The Devil Made Me Do It!
Tyranena Brewing Company

The Devil Made Me Do It!The Devil Made Me Do It!
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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #37
Ranked #1,648
4.21 | pDev: 8.31%
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
The Devil Made Me Do It!The Devil Made Me Do It!
Notes: Coffee beans used are a blend of Costa Rican and Sumatran from Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters in Watertown, Wi.
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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bottle from 2016.

Pours out dark brown with some highlights and forms three fingers worth of light caramel colored crown that stick around well. Looks like the carbonation held up well.

The nose is brown oats, some chocolate and coffee. There is a nice, balanced roastiness that mixes well with that chocolate.

Nice chocolate in the taste. An all around balanced porter. Nothing is too overpowering and everything is working well together.

It still has carbonation holding on, which is nice. Not too thin, not too thick.

Overall, an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of joeltorto
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to have it straight from the tap at Tyrannena at the Beer Run post race party.
Tasty, potent and tremendously robust! Do you like coffee? Do you like beer? Look no further.

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joeltorto from Wisconsin, Jun 17, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/18/15; drank 2/28/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

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

Dark chocolate, black coffee, mild smoke & faint cream notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cream & chocolate syrup flavors up front; faint raspberry notes on the finish.

The nose promised a lot, but the flavor was muted. Disappointing but not bad.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Mar 04, 2019
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is chocolate, dark malts and slightly grainy/earthy. The flavor is dark malts, mild citrus/fruit, chocolate, slight sugar sweetness and a smooth/acidic finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Jun 11, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you like Coffee Porters this is excellent. It pours a dark rich brown, almost black, with a dense head. It smells great, and it drinks like silk! They nailed the right amount of coffee. You can definitely smell and taste the coffee, but it does not overwhelm the great porter taste either. Definitely a repeat buy.

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EliW from Indiana, Feb 17, 2017
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4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 oz bottle on January 27, 2017. If you like coffee porter, this one is nicely balanced. The coffee is there, but it doesn't overwhelm the hop or malt aromas/flavors. Highly recommended.

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3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled Nov 15th 2015, cutting a little late here.

Dark mahogany brown, and quite opaque. A little bit of carbonation and cascading sheen while pouring, but manages a simple tan head of two to three fingers tall. Settles to a nice even and thin puck and collar.

Nice simple roasting bean coffee, a slight hint of milk, but an even nice roast angle that comes off with a large toasted nut aroma. Roasted nuts and almost char like flavors on the nose, mixing with a good simple coffee angle. Very nice and solid.

Palate manages basic goods. A little bit less creamy and slightly wet than anticipated for the porter, but stays close to porter lightness. Bitter slight grains but with a good dark char and mixing coffee roast flavor in the mid palate. Finishes with just a nice hint of bitter dark chocolate, and a bit of hop kick accenting the bitterness nicely.

A pretty neat take on mixed oatmeal and porter styles, the coffee is also a nice accent that makes for interesting drinking. Solid brew. Even at this stage the brew is solid, would be nice to have one that isn't so old however, but life could be far worse.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Jul 02, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown to black pour with one finger of light brown head. Retention is excellent, lacing is good. The aroma is very nice, tons of dark roasted coffee. Chocolate malt and some slight earthy, spicy notes comes through. The taste follows, the coffee is definitely the star. Roast, chocolate. Medium-full body, low moderate carb, nice dry finish. Excellent brew.

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BSiegs from Illinois, Apr 29, 2016
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4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours pitch black. The head is minimal. The nose is heavy on the coffee. The taste has coffee, but has an added thickness to it. It is rich and bold. Delicious beer.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is roasty and coffee laden, with nutty oatmeal notes.

Flavor is fairly chocolatey, lightly sweet initially, with coffee hitting mid palate and carrying into a roasty, moderately bitter finish. Just a hint of acidity.

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barczar from Kentucky, Mar 06, 2016
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4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost black in color with a thin layer of dark khaki colored head that disappears quickly

S-lots of dark coffee in the smell with chocolate and molasses

T-lightly roasted oats with dark roasted coffee (not quite as much as the smell though) and chocolate and a bit of molasses

M-medium body and moderate carbonation, creamy feel to it

Overall a very good porter with a huge coffee smell, very drinkable

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ksimons from Illinois, Feb 09, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with no head whatsoever--a remarkably flat pour. Aroma features a blast of black coffee, along with some roasted malt and burnt toast. The persistence of the coffee in the nose is quite impressive, as it reasserts its presence with every sip.

The taste features a comparable barrage of coffee up front before revealing complementary flavors of brown sugar, oats, and molasses. Hops are wholly of the earthy variety, offering a bite that melds nicely with the acrid bitterness of the coffee. The finish is especially enjoyable, as the various components reach the height of their synergy. Warming reveals some nutty aspects as well. Medium body and negligible carbonation yield a silky smooth mouthfeel, though a touch more substance would be nice for a bigger beer such as this. In spite of the low carbonation, a modest tingle manages to subsist on the tip of the tongue, while trace sugars linger on the lips.

Overall, this is a smooth, full-flavored brew that doesn’t rest on its coffee laurels. Normally I’d shy away from a beer with such a pronounced black coffee flavor, but the hefty dose of malt sweetness and appropriate hopping keep this one on the level. It’s also the best dark beer I’ve had from Tyranena.

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MaximalC from Illinois, Jan 23, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look = 4.5 Poured cold into a Libby stout glass. Bottled on date = Oct 20 2013 so about 8 months prior to this review. Pours pitch black with 3/4 fingers of medium-brown head which reduces to a crisp ring. Lace is light but dense and sticky. Pretty.
Smell = 4.0 Coffee predominates! Roasted malts, maybe the slightest hint of sweetness. Strong aroma.
Taste = 4.0 Follows the nose in that the coffee is the focus of the taste. It’s present from the start to the finish and lasts in the aftertaste. Very creamy, a hint of sweetness. Terrific tasting coffee stout.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied, creamy. Low carbonation - feels like a stout should.
Drinkability = 4.0 Terrific coffee stout. Creamy and drinkable. 7.5% is low for an “imperial” as the label says but as a coffee-oatmeal stout it’s perfect.
Overall = 4.075 Solid all around. Nothing below a 4.0. Excellent coffee stout.

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kbwalters from Wisconsin, Aug 25, 2015
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3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smells of sweet dark fruit. It's lacking coffee and flavor in general. Pretty water, taste more like a dark ale than a coffee porter / stout. This has let me down for sure as a imperial porter.

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3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Expectations are sky high given the brewery and series; I've adored past beers in the Brewers Gone Wild! lineup.

BOTTLE: Courtesy of Duff27 - thanks! 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Appealing label design. Branded maroon twist-off cap.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as an imperial coffee oatmeal porter per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1 finger wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess, fullness, and frothiness. Thick enough, with a coating ring of lacing forming on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Nice complexion. Consistency is even. Could be softer looking and darker/richer.

Retention is nice - ~4 minutes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. There's no visible yeasty muck or anything.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking imperial porter, but I wouldn't call it a unique or special appearance.

AROMA: Has some nice java/coffee character with hints of roastiness as well as near-ideal coffee bean bitterness. The coffee is complemented nicely by hints of chocolate/cocoa powder, chocolate malts, oats, muted hazelnut, and dark malts. Hints of malted milk balls/whoppers edge this closer to milk stout territory than I would have guessed, but the sweetness/bitterness balance seems right on the money. Cream and a whisper of dark fruit round out the complex aromatics.

Aromatic intensity is above average. No booziness or other off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: The coffee dominates just as it should, with rich java blends evoking roast as well as fresh coffee bean. The coffee is nicely balanced with the milk chocolate, cream, and dark malt/chocolate malt base. On the sweeter end for a coffee porter in spite of its coffee bitterness, with no real hop presence or roasted barley presence. There's a muted hint of hazelnut and maybe some dark fruit (plum?), but otherwise this is a pretty straightforward build for the style. The oats don't lend much in terms of flavour, and are instead evidenced only in the mouthfeel.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. This is a cohesive coffee porter build, but the beer isn't gestalt. There's some seamless layering of flavour (the coffee and chocolate seem inseparable), but still more intricacy would benefit the beer: vanilla bean, marshmallow, roasted barley, espresso...these would all fill it out with even more complexity. And the coffee could be far more expressive than it is; it's pretty average in its depth of flavour as-is.

TEXTURE: Smooth, creamy, wet, soft, medium-bodied, and near ideally thick and hefty on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is great, with near perfect carbonation and a somewhat silky feel. This texture coaxes out more of that malted milk ball taste, to its benefit.

This texture doesn't quite elevate the beer as a whole, but it does complement the taste nicely and helps coax out additional nuance from the flavour profile. Well-executed.

OVERALL: A nice offering from an underappreciated brewery, The Devil Made Me Do It! is a lovely imperial porter that will satisfy even the most discerning fans of the style. However, it won't impress, and isn't Tyranena's strongest work in this series. As much as I like it and will enjoy finishing it, I'd sooner reach for more widely available offerings like Ballast Point's Victory At Sea in the imperial porter category. An inspired effort, and absolutely worth trying - but not a world-class offering, nor a paragon in its style. Highly drinkable.

High B-

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kojevergas from Colorado, Apr 19, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Motor oil black pour with almost no head and what is there is gone in a blink of an eye.
S: Troublesome overly sweet coffee smell makes me brace myself for the dreaded "frappuccino beer" flavors.
T: Fears were unfounded. Massive roasted coffee flavor. A bit of cocoa and malted porter tastes pop their head in briefly.
F: Nice medium body. Coats the mouth.
O: Delicious Coffee porter avoiding most of the pitfalls associated with the style.

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Coldstorage from California, Apr 09, 2015
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of tan head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty and creamy dark malt driven aroma with big hints of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with good hints of coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast, smoke, oats, biscuit, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses, vanilla, and cream. Subtle hints of dark fruit with some cherry and raisin. A very solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a roasty and creamy dark malt driven taste with big notes of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront notes of coffee beans and dark chocolate along with some oats, smoke, toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and some creamy vanilla notes. Light dark fruit undertones of fig and cherry. Subtle earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on a coffee beer. Big coffee and chocolate flavor with a nice creaminess.

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MattyG85 from Minnesota, Mar 08, 2015
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with no light penetration. A quarter inch of khaki colored head sits on top. Brussels lacing. Intense aroma of bitter roasted coffee is present. The flavor is intensely bitter dark coffee and dark malt. The mouth is thick,oily,and viscous.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Mar 08, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Black as night but with a solid tan head and great lacing. You can see the bobbles from the carb slightly coming to the top.
Smell - Spicy very toasted oatmeal and coffee.
Taste - Toasty sweet slightly bitter coffee and oatmeal and a spice that comes in the aftertaste.
Feel - Smooth with a medium body and mild carbonation. The spice give the tongue a little something if you wait for a min.
Overall - Great very different complex beer. The only thing I think it really needs is a little more body but it's not worth complaining about.

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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown color. Weak head with minimal retention and no lacing.

Roasted, spicy, coffee, oatmeal and chile pepper aroma.

Moderately bitter roasted malt with coffee added. Oats mellow the palate. Hot chile peppers in the back of the mouth.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Coarse texture.

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bnes09 from Illinois, Feb 21, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

It pours jet black. Like a black hole this beer swallows up all light. This beer never really developed a head. It was more like a mocha film that was gone before I got a good glimpse of it.

Coffee aroma was noticeable as I poured. It is a sweetened coffee smell like coffee and cream. There were some roasted malt notes, but the coffee took center stage.

There is a strong coffee presence in the taste. It is not a bitter coffee flavor. Much like the aroma, the taste has a sweetness to it. Fresh roast coffee with a little cream.

It is full bodied with low carbonation.

Another great offering from the Brewers Gone Wild series. The stouts and porters have been fantastic.

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new one to me from Tyranena, an "imperial oatmeal porter brewed with coffee beans". No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a deep dark cola brown body with about a finger of thick mocha head. Leaves behind some okay scattered lacing.

S - The aroma is occupied by tons of authentic fresh cold coffee / coffee bean roast, and notes of chocolate / powdery cocoa. The African coffee varietals come through nice and distinctly on the aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - tons of authentic fresh cold roasted coffee bean presence, with notes of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and wood. Mild alcohol warmth.

M - The feel is rich, smooth, thick, & creamy. Lingering notes of vanilla / caramel / woodsiness. Medium-fullish in body, with excellent carbonation.

Overall, a very nice borderline-stout porter from Tyranena, definitely an exceptional example of the style.

Tyranena The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter -----4/5.

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mfnmbvp from Illinois, Feb 14, 2015
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4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying to sample some different Oatmeal Stouts and picked this one up as well - This is my first Imperial Oatmeal Porter. The overall feeling is similar to a good Oatmeal Stout so I'm a little confused and need some more education on this matter. This is also part of Tyranena's 'Brewer gone wild' series, so not sure how long this will be around, but if they make it part of their regular or seasonal offers, I'm a buyin'.
Sampled this while making tacos for the fam, so I was able to taste at various F degrees.
A: Opaque with a half-inch thick pocketed head that reminded me of an old sepia picture of the lunar surface. The head dissipated within a couple of minutes to a slight film. Tilting the glass left the film clinging to the walls - impression 'heavy'.
S: Roasted coffee and malts - not strong
T: Malts, coffee with a slight bitterness on the tail - very drinkable.
M: Thick, soft fullness - filling.
After letting it sit the coffee flavor and scent became a little more pronounced, but not pungent or overwhleming - just pleasant.
O: Glad I tried this one. Not overwhelming with the coffee flavor and very smooth.

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Dragyourbone1 from Wisconsin, Jan 18, 2015
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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours nearly opaque black, with just a hint of brown around the edges. A two finger tan head forms, and gently recedes in a minute. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big roasted coffee beans up front and center. Bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts. Very nice.
T: Again, roasted coffee beans are big and take over from beginning to end. A bit of bitter chocolate and toasted malts. Finishes bitter and slightly acrid.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. I wish the oatmeal would smooth this out more. As is, a rough and kind of grainy mouthfeel. Not hard to drink. I think if this was more rounded and smooth, I could drink this in a second.

A nice coffee stout, but I wish this was more rounded and the acrid coffee less sharp. Founder's Breakfast Stout has this beat on all counts, but I still like it. Not the masterpiece I was hoping this to be, but still very enjoyable.

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty sure the bottling date is October 24, 2013. Whoops.

A: Black pour with a small medium brown head. Kinda fizzy. Head dissipates quickly with no lacing.

S: Plenty of coffee in there. Nice roasted coffee beans and notable sweet grainy oatmeal. Bittersweet chocolate and just a hint of soy sauce.

T: Really nice combination of bitter coffee, bittersweet chocolate and sweet, creamy oatmeal. Turns a little extra bitter in the finish as the coffee takes over for a little bit. Bitter coffee grinds and semi-sweet chocolate lingers forever in the dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, lightly bitter and dry. Smooths out with the oatmeal to an extent, however.

O: Really nice coffee oatmeal porter. Nice balance of bitter, sweet and creamy flavors that all compliment each other. Coffee is not overpowering but that may be the age on the bottle. Instead it is smooth and easy drinking. Very nice.

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Dope from Massachusetts, Dec 31, 2014
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