Rock Bottom Chicago Barrel-Aged Brown Bear Brown



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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Barrel Aged Version of B5 Double Brown Ale

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
A dark brown ale with a thin moka head. A wonderful aroma of wood, vanilla, chocolate and warming alcohol. In mout, a silky molasses and vanilla, warming alcohol, nuts, a bit lighter than expected, but overall, a nice offering. On tap at brewpub, May 17 2009.
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2005 Total Score: 3.3
Murky deep brown with a light moka head. Vanilla beans and light chocolate notes in aroma. In mouth, vanilla beans come out well, with woody nutty notes, and light hops. Light alcohol warmth comes out as beer warms up. Rather watery mouthfeel. On tap at RB, Nov. 12, 2005.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
dark dark brown color, medium tan head, nice lacing. nose of sweet malt, bourbon, roasty malt. the vanilla is a bit too dominant over the oak bourbon barrel, but a trace of alcohol comes through later. slightly vinous. medium bodied, too sweet finish. the barrel does not seem to show through enough on this one. the vanilla does, though. vanilla vanilla vanilla vanilla vanilla. orange you glad i did not say vanilla again? on tap at rb chicago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Fobab VI. As B to the 5. Pours a reddish brown with small offwhite head. Nose is particularly sweet, with a kiss of roastiness, not really coffee, but grain. Vanilla and chocolate jumps out as well. Compared to previous reviews, Pete must be doing something different because I found this one to use less of the bourbon character to build on and more of a strong base beer. A roastiness comes through and holds its own against the oak. Pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2007
I usually love all of the bourbon beers at Rock Bottom, but this one was only average. The bourbon flavor doesnt blend as well and really dominates the beer. The beer seemed a little thin also. Flavor had a little chocolate to it, which was nice. Still a good beer, but I like some of their other stuff better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured clear reddish-brown with a short off-white head that receded to a light ring. The aroma picked up lots of sweetness.. chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon sugars.. if an aroma can be sticky, this was it! The flavor had sweeter chocolates and bourbon sugars with lighly-toasted sour oak and sweet vanilla accents.. OK, but rather meh. Lighter-bodied and slick on the palate with a bit more maltage at the spritzy finish. Didnt care much for this one.
Earlier Rating: 4/28/2006 Total Score: 3.2
On tap at R.B. Chicago. Poured a very deep brown with a short, creamy beige head. Nose was almost watery... bourbon envelops the nose, with sweet, toasty chocolate, toffee, and vanilla beneath. Bourbon dominated the underlying beer. Flavor was very, very sweet and bourbon-fueled (gave sweetness, and was not overly boozy)... charred oak, vanilla, toffee, and some biscuity malt were all in there, too. Quite light-bodied... almost watery at first. Warmth brought some thickness. Decent overall.. but bourbon usually doesnt improve an average beer.

Another snifter at RB - Chicago (listed at 9% with 5 months in Woodford Reserve barrels). Poured deep brown with a short-lived cap of brownish-beige head. Aroma was soft at first, but still carried too much bourbon barrel influence.. vanilla, chocolate, and caramel paired with strong bourbon sugars.. just about lost the underlying beer. Flavor was of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon for the most part.. warmth brought out some nutty notes across the middle, but even more bourbon.. vanilla, oak, and bourbon sugars ride through the finish. Too heavily influenced by the barrel.. lighter-bodied.. warm finish. Didnt seem like the right beer to put in the barrel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2007
Draught, at Rock Bottom Chicago.
Brown beer that was what it said on the tin but not special. Brown body. An ale in name only. Ok enough. Session with my amigo Spencer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (13056) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Draught at Rock Bottom Chicago. Pours dark brown with a small fizzy light brown head, mostly diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, toasted, nutty), average hops (perfume), average yeast (dough) with notes of heavy alcohol (bourbon) and brown sugar. Medium bodied, oily texture, flat carbonation and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness; heavy bourbon flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2007
On tap at Brewery. First I should admit that I am a huge sucker for any beer aged in bourbon barrels, so Ill apologize ahead of time if the review is a little biased... Dark body with minimal head. Bourbon is very pronounced with wonderful cherry and vanilla notes. Not to overpowering, just very pleasant. The watery body carried well balanced, mild caramel malts and sweet chocolate noted before the bourbon alcohol bite hits, and stick til the finish. The brown-roasted malts mix in with the bourbon flavors until the beer is finished by a nice mix of bourbon and hops. I found this to be among the more complex of the bourbon-aged beers I have tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
sample on tap. brown with good head. mild hop aroma with nice sweet malts and brown sugar. taste of nice candied dark fruits, clean hop presense, and good finish. pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Nice looking pour, a darned near black yet brown body with a creamy light brown head that laces intricately. The aroma is a pleasant blending of chocolate, Bourbon, and lightly roasted malt and barley. Unfortunately, the Bourbon dominates rather than blends with the other flavors and makes it a rather lopsided drink. The finish is sticky with Bourbon sweetness.

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