WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - APR 14, 2006
South Denver location - brought home a growler. Comment on the beer itself first. I believe each Rock Bottom location has the liberty to brew whatever they want for the annual Fire Chief beer. The head brewmaster happened to be enjoying the fruits of his labors at the bar when I came in to get my growler filled. He explained that this year he chose to do an Alt because the Fire Chief beer should usually be red in color, he wanted to try something a little different, and he has a particular passion for German styles. I’m new to Alts, and I really like this one. After reading the style guidelines this one fits the style really well. The brewer also noted that this had been cold conditioning for 6 weeks. They had it labeled as Fire Chief #2.
So, pours a really nice, really clear deep red amber with a smallish off-white head. Head dissipates kind of quickly to a layer of foam and leaves a little lacing. Aroma is nice - some spiciness, probably from the noble hops and a little bit of yeast character. Also a little bit of carmel malt sweetness. Flavor is really nicely balanced. A good healthy amount of bitterness, balanced by some sweet, carmelly malt with a slightly spicy finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium, but on the lighter side. Nice amt. of carbonation and a really nice smooth finish. An easy drinker. I really like this beer, and it has gotten me excited to explore the style. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2006
Sampled at RB in Chicago: Deep red color, medium head. Malty nose - medium. Nice medium hoppy taste - that lasts medium long. Also red currant taste. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2006
Served as a clear, medium "Red" (thin mahogany/copper-brown) with a creamy, cream-colored head. Hoppy aroma with sour milk and gym socks, with grapefruit that contributes but fades. A smooth, mid-bodied, nutty brew with lemon and a peppery finish. I was happy to contribute to a good cause, but reverted back to RB’s <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer/rock-bottom-brow Bear to session with.
Ratman197 (14826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
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On tap @ Rock Bottom Westminster poured a clea rreddish copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of sweet malt, carmel, light citrus and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of sweet malt, light citrus, light spice and a hint of chocolate with a smooth yet crisp finish. Ernest (7693) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2006
Draught, Rock Bottom Westminster.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
Clear amber body, soapy white head. Apple yeast aorma with a pale malt backing. Caramelly flavor with light orange citrus hopping and a dry honey grahm cracker backing. Medium mouthfeel, dryish finish. Mug at the Milwaukee location. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2006
Sample at the brewery in Westminster. Pours a clear, medium copper-brown color with a small, white, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is malty and sweet with a light note of toasted grain and moderate notes of cookie and caramel; hoppy with a trace of resin/pine; pretty, moderate notes of mellon, peach and honey. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with a long, moderately bittersweet, husky finish. The body was light, the texture was watery and the carbonation was lively. BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 1, 2006
Draught in Colorado Springs. Pours bronze with a medium frothy light tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma is malt (roasted grain, meal, cereal) and a slight fruity sour hop. Medium tartness, bitter and acidic start, low sweet maltiness, finish is hoppy with faint citrus. Medium bodied and fizzy, refreshing palate. lamas (1636) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2006
On tap at Rock Bottom in Bethesda, MD. The chalkboard said this was an ESB. Pours a slightly hazy cherry red with a thin, creamy French vanilla-colored head. A good bit of caramel and toasty malts in the aroma along with some indistinct, though bitter hops. Creamy, medium body. Predominantly toasty, caramelized malts in the taste. Finishes with some drying, bitter hops and just a bit of spiciness. The dryness lingers. This isn’t an ESB? Sure tastes like one. Solid stuff. hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Thick creamy head , looks a bit onfiltered. Dark reddish colour with some brown mixed in. Very sweet with some carmelized malt. Gentle finish of hops rounds this beer out.