Bad Penny Brown Ale | Big Boss Brewing

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Bad Penny Brown AleBad Penny Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by atsprings on 04-17-2007

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of larryinnc
2.05/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

The seasonal beers are actually decent, but I cannot tolerate the year round brews from Big Boss. I really really tried to like their beers - but ever since first going there when it opened, I immediately noticed a horrible aftertaste. Maybe a bad batch? Tried a 2nd, and 3rd, and the other of the year round varieties - even from the bottle over the past few years. Nope - that's the way it's brewed. As others have commented, there is an off aftertaste and suspect something wrong with the brewing process (sanitization?). However, I do know a couple people that do like and even love their year round beers - so to each their own.

Anyway, it's worth a visit to check out the brewery if you've never had their beers, but IMHO, there's too many other good breweries in NC that I would try first.

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Photo of mentor
2.08/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for this one. Pours a thin layer of tan head that quickly shifts to a ring around the glass. Nearly pitch liquid has dark brown edgings. Smells soured malt cherry and black patent. Not so good. Cream and chocolate. Lactic?

Tastes wet sweet with drying woody and soured caramel tang. Nutty and thin yet bitter coffee flavor. Not good. Astringent dry finish with carbonation acrid chiming in as an unpleasant counterpoint. Light body and strong carbonation. Dumper, life is too short to drink lousy beer.

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Photo of jrstamp
2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: Dark brown. Very low carbonation, not to style.

S: Huge unappealing esters, not sure what to call them, but very unappealing. Feels like it was fermented way to warm. Almost don't want to taste this.

T: Tastes better than it smells, but it is still pretty bad. Very muted malt flavors. Definitely get a cardboard taste.

M: Medium

O: Not a fan of this at all. I think there is a process problem, maybe a very high fermentation temp to get that nose.

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Photo of dankjohn
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of JordanPP
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Jerid
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of dfpratt09
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Lob
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. Bottling month and year numbers for notching are written on the side of the label, but there are no notches.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is a beautiful deep, ruby-tinted brown. A finger of buttery, creamy, light tan head settled to a thin lacing and thick, buttery ring around the edge.

Smell: Kind of funky. I am unsure if the general impression is nutty or medicinal rubber. I think it may be a combination of both. Underneath are aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, black licorice, and some dark fruit esters (mostly plum and cherry).

Taste: The mouthfeel is pretty creamy. The nutty/rubbery quality dominates. Though there are toasted undertones, the flavor is very tart. Sweet caramel, toffee, toasted malts, a little cocoa, and both sweet and dark esters (apple, plum, and cherry). After letting it sit for a few minutes, the medicinal quality becomes so overpowering that it just about ruins the whole beer.

Drinkability: It looks awesome, the smell is uninviting, and the flavor eventually becomes offensive. I suspect this bottle is past its prime so I will stay open minded. I think this one deserves an asterisk.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful, chocolate copper colored beer ith a slightly tanned head of about one finger. Remains about 1/4 inch for the duration of the cosumption. This looked great but went downhill from here.

Aroma had a slight chocolate aroma but was mostly filled with a vegetal aroma and battery acid. Not pleasing A Tall.

Flavor was the same. More vegetable flavors with some caramel and toffee flavors with a touch of chocolate. A very distinct sourness emerges that causes a slight pucker of the mouth. DMS aftertaste as well that nearly ruined the whole experience.

Not please with this one. Everything was slightly off but not horrible. I cant recommend this in good faith. Decent mouthfeel was and wonderful appearance but those were about the only redeeming qualities in this let-down.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark Brown with a little reddish highlights around the edges, aggressive pour yielded zero head. As stated by another reviewer, does have a cool label on the bottle.

Smell was decent, weaker coffee aroma with a touch of smokiness.

Taste is where this fell apart for me. Coffee initially, but then it was overtaken by a smokey, almost ashen flavor. The coffee almost became a little rancid. Not good.

Mouthfeel was OK, very little to no carbonation, slightly slick and filmy in the mouth.

Personally, not very drinkable for me. Too many good beers out there to settle for this one.

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Photo of bobbyc881
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark brown -- darker than most. Bit closer to porter color. Light brown head hang out for a while. Aroma is light chocolate.

Taste begins smooth and creamy, almost like chocolate milk. No real hop presence to speak of. Finish, as other people have mentioned, definitely reminds me of a cola. Maybe it's the carbonation that lends to this? Almost like a chocolate coke. It's odd, I can't decide if I like it.

Although it starts creamy, overall the mouthfeel is a bit thin and over carbonated. Not sure I could drink another one of these. Fairly average brown ale -- and I can't quite put a finger on what went wrong.

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Photo of Mark_Robinson
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of ToddThompson
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of HungProcess
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of mquartuccio87
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of RevRaymer
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of smerkinb
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From notes on 4/19/09.

Pours a deep mahogany with a 1/2" tan head that looks smooth and creamy. The head quickly collapses into a thin collar.

Wow, this smells great. Sweet malty, rich earthy scent smacks me across the face. Deeper is a chocolate roast. Hints at complex flavors, is inviting, even tantalizing. As it warms, caramel scent enters the scene. Can't wait to taste this...

Alas, the taste doesn't live up to all the nose promises. Flat, slightly burntish malt. No sweetness and I can't detect any balancing hops. The finish is a late metallic note.

The mouthfeel is good on this beer right up until you swallow. All that's left after that is a chalky, too dry feel. Almost like I would imagine my mouth would feel after sucking on a dry sponge for 5 minutes. I assume this is the hops trying to let me know they're under there somewhere.

I am super, uber disappointed. I have had this beer twice before and have looked forward to this chance to finally review it. I feel like it was reduced to potential for me. It's got a creaminess that doesn't quite hold up, a complexity that never equals the sum of it's parts and the finish is strike 3. The roastiness becomes burnt and the alcohol becomes prominent.

I will definitely have another go at this one to give it a fair shake--my bottle is less than amonth old but maybe one of us is having an off night.

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Photo of oregonskibum
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is generally brown, although there are some orange hints when held up to a light. Pours with a 3/4 light tan head that fades quickly.

S: Not a lot going on in the smell. Some faint nuttiness along with roasted malts and cocoa notes.

T: Getting more cocoa early in the taste, but then it fades and is replaced by, not much (?). At some point, a bitterness reminding me of burnt coffee kicks in. There's nothing offensive or off in the flavors, there's just not much there.

M: Light body body, almost to the point of being thin, with low to medium carbonation. Makes for an easy quick drink.

D: While not offensive, this beer doesn't have a lot going for it. Flavors are just to weak. I won't mind finishing the bottle, but I wouldn't track this down.

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Photo of yaksurf
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bung
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Real nice dark brown pour, white bubbly head. Aroma is of heavy malt with some yellow raisin. Taste has some malt, brown sugar, raisin, but is then overwhelmed by a cardboard like flavor. Not sure if this is supposed to be some woody characteristic but it is not good. Like if you let your McDonalds soda sit for a day then try and drink it. Mouthfeel is ok with some carbonation. Might be drinkable if not for this large problem also.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fishguyac
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Bad Penny Brown Ale from Big Boss Brewing
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