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 CBCs beers), it boasts a full body complemented by strong, robust flavors. Its rich notes of malt and caramel are offset by very aggressive hoppingit 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duhast500 (414) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13271) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 tastes like a malty ipa to me. not super hoppy but hoppier than anything else ive 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1072) - 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 Brewers 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 (5730) - 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. Id 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 (7133) - 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.

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