Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of matdot
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

05-06 Picked from a Brooklyn Multi Pack.

Poured in a Tumbler with a two finger, thick chocolate color head. Wow, what an awesome color the head turns after being poured. Like a mix of heavy cream and dark chocolate.

Smell is the typical but pungent dark coffee roast. And the mouth feel is fantastic and smooth like silk.

Exceptional Imperial, and another classic from Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black indeed! It pours a black ichor with a one finger brown head. Lacing coats the entire glass.

S - Dates, chocolate malt and strong floral notes. This is really good.

T - A strong chocolate malt flavor that is slightly sweet and complimented beautifully by dates. The aftertaste isn't powerful, but it has a little malt and floral character to it.

M - Thick, creamy, smooth, very good.

D - It is a bit rich, but I had no trouble finishing it. This is easily my favorite stout to date.

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Photo of riversider76
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost like motor oil. This beer is the darkest of my experience.Head did not last long,nice lacing. Smell is of chocolate and malt. Very inviting! Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Taste is unique. Chocolate,malt,coffee. To sum this beer up....Wow!

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a fresh '05-'06

pours as dark as ive ever seen, black and thick with a brownish beige head

smell is alright, definitely chocolatey, very malty.

taste is very strong bitter chocolate. faint coffeeish flavor somewhere back there, and heavy malt feeling. everything i want in a stout. robust flavor. if you like this i highly recommend rogue chocolate stout, which is more mellow and much more drinkable.

mouthfeel is very thick. almost syrupy but very good. an ideal stout for those looking for the more chocolate taste as opposed to the coffee flavors of other stouts. very heavy.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from the cellar and served at room temp.

A: Pours a jet black color with a caramel colored one finger head. Retention holds on the sides of the glass leaving nice lacing as it goes down.
S: Deep chocolate malt notes with a slight grassy hop presence. Spicyness of the abv is noticeable.
T/M: Thick and syrupy like engine oil, although very silky smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate malt notes with sweet caramel and dark fruit interludes. Bitterness in the dry finish with an unsweetened chocolate bitter aftertaste. Leafyness also noticeable in the aftertaste. High abv is noticeable, but not overpowering--spicyness can be detected but doesn't interfere with other flavors or mouthfeel.
D: Very tasty RIS from Brooklyn. I've had it on tap and in the bottle seems to allow the flavors to come out and breath a bit. Not that it's bad on tap, because it's great, the bottle just allows you more reoom to breath. Also, at room temp is obviously better than chilled.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been around for years and I've been a local and Brooklyn fan for years and not until now have the twain met. I didn't realize until recently how famous this beer was so I'm almost embarrassed it took this long for me to try it.
This brew is jet black with a decent hunk of tannish head. The nose is full of malt, mainly the described dark chocolate, rich and
The taste is deliciously dry and rich. Absolutely dripping with heavy handed malt and a brilliant chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel here is heavier than a lead weight and thicker than a homemade milkshake. You can practically hang your hat on this beer and its smooth as silk to boot.
Yeah, you can see you're in the presence of royalty here. I never really thought I'd see a serious competitor to Youngs Double but Brookyln definitely does the borough proud with this offering. If you haven't had it, go get some..

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Photo of EPseja
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle at cellar temperature in a Duvel tasting glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark umber brown color with crimson highlights, leaving the bottle with a curious viscosity. The head is slow to rise but when it does, it puffs up to a full three fingers of cocoa colored micro-bubbled wonderment! As it *very slowly* subsides to an even carpet, the bubbles stick to the side of the glass with an incredible tackiness that eventually forms velour drapes of lacing. In the glass, there is no overlooking the opaque blackness from whence came that part of this beer's name. Absolutely fantastic!

S - As with the obvious "black" in the appearance, the chocolate nose is very strong in the smell. Also noticeable are hints of sweet pralines, molasses, a tinge of coffee, and a foreshadowing of the alcohol to come.

T - The chocolatey toasty malts jump out of the gate with serious conviction upon taking a swig. Dark, high cocoa percentage chocolate is the predominant taste in the middle. As this beer reaches the back of the throat, a pleasant bitterness dries up the mouth and a port-wine style alcohol becomes evident. The swallow is followed up with a sweet, but mild post-dark-chocolate cloying coupled with an interesting licorice-herbal essence.

M - This beer goes in with a serious viscosity that's ladened with a pleasant, tingly effervescence. In the mouth it transforms into a chewy whipped foam remesniscent of a light chocolate mousse. The finish is throat coating and big, leaving a light tingle on the bitter part of the palate as well as a warming alcohol in the belly. Oh so nice!

D - This is a fantastic and very satisfying beer -- without a doubt one of the best in the Brooklyn stable. What it lacks in taste and smell complexity (which isn't that much at all) it makes up for in superb look and feel. This beer should be a definite inclusion in everyone's winter beer stash.

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Photo of Phatz
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is on of my absolute favorite beers. It has become a staple beer to have in my fridge. I have used it for cooking regularly as well. In brownies it is fantastic. Cooking some pork chops in it is divine, but of coarse there is nothing better than enjoy a pint next to some chocolate truffles. Mmm.

Appearance: WOW! This is as black as they come. I thought I had seen a black beer before but ... this is truly black. Great 3 finger head in my pint glass. Superb lacing! Overall; exceptional appearance.

Smell: The name says it all! Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, not surprisingly, smells like chocolate. It is neither bitter nor sweet but blend of the two. The smell of roasted malts and toffee hide behind the chocolate, and hang in the back of your nose.

Taste: Unbelievable! This is perfectly balanced bitter-sweet roasted chocolate malts. Then there is a slight hint of a coffee mocha in the aftertaste. That’s it! As unexpected as it is, I found this to be a surprisingly simple taste. But its one that demands: "Accept me, I'm perfect." I usually prefer more complex and thought provoking flavors; however, this smooth dream-come-true shouts "Throw a log on the fire, put your feet up and watch the snowfall outside, because it is ALL good in here"!

Mouthfeel: This is perfection! It's the most soft, fluffy, creamy, full, hearty yet gentle mouthfeel I have encountered to date!

Drinkability: While this is one of the easiest beers in your mouth, it would be wrong to waste the experience by drinking it too fast. Also, insist on letting this one warm up to just below room temp or you'll really miss out. Respect this beer. It is a marvelous creation. It goes down so easy that before you know it your picking up the pace. Slow down. Sip this while you relax with the family on a cold winter night.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of thetachibro
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- into the brooklyn snifter it pours a deep motor oil black with a thin tan head. very nice looking

S- Even before you pour it into the glass you can smell the coffee and roasted malts. Once poured the alcohol become more evident

T - Nice roasted maltiness. The chocolate is just right not too much. You also have some bitterness and of course the alcohol kick

M- Bold and solid definatley feels like you drinking something hearty

D- Drinkability is high becuase the alcohol isn't too much and the chocolate isn't too sweet and overbearing. Very Very nice combination and balance of flavors

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Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz brown bottle labeled winter 05-06

Drinking this beer out of a brooklyn snifter. served at about 45 degrees.

This beer pours a midnight black color with a 1/2 inch light coffee colored head. The head seems to disappear fairly quickly, but still leaving a thin layer above the liquid itself.

The nose is of chocolate currant and alchohol, also some other dark fruits.

Taste the chocolate very well, a sweet and bitter blend which seems to mask the alchohol on the tounge better than on the nose. There also seems to be a hint of sour tartness on the finish, leaving you with a slight pucker..The over all finish is smoothe and well balanced.

I would say this is a fairly full bodied stout, with great characteristics. Will drink again for sure.

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Photo of qcitydarkstar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first poured this beer, I could smell the chocolate and heavily roasted malts from across the room. The appearance was an opaque black with an inch of creamy head. The smell is indicative of the taste, as this is one is all semisweet chocolate and malts. This is a fantastic brew, but the mouth feel is heavy, as if I was drinking chocolate milk. I've never been a big fan of Brooklyn Brewery, well until now that is.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum. Great aroma of molasses and chocolate. A very creamy head that lasted a long time with great lacing. Black color, of course. There is a moderately acidic intial flavor that lessens a bit. Palate is medium-full, syrupy with a moderate alcoholic finish. Finish is loooong. Can't wait to see what a year in the cellar will do for this. This is really an outstanding double stout. Probably my favorite Brooklyn beer in the bottle.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour to a pint glass leaves a 1 cm fast-dissipating head of dark tan with ruby highlights. The beer itself is black with a reddish underglow, a ruby bottom.

There is a roasted smell but also a predominantly caramel aroma, rounded out with malty goodness.

The taste at first is smooth and infinitely deep. There is a soily earthy quality to the middle, with some smoked/roasted malts and flavoring hops. The end game is all about alcohol, moderate bittering hops as well, and a smooth, mocha breadiness. I searched ans searched for more chocolate flavor, based upon the brewers claims of chocolate taste, but I could not find it. I ended up saying, “who cares” this was smooth and completely drinkable, chocolate or not.

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Photo of pbr85
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black as black can be, with a nice, two finger, coffee ice cream colored head that diminishes slowly. The lacing is phenomenal.

Smell: Strong presence of roasted malts, chocolate, and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate dominate through the first sip. After a few sips you can start to detect alcohol flavors towards the end with strong roasted coffee malts and bitter chocolate. There are hints of hops midway through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, it feels like the chocolate is melting in your mouth.

Drinkablility: For a stout it is very drinkable. I probably couldn't drink more than a few, but that is true for all the stouts I've tried.

Notes: Looks great, smells great, tastes great. I highly recommend this stout, it is one of the best.

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Photo of MattBrooks
2/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wanted to rate this lower, but just couldn't bring myself to do it. Not at all the beer I remember from years past and certainly not a Black Chocolate Stout. Pours pitch black with a brownish rim and absolutely no head. Had to really concentrate to get any aroma at all, and I still can't place what it is. Finally, this beer has a metallic taste; like I was drinking nickels or something. I'm curious to try it again, because this is a beer I used to like, say four-to-five years ago; but I was completely unimpressed this time.

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Photo of counselor
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black with an inviting creamy tan head. Smells of licorice, coffee, chocolate, deep, malty and slightly bitter. Smooth silky mouthfeel. Tastes of coffee, black roasted malts and hints of alcohol. A deep inviting beer that improvede as it warmed with more alcohol aromas and flavors of tobacco, raisin & toast. A very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A majestic beer. This stout pours a thick, creamy, tawny colored head. Thick lacing coats the side of the glass all the way through this beer. Completely opaque, this beer presents a dark black color.

Smell: Roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate. A full maltiness pervades as one inhales: sweet and certainly full of chocolate. The smell of alcohol announces itself as well, reminding the nose of a liquer. Rich and aromatic even before tasting it, Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout is a pleasure for all senses.

Taste: Dark chocolate maltiness, with roasted overtones. One is also reminded of flavored coffee. Strangely, a faint trace of oily hops manages to infiltrate the intense maltiness. Decadent chocolate and some oily hops yields a refreshing stout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky body with a slightly carbonated finish. Pleasantly light for a stout, but light in a truly satisfying way. A bit watery at the end, but not so far as to detract much from the beer.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a stout. A very sensual beer that is satisfying in all respects. Despite not being a stout connoisseur, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a jet black with a large creamy tan head.This is one beautiful beer.The smell is chocolate,but it's not too strong.The taste is a very strong chocolate with some coffee and malt.There is alittle alcohol warmth,but not much.The m/f is heavy and creamy.This is a well balanced beer with all flavors mixing well.This is a very good beer,not great,but very good.Every Christmas I will look forward to this coming out.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful looking beer, pitch black, thick dark tan head that stays very strong for the duration.
Smell is wonderful, a chocolate liquor and coffee.
Taste was a bit harsh, but not terrible. Alcohol is strong in the middle, hops in the back, the front is black coffee, maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Almost too strong for my tastes.
Mouthfeel is quite nice, some burn on the sides but smooth and thick.
I like this beer, and would have another, just not in a row. I have 1 more bottle (got 2 in the party pack) that I'm going to let sit for a while.


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Photo of sraimondi
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had this on nitrous draft at Cafe Luna in Simsbury, CT (see seperate review--great job Louis!). WOW!! While I have always enjoyed this one from the bottle, the draft version is almost PERFECT. The coffee and chocolate flavor is very much pronounced, but not overwhelming. While the bottle version "hides" the high ABV; the draft is even more dangerous, as you cannot really feel the alcohol until afterwards. The carbonation is very soft. A really outstanding brew, served at the right temp at Cafe Luna. By the way, the pizza here is VERY, VERY good!! Mangia.

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Photo of stewart124
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter '05-'06

Poured a jet black with slight dark tan head. Smells of sweet roasted malts and bits of coffee. Raisins and prunes also come to mind.
Very strong tastes. Chocolate and rich coffee taste along with raosted malts in this heavy stout. Syrup like body that goes down very smoothly. There are sweet tastes of raisins. The hops are fairly tasty and add to this complex brew. As this goes down there is a warming feeling but the alcohol is hidden well. I would like to try this beer again in a year or so as it could only get better. Very good beer and it follows with a well rounded aftertaste of darker malts.

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Photo of jslot38
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz Bottle from the 2005-06 winter.

Appearance: Head is magestic. A hard but balanced pour produces a large head that slowly fades to an inch or so. Colour is black ink, jet fuel even. Head is light brown mocha, tan if you will. Lacing also stands up for as the head reduced a layer of lacing was already forming. Could probably go on forever about this.

Smell: Primarily chocolate and mocha coffee stand out in this wonderfully aromatic beer. Absolutly love the deep and dark chocolate aspects of this smell, though the backbone of chocolate covered coffee beans - espresso, make this smell very intriguing.

Taste: Easily reminds me of why I love this style. Rich flavors of baker's chocolate, unsweetend, but certainly dark. As a stout there is a minimal hop presence (but its there), and there is a great dark and deep roasted barley taste. After taste is phenomenal as the chocolate transforms to have many complex coffee bean undertones.

Mouthfeel: As said before, hold on... uh... I have to mention that the lacing orginally formed after the pour is quite literally clinging to the side of my glass as I am half way through this beer. Now, back to the mouthfeel; it is quite literally roasted, but smooth with minimal carbonation. Goes down cleanly, yet entices the palate so well.

Notes: Easily at the top of my list for not only stouts, but beers in general. Great with deserts, oh my... what it must be to enjoy this with a hunk of chocolate mousse. Death by chocolate... no, death by Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout. I give a 4.0 to drinkability for I am a chocolate and stout lover, so the combination of the two makes me believe I could drink a few of these, and there isn't an alcohol presence (even at 8.5%) that turns me away. A great, amazing, brew.

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Photo of LuckySkuff
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll try to be succinct; I've honestly acted quite unwisely and have had three of these in the last two hours (quiet night at home, I'm allowed). Terrifically, absolutely delicious, and the ABV really sneaks up on ya - the mouthfeel is so rich and the body is so perfect, you can barely taste the alcohol.

Poured a dark black/brown hue with a little chocolate brown head. Very little to no carbonation to battle the pleasantly thick mouthfeel. Smells of tasty roasted malts, faint chocolate, mildly alcoholic; the taste is exactly what you'd expect - warming and creamy, and chocolatey. A lot like Bison Chocolate Stout, just a little richer and a bit more alcoholic. Easy to fall in love with.

As I said, this one goes down smooth, so be careful. Sorry to be so succinct; just try it if you haven't.

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Photo of barknee
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Winter 05-06 Vintage... Pours espresso brown and totally opaque confirmed by using all types of high lumen output devices! Pours with a generous 1/2" deep mocha brown head with admirable retention. Agitating the glass after the head settles rejuvenates it to its original poured state! Outrageous, although slightly repressed aromas of bittersweet dark chocolate and rich lightly roasted malts dominate the nose, as does the alcohol which smacks you gently in the face as it ascends from the glass. The taste is fantastic; with essences of slightly sweetened concentrated imported dark chocolate, well malted with the perfect balance of hops; adding the absolute perfect balance of hop acidity that keeps this stout crisp & vibrant. The mouthfeel is primo; creamy, lively and satisfying, extremely well balanced. Drinkability is unexpectedly superior; this is no overweight slug here! This Brooklyn Bad Ass will offer fans of the style an undeniable and unquestionably enjoyable quaffing experience. Like all "Vintage" products, expect each edition to vary somewhat as the formulary may change as does the quality of the ingredients available to the brewer each season. Although earlier "vintages" of this brew received lukewarm marks by some, this current Vintage is completely off the hook; this would be challenging to dispute!
Very highly recommended!

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Photo of akahn
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start out by saying that this is my first imperial stout, my first chocolate stout, my first beer remotely like this. The first one of these I had I didn't really like. But it grew on me. Here is my review.

Marked for winter '05-'06.

This beer is very dark, nearly obsidian, but with some faint red hues. It pours into my tumbler with a modestly-sized creamy brown (as in brown sugar) head with lots of crazy lacing.

The nose is spicy, bitter chocolate and nutmeg.

The taste is bitter, bittersweet chocolate. This, mixed with the spiciness (nutmeg, cinammon flavors? maybe brown sugar too?) makes it like mexican chocolate. At the finish, the alcohol comes to the fore. It is warm and spicy -- the interaction of the spiciness of the alcohol and the spiciness of the actual flavors in the beer is interesting. Notes of caramel and some roastiness, too.

Low carbonation, very full body and very smooth.

This beer is so sweet that it leaves my lips feeling sticky (it is more of a richness than a sweetness). I don't get that with most beers I drink (granted, I've mostly drank paler beers).

This is a tasty beer. It took me a few to get acquainted with it, but in the end, very good. I like. I recommend. And it was good with Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, too. It's so rich that I can't give it very high marks for drinkability, but one is certainly good.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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