Big Rock Fowl Mouth - Big Rock Brewery
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A while back Big Rock reps were shelling out this card stock list of new brews to expect in 2014, the first of which would appear to be the swearing chicken, billed as featuring East Kent Golding hops. I snagged a six-pack and hoped for the best. The brew looks OK, somewhere between dark gold and light bronze, with a quickly-breaking but initially majestic white head. Aroma was subdued for my liking, I had trouble smelling that peachy, earthy East Kent fragrance and instead got a washed-out dried fruit and leaf vibe, along with a generic sweet dark malt note. My sense of smell kinda sucks granted, but a more olfactory-gifted friend agreed that the aroma is underwhelming to say the least. Enough of this noise, let's taste it. I do get some pleasant vanilla and brown sugar malt notes, a mellow nuttiness like pecans perhaps ... The malts remind me a lot of Trad (seems to be the consensus) and there is this background rummy sweetness. I still can't taste the fucking hops though ... Sure, they are more prominent than in a brown ale and there is a little of that earthy English spice going on. Compare this to a legit English ESB, though, and it falls decidedly flat. I get some diacetyl which actually works with the overall sweet malt vibe. I also get this macro-brew flavor that I have trouble putting into words ... Cheap yeast? I dunno. Slightly buttery mouthfeel but the body is thin and the carbonation is high, with a dryish nutty finish. This is disappointing after Big Rock offered a few solid brews in the "Family Jewels" mixed pack. I might politely suggest that this brewery focus on mastering basic styles before they move on to such decidedly different offerings as "Druid Gruit". I have this cousin in BC who loves to talk smack about Big Rock and at this point all I can do is stand there slack jawed and take it ... Or perhaps counter than Granville Island is no better. In any event, this brew is not horrible, but 7 times out of 10 I fall into this damning via faint praise pattern with Paul's offerings. I wish it were different.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 21:06:35 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.26/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
330ml (really, 341ml wasn't small enough for y'all?) bottle, silly cartoon imagery of a chicken spouting PG-level, obfuscated profanity. Had a few equally slimmed-down 'pints' of this last week with the Big Rock marketing intelligentsia at their Edmonchuk release party.
This beer pours a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of lazily puffy, weakly foamy, and yet crazily creamy off-white head, which leaves some broad swaths of hovering invading mothership lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.
It smells of neutered biscuity, grainy, and bready caramel malt, muted generic orchard fruit, a bit of hard water flintiness, and rather sedate earthy, leafy hops. The taste is plain bready, grainy caramel and pale malt, a heavy Trad-influenced middle section, ethereal strained fruit, and even more understated earthy, weedy hops. Extra Special Bumpkis, here, ladies and germs.
The carbonation is light and mostly just easily frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit tacky in its middling smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, the house malt holding fast, wondering what all this fuss about extra special and hops was really all about.
Not a bad beer, per se, but I'm getting tired of using that particular caveat about this brewery's offerings, when they profess to be creating so much more. And not really anywhere near the standard-bearers for the style, the biscuity, hoppy notes just not there to qualify it as such. Sigh, disappointment may weigh large, but hope taking a bigger hit hurts a lot more. Blimey, indeed.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 02:40:00 | More by biboergosum
3.29/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
330ml bottle poured into pint glass 24/1/14
A clear light copper with lots of little bubbles but very little for head and zero lace
S sweet malt, some fruit I can't place, some old pennies, dry cereal, pretty basic
T tastes like Trad with slightly more hops and metallic notes, leaning towards a bitter but a little boring, just a hint of spice
M leaning towards medium, pin prick bubbles work well creaming it up almost to the point of foam, sweet malt and metallic notes on the finish
O OK but I wasn't overly impressed, has some "bitter" aspects but also has Big Rock written all over it,
They take a small step forward and then a small step back, just tastes like they through some extra hops into a batch of Trad
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 02:14:38 | More by wordemupg
Big Rock Fowl Mouth from Big Rock Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.