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Rock Bottom Chicago Brown Bear Brown

Rock Bottom Chicago Brown Bear Brown
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   ABV: -
This rich, deep American Brown Ale is brewed with roasted wheat, oats, biscuit and chocolate malts to combine a subtle roasted character with hints of chocolate. Surprisingly light-bodied, this brown ale utilizes Chinook and Willamette hops for a well-balanced and drinkable brew.

Note: This is brewmaster Pete Crowley’s recipe. Rock Bottom does not have "corporate recipes."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Had at the Rock bottom in Chicago. Nice brown ale. Not spectacular but I quite liked it. Serving: Tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Rated 10/10/07, when RB still placed most RB beers under a "corporate" listing. Draft sampler. Again, this is NOT a "standard" recipe. The Chicago version uses wheat and oats in the malts, and specifies Williamette and Chinkook hops. That said, Pete Crowley’s version is a deep, porterish brown, with a brown skin of foam. Smooth nitro type texture brings out nutty, slightly over-toasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2010
Draft @ Rock Bottom Chicago, Chicago, IL. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty caramel aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty finish with hints of caramel in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (7992) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2010
On tap at the Brewpub in Chicago in March 2008. Dark brown with a medium head. Quite sweet aroma and flavor. Fruits, chcocolate, nuts and some roasted malt. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13595) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Draft sample at Chicago. Poured a hazy dark brown color with a minimal frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium roasted grain and chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium chocolate sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Tap. Not a bad beer but not the best thing ever. Full color and flavor but a bit imbalanced and grainy - like Pizza Port’s American Brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (12170) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 18, 2008
(10/9/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Chicago. 5.5% ABV. Dark brown. Aroma has nice dark fruitiness, some caramel and some roastiness. Sweet flavor with some roasted malt, some fruitiness and some nuts. Medium-bodied. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Draft... DLD’08... Dark brown ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Great retention. Wafts of milk chocolate and lightly toasted nuts ascend from the glass. Medium-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and almost-expired carbonation. Sweet and chocolaty with decent English hop bitterness. Balanced, cocoa finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
In short: A soft (too soft) nutty brown ale
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Brown body with a small beige head
In long: Light but somewhat creamy body. Hazelnuts, some milky chocolate and some light toffee. Smooth carbonation. Not flavourful at all but still and adequately drinkable very soft session brown ale. If all Brown Bears were that smooth I’d want one as a house pet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Not a bad brown. Decent beer, but normally I don’t order off of the main line of beers here anymore. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. The flavor is actually pretty sweet for a brown ale. Has a little bit of chocolate, but it is a little too sweet. Still not a bad beer though.

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