Big Boss The Countess
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Introducing The Countess, a refreshing ale conditioned with fresh raspberries. Available for the first time in early 2013. This is the Yin to Big Operatorís Yang. Noble entitlements not included.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2013
bottle. Pink golden with small head. Reminds me a bit of Goose Islandís Sofie with some raspberry flavor added. Lightly tart and reasonable flavor. Clearly, Iím in the minority on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (4242) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle from Brusin Ales. Pours golden with a thin white head. Leaves a little lacing. Nice raspberry on the nose. Unfortunately thereís not a ton of flavor on the tongue. Does have a smidge of tartness on the finish. Eh?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Pours from the bottle with a welcoming orange-amber color, but there is only a thin, fizzy head that quickly settles to little more than a ring of eggshell-white foam. The aroma is predominately a dull musty/herbal character with a bit of tart yeast, but barely any of the fruit I had expected. The flavor is initially dry biscuity malts, again with only a little bit of berry sweetness, and a lasting, sharp yeasty tang takes over in the finish. The flavor profile comes across very much like a dry Belgian blonde, with the tiny bit of fruit being the only difference. The low carbonation fails to lift the dry, dull flavors. Overall, contrary to the promises of the label, this beer was not so refreshing, the raspberries were hard to identify, and the yeast component was quite assertive rather than alluring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Sampled from a bottle from Samís Quick Stop. Near clear dull golden pour with minimal almost white head. Smells and tastes only faintly of raspberries, and while the aroma seems more authentic, the flavor is very medicinal and astringent. Tastes like bandaids and rubbing alcohol even though it only has 4.3% abv. Not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2013
12 ounce bottle from Brawleyís Beverage. 400th NC rating! Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin fizzy white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of tart berries and faint caramel malts. The taste is tart berries, soapy notes, faint toasted malts. Thin-medium bodied. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2013
On tap at Tylerís, Raleigh. Woof, this is a pretty dismal offering from Big Boss. So perhaps a kind of "small beer" from the runnings of something else? I donít know but it was thin, watery, and pretty weak on the fruit additions. Pale lager with fruit syrup, or at least damn close to it. Expected better from these folks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
mjxl47 (1) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2013 does not count
The aroma is wonderfully sweet, with lots of raspberry and hints of grain alcohol. It pours pale gold with a hint of pink and little to head/lacing. Unfortunately it doesn?t taste as good as it smells. The tartness of raspberries is present without the sweetness which results in a less than pleasant effect. There?s also a medicinal quality that is off putting and I don?t get any of that great Brett funk. The carbonation level is nice. If this beer tasted better it would be an easy drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2013
his is a pretty simplistic fruit beer. Itís not over the top or too fruity, but it is a bit too bitter. There isnít much here to impress, but if you enjoy fruit beers, this is probably worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Hm, well if it says it has Brett in it, maybe I should cellar one for a year. My bottle didnít really even hint at it. Slightly pinkish clear gold pour with a fair enough white head. Nose shows a nice enough sweet raspberry and slightly floral nose, but not much else. Taste is sweet, grainy, and more faintly berry tinged than fully "framboise." At least it was cheap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle. Raspberry aroma. No head clear light copper color. Not a framboise not a sour not your typical beer. It's like a pilsner mated with a framboise and this is the mutant offspring. It is refreshing and aromatic and carbonated. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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