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Working Man's Lunch - Fullsteam Brewery

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 106
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 33.89%
Wants: 8
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: 106
Photo of deafbrew
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for opening this growler to start off a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a short tan head that leaves behind a tad bit of lacing and has a nice tan collar throughout the brew. The nose is pretty nice with a bit of roast and chocolate plus some mild German yeast characteristics. A bit of banana in there, though not really any clove. They certainly hit their description, though I'm not sure how well it works. The flavor is fairly roasty, though it is pretty light as well. Faint dark chocolate notes throughout as well as a lingering yeast presence. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is pretty good. Certainly unique.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of blackie
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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Photo of atsprings
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

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Working Man's Lunch from Fullsteam Brewery
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