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Old Saint Chango - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Old Saint Chango
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very good

23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This year's winter warmer is complemented by cocoa nibs and Mexican Chocolate, while the German wheat beer yeast strain lends banana-rama goodness. Old Saint Chongo, patron saint of our monkey friends, requested this beer himself.

(Beer added by: GRG1313 on 01-02-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

EdgarNava, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bear Republic 12/31/11 and listed as "This year's winter warmer." Made with cocoa nibs and Mexican chocolate.

The appearance is black with a medium thick dark khaki head that is retained for longer than most. Nice looking.

Nose is rich "chocolate malt," assertive roasted sweet coffee and malted milk balls. There is a chocolate/banana character to the nose and it is very inviting and appealing.

Mouthfeel is creamy, rich and bold with nice carbonation and you don't want to taste this one as "really drink it."

Flavor profile is what really wins the day. This beer, simply put, is delicious. There is a rich chocolate malt/banana sweet character that first really seems sweet and chocolaty, but it then goes to an appealing lightly sweet/bitter chocolate/roasted grain/coffee character.

Finish is all chocolate/coffee/rich roasted grain with hints of sweet and undertones of bitter espresso.

I'm one who is drinking less and less of these kinds of brews. However, this one is a winner that I'd gladly drink anytime. Really a nice effort and the highlight of our "full list" tasting at Bear Republic over the New Years weekend.

GRG1313, Jan 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

ACB, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

JamLand, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

HungarianCount, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

InspectorBob, May 17, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a sample glass at the brewery.

A: Dark, opaque maple. Light tan head.

S: Roasted-sweet malt. Brown sugar.

T: Sweet, sweet brown sugar and hint of chocolate. Rich and rewarding. Lightly spicy.

M: Smooth and exciting.

O: Solid winter warmer. Engaging and tasty. Well-made and recommended.

AgentMunky, Jan 06, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm used to winter warmers being more towards amber, but this beer seems to straddle the two "winter" categories of armed and stout. The beer is dark, definitely on the stout side. The nose is a quite nutty, with an overall feel towards the dark malt side.

The taste, however isn't as "dark", with some tartness and to me tends towards a more standard warmer. There are definitely some light roasted coffee notes that linger. Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but think if it were re-categorized as a stout, it might be a little lower rated.

cjgiant, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Tiernan, Feb 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ste5venla, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

largadeer, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

PEIhop, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Gagnonsux, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

BJasny, May 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

kdown, Jan 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

kjkinsey, Jan 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

dgherm, Apr 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Marco_Gtz, Jan 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

illidurit, Jul 05, 2013
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3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours murky and brown. Small head. I'm normally pretty easy on appearance but this one is sorta ugly. Looks thick. Smells sweet with molasses, caramel, dough, milk chocolate, but there's also a funny medicinal note that I'm not enjoying. Taste is quite sweet in a cough syrup like way. Lots of that band aid flavor in the finish. Kind of a gummy, syrupy feel. I'm just not a fan of this beer. The flavor combination doesn't work for me. It needs some sort of a balancing note at the very least. An unusual miss from bear republic.

popery, Jan 15, 2013
Old Saint Chango from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.