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Item Nine - Brash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 11-18-2012)
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2.9/5  rDev -22%

ordybill, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of OnTheBusWithGus
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

OnTheBusWithGus, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours a dark orange colour, quite sedimenty. Whispy thin head, off-white, nice trails of lace but head is very unimpressive. OK.

Smells kind of off. Fruity, with mango and passionfruit, then a decent chemical aroma - metallic, somewhat cleaning agent-esque. Not bad but definitely weird.

Taste is OK, a bit strong. Malty upfront that gets more robust towards the finish with toffee and warming molasses. Some fruity tang - strong mango and blood orange, with some mild hop resins. Not very bitter but has a brandy kind of robustness to it towards the mid-late that's a bit odd. Not bad, but feels a bit thick and gluggy.

Not an everyday drinker. OK I guess.

laituegonflable, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of searsclone
3/5  rDev -19.4%

searsclone, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%

$ 7.99/bomber at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma – faint malt
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular ring varying from 1 to 10 mm
Lacing OK – partial rings and islands of very small to small bubbles
Body orange, hazy
Flavor of malt, alcohol, and some fruity overtones; no diacetyl; ends with chalky bitterness.
Palate medium to full, oily, lively carbonation

This is my first of this style and I’m not likely to repeat it. It meets the style guidelines but just doesn’t have the hop forward flavor to cover the alcohol and the slightly sour maltiness.

Ozzylizard, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of MarkDeming
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

MarkDeming, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 11, 2014.

The pour is a kind of medium amber-orange color with a generally lingering off-white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma surprises me. It has a full and sweet barley malt character similar to a barleywine but not quite there. A toasted biscuit feel and limited hops. No booze.

The body is medium to full.

The taste is not dissimilar to a Barleywine but not quite as pungent. It is more like a good barleywine that has been cellared for a year or more. Toasted barley malts, mild sweetness, but low hop bitterness. The malts rule the day. No alcohol in the taste.

puboflyons, Jul 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

ironchefkook, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of BigOldOaf
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

BigOldOaf, Jun 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jessedionne, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Ebruth, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

It appears in the glass with a deep copper body and off white khaki head forms thick, frothy head fine speckled lacing.

Aromatics have big malt layers bordering on a barleywine, hops have dulled a bit but it works. Earthy, herbal, dank hop nose goes with the big malt layers, booze ridden backend jumps out of the glass as well. There’s deep fruit notes, a touch of ripened banana and tart apple.

The flavor has a brash abrasive hop and alcohol combo of pleasantries on the palate, big cloying malt profile residual sugars not full fermented out…hop character fading a bit is still resilient enough to make its mark. Earthy, pine, and garlic like vegetal notes in the hop profile, booze is shining through with each sip a bit fusel alcohol going on.

Mouthfeel here is downright BRASH and abrasive on the palate, each sip fatigues the palate a bit more into submission, medium to full bodied residual sugars give it a chewy texture. Carbonation is natural bottle fermented unfiltered, you realize this as you pour the last of the dregs in.

Overall, this will put hair on your chest. Really go ahead and try any of their beers out there, all of them have some pretty rough qualities this big beer bordering in barleywine/strong ale territory is no joke.

WVbeergeek, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Patches826
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Patches826, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Trish
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Trish, May 28, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev -11%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color capped by an inch of foam; a few strands of lacing are left

Smell: Shortbread, banana and citrus pith; surprisingly bitter

Taste: Shortbread with hints of toffee and banana, up front, with a rough bitterness building in the middle; after the swallow, the sweet and bitter flavors clash in a boozy mess

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy but hot

Overall: Some styles were not meant to be combined and I think this is a poster child for that

brentk56, May 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

EgadBananas, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

GTB, May 10, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%

22oz brown bottle purchased from Jane's Beer Store in Mountain View, CA.

Pours a faintly hazy golden colour, with a fine but filmy head of white that persists only as an oily film. Body is very heavy, holding lots of static carbonation when tilted. Some mild, slightly sudsy lace. Looks decent enough.

Nose is slightly disappointing. Boiled-orange heavy, with stacks of rather neutral malt giving a sugary consistency to the aroma. Slight oxidation comes through as well, perhaps slightly clovey or peppery. There's even a slight fug of tobacco smoke to it. I can't say I'm all that impressed, even though by some measure it's what you expect from a strong hoppy American brew like this.

Taste is similar. There's definitely a flat, sherry-like oxidation to it, giving a papery overtone and a slight medicinal quality. Some definite hoppy bitterness towards the back, roiling around in that heavy, slightly unclean malt morass. Towards the back is a more metallic harshness. Yeah, it's not great. There's certainly unpleasant elements to it.

Feel is thick. In isolation it would be pretty good, but the palate doesn't give it much to work with.

I'm not a fan. This has plenty of unpleasant characters to it, leaving the beer feeling like a fairly harsh and unpalatable strong without a lot of finesse. I can imagine that this is just bad because it's old, or because it wasn't stored well, but I also can't necessarily envisage how this beer would be good when it was fresh.

lacqueredmouse, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

greenspointexas, May 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Fejj, Apr 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Brinks, Mar 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

jrpapajcik, Jan 31, 2014
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Item Nine from Brash Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.