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Big Bison Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Great lengths were taken to ensure its authentic characteristics. German and Belgian malts, noble hops and a unique yeast strain are all necessary to produce this unique ale. It is aged for one month; beer that tends to please red wine drinkers and is definitely not for the novice beer drinker.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: Vancer on 05-11-2009)
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Reviews by alleykatking:
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazed amberish red with hints of brown to it. Half finger off white head shows poor retention. Light lacing on the sides of the glass just fall back into the beer.

S- Plum and raisin really come out in the aroma which I found to be very pleasing. Sweet caramel malts in the middle shine for a short bit. Hints of biscuit in the ending with a light sweet alcohol.

T- The flavor is interesting. Plums and raisin do come out in the flavor but not in the same forward context as the aroma. Caramel malts do come out in the middle of the beer which leads to a sweetness in the overall beer. Alcohol does come through in the middle of the beer with hints of spicy alcohol. Light toasted malts on the backend of the beer. Spicy hops and alcohol come back through on ending of the beer and ends on that.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light plum, raisin, and caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is a lot of spicy alcohol, earthy hops, caramel malts, and light hints of toast. Flavors were balanced good for the beer with nothing overpowering anything else. No off flavors in this beer at all. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was pretty good. Nothing over the top which makes it a good everyday drinker. The ABV can sneak up on you. A nice drinker but I think it might be a little light for the style. Overall worth trying and you just might find a good easy going go to ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 00:39:40 | More by alleykatking
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Appearance: Pours deep, translucent reddish-brown with 1 cm of white foam. The foam dissipates quickly into a slight cap. Looks almost wine-like in the challice. Decent lacing.
Smell: Smells very bready and slightly plumby with a slight smell of booze. Smells sweet.
Taste: Slightly toasty, with raisiny, caramel sweetness with something reminiscent of dark chocolate and figs. This is followed by a pleasant bitterness.
Mouth-Feel: Slightly thick, but nicely carbonated. Nice carbonic bite.
Overall: Great job! This is a very tasty brew. The smells and flavored are tuned up strongly and in a good way. It isn't overt balanced, but unique and delicious. It isn't that often that I am impressed enough by one beer to be motivated to check out a brewery's other offerings; this is one of those times.

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Crown Valley Big Bison Ale has a thick, fizzy, cream-colored head, a murky, lighter, reddish-brown appearance, but with a brilliance, when the sunlight catches it, a thin lace sheeting, and racing bubble streams. The aroma is of rich, sweet, fruity, bread crust, some booze, brandy, and rock candy. Taste is of all those elements, with specifically fig, caramalized syrup, and a noticeable, but not harsh, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat slick, and Crown Valley Big Bison Ale finishes semi-dry, dessert-like, and sip-able. Overall, this is a most excellent beer and another winner from the brewery.

RJT

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Warm biscuits and chocolate caramel cake on the nose.

First sip...medium carbonation, nice even mouthfeel...a big punch of sweet caramel upfront. Mellows in the middle...a nice slice of German chocolate cake. Sweet then sour dough bread on the finish, slightly bitter and then the juicy caramel comes full circle resting on my tongue. The 7.2 ABV is very well hidden...little to no throat warmth.

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Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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