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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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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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Photo of ncstephen
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

ncstephen, May 21, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a ruddy brown with an inch of beige head that quickly disappears.

S - I get some cocoa, some nutty aromas, and chocolate.

T - The cocoa and nutty flavors combine really nicely. There is some bitter chocolate on the finish.

M - Moderate to thin

O - I was surprised at how flavorful this beer was. I came in expecting boring, and I got a pretty good beer.

buschbeer, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of JayQue
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A so-so brown ale. Purchased on a recent trip to Asheville NC. Pours a dark brown color with a lot of ruby highlights when held to a light. Almost no head and minimal lacing.

Smell is faint roasted malt and a little chocolate.

Taste is fairly good. Roasted malt, a hint of chocolate. Pretty simple.

Mouthfeel is a hair too thin but it is crisp and refreshing.

Overall a pretty average brown ale.

JayQue, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of jbowes
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Cane4Beer, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of beermanbrian
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

beermanbrian, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Falcone, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of cbyrd4088
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

cbyrd4088, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of badbilly30
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, bold brown-cola color; very thin off-white head. Some cocoa and toffee in the aroma; one-dimensional malts. Medium mouthfeel: slightly watery at the edges; cocoa, caramel, toasted malts; a light, inoffensive brown ale; some roasted character coming through mid-palate. Medium finish showing cocoa and roasted malts and breadiness.

badbilly30, Mar 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of beerFool28607
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
3/5  rDev -16.7%

carrollmel7, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of GTB
4/5  rDev +11.1%

GTB, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Lob
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Lob, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of AndyTaylor
3/5  rDev -16.7%

AndyTaylor, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, semi-transparent chocolaty brown with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, light tan head. Malty aroma has tones of molasses and caramel and a sweet hint plus a touch of hops. Flavor has malty and molasses notes plus hints of caramel, hops and honey. Smooth texture has above-average body and a little fizz. Bad penny? Not too shabby!

Cyberkedi, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Heff19, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

TurdFurgison, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, and powdered chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, powdered chocolate, dark chocolate, and nutty. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really liked the chocolate aspect to this one that came across in both the flavor AND aroma. The aroma was quite pleasant on this one, but the flavor just fell a little short. A solid brew that I would drink again and if you haven't I suggest you do.

thagr81us, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of wrwhite174
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

wrwhite174, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of zero18360
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

zero18360, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of unknownlamer
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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

JackElamsGhost, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of TheDinger
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. My last beer of 2011! A little disappointing with the pour- Very small off white/tan head that faded quick and left no traces. Smell was very underwhelming, some nutty malts and a small bit of chocolate. Taste is where this picked up a bit. Something about the coffee/chocolate stout characteristics mixed with the nutty/carmel brown hit the spot on this one. A pretty complex taste which made it hard to sit down. Not too schooled on the EBA's and perhaps that is where the stout qualities come in, but this was very smooth and full flavored. Feel was decent with a good bit of carbonation and stout like silk. Overall- An interesting beer that tastes better than it looks and smells. Complex and rich- I will be hitting another one soon-

TheDinger, Jan 01, 2012
Bad Penny Brown Ale from Big Boss Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.