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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
superspak (5787) - Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2016
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light toffee/chocolate, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light toffee/chocolate, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, lightly sticky, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a very good American brown ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.4
rondphoto (4483) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle @ Jungle Jim’s / Cincinnati OH --- Light aroma of malt and spice. Nearly clear amber brown color, beige head that quickly drops to a thick rim, lace that slides back in. Taste is assertive hazelnut and malt that moves through a medium fizzed swallow to mild hops in a medium finish. Nice balance between the nut and malt. Could drink again.

3.7
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 27, 2016
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance- The beer pours a deep amber color with a tiny fizzy off white head. The head fades very fast leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a sweet caramel and doughy smell mixed with a very strong showing of hazelnut. Along with these smells comes some aromas of molasses and a decent showing of some fruitiness. Overall the aroma of the brew is quite nice and inviting. Taste – The taste of the brew begins with a rather strong sweet flavor, being a mix of a lightly roasted bready tastes mixed with a stronger showing of some caramel and doughy tastes. There is a little bit of a hazelnut flavor which grows stronger as the taste moves onto the end. Along with these nut taste, even more sweetness and a rather decent showing of molasses and a bit of harvest fruits hits the tongue. In the end, when a little bit of a spice flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg as well as flavors brown sugar and molasses coming to the tongue, one is left with a rather sweet and malty taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the rich and sweet flavors of the brew the feel is rather nice with it creating a good medium for the flavors to be sensed on the tongue. Overall – A rather nice sweeter brew overall. Lots of rich sweet flavors in this one without a whole lot of booziness sometimes found with winter warmers. A good brew overall.

3.2
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Pours a nice dark brown color. Aromas of nuts/chocolate/caramel. Flavor is nutty with a nice sweet honey chocolate taste and a little coffee bitterness.

3.5
GTAEgeek (2295) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2016
UPDATED: APR 25, 2016 12 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful ruby color, with a medium, frothy head that leaves a persistent film and good lacing. The nose is peat and hickory smoke, bitter pecans, pine sap, and pumpernickel. Sweet and malty, with a pretty strong bitterness that balances and dries it out well. Medium to heavy body, thick, and a little acerbic. This is a big, malt forward ale, and quite tasty.

3.3
Travlr (25500) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle courtesy of nuplastikk, thanks! Dark clear ruby maroon color, thin light tan head. Aroma of cocoa, subtle dark fruit. Taste has prunes, plums, chocolate. Not bad.

3.1
nuplastikk (6360) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2015
12oz bottle. Filtered brown body. Thin beige head. Starts off pretty classic and true to style but finishes kind of thin and hollow. Allows the malts to shine in a unique way, this does come off as a Strong Ale despite the semi-reasonable ABV. I like Brown Ales, but this really lacks life. OKish.

3.4
ads135 (4844) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 27, 2015
A pretty decent winter warmer. A nicely understated amount of spice and a solid caramel base.

2.4
shrubber85 (11506) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle. Light chocolate malt, hay, and quinine aroma. Orange-brown with small head. Lightly sweet chocolate caramel malt and mildly bitter herbal quinine flavor. Boring and not particularly pleasant.

3.1
Patrickctenchi (6661) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle: Slightly hazy brow with a small tan head. Toasty caramel, nut scent. Taste is the same....a little metallic/herbal, slightly bitter nuts, toffee malt. Decent, average.


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