All Cats Are Gray In The Dark
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #88
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,890
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.36%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
72
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Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
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SCORE
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All Cats Are Gray In The DarkAll Cats Are Gray In The Dark
Notes: A light colored stout with a hint of coffee and strong notes of both chocolate and vanilla.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 72 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a very dark white Stout almost looks like an old ale with a ton of little floaties throughout so I really wish they'd put canning dates on these. head is quite nice I got a half an inch of froth that settles to an attractive ring. Smell is super sweet vanilla predominantly Cascades with a mild grain bill. Taste made me go what the fuck is that with notes of vanilla roast coffee bitter hops and an herbal finish which was a complete 180 from the smell because I expected a perfectly balanced sweet Stout. What the fuck is that like the body is like acidic and dry. Goes down pretty easily can't say it's terrible but this really shines me away from fat orange cat which is not only overpriced in Pennsylvania but now I learn is not that great or at least well aged.

Dec 04, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can. Hazy and golden in color, the color really throws you off from the style. Smells of roasted grain and coffee. Flavors include roasted grain, coffee and vanilla. It's a really good Stout that's a little quirky because of its color

Oct 28, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

This so called white stout is quite amber orange color I must say. What's going on here? It is a very nice light copper to burnt brass looking appearance though. There is that very off white head, fluffy with an easy three fingers of height and hints khaki to eggshell goodness.

The brew has a very unexpected angle. It has a pastry quality but more of icing sugar, and vanilla cake. Not really sensing coffee, but there's a subtle richness to this that doesn't make it go into a sugar bomb. It's quite inviting.

Woah this is an odd one. Big biting palate with a touch of bittering pine hop, rolls right into a coffee rich cream sensation. Hints faint orange, but with a big huge amount of whip cream flavor. Prickly teasing palate. Lots of bouncing and my senses are confused and having fun.

This plays with my emotions and palate in ways that I am not sure what to think. But I seem to enjoy it.

Jun 17, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Nice vanilla taste with a roasty bite and a touch of chocolate.

May 13, 2019
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dcotom from Iowa

4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16-ounce can into a snifter. Crystal-clear deep amber in color (think cream soda), with a very aggressive pour yielding a couple of fingers of off-white head that left an insane amount of lacing. Big aromas and flavors of vanilla (think cream soda), chocolate, and coffee, with roasted malt and lots of hop bitterness. Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel, no char, and a moderately dry finish with a hint of vanilla lingering on the palate. This is not your grandfather's stout, but it's delicious - if you like cream soda. And I do.

Apr 01, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - As the namesake, a hazy dark orange body, minimal off white head, minor small bubble lacing.

S - Full of malt notes, a touch of chocolate and coffee, vanilla sweetness.

T - Follows that nose, with chocolate, coffee and vanilla in the core. A minor acidity, and subtle bitterness.

M - Moderate weight, soft feel, slightly dry finish. Clean.

O - This is not my favorite style, the white stout, but this one shows how it is properly done. Clean and tasty, soft and bright, the main knock is that the flavors are a touch too mild. I liked it quite well, but as with most white stouts, I leave wanting more pungent flavors.

Mar 09, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light amber with a thick white head. Good lacing. Aroma is coffee and vanilla. Flavor follows the nose, light traces of chocolate as well. Feel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall a fun white stout but a little pricy.

Feb 13, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a nice murky bronzed copper color with a small off white foamy half finger's worth of head seemingly riding with the pace of the sips (it's nice and level yet leaves a sly clingy lace at the top).
The aroma was quite nice - sweet coffee bean, slight roast, vanilla, white chocolate/mocha and a sweet cream/lactose sort of character.
The flavor wants to lean towards the sweet creamy coffee bean/mocha side but still brings in a touch of roast for balance. Slight roasty coffee to creamy and mocha aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good enough roasty harshness exacting what I expect for a body of a stout (nice viscosity). ABV and carbonation felt good. Nice finish of roast, mocha/coffee and vanilla/creaminess.
Overall, actually, I am going to have to admit this is probably one of the best so far for this so called 'white stout' style to hit the market. Sure, this sounds gimmicky but just look past 'appearance' and see the other stout like qualities and I hope you see what I see.

Feb 03, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour amber with hazeyness & a thumb+ of cream colored head. Averag head retention better lacing

S: Mocha, vanilla & roastyness

T: Vanilla & coffee, some roasty notes, plus dryness up front. Vanilla & mocha as this warms along with roasty dryness, slight bitter edge to this. Finishes a little roasty & sweet with some dryness

MF: Medium body, fairly restrained carbonation

Nice offering, I do consider these white stouts kind of gimmicky, but this one is plenty tasty

Jan 24, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can.
Canned 10/22/18.
Brewed for Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. by Dorchester Brewing Co. Boston, MA.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a medium amber body with some sticky lacing. Nose of cocoa, bitter chocolate, slight vanilla, and even slighter coffee. Taste mirrors nose somewhat with the chocolate and vanilla way out front. As it warms a flavor of light and sweet coffee comes through. Okay to good feel and overall, an interesting take on the rare and elusive white stout. Cheers!

Jan 07, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

The aroma approximates a stout decently well- there's definitely coffee, some caramel, and light chocolate. There's no roast aroma, though, and that's what makes a stout a stout to me.

This is tasty, even without trying to compare it to a stout. There's a good amount of coffee, with caramel and sugar cookie, with earthy vanilla and a touch of chocolate.

This is medium bodied, and fairly creamy, with a great level of carbonation.

I'm not sure this exactly tasted like a stout, but it's still very tasty, nonetheless.

Dec 31, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a narrow collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer got cloudier as the bottom of the can was poured out.
S: Light aromas of vanilla are present in the nose along with hints of chocolate malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of chocolate malts and vanilla with subtle bits of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the aromas and flavors of this white stout to be muted.

Serving type: can

Nov 24, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 09/20/18

My First White Stout! My first from this brewery!

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice translucent dark orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little touch of chocolate/toffee, coffee, vanilla, roasty. The taste is nice, malty, with a nice little touch of chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla sweetness, coffee, roasty. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, this is a nice brew. I get the white stout thing, never seen a stout look like this before. Glad to see it around here.

Nov 18, 2018
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Mainardit from Vermont

4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had a white stout before. I get the chocolate, burnt orange and vanilla, but I swear I taste almost a peanut butter, almost butterscotch flavor. Really really interesting

Nov 09, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't think that I've ever had a beer that was described as a 'White Stout'. From an aluminum can, this brew is a hazy golden-amber-orange color. The head is slim, white, and stable. The aroma is incredible...chocolate and malt...coffee and toffee. Wow. Lots going on. The taste is sweet, but not overly so. There is a firm bitterness in the mid-taste, and a soft, velvet finish. Drinkable and very well made.

Nov 05, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/20/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of smoke, char, herbal, floral, grassy, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bready malts, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of smoke, char, herbal, floral, grassy, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, floral, grassy, peppery hop; and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted biscuit, light smoke/char, herbal, floral, grassy, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bready malts, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Mild warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this is an awesome white stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bready malts, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very rich oats/malts, cocoa, coffee, and vanilla flavors; with nice earthy hop balance against sweetness. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. One of the better ones I've had.

Oct 13, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first review from this brewer and the 9th here on BA. Who cares that "White Stout" is not like an American Stout. Is it delightful and interesting? Mostly yes, but too sweet for most and me.
a) Not as head cappy as a stout, but a beautiful burnished, and clouded dark amber orange body, with a long lasting rim but scant lace. 4 on color, 3.5 on head.
s) Fruit, caramel, candy nose. Aroma of spice, vanilla, malt, vanilla, chocolate, toffee and coffee.
t) Flavor billows with wildly sweet candy ride on caramel malt, vanilla, coffee, toffee, and chocolate. But too sweet.
Hops and coffee bitter finish.
f) Medium bodied with creaminess and weighty mouth feel.
o) One reviewer characterized as coffee barleywine. I'd give it a 4 for originality, but the candy sweetness pulls it down.

Oct 07, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.15/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

CAN: 16 fl oz format. Nabbed at a beer store in Colorado during GABF week. Brewed & Canned by Dorchester Brewing, Boston, MA. Distributed by Twelve Percent, LLC. Standard pull-tab. Label art resembles a drawing done by hand.

7.2% ABV. "White Stout."

Served chilled into a perfect pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Looks nothing like a stout, nor anything like the few white stouts/pale stouts I've seen. ~7-8cm head height. Head is off-white in colour, robust, and creamy. Not the tan colour head you'd find in a great stout.

Body is a dark copper, dull and nontransparent. Murky. Lacks life and vibrance.

Looks like a subpar blonde ale to be honest.

AROMA: Pretty sure I'm picking up on heavy lactose sugar, which isn't very appealing and instead suggests a cloying beer. Cookies. Heavy malt sweetness. Pastry stout aromatics. Vanillin. Cinnamon. Breakfast syrup.

Suggests a saccharine dessert stout devoid of any bitterness-contributing flavours (i.e. roasted barley, charred sugars, burnt malts, fennel/anise, chicory, coffee, etc.). No dark fruit aromatics or chocolate malt.

I guess it's a success in that I'd peg it for a pastry stout if I was assessing its aroma in the dark, but then I'd still peg it for an unpleasantly sweet pastry stout, so it's definitely a net negative.

Aromatic intensity is pretty high.

TASTE: Yeah, that's sweet. Like liquefied French toast. Milk sugar skyrockets its sweetness (and caloric content). I'm two sips in and I can tell this will be a chore to drink...why are they packaging it in 16 fl oz cans (oh, that's right, because people see no issue paying $16+ per 4 pack of them for some reason).

Vanillin, alcohol warmth, cinnamon, breakfast syrup, lactose sugar, lactose sugar, and more lactose sugar. Quite imbalanced.

The hodgepodge of sugary flavours doesn't coalesce into a gestalt or ordered whole; there's no harmony or balance here.

TEXTURE: Thick, viscous, smooth, wet, unrefreshing, heavy on the palate, and unapproachably chewy. Too full-bodied.

OVERALL: The "white stout" gimmickry is all well and good, but this is close to undrinkable given how cloying it is. Reminds me of Rogue's Voodoo Doughnut shlock. At best, it's a novelty pastry stout. I don't really feel like finishing the glass, let alone the whole can...this is just plain bad. Each sip makes me feel closer to a diabetes diagnosis.

D (2.15) / NOT RECOMMENDED

Sep 28, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy copper body with large head. Aroma is mild coffee and notes of chocolate. Mild, somewhat lactic feel to beer, has a stickiness to it as well, rugged coffee notes are kept in check from a minor chocolate and something akin to caramel/toffee sweetness. Get this ping of vanilla on sweet finish and overall is a good beer to relax with.

Sep 19, 2018
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Colton89 from Texas

4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal smell and taste. Hints of chocolate and smooth caramel linger. First time ever having a white stout. This has become one of my favorite beers. Highly recommend.

Sep 07, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a lightly hazy, medium orange with a quarter finger off-white head that dissipates to a thick film with nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, vanilla, a little toffee and coffee. Flavor follows, with mildly caramel malt, vanilla, coffee and a suggestion of cocoa. Lightly coffee bitter finish. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess and nice mouth feel. I picked this up as a stout, and was surprised by the light color. Upon reading the can, I see that I missed the "white stout" name, a style I haven't had in a while. Like the others, I really don't taste the stout resemblance, although it must be in the brewing style. To me it tastes more like a coffee barleywine. A little on the sweet side, dominant flavors are vanilla and coffee. Balance is good and the malt, while not dark and charry, is substantial and full bodied. I liked this, but not sure I'd choose this over a traditional stout.

Aug 24, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can: This one pours a cloudy orangish color. There is a thin white head and almost no lacing. Definitely coffee to the nose. A bit of vanilla and a touch of roasted malts also. The taste is good. Coffee, light roasted malts, some vanilla and faint chocolate, An interesting and good brew!

Aug 07, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am widely read, which CAN be a boon, especially when playing bar trivia, which I usually try to do once a week. It CAN also come in handy WRT The CANQuest (tm) since I sometimes become inspired by the name of a beer. Have you ever heard of A. A. Fair? NOT A. A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh. Fair was a pseudonym of Erle Stanley Gardner, he of Perry Mason fame. Gardner wanted to write a more adult type of mystery, but did not want to varnish his reputation, so he wrote the "Cool & Lam" detective stories under his pseudonym. The series' titles were often CANfounding & inspired the title of the 1982 Steve Martin flick, "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid". How does this fit? Some titles include: "Cats Prowl at Night"; "Bats Fly at Dusk" & "Owls Don't Blink". It is easy to imagine this beer's name as one of his titles.

From the CAN: "White Stout"; "[Art by] Leslie Herman".

Like previous reviewers, I have no idea what to make of a "White Stout", but I Crack!ed open the CAN for a Gussie Busch Glug anyway. It came rushing up to form just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention that left som nice lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity & now I was CANfounded. How to rate this to style? "N/A" is NOT an option! Nose had a pronounced coffee & cream-like smell. Agghh! HOW I am I to rate this to style?!? Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy, like a dollop on my tongue! OMFG. I let this fat cat just roll around in my mouth as I CANtemplated my next move. It had the roasty coffee-like bitterness of a Stout, but I was further CANfounded by what to attribute its slight creamy/milky sweetness. Lactose? The label only reads: "Malt Beverage with Natural Flavors and Caramel Color added". Hmm. Color me CANfused, or at least, more than usual. Finish was in that Gray area with the Cats In the Dark, somewhere between semi-sweet & semi-dry. WTF, over?!? This one is just so tough to pin down & quantify that I almost wish that my verbiage would be enough without having to struggle with a rating. Overall 5 simply for its innovation! Bizarre. YMMV.

Aug 03, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a chill hazed kind of deep orange tinged tea color with a half finger off white head atop.Aroma of vanilla toffee and nougat,quite appetizing and unexpected.Like the aromas the flavors revolve around nougat and vanilla/caramel but never gets overly sweet and has a slightly roasted finish.This is a different and unique kinda offering to go and look for,a really nice flavor profile that to me never gets cloying.Really enjoyed it.

Aug 01, 2018
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32oz crowler. Pours a brownish orange with a half inch of head. Minimal lacing. Certainly doesn’t look like a stout. The aroma is lots of vanilla and coffee along with chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is much like the aroma. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Malty more towards the end with a chocolate and vanilla finish. Almost too sweet. Light to medium body with low carbonation. This one is billed as a “white stout” and it is a pretty tasty, lighter beer. Not sure if I’d call it a stout but to be fair, I’m not too sure what I’d call it. It’s a pretty interesting beer I’d grab every once in a while.

Mar 14, 2018
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