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Chickow! - Triple Digit Brewing Co.

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very good

20 Reviews
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Reviews: 20
Hads: 167
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 24
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Triple Digit Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-08-2013

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Photo of Stevedore
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, two finger offwhite head, good retention, not much lacing. Smells of hazelnut, a bit of char, toffee. It's strangely hazelnut forward, but in some ways, the rest of it takes away from it. Flavour is a bit difficult to get past; mild hazelnut mixes in with a bit of caramel and toffee; not a whole lot else. Very sweet and fairly cloying. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner, a bit sticky, lower carbonation. Overall, it didn't work for me, but I can see how some people would like it. It's a bit too sticky, too sweet to be able to drink more than a glass.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery (which is Listermann).
Dark, opaque mahogany.
It smells sweet and fruity, like berries and bananas.
Damn! It tastes fruity too. Candyish. It's reminiscent of...something...Grapico? Lollipops? Chewy vanilla-butterscotch fudge?
Smooth, sticky, and sugary.
Entirely too sweet, but entirely delicious.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a shaker pint.

Looks like most brown ales. Dark brown with a slight ruby tint in the light. Very murky. Not much head, and no retention if what is there.

Smells crazy good. Roasted hazelnut, carmalized sugar, toffee, and pancakes.

Tons of hazelnut taste right off the bat, but without the coffee usually associated with it. Very, very rich and sweet syrup. More like corn syrup than maple. Toffee, a touch of vanilla, and a batter like flavor.

The very sticky, syrupy feel is where it falls off a bit for me. Makes it a litle harder to drink. My overall score is a little lower because of this aspect.

Make no mistake. This is a very tasty beer, but it is super rich. I would not recommend it for an outside summer evening patio drink as I did. I would love to try some varients. I think this one is set up really well for barrel aging too. The body could use a little thinning.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This had a grape flavor to me that was a little out of style and I'm not a huge fan of Hazelnuts but it does have a nice nuttiness. All in all a nice experimentation for brown ales which usually aren't all that extreme.

Edit. Had again and was much more enjoyable.

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Photo of Ri0
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Very dark brown mahogany with a very thin head and no lacing.

S - Big notes of sweet hazelnuts along with caramel, toffee, pancakes and syrup, and butter rum.

T - It follows the nose quite well and opens up with a sweet flavor. Definately hazelnuts, along with caramel and butter rum. Some roasted malts give it a touch of bitterness along with a nice toffee flavor.

M - Medium to lighter feel with low carbonation. A sticky sweet finish.

O - Really liked the flavor of this beer. It is sweet, but not cloying in any way. Enjoy on a cool fall night after dinner.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

This rating is for people who enjoy sweet dessert beers - if you're not looking for that in a brown ale, disregard!

On tap in a small snifter, at Tap House Grill in Kenwood.

A: Arrived in the snifter as a deep brown with cherry wood highlights. The head was thin and pale, with bubbles on the larger side. Lacing on the snifter was minimal during consumption.

S: The nose opens with heavy, heady sweetness, wreathed around nuttiness, cocoa, and warm toasty malt. There's a faint coppery tang to it as well. The scent doesn't bother hiding that this is a dessert beer.

T: The sweetness from the nose is even more pronounced in the first moments of tasting this beer, which opens with a rush of lactose mixed with dark chocolate, marshmallow, and a serious dose of hazelnut. As the middle hits, there is a detectable tinge of coppery metal, which remains through the finish. The malt presence is never what one would call pronounced, but it makes a nice counterpoint to the barrage of sweetness, and lingers a bit after the finish. It was not unlike drinking a s'more dunked in hazelnut syrup, between the chocolate, marshmallow, and toasty malt.

M: As close to perfect as a beer can feel, full and rich and creamy, all the way through. It was smooth, just carbonated enough.

O: A delightful dessert beer, sweet without being overly cloying, and rich in flavor. The lack of hop presence is a plus for this beer. Will repeat.

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Photo of Supalonnie
4.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am new to beer drinking and still working on my taste buds. The heavy mouthfeel of this beer comes in second only to Southern Tier's Creme Brûlée. The sweetness is a good thing for me as I continue to pursue others in this vein. The hazelnut is well to the fore in this beer/ale, as is light coco, some coffee, and what tastes like honey richness for me. Thank goodness I live in Cincinnati, because it's almost always available here! Don't be put off by the price point, 14.58, because it will be well worth it if sweet is your thang!

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Photo of minterro
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer from pkthebuckeye in a trade. Poured into a snifter.

A&S: Aroma consists of huge hazelnut tones, slightly balanced by coco backgrounds. Very dark opaque brown colored beer. Light tan head disappears quickly to a ring and leaving a thin ring around the outside of the glass.

T&M: Very rich taste. Similar to the aroma with the hazelnut, but there is a little more coco along with a carmel presence. Other elements include toffee and vanilla. Missing a coffee presence, which causes this beer to lack a bitter finish. A little too sweet, but it fits well right now, serving as a desert beer. Texture is mostly smooth, but the carbonation adds enough of a punch that makes the beer not completely mellow.

Overall: Very interesting brew. It did a great job sticking with some brown ale characteristics, but at the same time adding uniqueness along with another trait most brown's lack... favor. I rarely complain about this but the hazelnut is a little overwhelming, outside of that I would recommend this brown.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date, poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark on the table, ruby red to mahogany with a bit of a glow when held up to the light - not a lot of light getting through. Thin tan head upon pouring slowly died back to a ring at the edge. Some strands an islands of lacing that slowly slid back down the glass.

Smell: Very rich and quite sweet. Caramel, toffee, vanilla ice cream, waffles with maple syrup, fresh baked danish, and a hint of hazelnut.

Taste: Very sweet - not cloying but definitely dessert in a glass. Malt sweetness, creme brulee, toffee, rich caramel, rum soaked raisins, with some bitter at the finish including burnt sugar and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with light carbonation. Definitely sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: This may be one of the sweetest beers I've ever had, if not the sweetest, but it's still tempered by some bitterness so it's not cloying, but it's close. The beer is a dessert all by itself and is so strong I wonder if it would pair with food or if it might be too much. The intensity is such that I could not have a 2nd one in an evening. It's a special occasion beer, but it is definitely not an every day beer. Alcohol is well hidden but notable about halfway through the glass. Best pace yourself with this one. Definitely an extreme beer pushing the limits. Pick up a bottle if you have a sweet tooth.

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Photo of mothman
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beige head. Color is a dark brown.

Flavor profile: Marshmallow, chocolate, cocoa, hazelnut. Roasted malts with some syrup.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A little hot.

This beer is very flavorful, but it shows a little alcohol. It has a lot of flavors, but it is a little syrupy or artificially sweet.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Chickow! into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown with half of finger of tan head.

S - The aroma is of sweet hazelnut, candy, dark fruits. Some roasted malts.

T - Delicious! The sweet beer is of tame roasted malts, smooth hazelnut. Mid palate getting some sweetness again with a touch of coffee. On the finish getting toffee, carmel, with more sweetness and roasted malts.

M - A smooth medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - A very nice dessert beer. Highly Recommended ! Cheers!

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottles (Feb. 2014 an Feb. 2015).

Pours red-brown with good clarity and a modest but partly durable head.
Strong nutty aroma suggest a beer that is sweeter than this turns out to be. Rich, moderately sweet flavor with a medium load of hazelnut flavoring. Only mildly sweet upfront, it turns mildly bitter in the nutty aftertaste.

Medium+ body; medium carbonation. Smooth.

O: an imperial nut brown in both aroma and flavor. High ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery snifter. The pour is dark mahogany with ruby highlights when held to the light. It produces only about a finger of sandy-white head that quickly dissipates down to a fine lace. The nose is a little faint, but does have some malty notes and a hint of hazelnut sweetness.

The beer is medium-full bodied with a nice firm feel and a surprisingly balanced flavor (not sure why, but I expected this beer to be super-sweet). You get that toasty, nutty flavor of a GOOD American Brown Ale, with hints of sarsaparilla. The hazelnut comes in towards the back of the palate and it doesn't taste sweet and artificial. Instead, it's more harsh, husky, and earthy, balancing out some of the malt as hops ordinarily would. A very well-made beer. No booziness either, despite the high ABV.

A very welcome offering for those who appreciate ``malt bombs'' (like myself). Like Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown and DFH Palo Santo Marron, this beer illustrates the desperate need for an ``Imperial Brown Ale'' category. It almost seems unfair to consider this an American Brown Ale.

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Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at King's Table, Beavercreek, OH

A: The beer is ver dark reddish amber in color and appears black when viewed from afar. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: moderate aromas of sweet hazelnut syrup are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of hazelnuts along with a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a lot like a hazelnut flavored coffee without the coffee. It's definitely a dessert beer with the sweetness. The beer is very drinkable considering the strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives fudge brown with a nice tan cap; a few strands of lacing trail behind

Smell: Brown bread, mocha, caramel, hazelnuts and vanilla

Taste: Mocha and caramel, up front, with vanilla and hazelnut flavors building into the middle; some nutskin bitterness, after the swallow, but the hazelnuts, mocha and caramel flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While the beer is a bit on the sweet side so I wouldn't want to drink it in quantity, it brings a different flavor profile that is certainly worth sampling

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As one of Cincinnati's newcomers on the craft beer scene, Triple Digit isn't treading lightly- jumping right out of the gate with a Hazelnut Double Brown Ale. Not the safe Northern English "Newcastle Brown Ale-type" beer, but a bodacious, creative, and lush beer that's sure to win over the hard-core malty ale lovers.

The obvious brown-stained beer shows garnet highlights through a medium-weight haze. As the dark ale settles into the snifter, it releases a dainty, light tan head that tops the beer like latte. Lacing lightly on the glass, the beer denotes each sip with well-defined rings of foam.

Opening with a punch of nuttiness, there's no mild insinuations of hazelnut through malt, but an obvious overtone that commands the ale from nose to finish. But the rise of pure hazelnut extract is backed by sheer malty underpinnings: molasses, toffee, caramel walnut, and toast prop up the nutty flavors with strong sweetness and a creamy milkshake-type smoothness. Background dates and figs butt right up against rummy alcohols and minerally iron for a balance against the dessert-like sweetness to close the beer's taste.

Medium-full in body, the beer doesn't scream "imperial". Instead, its quiet and calm demeanor is lush, succulent and seductive as the toffee wraps around the tongue and extends its malt-forward demeanor deep into finish and aftertaste. Only the warm dryness of alcohol and the brisk iron-clad finish rivals its sweet focus.

Hazelnut seems to be a polarizing taste- love it or hate it, this is not an "everyone" kind of beer. Its meant to appease the sweet tooths and those who prefer to drink their dessert.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark brown to mahogany. Nice finger width tan head but minimal lacing.
S: big time notes of caramel, toffee, bread and vanilla. I do get a little of the nutiness, but not as much as expected.
T: very sweet as the caramel and biscuit maltiness rule the day. A hint of bitterness at the end but does little to balance the sweetness. The high ABV is barely noticeable.
M: Creamy and medium bodied with a carbonation level to match. Finished with a very sweet hang.
O: pretty enjoyable brew though perhaps a bit too sweet. Wanted a bit more nuttiness to cut the sweetness but its still inviting. Good effort and a nice sipper that can sneak up on you as the ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 04/08/2013
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Vintage: 2012
Glass: Southampton Tulip

Pours a brow mahogany in color w/ a 1 finger tan head that left nice lacing. Aromas of huge hazelnuts, caramel malts, vanilla, and breadiness. The taste was of big hazelnuts up front, leading into caramel/toffee, and finishing w/ biscuit and slight hop bite to balance. Only distraction in the taste is that slight metallic component. Medium bodied and very lush. Very easy to drink as the ABV is not at all noticeable and the hazelnuts offset the sweetness.

Overall, I would gladly drink this again. This brew is about as good as it gets for an American Brown Ale. The slight metallic flavor in the taste is the only knock.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - a translucent brown pour fills out to a dark brown glass with a small tan head. Looks good.

S - Some nutty aromas (hazelnut, I suppose) and dark fruits are most prominent. It's very sweet

T - Nutty, earthy, sweet, dark malty notes. It's very nice, a good complexity not found in the nose.

M - a big and thick beer, very smooth, high viscosity.

O - definitely a solid beer. It's a bit on the sweet side, but it works well with the nutty flavors.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Here's to Lightning McQueen... the pour shows a dark caramel brown color, a thin head of light mocha with impressive resilience.

Aroma - grains with a light toast, a touch of metal.

Taste - rich malts, far richer than the sniff lets on. Sweet they are, the toastiness remains light, and again a faint metallic note. Hazelnut shows up more on the aftetaste along with some alcohol warming. They come off a little green, a little stone fruit type of nuttiness. The finish keeps some sweetness along with the hazelnut and toasty grain. Although the high abv is evident, it is pretty well hidden by the big flavors.

Mouthfeel - rich and smooth. The carbonation is frisky but the body is so big that the bubbles are helpful for balance .

Overall - a nice change of pace with the hazelnuts. I would seek out the barrel-aged variety at Cincy Beer Fest.

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Chickow! from Triple Digit Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.