citrus and tropical undertones. The hops verge on the cheesy side - guessing there was some CZT in here? Hint of brown sugar functions as the malt backbone here.

T - Taste reveals a bit more citrus and tropical fruit presence hidden under the dank and resinous flavors. Moderately bitter, but never verges into barbarous territory. Burnt sugar malt backbone intensifies as the beer warms up.

M - Medium-full body, juicy texture, and a super dry moisture-obliterating finish. Minimal alcohol presence, and pleasant medium-low carbonation. A definite palate-bruiser.

D - One thing I appreciate about Three Floyds is that they don't make beers that taste like all their other beers. This is a very different animal from Dreadnaught and Arctic Panzer Wolf. The combination of flavors was right up my alley, and was reminiscent of Poor Man's DIPA but with a bit more malt character. That being said, I can see this growing fatiguing in large quantities and not being for everyone's palate.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker was a very solid beer from 3 Floyds.....a beer that still gives 3 Floyds hope as they expand. The beer poured a darker copper with white head that laced very well. The scent and taste had pine and citrus notes. The taste was a bit sweeter in flavor. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it was great.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper/gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, pine, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a distinct bitterness. Tastes of strong earthy malt, sweet malt, citrus hops, pine, hint of floral hops, yeast, and alcohol. Overall, intense body, weaker appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. It arrived a slightly hazy tame gold in color with a one finger creamy head. The nose is comprised of a lot of pineapple and grapefruit rich hops with a slight citrus sweetness. The flavors are of pine, citrus, and vidalia onions. Uh oh. It's instantly not my thing. That said, it drinks light in body and smoothly and the alcohol isn't present. The onions in the after taste just take away from how drinkable this one is and could be. Decent beer, just not my favorite.

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Photo of corby112
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine/apricot edges and a two finger white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving large streaks and spots of soapy lacing in its path.

Super dank, earthy hop aroma with resinous oils and juicy tropical fruit notes backed up by subtle caramel malt sweetness. Sticky kind buds, spruce tip and grassy pine sap dominate the nose but there's a decent amount of sweetness from the juicy tropical/citrus hop character and caramel malt backbone. Lots of melon and candied orange peel with hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and blood orange. Caramel malt sweetness providing balance without interfering with the complex hop profile. There's also a touch of biscuit, grainy cracker and faint boozy sweetness. Smells really nice.

Medium body with an explosion of ridiculous dank, juicy hop flavor. Very dry and bitter up front with resinous oils and grassy pine needle flavor that lingers over the sweeter hop notes and malt backbone into a bone dry finish. The tongue coating earhy hop bitterness is quickly countered mid-palate by tropical/citrus fruit sweetness with strong hints of ruby red grapefruit, guava, mango, tangerine amd clementine. Sweet malt backbone with caramel, toffee, light toast and biscuit. Decent amount of alcohol sweetness/heat in the finish but the high ABV is relatively well masked. Although this beer is aggressively hoppy and one of the most bitter IPAs I've encountered, it's relatively well balanced with juicy sweetness and prominent malt flavors. Surprisingly easy to drink considering it's strength, ABV and aggressive flavor profile. Just an all around amazing beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy dry tangerine color with a thick meniscus of beige tan head, giving off a full dried green citrus hops aroma. More complexity grows in the nose,with some tangerine and dry spicy hops character. The finish has some woody green hops that are almost brassy in character. The dry spicy dark green hops taste is full of pithy flavor but soft on the pungency. The finish has a cat pee hops flavor that grows in the finish but never dominates. The hops have a slight metallic taste but it is not offensive as it opens. The mouthfeel has a spicy little fizz that leads to a creamy texture in the finish.

Big delicious hop flavor but lots of nice depth and unique character really makes this beer easy to drink for such a big beast. Not much bitterness to slow it down.

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Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong body odor aroma hits first. Lots of grass and onion, with underlying citrus, but damn that b.o. is potent. Notes of peach and grapefruit emerge.

Flavor reveals much more fruit character upfront, with fresh cut grass and a hint of onion leading to a moderately bitter finish. Abv is definitely felt.Sharp notes of grapefruit and lime are almost puckeringly tart. I love the fruit notes, but could do without the b.o.and onion.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 10/13/2014. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy (orange, mango, tropical fruit) hops, along with some pine hops and bready malt. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also a good amount of bitterness and some floral hops noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, wouldn't mind trying this one again in the future!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head with nice lacing.

S-Good deal of hops, mainly citrus as grass.

T-Very hoppy, starts with some grass and pine and becomes citrus in the finish with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, good deal of hop resins.

O-An amazing DIPA, FFF should bottle this one.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 02/17/2015 printed on the bottleneck. No abv listed anywhere on the bottle, so maybe you guys could work on that next. 9.00% abv according to BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours the typical cloudy burnt sienna orange color with about a finger of doughy off-white / khaki head. Appears typical of the style, but it looks nice for what it is.

S - Big bold bitter hopping is most apparent. Earthy, piney, resinous, herbal, floral, grapefruit. A bit of a musty sort of malt presence in there? 100 IBU, and the nose definitely makes no secret that this is going to be a hop bomb.

T - Again, the 100 IBU is the main feature of the beer - big bold assertive hop bitterness. Pine, resin, grapefruit, stone fruits, pineapple. Not much of a malt presence, but it is in there; lightly bready ending. Perhaps some kind of a hint of herbal spicing?

M -The feel is big and bitter, as I have said. Piney & resinous hops clinging to the palate. Full-bodied with good carbonation, but not quenching or easy-drinking.

Overall, a big bold sipper of a DIPA. Definitely geared for those who like their IPA's bitter bitter bitter. Not their best work, however, and probably not one I would go for again.

Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker -----4/5.

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Photo of Boto
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A friend picked up a bomber at the brewpub. This one pours a cloudy orangish color. There was a thin off white head that left no lacing. Pine, orange and pineapple notes to the nose. Maybe a bit peppery. The taste is very good. Somewhat bitter, with a fuller body. Pineapple notes, orange, lots of malts, with no sweetness. Very Nice!

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Photo of Florida9
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Clear orange in color, but the beer itself is littered with sediment. Forms a medium sized light tan colored head. Mild lacing. Not overly attractive. Aroma is pleasant. Strong citrus quality. Orange and grapefruit zest. Mild sweetness. Taste isn't as pleasant. Citrus, citrus zest, and citrus pith. Maybe some tropical fruit. Aggressively bitter, but not in an overly pleasant way as the bitterness is reminiscent of burnt plastic.
Simply put, this isn't one of FFF's best Imperial IPAs: No balance, off-flavors, and just plain ugly to look at.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF and served in a Penta glass.

A - Pours a hazy deep golden color, white head, thick ring, sticky lacing, thin filmy cap on top.

S - Very juicy tropical fruits, some dank resin, very hoppy and bitter but still somehow remains very balanced by the sweetness. Slight touch of alcohol there as well, but not too much

T - Taste is very balanced as well. Mango, pineapple, and cantaloupe all feed into a nice level bitterness. Not as piney as the nose, a little more resinous and slightly sweeter. The alcohol is pretty smooth and the sweetness helps hide it. Finish is oily hoppy bitterness...and lots of it.

M - Medium, good carbonation, scary-easy to drink, oily finish.

O - Nicely balanced, monster-hoppy, and pretty darn easy to drink for 100IBU and 9%. It's no surprise that FFF knows how to brew an impressive hoppy beer, and this is a nice example. Go FFF!

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Photo of leitmotif
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is the way an IPA should feel.
Smells grassy and herbal with citrus and tropical fruit in the background.
The taste is balanced. Nice malt profile. The hop aroma it's just right.
Feels amazing. Fresh. Clean. No alcohol feel whatsoever.

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Photo of Chaney
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Trumpet tulip. Bottled 12/9/14

A: Poured out an extremely turkey, apricot color with a lot of yeast pellets floating around and a substantial off-white head.

S: Whoa, pineapple bomb. Imagine pineapple chunks marinating in fruit cocktail syrup and this is what you get. Something VERY funky in there as well.... perhaps a bit of stomach acid?

T: OMG: A lot going on here. Very unique, but not quite as funky as I though it was going to be based on the smell. Again, fruity for sure, but you have to REALLY love pineapple to enjoy this beer. This is not a Cascade/Centennial forward beer in any way, shape, or form.

M: Thick and candy-like, without falling into a sort of "Mallow-Creme"-esque territory. Candy-coated alcohol for sure.

O: The most unique FFF brew I've had in a while.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Bottled on 5/4/16, bought at Three Floyds on 5/9/16 (also tried on tap that day), flown home and enjoyed today. Poured completely.

Pours mostly clear golden with a moderate amber core, big, long-lasting white head, and lots of carbonation. Pretty beer. Smell is very powerful, beautiful honeysuckle and citrus, a touch of toasty malt, definitely some hop flowers.

Taste is also very powerful. I'm surprised the bitterness hit me first, then the sweetness, and then the bitterness again. Bitterness is more traditional piney bitterness, sweetness is more floral than citrus or pine or other fruit. Some note in there doesn't gibe perfectlyl, but the big picture is that it's a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is big and nice. Overall, very good, one of the better new beers I tried on this trip to Chicago.

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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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