Rock Bottom Chicago Kinda Special Bitter (KSB)


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2006
On tap at RB Chicago, August ’06. Pours clear copper with a white head. Woody, caramel nose. Flavor has notes of caramel/toastiness, herbal grassy euro hops and a slightly sour dank basement type of flavor (not in a brett kind of way). A solid level of hop bitterness creeps into the finish. Medium bodied with slight carbonation. Pretty solid.

3.1
RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Quite a nice surprise for one of the rooftop ales (They don’t serve their specials outside!) Malty bread-like notes with caramel and toffee nose. Flavor was decently hopped up but predominated again by the bready maltiness. A touch thin bodied, but decent.

2.7
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Draught at Chicago brewpub. Pours light golden/copper with a thin off white head. Aroma is very mildly hoppy, with maybe light traces of malt. Flavor is light, much like the aroma.

2.8
frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 Cloudy amber with a cream-colored head that held as a thick skin. Aroma of nutty malts, husky roasts and wet dog with grain alcohol late. Flavor is nut-laden to begin but reveals off-putting buttery notes. Additional roasted corn husks with some honey that comes off more as "Bit o’ Honey". The commercial description lauds it’s complexity... I’d call it complex in the sense that I can’t figure out what happened to the purported Fuggles hops and Maris Otter malts. My wife and I split a 1/2 liter and that was way more than enough.

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2.9
NachlamSie (3523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Draught during my Great Lakes region brew tour. Pours a cloudy light copper with a white head. The aroma is thin and malty sweet with faint, biting biterness. This is mild, truer to a British style pub ale. It’s lightly creamy and bready with papery hops and brighter notes in the finish.

3.2
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2006
This poured an amber/orange body with a modest head that somehow managed to lace the glass in sheets that remained clinging to the sides throughout the drink. The aroma is light, caramel and toffee with scents of apples and an earhty, herbal bitterness. It seems a tad thin, but managed to impart a well-rounded, bready malt flavor with some of the caramel remaining. Fruity with apples and pears. The herbal hops come through at the end and leave a nice, prolonged bitter finish. Tasty.

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3.1
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2006
On tap at R.B. Chicago. Poured a clear, medium caramelly/golden with just a dusting of off-white head. Dusty and decidedly English in the faint nose... sweet herbs, old orchard, hints of apricot and Muscat grapes were there with a bready malt and toffee base... hints of lemon emerged with warmth. The flavor was rather similar, but fuller... with lighter fruits, bready malts, and a mild herbal bitterness at the forefront. Lighter carbonation, but not flat.. actually was a tad slick on the palate. Short bready/bitter finish. Just OK.


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