Aces & Ates - Big Boss Brewing
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3.28/5 rDev -17%
22oz bottle courtesy of OldStyleCubFan poured into a snifter.
Pours almost completely black in the glass underneath a one inch rocky tan head that dissipates to a small swirl and collar fairly quickly. Lacing is minimal.
The aroma is very good with lots of dark roasted chocolate malts with enough coffee to make me notice it, but not enough to overpower everything else.
The taste just didn't live up to the nose for me. It was dominated by a dry tangy bitterness (presumably from espresso) that was fairly offputting. There is some dark roasted malts and hints of coffee and chocolate, but the astringent bitterness is tough to get through.
The mouthfeel is velvety smooth with good carbonation and very soft on the palate.
I was expecting good things from this one and the smell was nice, however I wasn't all that impressed with the taste. It seemed fairly one dimensional and that one dimension, coffee, was a little too bitter in its presentation. Anyway, not a bad beer but not one I would go back to.
03-17-2009 01:21:14 | More by gford217
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
a: The beer is tar black in color, with a respectable mocha colored head atop.
s: Fresh dark roast coffee seamlessly blended with a slew of sweet, chocolaty roasted barley.
m: Ultra smooth, low carbonation with a full, slick body.
t: As in the aroma, the coffee flavors have been perfectly blended with what seems to have been an already excellent double stout. Dark, low acid coffee flavors compliment the moderately sweet, roasted flavors of barley and bitter chocolate.
d: A great beer and certainly a pleasure. I think I'd take this one over even the excellent Bell's Java, the only thing I can really compare it to.
pint at Horniblow's
12-19-2007 23:03:22 | More by blackie
2.75/5 rDev -30.4%
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.
02-13-2014 18:05:12 | More by rudzud
2.45/5 rDev -38%
Thanks to injuredreserve for sharing!
2008 vintage. From Notes:
Fairly black pour, maybe a half a finger of slight mocha colored head.
Aroma is faint coffee, butterscotch, mild sweetness with a hint of tart thrown in there.
Taste had a bit more coffee than the aroma, some roasted, some metallic notes and some of that back-end tartness.
Thin and watery feel, low to no carbonation at all.
Drinkability is a challenge to say the least.
I think this boils down to age not doing this thing a bit of good, or poor storage. The feel ruins this completely and the lackluster taste and aromas can't save it for me.
Would love to see how a fresh one fares...
02-25-2011 01:07:30 | More by EgadBananas
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
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
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
4.6/5 rDev +16.5%
Had my first taste of Big Boss' Coffee Stout at Horniblow's Tavern during a second Saturday brewery tour. Fell in love instantly and brought home a growler. Poured into a chalice.
The body is utterly opaque and as close to black as a stout can get. Head is a deep chestnut hue and retains well for the first 2-3 minutes before receding to a ring and topping of thin foam. The aroma is heavenly; rich espresso beans (imagine opening up a fresh bag of ground coffee), baker's chocolate, and a touch of creamy vanilla.
The flavor lets me know that this is one of the better coffee stouts (hell, one of the better Double Stouts) I've encountered. Its choc-full of bitter chocolate, fresh java, earthy hops and caramel. Easily gives Terrapin's Wake-n-Bake Oatmeal Stout a run for its money. A slight tinge of powdery aluminum is all that keeps this from a perfect 5.0 in the taste department. Mouthfeel is crisp, astringently bitter but not overwhelming, and has a medium-thick body. Carbonation level? Nearly perfect. Talk about a drinkable brew. True, there are more complex, dynamic Double Stouts out there, but the simplicity and absolutely enjoyable flavor of Big Boss' Coffee Stout make it tough to match. Cheers fellas! Keep puttin' Raleigh on the map!
01-13-2008 05:36:18 | More by wagenvolks
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Made with organic fair-trade coffee beans from local Raleigh roasters: Larry's Beans.
Opaque black with a good sized brown head that shrinks to a thin sheet. Coffee, cream, and roasted black malt aroma. Smooth, dark coffee flavor with some creamy sweetness, almost like a milk stout, near the finish. Considerably drinkable for 8% abv. Rich, chocolate maltiness. Medium-plus body, lightly carbonated with only a little bitterness. Mmmm...good stuff.
12-14-2007 03:04:33 | More by wedge
4.83/5 rDev +22.3%
Served a thick black with a decent tan head that was mostly lasting and left decent lacing on the glass. The aroma was a nice blend of coffee and roasted barley. The taste features an almost perfect amount of coffee that does not overpower the stout characteristics at all. The beer is somewhat on the heavy side, but is still smooth and refreshing. This is one I look forward to every winter, and hopefully next year they'll bottle it.
02-08-2008 15:03:05 | More by atsprings
2.1/5 rDev -46.8%
Big thanks to ROBORB for this bottle!
Was really looking forward to this one, but I'm afraid either I had too high of hopes or their bottling line isn't that great.
Pours dark black with a short lived light tan head. Smell is less of coffee than I expected with a huge unwelcomed sour presence. Ugh...
Taste is pretty dull with light roasted malt and coffee flavor, a touch of tartness, and this is actually pretty watery and underwhelming. Thin flavor, and while not as sour in the taste as the smell, the smell was unpleasant and really kills this beer. Smell is sour, taste is watery, body is thin, carbonation is low, and there really is no shining aspect of this beer, unfortunately.
03-29-2009 01:58:35 | More by JDV
4.58/5 rDev +15.9%
AKA Coffee Stout.
A: Black with no light getting through. Minimal white head with some lacing.
S: Massive coffee nose right up front and in your business. Not that much else going on but who cares. A touch of roast and milk chocolate for those into that as well.
T: A really nice coffee stout. Not as much coffee as was in the nose.
M: Very creamy. Just a really nice and full mouthfeel.
D: Damn I really love this beer. Reminds me of Southern Tier Jahva without the beating from the booze fairy.
04-29-2009 21:38:35 | More by aerozeppl
Aces & Ates from Big Boss Brewing
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