Bad Penny Brown Ale - Big Boss Brewing
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2.68/5 rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
From notes on 4/19/09.
Pours a deep mahogany with a 1/2" tan head that looks smooth and creamy. The head quickly collapses into a thin collar.
Wow, this smells great. Sweet malty, rich earthy scent smacks me across the face. Deeper is a chocolate roast. Hints at complex flavors, is inviting, even tantalizing. As it warms, caramel scent enters the scene. Can't wait to taste this...
Alas, the taste doesn't live up to all the nose promises. Flat, slightly burntish malt. No sweetness and I can't detect any balancing hops. The finish is a late metallic note.
The mouthfeel is good on this beer right up until you swallow. All that's left after that is a chalky, too dry feel. Almost like I would imagine my mouth would feel after sucking on a dry sponge for 5 minutes. I assume this is the hops trying to let me know they're under there somewhere.
I am super, uber disappointed. I have had this beer twice before and have looked forward to this chance to finally review it. I feel like it was reduced to potential for me. It's got a creaminess that doesn't quite hold up, a complexity that never equals the sum of it's parts and the finish is strike 3. The roastiness becomes burnt and the alcohol becomes prominent.
I will definitely have another go at this one to give it a fair shake--my bottle is less than amonth old but maybe one of us is having an off night.
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2009 01:06:12 | More by smerkinb
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