On tap at Biggie’s Clam Bar in Ramsey, ill-defined brown ale loads candi-sugared Belgian yeast and caramel-roasted dried fruiting into winter warmer-like spicing. Lack of stylistic nuttiness is stifling. Distant chestnut, pecan and praline tones lack luster. In the midst, sharp peppery hops contrast black cherry, bruised banana and fig notions as well as treacly vanilla sweetness. In the bottle, wintry copper-cleared moderation layers sporadic holiday-spiced caramel, toffee and chocolate sweetness above Belgian-sugared dried fruiting as well as roasted wheat malting. Fizzy carbolics deaden peppery yeast impact and subtle raisin-fig-plum conflux, leaving phenol hop astringency in its wake. 

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