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Working Man's Lunch - Fullsteam Brewery

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery visit their website
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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Sicem99, Jul 08, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moon Pie! Pours something close to black with a moderate head. The chocolate note comes through, followed by a vanilla creaminess.

Didn't think I'd like this, but I did because of it's subtlety. The malts and sweet play off each other nicely. Not as heavy as it sounds; actually an accessible moderate feel.

deafbrew, Feb 08, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one tonight on cask at The Wooden Nickel served in a slim glass a hazy dark brown almost black with a decent khaki diminishing head. Aroma was a nice blend of smooth cocoa and roasted malts. The taste was a wonderful blend of smooth milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts and mild subdued hops. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth with decent carbonation. I have been looking forward to this one, and was lucky enough to get my first taste of it on cask. If it's even half as good on-tap I will be a very happy man!

atsprings, Oct 03, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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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.

oberon, Mar 06, 2011
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GTB, Mar 04, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black body with a white pillowy white head that lingers

Smell - Chocolate Nibs banana yeast and a bit of sweetness - for once a beer is living up to its lofty goal but then again what is up with the RC cola?

Taste - this is right on the money. The taste comes through just like the nose and there is barely any malt additions to distract you from the brewers goal. This is a really interesting beer.

Mouthfeel- light and crisp. The flavors don't linger for too which is appreciated for something with such a distinctive taste.

Drinkability- it's a fun dessert beer and a neat surprise. Don't go searching for a deeper meaning but do go out and order it with an open mind.

TubaManJack, Dec 23, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +5%
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

blackie, Nov 30, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Fullsteam

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates to a long lasting ring. Smell is of roasted malt and weizen yeast. Taste is sweet with the lightly roasted malt and lots of yeast. There is a hint of chocolate in here but i suspect it is coming from the malt. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry and a surprisingly light body.

Interesting beer: very dark coloration with lots of Belgiany yeatiness and dryness. I wanted more chocolate or something. A little out of whack. Didn't really get any of the soda or moonpie taste.

note: the brewery listed this one at 5.6%, BA lists it at 4.2% and the brewery website puts it at 6%

VaterRoss, Mar 02, 2012
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SFNC, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

mp54790, Nov 06, 2012
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Working Man's Lunch from Fullsteam Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.