Olde Deuteronomy | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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89
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112 Ratings
Olde DeuteronomyOlde Deuteronomy
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada
alleykatbeer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
63
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8
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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this beer on july 2nd 2011.

341ml bottle into Boston Lager perfect glass. 2009 vintage.

Thanks to Bobsy! I’ve been excited to try this since Mondial 2011.

Might be my first taste of Alberta. Very funny label. Looks just like my girlfriend’s cat.

A- Some sort of beautiful amber/caramel/cherrywood. Slight haze. Decent size kaki head. Looks good.

S- Caramel , candied apple. Touch of chocolate. Hint of cinnamon. Alcohol is beautiful in here. Eager to taste.

T-Such rich malt in here. Dark dried fruit. Alcohol is really warming. Reminds me of eating a cognac or liqueur stuffed chocolate. Hops are more herbal than woody. Tastes great.

M- Big body. Low carbonation. Moderatly dry and of course a bit of numbing from the alcohol. Very enjoyable.

O- Very, very good. Not sure what I’d change to make this better if I could.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 5/7/11

A - Caramel red. Not much carbination, head, or lacing.

S - Aromas of rum soaked cherries, maple syrup, and musty basement.

T - Maple, dusty carpet, mild must hops, and a touch of plastic.

M - Sticky feel and quite syrupy.

O - A solid offering but not the best BW that I've ever had.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Pours quite thick into the snifter, thin lacing stays intact and the dark chestnut color is clear when put to the light. Caramel is the first suggestion in the aroma; soon after, comes a fig and marmalade sweetness and a spicy alcohol. Viscous mouth- feel, smooth carbonation ... saying it’s full bodied is an understatement. Maltiness is very thick and slowly unfolds as a hop bitterness slowly rakes across the palate, yet doesn’t seem to make much of a dent. Hints of madera wine, chocolate-cov- ered candied oranges, nougat, jasmine, caramel and plum pudding. The 11 percent is pretty mellow but very noticeable. Not too far from being epic, we bet some age might meld the flavors even more—but it’s absolutely delicious to drink now.

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Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of wordemupg, 2010 vintage. 341ml shared with a friend in a pair of snifters, vintage listed at 11.4%ABV.

Pours a translucent mahogany, less than a finger of cream coloured head. Only a collar remains in terms of retention. Nose has toffee, some candied notes, brown sugar and a bit of alcohol. Taste is quite sweet upfront, some candied pomaceous fruits (candied apple in a way), some toffee and finishes with some warming alcohol. Lingering sticky sweetness, and good weight in the body. Fairly low carbonation, medium mouthfeel. More of an English barleywine it seemed, not alot of hop character here. Simple and effective, but I wanted this one to carry more 'weight' in terms of body feel and overall flavour.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Olde Deuteronomy pours a bright ruby/scarlet color with a finger of butter colored head. Recuces to a ring around edges of glass with no lacing. Even with some swirls the head doesn't last too long.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts, candied sugar, and a combination of light citrus and piney hops.

Taste: Good caramel malt sweetness up front. Very tasty. Candied/brown sugar, followed by cirtus and piney hops. Lingering malty sweetness and hops on the finish. Pretty good. Not overly complex but the essentials for a solid baleywine are there.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Between light and medium bodied with fairly low carbonation, but stops well short of being creamy. Pretty solid barleywine overall. It really has a nice balance of malt sweetness up front and hops on the back end.

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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Thanks wordemupg for this one! Pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin off-white head. Modest aroma of burnt caramel and molasses. Flavors of caramel, vanilla, raisins, and alcohol. Medium to full body, low carbonation, mouthfeel is a little syrupy and quite warming as well. This is a good, but not great barleywine from Alley Kat.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks CBA. Bottle split with a buddy. 2010 Vintage.

A - Amber or ruby in colour. Tan head gone fast. Thin cap ring sticks around edges. No visible carbonation.

S - Dark fruits, dark brown sugar, mild alcohol and mild hop. For some reason I also get a pear note which is quite interesting. Smells good.

T - Dark fruit, candi sugar sweetness that doesn't cloy. Finishes sweet. Apple, pear and dark breadiness come through too.

M - Low carbonation. Thick and chewy. Full bodied, almost too full.

D - Great drinkability. Sweetness is a little aggressive otherwise a good barleywine.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark murky swamp water with an amber hue, thin layer of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Robust and fruity, earthy bark, caramel and toffee malts, and some leafy hops on the finish.

T - Again quite complex, dark Belgian flavours with some bananas and cloves, but the dark roasted malts with raisins and plums also have a strong presence. High ABV is nicely hidden offering up only a little heat. Bitter hops and some sour citrus notes linger on the finish.

M - A silky and syropy feel to it, thicker body and some pricky bubbles going down. ABV heat is complementary and bitterness is present but not overly dry.

D - At 11.4% it's tough to take down more than one bottle in a sitting, however, it's very tasty with complex flavours and aromas. My second pleasureable barley wine, though I have found this to be a style that takes some getting used to. I presume this is one of the better examples of the style and would be recommended to any barley wine fan.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear deep copper with a rich tan head that retained better than I expected
S - rich aromas of plumb, butterscotch, and a phenolic quality
T - a rich caramel maltiness with buttery popcorn, raisins, and alcohol sweetness, and a light resiny hop finish, very tasty
M - full bodied with a slighltly creamy start that remains sweet and dry throughout
D - very impressed by the combination of rich flavours and sweetness that work well with the alcohol, it warmed me like a red wine but kept me interested like a good brew, well done

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Photo of levifunk
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thank you to the Canadian BAs for pointing me toward some good beers while visiting...especially to hoser for the extra effort.

A- pour is red brown with low carbonation. Looks thick. Almost no head on an agitated pour.

S- caramel sweetness. Dark fruit. Alcohol, but not overly offensive. A bit of hops.

T- wow. Very sweet and fruity flavor. Then has an alcohol bite and a hops bitter bite. Seems to me to be either too young or not well balanced. There is a good array of flavors, its just that they are each quite harsh and don't flow with each other. I would hope time would mellow the beer out.

M- for as sweet and fruity as it is, it is really dry on the finish. It doesn't feel as thick as I thought it would. Carbonation is low but not out of range.

Overall- its not a bad beer, but there is definite room for improvement. If you have it, age it.

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Photo of kwjd
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Copper colour with very thin white head. Smells of sweet caramel, brown sugar, dark fruite and some alcohol with a hint of hops. Flavour is quite sweet and alcoholic, but it works nicely. A bit syrupy in the mouthfeel, but it works for a barleywine. A very good beer from Alley Kat.

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Photo of alpineclimber
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rigorous pour produced a tall tan head on a ruby colored brew that is opaque. Very little head retention, good lacing on the glass.

The smell is of apple, caramel, esters and alcohol. All the individual smells combine to a high level of sweetness. Just the smell warms the body.

Taste is complex to say the least. Big fruits, with an emphasis on apples. A lot of malty goodness, sweet taste all around. There is a slight bitter finish. Mouth feel is not as thick as it could be but it's still on the heavier side. This barley wine is not as syrupy as others. The alcohol is there in the taste but not overpowering. Not only does this brew warm the gut it also goes to the head and fast.

A good barley wine. Whenever I find a good one, it goes in the cellar.

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Photo of beerbum05
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - Medium head, medium amount of carbonation, red/light brown in colour, slight haze but mostly clear

Smell - Fruity and malty

Taste - Very strong ale taste, malts, definate alcohol bite at the end,

Overall - This was my first experience with a Barley Wine style of beer. It was a bit too strong for my liking. It had a nice taste initially but then the alcohol overpowers everything at the end.

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Photo of scott451
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2008 bottle into a tulip glass. I let it warm up a bit before opening, had an initial taste then let it warm up some more. A transparent red-brown. Very minimal head that rapidly dissipated. A strikingly unusual smell. Dark sugary earthy tones. Taste includes fruit, brown sugar but with a hoppy finish that cuts the sweetness. Overall nicely balanced. A surprisingly light feel for such a substantial beer. A sipper that could be drunk much faster.

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Photo of eat
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage. An extra from a trade with Derek. Thanks a ton man! 10% ABV was crossed out with pen and rewritten as 11.3%.

Poured into a snifter. There was no head forming, so I up-ended the bottle in an attempt to get something happening. The head that did result, which only amounted to a thin covering, was most likely the slowest-to-rise I've ever seen. There was no head for literally three or four seconds before it formed, only to fade away mere seconds later, leaving a handful of large bubbles along the edge of the glass. I wasn't expecting much head at 11.3%, but being left with absolutely nothing is a bit extreme. I made sure the glass was impeccably clean, so it wasn't that. Opaque and a dull, woody brown. Can't say I'm too impressed with the appearance.

Lots of caramel, brown sugar, butter, alcohol, light floral hops. It initially smelled of dust, but that seems to have gone away as it sat. Quite sweet smelling, like a dessert.

When I poured this, it was much too cold and came off as cloying. After letting it warm to a suitable temperature, it's merely very sweet. There's a pretty significant bitterness helping to balance things out. Other than that: some caramel malt, cherry liqueur, really nice blend of earthy and floral hops, grain, light minerals. Big alcohol presence, though not unpleasant nor is it unexpected at 11.3%. Dry finish, with a lingering syrupiness.

The feel is good, syrupy medium body with light carbonation.

I was interested in acquiring this one because of its place on the Canadian Top 25. It's definitely an extreme beer amongst what's being brewed in Canada, but I found this to be sweet to a fault. I find it similar to Half Pints barley wine, but think that Burly Wine is a much better beer. I'm finding this to be a little difficult to drink, even as a sipper, due to the sweetness.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 08 vintage I've been aging in the cellar.

A- This pours a copperish brown into a tulip glass. Orange/ruby tinges when held up to a light. Small tan colored head and not much lace to speak of, which is to be expected.

S- Sweet malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, and alcohol. I also get a little bit of hops as well.

T- This starts out very sweet from the malt, sugar, and dark fruit. It starts to turn bitter, but finishes sweet again. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

M- Thick & chewy, modest carbonation. A little heat from the booze remains in the mouth, especially with the more you drink.

D- Aging this has rounded out the flavors and helped with the bite from the alcohol. A nice brew from Alley Kat and one I look forward to every year.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap at the Hop In Brew feb1 2010

A deep ruby brown with a fingers worth of dense beige head that had average retention but even the thin film it fell to left good lace

S candied fruit with lots of caramel a little hops and booze

T loads of flavor, again dark candied fruit with a little burnt sugar mixing well with a caramel apple taste and some mild booze

M thick and syrupy with just enough carbonation to give it some life. this is a highlight in a beer that's not lacking in any areas.

D for a 11% brew it went down quick, dangerously quick. for a young barley wine it's wonderful

I feel lucky to drink this on tap it appears this is the first review from a keg. I read my old review for this from a bottle and after trying a bottle recently I think I was a little hard on it, a re-review may give the bottle a higher grade. just go's to show how quickly your taste changes. Please if you get the chance you must try this on tap, to the best of my knowledge the Hop In Brew is the only place you can do this

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy chocolatey brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates to a collar. Good clarity. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma is wonderfully fruity, with plums and raisins and prunes caramel and brown sugar and a good dose of alcohol.

The flavor is intense, as strong chocolate covered raisins meet caramel, plums, berries, prunes and a little nuttiness. Warming alcohol with just a hint of bitterness lingering in the dry finish.

This is full bodied, thick and chewy. Good carbonation. Very warming in the chest.

Overall a decent enough barley wine, nice and warming for the winter months.

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Photo of Long813
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an 2009 dated bottle received in a trade with wordemupg. The label is great.

G: Pint Glass

A: Dark copper body allowing light to escape around the edges. One finger of head that dissipated into a thin ring. Moderate lacing.

S: I could smell sweet malts as soon as I pried the bottle open. Brown sugar, toffee, caramel mixture with some fruitiness.

T: Caramel, dark & sweet fruits, hint of apple and spices

M: Medium-thick bodied with medium carbonation. At first it feel smooth and creamy, but soon after the alcohol hit and leaves a slight burn. Caramel and alcohol linger in the throat.

D: Second barleywine I've tried and tastes so different. It's a fantastic brew with unique characteristics.

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Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

A: Hazy copper-brown with a thin ring of light tan head, no retention, some leg/lace.

S: Dark raisins, rum, raspberry, cotton-candy, brown sugar, plum, figs, christmas cake & orange rind.

T: Plenty of plum, dark raisin, raspberry, cotton-candy, dark caramel, treacle, hints of roasted nuts & chocolate, good bitter-sweet balance, light tartness. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Modest carbonation with some residual sweetness and a drying alcohol finish.

D: A sipper.

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Photo of Shadman
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how this ended up in Medicine Hat, but I grabbed 4 just in case I was dreaming....2009 vintage

Has the color of a strongly steeped orange pekoe tea. Very nice off-white head & tons of lacing all the way down my glass.

Tons of sweet maltiness along with some classic dried fruit aromas. Some def. alcohol esters as well which given the 11% ABV is to be expected.

Very nice. Renewed my interest in Barleywine. Sweet malt intertwined with the aforementioned dried fruit, candy sugar, and as my Buddy Bobsy pointed out, a decent amount of hop that makes it a most interesting beer.

Mouthfeel was quite slick and full.

Won't be everyone's bag, but certainly an excellent B-Wine and I look forward to trying some next winter after a little cellaring.

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Photo of asnider
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 Vintage. Weighs in at 11.3% ABV (the bottle was labeled as 10%, but was scratched out by hand and 11.3% has been written on it; this was the case with all of the bottles that I bought recently, as well as one that I bought about 6 months ago). Served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark brownish red with very little head. Head quickly reduces to a very fine ring of lacing.

Aroma is very rich. It's tough to pick out everything that's in there, but I get definite notes of toffee, cherries, and perhaps even a hint of espresso. Very nice.

The flavour is as complex as the nose, with notes of ripe fruit, toffee, cherries, and a definite hop bitterness. It's complex and interesting, but I personally find the bitterness a bit overpowering on this one. The high hoppiness is par for the course with American barley wines, but I still feel that it could have been balanced a bit better with the rest of the flavours.

Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability is hindered somewhat by the high hop bitterness in this beer. I feel a bit strange for saying that, since I tend to be a fan of highly hopped beers, but for some reason it's just not doing it for me with this one. It's certainly not undrinkable, it's just not as good as it could be.

I'm going to attempt to age another bottle of this barley wine and review it after its had a few more months in the cellar. Maybe I'll pull it out and review it in early 2010...if I can wait that long. Hopefully, it will get even better with age.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, 2008 vintage, split courtesy of Bobsy. Thanks for opening a want! Pours a typical barleywine orange/ruby brown with thin whispings of lace.

Nose is toffee, caramel, light roasting malts, hints of brown sugar and licorice, a slight ethanol bite in the back.

Nice English style taste and body, hard to classify this as American I think. Some roastyness, nice caramel sweetness, a faint bitterness with a slight hoppy note (still young), bread, raisins, brown sugar, some alcohol in the finish. Really a sweet, smooth drinker with just a hint of an edge that I can easily see smoothing out with a little time on the bottle.

A solid example, if not bordering on really good. Easily makes for one the best Canadian examples.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Volo, courtesty of biegaman! 2006 vintage served in a snifter. Notes are a little lean, as it came at the end of a long day.

A - Transparent ruby red, with minimal foam and lacing. There's a ring and some patchy foam on the surface but that's about it.

S - Vinous, dark fruits, berries, raisins, brown sugar, tons of caramel-covered apple.

T - Lots of grape, bready malt, still some mild residual hop bitterness, as well as a slight sour prune flavor.

M - Some surprising carbonation tingle, full-bodied, smooth and creamy. Lots of residual stickiness.

D - I've had this beer a couple years ago, and it hasn't lost anything in the aging process. It's among the best barleywines produced in Canada. Definitely a slow sipper, but the moderate carbonation keeps it from getting syrupy or cloying.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 version - it's been almost two and a half years, let's have a look-see. Same old cheap, malformed, thin gold foil enclosure, some shiny window dressing on their standard 12 oz brown bottle. This is another one of Alley Kat's line that hasn't had the generic label update of a few years back - I find myself missing these feline-themed works of art for some reason.

The beer pours a mostly clear, but with fine swirling sediment, medium orange-brick amber hue - a lot like poorly mixed iced tea - with one finger of loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly beige head, which wisps away fairly quickly, leaving a few random instances of sea-spray lace around the glass.

It smells strongly of rum-steeped raisins, lightly biscuity caramel, overripe apple and black fruit - plum, mostly - brown sugar, and a remote leafy, earthy hoppiness. The taste is warm, bready caramel, thin molasses, stewed prunes, a bit of tannic red grape must, and leafy, citrusy hops, which increase in intensity, along with the subdued alcohol, as it warms.

The carbonation is pretty tame, barely perceptible in its innocuousness, the body a decent medium weight, and maybe not as full as it could be, but smooth and sticky in its uber-maltiness. It finishes on a drying trend, the residual hops finally screwing up the courage to do something about it. The 9.9% ABV is indeed a constant reminder, maybe a wee bit too forward up front, but thereafter lurking in the background, consigned to the promise of being very close to breaking through.

I have made the mistake of including a couple of these bad boys when making a mixed sixer at the brewery. Later, at the campsite, or wherever, their added kick reminds me (usually the next morning, 'cause they taste so good, especially after dark) of their potency. So, while quite easy to drink - if you're accustomed to the style, that is - they are not something to be trifled with, because if you do, they'll knock you on your fat cat ass.

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Olde Deuteronomy from Alley Kat Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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