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Biggie Smalls - Brash Brewing Company

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16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 81
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 6.13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hoggarth on 10-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 81
Photo of pagriley
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint. bottle dated 9/13/13
Re-reviewed July 2015

A - Pours such a deep brown that it appears almost black - good head. Thick almost syrupy legs coat the class with a brief swirl.

S - Boooze :) A nice blend of bourbon with a hint of spice coming from the rum casks (it is aged 50/50 in each). Some malty sweetness coming through, but you have to search for it, and who cares when this much awesome booze is smacking you in the face
Edit - booze has softened considerably over the past 9 months - very well integrated now.

T - Heavy booze and barrel characteristics up front. Sweetness followed by a tiny touch of bitterness on the finish from the roasted malts (no real hop profile to speak of). Harshness of prior tastings has mellowed and there is now a hint of smokiness from the malts - superb.

M - Creamy with a surprisingly bright carbonation given the thin head. A touch light in body to match the style - rich and satisfying but not so much you can't finish a pint. Would have liked a bit more backbone, but still very good.

O - Super impressed although the imperial brown ale tag doesn't ring true to me - or at least I am struggling to see the difference between this and a barrel aged scotch ale. Perhaps this is a bit darker with more roast profile than a scotch and a little less sweet, but could easily fall into the same category. Overall fantastic. Worth seeking out if they ever make it again! (1,452 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown nearly black and almost solid in color. Nice light tan one finger head that retains nicely.

Smell is great lots of vanilla and barrel overlay a bold malty beer. Whiskey and run blends nicely In The nose nicely. Some nice toasted marahmellows are also laced throughout the brew.

Taste is awesome and follows the nose. Rich slightly nutty slightly sweet malt is forward along with a great barrel presences laced with vanilla and marahmellow. Slight whiskey in the middle and rum comes out on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is great. somewhat thick with mild carbonation. Good amount of malty stickiness and a slight dry finish. (643 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,862 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with one finger of dark tan head that fades to a splotchy lacing, with a thin line of head sticking around.

Smell: Tons of barrel character and sweetness, bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate and also some spiced rum for sure. No hoppiness comes through though, this is straight barrel and sweetness, I get a touch of honey as well.

Taste: Wow, nice bourbon flavor up front with touches of chocolate and smoke. I get some brown ale qualities too, with a small dose of earth but this is overpowered by barrel qualities. A bit of spiciness from the rum barrel comes through to me in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with definite hints of alcohol, mostly bourbon but also the rum. More like an imperial stout than a brown ale, a definite sipper.

Overall: A really solid beer that I will need to get more of to age. Absolutely worth seeking out. (876 characters)

Photo of skylab
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a few reviewers have stated, I too have yet to find a barrel-aged beer that I don't like and this one is no exception. Dark, hot, chocolatey, spicy, vanilla-ee (?) and everything good that you would expect here. A little bitter but sweet too and good-n-warm from the alcohol. Great for a crappy, cold, wet day. A fantastic example of the breed from a brewery that seldom gets it wrong. (390 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a good example of a barrel aged beer (haven't had one yet that wasn't) The rum does come out quite nice in this one, it is more complex than your normal bourbon barrel beer, probably from the combo of whiskey and rum. still "boozy" and quite a bit of heat, a little sweeter but not offensive at all. wish the base brown ale came out a little more, probably would with age as the rum tones down. almost taste like a stout with the complexity but that don't bother me a bit! yum! (485 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.
Overall: very nice brew. Kudos to Brash. (381 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 12.99. Bottled 9/13/13. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

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.

Sweet blend of flavors. Chocolate, whiskey, molasses, burnt caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, rum and alcohol. Interesting interplay between the rum and whiskey barrel notes dancing above the chocolate and molasses. Good stuff.

Medium heavy, creamy body with light carbonation. Long sweet whisky chocolate boozy finish.

My favorite dark beer from Brash. I've enjoyed Pimp, Texas Exile and Smoglifter but this far surpasses them in richness and complexity. Well done. (756 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cola with a little light shining through. Has a very effervescent one finger head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing or retention.

S - Crazy... The rum barrel sweetness and whiskey barrel edge don't compete for attention, but really complement each other. Besides the obvious, I'm getting brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla.

T - The whiskey comes on in the front and follows through towards the end. In the middle, a good dose of the rum barrel comes in with a touch of vanilla and chocolate.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation and a smooth/velvety delivery.

O - Impressive... Brash comes through again with another stellar concoction of awesomeness. (688 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 09/13/13. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head that stuck around a little while. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and boozy, the brew smells like rum, vanilla, whiskey, dark fruit (raisin, plum), molasses, and some dark breadiness. For the most part the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some toffee, licorice and a woody/earthy bitterness noticeable. Nice balance between the sweet and bitter earthy flavors. For it being an almost 2 year old bottle, it's a little boozier than I expected it to be. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, it's tasty and ages well (at least this bottle did). Kinda pricey at $15.49 a bomber, but I'm still glad I tried this one. (837 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $12.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 09/13/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a lightly creamyish, beige head that never grows tall but never quite disappears.

Smell: Sweet, spicy, boozy aroma of dark malts, spiced chocolate, molasses, dark caramel, dark fruit, and the oakiness and notes from the dual barrel aging.

Taste: Follows through with the aroma. Heavy, dense, dark malty flavors of molasses, chocolate ganache, brown sugar, caramel-dipped nuts. United whiskey, rum flavoring, with a full sweetness and even at this early stage some full-on gullet warming. Spiced raisins. Modest oakiness. Peppery alcoholic quality tickles the tongue, steadily building to a rather warm, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: This was good. Some Imperial Browns are like popping in a watching the movie "Gerry." Not the case with Biggie Smalls! (940 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So my first encounter with Brash was not pleasing to me, but I'm a Forgiver. So I've Forgiven, & here we are with another Brash offering, a 22 oz. bottle split with my wife. Yeah, I'm a sucker for the barrel. I hope I don't regret it.

The pour is all brown ale, if it was black...OK, a tiny bit of brownish red lurks around the edges. Small quotient of carbonation. The nose is quite a hit up in my head, pretty sure I can pick out both barrels in alternating whiffs along with chocolate & a dollop of maple syrup. Yum.

Biggie Smalls tests my belief that I've never met a beer that was too hot. Hot Hot Heat alcohol makes for a boozy introduction & sets up camp on the very back of the tongue in a lingering, warm, shot-like manner. If I didn't know, I'd wonder if whiskey barrels were in here, as I'm mostly getting a sweet shower of rum. My stomach warms after three sips. Mid-palate is spicy, (the rum, I presume), a little chocolate, sweetness accentuated by the rum, vanilla (which might be the whiskey contribution). So easy to drink. For a bouncer-beer, this goes down like a lightweight.

Brash, I'm glad I came back for another round. This is a fine example of (a) barrel-aging, (b) how barrel-aging can pretty much obliterate a base beer, (c) personal redemption, & (d) what the fuck am I talking about? Success. This is a very good beer that could easily be excellent with a bit of contribution from the 'brown ale' underneath. (1,443 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/13/2013. Pours fairly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, cocoa, vanilla, clove, oak, raisin, plum, whiskey, rum, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and rum/whiskey barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, cocoa, vanilla, clove, oak, whiskey, rum, raisin, plum, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of spicy/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, cocoa, vanilla, clove, oak, rum, whiskey, raisin, plum, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and rum/whiskey barrel flavors; with a very nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and fairly sticky/oaky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged imperial brown ale. All around good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and rum/whiskey barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,634 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Sammy and Liam.

Beer is very dark brown with a smallish tan head.

Nose is strong, but full of booze. Lots of it. Whisky.

Taste contains booze, lots of whisky. Also oak. Vanilla is there as well. Quite sweet.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall. quite sweet. Not bad, but the barrel effect is overwhelming. I would prefer if the barrel was toned down somewhat. (394 characters)

Photo of ahommell
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, cream colored, 1 finger head. Pours a deathly black that light fails to permeate. Lacing throughout.

S: I can smell dark fruit and licorice and I havent even brought it close to my nose. Fantastic scent wafts towards me. On closer inspection, there is a strong scent of coffee, licorice, dark fruits, maybe some alcohol scent.

T: Umm... Oh hello alcohol. Tastes like a rum runner mixed with coffee. After the alcohol gets out of the way.... you can find chocolate, coffee, toffee, and dark fruits. This is not for the faint of heart, nor is it a good beer to give someone new to the style.

M: Full body. Carbonation is low... which really allows the layers of taste to settle into a nice even carpet on the mouth.

O: Complex yet brash (pardon the pun) in a "hits you in the face and then puts you to sleep sort of way." I would make note that this will stain if dropped. One drop of this beer will make fabric five pounds heavier because it is so strong and thick. I rarely give "must try" ratings... and this one is on the cusp. If I drank two of these... it would be in for sure. (1,098 characters)

Photo of tmm313
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost black body. Poured a nice, creamy 1 finger head. Good trailing and lacing.

S- Huge booze, chocolate, dark fruit, and some licorice.

T- Booze is ridiculous in this beer. Once you get past the huge rum bite up front, chocolate, dark fruits and licorice mix in quite well.

M- Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

O- I thought this was ok. My friends who like liquors better than craft beer absolutely loved it. I drank a pint and called it quits. I did appreciate the flavor profile and complexity, but my least favorite feature in beer is boozy burn. And this stuff was hot. (591 characters)

Biggie Smalls from Brash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.