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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A big Hazelnut Brown Ale with a warm, nutty, toffee-like flavor. A wonderful winter warmer to enjoy with friends during the holiday seasons. A wildly big strong ale we call the Big Shot.


2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Purchased from Total Wine on sale so may have been around for a while. Poured from a 22oz with a white-tan head that yields decent lacing and has a nice clear dark amber color. Aroma is very minimal with maybe some hints of spice. Tastes of malt and spice although also not quite there. A decent ale but not really close to a seasonal in terms of aroma and taste.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 3.5 A: Nearly clear deep amber color. Two and a half fingers of beige, creamy/frothy head. Retention is average with moderate amounts of irregular lacing. 2.0 S: Light caramel with a strong toastiness. Not really anything in terms of spices. 2.0 T: Same deal but with a touch of spice. Really surprising how bland this is. 3.0 M: Medium body. Perhaps a touch too much carbonation. Not particularly creamy. 2.0 D: Easily the most boring winter warmer I’ve ever had. I’m a big fan of the style, but this doesn’t do it for me. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-16-2012 00:26:21

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hivemind (885) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2011
650ml bottle from Route 59 beverage shared with Erica in Brooklyn. Pours a smooth-looking cocoa brown with a pretty substantial white head (small bubbles). Head was probably smaller than it should have been b/c we poured this into wine glasses. Aroma is heavy chocolate, nuts and hops - smells very much like an imperial stout. Palate is a little thin with low carbonation and flavor is nuts, wood and hops. Almost more of a porter in texture.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2015 Bottle @ home. Pours a dark amber appearance with a light tan head. Quite toasty, nutty, brown malty nose. Slightly bitter, a touch coffee and chocolate, toffee, nutty, caramel malty flavor. Nutty, coffee finish and aftertaste.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark red-brown color with an off white head and not too much lacing. The nose is sweet malts, a bit of spice, light fruits, and some caramel. A bit of light chocolate. The taste is pretty bland with a bit of caramel and some very light fruit. Pretty normal body without much going on. Nothing terribly off with this one, it just ends up being a pretty plain beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-11-2010

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2010
draft @ redlight redlight. Nutty toffee aroma with caramel and hazelnuts. Pours a reddish amber with a thin off white head. Nutty and caramel malts upfront with toffee and an earthy bitterness with hints of coffee and hops. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bomber from Binny’s Orland Park. Pours clear brown with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, toffee, and nutty malts. Flavor is nutty with toffee, light hops, and good dose of chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Decent brown

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rader58 (867) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Pours a slightly cloudy medium brown color. Aroma of hazelnut and toffee with a hint of vanilla and leaves. Flavor is nutty with a slight bitterness and a somewhat dry finish. By the aroma I was expecting more, but the flavor has left me a bit disappointed.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Draft. Pours a dark brown/hazelnut color with a beige head. The aroma is quite musty with some bready malt and spice notes. The flavor is unimpresive at best with a waxy aftertaste that reminds me of Crayola crayons.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
PorterPounder (7113) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2010
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Iced tea looking pour with a sticky off-white head. Aroma has an earthy quality to it with some black dirt and a hint of nuttiness - but slightly stale. Flavor is kind of worn out, pick up some faint Christmas spices, some black dirt, a hint of chocolate and some nuttiness. Mouthfeel is slightly faded - methinks this is suffering from too long shelf life.


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