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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: 302
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 10
Gots: 43 | 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

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Beer added by: atsprings on 04-17-2007

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Ratings: 302 | Reviews: 103
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.2% ABV, Bottled on notch space empty.

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A - Deep chestnut brown in color Bad Penny is, despite her dark color, clear. A fizzy, loose afro of light khaki head deflates after mere moments, leaving the glass blank; not a trace of lacing.

S - Bad Penny has a very low aroma right from the get-go, softly introducing minor chocolate and coffee aromatics into the air. Light earthy cardboard notes suggest some oxidation, perhaps, but nothing aggressive or unwelcome.

T - Subtle nutty undertones emerge around the faint bittersweet chocolate and thin coffee notes for a low but tasty flavor. Hops are all but forgotten in Bad Penny seemingly leaving the roasted qualities to balance out the sweetness.

M - Smooth and drinkable but highly carbonated, it doesn't quite remind me of an English brown in this regard. The finish lingers on the tongue with faint presence.

O - Bad Penny isn't outstanding by any stretch of the word, but damn if it isn't sessionable and smooth! This beer is, unlike the label, a rather plain Jane which will definitely satisfy in the autumn months.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Bold, raw worty malt. Chocolate, brown and crystal. Some floral hop notes. Overall very sweet.

Appearance: Dark brown. Holding up to a bright light shows a dark ruby color. High clarity. Some bubbles rising. Small light brown head, decent retention and moderate lacing.

Taste: No surprises, raw worty malt. Lots of bready toasty brown malt, mild cocoa, the bitterness shows up in the aftertaste and is mostly floral hops and mildly bitter malt, maybe Munich.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Mild carbonation. The finish is very dry. Chalky.

Overall: I like worty, so it's ok by me, but certainly not the classic example of a brown ale. Nice balance. Easy to drink, and savory enough to enjoy one or more.

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12oz bottle
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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.

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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.

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Bad Penny Brown Ale from Big Boss Brewing
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