Chickow! | Triple Digit Brewing Co.

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Average: 4.14 | pDev: 11.35%

Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 237

#19 ranked American Brown Ale | 10.00% ABV

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Triple Digit Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with little light transmission in the glass and a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with moderate lacing. Aroma of mild toasted dark malt, hazelnuts, cocoa and a little vanilla. Flavor is dark, lightly toasted malt, bitter chocolate, hazelnuts and vanilla, with a surprising amount of char developing into the finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess, nice mouth feel. Possibly one of the best brown ales I've ever had and high on the list for hazelnut browns too. The initial taste is full and rich and I found the increasing malt char developing into the finish to be a pleasant counterpoint to the hazelnut notes. Although the pour resulted in a modest head, the lacing was nice. I'm impressed with this and would get it often if it was in our NW market. Good job.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark amber brown with a quickly fading tan head. Smells like german sugared and roasted nuts with malt, very pleasant. Taste is similar at first, getting the nuttiness, sweetness, and roasted nature of the hazelnut, but then a change from smell with a very sweet wave of vanilla, hazelnut extract, sweetbread malt, and caramel. Very sweet! Perfect for dessert, but if not in the mood for that I could see how it is too much. Feel is thick, chewy, and sugary.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 4/27/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice khaki head; frothy lace.

Raspberry, hazelnut & light roast coffee bean notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Hazelnut & raspberry flavors up front; mild booze heat notes on the finish.

Simple & a bit blunt; still, enjoyable if you like the flavors.

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Photo of grover37
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle w Lisa at home during OSU/UM game. Good looking beer with nice lacing. Nice nose, caramel, toffee, nutty. Flavor is an artificial sweeteners though, not good. Body is medium, sweet but not thick. Pretty gross overall.

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Photo of gcamparone
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a bulb glass.

Pours a muddy brown body with a frothy light khaki head that leaves a layer of retention and spotty lacing.

Aromas are heavy butterscotch, hazelnut, molasses, vanilla. Taste is chocolate an hazelnut, coffee and molasses. Mouthfeel medium and low carbonation.

All the flavors are there, very tasty, maybe a tad one dimensional and artificial

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown color with a thin wisp of a white foamy head that dissipated lightly. Adequate messy lacing slides into the beer. The smell takes in the hazelnut really nicely. Delicate chocolate leads in underneath. Subtle coffee. The taste was mainly hazelnut sweet with a delicate bitter from the nuts. Slides into the aftertaste. Dry nutty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels good. Overall, as an imperial brown ale, this works. I’d have again.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got to try while visiting the Triple Digit/Listermann's tasting room. And then again later in the night when apparently they do a random round of "shots" of four ounce Chickows. One of the best brown ales I've ever had

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glad I had some spicy food around because this one is sweet. Huge nose of molasses, toffee and raisin. SRM 30, when you hold it up to the light you can see through the darkest ruby. Taste follows up with an immense amount of molasses, caramel and toffee with hazelnuts coming out more as it warms. Powerful dessert beer here.

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Photo of jeffreed61
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated '16 bottle. Huge caramel / toasted marshmallow nose. Very sweet - it was too much for me. Nutty flavors follow, and the 10% is unmistakable. In this case, that wasn't a positive.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 16 oz Troegs Snulip not sure when it was bottled. Pours a beautiful mahogany with a two finger off white head that leaves behind patches of sticky lace and takes its time settling into a thick ring off bubbles.

Smell is ameretto, toffee, vanilla bean, dates, brown sugar, and a hint of oak.

Taste follows ameretto, worthers candy, roasty brown sugar, dark fruit, and oaky vanilla.

Mouthfeel is almost large, moderate carbonation and it works wonderfully, maybe a little dry, and the fact that this is 10% ABV is surprising and sneaky.

Overall this is really, really good. Just want to crawl inside the glass and never come out. World class and very unique beer, that stands out. Thx @jzeilinger for sharing this American Old Ale with me.

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Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cola brown with a half finger fizzy head quickly dying to a thin ring.

Smell is nuts, becoming more clearly hazelnut after settling and slightly warming, with oak, raw pizza dough, and Tootsie Roll developing into peanut butter brownie as it warms.

Taste is fudgey hazelnut, with raisin, hot oak, bourbon and vanilla cola. A real sleeper, I can see why this just won FOBAB.

Medium body with full fizziness, finishing waxy.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Deep burgundy chestnut colored pour, clear in color, thick toffee colored lacing ring. Very low carbonation.

S - Toasted malt, hazelnut, vanilla, and creme.

T - Beer is on the sweeter side and nicely blended between hazelnut and vanilla creme with a very delicate and light bitter finish and some alcohol presence. There is also some slight nuttiness, breadiness, and a hint of cherries midway through.

M - Thick and full bodied, silky smooth, lip smacking sticky, dry on the back end.

O - Not a fan of Brown Ales but this one really works well. Kudos to Triple Digit.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate. This nice brown ale pours a deep dark mahogany with a firm head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and nice sudsy lacing. Nose of hazelnuts, vanilla, and dark sweet malts. Flavors surpass the nose with roasted hazelnut flavors on the front and sides mingling nicely with vanilla and roasted malts with a touch of breaded malts showing their way into the foray on the middle and back of the taste with light char notes on the aftertaste. Nice mouth feel, warming, coating, and full. Overall the flavors remind me more of a hazelnut infused dopplebock. That said it is a nice change of pace from the standard brown ale. Very sweet----this from a malt lover and not a hop head, that said this idea would work great with a nice dopplebock style with a less cloying sweetness level.

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Photo of rjp217
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For what this beer, an imperial hazelnut brown ale, it's fantastic and the particular style is nailed. Amazing hazelnut aroma and a bit nutty. Same flavors in the taste with a nice amount of peanut butter roast and coffee creamer. Very drinkable but one you want to savor and enjoy over some time. Bravo!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours very dark brown in color with ruby highlights. It is topped with an inch of light tan head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is sweet form a metric shit ton of hazelnuts. I like it.

The taste is sweet and nutty. It is probably too sweet for some, but this beer really scratches my itch on a frigid spring night.

Full with low carbonation

I forgot how much I liked this beer. It has been entirely too long since I have last had it. I do not find it overly sweet. I enjoy it, but find it a little pricey for a ham and egger like me. It still a nice treat every once in a while.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The problem with this beer, for me, is its sticky artificiality. It's candy beer. And I don't mean that it's just sweet - many a barleywine or stout are quite sweet. I mean that it tastes about as real and complex as candy. The first few sips deliver the message - a werthers toffee like center, not a lot of malt character, hazelnut extract, a touch of vanilla perhaps - but it doesn't develop or gain intrigue beyond that. Finishing even half a bottle is tough.

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Photo of brian44556
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at 55 degrees.

Dark brown pour, bright white head, sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass.

Very sweet caramel, butterscotch, syrup, along with chocolate & toasted malts.

Slight resemblance of an English Barleywine. Very sweet, caramel, toffee, hazelnut, and a touch of vanilla. Great dessert beer.

Very sweet and creamy. Well carbonated.

Great brown ale. Nice hidden 10% and a great sipper for dessert.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet. Almost drinks like an English barleywine. I have never experienced hazelnut, or hazelnut flavor for that matter, but there was definitely a gritty, nut-like flavor here that I didn't quite recognize. Surprisingly enjoyable. Great brew!

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Photo of zimm421
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown with a thin tan head. The nose is sweet; caramel, vanilla and hazelnuts. The taste follows suit for the most part, with the caramel and hazelnut playing a role, and almost no bitterness. There is a touch of an alcohol presence here as well. Overall, it's a good beer, but doesn't blow me away in any one aspect.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, two finger offwhite head, good retention, not much lacing. Smells of hazelnut, a bit of char, toffee. It's strangely hazelnut forward, but in some ways, the rest of it takes away from it. Flavour is a bit difficult to get past; mild hazelnut mixes in with a bit of caramel and toffee; not a whole lot else. Very sweet and fairly cloying. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner, a bit sticky, lower carbonation. Overall, it didn't work for me, but I can see how some people would like it. It's a bit too sticky, too sweet to be able to drink more than a glass.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery (which is Listermann).
Dark, opaque mahogany.
It smells sweet and fruity, like berries and bananas.
Damn! It tastes fruity too. Candyish. It's reminiscent of...something...Grapico? Lollipops? Chewy vanilla-butterscotch fudge?
Smooth, sticky, and sugary.
Entirely too sweet, but entirely delicious.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a shaker pint.

Looks like most brown ales. Dark brown with a slight ruby tint in the light. Very murky. Not much head, and no retention if what is there.

Smells crazy good. Roasted hazelnut, carmalized sugar, toffee, and pancakes.

Tons of hazelnut taste right off the bat, but without the coffee usually associated with it. Very, very rich and sweet syrup. More like corn syrup than maple. Toffee, a touch of vanilla, and a batter like flavor.

The very sticky, syrupy feel is where it falls off a bit for me. Makes it a litle harder to drink. My overall score is a little lower because of this aspect.

Make no mistake. This is a very tasty beer, but it is super rich. I would not recommend it for an outside summer evening patio drink as I did. I would love to try some varients. I think this one is set up really well for barrel aging too. The body could use a little thinning.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This had a grape flavor to me that was a little out of style and I'm not a huge fan of Hazelnuts but it does have a nice nuttiness. All in all a nice experimentation for brown ales which usually aren't all that extreme.

Edit. Had again and was much more enjoyable.

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Photo of Ri0
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Very dark brown mahogany with a very thin head and no lacing.

S - Big notes of sweet hazelnuts along with caramel, toffee, pancakes and syrup, and butter rum.

T - It follows the nose quite well and opens up with a sweet flavor. Definately hazelnuts, along with caramel and butter rum. Some roasted malts give it a touch of bitterness along with a nice toffee flavor.

M - Medium to lighter feel with low carbonation. A sticky sweet finish.

O - Really liked the flavor of this beer. It is sweet, but not cloying in any way. Enjoy on a cool fall night after dinner.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

This rating is for people who enjoy sweet dessert beers - if you're not looking for that in a brown ale, disregard!

On tap in a small snifter, at Tap House Grill in Kenwood.

A: Arrived in the snifter as a deep brown with cherry wood highlights. The head was thin and pale, with bubbles on the larger side. Lacing on the snifter was minimal during consumption.

S: The nose opens with heavy, heady sweetness, wreathed around nuttiness, cocoa, and warm toasty malt. There's a faint coppery tang to it as well. The scent doesn't bother hiding that this is a dessert beer.

T: The sweetness from the nose is even more pronounced in the first moments of tasting this beer, which opens with a rush of lactose mixed with dark chocolate, marshmallow, and a serious dose of hazelnut. As the middle hits, there is a detectable tinge of coppery metal, which remains through the finish. The malt presence is never what one would call pronounced, but it makes a nice counterpoint to the barrage of sweetness, and lingers a bit after the finish. It was not unlike drinking a s'more dunked in hazelnut syrup, between the chocolate, marshmallow, and toasty malt.

M: As close to perfect as a beer can feel, full and rich and creamy, all the way through. It was smooth, just carbonated enough.

O: A delightful dessert beer, sweet without being overly cloying, and rich in flavor. The lack of hop presence is a plus for this beer. Will repeat.

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