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Average: 4.15 | pDev: 10.84%

Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 52

American Brown Ale | 10.00% ABV

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Triple Digit Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
tripledigitbrewing.com

Notes: Winter availibility. 
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 52
Photo of REVZEB
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. The bourbon lends itself well to the hazelnut forward brown ale base, with great raisin, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar and molasses. Not a lot of nuance here, but it tastes and smells fantastic, must be a hazelnut lover like me to really enjoy though, and booze is pretty hot. Body is decently thick for style, with barrel helping in that regard.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB Chickow pours clear brown but fills to opaque near black with a bubbly, creamy tan collar and that's it.

I can smell smooth, creamy, nutty and floral hazelnut on the nose, and it's decadent and enticing, and almost fully dominates, but for some chocolate and whipped cream, as well as a hint of cotton candy vodka. lol yep.

Taste shifts gears, bringing forward flavors of maple, raisin and chocolate chip with rum and an almost Scotch sort of booze, while prune and charred oak develop in the swallow. Oddly enough, despite the intensity of its presence on the nose, hazelnut is kind of pushed to the side, or is transformed into one of the previously described flavors on the palate.

The body is light and kind of watery with a bubbly minimal carbonation, boozy heat and semi-dry, slightly sticky finish.

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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very dark brown, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells pretty hot and boozy, with whiskey-soaked hazelnuts, caramel, lots of chocolate, and intense woodiness.

This is a huge bruiser of a beer. It's quite boozy, especially as it warms up. It's also a hazelnut bomb, with sweet toasted hazelnut and hazelnut syrup all over this one. There's a ton of oak, woody and slightly harsh, with a big whiskey character- there's Heaven Hill all over this. This is delicious but honestly quite fatiguing.

This is medium bodied, thick and chewy, with a soft and low level of carbonation.

This is a really cool beer, but I imagine with time it will become even better.

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Photo of pants678
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark wood brown with a thin laced head.

Smells of bourbon and vanilla extract.

Malt punch of a barleywine, more like chicory than hazelnuts. Bourbon's there, under the delicious maple-ish sweetness. Fairly hot, works against it only sorta. Way too much punch to be a brown.

Medium bodied, dry.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The brown ale has never been on such a wild ride- placed on steroids for extra strength, flavor and intensity and then a long slumber in premiere Kentucky bourbon barrels and the flavors that emerge are nothing short of sultry or decadent.

Dark brown in color, hazy and with ribbons of crimson slithering through, the short tarnish head billows with a massively sweet nose. Hazelnut and vanilla make immediate marks but so does the dark fruit, vinous twang and unmistakable bourbon perfume. Hitting the sweet tooth hard, its the taste of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey and molasses that showers the tongue in lavish malt sweetness.

Shy of viscous, the beer's oily-sweet coat slathers on the tastebuds with an array of savory toasted sweetness bringing its candied hazelnut, vanilla cream, chocolate and coffee flavor for complexity, roundness and a hint of earthen bitterness. Light vinous tartness gives a sherry-like impression as the dark estery taste of prune, grape, date and fig join the fray. Its finish of caramel, vanilla, oak and whisky spice take an edge off of the sweetness for a light reprieve.

Full, rich and cloying, the ale is as sweet to the texture as it is to the taste, giving it a slow and sipping trend to compare favorably to that of port wine. A light woodsy bitterness and a mild vinous astringency once again offers a slight semblance of balance as the powerful bourbon begins to dissolve the sweetness and keeping the beer drinkable.

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Photo of Stevedore
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Dark brown body, cola coloured, one finger brown head, no retention or lacing. Smells of sweet brown sugar and molasses, whiskey. Not a whole lot else. Flavour is similarly uncomplicated, with whiskey, brown sugar, molasses, touch of oak and earth. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, no different than the base, low carbonation. Nothing special to see or taste here, move on along.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap pour of the 2015 FOBAB Silver medal winner at the brewery's Fourth Anniversary. Is this really a brown ale? I suppose it's worth discussing, because I'm hard pressed to tell that this isn't just Cranium minus the vanilla and coffee. Eh, either way this is killer. Really dark for a brown (but not oily black like a stout) with a big thick, boozy mouthfeel and finish.

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2.84/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured hard at 45°F from a 22oz bottle (2015 vintage) into a Mikasa Ale glass. Consumed on 27Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of khaki foam that shrinks into a line within 45 seconds. No lacing is left behind from the head shrinkage. Dark brown in color with a yellow tint. Rising bubbles are small in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and very subtly.
SMELL: Strong bourbon and hazelnut aromas nearly overpower the subtle aromas of caramel, toffee, sweet chocolate, and vanilla.
TASTE: Very strong bourbon and strong hazelnut flavors first bombard the palate and are immediately followed by mild vanilla flavors. The vanilla flavors are off, though. You can tell the vanilla flavors did not come from vanilla beans. I guess these are the "natural flavors" that were added. Subtle sweet chocolate and toffee flavors along with hints of earthy hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for bourbon, which somehow grow stronger and more unbearable.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong dryness. A strong and unwelcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: I was faced with a glass of bourbon that had a spash of beer. If you love straight bourbon, you'll probably like this. If you're looking for a balanced BBA beer, please avoid. I am a beer guy and love drinking beer. I don't want hints of beer in my beer. It's contradictory. Hopefully the 2016 version is better and more balanced.

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2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Chickow is a really nice change of pace. Intense sweet caramel and brown sugar with strong hazel nut flavors. I'm a fan. So adding bourbon....will that make it better?

The pour provides a rather dead looking beer, age can do this to beers and mix in higher abv and this isn't lively stuff. Dark brown color with some legs to at least speak about.

The nose brings out some almost fruit like esters which aren't expected hazel nut, oak, and well it kinda smells sour.

I get a lot of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and some hazel nut that I expected or at least assumed would come out. The odd thing is this sour element mixed with brown ale malt. This isn't the chickow I remember and the bourbon is a bit too strong.

I recall the normal chickow being a very rich and creamy beer. This is kinda watery and runny. The lack of carbonation is a huge negative.

I have a feeling there's going to be inconsistency in these bottles and it's very possible this is on the low end. That said given the price and the reality that normal Chickow is better and cheaper, give that one a try first and if you like it and want to see bourbon barrels added give this a tentative try. I may give next years release a shot since I do think this can work, but for now a pass for all but the most hardcore of fans.

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Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 release.

A: Dark brown pour. Mid sized fluffy and very fizzy light brown head. Takes an aggressive pour to get much head out of it. Head fades out moderately quickly, leaving only the lightest little slashes of lacing here and there. Decent retention oddly enough.

S: Huh, whoa. I've never had the regular Chickow! but this is totally unique. It's like hazelnuts and brown sugar. Bourbon is a minor presence here with some caramel and toasted sugar. Get some decent vanilla too. Overall quite sweet smelling. No sign of booze.

T: Bourbon up front. Not super strong but it's there with some toffee and caramel. Lots of sweet hazelnut kicks in in the middle and dominates immediately. Decent chunk of vanilla with it again. Sweet and malty throughout. No real bitterness at all. Lingering bourbon and a little oak between sips.

M: Pretty heavy and a little astringent.

O: Not a bad brew. Hazelnut flavor is very strong and overshadows the other aspects of this beer. Bourbon is fairly weak in comparison but it does add some elements of complexity. Hazelnut flavor is good but very strong - a must-have for the hazelnut lover, obviously. It was a bit much for me but it's still a good brew and quite unique at that.

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