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 BEERchitect
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust and masculine, this unique Brown Ale borrows the charm of English Brown Ales, the hops, alcohol and dryness of American Brown Ales, but a savory and fruity tone from Bockbiers for a highly characterful ale while retaining superb drinkability.

Chomolungma kicks things off with a dark "bark" brown color and enough of a haze to diffuse all light, except at the extreme egdes. Its dainty and light khaki head is creamy and dense as it blankets the surface early but holds firm with a coffee creme status late. Its speckles the glass with lace with each swirl and sip.

Its tall-dark-handsome character doesn't stop there- the nose is chocked full of heavy toast, bold coffee, dark chocolate, walnuts, dark fruit, savory burnt caramel, and a bready pound cake-type of breadiness. A pep of alcohol provides a peppery and brandy-like note to reside just behind the malty scents.

Its rich taste is laced with malt sweetness and char to lead- over-cooked caramel, bittersweet chocolate, nutty Columbian coffee, roasted walnuts, and a generally toasted tone defines the beer from sip to finish. But sultry ester tones of grape, plumb and raisin peak through in its brandy-like tone; coupled with alcohol, the vinous side of this Brown really comes through. Then as you think the taste has come to a close, comes a moderately resinous bitterness of wood and stem.

Its robust taste makes its texture want to register heavier to the palate, but its supple creaminess gives a silky, vanilla-like smoothness to the initial mouthfeel. And as the ale traverses across the palate, it lightens and dries consistently for a warm and semi-dry finish.

Even with its honey infusion, much of that floral nature gets covered up by malt and alcohol complexities, as its sweetness is well attenuated for dryness. But after that first sip, we don't care about the honey. We favor the taste that's most present in the ale- and those are effortless and complex.

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 RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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 stakem
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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 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 barczar
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy khaki head that lingers.

Aroma is slightly floral and nutty, with a hint of specialty malt fruitiness and toasted malt.

Flavor reveals slightly sweet, nutty, toasted malt, along with chocolate and lightly toasted malt. There's some fruity specialty malt character that carries into the lightly bitter finish. I'm picking up a slightly metallic note.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Great malt character. I don't get much of the honey, but it's a nice, fairly complex, malty ale. The metallic character somewhat offputting. As it warms, aromas of acetone emerge. Houston, I think we have a problem. Drink cold...and quickly!

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 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 nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a murky off red brownish color with a nice head. Head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Quite a bit of nuts going on here. A touch of coffee, light chocolate and grain.

T- Again quite a bit of nuts almost over the top. Coffee, caramel and bready malts. Whatever hops are used are grassy at best. Malts dominant this brew.

M- Medium body and carbonation a little bit lighter than medium.

O- Not a huge fan of this style, but I found this one fairly easy to drink.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer but fails in the aroma department - 3.75

A - Pours a clear dark brown with a dark tan one finger head, very nice lacing - 4
S - All around faint aroma with roasted malts and herbal hoppiness - 3.5
T - Malty, toasty but not burnt, nicely hopped with earthy herbal notes, some residual sweetness/molasses in the middle - 4.25
MF - Medium body with a dry bitter finish - 4.25

Photo of hosehead83
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, murky brown in color, with a nice cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Subtle milk chocolate
Taste-Milk chocolate, toasted malt, faint coffee with cream, subtle honey sweetness and gentle roastiness. A nice, tasty Brown. Recommended.

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 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.

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