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Biggie Smalls - Brash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoggarth on 10-16-2013)
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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date but this was just released a week or two ago.

A: Pours a very, very dark brown with red highlights. Tall, frothy medium brown head. Head fades out fairly quickly. Sparse but decent thick chunks of lacing. Good head retention.

S: Huh, interesting. Smells like a barrel aged stout. Lots of caramel and burnt sugars. Not really getting much rum, maybe the bourbon is overpowering it. Decent dark fruits floating around in there. I swear I even get some cocoa - isn't this a brown ale and not a stout? I'm not complaining, it's a wonderful, wonderful aroma. Just not what I was expecting.

T: Now we're talking. Very barrel heavy up front. Loaded with bourbon but also with rum. In fact, now I think there's more rum than bourbon. Very sweet. Again with the burnt sugars and caramel but with a strong fruitiness now from what I assume to be the rum barrels. Some charred oak and bittersweet cocoa. I don't really get any brown ale characteristic out of this. There is some toasted malt but it seems more roasty like a stout than anything. Super barrel heavy throughout. Aftertaste is more drying oak, cocoa and hints of dried dark fruits. Long lingering booziness in the aftertaste. Once it warms fully I do get a little bit of nuttiness hanging around between sips.

M: Heavy and boozy, which works nicely together.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Super barrel heavy, with a great balance between rum and bourbon. However, the base beer feels lost. Honestly I never would have expected this to be a big barrel aged brown ale, I would have assumed it was a barrel-heavy stout. Some cocoa, some char, no nuttiness and maybe just a hint of toasted malt. It might be more apparent with some age and if the barrel character fades a bit. This is definitely big and boozy with a huge strength of barrels - check it out if that's your thing.

Dope, Oct 20, 2013
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Appearance: very dark brown, nearly opaque. Fairly thin mocha head.
Smell: wood is very prominent just out of the fridge. Some malty richness in the background.
Taste: flavor is quite different from the nose. Very complex and rich. Typical brown ale with rum and whiskey notes, wood and a little bitterness in the finish. Very interesting.
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Pours near black brown with a finger and a half dark tan head. Nice retention and a fair bit of lace.

Inviting aromas of sweet rum, cocoa, vanilla and brown sugar.

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Biggie Smalls from Brash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.