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Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Jazz-fusion masterpiece, Bitches Brew, uncommon ebony-hued honey-brewed Imperial Stout-affiliated dark lager better defined as complex schwarzbier. On tap, shiny-leafed berry-like gesho influence affixes sarsaparilla flow to grain-seared cocoa-malted Baker’s chocolate frontage, tar-like hop-charred walnut-singed bitterness, and mildewed cellar-dwelled black grape dankness. Filmy black chocolate midst picks up espresso-milked Anisette reminder, spicy cardamom lilt, and gooey anise ascension. Rich port-bourbon wining fills out clean mocha finish. In bottle, kiln-smoked maple malting picks up chocolate-covered raisin …

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Delicious all-consuming coffee-hazelnut essence enamors nose, mouth, and gullet. Registered in U.S. as malt liquor due to feverish 7.8 % alcohol content, sweet Canadian bock coats the throat with uncommon maple-molasses richness.…

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Monster movie cleavage queen Elvira provides promo for full-bodied lager. Overtones of holiday seasoning (nutmeg-coriander) and red ale fruitiness (apple-pear-peach) provide zesty burst of sweetness to simmering cocoa malting. Bad publicity initiated by former sponsor, Coors, and the black-attired vampress’ exposed cleavage at the Great American Beerfest hurt sales and production ceased by ’98.…

Rating: 2

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Indifferent tiny-headed barley-crisped moderation undermined by tepid caramelized malting and phenol hop undercurrent. Ultimately unassuming, considering German heritage. Doubtlessly defunct.

Rating: 3

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Limited edition winter brew lacks traditional seasonal traits, allowing sweet biscuit-y malts to drench bland wheat strand, tangy floral citric variable, and spiced hop restraint, but diacetyl finish lowers efficiency.…

Rating: 4

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Admirable chestnut-hued Kulmbacher-styled German knockoff offers sour yeast sinew, husked corn sweetness, and hop-dried roasted nuttiness to counter smoked chocolate bitterness. Caramelized mocha malting and veiled molasses creaminess lend latent full-bodied milk stout-like splendor.…

Rating: 4

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Interesting dunkel weiss devoid of expectant wheat prominence borders on mild barleywine after chewy chocolate malt creaminess settles down. Hints of raisin and cocoa re-enforce strong alcohol thickness.…

Rating: 3

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Dry auburn-hued German dark lager brings barley-toasted honeyed wheat and caramelized nuttiness to less salient soured chocolate finish. Minor tobacco roast knocks back slight astringency.…

Rating: 3

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Closer to a nut brown ale than Munich dunkel, sacrificing bittersweet brown sugared black chocolate expectancy for earthen walnut and sweet hazelnut refuge. Metallic hop fizz hides sour prune-raisin-fig meander and burnt coffee retreat, shuffling off to faded cherry syrup pleasantry. Butter pecan finish loses effectiveness to oily encumbrance.…

Rating: 3

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Frothy beige-headed dry body retains barley-wheat insistence and extreme hop-fueled carbonation settling to dank citric finish. Artisan well water fortifies fine, if unfulfilling, German rep.…

Rating: 2

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Supposed ‘full-bodied’ dark lager has a lot goin’ on. Burnt hop bittering recalls musty red ale; earthen grain insinuation provokes uncomplicated pilsner; and berry-tinged finish glides like dreary summer ale. But murky mix is problematic.…

Rating: 2.5

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Tame garnet-amber Czech lager lacks firm body, plying ashen chocolate-caramel malting to dry fig-date placidity and blanched hazelnut-chestnut reminder. Tepid sweet tea midst depletes tannic red grape and port wine acridity.…

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