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Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel AgedTen FIDY - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrMindbender on 09-06-2015

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3.84/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Intensity has met its match as the fabled Ten-Fidy stout takes a nice long slumber in Kentucky bourbon barrels for a transformation that set great expectations and even expounded on them in unimaginable ways.

Pouring from the can with the blackness of pitch and tar but with the consistency to put motor oil to shame, the stout patiently builds a rich and creamy mocha lather to crown the rim. Its savory and suculent scent is of espresso roast, dark chocolate, and with not-so-subtle nuances of caramel and bourbon. As its sweetness creeps onto the tongue, it does so with those chocolate-laced molasses, chocolate-covered espresso beans and caramelized brownie batter.

Without reprieve, its maltiness proceeds across middle palate laying down a trail of roasted grain, dark-roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, black-strap molasses and a host of roasting nuts. Burnt in its taste, the sweetness and marshmallow malt texture rounds off the more acrid edges of the roast and softens its effects even as the coconut, vanilla, caramel, booze and oak of the barrel come charging in late.

Lavishly full, creamy and lush, the stout is meant solely for after-dinner digestive with its decadent sweetness and silky smooth texture. Trailing coffee, chocolate and bourbon form a three-tiered taste that clings to the mouth and is slow to relax. Warming to the gullet, the stout has a long and dessert-like demeanor throughout.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the epic Stovepipe can into a snifter.

The pour is pure jet black, like waste from a paper mill that specializes in black construction paper. There's a finger of dark caramel head that sticks around for a while before settling into a brown ring that sits atop the beer. Like the hype, the lacing is real.

The aroma is great, but slightly disappointing. Lots and lots of dark roasted chocolate, some charred coffee, and a touch of caramel lead the way before the bourbon and vanilla come through like a shy dude entering a party. There's some lingering notes of toffee, molasses and booze on the back end.

The taste though. The taste is exactly what you would expect a 12.9% BBA version of Ten Fidy to be. It's huge, it's bold, it grabs you by the balls and whispers something about getting "turnt" in your ear. Massive amounts of chocolate and roasted malts, dark roast coffee, charred leather, and molasses all backed up by the vanilla and oak flavors. The alcohol wraps the tongue in a soft blanket before being gently pulled away.

The feel is the definition of "full-bodied". It's thick, chewy, and creamy as all hell. Very light carbonation. Just a tad sticky and syrupy but otherwise perfect. It's boozy but it's a nearly 13% ABV stout so you'd be insane to not expect that.

Overall, this beer absolutely met my lofty expectations. Ten Fidy is already one of my all-time favorite beers, so when I heard there was a BA version I got a little excited in the zipper region of my pants. This is by far the best barrel-aged beer I've ever had. It takes a bold, massive imperial stout and somehow turns it up a notch. The flavors are rich and decadent, without ever getting too sweet, and the alcohol is always present but never over-bearing, just like a good creepy uncle.

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Photo of pmoney
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 19.2 ounce "stovepipe" can poured into a glass on 10/16/15.

This is a damn fine barrel aged stout! It pours thick as can be and is the consistency and color or used motor oil. Theres a lingering dark brown head. The smell is bourbon, roasted malts, and coffee. The taste is bourbon barrel (increases significantly as it warms), coffee, bitter, and very roasty. The mouthfeel is super thick and chewy. Overall, this is a fantastic beer, and I'm so happy to have a couple squirreled away for winter.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - such a bizarre can. So tall. Absolutely jet black with the most ominous and foreboding head I've ever seen. This is a dark DARK brown. Charred blood red. Chocolatey and thick and roasty-looking. Fantastic.

S - smell creeps up on ya. Starts smooth with sambuca and gentle vanilla, then gets stronger and stronger. Put on the brakes! It keeps coming! Jesus take the wheel! Rich bourbon and heavy oak pound the senses. Dark chocolate smooths out all the sharp corners and rough edges.

T - taste follows the nose with an incredibly smooth and balanced blend of barrel, bourbon, and barley. One thing I always liked about Ten Fidy was how smooth and velvety it is. There are hops in typical RIS fashion, but they're not overpowering. They're not grassy and green. They contribute to the backbone of this beer. The BA version is no different, but with an added bourbon barrel element to the mix. Decadent vanilla bean and molasses. Sweet, brown sugary caramel. Retains all the flavors from inside the barrel without any alcohol bite or burn. Toasted wood chips and maybe even a bit of maple on the finish.

F - full and silky. Carbonation is a bit on the high side and this will foam if you swish it, but it is otherwise hearty and fulfilling. A meal in a can.

O - well done. Takes everything we know and love about Ten Fidy and only adds to it. Brilliant bourbon flavor and chocolately dessert deliciousness. Clicking it at 12.9%, I would be dead if I hadn't checked the can and instead drank 4 of these like I wanted to. Criminally smooth.

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4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on date of 11/04/16. Poor Rum Ham! Fish him from the sea!

Appearance - Pours black as used oil and with a cocoa colored, near two-finger width head that hangs around for a while. The head eventually dissipates, revealing a thin, broken layer of suds. Fair lacing, mostly consisting of broken lines and spotting.

Smell - Fudgy chocolate with lesser malt roast and smoke, molasses, oak and a touch of vanilla.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fudgy chocolate upfront, then a bit of nuttiness and molasses. Moderate roast and faint smokiness. Back-end delves into more barrel-influenced character; woody notes with vanilla sweetness. Light boozy bite. Finishes with the whole shebang; lingering chocolate, molasses, oak, roast, nuttiness and vanilla can all be found long after the last sip.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy and near syrupy texture with a sticky, slightly dry and warming finish. Definitely not suffering from the 'thinning out' that happens to some BA stouts.

Overall - Oh man, this is so much better than the regular Ten Fidy it's not even funny. Every time I try the OG, I scratch my head in disbelief at those who find it amazing; it's decent, but I can't figure out what the appeal is, and this is coming from an impy stout aficionado. But this? This is fantastic! So much of the barrel shines, while the chocolatey and fairly roasty nuances of the brew adds a wonderful compliment to the woody, boozy and sweet vanilla tones.

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Photo of Walleybeer
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All fives across the board! Definitely lives up to the hype so happy its finally available in New Jersey.. a must have dor any stout lover!!!!!! A++++

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Photo of Roguer
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Here it is: one of the archetypal stouts, first in tanks, then in barrels, and finally in cans. No, wait: finally in my mouth.

From the pour, it is the dark black motor oil you'd expect from Ten-Fidy. The dark brown head is of prodigious size, with excellent retention - both well above par for a barrel aged stout. The head slowly slides down the sides of the glass, leaving behind plenty of lacing. Honestly, I'm fairly certain I've never seen a better appearance on a barrel aged stout.

Sharp and boozy bourbon is readily apparent on the nose, but that is quickly followed by the strong roast familiar to Ten-Fidy fans. Coconut, red grapes, oak, coffee; these all appear in no particular order. The more it sits, the better it smells, with notes of chocolate and pecans starting to come through.

All the flavors kind of muddle together on the palate, but it's a beautiful chaos. Barest hint of banana from the yeast; tons of chocolate and a bit of dark roast coffee from the malt, along with brown sugar and toffee; the barest touch of char; and yes, of course, plenty of bourbon bite up front, carrying oak and vanilla, and a strong bourbon finish, leaning toward coconut.

While this is (not unexpectedly) hotter in the mouth than its regular counterpart, it is no less thick and smooth. Despite the heat, you can really savor and even chew on this brew, with very little lingering heat.

I don't know that this is the best-tasting BBA stout I've ever had. I do know that it is nearly without peer in its category in terms of mouthfeel and appearance; only BCBS and Parabola can even compare. Not unexpectedly, this reminds me very much of a BBA version of Founders Imperial Stout.

Do I honestly like this beer better than BCBS? I'm leaning toward...maybe. It's easily the best BBA stout I've had in what seems like ages; its overall package is something to be reckoned with. This is a beer I wish I had a good half dozen to visit and revisit and even age, to truly gain an appreciation for it. It's a different beast than BCBS; perhaps not quite as good in some respects, but easily its superior in others.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a can dated 10/26/16 poured into a snifter.

Appearance is motor oil black with a small tan head that lingers slightly. Tons of alcohol legs on the glass.

The aroma is huge with chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut, caramel and some alcohol spice.

The taste is huge dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and some alcohol heat. A bitter bite on the backend.

The palate is full with a lingering bourbon spice, along with chocolate and some lingering bitterness.

Overall this is an excellent barrel aged stout from Oskar Blues that I'm happy got a larger distribution.

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Photo of BB1313
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 11/4/16. 19.2oz can poured into a tulip. Pours black with a big fluffy dark mocha head that falls leaving nice thick retention and solid lacing. The aromas are chocolate forward. Lots of milk chocolate. Lots of malts. Subtle hints of vanilla. The bourbon aromas are balanced and blend well with everything. The flavors bold, rich and balanced. Lots of cocoa and milk chocolate leading the way followed by some sweet bourbon. Strong malt backbone. Mild warmth, but the alcohol basically goes completely unnoticed. This one is dangerously drinkable. It doesn't drink as big as it is. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with lower carbonation. It's very creamy, velvety, fluffy and smooth.

This is a great stout. Even though I can't say it's the best barrel-aged stout I've ever had personally, I still love it and consider it a top notch stout. I have zero complaints. It's worthy of the praise that it receives. I am blown away by how easy it is to drink. This is a very deceptive brew. The craftsmanship is very impressive. Highly enjoyable stuff. Well done.

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Photo of LordofWord
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I nursed one for nearly two hours last night. It is intensely rich and choco-coffee-flavored, and actually boozier than I thought it would be after just an eight-month stint in the barrel. It's really good, and definitely doesn't seem as sweet as BCBS. I wish I could side by side it with BCBS, but no way am I going to open a can of this and bottle of that simultaneously unless I have some help drinking them. Soooo rich! I also scratch my head about them doing a Java version, because I get enough coffee personality from this already. But I'm not a huge coffee beer guy, aside from the occasional Victory at Sea.

I think the BA Ten Fidy should develop nicely over time, although cellaring canned beer is something I'm not real knowledgeable about.

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Photo of thebigbambino
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

OK, no secret I am a lover of all things Oscar Blues and stouts in general. I missed this one the first time it hit my local craft beer store as is sold out in 2 hours. So I grabbed a pair this time while they were still available! I love ten fidy, probably one of my favorite stouts next to Hunapu and Marshall Zukov from CCB. The packaging is brilliant! 19.3 oz and advertised as a "stovepipe", so I am thinking I might need some help when imbibing this one. Pours a brilliant midnight oil (sorry Aussies) color with a light tan head. Fragrance is beautious (wow did I just say that?) Notes of coffee, caramel, vanilla and bourbon, not as boozy as Goose Island, though. Mouthfeel is thick and delicious, what do you expect from a barrel aged 10/5. I would like a bit less carbonation, but I digress. I have seen other posts that the bourbon was not very evident. I disagree I taste right from the get go along with roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate and apricots (I know weird for a stout). Definitely a beer to split in a few goblets so you can enjoy a few without passing out. Taste improves as the stout warms up from refrigerator temperature to near room temp. If you have had a bad day or week at work this is definitely the "mind bender" to reach for. Hope to see more great things from Oscar Blues in the near future.
Heard from a rep at the store that bourbon barrel aging is just a fad, hope he is wrong cause I love the style. Sorry, I haven't posted in a quite some time but made a cross country move to Vegas and its been a rough ride. I miss my Cigar City brews so any of you CCB peeps who want to do a trade for something you can't get from the left coast hit me up!
Peace and Cheers!

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Photo of 57md
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I am a huge fan of the regular Ten FIDY so I simply had to pay the steep price of $18 to try a 19+ oz. can.

Pours almost black with a brownish tan head. There are nice, soft bourbon notes on the nose along with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is sticky and thick. The bourbon comes through nicely in the flavor and only gets a bit intrusive on the finish. There is a background raisin and molasses-like sweetness that blends very well with the roasty backbone.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a motor oil black with a two finger tan head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, chocolate and bourbon.

T - The taste is awesome with dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and roasted malts. Finishes with a nice bourbon kick.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a superb BBA stout. The flavors are rich and delicious and the alcohol nicley hidden.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oskar Blues Bourbon Barrel Ten-Fidy, 12.9% ABV. Pours thick and black, with three fingers of brown head, left no lacing. Nose is bourbon, coffee, malt, and chocolate. Taste follows. Excellent mouthfeel and overall outstanding. Relieved that it is excellent since I got a number of them and they are still on the store shelves as of this morning. Would have preferred these be in 12oz cans due to the 12.9% ABV - and why wasn't this called Twelve-Nity? At 12.9% ABV and 19.2oz, these are equivalent to drinking five "normal" 4.2% ABV 12oz beers. Luckily you can take your time as the flavor improves as it warms.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy Cow....what an awesome beer. I tried this one for the first time in a side-by-side with regular Fidy and absolutely LOVED it. Smooth and creamy, hint of vanilla and the bourbon barrel influence is just so balanced. Easy drinking even at 12.9%!

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Photo of lupercmda
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

You take a wonderful deep rich stout which is wonderful by itself and drop it into bourbon barrels and get this wonderful treat. Nice Oaky bourbon taste on the finish makes you want to come back for more.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as much as i get down on these guys for never releasing any new beers ever, i drink this and am immediately reminded that even though they dont do a whole lot, what they do, they do very well. this is a wonderful enhancement of an already awesome stout in ten fidy. the bourbon adds more than just a serious alcohol jump, this has one of the more pronounced barrel characters of any beer in its class, and for it to come through so strongly in such a thick dense base beer is really impressive. shiny near black, chocolate syrup thick, with a very short but persistent little mocha colored head. long legs on the edges of the glass, pretty brew. aroma is whiskey first, sweet vanilla and oak well in front of the dark chocolate and roasty malt notes of the base beer, complex and inviting, almost mouthwatering, which is uncommon for me in a beer that isnt sour or hoppy. more balance in the flavor, although the bourbon element is still strong. the beauty here though is that its not super sweet, not any sweeter than the base beer anyway, and the oak is at least as pungent as the spirit itself. it has this huge mellow charred oak quality that smoothes this out beyond belief, taking some bitter edge off the dark grain and some of the heat off the top too. so thick going down, but it has great glide, sneaks right down. chocolaty in the center, slight caramel, warming whiskey, a burnt note, and then all kinds of subtle flashes, coconut, chocolate mousse, raisin, really awesome. i love the base beer, but this is positively next level. arguably the best beer these guys have ever made...

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Photo of gregy55902
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looked and smelled incredible. I seriously smelled it for 10 minutes before drinking it - I was getting these crazy bourbon, dark chocolate, toffee, toasted coconut aromas. Taste and feel aren't quite as godlike but it's still great that they are putting this in cans now. Great base beer made even better by BBA treatment. Bought 2 cans but I will buy even more of this to cellar and will see how this develops!

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up this brew today. Excited to try it out.

Appearance: Fresh pour from the can into a snifer glass. Immediately there's a rush of black gold, even giving motor oil a run for it's money! Developing as I pour is a nice, frothy brownish head that is the crown jewel to this first pour. very impressive. Head is around 3/4 inch thick!

Smell: First take on this brews atmosphere while it's still cold is a sweet, chocolate-like impression. Also detected is slight hint of bourbon. Very good combination right up front. As it gets closer to room temperature, I go in again for another round of more dark cocoa, but also involved is some hints of wood, faint vanilla, and more alcohol sweetness, some caramel and molasses.

Taste: Upon first sips while it's still chilly, I get a full hit of chocolate malts, slight hint of vanilla, and toffee. This is already a great sip and I know this brew is hiding more flavors as it settles closer to room temp. Waiting a little bit, I go in for another and I get an espresso-like flavor, some hints of bourbon, some caramel and towards the end I get a much darker taste of chocolate. Some faint vanilla and a bit tart as the flavors settle. Absolutely balanced and perfect!

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied up front, somewhat smooth aftertaste. Medium-light carbonation. Kinda syrupy. Pretty good.

Overall: This is a great beer in the RIS category. I enjoyed the original TF, but the BA this brew just got a shot of flavor steroids. I grabbed this on sale for only $2.50 a can! Totally worth it. I would've paid 3 fold per can for this! Will totally have again and would totally recommend to a friend. Great beer to enjoy on a cold winter's night to sip and savor. Cheers!

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4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a stovepipe can to a snifter. Canned October 15, 2015, "Drink by Spring" written on the bottom of the can.

A-The beer pours heavily with a dense, walnut-brown head. The foam is a finger tall at first but fades quickly to a thin cap and then to nothing at all. The liquid beneath is nearly black and opaque.

S-Despite spending some time in my cellar, aka my closet, there is still a lotta whiskey to be sniffed. The aroma is oak-heavy with brown caramel, molasses, butterscotch, some baker's chocolate, and a good bit of warmth from the alcohol. More whiskey forward than many and not as bitter as non-BA Ten Fidy.

T-The taste is still heavy on the barrel, but it is smoother and creamier than the smell. Baker's chocolate, molasses, oak, caramel, even some citrus flavors lurking in there. All with a vanilla and marshmallow cream note. Sweetness is moderate and alcohol is obvious but well-integrated. Delicious.

M-The body is medium to full in heft with a light, fine carbonation. Enjoyable and well paired to the style.

O-The multiple BA Ten Fidy beers have always been impressive and this particular can was no exception. I am surprised at how much whiskey comes through and I really appreciate how the beer is not overly sweet. Bravo.

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Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the growler jet black with no light getting thru,a thin soapy-like mocha colored head atop that was gone in a flash.An intense mix of chocolate and oaky vanilla tinged bourbon,just rich and decadent,like a bourbon infused brownie.Flavors couldn't get much better in my book,caramel and vanilla infused bourbon with a bit of toast and dark coffee roast/char than the full on chocolate fudge hits and man it don't get much better than that.I didn't give the flavor profile a five only because the alcohol does get really warm as I drank more but it's close.The best CHRISTmas eve nightcap I think I have had to date.

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4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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