CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transparent dark bronze copper pour has a full-lacing small froth of off-white head. Aroma is somewhat muted with a touch of earthy, peaty caramel and a hint of light fruity esters. Body starts with good fullness and earthy caramel sweetness along with some doughy malts and a touch of smoky peat before a drier, slightly grainy bittersweet finish. A pretty interesting and complex winter ale.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ CBC – Dark copper, lightly tanned creamy head. Nose held spicy hop notes with light minty chocolate and caramel malt undertones. Toasted nutty chocolate and soft mint flavor balances on a spicy hop bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. Very well made…
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Big Man Ale
dark hazy amber, wispy beige head, nice drippy lace, rich sweet candy caramel aroma, rich dark caramel flavor, lots of thick sweetness but not over powering, a touch of chocolate, some earthy bitterness with a spicy edge for balance,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Reddish-brown. thin, lacy head. Hoppy, somewhat malty, even faintly grassy at times, though that may be driven by what I’ve been eating (and drinking) previously. Smooth and even flavoring throughout. Dry finish. Very drinkable but not very memorable I’m afraid.
Glouglouburp (5864) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper body with a small off-white head. Timid floral aroma with fruity hints. Well balanced beer with creamy caramelized malts opposing orangy earthy hops. Toasted bun with orange jam. Light but pleasant bitterness. Ok but restrained crowd pleasing IPA that doesn’t deviate from the beaten path. That’s really an Everybody Ale, including midgets.
Zeswaft (1314) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ha, this tastes almost exactly like tall tale with the hops only 1.3x stronger and 2x stronger body. eitherway, this is pretty good but a weak ipa.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber/brown body, murky appearance with beautiful creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is of sprucy hops, overtaking the malt presence just enough to be dominant. Initial taste is equally sweet and bitter, but the malts retreat at the finish and the hops introduce themselves. Average duration. Light to medium on the mouth, it has an oily to dry texture with gentle carbonation.
Reviewed on January 20th, 2007.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap- pours a light tan head that laces and copper color. Aroma is citrus hops, secondary medium malt. Taste is citrus hops, secondary medium malt-caramel. OK/mild carbonation.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bukowski’s in Boston (16oz for a paltry $2 with their dinner special!). I had this one after having the Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, so I had concerns that the taste from the heaven-in-a-glass that was the Hercules was going to linger in the mouth and overpower the Big Man Winter Ale. Well, that was an unnecessary worry. This one more than held its own against stiff competition. Rich, full and surprisingly hoppy. I guess I was expecting a more typically malty "winter ale" and was pleasantly surprised with what I got.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Well I’ve had the ’04-’05 and ’05-’06 versions on draught and it’s about time I get around to reviewing it.
Deep ruddy copper, with some deep raspberry reds and light tan tinges. Small, but moderately retained beige head atop with little lacing, clear, but from being settled/fined, not filtered.
Nose is a melange of medium-alpha acid hops, some earthy, some juicy, some herbal and of course the requisite citrus. Not overly juicy, but rather dry, with only a smattering of crystal like malts and some caramel and pale malt sugars. Fair intensity, low yeast apparency for Cambridge, and no alcohol (Will is so good about keeping alcohol apparency to a minimum).
The beer starts off with a earthy, toasty malt dryness backed by red fruits and a strong citrus overtone, though lenient on the bitterness, allowing more fruity flavors to really set in. Dry, but not overly so, with some caramelized malt sugars adding a light stickiness. Crystal malt, but not overdone or papery. Some chewy, nuttiness, with some light traces of water, but overall a citric, fruity, English-meets-America IPA. Carbonation is fairly low, creating a lightly creamy texture.