Chomolungma - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beveritt on 08-12-2008

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jackie O's nails this brown ale, it hits the brown ale right in every direction not typically huge on brown ales this however is excellence in a can. Beautiful nearly black but it let's enough light to create a crimson mahogany, light tan head velvet textured fine even lacing. Aroma explodes when you open the can, toasted nuts with creamy chocolate notes, hint of honey and cereal grains it's good enough to put your nose in the glass. Flavor wise so smooth, perfect cohesion no clash of off flavors, this is complex brown ale at it's best with a nutty caramelized sugar from the toasted malts, the wildflower honey is full fermented out no residual sweetness you find in most honey beers, this is a flagship beer for a reason. It goes great with a Romeo y Julieta Reserva I'm smokin' adding cedar and spicy Republica de Domincana tobacco to the mix. I can't help but enjoy every sip, earthy hops finish the taste leaving a balanced brown ale on the table. Smooth even keeled carbonation cleanses the palate, medium bodied brown with enough abv too give it more complexity on the palate at 6.5%. Overall an anytime beer, that I'm proud to buy local in Steubenville Ohio at Valley Wine Cellar beer drinkers keep this stuff moving off the shelves maybe we will catch an expansion of their brewing operations to see some of their sours move into mainstream distribution, I'm still planning on a pilgrimage to the brewery maybe next weekend...there is a bottle release.

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can served in a chalice.

Pours with a dark red-brown body topped by a small but durable head.

The aroma is rather rich and complex, with chocolate and fruit cake notes. The flavor is even richer, with dark fruits, some spicy hops and a load of roasted grains joining the dark chocolate. Mildly bitter finish, and never as sweet as expected from a brown ale brewed with honey.

Feel: medium body and carbonation; crisp with a slightly dry finish.

O: a flavorful and distinctive brown ale in a can. Recommended.

Photo of Brenden
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer #14 8/9/13

The color is dark brown with a red hue. The light tan head is sticky, creamy and foamy, leaving a strong lace on the glass.
The nose is mineral, a light metallic touch throughout. The taste is pretty much the same. Malts are solid, leaving hints of cocoa and light woody notes.
The feel is balanced in a medium body verging light as a tea-like note tames it down. It's got crispness and creaminess in moderation, a little thin and herbal in the end.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Chomolugma English Brown from Jackie O is decent...the beer poured a cloudy opaque brown with thin ecru head that is not lacing. The scent carries maple sugar and subtle sweetness. The taste starts as a typical brown bready then transitions to bitter with a nuetra sweet like finish. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a very interesting brown and well worth a try.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown and a bit transparent. Small khaki head.

Smell - Lots of honey. Chocolate malt. Caramel, but lots of honey.

Taste - Starts off with some nice roasted chocolate malt. Then honey cuts the flavor. Sweet, but not cloying. As the caramel drops, the roasted malt bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Kinda thinned out by the honey. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not bad, and not infected!

Photo of beveritt
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a half gallon growler into a large pint glass. I picked this growler up yesterday and have had it in my refrigerator since.

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of tan head. This settles slowly into a half finger, leaving no lacing behind. The beer itself is opaque, with just the slightest hint of red/brown near the edges.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with the slightest hint of roasted barley. Notes of caramel and molasses.

Taste: Dark and sweet; tastes of molasses, lactose, and coffee. A little tobacco like smoke. Finishes with a long, lingering roasted barley bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little higher than average carbonation. Body is great, thick and viscous.

Drinkability: My second offering from Jackie O's and another solid beer. You can definitely taste the same roasted barley and earthy flavors in both of their beers. I am looking forward to trying more.

Photo of Treyliff
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours murky dark brown with a creamy two-finger khaki head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving some lace behind

S- toasted malt with highlights of chocolate and caramel with a nice honey sweetness

T- big chocolaty notes up front with a lightly smoky toasted malt backbone, notes of caramel melds with the notes of honey nicely to give it a sweet finish with more toasted malt

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy and creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and crisp finish

O- this is an outstanding example of the style and underrated IMO. Full flavored with nice chocolaty notes. I'd gladly purchase this again

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy brownish/red color with about a half inch light tan head. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and nutty, the brew also smells like toasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and honey. It tastes like nuts, toasted malt, wood, honey, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. It's one of the better brown ales I've had, glad I bought a sixer of this! $8.99 a 6-pack.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can gifted to me by boisebeerguy85... Thanks Rich... I appreciate it!! Pours with a nice 3/4" dark tan head... great retention and nice lacing.. the brew is hazed dark brown... looks pretty turbid.

Dry cocoa and roasty malt... just enough malty sweetness to make this one really jump up and kiss the olfactory system.

Flavor has a mild dark fruitiness that moves immediately into the dusty cocoa and light raisin... With warmth a pretty pronounced nuttiness rises up.. dark toast with a hint of what I associate with "Tootsie Roll"...

Body is medium with a lighter small bubble carbonation... Very drinkable.. but certainly something one could sit and ponder for a while... I like it.

Surprised anyone is calling this "English".. It is definitely a big boned brown ale, but 'Murica has it's stamp all over this brew.

4/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

opaque brown color coming out of the bottle right away. Rich looking with hardly a drop of light coming through. A small head of maybe a half an inch of off white foam then rose up from the bottom and settled down effortlessly with thick and coating lacing.

The aroma was really very well done I have to say. Rich notes of roasted malts and hints of chocolate were riddled throughout. Really a very big aroma here with some nice touches of caramel and a touch of a woodsy peat like aroma. The flavor was very nice as well. Warming, with a rich chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Very coating, though I have to admit it did come across a touch light on the feel for me.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can courtesy of mgbickel pours a surprisingly dark, near-black color with a frothy tan head. Nice retention and lace...looks more like a Porter than a Brown.

Nose is graham crackers, honey and that dark bread that Outback gives you with your meal.

Taste is rich and chocolaty, with the sweetness pretty dominant - though it never gets cloying as a nutty tannic flavor melds with some hop bitterness to clean it up pretty quick on the back end. There is a little Mouthfeel is really rich for a brown ale, but thats certainly better than the alternative. Nice beer, certainly different than your typical - but it works pretty well.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can (canned on 01/20/15) poured into a Libby globe porter glass.

Appearance: Clear dark brown with some dark amber to mahogany highlights. Persistent thin light tan head. Fine strands and islands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: A bit sweet, lots of roasted malt, a hint of fruity esters, brown sugar.

Taste: Very roasty, hint of coffee, burnt sugar, an occasional hint of butter (diacetyl), light bitter finish that is roasted malt and something else I can't quite place. There is a tiny bit of a metallic tang at the finish, but it is not there for very long.

Mouthfee: Starts off a bit too highly carbonated, almost fizzy, but as the beer warms up the carbonation is spicy and prickly instead. A bit of a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A full flavored brown ale, but I would not have guessed it for the English style of a brown ale. Very tasty and easily drinkable. I think I could easily have another.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a perfect pint. Stop #2 on my JO's CANquest raises the stakes with one of my favorite style's being evaluated.

4.5 A: Lightly hazed dark amber light brown color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is very good and a healthy ring of lacing is left behind. Quite nice.

4.5 S: Oh boy is this a treat to cranial nerve #1. Deep, rich nuttiness flanked by toastiness, caramel sweetness, and cocoa powder. The honey is light, but does add a nice extra layer that complements the main flavors quite well. Just a touch of earthy hops.

4.5 T: Cranial nerves 7, 9, and 10 have a good time now. Nuts, caramel, cocoa again do it right with honey having a bigger role in the taste. Earthy hops again. No complaints, very good.

4.5 M: Medium body. Pleasantly creamy. Good moderate carbonation.

4.5 D: Really solid beer. Maybe I'll actually order it next time I'm at JO's.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a can from Vintage Estate for 2 bucks.

A - Quite a deep brown ale almost pitch with a bit of brown hue. Head is great a solid inch of mocha wonder. Sticky lacing is nice.
S - A rather sweet brown ale, nutty with notes of chocolate and coffee. I sip.
T - Herbal hop bitterness mixed with walnuts and a touch of chocolate. Not overly roasty with some brown malt tint.
M - Light to medium body. Hides the ABV well. Tasty.

Overall I haven't had many beers from this brewery but this is one solid brown ale. I picked up a few more canned offerings and I look forward to them.

Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours an extremely hazy dark brown; off-white head fades quickly and leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of chocolate, cocoa, caramel. Lots of bread and malts. There's some butterscotch and subtle hints of vanilla in the mix as well. Flavors are close to what you would expect for the style, for the most part. More chocolate, which seems to dominate. Lots of grains and dough. This one has an extremely subtle bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium-bodied. This beer is extremely creamy and velvety. The carbonation is on the lower side and really works. This is a hearty, robust, and filling beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Easy to drink, but filling. Good stuff.

This is a unique brown ale. It's not a mind blower, but it's well crafted and enjoyable. Recommended.

Grade: B

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My pour yields half a finger of light brown head. The body is a deep and rich brown. It keeps a frothy ring, and laces up very lightly.

This smells of caramel and well-toasted malt. Toffee is another aroma noticed after sniffing a bit.

Up front you get toasted malt and a hint of caramel. The back end goes into roasted nuts and ends with a light brown sweetness.

This beer is medium bodied. It leaves a little coating on the back of the tongue and finishes slightly dry.

Photo of woodychandler
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A huge CANQuest (TM) note of thanks to Uncle JedI and PurpleHatJoan for dropping several CANs on me during their recent, all too brief visit to Lancaster, PA! Let's face it, Jackie O's is near-legendary, if not full-on legendary and I do not know how long it might have taken me to get these CANs otherwise.

From the CAN: "sustainably crafted with purpose"; "brown ale brewed with wildflower honey"; "Design by Kevin Morgan Studio Illustration by Bryn Perrott"; "Brewed in honor of Brian Oestrike's May 23, 2007 Mt. Everest Summit".

Hoo hah! The Crack! awoke Kong King Chomolungma with its loudness, setting off an avalanche in which we hid in the same crevasse to escape its wrath. Ol' Boy was looking at me with all four of his eyes until I inverted him and began a heavy-handed Glug. It didn't help matter that he was another craft brimful CAN, but I got him upturned all the same. The pseudo-cascade was quick to subside, creating a dense finger of light-tan head as its result. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing only minimal light penetration at the edges. Nose smelled of dark chocolate, roasted peanuts, fudge. It reminded me of my late-Pops' favorite ice cream - Rocky Road! Mouthfeel was big, full, and creamy and the flavors melded together so nicely that it could have been Rocky Road or a liquified Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, but either way, it was totally evocative of my late Old Man. He really got sent by the chocolate/peanut butter combo and went for Tastykake Peanut Butter TandyTakes as well. Chomolungma was not really happy with the way I was describing him, so I began to back away and make my way up and out of the crevasse. The finish left me with notes of leather, smoke and more of that choco-nut flavor that had been its trademark throughout. No wonder Jackie O's has the solid, stellar rep that they do, if this is indicative of their beers. I am a self-avowed hophead and yet, I REALLY want more of this one, especially on Saturday, 01 Feb, for the annual Hula in the Coola Day!

Photo of SaltofOH
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/23/2015. Pokal goblet. Canned on date: 11-18-14.

Appearance: Pours a super dark brown with a tan, foamy cap. Remarkably dark, with a little light penetrating at the edges. No bad retention, but not great either. Some lacing.

Aroma: SWEET and roasty. Really inviting smell. A little two-dimensional.

Taste: Not as sweet as on the nose. Slightly tart across mid-palate. Firm roast, but not porter-esque. Right in the middle of the brown ale spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light, good, but not overpowering carbonation.

Overall: A little simple; I want to like it more, but there's not a lot of oomph there. I'd buy it again for the sake of local pride, but it's not a favorite brown.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 5/10/11

Murky, rusty plum color. Brown tones work the edges. One finger cap of smooth foam; looks smooth enough to be nitro. The head recedes to a thin layer. Wispy retention and crackly lace.

Clean, sweet honey notes cradle the whole of the aroma. Notes of toasted grains, caramel, plum, hints of cocoa and sugar cane. Hopping seems subtle. Earthy notions. Nice and malty.

Interesting flavor structure. Tangy, roasted malty middle. Dark grains. Not very sweet at all. Unsweetened cocoa powder encompasses the top hemisphere while a subtle, slow drawl bitterness moves ever lower, lingering on. Overcast nuttiness. Perhaps a semblance of coffee beans. Raw honeycomb atmosphere has a dry, earthy, unsweetened quality.

Medium-full body. Cascading, granular feel. Carbonation is north of moderate and rather pointy. Bittered, earthy finish.

Overall impression: enjoyable complexity and well-crafted.

Photo of Spider889
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint. Has a nice thick head and leaves average lacing for a nitro beer.

The aroma is really something, usually I find nitrogenated beers to lack aroma. Rich and malty - amped up over the normal draft version. It has a nutty aspect to it... sort of a robust chestnut.

Tastes sweet and nutty. Almond and pecan notes with drier malt flavors.

Smooth texture with a dry and bitter finish. I found the beer to feel silky even, but the dryness was just out of bounds for me.

Overall a really nice take on a solid base beer.

Photo of movingtrain
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up this weekend in Athens at Ohio Brew Week...had it on tap, and brought a growler home.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A small head forms on top, but clings well to the sides of the glass.

Up front in the aroma are raisins, honey, almond, chocolate, coffee, and charred oak. Some fruity notes, as well...smoke, and soy sauce undertones.

For a brown ale, this one has some really good flavor. First off, there are notes of charred oak and coffee. Some caramel, chocolate malts, and a little hoppy bite.

The mouthfeel is rather thin, given the darkness of the beer. It floats easily across the palate, and builds in flavor with each sip.

This is a very drinkable, tasty rendition of the style. One worth drinking, and even seeking out.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We pop the tab on a can, pouring into our Great Lakes pints. It shows the deepest nut brown coloring, holding a one finger head of café au lait colored bubbles. These retain only decently, settling into a creamy film atop the liquid. A thick haze obstructs clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be mild. Aromatics include soy sauce, bready pumpernickel biscuitiness, brown and caramel malt roastiness, shoe polish, dark chocolate cocoa powders and nib bitters, burnt toffee, salted movie theater popcorn, cloying vanilla icing sugars, light honeycomb earthiness, tin, rumbling phenolic plastics, and crystallized marshmallow sweetness. The tongue meets a different mash, showing notes of table honey and white sugar, moldy margarine, tinny metallics, burnt brown and American black maltiness, raw barley, steeped caramel sugars, woody maple syrups, pale biscuity and buttery diacetyls, bitter cocoa and coffee bean shell, chemically hair gel, burnt coconut and marshmallow skins, parsley leafiness, and soft, cleansing ethanolic booziness. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left cooled and coated with sugary, lippy smack. Cream and froth are preserved, while slurp and smack are as well, but to a lesser extent. The abv is appropriate, and the beer glugs back nicely.

Overall, we are thankful to have this recommended to us by Benjamin at The Brick Oven Bistro in Sandusky, Ohio. We had the pleasure of speaking to him a week or so back, and he was able to offer us some of the premier beverages available in central to western Ohio. This was among the top on his list, and we are very happy to have tried it. The nose is incredibly sweet and rich, akin to the liking of Southern Tier’s Crème Brule, but to a slightly more subdued extent. The flavoring, on the other hand, showed a much more bittered, and even smoky approach, allowing for a serious side to this brown ale that was otherwise not yet appreciated. This is an exciting beer for a small brewery, and it leaves us wishing they had wider distribution to keep us warm through the winter months.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy brown color with an off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is malty, a bit toasty and nutty, and also some floral hops. In the taste, mildly nutty with a good dose of medicinal hops. Not getting much honey, which is fine, I'm guessing it fermented out. Light alcohol flavor. Light watery body. Decent ale but only just that.

Photo of dar482
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The aroma has big sweetness of toffee, caramel, almost cocoa, and a toasted malt.

The flavor follows with that big sweetness of toffee, cocoa, and caramel in the front. Then there's a toasted breadiness with a heavy herbal bittering on the finish.

The honey certainly adds that sweetness that makes this beer a bit sweeter and more robust than other brown ales.

Photo of robwestcott
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

grabbed, near fresh, from the brewery last weekend and poured cold from the can a dark chocolate brown to a sun king shaped pint with a 1/2 finger foamy, long lasting, mocha head with good retention, leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma of sweet dark, toasted sugars, nutty, biscuity.

big bodied, nice carbonation, huge sweet malty treat. dark sugars, nutty, big and brown.

super drinkable.

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Chomolungma from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.