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Aces & Ates - Big Boss Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 19
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by SFNC:
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SFNC

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-09-2013 01:22:34 | More by SFNC
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

On tap at Vintage 301 here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a a near jet black except for some ruby highlights when held into the light,a thinner but well retained light mocha colored head.Aromas of heavy roast and molasses really stood out along with faint bitter chocolate.Dark roast coffee flavors with a bit of a bitter chocolate tinge on the palate,quite earthy and dry in the finish.A little sharp in the mouth but its a solid big coffee stout.

11-13-2010 12:39:07 | More by oberon
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Served on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Served in a standard pint glass. Dark, nearly black. Big dense head that has great retention leaving lacing all the way down the glass.

Some fairly roasty notes here, almost burnt like Starbucks. There are the other typical notes here too like dark chocolate, but it is that roasted coffee note that really stands out.

Flavors very much mimic the aromas in that there is plenty of coffee on the palate but it isn't overpowering. There is a nice bittering that comes in for balance but the hops play second fiddle to the roasted malt. Bittering follows all the way through the finish.

Medium carbonation is a nice match to the rest of the body of this brew and it really is pretty easy to drink. I nice brew all around. Another great brew from Big Boss!

12-05-2010 01:01:05 | More by SIRIUS2
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Pitch black, brown head

SMELL: Creamed coffee, charcoal, burnt currants, cocoa powder, dark brown sugar, brownie batter

TASTE: Silky smooth, full body, burnt sugar, dark-roasted coffee, charcoal, warming alcohol, figs, unsweetened dark chocolate, roasty finish

Whoa! This is a serious coffee beer for serious beer drinkers. Old-school robust Stout talk up front and just enough coffee to back it up—and a very well-balanced 8-percent beer to boot. Further proof that beer geeks should be looking to North Carolina for great craft beer.

01-09-2013 17:06:41 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-11-2012 03:43:53 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.3%

22 ounce bottle had been in the back of my fridge for eight months.. Pours an inky, dark, and viscous, black body with an impressive light brown head that towers over the opaque body. Good retention and some patchy lace.

Aroma of roasted coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malts, and some vanilla.

Medium body is smoother than expected. Low medium carbonation.

Taste has a roast coffee dominance. Vanilla sweetness softens the bitterness of the dark roasted malts. Earthy hops add complexity. Alcohol is well hidden. Espresso aftertaste.

Very solid and well crafted. Vanilla notes really evened out the biterness of the coffee. Nice!

11-08-2009 21:40:03 | More by merlin48
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-24-2012 19:18:53 | More by reitzbrewing
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.1%

01-27-2012 15:38:38 | More by Mantooth
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kris10michele

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

12-09-2013 21:23:43 | More by kris10michele
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glid02

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked up a bottle at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours black with a half-finger dark tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee with roasted malt aromas lurking in the background. As it warms the coffee aromas fade, though not much.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted coffee flavors up front, with a good deal of roasted malt flavors giving it more body. The ending is pretty bitter. I would prefer a bit more complexity, but as it is it tastes above average.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side, but solid carbonation still makes it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished one glass and then another. I could drink a few of these.

Overall this is a solid coffee stout, though it has a way to go before it can be considered great. Still, worth a shot, especially if you're a big fan of coffee stouts.

03-14-2009 17:50:41 | More by glid02
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patrickeasters


4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-01-2013 21:13:49 | More by patrickeasters
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

Thick deep brown color, opaque and topped by frothy big medium brown head. Head fades to a thin layer and leaves a bit of spotty lace. Both aroma and flavor are smooth + creamy, lightly robust, softly toasty, and just the right amount of sweet. Chocolate, some fruit, and some milkiness are apparent. The Larry's Beans are a yummy fit. This almost also has an oatmeal stout-like thing going on. Certainly can't complain about that. Real smooth. creamy, melted chocolate-like texture is rather nice. Just a touch of roasty bitterness in the finish. Very drinkable end easy to consume.

Mmmmm beer.

12-17-2007 04:07:06 | More by tastybeer
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-15-2011 14:40:54 | More by twowheelssoar
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap at Tap City in Raleigh.

From Notes:
Pours a deep black, with a quarter inch of head which sticks around. Smells of coffee and roasted malt. The coffee and roasted malt come through strong again in the taste. Finishes clean with no hint of the 8% ABV. I thought the mouthfeel was a little thin. Overall a great beer. Big Boss should quit bottling their regulars and get their other offerings into a more constant rotation.

07-18-2011 18:29:18 | More by tdm168
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dirtylou

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

22oz bomber, delivered to me by Blackie

#32/5000

"aces and ates" - the marketing director of big boss should probably be terminated

appearance: poured into a hopleaf tulip, big bold mahogany body with a thick chocolate foam and foamy lacing retention

smell: im not getting "huge" coffee aromas as many others have described...dry malt, milk chocolate, light coffee roast

taste: I like this stout quite a bit but am totally underwhelmed by the coffee presence. This doesnt really even come close to lining up with some competitors (tyranena, central waters, bells) in the coffee component...I get more creamy chocolate than anything, with light tones of coffee roast, burnt espresso, dark chocolate

mouthfeel: foamy and actually rather light

drinkability: just dandy

01-19-2009 01:08:05 | More by dirtylou
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fthegiants

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-21-2014 23:10:31 | More by fthegiants
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at Horniblow's Tavern (Raleigh, NC).

Pours a pitch black with a thin wispy tan head that retained nicely into a creamy ring around the rim of the glass but not much lace was left behind. The aroma is definitely that of a coffee stout. Rich with roasted malt, coffee bitterness, smokiness, and some residual chocolate sweetness in the background.

The taste is more of the same, with burnt coffee bitterness and roasted smoky malts that are tempered by chocolate sweetness. Finishes with burnt bitterness that gives way to a splash of sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a poppy carbonation that really accentuates the bitterness. That 8% ABV is nowwhere to be found.

This was my first experience with a Big Boss beer and it was a good one. It's definitely more of a burnt and bitter coffee stout experience than others but if you like your coffee black, than this is definitely the one for you. The easy going mouthfeel and nonexistent feeling ABV really make this one a pleasure to quaff. And to think that I had my sense of smell and taste dulled from all the smoke in the Tavern and I still really liked this. Who knows what I would have thought in a non-polluted environment!

02-07-2008 17:25:00 | More by Kegatron
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Riverwarrior

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +2%

S = Huge coffee aroma with cocoa in the background.

T = Big blast of coffee upfront with a dry cocoa flavor rounding out the flavor. The finish is all expresso coffee with a hint of roasted chocolate. Alcohol completely hidden.

MF = Body and carbonation just below medium. I would have liked the body to be a little thicker. Smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall, if you like a coffee styled beer, this one will certainly not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and will continue to pick it up when I'm in NC.

01-16-2009 11:30:33 | More by Riverwarrior
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured black with a minimal light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of slightly roasted malt and dark chocolate. The flavor was of slightly roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Had a good flavor going on here. The aroma however was definitely lacking in intensity. Went down really nice and smooth for an 8%er. 8%er!? Wow, that is the first time I noticed the alcohol on this one... Never would have guessed. Could see it getting you in trouble quite easily.

12-13-2010 15:24:10 | More by thagr81us
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andrewm190

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

A very strong entry from Big Boss Brewing. Super coffee intensity. Maybe a bit too much. Almost more like coffee than coffee. Also very heavy, although not quite as heavy as the Avery Imperial Stout, another beer I had recently. Strong aftertaste. This is basically a one and done beer. Any more and you'll strongly consider doing anything your friends suggest.

02-17-2009 02:02:56 | More by andrewm190
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Bung

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Solid black pour, just a ring of off white head around the glass. Aroma is mostly espresso, some roast malt and cocoa. Taste followed suit, pretty straight forward. Mocha latte, just enough licorice and hop to off set. Medium body, but a bit light for the style. However this contributed to it being rather drinkable, and went very well with my barbeque beef rib. Would recommend and a good coffee stout, not ground breaking, but the best I've had from Big Boss. Will have again.

11-21-2009 19:17:13 | More by Bung
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

12-01-2012 14:47:49 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-22-2012 01:15:52 | More by dvmin98
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

12-29-2012 05:11:37 | More by KevinGordon
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CptBlackBeerd

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at the Charlotte Flying Saucer. Jet black with a pillowy light tan head. Nice lacing all the way down. Aroma is roasted malts, fresh coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is malt, coffee and cream up front with vanilla bean and just a touch of bitterness on the finish - very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium to full with moderate carbonation. Extremely easy to drink for 8% ABV. Overall a very good coffee stout from Big Boss.

01-08-2011 01:26:02 | More by CptBlackBeerd
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Aces & Ates from Big Boss Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.