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Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 07-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Avg:
4.2
pDev:
6.9%
 
 
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Photo of q33jeff
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

**
03/04/2014
Aroma Is grains, chocolate, coffee, toast, yeast. Appearance: dark black pour, thick, tan head with lacing long after pour. Very nice looking. Taste is bitter chocolate, toast, coffee. Very smooth and tasty. A nice lagniappe complement to my Fat Tuesday dinner."

A great collaboration.
**

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Photo of biegaman
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter has a head that's thick (and coloured) like mud while its body is black and inky enough to dip a feather pen in (assuming you're one of the three or so people in the world still using them). So dark and dense, it looks properly suited to winter drinking... good thing because tonight is the second longest night of the year!

Rye is a distinctive and sometimes intense grain. As result, many brewers use it only sparingly. I don't believe in half measures - and I love the bold qualities that rye provides. Hence I love this bouquet, which is rich not only in roasty, bittersweet malt but also a pronounced nutty, spicy, hearty graininess. The two elements go together nicely.

The palate also showcases both features fairly: there's lots of coffee and gooey, fudge-y chocolate but also more that distinctive rye grain flavour and its spicy, somewhat hemp-like earthiness. While this was not barrel-aged it certainly possesses the more intense profile and nuanced intricacies normally associated with those types of beer.

Part and parcel with that, of course, is the understanding that some of that 9% alcohol will be noticeable. It's far from obnoxious and largely disappears if treated with some light swirling. Tonight's bottle is only a few months of age but a previous tasting of a nearly 2 year old sample was even more impressive; don't be in a rush to consume this one.

Nøgne Ø and Terrapin are both great producers so it's no surprise their collaboration turned out so great itself. Imperial Rye Porter is a silky, sinfully rich offering that's perfect stuff to drink fireside for some warming comfort when the days are cold and short or serve late at night when people want something distinct, definitive and gratifying to finish on.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an interesting and somewhat random collaboration it seems. whats the connection here? the beer is really good despite that randomness, and despite its age, definitely some time on this bottle! came out years ago, dont think it was brewed more than once. lots of dark rye malt on this, not just a dark beer with pale rye malt, but actually a midnight type rye, really interesting malt that is really underutilized out there. at least it sure seems like thats whats in here, it doesnt have the dusty black peppery character of the pale rye, more of a bitter depth to the rye in here, its really nice. some heavy dark chocolate notes too, lots of hop bitterness remaining even after all this time, and a real earthiness thats uncommon in beer this dark and strong. hints of coffee and milk chocolate too, lots of bitterness, minerals, and pencil shavings, very interesting complexion. slick almost greasy mouthfeel, still viscous but more slippery than heavy, kind of unique. a one of a kind beer for sure, interesting recipe, very much more the nogne o style here than the terrapin, from what i know about the two breweries. if you have a bottle, crack it soon, i cant see this evolving or improving much from here on out.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with no ruby see through. Thick dark tan head with some ruby on the ring. Prunes and caramel notes and flavors. Dry rye finish. Rich tongue coating, velvety smooth, medium plus mouthfeel. Quite good.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak of roasted malt
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and layer
Lacing - curtains of tiny bubbles which break into an open lattice
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt and rye, what seems to be a hint of caraway; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.5, Overall 4

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

Sampled on several occasions, one of those beers that I love to go back to - dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toffee, caramel, roasted malts. Super smooth mouthfeel and a milk chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 4/7/14

A almost black with a deep cola edge, three fingers of mocha foam quickly falls to a thin film but manages to leave a couple partial rings on the way down

S coco, spruce, juniper and faint mint, root beer, fennel comes out strong, hard to believe this one only has the water, hops, yeast, and rye/barley malt listed on the label, I'd believe this was barrel aged if you told me with some wood and booze rounding things out

T anise, fennel, spruce and spice, not far off the smell and just as good, spicy malt comes out more then the nose

M silky and creams up, a little heat but its mellow, a little sticky on the lips, and a spicy, roasty finish just keep going

O the malt plays a massive part in this one, I wasn't expecting the spruce and fennel but it worked well, going down quick and its a hot Summer evening, this would work wonders on a cold Winter day

I might buy another one to age and I'm wondering why I took so long to try it for the first time, another great brew from Nogne

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a stout glass, my first offering from these Norwegians. Intersecting concept with a decent result. The smokey bitterness of the porter flavoring somewhat masked the spiciness of the rye, but there were still some hints here and there. Dark brown color, incredibly smooth going down. Really liked it.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, part of a slew of new Nøgne Ø to hit the shelves in Alberta of late.

This beer pours a very, very dark brown hue, with prominent cola highlights, and three fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and verily creamy tan head, which leaves some streaky tree trunk lace around the glass at it quite lazily recedes.

It smells of fruity caramel malt, sort of the licorice-touched, candied variety, over-sugared milky black coffee, a slightly spicy roasted rye graininess, nougaty chocolate, mild leafy, earthy hops, and a suggestion of metallic alcohol. The taste is dark cocoa powder, semi-sour milk, grainy caramel and rye malt, lightly astringent Nordic licorice, faintly spicy yeast, tart black fruit, and further earthy, leafy, and gently perfumed hops, the 18-proof ABV needling its way in thusly.

The carbonation is light and frothy, the body medium-full in weight (for the style), yet perhaps a tad thin on the ground for its smoothness, and any creaminess is of the airy variety. It finishes surprisingly dry, the rye starting to overtake the caramel for malt direction, the licorice notes going all natively tight and salty, some lactic sourness lingering, and the alcohol starting to sniff around in earnest.

A decent attempt at a - well let's count 'em: one, two, and, we'll say three markups to the base - English Porter. Broken down, this collaboration has added rye malt, ramped up booze, and, yes, Yanks and Norwegians to the mix. The result is interesting, rather flavourful, and drinkable enough, the latent dryness going the long mile in support of that.

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Photo of tmm313
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan 2 finger head. Good retention and outstanding lacing. Couldn't be better.

S- Coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, booze, and tropical hops.

T- Dark, sweet fruits up front. Big chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, coffee, and a little licorice follows. Creamy chocolate is the boss of this beer, but its other parts compliment it wonderfully. Beautifully balanced and complex. Hoppy tropical fruit flavor pops in and out as it warms.

M- Super, I mean SUPER, creamy. And seriously as thick as old motor oil. Kind of sticky. Light, crisp carbonation. Drying with a nice roasted bitterness.

O- This is a well crafted beer. Balanced and complex. The mouthfeel is what I will remember most, but overall this was a damn good beer and memorable experience.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a rather large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light spicy rye notes and some residual sugar notes. Taste is mxi between light dry roasted malt notes with spicy notes of rye also noticeable and some well-balanced residual sugar. Body has a really nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid porter with rye notes adding further complexity.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Imperial Rye orter is a dark ale with lots of character, brewed by Spike and Kjetil. The best of both worlds!" Brewed in the style of an English Porter. This is a one time collaboration between Nøgne Ø and Terrapin Beer Company, released in early 2012. Still available at a few bottle shops in the area.

Poured from a 16.9 fl oz. bottle to two snifters. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy thick head of a moderate viscosity and a buttery mocha-cream complexion. Body color is a near black dark brown. Retention is above average. Lacing is medium thick and curtained but doesn't stick. It certainly falls in line with the appearance of porters but isn't overly pleasing. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of rye bread, medium caramel grain, a moderate bittersweet acidity of an English Ale yeast origin, and a hint of dark fruits provide a subtle tartness. Licorice faintly peaks amongst moderate roasty cocoa nibs and a dash of earthy hop resin reveals with warming. Aroma is fair accessible like most English porters but carries an enhanced complexity and malt depth: one could certainly discern this to be a porter of the "imperial" caliber collectively based on the parts of the whole. Rye adds a touch of malt complexity but blends well with the malt bill. Potency is medium+, 3.75

(Taste) The flavor has similarities with the aroma: Toasted grain malt, with a touch of rye bread, licorice and a trace of black malt. A moderate earthy hop bitterness and a subtle yeast character add some fruity ester complexity to the medium thick finish. Rye adds to the thickness of this beer but otherwise doesn't redefine the beer much. Altogether it's a very drinkable and flavorful porter with plenty of complex flavors to enjoy. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is medium-viscous with a moderate slickness and a mellow carbonation presence for a slight touch of creaminess. Balance is nearly equally bitter as well as sweet, with a touch of acidity as well. Body is medium/high for a porter and medium/high overall. Alcohol presence is low. 4.25

(Overall) This is a thoroughly enjoyable collaboration between Terrapin and Nøgne Ø. While in most regards as simple and drinkable as a porter is, the malt base and matching hop profile added a welcome complexity without shortchanging this beer's drinkability. It's a solid-built porter,and not one I regret trying. Recommended for hoppy and complex English porter lovers. 4

Nøgne Ø's
Imperial Rye Porter (Collaboration with Terrapin Beer Company)
4.08/5.00

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Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brownish black, with considerable brown head. Lacing of the glass through the entire round
S - Smells of roasted notes of barley and rye, with a dominance of toffee and a subtle burnt caramel sweetness. Aroma is clean roasted grain throughout. No off-notes or harshness.
T - Outstanding flavor profile throughout the entire sip. There's a quick dominant spiciness upfront that soon blends to a semi-sweet, roasted toffee flavor. Comforting and lively evolving taste as it blends towards the back of the mouth. Zero trace of alcohol or any harsh notes. The rye provides such a unique but complimentary tone to the roasted bill.
M - Gentle but thicker on the palate with a distinctly wet finish. Balanced bitterness leaves a tinge to salivate on before the next sip and finishes quite clean. Outstanding.
O - One of the smoothest imperial porters I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. From start to finish this porter blends with comfort and leads with a soothing force throughout the palate. It's surprisingly simple and pure in its styling, refreshingly leaving out much of the complexity that other higher gravity porters seek to exploit. Again, outstanding.

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Photo of beergoot
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black body with a thick, chunky, sticky and lasting head. Rich dark roast malt aromas infused with molasses, chocolate, hints of rye spiciness and gooey caramel. Flavors mimic the aroma and roll about the palate on a thick yet smooth and easy sipping river of tasty velvet.

Awesome flavors, aromas, and feel in near perfect balance with deep, mysterious depths of complexity. Malts, rye, and hops combine in wonderful ways to excite the palate while keeping the high alcohol taste recessed deep in the background. A “must have” for fans of “big boy” dark ales.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts, spicy rye, black licorice, molasses, coffee, hint of dark fruit, a bit of booze.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, spicy rye, molasses, roasted coffee, black licorice, bit of dark fruits, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch creamy with a sweet, roasted, warming finish.

D - Nice imperial porter. Good overall balance.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tapered Guinness pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains quite well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a big center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Chocolatey aroma with a bit of spicy rye and a hint of caramel.

T- Dark roasted malt, milk chocolate and rye all very well-balanced and on the sweeter side which is a plus for me. Alcohol is incredibly well-hidden beneath the deliciousness bringing the drinkability to dangerous levels.

M- Semi-creamy with a robust body and medium carbonation.

O- Plain and simple but incredibly effective. When the Nogne boys and Terrapin boys put their heads together, you get an awesome Norwegeorgian ale.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely opaque with a dark, thin head. Rather inviting aroma of rye, chocolate, and dark fruit. Extremely smooth and complex. Layer upon layer of flavor. Rye and chocolate first, then figs, currants, charred wood, and burnt marshmallows. There is a hint of sweetness followed by a lasting chalky finish. Deceptive 9% ABV.

This is outstanding. Get it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, spicy rye, and some molasses. It tastes like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, rye, coffee, wood, and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and has moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd certainly buy this again. $9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with no highlights visible in poor lighting and a quarter inch mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is somewhat subtle, with chocolate, roast malt, booze, and floral hops at the start. Rye, cocoa, and hints of dark fruit surface, along with licorice and tobacco.

Flavor is intensely chocolatey, fairly sweet, with rye hitting mid palate, along with floral hops and grapefruit pith, followed by roast malt and a touch of coffee grounds. The finish is slightly peppery and bitter. Dark fruit character is subtle.

Body is slick and fairly syrupy, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. There's a touch of astringency.

Hits the mark...well, overshoots it on what most porters lack...the chocolate flavor that should be fairly prominent. Not overly rye, which suits my palate. Good roast character, but a touch acrid.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - Black. Thick rich tan head

S - 4 - black malt and dark chocolate and something else, almost a fruit

T - 4 - black malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, little woody, rye aftertaste

M - 5 - luxurious thick viscous velvety

O - 4.25 - They say one man's porter is another man's stout and this proves it. Its a stout. Maybe that's the imperial talking. Well done. Not too complex or unique but still a beautiful beer. Great taste and wonderful mouthfeel. A winner.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A pitch black, zero clarity. A good amount of head and no sticky lace left on the glass. Looks dark and spooky!

S - Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Alcohol is very prevalent. A bit of heat coming off it, and spice

T - Like the smell, it is semi-sweet up front, with dark chocolate notes, coffee. Has a warming flavor from the alcohol at the back end.

M - Rich and creamy. Lightly carbonated. Smooth

O - I at first was not thrilled with the beer, but as it warmed, it got better and better! Drink this one after its been pulled out of the fridge for 20 minutes. Big difference in taste and drinkability! A very good porter that packs some heat and punch.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Nogne O and Terrapin's collaboration imperial rye porter pours entirely black, with three fingers or so of mocha foam crown the beer, and head retention is very good. Lacing is a little bit spotty though. The aroma is a wonderful blend of sweet chocolate and roasty coffee, with the advantage probably tilted towards the former. A spicy note from the rye is left to skulk in the background. The flavor loses some of the sweetness from the nose. The chocolate is more of the bittersweet, dark variety, and is more evenly balanced. While that's nice, a ssligtly weeter flavor base would have played as a better base for the spicy rye character to contrast against. The body is very chewy, and combined with the very low carbonation, the mouthfeel is just a little over the top malty. I wish the carbonation was just a bit higher to lend a little bit of much needed levity. It's not quite world class, but this porter from Nogne O and Terrapin is definitely a great beer.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5lt bottle into a dfh snifter

A: nice and black with a massive two and a half finger if tanned chocolaty head that dissapates nicley and leavs some nice lacing... Great looking beer.

S: nice notes of chocolate and light notes of roasted coffee along with some nice spicy rye notes.... Nice nose.

T: yum, this brew reminds me of Firestone walker wookie jack, minus the hops, I get a nice chocolatyness along with some spicy rye notes And a slight touch of earthy hop bitterness, there are also some toasty grain coffe like notes in there, all and all this brew is very well rounded and tasty.

M: really like the mouthfeel here, very thick and creamy, a touch dry on the finish from the rye and bittering hops, nicley rounded.

O: this is a delicious beer, nice depth and rich creamyness, the rye works well here, tasty and complex, deffinatly can see myself grabbing another bottle or two of this one.

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Photo of Naters333
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured on tap into a tulip with a great black color and a two finger head.

T-Great taste of coffee notes.

M- Mouthful was great with the great rye flavor coming through.

O-This beer tasted great! I usually don't review beers on tap, but this one was delicious. Very easy to drink, and didn't notice the 9% alcohol at all.

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Photo of sommersb
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-28-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Terrapin Snifter
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Color is near black and opaque. The tan head is small and offers a fair amount of lacing. Head retention is low, just leaving some swirls of tan on top of the beer. My bottle also had some brown sediment stuck in the neck and on the inside of the cap, but it didn't seem to detract from the taste.

Aromas are very nice, starting with roasted grains as in coffee, plus spicy rye malts, bittersweet chocolate, wood/oak/earthen notes, and licorice.

The taste has a bitterness of coffee roast, then dark chocolates, and earthy hops. A bit boozy as well. Mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied, with a dry finish that has a bit of bite from the rye grain, or maybe the hops, that I don't find enjoyable. This improves some as the beer warms up. More alcohol warmth is noted as well.

All in all, this was a pleasant porter, but could use maybe a little less rye or hops in my opinion.

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