Biggie Smalls - Brash Brewing Company
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.83/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
01-25-2014 02:24:16 | More by jrenihan
4.46/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
01-18-2014 21:59:04 | More by Fcolle2
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
12-22-2013 22:00:14 | More by skylab
4.01/5 rDev -3.1%
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!
12-16-2013 00:21:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.19/5 rDev +1.2%
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!
12-14-2013 04:20:13 | More by Beerlover
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
11-15-2013 03:39:43 | More by maximum12
Biggie Smalls from Brash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.