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Molly's Titanic Brown Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Molly's Titanic Brown AleMolly's Titanic Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

25 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 11-08-2004)
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Reviews by iowaherkeye:
Photo of iowaherkeye
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Rock Bottom in Denver International Airport. Clear brown with some dark orange highlights and a one finger light beige head, fading to a thick film after a couple minutes. Up front in the aroma are toasted malts and sweet caramel, with some underlying roasted malts and a tinge of diacetyl. Thankfully, the buttery notes are even less noticeable in the flavor, and the roast is a fair amount more prominent, especially in the finish. Backing up a bit, the flavor leans more to the caramel sweet side than the toasted malts. Not terribly sweet though, and finishes dry and roasty with bitterness peaking at a 2 that mostly seems to come from the malts. Light carbonation with a light to medium body. I preferred the Falcon Pale Ale quite a bit more to this.

iowaherkeye, Nov 07, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of ADR
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Denver brewpub, this is brewed as a Brown Porter and has a couple of silver medals to its credit...

Murky medium dark brown with a sort of detergent greensih head that laces well. A little molasses to the malty aroma. Mouthfeel is on the light side, carbonation is good at medium. Starts out slightly chocolate in overall character, but the flavor and carbonation flatten to watery a little early in the game with a sort of cotton impression along for the ride. Light bit of far away citron to the aftertaste. Hops are pretty hidden. Eh, OK...

ADR, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty like for a porter...Looks more like a brown ale. Hm...still nice foam and lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee. I feel like this combo gets old, but I still like it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good match with cheesecake. Chocolate is basically the main feature. Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe a tad bit too carbonated.

Drinkability: A good beer. A great dessert beer.

Overall: See drinkability.

tjsdomer2, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Denver airport.

Clear dark brown pour with a small light beige head.

Nice aroma of roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate.

Roasty nutty flavor with bitter chocolate and malty sweetness.

Medium body with average carbonation.

An above average but not too exciting brown ale overall.

nickd717, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -5%

jaydoc, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of BigBry
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Denver Rock Bottom's, $3.99 for a pint. An award winning brown, it must be good.
Good looking beer, deep brown color, thick ivory colored foam, decent retention and lace. Mild caramel malt smell, slightly sweet and smoky. Taste mirrored the smell, caramel malt, smoke, maybe some cocoa or chocolate. It had a full mouthfeel, lightly carbonated made it creamy and smooth. Nothing overpowering, a good introductory brown.

BigBry, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of champ103
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark brown with a little red around the edges. A two finger beige head forms, and recedes in a minute. Some light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet grainy malt with some light chocolate. Really bland overall.
T: Sweet caramel malt, light chocolate and a lingering toasted character that is nice.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp carbonation, but creamy at the same time. Not hard to drink. I can put a few back with ease.

Not bad. Better than the majority of their beers. Something I would get again if at the brewpub.

champ103, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Westminster, Colorado Rock Bottom. A pretty beer, this is a pleasantly warming American Porter, with a nice mahogany brown hue. Not overly malty, there is enough hops bitterness to make this decenlty thirs-quenching and respectably dry. One of the many pretty average Rock Bottom brews, this one honors Molly Brown, Denver socialite who survived the sinking of the Titanic.

ColoradoBobs, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of jsprain1
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, slightly hazy, with a very thin off white head. Retention is poor with minimal lacing.
S- Aroma is milk chocolate and some caramel. A faint toastiness also lingers in the nose.
T- Caramel and chocolate on the tongue. A rather nice set of flavors with a fairly long finish.
M- Medium body, a bit chewy, medium-low carb.
O- One of the better beers from Rock Bottom that I have had.

jsprain1, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour, off white head that died fairly quickly. Looks a bit syrupy or oily.
Smell of old socks and cashews, some sweet malt and a bit of coffee.
Taste is stale nut, some sweet malt and weak coffee. Taste quickly gives way to bad aftertaste. No better warm.

Mebuzzard, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of mschofield
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany brown, with red at the edges, topped with a two finger tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Nice rich malty aroma, but not sweet, definitely shows itself as a porter and not a brown ale. A bit earthy.
Malty, caramel candy, tea, herb, and a nutty-walnut note in the taste.
Medium bodied, would go very well with some grilled red meat.

mschofield, Mar 16, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

JMBSH, Apr 15, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Downtown Denver RBB.

a-pretty brown color with a good two inch head. Lively carbonation through the glass. Good lacing all the way down.

s-malts and grainy. Some chocolate and coffee notes too.

t-like it smells, not too complex but decent. Has a roasted malty taste to it.

m-a little thinner than I'd like, but good.

o-a decent beer from RBB. This beer has changed some what through the years but still does a good job .

, May 23, 2011
Photo of peteh2112
3/5  rDev -12.3%

peteh2112, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of drummstikk
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A little darker than brown, smells of rich dark caramel, tastes of thick chocolate, figgy caramel, raisins, and just a hint of roast coffee. A drinkable version of a porter, much more chocolatey than a Northern English brown, but a lot more dark caramel than the average American interpretation. Very light hop bitterness, avoiding the American brewer compulsion to add Cascade.

drummstikk, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Azeotrope
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Azeotrope, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

BillRoth, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a pretty decent but not remarkable brown ale. It poured a decent hazy brown with good head formation. Aroma was very mild, and was of caramel malt. It tasted...well like a brown ale. It was a nice example of the style and approachable for the casual drinker. After reading the official GABF style descriptions, I can undertand why this beer won in the "brown porter" category rather than the "brown ale" category. It had a full mouthfeel, some caramel presence, and some diacetyl. Reminded me of a brown milk stout. Pretty good.

I had this on-tap at the Rock Bottom in Denver.

BeerBelcher, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of mentor
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented a half finger tan head over a dark brown liquid. Smells mild. Some chocolate and nut and maybe some grassy hop. Tastes dry chocolate and nutty with some grassy rough from hops. The end is citrus hop late over the dry chocolate and it comes to the forefront in the aftertaste. Md mouthfeel and moderately carbonated. Tasty and a dry finish that worked great as I sat outside in late July one evening.

mentor, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass.

A: Deep chestnut brown with a dense nougat cap. Head retention is quite good and bits of lace are left behind.

S: Roasted malts dominate the nose and are joined by a bit of black tea.

T: Starts out with flavors of toasted and roasted grain, plus a bit of coffee. Behind them is a well balanced earthy bitterness. Finishes rather dry, with lingering roasted grain flavors.

M: The medium-light body is dry and has very fine carbonation.

D: This is a nice beer overall and goes down easy. The lightness makes it a good candidate for a session.

Rayek, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a plenty good brown ale here, pouring up a nice dark shade, deeper than many, with a short lived finger of tanish fluff. the nose is roasty and loaded with chocolate malt and toasted barley. smells english in style, rather than american, with some caramely sweetness. the flavor though has very little sweetness, and is actually much less robust than the nose lets on. the dark malt flavors are great, with a hint of cocoa powder in there as well. its as bitter as it is sweet in the finish, and is pretty easy drinking. the feel is really velvety soft, could have almost come from a nitro tap, its that creamy. body is perfect medium, and there is very little residual sugar. this exceeded my expectations and is one of the better regular beers at rock bottom.

StonedTrippin, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Dogbrick
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rock Bottom in Denver: Clear cola color with a medium thick khaki head that diminishes slowly. Thick coat of lacing too. Musty malt aroma with some dough and citrus. Medium-bodied and smooth with a mildly malty and nutty flavor. The flavor does not last long though and starts to transition to blandness right away. The sweetness is always there but the other flavors don’t have lasting power. The finish is mildly nutty and hoppy. Below average in the end.

Dogbrick, Oct 04, 2006
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2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the 16th Street Rock Bottom.

A - The beer was served in a pint glass. A deep dark brown with light almost amber mahogany edges in the light. A thin 1/4 finger tan colored head with virtually no retention or lacing. As the beer was poured right in front of me I can attest the head never developed and the thin head is not a result of settling while being served.

S - A nice aroma of roasted barley. Reminds me a bit of crackers and tea in the subtle sharpness.

T/M - The taste starts out rather pleasant with the roasted malts. Hints of coffee and espresso. The mild earthen bitterness from the hops compliments the malt very well and is quite well-balanced. However towards the end of the beer a distinct metallic flavor presents itself along with a definitive astringent pucker. Finishes dry with a nice roast flavor, though the metallic never truly fades. Medium carbonation.

O - It started out fairly well on the tongue but the off-flavors really turned this beer off for me. Others in my group who ordered a pint reported the same effect. Not sure what the problem was as I've had this beer before. I'd probably give it another shot and re-review. Also the beer is clearly displayed as a Brown Ale in the literature.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 03-30-2011 12:39:53

hopfacebrew, Jan 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark semi-transparent brown with a beige head. Aroma is strong and malty and has hints of caramel and coffee, almost like a stout or porter. Flavor is malty with some hops and a strong caramel component and more than a trace of smokiness. Texture is smooth but sassy.

Cyberkedi, Jul 02, 2008
Molly's Titanic Brown Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.