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Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

297 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 16
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Collaboration with Dogfish Head.
Full name is "Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Gradually, Quietly, Steadily)"
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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

Photo of nlmartin
1.99/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer was served in a wide mouthed goblet. A bit too chilled to begin with 15 minutes on the counter and its in the zone.

A: The body of the beer is a clear peach coloration. Very lively carbonation. Nice thick white head with major retention.

S- A confusing jangle of spice hits me in the nose. Prickly pepperyness from alcohol, yeast or is it actually coriander? A bit more spice that I cannot put my finger on ginger. Subdued citrus aromas waft around.

T- Lots of spicey peppery ginger notes assault may palate. The spice combines in a train wreck fashion with hot alcohol. Citrus is noted on the back end along with the fruit pith and zest. Oddly enough I find the Kumquats sucessful. Just a bit too out of whack for my taste.

M- The light body and crisp carbonation almost lift this beer up. I think if the spice was dialed back a hair it would have improved.

O- This beer isnt a drain pour but I wouldnt go out of my way to drink this one again. I expected alot more from DFH and The Bruery.

Photo of mojiboo02
2.02/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was my first drain pour. The phenolic taste made it smell and taste like drinking band aids. I made it through about 4 ounces of this brew before I let her go down the drain. The appearence was nice and a well finished brew, but I couldn't get through the olafactory hues on this one.

Photo of smakawhat
2.17/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A huge amount of white foam off the pour that seems to settle down a little slowly. Has lots of styrofoam like retention. Body color is a cloudy lemon yellow, kind of dull looking.

Nose has some very noticeable movie theater popcorn. I call diacetyl. Nothing much else seriously, where is the fruit on this thing? Some mild spice that is impossible to pinpoint through this butter mess. I get nothing else. Not good.

Taste brings a mild spicy sharp orange, but also a pledge like chemical bitterness. Sharp orange finish is very fleeting on the palate finishing with nothing else to speak of. Butter taste just keeps on coming as I drink this and it warms up. Wine like alcohol warmth, and a vinous texture, I rather like this feel and good carbonation. Some very faint light wonderbread white bread toast.

This is a mess, and for the amount I paid for this, not happy. I am about ready to give up on collaborated beers, they just seem to be frankenstein horror shows all the time no matter who is involved, this is no exception. I enjoy oaky buttery sensations, but not this kind of thing. Yikes a complete failure.

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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of SirSketch
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Pale gold color throughout with a sticky soda pop-like head.

S - The yeast character dominates. Smells like a still fermenting, with a lot of bread dough aroma. Even a bit tart smelling like a damp sourdough starter. Underneath is a slight orange aroma.

T - Lots of fruit upfront, including tons of coconut flavor. Not a good coconut, though, but more like suntan lotion. Tangy citrus, too. Not particularly bitter, but pretty astringent.

M - Medium-bodied and effervescent. Actually pretty drinkable given the taste.

O - I know they were trying to push the boundary of traditional styles and flavors, but this beer is a sloppy mess of undesirable flavors.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy straw with a 3 finger white frothy head and good lacing.

Heavy barnyard funk aroma. Lots of malty sweetness with just a little spice.

Starts off with a sweet malt presence. Like the nose lots of barnyard funk, but there's a weird sweetness in the aftertaste that isn't especially pleasant.

Mouthfeel and carb are ok.

This one is a miss for me. Just overwhelming sweetness, with not a lot of complexity. I'll pass on another.

Photo of pperez38
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of flannelman808
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Brewery-Dogfish head: Faster Bigger Better Boulder 2011...

A:  hay colored with a little haze and a barely off white head with a thin rim.  Lacing is poor-ok.

S:  Jelly belly flavored buttered popcorn jelly beans. Also it speaks to honey glazed, funky overripened/rotten fruit.  This reminds me of caramel cheddar popcorn and red candied carnival apple (carnie included).

T:  stewed kumquats (which might have actually happened in the boil now that I think of it), a hint of citric tart bitterness. Its flavor is much better than the rancid nose leads on.  Overall this beer is a shade above god awful.

M:  lingering and slightly bitter.

O: This beer I's not all that unlike hardboiled eggs. It smells like early death and tastes like you could get is anywhere.  

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.