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Working Man's Lunch - Fullsteam Brewery

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atsprings on 10-02-2010

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.
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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 105
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours like a typical brown ale.
Smells like a hefeweizen with slight hints of chocolate and coffee.
Taste is overwhelmingly like a hefe, the maltyness coming in on the back end ever so slightly.
Mouthfeel is medium to light. Could use more carbonation.
Overall, the hefe-brown ale combo doesn't sit too well with me as the flavors don't go together very well.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Two finger light and slight creamy head, very light tan colored almost getting into a dark vanilla brown color. Body color is a nice dark walnut brown, quite dark with some nice red chestnut brown edges slightly. Solid looking brown ale.

Interesting aroma. Large amounts of canned peanut butter and hints of banana. Peanut butter and Elvis sandwich? Maybe not too far off. Nutty and just a little sense of toasty bread crust, but also thick and slightly sweet malts come out to be in the front. Interesting brew, quite fun, but could be a mess here hinting or something interesting. Some light clove and nutmeg dry spices just a bit. Solid but not sure the direction this beer is going.

Palate takes a very unexpected turn. Nutty flavors come but with a really weak watery palate. Quickly fleeting nuts and roast mid palate, even giving some of that fun peanut butter and banana, but rinses away to a large amount of cola flat sweetness. Large amounts of cola sweetness and watery soda sweet body and flat chocolate soda aftertaste. Hinted peanut butter and banana flavors continue but come out like a dead soda, and hardly any chocolate character to match as advertised.

Overall missing a lot of malt depth and backbone here, and the sweetness is just a little too much and off putting as well.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Working Man's Lunch from Fullsteam Brewery
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