Cambridge Big Man Ale
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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Formerly known as Winter Ale.
Our Winter seasonal beer is here! Originally brewed in September of 1992 at the request of three bartenders/managers (who have since gone on to great fame and glory) Big Man Ale has been a favorite seasonal brew at Cambridge Brewing Company ever since. Legend has it that the grist weight of Big Man Ale was their combined total weight – 770 pounds of malt! Deep copper-colored and unfiltered (as are all of CBC’s beers), it boasts a full body complemented by strong, robust flavors. Its rich notes of malt and caramel are offset by very aggressive hopping—it is kettle-hopped with Columbus, Cascade and Centennial hops and further dry-hopped with even more Cascades and Amarillo. These hop varieties lend a fruity, citrusy character to this big malty beer, vaguely in the style of a strong stock ale or I.P.A. We just call it the Big Man.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle. Copper pour with a nice white head. Caramel, spice, grapefruit. Miso-like fermentation smell. Nice carbonation with light bitterness, sourness and sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
On tap at CBC when we stopped for a late lunch before Night of the Barrels. Pours a clear orange amber with a thin white head. Big bold citrus, spicy and earthy. Earthy malt, sweet caramel and gritty hops. Big bold and sticky. Long earthy grapefruit into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
tap at cbc. notes of herbal resiny hops. toasted caramel. touch of green grass. okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
draft at CBC, more of a malt forward East Coast IPA. cooper orange pour, caramel maltiness upfront. medium bitterness. Fruity floral notes. Decent IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
knickskicks (1151) - - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle. Copper, light tan head with some lacing. Nose is citrus, biscuits, caramel. Taste is citrus fruits, biscuits, burnt caramel and hops in the finish. Lasting bitterness. Great malt character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Draft at the brew pub. 5 oz taster. Hazy amber is color, thin ring of head. Aromas of grapefruit and lots of floral notes. Taste is citrus infused. Peach, grapefruit along with pine and slightly resinous notes. Bitterness lingers for a long duration. Hops are Earthy and green. This is flavorful and balanced well with the right level of malt. Damn tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1838) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle from Julios. Pours out a medium slightly cloudy color. Medium off white head. Peppery-malt aromas and flavor. Good body for a winter drinker, but not overly heavy or sweet. complex malts. Very good.+

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Tap flight at the brewery. This taster came out with a dark golden, light amber pour with the THICKEST head I have ever seen in a taster glass and quite possibly ANY beer glass. It literally flowed over the edge like the crust on a pot pie our a soufflé, rising about an inch over the glass and even draping over the side like a beret without dripping down. Unbelievable. 5. The lacing is like the spray on bed liner in a pick up truck. Rediculous. Aroma of sweat socks 4. Taste is very hoppy but propped up by a sturdy malt backbone. The familiar coffee roast flavor of CBCs beers is present here, too. Almost reminds me of Mikkeller Coffee IPA. 9. Chewey in the mouth. 4. Delightful. 17.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2012
On draft at the brew pub. Amberish color with a nice head. Piney in the aroma. Smooth for the abv. Light hops in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2012
A Mes rate. Tap at Cambridge.
Hazy pale brown with a thin off white head. Excellent spicy hops with a slight citric twang. Delicate bitterness. Drinks below its strength. Good length. Good beer.

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