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Aces & Ates - Big Boss Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

163 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 19
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BitterLover on 01-31-2009)
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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Beer #5 in an NC beers only tasting, thanks to Benny (styleisking).

[Appearance: 3.75] This is a big, thick and rich-looking stout, and it has the look. It's very, very close to black with a heavier viscosity. The one thing lacking is a strong presence from the tan head, but only enough to keep it from showing off its beauty as much as it could. There's a creamy cling to the stretching lace.
[Aroma: 3.75] Coffee could be a little stronger but puts up some earth and hearty roast. Some almost fudgy cocoa comes in with a little creamy sweetness that ends with char.
[Flavor: 4.25] Coffee is more pronounced, fresh grounds of a good, strong brew that's both earthy and creamy with a not-quite-smoky sweetness. Coming in behind are some toffee, caramel, fig and something like black cherry along with an almost blackstrap note. A little char comes in at just the right level without being overdone to tie in the sweetness and add its own depth.
[Mouthfeel: 4.0] It starts off smooth and stays that way while adding just a little bit of bite to the tongue. Carbonation is light to moderate, and alcohol tames the thickness without thinning too much. A light dryness comes into the finish.

Brenden, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of styleisking
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

styleisking, Aug 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JCam9981, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

jbaker67, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +1.3%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev +1.3%

fthegiants, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of cwelsh55
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

cwelsh55, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of SLeffler27
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SRM 26-30 is a luscious dark chocolate. Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter, it turns black in the glass. A velvety, dark chestnut head reaches a quarter inch before quickly settling to a thin veil. A thick, viscous film clings for minutes while wispy rings reside above.

Malted chocolate is strong, quickly followed by roasted molasses and coffee. Dates and figs are discernible behind a powerful chocolate syrup in the middle. Bittersweet chocolate brings up the end.

The flavor opens sweet before turning bitter. Coffee takes a front seat over the chocolate while an odd, light melon flavor lingers in the background. A light, quick finish of raisins lasts a moment to be followed by lingering bitterness.

Alcohol is less than expected. A velvety texture adds to the light to medium body. Carbonation is light.

This is a nice, enjoyable and relaxing beer; however, it lacks the power typically anticipated from this style. I enjoyed it with a pungent bleu cheese that brought out its sweetness.

SLeffler27, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of rudzud
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Received as an extra in a trade an dpoured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark brown porter like hue with a nice one finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin thin blanket and light cloud. Solid.

S - Uhh..what? I get no coffee whatsoever on the nose. Light alcohol and metallic notes, a really weird lightly minty note and well, a ceramic pot kind of thing going on. Maybe slightly spoiled...just a mess of weird off aromas that I cannot find the right words to describe. Maybe some vegetative stuff too...

T - Taste is well, average. Those weird, strange aromas are fortunately not in the taste. I get light bakers chocolate, faint older coffee. Sweet black watered down coffee. Lightly bitter on the finish. Pretty average 1-2 punch going on.

M - Mouthfeel is not nearly as creamy as I would like for the style. Somewhat watery, alcohol is hidden though.

O - Overall, this beer was okay. As average as everything was that nose was just awful. Lots of weird off aromas going on here, glad it didn't taste like it but still, pretty meh.

rudzud, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

DaPan, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Jsmercer, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Irish57, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

OldSmaug, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of hellhammermario
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

hellhammermario, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

belljt33, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

kristougher, Dec 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Sekliw, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of kris10michele
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: my fiance refers to this as "the espresso of beers" partially because of its dark, dark coloration. It's almost pitch black, with a lovely tan head, and almost perfect lacing as you drink it in.

Smell: I love beer, and I love coffee...and this American stout has both. It has the aroma of a yummy, sweet, alcohol-infused mocha latte. If that doesn't convince you that you should try it, I don't know what else will.

Taste: This is a fantastic stout that leaves nothing to be desired (except maybe another round or two.) Big Boss has found the perfect formula for a fusion of coffee and beer, and it's working quite well here. This stout is sweet, but not too sweet, and it leaves a slightly sweet, bitter bite in its aftertaste, just like a satisfying cup o'joe.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but not too creamy, this beer is full and smooth while remaining completely drinkable.

Overall: This is my favorite from Big Boss. The smell, taste, appearance, and mouthfeel all contribute to a satisfying beer-drinking experience. It hides its 8% abv very well.

kris10michele, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

tobelerone, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Agentveba, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

ygtbsm94, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

RyanAU, Nov 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

ZEB89, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of watermelon
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint from a 12oz bottle then finished in a snifter.

A: Near perfect appearance. Body is pitch black with a dark khaki head that displayed excellent retention as well as generous lacing.

S: Coffe and chocolate scents dominate could be stronger and a bit more complex.

T: Chocolate with faint coffee. Some dark fruits. This hides its 8% well.

M: Creamy mouth feel that sticks to your teeth. Reminds me of the filling on a three musketeers bar.

O: If your into the style you should defiantly pick this up

watermelon, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

atone315, Nov 16, 2013
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Aces & Ates from Big Boss Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.