Cambridge Big Man Ale
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RATINGS: 60   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1066) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4532) - 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...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jwardell (23) - Newton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2008
On Tap. Darkish amber color, sharp palate. Some maltiness but overly hoppy, which I personally did not like. I would almost call it a darker IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2007
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…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Big Man Ale
Date: 02/11/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

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
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1397) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
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.

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