Working Man's Lunch - Fullsteam Brewery

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A tribute to the Southern tradition of an RC Cola and a MoonPie. We brew this beer with biscuity malts, vanilla, and chocolate nibs from Raleigh's own Escazu Artisan Chocolates. But instead of using a traditional, dry English or Scottish ale yeast, we get zany and brew with a German (Weihenstephan) yeast strain. This lightens up the beer and adds vanilla and banana notes to give it that MoonPie connection. The result is a drinkable "dark ale" that, like most of our plow-to-pint beers, doesn't fit neatly into any one particular style. Have your three martinis, Boss Man. We'll take a Working Man's Lunch.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 10-02-2010)
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4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep roasted chesnut brown with a tinge of ruby,a thinner beige colored head atop.Aromas of chocolate and roasted nuts really stood out,light vanilla and clove-like spice were subtle.A little sharp in the mouth but after awhile it did mellow a bit.Bitter chocolate,molasses,and vanilla flavors with light roasted nut on thepalate,a decent earthy/woody drying note in the finish.A pretty good after dinner beer,I have never had a moon pie or RC cola for that matter but I'll take their word for it.

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3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery on 3/3/12.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a slight reddish hue. There's no head on this pour. The nose smells spicy and mildly chocolaty. The flavor has a rich malty character of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and a little nuttiness. However, there's an odd creamy, yeasty note that in my opinion detracts from the flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied with little carbonation.

This would have been a pretty solid beer if not for the off notes. I will probably revisit.

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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler from Sam's - really dig the growler design, filled 11/19, it should be noted that this isn't really brewed to fit the typical stout profile, so don't go in expecting such, paired nicely enough with thanksgiving foods

a: nonic pint, deep mahogany brown in color, topped with a head that quickly recedes to a thin ring

s: chocolate covered nuts, biscuit, woody cocoa, vanilla, nice estery banana profile from the german yeast, mildly hopped, hits the target cola and chocolate/cake notes well

m: carbonation light-moderate, lightly prickly, not particularly heavy but satisfying

t: nutty and moderately sweet, dark chocolate coated banana; the vanilla, cocoa husks, and estery hefe yeast do indeed create something of a moonpie sensation, but it takes just a bit of imagination; kinda get the cola syrup as well, the sweeter flavors really come out after warming to room temp, dry cocoa and cake in the finish, lighter than a typical stout - with roasts and sugars playing off a dry, biscuity base

d: no problem here, I was left with most of the growler given that most of the fam is either on some zany diet, gluten intolerant, or prefers a safer beer

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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am starting to appreciate the uniqueness of this local brewery. I like that their beers are enough off kilter to be hard to categorize. The trick then, of course is to make them really good in addition. This moonpie inspired stout pours a dark cola color with creamy tan head that only visits for a spell. I get the vanilla and banana notes right away and your typical roasted malt stout tones are mostly hiding.

The thin body really lets the hefeweizen notes take over the taste as well, although some kind of stout sanity is restored in the aftertaste, which has roasty and creamy and a touch of chocolate. The smoothness of the texture helps here as well. A bit of a sour note and a hint of oilyness round out the flavors.

This isn't really a great stout but like their ham sandwich porter, it is interesting and certainly worth trying. Maybe a little odd for everyday consumption, I can see giving this a shot every once in a while.

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Working Man's Lunch from Fullsteam Brewery
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