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Biggie Smalls - Brash Brewing Company

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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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Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

jrenihan, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

kaelingirl, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of xseanprimex
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

xseanprimex, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Fcolle2, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev -3.4%

beergorrilla, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Zaphog, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

liamt07, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Sammy, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of DantheMan75
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

DantheMan75, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev -3.4%

PatGreer, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Kaveman
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Kaveman, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of skylab
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

skylab, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

sendbeer, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Beerlover
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Beerlover, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of osuskin
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

osuskin, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jhlosito75
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jhlosito75, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

coz, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Gonzoillini, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of buzze40
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

buzze40, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev -3.4%

jplopez21, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of ajzy
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

ajzy, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

maximum12, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of seangibbs60
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

seangibbs60, Nov 13, 2013
Biggie Smalls from Brash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.