Big Red Rocket | Bridge Road Brewers

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Bridge Road Brewers

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dgilks on 02-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by heygeebee:
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2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on tap at the Local Taphouse.

Intense dark red chestnut, almost a deep cherry red. One finger head, that did not linger. Zero lacing.

Initial aromas of chocolate, leaning toward a dark choclate.

Sweetly alcoholic taste, maybe some cherries.

Here's the rub. Five minutes later (and this confirmed by my drinking mates) it seems as though I am sitting on the sofa at home beside Mrs Heygeebee, who is taking her nail polish off. As (a) she's not here, and (b) no other ladies are doing the same in the bar, this is quite frankly weird and I would not be writing this if it was just my opinion. A rich and overpowering acetone aroma.

A huge disconnect between nose and taste, which is still going on the sugary, alcohol driven, side of things. I have given it 2 for smell, that would be a 4 to start with and 1 to finish with.


One to enjoy a small sample of, not least due to the alcohol content.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of laituegonflable
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty red colour with muddy haze through the body. Head is nice, tight and dense with a thin crown retaining. Lace is not that sticky but otherwise it's good.

Smells nice and sweet. A good malty beer with lots of complex sugars on it. Brown sugar with touches of cherry, sweet port and a nice vanilla and coconut touch possibly from the oak. Beautiful, sweet and rich. I love it.

Tastes quite sweet on the assault, malty with caramel and brown sugar notes. Develops richer sweet notes towards the mid and also quite a lot of booziness at times with brandied cherries and a mild touch of cleaning solvent strength. Coconut notes on the back and develops a mild and unfortunate bubblegum flavour as well. But it's the only duff note from an otherwise pleasantly heavy and sweet beer.

Sticky, fairly thick mouthfeel with a nice slick touch as it goes down. Boozey heat though, as well. Good.

A pleasant drop, but a bit hot at times so couldn't down too many of these. Good job.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Local Taphouse's Great Australian Beer SpecTapular in February.

Pours a bright and bold cloudy reddish orange colour. Fine head of very slightly off-white. Good body and lacing. Looks very decent indeed.

On the nose? I don't want to say ass, but it's there. Some grape juice as well, and a sharp astringency. Slightly organic rotting grains character. Weird. Immediately I think they've screwed up their barrel aging.

Taste is spicy with a big metallic astringency. Odd weizen notes of banana bubblegum come through, along with a hint of porty oak characters. Certainly some wild-like funk to it as well. Feel is biting with slight cidery acidity, and the booze is heavy.

No, I don't think this was quite right. This tastes like what happens when you throw a beer at oak without a lot of thought. I think it's picked up some weird unexpected innoculations from the barrels, and has veered off course. Still an interesting beer, and an interesting experiment. I just think it's not one that they pulled off successfully.

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Photo of dgilks
4.67/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear red colour with a small off-white head. Nice lacing.

Great big grape and fruit aroma. Quite sweet but with plenty of complexity between the fruit notes and malt.

Amazing flavour. I love the interplay of sweet muscat grapes, vinous wine, oak, malt, gooseberry and tropical fruit. This goes against my normal penchant for hoppy beers but I really dug this.

Medium body with low carbonation. Silky soft.

A sweet, rounded beer with lots of complexity. Nice character from the 50 year old barrels.

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Big Red Rocket from Bridge Road Brewers
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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