Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Incinerator Blonde DoppelbockIncinerator Blonde Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by murrayswine on 03-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 74
Photo of screws
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Had a nice, light, yellowish head, that dispersed pretty quickly. The beer was an orange-amber with some cloudiness.

Smell: A bready smell with some sweet fruit mixed in.

Taste: Had a great malt taste to it. A sweet (but not overly so) bread taste permeated through the drink. At the end of the swallow there was some slight peppercorn taste, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that had a smooth mouthfeel to it.

Drinkability: I was personally expecting some more peppercorn taste in this beer (because of its prominent listing on the label), which I think would have made it stand out a bit more. I might just need more peppercorn then other people though. None the less, a very enjoyable beer to drink and would pick it up again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Actually, after reading the lable on the bottle, the excerpt suggests that the beer is brewed as a Maibock. If so, then the beer suits the style well. And, if brewed with the pepercorns, explains the bite and sharp flavor and feel. Interesting spiciness, but still a step away from a Doppel.

Always a sucker for the Dopplebocks. This beer opens up with fresh fruit aromas of apples and plumbs. Follows up with a look that is lighter than it's German counterparts, but within the style -- a copper / orange, golden concoction with good initial head retention, but lacking lacing. Getting into the beer, the tastes reveal sharp apple / cider flavors up front, but settle into a fresh plumb fruitiness to acompany a medium malt flavor. Late in the sip, the malts fade into a mildly astringent grain flavor, also as the fruitiness subsides. Feels full, but the richness and complexity doesn't hold it's consistency very far into the finish. The bite is promoted with the higher hopping rates. Not a poor brew at all, just not expected compared to what I like in traditional German Dopples.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to UncleRandy for this one.

A: Reddish copper with a lot of bubble activity. Head began very fizzy but has chilled out to a decent creamy, raw oatmeal colored mass atop the body.

S: Lightly sweet, reminds me of corn pops. Also some raw cinnamon rolls and fruity hops.

T: Interesting brew . Begins outright tutty fruity with loads of cantelope, red plums and bubble gum. From there a sourness is introduced to the tip of the tongue. A gentle maltiness presides over this beer with hints of honey, minor vanilla, apricot, white peach and some lemon moments. Finishes lightly spicy, the first hint of black pepper to come across this brew.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel across the tongue.

D: This beer almost tastes like some sort of fruit juice. Can get a bit over bearing after a while. Better on short bursts.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bomber courtesy of shbobdb.

Pour is a hazy amber-red under a smallish light tan head that quickly diminishes to a thing ring. Leaves lots of sticky lacing, despite the thin, almost nonexistent head.

Smell is pepper on caramel malt and fruity, even *peachy* hops. Hints of apple, pecan, pepper and maybe coriander.

Fascinating flavor! The pepper (it's brewed with black peppercorns) is definitely there, but not overpowering. I like it: like a 50 - 50 cross between a Kriek and and Doppelbock. Fruity and malty at the same time: Waldorf salad with peach schnapps and caramel sauce. This is NOT to style for a Doppelbock, but what it IS is a fascinatingly complex beer. Sticky malt base with fruity spicey hops.

Mouthfeel is satisfyingly full, without being cloying or sticky. Nice.

Way too drinkable for a 22-ouncer at 8.2%. Goes down very easy. The light carbonation is quite soft.

Thanks again to shbobdb for this unique beer. Hard to describe, and certainly not to style, but very enjoyable!

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Photo of
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber.

Crystal clear amber color with a small white head.

Aroma was very fruity and estery, with melons and apples being what I picked up on. Some light notes of plums and raisins were mixed in, as well as a background of caramel. No hop scents that I could find.

Big malt flavor, rather bread like is what hits you first. Alcohol steps up next. For the finish, a mix of hops and pepper. A not so pleasant aftertaste showed up, hard to describe.

Medium in body and lightly carbonated (felt like it could have used more). Seems acidic in that there is a "bite" to the finish. Not sure if do to the alcohol, hops or pepper, but it was a bit sharper than I cared for, and seemed out of place.

A "light" dopplebock? Flavor is good, but aftertaste and bite in mouthfeel kept me from really enjoying this one.

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Photo of Redrover
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with an informative label. No freshness dating or lot code.

The beer pours a medium copper with a tight eggshell head.

The aroma of the beer is hard sugar, some grass and a bit of raisin.

This is sweet even for a bock. There alcohol is right behind the initial sweetness. As advertised there is some subtle pepper accents and they add some nice balance to the sweetness. There is some also some light caramel . The taste grows on me as I work through the bottle. There is some decent complexity here.

The mouth is a bit brittle. Drinakabilty is a tougher call. While I’m glad to have tried this, I think the brothers are much more capable than this one shows. Still, it has enough interesting facets that make me recommend at least a bottle of this to almost anyone.

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Photo of ruleof72
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark caramel with thin head, kind of cloudy
S- Toasted malt and hints of pepper, sweet smell
T- Sweet peppery taste with citrus and floral in background
M- Nice full bodied with light carbonation
D- Goes down smooth but you can taste alcohol a bit

This is a nice beer. I like the peppery sweet flavor and smell. It goes down smooth but you can definitely taste the alcohol. Good beer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a from a big 22 oz. Bomber it my EKU 12oz steamed glass. This label kicks butt BTW. The liquid is a quite elegant reddish amber mildly cloudy with decent carbonation. The head is a luscious looking 2 finger think creamy mass that seems to be repelled from the side of the glass, floating like a dome, some lace does cling as you Drink.

The Smell is like an alcohol covered fruit salad. A nice layer of hops emanating from the Apples, Oranges, Pears and Plumes.

The taste is not of your fathers Doppelbock, but it is billed as a blond. The fruit and malt Drinks much more like a big Maibock. As they say good things come from good people and if I went in to this blind and was told this is a DFH Imp Miabock I would say, WOW it sure is. This brew would be killer on tap. The alcohol covered or socked fruit taste is different but nice. A great break from my usual. The malt is also very big and thick quite a statement. Hopiness is also well done, not perfectly balances but not out of line, some times this is what we want. The hopy finish is accented also with a little pepper in the bite. If this were local I would seek it out from time to time.

The mouthfeel is fair to midland not bad but lack the personality to the taste of this brew.

The drinkability is good, not great one this size is plenty, a 12 oz version might be better. Special thanks To Shbobdb for allowing me this treat. Good call! MK

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Photo of Jredner
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is very rich with malt and a light spiciness. Body is a lustrous dark amber and supports a quickly diminishing pinky thin tan head. Fore is sweet with apple and pear and delightfully malty through the middle then finishes with a mild spicy note that balances the beer quite well. Aftertaste is lush and fruity which gives it the feel of a soft white wine. Very nice brew.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated bomber purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pilsner.

Clear copper with just less than a fdinger of light tan that shows fairly weak retention and leaves minimal spotty lace as it goes down.

The nose is pretty much by the numbers with its sweetness, grassy hops, and butterscotch but I found the overall sweetness to be a bit too much.

Again, sweet but it turns dry with some grassy flavors before a bit of heat and butterscotch. I'm still loking for the peppercorns. Perhaps they were lost under the peppery warmth already present from the abv.

The mouth is a bit slick and overall I'm not impressed by this beer. Too sweet for me.

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Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shimmery copper with a fleeting ochre head.
Kero syrup and candied caramel nose.
Washes in sweet with caramel nougat and Dole heavy peach syrup. Ebbs grainier, along with ripples of nuts. It goes still at this point, with a misty, lingering honey essense, and it rides out much the same. There is no real semblence of discernable hops or peppercorns.
Medium heavy in body, and generally on point for a bock.
Even by dbock standards, it teeters on opressive sweetness.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A- Crystal clear orangey amber color, thin white lace holds together for the most part.

S- Hint of honey-like malt sweetness, a tad earthy with a spicy black pepper and alcohol heat.

T&M- Solid malt backbone, crisp with a full body. Good blend of sweet malt and toasted grain with a spicy mix of hops, black pepper and spicy alcohol to bring the beer to a perfect balance. Finishes spicy sweet.

D- Wow, this is an awesome beer to pair spicy food with. It went well with Peruvian style roasted chicken with a horseradish cilantro sauce. If you like bocks this is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a fire breathing goat on the label. Pours from the bottle a clear red tinted amber with an off white head that leaves some specks of lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet malts with a touch of honey and fruit. Toasty caramel with a light floral/grassy hop presence. I get a real subtle hint of the black pepper as well. Pretty nice.

First sip brings smooth sweet malts with a bit of a toasted aspect. Light caramel works in with a nice fruity profile. A hint of hops on the way down round out this malty brew. I was expecting this brew to be more peppery, but it ended up being extremely subtle. An interesting, enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel has a sturdy medium body with plenty of carbonation..goes down smoothly. A tasty lager overall from Two Brothers, I've been impressed with the Artisan brews that they've been putting out lately and I can't wait for the next installment. A malty lager that's worth trying!

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Photo of AltBock
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle with a cool picture of a dancing fire breathing goat dancing in front of some yellowish bricks and with the words "Dances on your Tongue" below that. In the far lower right of the label is the Two Bros. Brewing Co. symbol of two men and a goblet of beer in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head. I'm surprised they're allowed to keep that symbol because it looks oddly like the Mickey Mouse symbol. On the side of the label is some information about the beer and pass that on the right is the Govt. warning. What's even more odd than the Two Bros. like Mickey Mouse symbol is that this beer is brewed with the world renowned Tellicherry black peppercorns and it's not your daddy's Doppelbock because they label it as a Blonde Doppelbock. Don't bother to look for a date or batch number on the bottle because there isn't one.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer was not really a blonde color, but a nice clear amber color with a half an inch head of white foam. The head of foam didn't stick around for a long time, but did leave quite a few foamy rings and a minimum amount of white sticky lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma wasn't dancing all around like the goat on the label, but was still nice with sweet malts, a hint of caramel, a pinch of hops, and with a fruity background.

Taste: When I read that this beer was brewed with Tellicherry black peppercorns, I thought this beer was going to be very spicy. That wasn't the case with this beer. I do believe what they said when the black peppercorns help balance out the sweet malts. The flavors really didn't really dance on my tongue, but other than that, I did notice only a couple of other things, like a hint of hops and some fruits in the background. It turns out that this beer is a very mellow and not spicy Doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: It was in the mouthfeel where this beer became mischievous like goats are. It was very smooth, mellow, a slight aftertaste of bitter hops, and doesn't show a lick of that 8.2% ABV. Very sneaky.

Drinkability: A very nice and unique beer. Not many breweries would think of or even consider making a Doppelbock like this. I sure as hell didn't have a problem drinking this down.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great Maibock color - amber side of copper, with medium clarity and medium viscosity. No real head and only a little lacing.

Aroma: Lemon rind and malt - nothing too oppressive, and in many ways a refreshing if slightly sweet aroma. As it warms, great malt development - honey, toffee and little raisin in the finish.

Taste: An immediate pepper burst gives way to a real blonde doppelbock, with sweet honey and toffee malts and a bready yeast finish. Refreshing rather than spicy, with the pepper doing the front palate work normally given to hops. But, being black pepper, it's a burst that's quickly gone. The maibock finish is reminiscent of Capital Brewery's maibock, with wonderful malt developments the whole way through.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, but definitely a doppelbock. Smooth, well-balanced with light carbonation. Malt/pepper combo is well balanced and adds to the compelling drinkability of this beer.

Drinkability: Yes indeed. Pick a few up if you're having guests that like a surprise. Otherwise, eat it with your favorite brats or bangers.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light to medium amber in color with a fair white head. Smells generally sweet with little hops. Taste is somewhat light, a little fruity and sweet malts, and a bareley noticable hop charecter. Mouthfeel is medium, not to syrupy or overcarbonated. Overall this brew to be a little bland, though without any noticable flaws. Glad I tried it, probalby wont go here again though.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared with expatsteve while watching the dying moments of a Ukraine-Switzerland game destined for PKs.

Not exactly a blonde on the eye, more of a light amber, and with a smallish khaki head that struggles to last a few seconds. Nose is light, with a subdued maibock character of light hops, citrus, and caramel/grassy malt. Taste starts off with a short, succinct cracked pepper bite taking the place of hops, followed by citrus-caramel-grassy malt with a lingering malty-sweetness. Mouthfeel is spot-on for a dopplebock, right there with Capital's blonde with a nice viscosity. Drinkability is fantastic, again, comparable to Capital's but the cracked pepper adds a fun and interesting take on a blonde doppelbock. Highly impressed.

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Photo of krantul
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another cool label on a bomber from Two Brothers (considering the somewhat more staid designs on the 12 ouncers); though the fire-breathing goat-thing and the name 'Incinerator' probably sets up unreasonable expectations. Pours a deep gold color, with a thin lacing of head trailing the glass. Slightly malty scent with a touch of grassiness to it.

It's a little hard to evaluate the flavor of this beer against the style; from what I understand, this brew was something of a happy accident. There are certainly not many other peppercorn-accented blonde doppelbocks out there. This is a rich, deceptively chewy lager for its relatively light color, and its flavor is quite unusual. Pale malt in large quantities seems to have grown sweeter, mingled with some herbal or grassy flavors. The pepper flavors have either blended into obscurity or mellowed out entirely; they were not evident in my bottle. The high alcohol content is surprisingly well-masked by the balanced flavor; it's quite smooth and quite drinkable.

I'd like to see Two Brothers work on the peppercorn aspect of this next time around, as it could be an intriguing addition to the taste. I really liked this beer and will be purchasing it again.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark gold/copper, with chill haze and a white, tight head.
Foam cap is not overly ambitious, and fades quickly leaving behind edging only.
Aromatics are lightish and crisp with hints of honey, bready malts, bruised pears, and vanilla.
Finishes a bit warming from spice, not alcohol.
Medium bodied, slightly sticky and zesty.
Pallet is balanced and quaffable, almost akin to a spiced double Maibock.
Doughy, but not overly so, and light fruits mingle well with a hint of warming peppercorns.
Finishes with a residual honey note and warming alcohol, and a suggestion of fresh bannana bread.
Delish on a hot evening.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear shiny copper brew. Head doesn't last too long, fading to a skim of bubbles, and lacing is good. Aroma is toffee with am alcohol tint to it. Taste is amply malty, with a fade into the alcohol, and a warming close. Don't taste the pepper that the label crows about. Oh well, still like it. Maybe it pops up in the aftertaste, or that's just my taste buds rationalizing, I'm not sure. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both nice, I could see this one in the fridge again.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if I've ever had a blonde doppelbock before. So, always looking for a new beer to try I picked up a bottle of Incinerator. The beer pours a clear amber color into the glass. A small creamy off white head forms on top before quickly dissolving to a thin ring around the surface of the beer. A few spots of lace are left behind on the side of the glass.

The aroma is mainly a bready yeast with some sweet malt mixed in. I can detect a little peach fruityness in there too. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is slighly syrupy on the palate with a nice fizz on the middle of the tongue. The flavor begins with sweet malt and a touch of fruit (peach again). It quickly moves to some clove and pepper notes before finishing off with a bread/wheat flavor. Once gone hints of sweet malt, spice and alcohol remain behind.

This is a good full flavored beer that has a nice mouth feel. Reminds me a bit of a Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a 22oz bottle at room temp poured into an english pint glass. The brew pours a deep clear chestnut color with a fluffy off white head foaming up 2.5 cm with an agressive pour. Aroma is mostly malt with caramel, toffee, and some molasses. Just a hint of grassy hops float in the background. First sip is velvety smooth textured average body with minimal carbonation. The beer slides across my palate effortlessly. Flavor starts of sweet and caramelly and allows some bready yeast and a hint of grassy hops to come through towards finish. Brew is predominantly sweet and malty, which I dig. Very easy to drink with no hint of ABV. I would buy this brew again for sure.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. 14 oz sample. Pours a nice ambered deep copper color with a finger of ivory head that falls to a full coat over top of the liquid. Clarity is outstanding and a fairly active carbonation bubbles up the sides maintaining a thick ring of foam around the rim. Aroma is very clean. It is dominated with nice bready, toasty and almost freshly bloomed yeast character. Good dose of melanoidans with a kiss of malty sweetness. Flavor really accentuates the melanoidans, but fades quickly to a nice interaction between light herbal hops and the toastyness, and a very mild alcohol character. It finishes with the solid toastyness and a mild to moderate bitter. Mouthfeel is thick, with a lighter to moderate carbonation that breaks it up to keep it from being obtrusive. This one is enjoyable. It has all the elements I want in a blonde dopplebock. Its not weighed down by the heavy flavors of dark fruits as a traditional dopplebock, and I think that is why I enjoy it. I might be inclinded to call this style dopplemaibock to really emphasize how it comes across. For the higher ABV, it really is drinkable. I'm happy to have a second one in the cellar.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium copper color with one finger of head. There is a little lacing left on the glass. The smell is very malty, and just has that lager characteristic to it. It smells like a marzen almost, with caramel aromas coming through. The taste is rich and malty as well. It's sweet up front, with lots of caramel coming through, just a little bit of bready and biscuit flavors. The finish is nothing but hops. Lots of fresh piney hop flavors. The mouthfeel is tremendously thick, but smooth on the tongue. The drinkability is great for a 8.2% brew. Thanks to Kev for sharing this one! I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Franchise
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a maroon body with a small tan head that leaves the brew quickly. The aroma is malty sweet caramel, lime citrus, hop presence and nice fruity esters in the nose. The taste is sweet syrupy upfront, followed by a bitter hop balance of grapefruit and caramel. The finish is weak somewhat watery in the body leaving you wanting more. Decent brew but nothing spectacular.

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Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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