Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
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6,673
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Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of JoePat
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage
Pour a wonderful black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing as is dissipates.
Some smooth chocolate and roasted malt and raison flavors on the nose but not too prononced.
The first thing that hits me is the raison but once that fades the chocolate flavors kick in with bitter dark malt flavors similar to coffee.
Pretty smooth mouthfeel that helps this beer go down quick.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 09-10 vintage into a glass, courtesy of ericwo. Thanks Eric!

A: Pours black in the glass, essentially opaque in the center but just translucent at the barest edges. A finger of dark mocha head adorns the glass for a minute or so, receding in clumps until a thin film covers the beer. That's gone in another minute. Some bubbles attempt to lace during swigs, but nothing sticks.

S: Sweet, dark malts. I expected this to be like a melted Hershey's bar, but it's not. It's simply chocolate-forward without being ridiculous about it. Still has plenty of traditional RIS characteristics, like coffee and hints of dark fruits.

T: More chocolatey than the nose suggested. It doesn't have the cloying sweetness of some other chocolate stouts, but it definitely brings a lot of bittersweet cocoa beans to the table. They're fleshed out with bitter espresso flavors and a general feeling of char (though it's not exactly ashy). Try as I might, I could not pick up the dark fruits I smelled.

M: A bit of a warming effect from the ABV, but it's pretty well-hidden and smooth. Carbonation is modest, and the body is full in flavor, medium-full in heft.

D: I liked it, but I'd need to sit down and have it again before I could really make up my mind on where it falls in the chocolate stout spectrum. Expect a re-review of this one.

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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, verging on black. Small tan head without much lacing. Smells mildly of chocolate and roasted malt. This does have a chocolate taste, but I expected a bit more. Nice bitterness, with some amount of alcohol in the taste, though it is still hidden well for 10%. The body is quite smooth.

This was from a 2009 bottle. I have several other bottles and I'll be interested to see how it ages.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my Stone IRS snifter

A - a shade away from pitch black with a thin tan head that quickly disappeared

S - Smells like dark malt with a very faint hint of chocolate and an even fainter hint of alcohol

T - Tastes pretty normal for a stout with a little more chocolate flavors, slightly sweet at first, Hardly any aftertaste at all, really isn't as powerful as I was expecting

M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation, the body might be the best part of this beer

D - Surprisingly easy to drink for its 10%, it doesn't have much complexity though and is surprisingly mediocre. I wouldn't say this is a bad beer but it just comes across as simple to me. Sometimes this is a good thing but I expect more from a RIS. If this was offered to me again I wouldn't have a problem drinking one but I won't be seeking this out again anytime soon.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 09-10 bottling. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark black color with about a finger of tan head. Decent lacing and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, but smells somewhat mellowed out. Also smells of roasted malts and a little bit of coffee, but not was much as other people seemed to have smelled.

t - Tastes strongly of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The coffee comes out a lot more in the taste than the smell. Tiny hints of alocohol and bitterness in the aftertaste.

m - Pretty thick and creamy. Full bodied with low carbonation.

d - I really like this beer; it's one of my favorite Brooklyn beers. Looks great and has a wonderfull full chocolate taste to it. Thought the smell was a little mellow but that could be because it's not March and this is from the 09-10 Winter release. Great stout that I will certainly be trying again.

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Photo of jmerloni
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful creamy dark black with nice creamy brown head that laces very well.

S - Malty, toffee, chocolate.

T - Not as much chocolate taste as I expected and it's kind of disappointing. Scotchy, licorice aftertaste that isn't very pleasant. Alcohol shows through pretty bad.

M - Nice. Full creamy finish. Not very balanced, however. The carbonation is lopsided.

D - Not very drinkable because of the high ABV. It's also hard to drink fast because it's so potent. A decent beer, overall, but somewhat overrated in my opinion.

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Photo of rarbring
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown, near black, the head is surprisingly small, beige leaving some lacing and curtains.

The smell is sweet dried plums, some sour milk (sic), burnt bread, woodsmoke, coffee and chocolate roasted beans.

The taste has the sweetness from a ripe cream sherry, roasted malt flavors and really bitter roasted seeds and coffee beans. The bitterness is rather sharp, and stays for quite a while.

This sample had low carbonation, but rather tingly small bubbles, and a dry finish.

It is a well made beer, but a bit to coarse bitterness, could benefit from a few years storing for my taste.

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Photo of melloashello
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It blows me away that a beer can taste so chocolaty without using any actual chocolate!

An aroma of roasted grains, powerful coffee. The coffee and chocolate blend really well together. I knew this was going to be a great beer from just smelling it. So many imperial stouts try to do this and some succeed and some ultimately fail.

Taste of coffee, CHOCOLATE, chocolate, and more chocolate. Barely any hops noticeable. Just a really smokey beverage.

The beverage is chewy but very smooth. The only thing that threw me off was after the first sip, it felt weird swallowing and most likely, that was due to my own fault of something I had to drink or eat earlier on. Either way, just a good brew.

Black, chocolate, coffee, smoke, goodness.

Drink up.

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle at a local bar. Consumed out of a chalice. I've been waiting for months to finally get a hold of one of these, and tonight my wish came true!

Appearance - Poured a deep and rich earthy darkness. Thick and foamy mocha colored head that was about an inch and a half thick. Remained strong for the duration of the consumption of this fine beverage.

Smell - Instantly picked up on the rich coffee and chocolate scents, along with nice dark roasted malts. The coffee smell however, pretty much overpowers all the other smells after it has been sitting for a few brief moments.

Taste - Tastes very chocolatey, almost like a carbonated chocolate coffee, with touches of malt, a very small touch of hops, and some rich dark fruity undertones.

Mouthfeel - Feels thick and creamy, just the way a proper stout should. Some excessive carbonation, but it dies down as the beverage sits.

Drinkability - Despite being 10% ABV, it goes down very smooth. The sweet tastes definitely mask the decent ABV. However, because of it's limited availability and sometimes steep price range (depending where you go), multiple drinks may be out of the question, but if you have the opportunity to drink this one, don't pass it up!

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Photo of Cmack15
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm Hmm damn tasty beer. The aroma chocolate malty with a tinge of coffee. The taste is good really good starts with a slight sweet intro then fades to the chocolate note with a kiss of coffee/bourbon, finishes dry with the roasted malts and hops. Great beer especially as an intro to RIS style. A must have!

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 09-10 bottling

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours a nice opaque black, ruby tinged around the edges with a nice foamy chocolate milkshake brown head.

The aroma has a nice bit of fresh hop scent with dark chocolate and caramel.

The flavor profile is very nice, full of dark roasted grains, dark chocolate syrup, brownies, creamy caramel, raisins and dark plums. There is a pleasant bitterness on the finish and the alcohol is very well hidden and mixed into the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, nicely chewy and creamy with ample fine carbonation. The feel is a touch chalky as well.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is one of the tops in the RIS category and this past years brewing is no exception. Highly recommended and usually a good bargain for such a high quality beer as well.

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

Winter '09-10 bottling. I thought it was a bit hot when it first came out, so I'm hoping a few months have helped.

Good start. About as black and thick as the style requires, although I have seen thicker and blacker. The head is more tan than brown, but it holds at a steady sheet.

Sweet and roasty. More milk chocolate than black. The nose of the bottle smelled like a Baltic porter, and some of that syrupy molasses character stayed with it. Could be stronger.

This is a roasty stout with nice dose of chocolate, but it pales compared to Choklat, which is the king of chocolate stouts. Hopping lends way more bitterness to this particular beer, but it goes well with the roasty flavors and doesn't impart clashing grapefruit or other citrus. This is a nice, balanced imperial stout. Definitely does show some black chocolate on the finish, with a pleasant dryness. Pretty nice. Borderline 4.5, but it's really quite an enjoyable beer. Rich roastiness is the highlight.

Smooth and nice, and the hotness has left for the most part. It fills the mouth well and has very soft carbonation. Not the thick tar of other stouts, but it's perfectly creamy.

Some aging has definitely done this well and mellowed the heat, I believe. Also, I think this benefits from being a bit cooler than I typically drink such strong beers at. The flavor is not as bludgeoning as a lot of 10% beers, so it goes down easy, and the flavor is not too huge. I'm a little disappointed they cut down to a four-pack, but this is still quite a good value and a beer worth buying. Easily worth the dollar more than Old Rasputin.

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Photo of Mr3dPHD
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer in a standard clean pint glass on a cold evening after dinner. Dessert beer FTW!

Appearance - Pitch black at first glance. Dark brown hues can be seen when held up to the light. Nice thick light brown head lingers for a bit.

Smell - Toasted dark chocolate malt. Mouth watering to say the least.

Taste - True to it's aroma and it's name, nice toasty dark chocolate with some light nutty undertones. This is exactly what I hope for in a Russian Imperial Stout. As close to perfection for this style as I've had.

Mouthfeel - Mildly carbonated, which suits the style. Thick and heavy; a bit oily.

Drinkability - This is a bit of a tough brew to drink. It's very heavy, and for me, one is enough in a single sitting...definitely no more than two. Of course, this is to be expected with such a rich beer with a high alcohol content like this. As far as overall drinkability, I could drink one every night. This is a great beer!

I have to say, this is one of my favorite beers, definitely my favorite Russian Imperial. Another win from Brooklyn Brewery!

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Photo of biglite351
2.44/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - very dark, short but lasting foam.

S - very mild and not impressive.

T - chocolate and that is about it. Good, but like the smell, not impressive. It isn't bad, but it simply isn't as good as one would want.

M - rather tingly as if highly carbonated.

D - so so... I will pass in the future.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a review transcribed from the notebook I thought I lost last year and just found, which gave me the push to start reviewing again. 12-oz bottle of the '08-09 vintage, kept in the fridge for about a month and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: 2-stage pour yields 1" dark-tan head, receding to 1/2" that stays in the glass and leaves thick lacing. Beer is black as hell and almost totally opaque.

S: A deep sniff opens with a blast of bitter/burnt chocolate malt, boozy alcohol, and a touch of STRONG Turkish coffee. The aroma lingers and evolves, with touches of rum, port, and dark cherries (chocolate-covered, perhaps?).

T: First sip brings a big hit of bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt upfront leading to boozy navy-rum flavors in the middle, with a sharp whiff of fusels going up my nose. On the back of my tongue comes the sweetness, with a slight ruby-port flavor and a hint of more cherries. Coffee notes prevail throughout, akin to the darkest of espresso beans covered with 85% chocolate. Aftertaste displays yet more complexity, with hints of dark-fruit Jelly Beans (whatever the hell those purple ones are). Hops appear mainly as a slight spiciness in the aftertaste, with hints of cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Subsequent sips seem to reveal a greater sweetness under all the sharp, bitter burnt-chocolate flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is excellent; smooth and slightly viscous, with just the right hint of carbonation.

D: Definitely a bit raw, especially compared to an aged '07-08 I had a few weeks ago (I reviewed it, but I lost the damn notes). Though I would only drink one of this fresh batch in a sitting, BBCS is still dangerously smooth-bodied and warming.

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Photo of bbeerman
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A..A gorgeous dark brown, bordering on black. Reminds me of velvet.

S..Hints of chocolate and roasted malt. A slight hint of hops in my glass.

T..Amazing taste! The very dark chocolate taste hits at the beginning and the end of each sip and appears to evolve throughout the sip. This has to be the best chocolate beer I have enjoyed to date (compared with others like Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence), perhaps because I prefer dark chocolate...or perhaps because it is just that perfect. Dark malt flavor is also present.

M..Nice and heavy like a Russian Imperial Stout should be. This brew keeps getting better as I drink.

D..Easy to drink for a heavy Imperial Stout that has a 10% ABV. I would advise to take it easy since the ABV is so high, but that is easier said than done considering the marvelous taste of this near perfect recipe. Enjoy!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Ntohing special.

Pours dark jet black. Visually like oil, very little foam or other activity.

Rich roasted chocolately smell. Some coffee.

Taste -chew and rich. Profound hop backing bitterness like dark chocolate/espresso. Very bitter close.

Drink this one slowly - savor the taste. Not for faint of heart. Enjoyable, but not a multiple. Drinkability fades with quantity.

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Photo of afausser
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a thick, opaque, pitch black ink, with a decently sized tan head and nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate, with nice dark malt flavors. Smells predominantly of the chocolate, but there are also sweet molasses notes.

Taste: Chocolate again, with roast coffee and a bit of toast/burnt bready malt notes. There's a slight bitter coffee and hops aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated (maybe slightly too much, though?) and warm going down. It's amazing that the ABV doesn't show through more given the high carbonation for the style.

Drinkability: Getting down more than one glass of anything at 10% is quite an accomplishment--this one is very smooth and delicious, and goes down decently easily.

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Photo of jdklks
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent looking RIS. A little too light for my taste and barely any head with an aggressive pour. What there is of carbonation is a light brown mixed with tan. A lighter black bordering on dark brown, with dark amber edges. When backlit, nearly half the body is transparent. The smell is good, but not as pungent as I like it to be. Lots of roasted and chocolate malts. Some black licorice perhaps, and some sweetness. A hint of hoppiness as well.

This one is a letdown. I'm not impressed at all. Very average RIS. The chocolate is much too bitter and seems to compete with the hop profile on that account. The beer is too roasty all the way through, not allowing for any sweetness to add complexity. Super dry all the way through. Some tobacco notes. Not very complex, and not very interesting.

The mouthfeel is thicker than it looks, and even a little bit more carbonated than the lack of head would allow you to believe. It's decent, but leaves the palate and the tongue really dry. For drinkability I've averaged the taste and mouthfeel scores, because both contribute to how much I would drink of this beer, and neither is particularly outstanding. I'm disappointed, I really thought I would like this one. Oh well, on to the next!

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome brew. Pours completely black with a nice deep tan head that takes a while to dissipate and leaves great lacing. beer lets no light through at all. Smells of dark chocolate and toffee, with a nice coffee aroma. taste is even better than the smell, with hoppy bitterness up front slowly changing into a rich chocolate flavor. Awesome tasting beer. Really coats the mouth. Great for a winter night.

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Photo of jpro
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (Winter 09-10) into a snifter - appears to be completely black, perfectly obsidian and opaque; head is pretty small but is a nice light brown. Aroma is chocolate (duh!), with some hints of currants and molasses. The taste of sweet, dark chocolate gives way to a dry roastiness and finishes with a touch of alcohol and bitterness - pretty complex and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and velvety smooth. Fairly drinkable for the style.

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Photo of zimm421
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark, completely solid black, with a good tan head, that never completely dissipates, and leaves great lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malts with some coffee, but the dark chocolate scents dominate the nose. Nothing too overpowering, but has a nice nose too it. The taste follows the nose fairly well with the dark, bittersweet chocolate dominating, and coffee and roasted malts hiding in the background. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, and fits well with the rest of the flavors.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but does have a decent amount of carbonation. This finishes with a good alcohol burn, and you can feel it go down your throat, and warm you as you drink. This is also very drinkable, as it goes down very smooth and the flavors go together so well. Mix this together with some chocolates, and flavors that come together are simply incredible.

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Photo of kjyost
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid looking inky black RIS with a deep tan head that left quickly. The nose of the beer is incredibly complex with mainly a fruity sweet alcohol coupled with chocolate, molasses, black currants and some notes coffee. Initially the beer strikes the palate with a strong molasses flavour which evolves into a slightly sweet aftertaste and a bitter aftertaste on the palate. Not as complex as the nose, nor as inviting, but still quite enjoyable. Covers the mouth thickly and lingers. Lightly carbonated. Makes an enjoyable sipper on a Friday in winter.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Evil looking black liquid with a small tan head that disappears, leaving moderate lacing. Above average looking RIS.

S: Mild, bitter chocolate notes. Some malt as well. Sweet, sugary aromas are barely perceivable, but it's there nonetheless.

T: Smoky/sweet maltiness and some bitter chocolate. Caramel and coffee finish. Decent RIS, but nothing earth shattering. They should probably put the word "chocolate" in really small print, because other than chocolate malts that were probably used, there is no substantial chocolate taste to this brew. Just mild bitter chocolate notes.

M: Chalky and less than moderately carbonated. Not as filling as it appears. Which is a good thing.

D: Surprisingly drinkable, even with a 10% + abv. Alcohol is completely hidden, which means to me that this one is brewed with balance in mind. Deceiving brew, good balance, but lacking a bit in taste. Would probably be a good introduction to someone attempting to get into stouts.

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

Reviewed in a Duvel snifter with a 6 oz. pour from a 12 oz. bottle.

A rather hard pour produces a black body that opaque along with a tan billowy head that isn't chunky, but flat.

Aromas of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, not really any hop aromas.

Tasted is bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee. Initially sweet and and bitter on the finish. Some alcohol heat is noticeable in the finish. Perhaps a hint of smokiness as well. The alcohol heat builds with warmth. I would love this aged, but right now it drinks a bit rough.

Mouthcoating is tremendous. Full bodied and chewy.
After recently having Sexual Chocolate, this beer is not quite as big and full, but they are similiar beers. Aging about a year or so does them well.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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