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3.9 | pDev: 8.97%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Music has been a part of Dogfish Head since before Dogfish Head. So it’s a natural fit for a brewery that makes ‘Analog Beer for the Digital Age’ to be the Official Beer of Record Store Day, a celebration of the unique culture of record stores and the special role they play in their communities.

Of course, as the Official Beer of Record Store Day, we had to create a special brew for the occasion! Insert Beer To Drink Music To. This Belgian-style Tripel is brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns and vanilla. It’s the perfect marriage of beer and music and best when paired with some of your favorite tunes.

Clocking in at 9% ABV, Beer To Drink Music To is a golden orange brew with forward notes of toffee, cardamom, cloves and subtle notes of vanilla.
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Official Beer of Record Store Day. Cool. I will celebrate by listening to Wayne Shorter on a DVD.

Clear, light golden coloring, slim white head.

Aroma pops with stone fruit & some citrus, peppers, other spices, bubblegum, Belgian yeast. Bright, fruity, funky.

In the mouth: flash of fruit, splash of spice, alcohol buzz, and candy floss. Malt and spice are big in this one. Medium-bodied, easy-ish drinking', save for the oncoming alcohol. "A Belgian-style ale brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns, and vanilla." Vanilla? I didn't catch that at all. Let's try again. ....Oh sure, I can see that. Mmmm, yeah, how could I miss it?

Nice, interesting take on the Belgian style triple. I like this one just fine.

Saturday at 09:05 PM
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber brown and hazy with a finger of off white head.

Smells of phenols, pear skin, toasted malts, vanilla, and brown sugar.

Tastes of phenols, pear skins, a light sweetness, and a hint of coriander.

Thick, slightly syrupy body, with low carbonation.

Got this in Kunming China at a beer bar along Wenlin Jie, drinking in Chiang Mai in my home, June 12th, 2018. Either this beer didn't age well which it could have, or its not the best DFH I've had. Either way, I was stoked to find it in China and be drinking it in Asia, even at inflated prices.

Jun 11, 2018
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Yeast poured too.

A: Golden/amber color. Good clarity despite some yeast particles in suspension (yeast was roused and poured). Fine-bubbles white head settles after a bit. Delicate webs of lacing.

S: Vanilla hits first. Confectioners sugar and shortcake. Pepper picks up after a tick. Tough to tell where that ends and phenols begin. Cardamom. Orange marmalade and fruit cup.

T: Peppercorns strike first, quickly followed by orange peel. As that settles, a big wave of vanilla rides up. Shortbread malt. Dusty yeast and cardamom. Tropical esters and phenols are there, but the additives talk over them. Mild alcohol. Hop bitterness and some earthy/herbal flavors. Finish is cardamom.

M: Medium bodied. Airy and creamy with aggressive carbonation and a lot of scrubbing action. Warming.

O: The nose was nice, but in taste this ends up being a rather disjointed. The additives vie for attention and the base beer gets a little lost. By no means is this a bad beer, but I do think it could have benefited from more subtlety in some areas.

Dec 31, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip to a slightly hazy light gold topped by a finger of dense white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of orchard fruits and peppery spice with a little doughy malt
T: Taste is sweet on the front end with those orchard fruit notes but a lot of yeasty spice along with some pepper notes. Slight doughy malt as well with a hint of sweetness. Slight floral notes at times as well. Swallow is more orchard fruits before the doughy malt and peppery spice come back for another round.
M: The beer has a moderate amount of heft on the palate with carbonation that is somewhat prickly. The beer has a very drying finish as well.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some interesting flavors and some decent complexity. Fairly standard execution for the style and well done. Nothing outstanding but not a bad beer either. One to try but not necessarily worth seeking out.

Oct 19, 2017
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m_hall from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz longneck into a tulip. Clear, deep golden amber in color, topped by a one finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly falls to a film.

Aroma is lightly malty, with ample notes of coriander, pepper and citrus rind.

Flavors are tart and spicy up front, lots of cardimom and white pepper, along with notes of coriander and lemon grass, over a underlying malt sweetness. Light fruits come in later (pear and tangerine) leading to a slightly dry, yeasty finish. No real hop notes to speak of.

Body is medium-light with fairly low carbonation. Alcohol is quite high at 9%, but is extremely well-disguised (perhaps by all the spice notes?) This definitely doesn't drink like such a high ABV beer.

As with most DFH beers, Beer to Drink Music To is a bit unconventional, but it works. I do find myself wishing for a bit more to chew on when it comes to body, but on the other hand the lighter body and spicy/citric notes make this one very refreshing for a Tripel (definitely watch that alcohol, though- it'll sneak up on you.) Not for everyone but a lot of fun just the same.

Jun 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a delicate hazy amber color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising in the center at a moderate pace to fill a slim finger-ed quickly dissipating head. No lacing. The smell had some subtle sweet grassy tones over top of some light spices. Vanilla is barely there. The taste had a dry sweetness running through some light spice. On the palate, this one seemed to be just a tad lighter than some other Tripels I’ve had. Has a decent sessionability about it for being 9%, really doesn’t feel that way. Carbonation feels fairly low. Overall, hmmmm...well, honestly, it’s alright kind of beer. I don’t see it as one that’s over the top. All mentioned flavors do seem a bit weaker than DFH says that’s there, maybe again...not sure.

Jun 06, 2017
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden orange color with a crisp white one finger head that dissipated quickly. No lacing was present. Mild aroma of vanilla, pears and cloves. Malt, cream soda and citrus on the tongue. Hops are not prevalent. Medium body with medium light carbonation. A bit watery feel to the brew. Nice ABV and drinkable but not the best Tripel.

May 03, 2017
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sjdevel from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a 1 finger head - not very active. Great gold color - very clear. Smells of Belgian yeast and spices. Some fruitiness as well.

Tastes quite sweet upfront. Slight bite at first, then a brief malt flavor, then blasts into spices. Cardamom is pretty strong, but interesting. Nice citrus. Dries out only slightly. Feels a bit thin but ok - medium bodied but on the low end.

Overall its a great beer. Very interesting. Bought a 4 pack and was quite pleased (as I am with nearly all of DogFish brews). Still a big fan!!

Mar 21, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/27/16; drank 4/24/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small white head; decent lace.

Banana, vanilla, mild allspice & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Banana & vanilla flavors up front; faint pepper dryness on the finish. Nicely balanced & dangerously drinkable at this a.b.v. I'd have another...

Feb 06, 2017
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CHickman from New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold color with a lot of sediment and bubbles swirling around like a whirlpool that leads up to a 1 finger off white foamy head that was packed with popping bubbles as the head eased down and dissipated very slowly. The head left minimal spotty lacing as it went down.

Smells like a basic lager up front, giving way to sweet malt and cream soda accents like vanilla. Second whiff brought in wheat, slightly funky yeast, toasted grains, lemon zest, peppery spices and earthy/ grainy notes. A Belgian nose indeed, but it seems a little muted. No sign of the 9% ABV, which is a plus.

On to the taste, which mirrors the aroma with lager-like sweet malt up front, followed by cream soda and vanilla, then onto the Belgian elements including funky yeast, toasted grains, lemon zest, cracked wheat, peppery spices and earthy notes. I don't detect the orange peel listed, and there are some spices like allspice which I'll assume to be the green cardamom. Some tart green apple and fruity sweetness right before the finish, this is a sweet grainy treat.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, it slides down easy with only minor heat from the ABV. Mild carbonation and a sweet grainy finish that's on the dry side keep this enjoyable. Enough complexities still in this brew to keep my attention after at least 6 months (of my possession of it) in the bottle, I found this pretty tasty overall.

Nov 12, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unusual but good Tripel. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Small bubbly white head that fades fast, and no lacing. Nice light copper/dark gold clear color. Aroma and taste include Belgian yeast, light fruit (apples and pears), cardamom and pepper. In addition there is a sweetness and floral aspect from the orange peel and the vanilla. Ah unusual aroma from a Tripel, but it works. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Like most Tripels, no hint of the alcohol. Not quite traditional but still a Tripel and still very tasty.

Oct 23, 2016
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breakingbland from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Purchased while in the Chesapeake Bay area.

The beer poured a golden orange with a scant head. There was considerable sediment (my fault as I poured a little too quickly). The aroma was rather subtle: candy sweetness with a pleasant amount of funk. There were hints of breadiness and oakiness and no hops presence. The taste followed but with only a hint of the funk. There was some spiciness in the aftertaste. The beer had a nice level of carbonation and a round body.

Overall, I like this beer. Tripels are among my favorite styles, and this is a great example. In spite of the 9% ABV, this was easy to drink and had no alcohol hotness. Too bad that this is a one-time brew, but I'm glad I was in the right place at the right time to find this beer!

Oct 10, 2016
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a snifter glass a bright clear copper-orange color with a 1/4" white foamy head that soon settles to a thin layer that is mostly gone before the beer is half finished. For a while, sipping leaves some scattered patches and legs of lacing that mostly slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include cardamom, some white pepper and a touch of orange peel. In the background there seems to be some vanilla.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some spicy cardamom, white pepper and orange peel, but with some honey like sweetness from the malt which is mingled with a touch of caramel and vanilla.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost creamy with the light but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness fades and the cardamom and pepper move forward, backed up by the orange zest. This all gradually recedes while moving to the back of the palate and creating a lightly spicy, dry finish with a hint of bitterness.

Overall this is a nice enough beer and well made, as we'd expect from DFH. While I'd be happy to have another, I won't be going out of my way to find it since it is both a seasonal release and may not be brewed again and so isn’t a candidate for my regular rotation.

Oct 10, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This beer pours a lovely crystal clear amber along with a tiny white lace uncharacteristic to a traditional Belgian Tripel.

Aroma: Savory and sweet fighting to the death on this one! As advertised, the cardamom shines against an array of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, a touch of anise, and black licorice.

Flavor: Happy to say it follows greatly to the aroma. Nothing is overpowering, and all is unique. Again, not quite traditional to a Tripel, but hey, it's Dogfish Head right? Love the spices and almost get a sage like aftertaste.

Feel: Thin, under carbonated, balanced but favoring sweet. A little sticky and mouth coating, but not unpleasant.

Overall:. I love this beer, however would only go to every once in a while. Everyday might be a bit too much. Cheers!

Oct 06, 2016
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arizcards from Arizona

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early June for $3.49. Bottled on 02/17/16 and stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured orange with a smallish white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is nice, sweet oranges and vanilla dominate.

Taste is sweet, orange, lemon, and vanilla and some pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not overly smooth or refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer that is worthy of a shot.

Sep 11, 2016
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Boto from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear orangish golden color. There was just a wisp of a white head on it. The nose is good. Clove, coriander, peppery spices, maybe some orange. The taste is very good. The coriander and peppery spices are up front but not overdone. Some vanilla and banana flavors also. Good body. A very nice tripel!

Sep 02, 2016
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip glass. freshness code was a little smudged, best guess was bottled january 2016.

clear golden yellow body, light carbonation, small white head.

aroma is solidly tripel, some yeast and a nice spice blend.

taste confirms the nose, slightly sweet, pleasing spice, also alcohol is well hidden.

above medium on the mouth, slightly dry finish.

overall, an enjoyable tripel, and an amusing name.

Aug 23, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


A: beautiful sunset orange coloring, with a medium density rise of micro-effervesce. Light sandy-beige head is frothy and 0.5 inches holding its own rather well. Thin lash lacing on vessel.

S: Aroma of bubblegum followed by some dry apricot yeastiness and dry alcohol. Some pear, fresh grains and hay that settles rather quickly.

T: Sweet fruitiness, honeydew, banana, with some pear and touch of apple cider for flavor. Some dry grains, vanilla and hay. Dry honey-pine, some boozy dry fruitiness pear and dry orange follow.

M: Mouthful was crisp, spicy and dry alcohol, oily feel, medium body, and well suited to style.

O: Nice american tripel, shows some good belgian yeast influence, though not overpowering, some warming fruit with a spicy bite. very good overall.

Aug 19, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 1/27/16.

Pours a very clear orange, with a one finger head and some loose lacing. The smell is Belgian yeast. peppercorns, vanilla, a very light orange aroma, malt, cardamom. Nice job, getting all the add- ins to make an appearance. The taste also leads with the yeast and peppercorns, malt, cardamom, less vanilla than the nose, smoke, a light bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a good body, well carbonated.

A very good twist on a standard Tripel. The peppercorns and cardamom star, the vanilla adds a kind of unique note. Certainly worth a purchase, if it comes around again.

Aug 18, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 42°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled 10Feb16). Allowed to warm up to 45°F before reviewing. Consumed on 09Aug16.
SMELL: This is a wonderfully balanced exhibit of aromas of strong cardamom and caramel; mild clove, fig jelly, vanilla, toast, sweet orange peel, banana, and spicy and bitter peppercorn; subtle peach, pears, white grapes, and cantaloupe; and hints of alcohol.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: The theatrical commences with strong flavors of cardamom. The aggressive spiciness and earthiness is immediately balanced as mild caramel and toast flavors roll out. Mild flavors of clove and fig jelly amplify the sweetness and spiciness of the brew as the earthiness from cardamom grows slightly stronger as well as the caramel flavors. The sweetness is once more augmented as mild flavors of sweet orange peel and subtle banana and vanilla flavors enter on to the palate. A final joining of subtle pear, peach, cantaloupe, and alcohol flavors ends the symphony of taste as banana, vanilla, and toast flavors grow stronger.
4.25 out of 5
NOTE: This was the most complex Tripel that I have tasted. For those of y'all who know me, I am a man and fanatic of complexity. Not only was this the most complex Tripels that I have tried, but also one of the best. The spicy phenols and fruity esters of the brew delightfully combined with the cardamom, vanilla, and orange peel adjuncts. The end result was an elegant and balanced display of sugar, spice, and everything nice. With all that being stated, my favorite aspect of this was the low perception of alcohol. All previous styles of this beer have always been a bit boozy for my liking.

Aug 10, 2016
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't overly impressed by this offering from Dogfish. Your standard, run-of-the-mill triple if you ask me. The brewery does well to imitate a true Belgian style, however there is something lacking in the overall substance of what a triple should really be.

Aug 05, 2016
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep amber color, very clear, with a dense white & frothy head that did not last to speak of, maybe three sips in and it is gone.

The aroma is yeasty in that Belgian yeast sense, and the typical spices are present on the nose. The alcohol peeks out as well, banana, slightly bready. To me it also has a wine component, but the banana seems to have faded to a vague sweetness.

The taste more or less follows, but a bit more sweetness and lighter malt than expected. A little toasty taste. There is a fairly strong vanilla taste on the back of the taste which is excessive to my palate, makes it seem much sweeter than it is.

The feel is a bit heavy and quite sticky. The sticky business is somewhat annoying and the sweetness is really building. There is also a bit of a growing tingle from the alcohol.

Pretty true to the style overall, but also pretty typical and my overall impression is it is an OK beer. I don't get the convoluted connection to music with this beer, but is advertising-speak. Cant say I would recommend this one - it was OK but nothing to work to acquire. True(ish) to style, but it does not feel as well-crafted as other beers in this category.

Aug 04, 2016
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vainosuomi from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Filtered, deep golden amber color, creamy, slightly brown head.
Smell: Belgian yeast, sweet ripe banana, clove, cardamom, and some other spiciness
Taste: Sweet pale malts, light toastiness, fruit and spice notes as above, plus some vanilla. Light booziness in the background.
Feel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, warm from the alcohol, slightly syrupy, and a sweet finish

Overall a solid tripel.

Jul 16, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled 02/10/16 printed on the bottleneck. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from a local bottle shop. "Belgian-style Tripel" "A Belgian-style ale brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns, & vanilla".

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a semi-translucent golden orange body, semi-decent clarity at points. One finger of dense frothy khaki head that lingers as a fluffing surface skimming, leaving some okay lacing. Appears thick & aptly carbonated. Looks good per the style.

S - Aroma is alright - fairly bland and not terribly inviting. Some alcohol fumes and some honeyed sweetness. Not pulling much orange peel, and no vanilla to speak of. Lightly peppery, but even the peppercorns and cardamom are not too noticeable. Smells fairly average for the style.

T - Taste is the same: fairly average for the style. Again, all of the flavors feel pretty muted. Lots of alcohol fumes / heat. I can find tiny nuances of the smooth creamy vanilla on the very end, but it's not really noticeable. All around, fairly bland.

M - Feel is thick, full, syrupy, heavy. Okay carbonation. Not easy to drink, so is that the intention. Fairly on point for the style, I'd say.

Overall, fairly bland and one-dimensional stuff. Dogfish Head has really been having a lot more misses than hits lately.

Dogfish Head Beer To Drink Music To -----3.5/5

Jul 15, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/5...pours bright amber, active foam rising, thin light layer blankets the top. Dark fruit nose, figs, jam. Cherry tinged bitter, malty. Subtle astringency, slight booziness, kept in check. Quite tasty.

Jul 13, 2016
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