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Working Man's Lunch - Fullsteam Brewery

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

beerlaodark, Mar 27, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

tdm168, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

GTB, Mar 04, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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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2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared at the last BA BA tasting.

A: Pours a soda-like caramel with a very fizzy short lived head. The color isn't bad but the carbonation seems pretty active.
S: Diet soda mixed with a bit of chocolate. Not the best odor on this one. I was expecting something sweeter.
T: Tastes like flat Coke but not as sweet. I get some vanilla and Dr. Pepper like flavors as well. The finish has slight flavors of bubblegum and clove, and the aftertaste reminds me of chocolate syrup. For a brown ale that is supposed to taste like RC Cola and Moonpies, think is a noble effort, and the soda flavor is especially prominent, but as a beer overall it's just an average brown ale.
M: Fizzy soda carbonation, medium slick body, with a bubbly and spritzy mouthfeel.
O: This tastes more like soda that doesn’t have enough syrup than it does beer, and I thought it could use some polishing. This definitely was a unique and interesting experience, but overall its still an average to below average brown ale

scottfrie, Nov 23, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with mohogany notes. half inch off white head.

Well I had this again for a second time, and it was loads better. Above all, the idea is the Moonpies and cola. It looks like a fresh poured cola. Loads of chocolate, and a decently smooth malt. It could really benefit from nitro, it would really add that layer of smoothness akin to the cream in Moonpies.

Sits light, and begs you to have at least two.

VncentLIFE, Nov 06, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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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4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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
Working Man's Lunch from Fullsteam Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.