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Aces & Ates - Big Boss Brewing

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very good

166 Ratings

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 19
Gots: 9 | 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 CHickman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark black/brown color, can't see through it when held up to light, with a creamy tan chocolate milk like head that left a layer on top.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cocoa powder and sweet malts. Hearty and rubust smelling, it's like inhaling a meal (or at leask a thick shake).

Tastes of coffee, cocoa powder, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, toasted grains and a sweet bitterness like a touch of hops or just the strong coffee affect; overall roasted flavor with nice smooth hints of the smoky grains and malts that goes down easy.

Seems lighter than it is for such a heavy brew, with mild carbonation and nice complex roasted flavors that trail off slightly bitter.

Overall it was a very good stout, delicious like a nice Starbucks latte.

CHickman, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of fehrminator
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

fehrminator, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of ramblinwreck101
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ramblinwreck101, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

2dogbrew, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of jpro
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Sam's in Durham. Poured into a snifter...

A: Pours a deep black, with a one-finger head of creamy, mocha foam; a few light strands and specks of lace adorn the glass.

S: First thing that hits the nostrils is cocoa; shortbread; roasted malts; has a nice, rounded aroma - nothing is overpowering and all the nuanced aromas blend well. Light currant aroma is also present - it becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

T: Strong, dark roast coffee flavor is definitely there - more so than in the aroma. Cocoa and notes of dark chocolate are there, too. Has a little bit of sweetness towards the finish - the very bitter / astringent coffee finish! Pretty big flavor of super roasted malts at the beginning and end, with some cocoa and chocolate in between.

M: Full bodied... higher carbonation... my favorite combination! Nice feel - it does a little work on the palate but the higher carbonation keeps things lively and fosters increased drinkability.

O: A nice coffee stout! It's no Wake-n-Bake, but still darn tasty. This beer also reminds me a little of FBS - perhaps more drinkable, though. For some reason, I think I'd like to try this one on draft - I'd definitely have it again.

jpro, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of jsteele
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jsteele, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

patrickeasters, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Texasfan549, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

KevinGordon, Dec 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

reitzbrewing, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

jnance34, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of caaameron
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

caaameron, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of RWLawman
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

RWLawman, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

JeffreyJDavis, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

dvmin98, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Amalak
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Amalak, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of adam_e
4/5  rDev +1.3%

adam_e, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Ridgewood Wine and Beer in Raleigh, NC

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light reddish brown highlights when held up to the lights and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of coffee beans, freshly ground coffee, and just a hint of chocolate over some lighter roasted malts.

T: The flavors starts out with a light amount of roasted malts underneath some moderate flavors of freshly ground coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There are light notes of vanilla as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

O: This beer is quite easy to drink and is very enjoyable with nice amounts of coffee and chocolate flavors - I really like the hint of vanilla as it warms up. One of my favorite local Raleigh beers to enjoy in the winter.

dbrauneis, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

FUwolfpacker, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

OldhouseRecs, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Lob, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

SlowWideTurns, Nov 08, 2012
Aces & Ates from Big Boss Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.