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Bad Penny Brown Ale - Big Boss Brewing

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Bad Penny Brown AleBad Penny Brown Ale

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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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5/5  rDev +38.9%

charbar41, Aug 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

eeggles, May 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

BeerNoobNC, Nov 17, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

ncstephen, May 21, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I had this beer 1st on draft and then found it in a bottle at HT. I can't understand anyone grading this beer below an A The smell and the taste is just threw the roof. I have already hooked 4 other people on this beer. One of the few beers that I have had on tap and then found in a bottle that was even close to its draft flavor. This has become my new favorite. The only issue so far is I can't drink less than 3 of these in a session AND THIS IS TRULEY A SESSION BEER

bmanflyer, Aug 01, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this brew and was lucky to have experienced its malty deliciosness on tap. When I ordered, the server asked if I liked Newcastle, which I do, but this beer is much better. The only similarity is their style. She brought out my pint, and I had to first notice the dark color and limited head. The flavor is what blew me away. It is technically an English brown, but it tasted very American. I say that because of the intense roasted malt flavor and hearty feel. This isn't a thick beer, but it was definitely heartier than a typical brown. I loved it!

BierWolff, Jan 31, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

thexmlguy, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Maltyduo, Jun 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

KerMUDGEon, Jul 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Cane4Beer, Apr 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

BradShook, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Walken
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Boss: Bad Penny (Bottled 02/10) (Tasted 06/10/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Extremely dark chestnut brown with fiery red highlights. Head is small, a three millimeter cap of off-white, froth and bubbles, exceptional retention and lace.
Odor: Cocoa powder, toasted brown bread, slightly nutty, with a hint of toffee and dark fruit. Full malt background suggesting confectioners sugar. This is likely one of the most pleasant aromas I have ever smelled in a malt-forward brown ale.
Consistency: Light end of medium bodied with a dry, nutty feel from the malt. Carbonation lends a smooth, even creaminess.
Taste: Like perfect. Roasted chestnuts, fresh grain, layered dark and cocoa chocolate flavors with a ghostly smoky roasted background in perfect harmony with a low-riding, non-descript hop bitterness, that balances and stops short of being a presence in and of itself.

Oooo weee.

Walken, Jun 10, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down the greatest brown ale I have ever had. Yes i said it. Smooth and easy brown ale. Love it!

appearance: dark brown, creamy head

smell: the way it should smell

taste: light chocolate, malty flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and delicious

drinkability: very easy and smooth for a brown ale

CampusCrew, Oct 22, 2008
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4.44/5  rDev +23.3%

HellsNelles, Aug 29, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous beer, dark crystal clear chestnut brown with a thin creamy head.

Fantastic chocolate in the nose along with toasted cereal and malt.

Flavors follow the nose with the chocolate toasted malt notes as well as a lightly sweet vanilla. Very nice.

Medium to full body with a soft mouthfeel.

A very drinkable brown, that is an excellent example of the style. This is a beer I would make a regular in my cooler.

Naugled, Jun 21, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bad Penny's one of my go-to favorites. The beer pours dark chocolate brown with very little head, and has a malty aroma that smells like chocolate with a slightly nutty undertone. The taste yields the same, and it proves to be a very malty beer -- which is exactly what I like in my browns. All in all, a great beer to try on tap or from the bottle. It's my favorite of the Big Boss offerings.

goatsgo2hell, Sep 12, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle, served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque, but clear upon further inspection with a bright light. Very small head, fades immediately to the usual ring of foam around the edges. Doesn't leave anything behind on the glass.

Smells like chocolate, roasted coffee. No hop aroma that I can discern.

Taste is initially a tad bit alcoholic with a strong roasty flavor (no surprises here given the aroma). Smooths out after a few sips. Near the end of the swallow the sweetness comes through and a lightly roasty/sweet flavor lingers for a while after swallowing.

Body is fairly thick for a brown ale. Silky smooth!

Bolder than most other brown ales I've had without taking on the qualities of a porter or stout.

unknownlamer, Jan 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

senttochris, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

grassybranch, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

rjbatema, Jul 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

chris1919, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

JamesBondGA, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

discdueler, Feb 23, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown, with a one and a half finger frothy head that sticks around pretty well and leaves a couple rings of lacing.
S- Smell is simple but enjoyable toasted bread and cocoa.
T- The cocoa really bursts here, partciularly out front. It finishes more nutty than chocolatey but some milk chocolate is also noted. Just a bit of earthy hoppiness.
M- A bit light for the style but I liked the general smoothness of the carbonation.
O- A good example of the style and one worth seeking out. Easy going down and has all the requirement for a good brown.

jsprain1, Apr 22, 2011
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4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Slightly opaque deep chestnut color, not much light gets through, ruby around the edges, head is very small and light, reduces to a thin spotty film

S: Distinct sweet toffee aroma, very sweet caramel malt aroma, but its pleasant

T: Has a big bold malt flavor, very full and deep feeling, has some caramel toffee flavor but also has lighter toasted malt flavor, hints of a deeper roast are barely perceptible, clean spicy, floral hops help cut some of the malt but after a while it does finish a bit sweet, otherwise I would grade this higher

M: Medium dryness, medium-high carb, medium-full body, all help keep the sweetness down since the hops are a little low

O: Delicious, nothing earth-shattering and not going to win a hype contest, but just a good all around beer to sit down and relax with

dpodratsky3, Jan 29, 2013
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Bad Penny Brown Ale from Big Boss Brewing
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