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

Not Rated.
Busted Knuckle AleBusted Knuckle Ale

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19 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 19
Hads: 98
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 33.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 29 | 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:
Beer added by: robwestcott on 11-07-2010

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.
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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 98
Reviews by rlee1390:
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3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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%

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 +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acknight
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mbratt93
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachpaschal
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dhaehnle
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%

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

Photo of theRooster90
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of warpig372
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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 +12.3%
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 +7.1%
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


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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Badassharley2007
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of Hazy
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
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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Photo of AnthonyGregory2014
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Cmteagardin
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of bhardes
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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…

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Busted Knuckle Ale from Big Woods Brewing Co. / Quaff On! Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.