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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours an amber body with a white head. Grassy hop toned body with a light spruce hints of caramel malts, grassy bitter hop resins. Nice strong ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2113) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
12oz on tap at Cambridge
Aroma : Fruity hops, passion fruits. Floral hops.
Taste : Malty and hoppy. Finish moredately bitter and malty. Fruity and herbal hops
Overall : Nice fruity and malty profile.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duhast500 (378) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The color is a hazy gold with about two and half fingers of white foamy head with some nice lacing. The smell is a floral flavor with some citrus flavor. A nice mix of grapefruit and lemon is really nice. The taste is pretty piney and has a great sharp hoppy flavor that is pretty enticing. I liked the good malty finish that evened out this beer and really made a great flavorful experience. The feel of this beer was light and really even. There was some hops that wanted take too much of a stab at the easy drinking of this beer but it was all just washed away in the end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2010
S reddish amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, nice malt with nice fragrant herbal hops, a bit wild. In mouth, a good nutty malt balalncing well with light hops, good bitterness, another quaffer. On tap at brewpub, Dec. 28 2009.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Draft at brewery. Pours a cloudy beigish red color with a small off white head. Nose intrigued me at first, kind of sweet and something I couldnt put my finger on, yeilds to some floral and spicey hop notes. Palate is slick with a syrupy feel. Flavors of light bready malts and some floral hop notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
philvil (173) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 tastes like a malty ipa to me. not super hoppy but hoppier than anything else i’ve had at CBC. similar to the always good tall tale pale but more hoppy and ipa-like. goes down easy... i could drink these all day.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Once again a straight forward beer from CBC. amber colored beer with modest head. Grain and bread aroma with some grassy hops in the background. could make a night of drinking just these.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Pours a clear copper color with am off white head. Aroma is caramel, crystal malt, toast, toffee, floral, and a hint of citrus. Flavor is malty, toast, caramel, some crystal malt, toast, and a nice bitter earthy floral finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
I kinda missed the point of this one. Like a really tart version of Arrogant Bastard. Actually, tastes like a very young Barleywine, like the one I had at the Brewer’s Den that one time. Nose is acidic, flavor is acidic fruit and tart malt. Not really much balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4289) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Growler from CBC. Pours light mahogany into a shaker. Fluffy tan head with good retention slowly recedes leaving spider lacing. Caramel and resin aromas. Well balanced and crisp upfront with a lasting resin finish. I’d call it an American Strong ale similar to an Arrogant Bastard. Improves tremendously as it warms...


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