Chickow! | Triple Digit Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Triple Digit Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
tripledigitbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-08-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
207
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
11.55%
 
 
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24
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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -7.4%
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 +16.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -1%
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 -3.7%
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 +16%
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 +7.1%
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 -12.3%
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 +3.9%
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 +5.7%
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 -8.4%
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 -18.7%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery (which is Listermann).
4/4.25/4.25/3.25/4
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 -2.9%
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 +7.4%
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 +0.7%
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 +4.4%

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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Photo of Supalonnie
4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am new to beer drinking and still working on my taste buds. The heavy mouthfeel of this beer comes in second only to Southern Tier's Creme Brûlée. The sweetness is a good thing for me as I continue to pursue others in this vein. The hazelnut is well to the fore in this beer/ale, as is light coco, some coffee, and what tastes like honey richness for me. Thank goodness I live in Cincinnati, because it's almost always available here! Don't be put off by the price point, 14.58, because it will be well worth it if sweet is your thang!

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Photo of minterro
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer from pkthebuckeye in a trade. Poured into a snifter.

A&S: Aroma consists of huge hazelnut tones, slightly balanced by coco backgrounds. Very dark opaque brown colored beer. Light tan head disappears quickly to a ring and leaving a thin ring around the outside of the glass.

T&M: Very rich taste. Similar to the aroma with the hazelnut, but there is a little more coco along with a carmel presence. Other elements include toffee and vanilla. Missing a coffee presence, which causes this beer to lack a bitter finish. A little too sweet, but it fits well right now, serving as a desert beer. Texture is mostly smooth, but the carbonation adds enough of a punch that makes the beer not completely mellow.

Overall: Very interesting brew. It did a great job sticking with some brown ale characteristics, but at the same time adding uniqueness along with another trait most brown's lack... favor. I rarely complain about this but the hazelnut is a little overwhelming, outside of that I would recommend this brown.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date, poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark on the table, ruby red to mahogany with a bit of a glow when held up to the light - not a lot of light getting through. Thin tan head upon pouring slowly died back to a ring at the edge. Some strands an islands of lacing that slowly slid back down the glass.

Smell: Very rich and quite sweet. Caramel, toffee, vanilla ice cream, waffles with maple syrup, fresh baked danish, and a hint of hazelnut.

Taste: Very sweet - not cloying but definitely dessert in a glass. Malt sweetness, creme brulee, toffee, rich caramel, rum soaked raisins, with some bitter at the finish including burnt sugar and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with light carbonation. Definitely sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: This may be one of the sweetest beers I've ever had, if not the sweetest, but it's still tempered by some bitterness so it's not cloying, but it's close. The beer is a dessert all by itself and is so strong I wonder if it would pair with food or if it might be too much. The intensity is such that I could not have a 2nd one in an evening. It's a special occasion beer, but it is definitely not an every day beer. Alcohol is well hidden but notable about halfway through the glass. Best pace yourself with this one. Definitely an extreme beer pushing the limits. Pick up a bottle if you have a sweet tooth.

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Photo of mothman
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beige head. Color is a dark brown.

Flavor profile: Marshmallow, chocolate, cocoa, hazelnut. Roasted malts with some syrup.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A little hot.

This beer is very flavorful, but it shows a little alcohol. It has a lot of flavors, but it is a little syrupy or artificially sweet.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Chickow! into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown with half of finger of tan head.

S - The aroma is of sweet hazelnut, candy, dark fruits. Some roasted malts.

T - Delicious! The sweet beer is of tame roasted malts, smooth hazelnut. Mid palate getting some sweetness again with a touch of coffee. On the finish getting toffee, carmel, with more sweetness and roasted malts.

M - A smooth medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - A very nice dessert beer. Highly Recommended ! Cheers!

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottles (Feb. 2014 an Feb. 2015).

Pours red-brown with good clarity and a modest but partly durable head.
Strong nutty aroma suggest a beer that is sweeter than this turns out to be. Rich, moderately sweet flavor with a medium load of hazelnut flavoring. Only mildly sweet upfront, it turns mildly bitter in the nutty aftertaste.

Medium+ body; medium carbonation. Smooth.

O: an imperial nut brown in both aroma and flavor. High ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery snifter. The pour is dark mahogany with ruby highlights when held to the light. It produces only about a finger of sandy-white head that quickly dissipates down to a fine lace. The nose is a little faint, but does have some malty notes and a hint of hazelnut sweetness.

The beer is medium-full bodied with a nice firm feel and a surprisingly balanced flavor (not sure why, but I expected this beer to be super-sweet). You get that toasty, nutty flavor of a GOOD American Brown Ale, with hints of sarsaparilla. The hazelnut comes in towards the back of the palate and it doesn't taste sweet and artificial. Instead, it's more harsh, husky, and earthy, balancing out some of the malt as hops ordinarily would. A very well-made beer. No booziness either, despite the high ABV.

A very welcome offering for those who appreciate ``malt bombs'' (like myself). Like Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown and DFH Palo Santo Marron, this beer illustrates the desperate need for an ``Imperial Brown Ale'' category. It almost seems unfair to consider this an American Brown Ale.

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Chickow! from Triple Digit Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
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