Vernal Minthe Stout | Ska Brewing Co.

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Vernal Minthe StoutVernal Minthe Stout

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of steamboatbrewer
1.38/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I picked up this purely on faith hoping the mint would be subtle...

A-Black as the day is long

Smell-Overpowering mint sticks in your nose for a while

Taste- again overpowering mint, akin to toothpaste or a stick of gum, MINT BOMB

Mouthfeel- This beer was smooth and gave you a just brushed teeth kind of feel maybe a good breakfast beer?

Overall- Personally I hated this beer. the only reason i picked this up was because of the 2 previous seasonal stouts that were quite good. again i was hoping for a very played back mint with more chocolate and vanilla but all that was there was a mint bomb, not for me

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Photo of BeerZombies1
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing
American Stout
5.8% ABV
15 IBU

APPEARANCE: Poured a dark coca-cola brown, when it hits the glass darkens up to a nice opaque black. Rough pour produces a towering mocha head that dissipates rather quickly into a nice 1 finger loose froth.

AROMA: Very aggressive mint, herbal aroma hits you off the bat. Sweet chocolate, and light earthy undertones. Almost smells like a week glass of fernet branca. Some slight malts start to reach out towards the end.

TASTE: It follows the nose pretty well but a muted watered down version of the aroma. No hops at all, sweet after dinner chocolate mints, and peppermint hard candy. It overpowers and of the malts I picked up on the nose.

MOUTHFEEL: I feel this is where it really lacks, very light bodied for a stout and almost no roasted malts. Light and thin carbonation. If this beer was on nitro I think it would make all the difference bringing together the flavor profile with a creaminess from the nitro.

OVERALL: I think the idea of a mint stout is a solid one, not sure if it translated to this beer. Not an awful beer just not a great beer in my opinion. I am a sucker for good beer label art and this can is for sure cool looking!

RATING: 3/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of JEdmund
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Good tan head formation over a nearly black body (some brown color is visible).

Smell is minty! There’s also some molasses sweetness in there, which isn’t pleasant. The peppermint becomes a bit too Vicks vapor-like for me.

Taste kicks off minty, and it’s supported by light roasty notes, and ample malt sweetness. Finish is fairly strong on the mint. Body is low on carbonation and thin—not good. After five or six sips, I’m already feeling done with this one. It’s just not doing it for me. There’s not enough bready and roasty malts to balance the mint and sweetness. The finish really keeps me at an arm’s length.

I’m surprised by how much I don’t like this! I thought I’d love it. I thought their last Vernal stout was pretty good and expected this to be even better. Glad I got to try it, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Photo of QueerBeer
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Persuaded to pick up a sixer of this by the beer shop attendant who said it was "Thin Mints in beer form." Close, but no cigar. Beautiful dark pour, but very little aroma- warning sign number one. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. And not nearly enough mint. Just a hint of the mint in the aftertaste, but overwhelmed by the watered-down roastiness. I was hoping this would be a lot bolder. I was wrong.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up Vernal Minthe Stout at Wilbur's Total Wine and Spirits in Fort Collins, CO as part of a mixed 6pk. Perfect opportunity to try something of which I was pretty sure I ould not want more than one. Besides, the can art was cool.

It produced a rather thin layer of khaki foam that fizzled out quickly perched atop a nice looking thick black mass of darkness. A fine ring remained leaving a wispy ring of lace with each sip.

Aroma is exactly what I thought it would be - mint and chocolate. Just makes me think of those Andes candies, but at the same time I've been know to enjoy mint chocolate chip ice cream on rare occasion. Not all that appealing in a pint glass of stout to me.

I've always been particular with the placement of minty flavors and I've had by doubts about it's place in beer. The mint was very up first. After getting over the shock of it, the mint faded into the background and allowed the milk and dark chocolate to take over. With the mild earthy hops and some sweet smokey malts...not so bad. The highlight of flavors here for me is the creeper vanilla that shows up in the aftertaste. The mint is interesting, but not my thing. Much more mint and it would make this beer a complete disaster and a likely drain pour.

Feel is pretty thin for a stout, but still silky at the same time. Carbonation is about right.

Overall - happy I tried it. Now I know.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours black with a two finger foamy tan head that lingers for a while and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Strong smell of spearmint and menthol, a slight background of coffee and licorice but it is definitely overpowered by the mint.

Taste-Chocolate and spearmint that were soaked in water. The mint is not as pleasant as in the smell and tastes out of place. There is not much else going on besides those two flavors.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy, a bit light for a stout but I like the feel of it overall.

Overall- As someone who like mint and chocolate, this was not very good. Very little stout presence at all. Both taste and nose were overpowered by the mint and neither were great.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark black with half finger tan head. nearly no light passes through and it appear thick.

Nose is dominated by mint. Some dark malt pulls through but it is hard to detect through all the mint.

Not sure how I feel about the taste. It starts with a heafty amount of roasted malt but quickly gets overshadowed by mint that overlays every aspect of what could otherwise be a complex beer.

Mouthfeel is good for a stout, thick and creamy with a fair amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours brown black with a medium creamy tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is roasted malts, mint, vanilla and a little coffee and leather.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and vanilla malts, some roast and a lot of mint. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a little odd with the sweet chocolate and vanilla, roast and mint, but I think I like it.

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Photo of denver10
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a nice mocha head. Aroma smells like some After 8 mints, sweet and minty with some chocolate. Not getting much of the vanilla bean that is supposedly here. Taste is super duper minty, starting with the spearmint, closing out with the peppermint. Underneath there is the vanilla that is very much needed to balance things out, but this still leans a little too heavily on the mint side of the spectrum. Closes out with a touch of some roastiness. A thinner, crisper mouthfeel. Overall, decent beer here but one can was probably all I really needed of this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 24 JUL 14

Pours mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Pretty good lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate & mint

T: Follows the nose with mint dominating & faint woody & grassy hops as well up front. Medicinal & minty flavors with a little bit of carob as this warms. Finishes with mintyness, & a little bit of dryness

MF: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, thins out as it warms

This is probably my least favorite of their canned stouts. Thought I would love it, pretty refreshing none the less

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%

Black beer with a thick creamy head that dissipates. Smells of chocolate and light mint notes. Taste is milk chocolate, vanilla, andis mints, cream. Silky cream body.

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Photo of cbutova
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly one of the more intriguing offerings I picked up from Ska in Durango, CO over the summer.

A- Can pours into a snifter with a pitch black body and a fairly dark tan head building up to around a finger with a foamy texture but lackluster retention. A medium ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Certainly notice some herbal mint leaves from both the peppermint and the spearmint which combines with cocoa and the dark roasted malts to remind me of a mint chocolate bar immediately, well the non-artificial ones. Like a Thin Mint in aroma form.

T- Changes somewhat here as vanilla becomes slightly apparent and there is a fruity twang to it all. Still a nice base of dark roasted grain with chocolate notes complimented by the herbal, authentic mint flavors.

MF- Silky and slightly creamy light-medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Finishes with a minor roast bitterness.

Authentic feeling mint flavors atop a nice cocoa profile and slight vanilla. There is some fruity twang that seems to intensify with time that throws it off a bit.

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Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of mint (not peppermint, but probably spearmint), sweet malt, roasted malt, and hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spearmint, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hop, and hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, the spearmint is easily discernible in aroma and body, but not complex in body or aroma.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml can with no visible BB date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label states that it contains peppermint, spearmint, milk, cocoa and vanilla - what a combination!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of intensely minty chocolate - the initial impression is a mint chocolate bar. Underneath this are subtle hints of vanilla, lactose and faint roasted malt. Sweet and decidedly minty.

Tastes of mint and chocolate malt, with a mild finish. Notes of mint, chocolate, sugar, lactose, vanilla, mild roasted malt and faint yeast. No hops to speak of, but a faint herbal harshness. Pretty sweet, followed by a lingering minty character upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation but a rather thin, insubstantial body for the style. Aftertaste of sweet minty chocolate.

Unusual - first mint beer that I've tried and it's pretty good. I suppose that chocolate and mint are bound to be a winning combination. Looks alright, while the aroma is amazing; just like mint-infused chocolate. Taste is OK, but less intense and with a slight harshness in the background. Weak body - too thin for the style. Overall, it's definitely an original take on a milk stout. One for mint fans; worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Stout brewed with peppermint, spearmint, cocoa and vanilla beans

12 ounce can - Best before dating towards the bottom of the can - 11-05-13

Pours dark cola, under an initially quite large and looser and then departing dark tan head, leaves a fine bubble film and some slight low sheeting.

Light chocolate and more then a hint of mint on the nose.

Flavorful with a slightly off putting minty overload pushing the milk chocolate character towards the rear.

Carbonation slightly elevated, but not to the prickly level.

Ehh, this one is not really doing it for me, probably would be more enjoyabe with some sort of chocolate dessert in front of me

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Vernal Minthe... peppermint, spearmint, cocoa, and vanilla bean. Not my first encounter with mint in beer but certainly the most robust to date.

Appearance is great, pours from the can a very stark black with a small, light tan head. Not a heavy stout noticeably by the pour, but the coloration is greatly promising.

The smell is odd. Noticeably a chocolate mint smell. Kind of like the dark brown and green hard candy mints you find once in a while at restaurants. It isn't bad, but there is a roasty smell that comes off the malt which blends a bit oddly with the mint. But fresh, the freshness is pretty nice. Almost like a small patch of mint after a gentle shower or after being watered. A hint of vanilla can be detected.

The chocolate and vanilla are forward and front in the beginning but the mint quickly asserts itself and last throughout the entire journey. You can pick up the spearmint and peppermint distinctively and the peppermint gives it a bit of a bit with some of the hop that comes in at the end... which is almost drown out. The same chocolate mint hard candy comes through in the taste with a bit of coffee roast. Lacks the sweetness of candy though... but is just sweet enough to aid the mint and chocolate in somewhat of a dry dessert way. Definitely earthy as well.

The mouthfeel is lush and splashy. A good summery stout by mouthful if there ever was. But a tad thin on the carbonation.

Overall, as it warms it gets more delicate and more balanced. Right off the back and cold it is a bit weird. But this is a strange beer anyway. I've never had anything like this yet and I certainly will not forget it. But this is a good. It will be remembered mostly for good reasons.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter, best by 8/15/15

A- pours a pitch black color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- aromas of cocoa powder, dark roasted malt, spearmint gum, mint toothpaste & a hint of vanilla. The mint becomes more prevelent as it warms

T- chocolaty cocoa powder base with some slight charred malt, a hint of vanilla sweetness mid-palate, the mint kicks in near the finish, but is pretty subtle

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- the mint adds an interesting aspect, although I wish it were a bit stronger. I'd like to see an imperial version of this

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can (from June 2013 notes).

Pours deep, dark cola color; clear; huge, foamy, durable tan head with globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma: Smoky dark roast + vanilla + mint; wierd, but got more appealing with exposure.

Flavor: same components as the smell, but Ska has gone too far with the mint. Both spearment and peppermint are obvious and dominant from start to finish. Some roasted malt and cocoa powder in the aftertaste. A bit sweet.

Feel: Medium carbonation; creamy smooth; medium body.

O: too minty.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: Best by 2013-05-13
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

I was afraid this would taste like a peppermint chocolate, but fortunately it does not. The overall effect is appetizing, though a bit thin in both roasted flavor and weight for a stout. One I'm glad to have tried, and think the style has promise, but not sure I'd check out this particular beer again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of khaki-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles. Retention is average, the foam lasting about one minute as it declines to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is modest, a few lines and spots cling to the sides of the glass. Beer is a dark brown to black in color, opaque, carbonation visibly rising from the bottom and sides of the glass, with light bringing out dark brown-orange-red colorings in the body.

Aroma of mint and roasted malt, highly sweetened chocolate and coffee with a bit of subtle astringency. Smells somewhat candy-like, more like a Frango mint than a peppermint patty, the roasted malts and barley increasing in prominence slightly as the beer warms.

Front of palate detects sweetness, roasted malt, cocoa, and fairly strong spearmint and peppermint flavors. Mid-palate is of murky roasted malt, sweetened chocolate, and spearmint flavoring; good, but not as exciting as the aroma as the stout base seems a bit thin. Back of palate picks up continued mint with increased sharpness, largely overpowering the roasted malt and sugary chocolate flavors. Aftertaste of continued spearmint with light roasted malt, chocolate, and watery coffee.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a smooth, slightly foamy, slightly creamy mouthfeel that's generally appropriate for the style; perhaps a bit thin. Closes semi-dry, with light residual stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 8/15/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, mint chocolate, and mint toothpaste aromas. Taste is much the same with mint chocolate, mint toothpaste, and slight char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a somewhat overpowering mint presence that integrates better with the other aromas and flavors as the beer warms up.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.75 - Nice dark brown black beer with a mocha head that's huge at first but then dissipates to nothing. No lacing.
S - 3.75 - Mint, chocolate, roasty malts. Like a peppermint patty.
T - 3.75 - Roasty malts, mint, chocolate, coffee, nothing too complex.
M - 3.75 - Medium mouthfeel, dry, alc covered, aftertaste is peppermint patties.
O - 3.75 - It's a great idea, and does exactly what it's supposed to do. I feel like it could be a bit better though. It might be better as a bigger beer, with a nice heavy, creamy mouthfeel, but maybe that's just me.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Dark as night, there is no light getting through this beer at all. It pours more like an Imperial Stout except that there is a nice, foamy, coffee-colored head resting on top. The head is about two full fingers in my Funkwerks globe. The lacing is exceptional and covers most of the back side of the glass.

SMELL: Wow. There is a lot of coffee on the nose here, not what I expected at all. Hints of dark chocolate linger underneath the coffee and only a very faint scent of mint is detectable, and you really have to look for it.

TASTE: There’s the mint! It really comes through in the flavor big time, at least once it has warmed to 55 degrees. That said, each sip begins with only a hint of mint while coffee dominates. Chocolate takes the middle portion as the mint flavor builds and then the finish is strong on spearmint with a slight toasty flavor. This is a fun and complex beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Light, tickling carbonation. The Minthe Stout is smooth, easy-drinking and creamy. One drawback is that it is not quite as big bodied as I expected it to be. It’s a little thin.

OVERALL: About halfway through the glass I remembered that I had some Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in the kitchen so I broke them out. Good call on my part. The pairing only seems to heighten the experience of both. Anyhow, back to the straight beer – if this beer were not following the Hibernal Vinifera I would be a lot more impressed. It is a really good stout, but it doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by the previous seasonal stout from Ska.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Really digging these unique stout offerings from Ska. This one pours dark brown with no clarity, loose brown head settles quickly. The nose smells just like Thin Mint cookies. Mint and spearimint team up with a heavy dose of cocoa character along with a noticeable presence of vanilla and makes for a rather decadent nose. The taste is a sweet up front with mild cream and chocolate with heavy mint towards the finish. The taste doesn't quite deliver the deliciousness of the nose as the stout base seems a little weak. The finish is all mint and vanilla. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with moderate carbonation. Overall, I like what Ska went for here, and I think the nose is amazing. I think the flavor could use some tweaking, perhaps a thicker body and a more roasted base.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts with light to moderate amounts of mint. Lighter notes of cocoa are present as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted and chocolate malts with a moderate amount of cocoa and milk chocolate. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of mint which builds through the drinking of it. Hints of vanilla in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: A very well balanced and enjoyable mint chocolate stout and one that I am glad that I decided to grab when I was at the bottle shop this weekend. Really well balanced and a great substitute for dessert after dinner.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black coffee. Not a whole lot of foam, but there is a thin layer of lacing. Fairly thin overall.

Smell: Mint and cocoa. Very fresh. Would like it a bit stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong dark chocolate. A bit liquer-like. Mint in the finish. Very clean. Seems a bit thin at first, but there's a nice minty freshness in the finish.

Overall: I would have liked this with a bit more umph in the presentation, but I did enjoy this.

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