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Big Operator - Big Boss Brewing

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87
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian Black Raspberry, is a full flavored black ale brewed with imported malt, hops and yeast. This beer is aged for 6 months and infused with 150 pounds of real raspberries. Culminates with an amazing dark raspberry finish.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 02-15-2008)
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Reviews by SIRIUS2:
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a Big Boss pint glass at Tyler's Tap Room in Apex, NC

Pours dark brown with a reddish tinge and plenty of off-white head. Very nice head retention, moderate lacing down the glass. Generally attractive.

Aromas are more subtle than expected after reading the description for the brew, but were very pleasant nonetheless. Some interesting hits of chocolate, light bit of coffee, and an earthy feature I couldn't quite put my finger on. The feature scent was in the raspberries, but it was a rather delicate and well entwined with the other aromas. Very cool.

Flavors remind me of a reasonably constructed stout with plenty of moderate chocolate and coffee notes. There are some other malty notes in there too... perhaps caramel or toffee. The raspberries are relegated to the finish as they didn't really bring much to the table in the way of flavors. Don't read this the wrong way - the berries were a nice addition but took a back seat to everything else going on in this brew.

Mouthfeel was interesting to me. There was a slight separation on the tongue that went almost watery. The berries? Not sure. It was slightly distracting to an otherwise very enjoyable brew.

Overall I enjoyed this pint but, to tell the truth, one was enough and I was ready to try something else. Give it a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 13:43:32 | More by SIRIUS2
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Big Operator from Big Boss Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.