Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry PorterParadise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter
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Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry PorterParadise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tyranena's Paradise By The Dash Board Lights (Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter), part of the Brewers Gone Wild series... how many titles can we afix to a single beer. All I can say is, it must be good, right?

Paradise pours with a viscous plop into the glass. The carbonation doesn't release the froathy character until I swirl the bottle and then pour. A nice but reserved head forms and settles to a trace rathre quickly. Tan in the foam but dark brown color and completely opaque. Baltic Porters sometimes have a tough time with the foamstance because of the alcohol and sugar content.

There is a sturdy Porter in the nose. Focus on malty cocoa flavors and accompanied by Columbian coffee, bold toastiness and breadiness. A fruity note persists but I don't think that I can distinguish it as cherries if the bottle hadn't told me so. Soft tart fruits seem to come from the yeast rather than from fruit additions. I like the restraint; giving the beer a firm balance without fruit dominance.

Flavors of the Porter shine with the toasted melanoidin/bready flavors. Restrained esters (outside of the cherries) allow the bready, toasty, and caramelly malts to shine. Takes on a Dopplebock-like melanoidin taste but with much darker grains. Cherry flavor helps to balance the beer in the absence of hops and the simplified yeast character. The tartness helps to acidify the mellow beer and challenges the palate.

Strong bready, full, round and rich up front. But then the cherries help to thin the beer with it's tartness and acidity. Perhaps a bit rough around the edges with the alcohols, giving nearly a cough syrup feel late. Finishes with a long toasty, caramel lingering and a lightly tart aftertaste to accompany the coffee notes.

A solid base beer here and restrained cherry additions compliment the beer without taking it over.

Thanks again Arvjunk!

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy milk chocolate nose, black with crimson highlights when backlit. Two fingers of sturdy tan foam. As it slowly subsides, it leaves spots of irregular lace in random fashion. Served around 50ยบ, trying to bring out the cherry more at a warmer temp, but to no avail. A rich milk chocolate flavor, solid Baltic Porter with some vague dried cherry element, but not pronounced. The advertised tartness on the label is barely there, but the chocolate is solid enough on it's own, with a lactic richness. The body is a touch thin, which seems to be a pattern with Tyranena porters. Almost stouty in the level of residual roast, but light and drinkable enough to have a couple. Good stuff.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with faint ruby highlights; the foamy tan head sits atop the liquid and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Underwhelming aroma with vague hints of cherry and chocolate

Taste: Starts with a rich chocolate flavor with a growing cherry aspect; after the swallow, both flavors mingle through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A little too fruity and the lack of big chocolate flavor makes this a bit disappointing by Tyranena standards, but that is a high bar; still, quite a good beer

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, light brown head that dissipated quickly. It left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of black cherries and rich cocoa. There was a slightly floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate and roasty malt. There was almost a smoky flavor mixed with the semi-tart cherry flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium-bodied porter.

D - This is a different take on a porter. Overall, it's a good beer with mostly like the longest name for a beer that I've ever had.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass, listing to the song as I drink it.

Pours almost a 2 finger creamy tan head. Head settles pretty quick, but still leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark brown pretty much black. When held up to the light I can see some ruby around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is musky malts, deep chocolate, and robust coffee. Not really getting a lot of cherry out of this. A little disappointed.

Taste is very tasty. It has a cherry tart taste initially, then the coffee and roasted malts kick in. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing. It starts out with a little tingle and then smooths out. This beer is really that tasty that I just want to drink it. Carbonation seems to be accurate.

Overall, I am really enjoying this beer. Very refreshing for a dark beer. I highly recommend this if its around your area. The cherry isn't as big as I thought it was going to be, but it's presence is pleasant.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black (some garnet shines along the bottom of the glass), with 1 1/2 fingers of smooth looking milk chocolate head. Thin layer of foamy froth leaves a big cascade of lace that hangs in a thick latticework on the sides of the glass. This is quite tangy and toasty in the nose, with notes of smoky roast, chocolate, and toffee that form the base of the aroma, just before some lushly tart cherry juice character takes over and runs throughout the profile. Mmmmm...

Tart cherry sharpness carries over to the taste, where it is prominent and pervasive, nicely meshing with the thick sweetness of the chocolate and caramel malts. Dark roast and coffee darken up the back of this with a toasty crunch, finishing things black and bitter with some residual cherry juice dripping in for good measure. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big creamy feel to the carbonation that spreads out in the mouth, before giving way to a slippery sleekness that a lot of the cherry flavor glides along on. There is a bit of alcohol in the body that can be detected mostly in the bitter notes, but for the most part this is drinking very nicely for the size.

I've found that as far as fruit in beers go, cherry can be a bit tricky because of how prominently it can stick out. Luckily this had just the right amount of roast and sweetness to not only balance the cherry flavor but also support it, forming a very nice amalgamation of flavors. As someone who really likes tart cherry character (especially in darker beers), this is some really nice stuff.

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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to mothman for this one, thanks Ben! Hilarious premise for the beer takes me back to my days try to get past 1st base...

Pours mahogany with a finger of mocha head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Mocha & wet charred grain & cherry once warm

T: Coffee, toasted grain, slight cherry tartness & a bit of baker's chcolate up front. More baker chocolate, a touch of herbal hops & a bit of cherry juice & finally, some sweeter dark chocolate & figgyness, once warm. finishes fairly dry, dark fruitty with mocha on the back of the throat

MF: Medium bodied, slightly chewy with moderate carbonation

Drank very easy for the ABV, another winner from Tyranena!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee bean brown with meager highlights of cherry and orange. The upper third of the pint glass is occupied by an impressive chunk of mochaccino colored foam that is beginning to lay down thick sheets of finely stippled lace. This one is a looker.

Dark chocolate and black coffee dominate the nose. Tyranena's base Imperial porter is a good one, as we've tasted before with other offerings. There is a bit of fruitiness, but I'd have been hard-pressed to identify it as cherry. No less than 840 lbs of sour cherry puree should have resulted in more of an olfactory splash than this.

PBTDLDBCP is delicious, drinkable beer because the sour cherries are an accent rather than the dominant flavor. It's nowhere near as tart as Bell's Cherry Stout and is much better for it. It also helps that it's a bigger beer rather than a smaller one.

Dark chocolate-covered cherries isn't an inaccurate comparison, although the beer isn't nearly that sweet. The flavor profile is fairly straightforward: dark/bittersweet chocolate, coffee and sour cherries. Warming brings more cherry flavor to the fore, while continuing to keep things in exquisite balance. This is a solid effort in all respects, including...

... the mouthfeel. I've had bigger and creamier 7.5% ales, but this one is impressively glassy smooth and has just the right amount of gentle carbonation. Drinking quickly is easily achieved and drinking slowly is rewarding as well.

Paradise By The Dashboard Lights Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter brings back fond memories of playing Bat Out Of Hell until the grooves wore out. It also brings back fond memories of nights spend in cars parked next to empty Little League fields, where I was never able to hit one out of the park, but occasionaly went for extra bases. Thanks for the memories J.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit I was expecting a little more out of this one, still a very solid beer, just not what I was expecting at all. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/07/2009.

The pour was nice, rich dark brown, nearly black with a completely opaque look to it. Smallish tan head rises up and settled down quickly, not leaving much in the way of side glass lacing or any real head to speak of. The aroma was roasted malts, caramel, very light fruit note and a touch of molasses. Same carried through really into the flavor, where is the cherry? Some light dark fruity notes as it warms and in the finish, but it was just not enough for something billed as a beer with cherry, ya know? Nice mellow body, full with an easy drinking feel to it. Overall a solid beer, and a good drinker for the style, but it was lacking that real big cherry kick that was advertised and that I was really looking for.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperialking strikes again...

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a thin ring of tan foam on top.

S: The nose definitely has some cherries in there, but not too much else. There is some slight roast along with a nice sweetness.

T: The flavor is also sweet with some pretty decent cherry flavor along with mild roast and chocolate.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation a little on the low side.

D: An easy drinking beer with some pretty decent cherry flavor. I suppose this might have been more impressive when fresh, but still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to cptnspeed1 for this bottle!

Bottled on 2/15/09. Who doesn't love Meatloaf references with their beer? This one pours a murky black-brown topped by only a hint of a head (only some minor tufts of dirty ecru bubbles). The nose comprises chocolate-covered cherries, roasted malts, figs, and some butterscotch. The taste finds the cherries abandoning their formerly sweet housing, opting instead for a strangely medicinal flavoring. Some bits o' roasted malts and cocoa find their way in as well, but even combined they cannot overcome the medicinal character. The body is a straight medium with a light moderate carbonation. Overall, I think age may not have been too kind to this brew, with the cherry flavor really seeming to have degraded. Beyond that, though, this was a pretty tasty porter.

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Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle care of Kegatron dibbling into the dusty stash of bottles circa 2009. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with a rich firm tan cap 2 fingers strong. The cap collapses to a thin film with a full wall of lace hanging to the walls.

The aroma is slightly dusty almost with a scent of day old coffee. It is roasty and earthen with notes of chocolate, ash and anise before the tangy fruity tones of cherry come into play. As more sniffs go into the nostrils, I pick up a bit of milky chocolate sweetness.

The flavor reiterates the aromatics with more focus on chocolate and less on roast/coffee. The alcohol and cherry blends into something that is vaguely medicinal before getting bitter and minorly herbal with a notion of hops. The aftertaste is quite earthen and dusty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonstion. Overall a solid brew with nuance of cherry. It kinda reminds me of a souped up milk stout but slightly oxidized and starting to show its age. Getting a chance to try this one was greatly appreciated Heath, thanks again!

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Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown borderling black. Good head retention and some lacing.

S- Smell is semi-muted. Some whiffs of chocolate and cherries.

T- Very good robust porter up front. Roasted malts. Only hints of cherries which were more pronounced with the bottle I had last summer. Holding up well overall.

M- Thicker, syrupy beer. Heavy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D/O- A max of 2 is what I'd want to take down in a night. This beer tasted better overall than 6 months ago albeit with the less prominent cherries. Would definately recommend to a porter fan. Yaaay Tyranena! Have one left...may see what the futures hold for it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, with ruby highlights at foot and sides. Lovely tan head atop, long lasting.

Lightly fruity aroma, dry, yet slightly sweet, with lots of roast, cocoa notes, espresso, etcetera. The Imperial Porter aspects are still on top, with cherry flavor below. That's in the aroma, what about the taste?

Full-bodied, rich, roasty, toasty, dry, and smooth. The cherry infusion lies just underneath, nice and mellow. Not in your face, or up your bum. Wait, what did I say? Man, something about these BGW beers brings out the crazy in me.
I like this. I've had cherry stouts, cherry ales, etcetera, and this is as good as the best of them. Maybe better. The tartness is in full control. Damn, I think I prefer this one over so many other big-time cherry blasters. It's just a taste, below the true porter flavor.

Yum, another nice one from Tyranena. I could drink this over and over. Mmm, mmm.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 4-pack when I was in Kenosha. Served in my FOBAB pint glass.

A - Dime-sized mocha foam that dissipates quickly with no lacing. It's brown, but one shade away from black, with a reddish tinge at the edge of the glass.

S - Coffee with cream, chocolate, cherries, roasty malts, a little bit of smoke. This is pretty delicious smelling.

T - The taste is a little more understated - starts with bitter coffee roastiness, but finishes with sweet malt and a touch of candied cherries.

M - Moderate carbonation, which is surprising considering how bubbly some of Tyranena's other porters have been. More on the medium side in viscosity, with some acidity to it.

D - Easy drinking on this one - moderate ABV & carbonation, and a solid fairly unique flavor. I'd definitely drink a couple of these.

The cherry is pretty understated, but the base porter is quite tasty anyway. Not my favorite Tyranena porter, but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerbeagle for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some slight cherry notes, chocolate/toffee. The taste is malty, bitter, slightly sweet, very slight cherry notes, chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is black with a thin broken halo of a head, low carbonation and no lacing.

Aroma is mild, a little roast, perhaps a little cherry.

Beer is thin and has a roasty end with minimal cherry at the corners of this one. It's an oddity for sure. I think the absence of forward flavors is a terrible oversight. Some more thickness, perhaps a little more sweetness could do this beer a lot of favors. Nothing special, moving on.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz received as a fantastic extra in an already epic trade from Abents!! I would never have known about this brew without Adam's help.. Huge thanks... Poured into my Chimay goblet.

1/2" tan head.. pretty with nice lacing.. the brew is pretty much black...

Aroma is milk chocolate mainly.. some light cold brewed coffee.. honestly not getting any cherry.. but the nose is still darn nice.

Flavor has a very subtle cherry essence that I may have mistaken for yeasty fruitiness without knowing better.. still plenty of chocolate and light roasty flavors dominate.. very smooth and drinkable, and I don't normally appreciate porters too much.. actually very clean.. not much in the way of yeast byproducts.. the medium body is accentuated by a smooth small bubble carbonation.. the cherries show up alot more if I "swish" the sips.. still light, but I would guess dark sweet cherries were used... Not bad.. just not "great".. I'm glad I got the chance to try this one.. but one is enough for me...

Thanks a bunch Adam.. Tyranena is one of the breweries I need to seek out more often.. the BGW brews seem to have a good rep, and I am glad to give them their day in court.


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Photo of sweemzander
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Feb 05, 2009. Thanks to beerwolf77 for yet another bottle!

(A)- Pours a dark brown; almost black color that produced a quickly dissipating head.

(S)- A deep roastedness of raisins with a dash of cherries.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A good roasted molasses and raisin malt profile with a twist of cherries at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Very much a porter with a light twist of cherries on the finish. Sweet, but has a roasted profile to balance it out.

(D)- A good porter with just the right amount of cherries in there that does not overpower the main components of the porter style. Not bad. I would have this again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle compliments of TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

This pours a very dark brown with some hues of red and a 1+ finger head of tan foam.

The smell has a light nose of cherries with stronger notes of roasted malt and maybe some milk chocolate. It smells nice; could be a bit more assertive.

The taste is big roasted malt up front with some cherry tartness following through and light notes of chocolate and a bit of vanilla that the latter 2 of which I can taste mostly in the finish. Interesting brew and quite different from the norm for the style, me thinks, and it's not all due to the addition of cherries.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation and it makes for a very smooth feel.

Drinkabilty? Where's the abv? Hehe...the alcohol is hidden very well so that doesn't keep me from taking sip after sip and the fact that this is a good taster is icing on the cake. A very tasty and satisfying brew here and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done, again, Tyranena!

Oh, and head retention was average and there's not much lacing to speak of.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark black cherry out of the bottle but appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass. Thin beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Sweet vinous aroma that is slightly roasty with a lot of sweet cherry and syrupy fruit notes along with hints of roasted chocolate malt, coffee bean, burnt toast and subtle lactic creaminess.

Silky, malty medium body that is slightly and viscous and chewy with lots of chocolate malt, slightly roasted coffee bean, toast and oatmeal. All of this is lying underneath a very sweet, vinous cherry/dark fruit character that is slightly tart. The flavor and mouthfeel of this beer was a surprise based on the aroma. I thought that it would be cloyingly sweet and syrupy but this was prett complex with a lot of sweet and roasty malt character. The cherry presence is pretty sweet but is also slightly tart/sour at the same time. Might be a bit too sweet for some but I liked it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a black dense body with a thin film of light tan head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a few tiny bubbles that stick to the glass before popping off and disappearing into the body.

S- The aroma of coffee roasted black malt has some note of graham and a light bitter black malt finish with a faint cherry hint.

T- The big coffee roasted malt has graham notes and dark toasted malt notes with a roasted bitter malt flavor that lingers briefly after the finish. There is a faint tartness that might be cherry that comes through as the beer warms a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no alcohol heat.

D- This is a nice little porter although it is a bit thin in flavor. I really don't get any cherry until it is pretty warm and even then I'm not sure it really is cherry.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of Eyncognito.

A: The porter is dark, a robust mix of dark ruby red and jet black. A finger of tan colored head has left a smattering of lace.

S: Chocolate and cocoa powder are strong in this porter, accentuating a very sweet nature. A faint tart cherry aroma cuts through the porter.

T: Cherry flavors set the table for the ale, sweet without any hint of tartness. Cocoa powder drives the porter side of the ale, rich but not overpowering. Cherry flavors drive the finish, again sweet not tart.

M: This is a little lackluster. Some cherry and some chocolate, both lacking transitions, are the extent of the taste.

D: A rare Tyranena porter that I'm not behind 100%. Little alcohol is evident but the flavor profile doesn't get me fired up.

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Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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