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Busted Knuckle Ale - Big Woods Brewing Co. / Quaff On! Brewing Company

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Woods Brewing Co. / Quaff On! Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is our signature ale. Busted Knuckle is a hybrid ale, most similar to a “light” porter. We say “light” because, while it does have complexity, it is also a very smooth and approachable beer.

(Beer added by: robwestcott on 11-07-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-13-2013 21:05:54 | More by fredmugs
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-11-2014 22:01:12 | More by acknight
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4.18/5  rDev +11.5%

A: Dark red with a small head that barely lingered.

S: Malt, chocolate, and some fruitiness.

T: Excellent! better than I thought it would be. Almost zero bitterness to it but still had the qualities of a great stout with it's chocolaty malty overtones.

M: Again very impressive with a smooth down

O: Definitely better with every draw. Quite impressed and would definitely get again if I'm ever in the Brown County area. Even bought a t-shirt! (well, that's my goal - to get every micro-breweries t-shirt in Indiana).

08-30-2011 16:31:01 | More by theRooster90
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-02-2014 22:43:13 | More by freewill35
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-19-2014 18:59:04 | More by warpig372
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-05-2012 15:51:46 | More by LJWalker
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-05-2013 01:10:32 | More by Hazy
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2.8/5  rDev -25.3%

Pours deep brown almost black. Not red at all with a 1/2 finger off-white head and some lacing.

Lots of caramal malt here with some brown sugar sweetness and just a bit of hops.

Drinks more like a porter or stout than a red. Big malty brew. Starts out with some subtle roasty malts. The sweet caramel malts also come out quite a bit especially on warming. Finishes with a tangy brown sugar sweetness that's not entirely great. It got a little overwhelming as warmed.

Creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation levels. Got a little cloying as it warmed.

Overall just an ok beer and kind of between styles that don't blur much so a bit hard to rate properly. It's considerably better than I remember it being on tap and had a thicker mouthfeel which was lacking at the brewpub. Maybe batch variation. Either way, this one isn't bad and Tim does some good work at the brewpub so I'd recommend this one as their signature ale if you happen to be in Brown County.

03-15-2012 18:45:17 | More by jmarsh123
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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

A-Black in the glass, brown when pouring.

S-Roasted malt, vanilla, nuts, spice and caramel.

T-Similar to the nose, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, not much bitterness. Wish there was vanilla in the taste and a tad more bitterness.

M-Creamy and medium bodied.

O-This small brewery could make some decent brews, I need to get over to the pub sometime soon.

10-21-2012 16:20:03 | More by rlee1390
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3/5  rDev -20%

04-25-2014 02:51:34 | More by Cmteagardin
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-01-2014 02:29:33 | More by aasher
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3.91/5  rDev +4.3%

Another brewery coming out of Indiana, this time from down in Brown County. To America’s craft beer craze – cheers!

A: Deep ruby, looking brown when not in the light. A silky beige head rises to about an inch, creamy enough to look like a nitro pour.

S: Nose is a blend of an English mild and a big American porter: peat, chestnut, maple, and Maris otter vanilla notes are balanced alongside more roasty tones of coffee and toasted malt.

T: Again, the typical characters from a couple different styles converge to make something interesting. In all, this is much more malt-forward than anything, but it doesn’t get very sweet. Indeed, the residual sugars spring from an earthy and drinkable malt bill, providing the subtle sweetness of chocolate taffy (think Tootsie Rolls) and marshmallow as the palate base. Also, as the nose suggested, there’s a nutty character to it, as well, along with notes of wheat toast, cinnamon, and even a hint of mocha. Finishes very mild, with a faint lingering roast taste.

M: A medium-full body and velvety carbonation makes it feel like a pub beer; very drinkable.

O: Drinkable and flavorful; plus, it’s unique enough to keep me interested for a second (or third, or fourth…) drink. Usually, when you get a beer from a local brewery that just started bottling, there are some negatives to the experience, even if they’re not glaring flaws. Here, that’s not the case. Looks like I need to look into these Brown County guys a little more…

01-14-2014 01:46:23 | More by BarryMFBurton
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2.66/5  rDev -29.1%

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass

A: This is a nice looking beer. Dark with a great head retention that lasts for a few minutes after pouring. A great looking beer

S: A bit of a fall off from a great appearance here. Light notes of chocolate and almost no coffee which surprised me a bit.

T: Disappointment here. I was hoping for more with this beer being talked up as a hybrid porter. If you're going to make a hybrid of something I'd at least make sure that one part is tasty. Not much flavor here at all and what is here is so malt driven that it gets a bit boring.

M: I like the carbonation and the fact that it hangs for awhile. The bonus points gained with that however are lost with a very thin beer. I would think that something this thin would be drinkable but it really just gets boring.

O: I think calling this beer average is a bit of a complement but it does seem to get a bit better when it warms. Hopefully these guys get some better beers out in production soon.

01-24-2013 04:47:33 | More by Shagtastic
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass; no indication of brewing date as far as I can see.

A - low 30s SRM, dark brown with a hint of red, one finger khaki head with decent retention; you can see a little light through this one, but not much

S - initially a little malt sweetness and a bit of hops, and maybe a hint of toffee, but nothing overwhelming. i'd like more in the nose.

T - better than the smell; initially get some roasted malts and "red" and then some hops and dark fruitness as it's going down. the aftertaste is sweet as well, almost like a milky toffee

M - Very smooth and rich, goes down easy with a sweet lingering feel

O - I think this a very interesting, solid beer. It defies styles (amber/red/stout) and has a good balance and is very drinkable at this ABV (7.3). I'd like a bit more on nose, but overall a very nice B-town beer.

10-11-2012 23:42:45 | More by JackStraw
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-25-2014 02:01:57 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

04-10-2012 22:57:45 | More by Redglimmer
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-10-2014 21:58:04 | More by Klewisx3
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

poured from the tap to a Guinness Imperial Pint glass a deep dark brown with red around the edges with a finger and a half foamy mocha head with minimal retention.

faint aroma of dark malts and molasses.

molasses, dark fruits, roast malts, black cherries and a bit of spicy tang in the wayback.

smooth, medium carbonation, sweet, not a hint of bitter.

drinkable - sure, a pint or three.

11-07-2010 02:38:49 | More by robwestcott
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3/5  rDev -20%

04-11-2012 03:02:40 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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4.48/5  rDev +19.5%

Busted Knuckle is a very unique tasting beer. It is a stronger flavored beer with a somewhat sweet after taste. I highly recommend you try the beer, you will also find this beer tough to describe.

I am lucky enough to live somewhat close to the brewery, the people who work there have alot of passion about the beer they brew.

08-10-2014 01:48:50 | More by Russell_L
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-28-2014 00:17:42 | More by onlymurderers
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3.1/5  rDev -17.3%

On tap at Tomlinson Tap Room. Poured a nice burnished copper with nice initial head and lacing. A slight earthy aroma, but very little in malt sweetness, which is odd for such a huge ABV red ale. Huge sweet caramel taste, with a fair bit of alcohol heat that covered the flavors and made it rougher going down. Thick and creamy, as well.

03-16-2012 18:27:48 | More by JamesS
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Busted Knuckle Ale from Big Woods Brewing Co. / Quaff On! Brewing Company
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