Chomolungma - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Hads: 309
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 3.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 41 | 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 woodychandler
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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! (2,025 characters)

Photo of jkwuc89
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint draught at World of Beer at Easton in Columbus, OH

Appearance - Dark brown with light brown head

Smell - Caramel, malt, chocolate, very aromatic

Taste - Very solid malty taste

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, smooth, almost creamy.

Overall - Very good brown ale overall. If brown ales are your thing, strongly recommend checking this out. (354 characters)

Photo of odms
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer was much darker than I expected. It still had a nice mouthfeel although a little different from other brown ales I've had. This isn't to say it was bad, it seemed more smooth or velvety than other brown ales I've had. The taste was great, probably the best brown ale I've had so far. A little spicy with noticeable bite but smooth enough for the style. I would highly recommend this beer; it is the best I've had from Jackie O's so far. (446 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a. nice dark almost black color, might not fit standards but the beer looks nice. Nice 2 fingers of head.
s. nice malty smell, hits of hops and even the honey.
t. this is the best part. This beer is really good.
m. nice creamy texture, great mouth feel.
o. I will buy many more 6 packs of this beer. Keep them coming. (317 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of BeerBrose
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is quite delicious. Having it right out of a can so I won't do a full review. Taste is right and since they used wildflower honey you can definitely taste it's influence.

Id drink this again! (197 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, extremely dark brown in color, some auburn hues shine through when held to the light. Minimal head layer. Aroma is sweet and simple.

The flavor profile is nice and specifically well-rounded for an ale of its style. Earthy and hoppy yet still keeping a sweet, simple malt flavor profile with a mouthfeel that is dryer than most of its peers.

English porter? Baltic porter? It seems like theres a little more going on in the glass than the can led on. (463 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Casa Nueva in Athens, Ohio.

Brown with some reddish hues. Nice amount of tan head atop.

Nose has a handful of roasted charters and some nuttiness thrown in with a spicy hop aroma.

Plenty of bread characters with a nice roasted note that takes charge of the overall feel without overpowering or taking away from the brown ale. Some bold noble hop notes but there is just something about the roasted character that keeps bringing me back. Maybe its a tobacco note or something that really drives this.

Nice English brown ale. Not as sweet as I would expect an English style to showcase but really nothing wrong with this. (633 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a matching Jackie O's snifter. The brew appears a dark brown almost black color with a dark khaki head a finger strong. A full wall of lace sticks on the glass and the head maintains in a ring around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma has a big toffee to caremel-like malt sweetness with a kiss of raisony alcohol. A little bit of earthen roast emerges as it warms. The aroma is a tight, enjoyable package for a brown.

The taste has an herbal hop punch before the onset of bitter roasted grain like coffee, earth, ash and tobacco. A hint of something almost like molasses and a fruity raison-like alcohol character into the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a solid brown with lots of unique character. I would absolutely drink this again, thank you Heath for gifting me with this. (849 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the pub poured into a tulip...Medium brown pour, nice red in the middle. Nice light tan carbonation...The aroma is malty, caramel, bread, honey, a hint of cherry, a little nut, yummy and complex...The taste is like the aroma, sweet notes of honey, cherry, and nuts but a little coffee to balance this out. I didn't know what to expect out this organic brew but it came together really well. My favorite non bottled beer of the weekend. (442 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (2,133 characters)

Photo of Knilas
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the can: Dark cola color...tan head lasts a good bit, leaving behind moderate lacing. Taste of coffee, chocolate, and some honey. Resembles a Porter more than a Brown. Slight bitterness with some fizz. Drinks somewhat thin. Still, very tasty. Worth the coin. (270 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, toast, toffee, brown bread, honey, nuttiness, raisin, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and honey notes with light hops; and good strength. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, toast, honey, nuttiness, light roast, raisin, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toast, honey, nuttiness, raisin, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and honey flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent brown ale! All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and honey flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,332 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at jackie os

A- dark brown with nice white head and lacing down the side.
S- very faint coffee smell comes off but it is hard to pick up.
T- nice roasted coffee with a nice chocolate aftertaste. Very good.
M- medium body and very smooth
Fo good beer. Nice mix of coffee and chocolate. (292 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (630 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am starting to like Jackie O's. This ale alone makes the brewery something to be sure to see the next time I make it to Athens. I previously had another (a pale, I think) that was good but not special. This one is outstanding.

It pour typical darkness with a little head. The aroma is roasty malty and good.

The taste is roasty, but well balanced. It truly a full flavor of roasty malts, hops and yeast al balanced together in dark goodness. This may not be authentic, but it is very tasty.

The aftertaste is excellent too. I wish I had more of these. I will need to get some. (581 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly darker brown. Nose is great on this one. Strong nut tones with brown ale as well. Flavor is nice. Good nut tones with malty brown ale aspects. Fairly smooth and well done. Easy to drink. Typically, brown ales are not really my thing, but this ended up being a nice one from Jackie O's. (302 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with orange Chomo-lungma artwork. Really an eye catching design. Brilliant artwork. Poured into a 14 oz nonic pint glass.

A - ultra dark brown with the slightest hints of dark amber and light brown touching the corners. Murky and cloudy looking brown ale. Tan head has some size on the pour slowly vanishes to a nice fluffy ring of lace leaving nice stick to the walls of my nonic.

S - slightly roasted bread like malt with hints of graham cracker notes up front. Sweet touches of honey with a layer of rich cocoa powder. Nutty character toward the back of the nose.

T - biscuit malt, toasted brown bread, honey, graham crackers, hint of dark fruit, cocoa, and a hint of dark chocolate. Pretty solid take on the English brown.

M - medium bodied with nice thickness. Texture is just fine for the style and highly drinkable. A nice smooth mouthfeel and quite enjoyable.

O - first offering I've had from Jackie O's outside of their pub and I must say its a pretty darn good brown ale. There is nothing mind blowing about it as the can may suggest, but it is top shelf quality and a good ale to enter their canned lineup. Ill buy again for certain and I look forward to experiencing more offerings from the ever expanding Jackie O's brewery. (1,253 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A. Pours a deep dark brown with reddish hues. What I can manage to see through seems to be moderately hazy. Above the dark liquid floats a lightly tanned, thick fluffy cloud; although the head doesn't disappear, the beer must, and in its wake is a trail of glass-coating lace.

S. Light and unassuming, the aroma here is not its strong point. It isn't an in your face beverage. It is faint, subtle, balanced, nutty, lightly toasted malt, biscuity.

T. Malt forward, similar to smell but with a little hop bite to boot at the finish. Just delicious

M. Medium body, slick-ish but balanced by the bitterness.

O. An ideal brown ale with a little extra hop bite (not big mind you, just enough to notice). The honey that is advertised isn't apparent, but that's ok with me (Beer with honey can be too sweet to try to convey the honey notes, not the case here). My first Jackie O's offering, I can only hope I can get my hands on others and that they live up to how well done this is. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Spider889
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,467 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (580 characters)

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Chomolungma from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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