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Bad Penny Brown Ale - Big Boss Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 04-17-2007)
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3.52/5  rDev -2.2%

BTraylor, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

JamesBondGA, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Beer #3 in an NC beers only tasting, thanks to Benny (styleisking).

[Appearance: 3.25] This brown's got a paleness to it that lends itself to more of a dark orange color, maybe copper, overall. The head is a thin cap eggshell in color that holds up a film and deposits spotting in moderation.
[Aroma: 3.75] The nose has some heft to it, showing off a strong malty base. It's got toffee and caramel with an expected toastiness, but seems to lean in an interestingly American direction with a bit more roast than expected before it gets strongly nutty.
[Taste: 4.0] This one is a good addition to a market in which it seems some brewers think an English Brown is weak and can't appreciate the delicacy or subtlety that makes the great ones deep. This one dials up the flavor without losing sight of what it is. It's got lots of toast, a nice sweetness from caramel and toffee notes, just a bit of leafy hops for balance, a lot of nut, and just a bit of cocoa.
[Mouthfeel: 3.75] While on the light side of medium, the body shows texture and depth while remaining clean, giving just a bit of dryness to counter the sweet while maintaining a firm crispness and being quite smooth.

Brenden, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

styleisking, Aug 29, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +23.3%

HellsNelles, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

BradShook, Aug 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

JCam9981, Aug 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

charbar41, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

slym, Aug 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

GeorgeBeerS, Aug 15, 2014
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Rawbster, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

carlmoberg, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

40oz2heaven, Aug 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

auwade03, Aug 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

jaswilson2, Aug 10, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Boulevard Ales pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $1.67 (I think)
Purchased: July 26, 2014
Consumed: July 28, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark red, almost mahogany color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki white head that dissipated pretty quick. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smelled caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, chocolate, espresso and some rye.

Tasted roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, chocolate, espresso and hot cocoa.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Not a bad brown ale overall. It grew on me a bit as it went down.

BucannonXC5, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

avitallo, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

SampsonOfRaleigh, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bigalsd, Aug 05, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A typical aroma for a brown ale: Nuttiness, with some malt mixed in as well.

T: Tasted of the old brown ale nuttiness, a good shot of malt, and a hint of chocolate in the finish. This is a pretty standard flavor for the style, but still pretty solid and straightforward.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Nothing overly spectacular here, but it's definitely drinkable. Worth a look.

avalon07, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Bad Penny Brown Ale from Big Boss Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.