Chunga's Old Bruin - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by csmiley:
4/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle 31 / 72
A - Pours dark brown with some sienna thrown in the mix as well. A decent amount of light is able to shine through at the bottom of the glass. Head is off-white to tan and tops out as a cap on the brew. It sticks around for a minute and then recedes to a wisp of a ring around the edges. Lacing is minimal.
S - Oak starts it off. It's quickly followed by a sweeter aroma that almost seems out of place. Seems like honey to me. It's only noticeable for an instant then some cherry and plum show up. Once the dark fruit comes into the equation, the sweeter aroma finds its context. It's a little musty on the end. Some caramel in the distant background. Alcohol is surprisingly absent.
T - Earthy up front. Notes of oak and other woods present. Cherry is, of course, present and more bitter than in the aroma. The odd sweet aroma is completely gone from the flavor. It's a little tart midway with green apple. Alcohol is absent from the flavor too. Very good job covering up 8.5%. Finishes with more oak and a little caramel. Caramel is very, very light though.
M - Lighter bodied with little carbonation. Finish is tart and sticks around on the palate for a while.
D - Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is almost completely masked which get points in my book. The oak is prominent and done well. The idea of an organic brown gone sour makes for a good brew. That being said, carbonation. Just not enough in this bottle and that takes away from what would have been a great score. Even a little more suds would greatly improve it. This is still a solid brew from a solid brewery. I'm gonna go ahead and recommend it.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2010 02:52:56 | More by csmiley
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish flecks. Small khaki head. Thin collar.
Smell - Cherry, strong acidity. Chocolate malts. Some notes of a bourbon barrel. Oak and vanilla.
Taste - Bright cherry. Sour. The brown ale comes through, though. Caramel and chocolate malt. Some vanilla and oak, again reminiscent of a bourbon barrel. Some red wine characteristics.
Mouthfeel - Oaky. Sour, but not over sour, as Jackie O's tends to be.
Overall - Complex and flavorful. All the flavors are distinct and still work well together.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2013 01:48:59 | More by Alieniloquium
Chunga's Old Bruin from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.