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    ... and if we just ... Deschutes Brewery. Can I get a witness?

    OMFG, I just love it. My faves are the Obsidian Stout and Inversion IPA.



    Post-forest fire charred-earth black stoutness and pucker-inducing hoppy IPA-idnous. Yumba. A damn fine alcoholic kick to boot. Some of their other varieties sort of leave me flat, but given the two mentioned above, I'll forgive them.
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    Inversion Rocks my face. A twelve pack is a perfect weekend.

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    I love Deschutes. I miss the Quail Springs IPA. If you can find it, the Hop Trip is thee finest beer I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.

    The Bachelor ESB is a nice beer too. Kind of a cross between the Obsidian and IPA.
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    They make one of THE BEST Porters also!!!

    Black Butte Porter

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8!
    They make one of THE BEST Porters also!!!

    Black Butte Porter
    yummmm
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    I've drank too much black butte in my time, great porter for the price, but I have moved on to rogue mocha porter... The Hop Trip is a fine IPA.
    They have a seasonal called cinder cone that is just spectacular.

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    I totally forgot about the Quail Springs stuff. That was nice. I wonder where it went? The Buzz Saw, Red Tail, and some of the others I find to be pretty bland. It's like they ran out of ingredients after the IPA, Stout, and Porter.
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    I'm gonna miss this year's Juble Ale when it is gone. I thought it was a fine batch!
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    Not to plug Bend's Big Fat Tour, but for those of you who missed it last year - not only was it great riding - but the party was at the Deschutes Brewing facility - look at the background of the first image and then all the swag you missed on the table.
    And then even better, the second photo is of us in front of KEGS of the brew!! It really did not get much better than that!
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    certainly one of the highlights of heading out west from good ol' PA, well right after all that amazing singletrack

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8!
    They make one of THE BEST Porters also!!!

    Black Butte Porter
    fok yeah!!! having one as I type!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8!
    They make one of THE BEST Porters also!!!

    Black Butte Porter
    You got a witness!

    A friend from PDX sent me a bottle of that among a few other goodies.

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    I loves me some Mirror Pond Pale Ale (along with the rest).

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    Mmmmmirror pond, inversion ... if you get the chance, during winter, the Cindercone IPA is great. But the best .... if you have an icecream maker - make the ice cream, but use Black Butte instead of milk .... and get a spoon.

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    Love Deschutes

    My favorite brewery by far. Love the Porter, Cinder Cone, Twilight, and Jubelale was awesome this year!! Anybody been lucky enough to get their hands on the Abyss??

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    The Abyss is excellent and I would highly recommend that you give it a try. Even if you aren't partial to stouts, this one might make a believer out of you. Check out this review.

    The Anchorage Press, Anchorage Alaska

    Sometimes a stout just isn't enough. I like this style of dark beer a lot, and I drink a lot of it, but occasionally I crave something bigger. Imperial stout is the granddaddy of stouts, or perhaps the grandmother of stouts when you consider that original versions were designed to placate the Empress of Russia, Catherine the Great. Stouts were brewed in Britain for export to Russia, but just like long voyages affect beer we get here in the United States from abroad, the stouts that made the journey from Britain to Russia lost their vigor and charm when they arrived. By increasing the preserving hops, the beer's body and the unintended byproduct - booze - a truly imperial product was born. Maybe she was a lush, but Russia's Grand Cathy loved the stuff.

    Imperial stout gained popularity in the United States along with the craft beer movement. It's not as common as pale ales, porters and the more benign “regular” stouts, including dry versions (Guinness), sweet stouts (Mackeson's), oatmeal stouts (Glacier Brewhouse), Foreign stouts (Sheaf Stout) and American stouts (Alaskan Brewing Company's Stout). This is because it's much more time consuming and expensive to make, and it still has a limited following. But it's around, and increasingly complex examples are showing up here more and more frequently.

    Deschutes Brewing Company of Bend, Oregon launched its Reserve Series last year with Mirror Mirror, a barley wine with formidable flavor and punch. Aged in French oak wine barrels for four months, this monster-class beer instantly developed a huge cult following, and although Deschutes initially designed it to be produced just once, popular demand has brought it back. It started out in 2004 as a souped-up version of the brewery's immensely popular Jubelale, a seasonal wonder that's quite common in Anchorage in the winter months. Mirror Mirror weighs in at 9.8 percent alcohol.

    Not to be outdone, in December of 2006, Deschutes released The Abyss, an imperial stout that rattles the liver at 11 percent alcohol. I'm a huge Deschutes fan and can tell you that The Abyss is singularly the brewery's most complex and delicious beer so far.

    I first experienced this beer as a nightcap after having a number of other flavorful craft beers. This was good because any beer of this magnitude and strength is a sipper, not a quaffer. On a cold night in a remote cabin with a fire roasting behind me I used a knife to cut the sensual black wax from around the cap. I poured the oily wonder into a snifter and wondered if I needed to adjust or clean the flickering gas lamp because the beer looked black and opaque. A flashlight beam stabbed the glass and revealed in fact that no light escapes The Abyss. Black doesn't mean without character however. From under the full dark brown head escaped alluring scents including an ale's telltale fruitiness, dark roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and hints of booze. I wasn't prepared for both the flavor and texture of this beer.

    Tempered perhaps by earlier sampling, the first sip was luscious, silky and mesmerizing with swirling flavors of robust malt, dry baker's chocolate, molasses and even hints of licorice and raisins. The sweet-centered beer seems to dissolve on the back of the palate after coating the mouth with a full and viscous body. Loose carbonation allows more of the beer's inherent creaminess to emerge. The formidable alcohol emerged after the swallow, warming the gullet on a cold, but increasingly cheery night. I'm glad I had someone to share it with, because polishing off a 22-ounce bomber of this stuff, as easy as it would be to do, would have polished me off as well.

    A second sample on a fresh palate at another time provided a slightly different experience. The nose on the brew was the same, but I experienced more intensity in roasted malt and hop-derived bitterness at the forefront, but not unpleasantly so. The beer just seemed a bit bigger all the way around and my sips were smaller and slower.

    Deschutes beers have a firm presence in Alaska, but as part of the brewery's Reserve Series, The Abyss is purposely fleeting. If you chase some down, buy more than one bottle. This stuff, if stored cool and dark, will last for years. If you miss it, hunt down Midnight Sun Brewing Company's Berserker, released at the brewery Friday, January 26 at 6 p.m. This 10 percent local behemoth could make you snow blind. This is the second year of production for Berserker. It's available in bottles and draught around town. And a special firkin of Berserker will be released at Café Amsterdam Saturday, February 3 at 6 p.m. If you want the royal treatment, imperial stouts were made for you.
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    Yes, miss the Quail Springs too... Inversion was a decent replacement, but I want both!

    Oh, and just picked up my 1st Cinder Cone Red 6 pack of the season... REALLY good stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by telemarktumalo
    The Abyss is excellent and I would highly recommend that you give it a try. Even if you aren't partial to stouts, this one might make a believer out of you. Check out this review.

    The Anchorage Press, Anchorage Alaska

    Sometimes a stout just isn't enough. I like this style of dark beer a lot, and I drink a lot of it, but occasionally I crave something bigger. Imperial stout is the granddaddy of stouts, or perhaps the grandmother of stouts when you consider that original versions were designed to placate the Empress of Russia, Catherine the Great. Stouts were brewed in Britain for export to Russia, but just like long voyages affect beer we get here in the United States from abroad, the stouts that made the journey from Britain to Russia lost their vigor and charm when they arrived. By increasing the preserving hops, the beer's body and the unintended byproduct - booze - a truly imperial product was born. Maybe she was a lush, but Russia's Grand Cathy loved the stuff.

    Imperial stout gained popularity in the United States along with the craft beer movement. It's not as common as pale ales, porters and the more benign “regular” stouts, including dry versions (Guinness), sweet stouts (Mackeson's), oatmeal stouts (Glacier Brewhouse), Foreign stouts (Sheaf Stout) and American stouts (Alaskan Brewing Company's Stout). This is because it's much more time consuming and expensive to make, and it still has a limited following. But it's around, and increasingly complex examples are showing up here more and more frequently.

    Deschutes Brewing Company of Bend, Oregon launched its Reserve Series last year with Mirror Mirror, a barley wine with formidable flavor and punch. Aged in French oak wine barrels for four months, this monster-class beer instantly developed a huge cult following, and although Deschutes initially designed it to be produced just once, popular demand has brought it back. It started out in 2004 as a souped-up version of the brewery's immensely popular Jubelale, a seasonal wonder that's quite common in Anchorage in the winter months. Mirror Mirror weighs in at 9.8 percent alcohol.

    Not to be outdone, in December of 2006, Deschutes released The Abyss, an imperial stout that rattles the liver at 11 percent alcohol. I'm a huge Deschutes fan and can tell you that The Abyss is singularly the brewery's most complex and delicious beer so far.

    I first experienced this beer as a nightcap after having a number of other flavorful craft beers. This was good because any beer of this magnitude and strength is a sipper, not a quaffer. On a cold night in a remote cabin with a fire roasting behind me I used a knife to cut the sensual black wax from around the cap. I poured the oily wonder into a snifter and wondered if I needed to adjust or clean the flickering gas lamp because the beer looked black and opaque. A flashlight beam stabbed the glass and revealed in fact that no light escapes The Abyss. Black doesn't mean without character however. From under the full dark brown head escaped alluring scents including an ale's telltale fruitiness, dark roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and hints of booze. I wasn't prepared for both the flavor and texture of this beer.

    Tempered perhaps by earlier sampling, the first sip was luscious, silky and mesmerizing with swirling flavors of robust malt, dry baker's chocolate, molasses and even hints of licorice and raisins. The sweet-centered beer seems to dissolve on the back of the palate after coating the mouth with a full and viscous body. Loose carbonation allows more of the beer's inherent creaminess to emerge. The formidable alcohol emerged after the swallow, warming the gullet on a cold, but increasingly cheery night. I'm glad I had someone to share it with, because polishing off a 22-ounce bomber of this stuff, as easy as it would be to do, would have polished me off as well.

    A second sample on a fresh palate at another time provided a slightly different experience. The nose on the brew was the same, but I experienced more intensity in roasted malt and hop-derived bitterness at the forefront, but not unpleasantly so. The beer just seemed a bit bigger all the way around and my sips were smaller and slower.

    Deschutes beers have a firm presence in Alaska, but as part of the brewery's Reserve Series, The Abyss is purposely fleeting. If you chase some down, buy more than one bottle. This stuff, if stored cool and dark, will last for years. If you miss it, hunt down Midnight Sun Brewing Company's Berserker, released at the brewery Friday, January 26 at 6 p.m. This 10 percent local behemoth could make you snow blind. This is the second year of production for Berserker. It's available in bottles and draught around town. And a special firkin of Berserker will be released at Café Amsterdam Saturday, February 3 at 6 p.m. If you want the royal treatment, imperial stouts were made for you.
    Excellent review. You are quite the poet when it comes to describing beer experiences. Let's hear more reviews!
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    I just saw that bombers of their Hophenge Imperial IPA were available again last week while perusing the beer shop. I had a couple last year and it is something else. I'm a hophead all the way, but this beer was so hopped out to the stratosphere it was actually too much to remain anywhere near balanced. My friend who is a certified beer judge called it an "interesting novelty" Worth a try if you get the chance...

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    Fridge is all stocked up with Inversion IPA and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. I just finished off the last of my Cinder Cones and need to get more while it is on sale

    I am normally a Stone Brewing fan, but the Deschutes stuff has been so good lately, I just can't get enough.

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    The only one I've had the pleasure to drink is the Black Butte Porter, and it was friggin' awesome. It was so good I brought the damn bottle home with me from Wyoming to Florida and have the bottle in my closet. I envy all you who have this great beers available to you on a regular basis.

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    I'm a poor soul who lives three miles from the Deschutes Brewery downtown pub. After a long ride, it's conveniently located on my way home

    My favorites are Inversion IPA, Bachelor Bitter (the best session beer in the world, bar none!), and Abyss (when available, and I have some "pocket change"). Green Lakes Organic is also growing on me rapidly.

    I only wish we had 4000 square feet, like the new Portland brewpub. Damn, it can get crowded.

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    BEER ITS WHATS FOR DINNER

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    Yeah, anyone been the new Portland brewpub yet?

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    I often feel sorry for those who do not live in the PNW. Sure, everyone claims to have the best singletrack and the best microbreweries but only the fortunate ones can ride the best singletrack then top it off with the best microbrews. I'd say Bend is at the top of that list. But, soon Oakridge's new brewery will open and that will all change.

    But for the record: Jubilale. My childhood anticipation of xmas is now an adulthood anticipation for this fine Deschutes' seasonal ale. (that and sierra nevada's celebration)

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    Portland brewpub

    Quote Originally Posted by gruppe_a
    Yeah, anyone been the new Portland brewpub yet?
    Never mind, checked it out myself over the weekend... awesome place, if you're in Portland, def check it out!!!

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    I like the Green Lakes organic...it has a map on the bottle so it feels healthy...even though it taxes my liver and decreases testosterone the next day. Oh well, it makes music sound better.....

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    Portland Micro

    Living in Portland has it's advantages. I lost track of all the micro brewers here. My lastest favorite is HUB. All organic brew that is soooo good. The pizza is great too. We just need a little more local singletrack here.
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    Just had my first of the new years Jubelale. Fan****ingtastic. So lucky am I to live in the PNW/beer capitol of the world.

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    I gotta agree and I don't live there

    Quote Originally Posted by cazloco
    I often feel sorry for those who do not live in the PNW. Sure, everyone claims to have the best singletrack and the best microbreweries but only the fortunate ones can ride the best singletrack then top it off with the best microbrews. I'd say Bend is at the top of that list. But, soon Oakridge's new brewery will open and that will all change.

    But for the record: Jubilale. My childhood anticipation of xmas is now an adulthood anticipation for this fine Deschutes' seasonal ale. (that and sierra nevada's celebration)

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    you forgot the damn fine fishing as well

    and the awesome cx scene and Sacha White

    yes, love all the Deschutes beers, mmm Cinder Cone, mmmm Abysssssssssssss

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    Mmmmm...I do like the Hop Henge, but check out Deschutes Brewing's IPA if you're in town sometime.

    And for those of you who make it in to Portland, skip the big names and check out Hopworks. I'm a beer snob and I think they have they best beer in Portland. Plus a bike theme. Check out the bike frames over the bar:
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    Quote Originally Posted by N8!
    They make one of THE BEST Porters also!!!

    Black Butte Porter
    Very good porter, and was happy to see that the local convenience store sold singles, wicked good value at $1.69 each, price to quality ratio is very high. I can't them back in NH.

    I need to find that Obsidian Stout!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewQ
    Mmmmm...I do like the Hop Henge, but check out Deschutes Brewing's IPA if you're in town sometime.

    And for those of you who make it in to Portland, skip the big names and check out Hopworks. I'm a beer snob and I think they have they best beer in Portland. Plus a bike theme. Check out the bike frames over the bar:
    Hopworks has a great bike atmosphere, I read the article about in Bicycling.
    The beer and food were great. I had the survival stout, worth another trip back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrogeek
    We just need a little more local singletrack here.
    As a visitor I am astounded by the amount of commuters by bikes I have seen here in PDX (coming here every other week from back east), but trying to find singletrack trails around here is like trying to find bad beer.
    Forest Park hiker only trails look SWEET! way better than the dirt/ fire roads. Needs some gorilla advocacy for that place.
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    Black butte porter is my choice at this time. now, thats some good sh!t. Just tried some Kona pipeline need to do some testing to ensure black butte is still my fav.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N8!
    They make one of THE BEST Porters also!!!

    Black Butte Porter
    BLACK BUTTE is the true king of beer's!
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    Deschutes had a down year this year at the Great American Beer Festival, held last week. They only won two golds, and a bronze. But one gold was for The Dissident! The first time I had it, I could barely stomach it... but it slowly grew on me. You rarely find sour beers here in the US; and rarely this good!

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    The fresh hop batch this year is quite exceptional. Hop Trip is refreshing and delicious with that fresh floral flavor. However I must put in my accolades for BBC's Hop Head. I've never had an Imperial IPA that went down so smooth. Most IPA's with 8.9% alcohol have that distinctive alcohol flavor, like Hop Henge, but Hop Head tastes like a standard IPA made with fresh hops. So good, especially after ripping down Flagline and South Fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8!
    They make one of THE BEST Porters also!!!

    Black Butte Porter
    Amen brudda!

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    This thread peer-pressured me into buying a 6-pack of Black Butte Porter. Holy hell is it bitter. I was expecting Guinness like flavor...

    How does the Obsidian compare? I still can't figure out the difference between "porter" and "stout".

    As a reference, I like dark beers like Guinness and New Castle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcruz8
    This thread peer-pressured me into buying a 6-pack of Black Butte Porter. Holy hell is it bitter. I was expecting Guinness like flavor...

    How does the Obsidian compare? I still can't figure out the difference between "porter" and "stout".

    As a reference, I like dark beers like Guinness and New Castle.
    What! you call Black Butte Porter bitter? This stuff is great man! But hey, I would be willing to take whatever you have left of that six pack off your hands. Just consider it a favor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRKNSPOKE
    What! you call Black Butte Porter bitter? This stuff is great man! But hey, I would be willing to take whatever you have left of that six pack off your hands. Just consider it a favor.
    I think the term is "hoppy". I enjoy hoppy beers like Arrogant Bastard, but I like my dark beers on the smoother-sweeter side (malty?). The one upside to Black Butte is the high alcohol content; pleasant surprise .

    Have you tried Deschutes Brewery Obsidian? How does it compare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcruz8
    I think the term is "hoppy". I enjoy hoppy beers like Arrogant Bastard, but I like my dark beers on the smoother-sweeter side (malty?). The one upside to Black Butte is the high alcohol content; pleasant surprise .

    Have you tried Deschutes Brewery Obsidian? How does it compare?
    I love Obsidian Stout but mostly because it's not as sweet as other stouts. It's got a hint of a coffee flavor to it and I would say it bridges the gap between a porter and a stout.

    During the summer I like MIrror Pond, Full Sail IPA, and my favorite is Bridgeport IPA.

    One thing I love about this time of year is that the winter ales are out. Jubilale, Snowcap, and my favorite Wassail for PNW beers. I keep telling myself I'm going to stock up on enough wassail for the rest of the year but never do, and then it's gone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8!
    They make one of THE BEST Porters also!!!

    Black Butte Porter
    Mmm...Black Butte...I think you just decided what I'm picking up at the store tonight!

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    Mirror Pond

    Back when they first started making mirror pond (when John Harris was the head brewer (well the only brewer at that time)) I thought it was the best thing ever. It was heavily dry-hopped, much more floral, with a good malt balance to the hops...it was a perfect cask beer.

    Either my tastes have changed or it really isn't close to what it was. Even on tap it doesn't seem that interesting to me anymore.

    Still like Deschutes overall though
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    Quote Originally Posted by AOF
    Hopworks has a great bike atmosphere, I read the article about in Bicycling.
    The beer and food were great. I had the survival stout, worth another trip back.

    -Dan
    Man hopworks sucks. Its all HYPE. Every beer I've had from them at HUB or around town has been average at best.

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    Grab some the Hop Trip Ale while its out. I got the last two bottle at my local store. This stuff is hoppy like an IPA, but better.
    The hops are added only three hours after picking, giving a freshness like no other beer.
    Its all Shits and Giggles until somebody Giggles and Shits

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    I left Bend five years ago and still haven't had anything as good as obsidian stout on the NO2 tap.

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    I grew up in Portland, good to see some love. Black butt is great as is obsidian stout. If you like either and happen to be visiting portland stop by a mcmennemin's and get some terminator stout, thank me later.

    Any of you guys ever ride powell butte? Its right in town.

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    Good job! Black Butte XX

    Absolutely surprised nobody mentioned the XX.

    I got this n tap a while back.... Mmmmmmmmmm
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