Big Oak | Red Oak Brewery

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Red Oak Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by oberon on 03-26-2005

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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To me, this is their Amber Lager with a tad more bravado, still very smooth, as is all their brews! The 7% is extremely well-hidden, so be careful...they do add up!

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of jsausley
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this based off of a pour from the Piedmont Ale House in Burlington, NC.

This particular pour was my fifth or sixth glass of Big Oak at various locations. This beer is available in the summer months and is a heavy, substantial lager that really satisfies. It's a malty punch in the face. During the summer months, I will always pick this over my standard Red Oak amber lager if it is available.

I ordered this beer with a meal at Piedmont Ale House. This particular glass was a poor pour by a mediocre bartender that was poured far too slowly and with no sustainable head. With a good pour this beer produces a heavy head that is long lasting and laces the glass. This particular pour was too carbonated as it was poured incorrectly and could really have been improved with a more skillful pour.

A: A lovely dark reddish brown with hints of orange. It is translucent with a thick amber color that appears very appetizing. Depending on the pour, the head can vary. It should have a nice 1" head that will sustain very well and give significant lacing.

S: This is not a fairly fragrant beer, but it gives off earthy hints as well as a variety of malt and hop aromas layer on each other. There are some fruity notes in the smell as well.

T: This beer tastes like it was based off of the Red Oak amber lager standard, but with an added dose of whoop-ass. It's got a higher ABV which is noticeable, but more important, it carries a much stronger body full of malts. There are various malts in this beer. You get the sweet malty flavor of a lager as well as some of the more subtle flavors of a toasted or roasted malt that gives hints of coffee. On top of all this, there are several layers of fruity hints such as citrus (mainly grapefruit). It is a full bodied, delicious beer and one of my favorite lagers.

M: A nice consistent feel - somewhat silky, but very smooth and thick. A wonderful texture. Medium carbonation.

O: One of my favorite beers and it's from my local brewery! Definitely give this one a shot if it is available in your area, especially if you're a fan of the original Red Oak amber or a similar lager such as Fat Tire or Boston Lager. This is a malty lager on steroids,

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