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

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BA SCORE
83
good
22 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
113
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
32.07%
 
 
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Busted Knuckle AleBusted Knuckle Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Woods Brewing Co. / Quaff On! Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by robwestcott on 11-07-2010

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 113
Reviews by fredmugs:
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

The brewer’s intention was to create a brew somewhere between a Porter and a Brown Ale, and Big Woods found that fine line between the two. A hefty malt bomb of a brew but something we’d easily knock back; very welcoming.

STYLE: English Porter
ABV: 7.2%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Nearly black, thin lacing

SMELL: Toffee, carob, burnt raisins, earthy, dark bread, hint of alcohol

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, very malty, chewy, toasted bread, dried grass, caramel, chicory, brown bread, woody hops, warming, baked apples, dates, lightly biscuity; slightly roasty, semidry finish

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Photo of rsquared59
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acknight
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mbratt93
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachpaschal
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dhaehnle
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of secondtooth
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nearly opaque black in glass. Very little lace at all.

Aroma: Chocolate, roasty coffee. Faithful to style, and appealing for sure.

Taste: Mostly cocoa here, with a trace of coffee around the edges. The body here is fairly light, and this one’s more than drinkable and a great gateway to heavier stouts. Tasty and easy to drink (despite the relatively high ABV).

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Photo of DenverBigRed
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of theRooster90
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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).

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Dark brown with tons of chunky floaters. A creamy coffee colored head is long lasting.

Chocolate and charred malt. Slightly smokey aroma. Coffee.

Chocolate and char. Light artificial cherry. Slightly sour and tinny.

Thin body with high carbonation.

I can't help but think that this may be infected. The sour and tinny flavor doesn't seem to be intentional.

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Photo of bwood06
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Nice 2 finger head that is tan in color and frothy plus slightly creamy as well. Head dissipates extremely slowly. Beer itself is black and opaque with a slight mahogany ring on the bottom of the glass. Carbonation is not visible. 4.25/5

S - Dark chocolatey malt on the nose along with some cinnamon and pepper. I am also getting some umami and roasted malt. Hops seems to be herbal in character but are not very noticeable. As the beer warms more of an espresso note comes out as well as a bit of molasses. 4/5

T - Comes across almost like a milk stout but with a more complex flavor profile. Light molasses sweetness is the first note to hit my tongue which is immediately followed by a dark chocolatey roast and a bit of milkiness. Along with the milkiness comes a nuttiness reminiscent of almonds. Later on come a bit of spices (cinnamon and pepper?) followed by earthy/herbal hops. Finishes with a light, somewhat dry espresso bitterness that lingers every so slightly but then is gone by the next sip. 4.25/5

M - Very full bodied beer that is heavy, per the style. Very smooth and creamy with very little in the way of carbonation. Almost has a nitro feeling to it. Does not linger but leaves the mouth nice and wet. Does not sit in the stomach heavy like most beers of this style. 4/5

O - This beer may be classified as a porter but it drinks much more like a milk stout with porter flavor complexity. Very interesting combination of styles here that leaves the palate wanting more. ABV is not enough to overpower but is enough to bring out the flavors nicely. 4/5

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work with my same last name----THANKS JUSTIN!
Pours a muddled blackish brown with a nice head of light tan foam that settles to a thin layer, modest ring, and light lacing. Nose of subtle sweet chocolate, dark molasses, dark raisins, and sweet malts. Flavors exceed the expectations with dark chocolate mingling with moderate amounts of raisin and brown sugar notes followed by a rich malt flavor that is touched lightly by a subtle herbal hop. Excellent. Medium mouth feel with a sweet finish and enough carbonation to keep it lively. Excellent

Cheers

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Photo of Discos2
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark. Looks like a porter. Really don't see much red. Small khaki head with thin lacing.
S-first whiff is dark fruit followed by a smoky malt. Similar to some sweeter milk stouts.
T- much like the smell. Fruity, smoky, with a roasted malt. It's a brighter taste than you would think, but not much of a hop presence. By the end the sweetness of the fruit kind of consumes.
F- light and smooth. Taste lingers.
O- a unique beer that I could see getting on tap, but probably won't get another 6 anytime soon.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hazy
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why the call this a light porter. Obviously, they explain. But I don't get it. Good appearance with very very thick head that doesn't go anywhere. The flavor isn't very overpowering, which is maybe why they call it light. Thin watery feel. The 7.2 is barely noticeable.

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Busted Knuckle Ale from Big Woods Brewing Co. / Quaff On! Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.