Big Ben Brown Ale | Bull & Bush Brewery

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Big Ben Brown AleBig Ben Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Bull & Bush Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2003

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by mrseano:
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled (just right for the style) in a pint glass at the brewpub.

Medium residue brown color with good clarity. Thin white head settles quickly.

Aroma has elements of toasted malt, caramel, and rye bread.

Flavor is wonderfully balanced and drinkable. Same sort of character as the aroma alluded to. Totally mellow and spot on for an English brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly (low) carbonated.

Overall a really nice American version of a British classsic. Just with it was on cask!

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Fallen Rock. Mostly caramel, chocolate malt that bulks up mouthfeel until finish. A slightly sweet brown, a Newcastle substitute. Creamy, though a little astringent finish. English brown however dead on style.Malty aroma.Understated carbonation, slightly warm the way it should be.

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Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SalukiAlum
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of carteravebrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of famous_mortimur
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Klif
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap the other night at the brewery. Poured a nice dark reddish brown color with a decent light brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa and roasted nuts. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and very good, with flavors of milk chocolate, cocoa powder and roasted nuts.

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Photo of SamN
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with deep garnet hues. Sticky, lacy head, almost 1 finger thick. Nose has a musty metallic touch followed by dark roasted barley and grains, very straightforward. Taste is very English-style, some dark fruits with the classic brown ale tastes. Minimal mineral hops, not bitter at all. Bittersweet, coffee, touch of milk chocolate. Finishes clean, with a lingering grainy note.

Overall, a solid brown ale from a solid brewery. Would be great with food, preferably something greasy.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While the B&B is better known for their more off the wall experiments and their bigger brews, this is a great example of a brown ale. This is pretty much my go-to beer here.
Arrives a medium to dark brown with a standard 1/4" head on the top. It's not from a cask or nitro, but it has a thickness about it that won't make you miss that.
Smells like nuts, mild cocoa, and a little bit of English-style bittering hops. Not quite as potent as some, but still solid.
The taste is an excellent balance of maltiness and a clean slightly bitter finish from the hops. Spot on for style. It's like a mild Nutella-like flavor.
Texture is thick enough to emulate a cask delivery and the temperature usually isn't too cold either. Nice.
Nothing mind blowing, but just a good solid drinkable brown ale. Pairs well with a sandwich, fish, or even their hearty weekend brunch.

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Photo of brdc
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap on Falling Rock in Denver, nicely recommended by the bartender (too bad I forgot his name).
Dark brew with a reddish hue, a small tan head that is very thick, creamy and sticky.
A hoppier smell than expected for a brown ale, but it has some nice balancing malts as well.
This is medium-bodied, but very creamy, and that small head is very creamy as well.
Taste is again hoppier than the average brown ale, but it is very well balanced and pleasing.
A very good, impressive brown ale that I hope to find in bottles, and hope it is as good in a bottle as it is on tap.

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Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-11-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Pint pot mug
Purchased: On tap at the Bull & Bush

A dark brown, clear beer showing good retention and lace. Aromas are of caramel malts and brown sugar.

Taste is very smooth and malty - low hop presence; very easy drinking. This finish is somewhat sweet. Simple but expertly fashioned English brown.

Thanks to Patio for the use of his mug!

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Label info: BTL:9/4/14

NIce brownish hued body with a thick, rich, creamy head. Roasted grain aroma with faint notes of chocolate, coffee, and nuts; a smidgeon of vanilla. Mocha and cocoa flavors with a mild hop bitterness. Silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a lightly bodied residual sugar feel; very light effervescence on the tongue.

Warm and subtly sweet flavors melded with a toasty grain taste. A very smooth, velvety texture adds greatly to the overall appeal of this brown ale. Deep and complex flavors throughout with an easy drinking, smooth body. Highly recommended if you're looking for a lightly sweetened, malt-forward ale. This beer delivers the goods!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of venneman
2.47/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was really disappointed in this beer, mainly because I love brown ales and expect them all to at least have some redeeming quality. For Bull & Bush's offering, the only good quality was that it went down easily. The color was right, but the flavor was not so much. If they had called it just an ale, I think it would've gotten higher marks.

I'm wondering if the setting may have had an effect on this, as all of the other reviews rave from the tap rather than from a growler, so hopefully I can have a proper pint and give it better marks.

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Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a nice tan head. Nose has roasted malts, chocolate, nuts and toffee. Taste has bready malts with again a decent roasted malt presence. Medium body is nicely carbonated and drinks well. Good English brown ale from Bull and Bush.

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