Bob's Your Uncle | Round Barn Brewery

Bob's Your UncleBob's Your Uncle
37 Ratings
Bob's Your UncleBob's Your Uncle

Brewed by:
Round Barn Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnnyHopps on 10-01-2011

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a burnt orange almost copper color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that died off at a nice pace. Subtle lace. The aroma had some caramel/toffee malts up front playing with some sweet biscuit notes and then a blended spicy to earthy to grassy hop character in the background. The flavor mainly stays with the sweet malty side somewhat flowing on into the aftertaste and right on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Soft carbonation. ABV felt right on as to where the brewer projected. Overall, nicely done ESB well worthy of having again.

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Photo of ngaron
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dope
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of km02600
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joe12pk
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This had the biggest, rocky head I've ever seen! Not much to smell; kind of earthy. Taste is mellow malts and some caramel up front. There is a little bitterness at the end. And some citrus. These two get stronger after 10 minutes or so. Solid English Bitter. Cheers!

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JVan
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Very high carbonation upon opening. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown bread, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and fruity yeast ester notes; with decent strength. A bit too fruity, but has some solid malt presence. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pear/apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pear/apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. I swirled out most of the overcarbonation; which lead to a medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very solid English bitter style. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Other than the over-carbonation and overly fruity aromas; this turned out to be quite enjoyable.

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2/5  rDev -39.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of gangstafaceclay
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a nice hazy golden color with a white head.

S- you get some sweet malt with some citrus.

T- sweet Bready biscuit malt, faint citrus and bitterness and water. Not to much going on here with flavors

M- light and watery with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O- mehh, I don't hate this brew. It's not absolutely terrible but it's nothing exciting. Very drinkable. It's an ok session beer I guess..

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Photo of kilopaparomeo
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of lakersgt1
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Round Barn Brewery's Bob's Your Uncle a couple days ago for $1.75 at Boyne Country Provisions. I've never tried anything from his brewery since they aren't really aren't available in my area, but I'm always down to try a new Michigan brewery and I thought I would start off with their ESB, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple and it makes it pretty well known that this is an English style beer, the names a little weird, but at least there's an explanation to it. It poured a murky orange/amber color that took on more of a brighter amber color when held to the light with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart some nice caramel and toasted malt aromas. Up next comes a slight plastic like aroma followed by some typical English hops that impart some earthy and herbal hop aromas.This beer had a nice aroma with some good balance, but the slight plastic aroma threw me off a little.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a good amount of malts that impart some lightly toasted and caramel malt flavors. Up next comes the hops which are those same typical English hops that I got in the aroma, but this time it's the earthy hop aspect that seems to stick out the most imparting a medium amount of bitterness with a malty and earthy hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer and I think it's pretty true to style.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation that's a little too high and prickly. The mouthfeel wasn't bad, but the high prickly carbonation really hurt it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a fairly true example of the style, it had a couple of issues but other than that it fit into the style nicely. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, clean, not filling and the flavor did a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these but the high carbonation might start to wear on me. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, the taste and aroma seemed pretty well balanced. What I like the least about this beer was the carbonation, it was just to high and prickly. I don't really buy this style often, but I wouldn't rule out ordering it at a bar if it was available. I would recommend it to people who like the style. All in all this beer wasn't bad and it does a nice job at representing the style. This made for a decent first impression for Round Barn Brewery, I'll have to keep an eye out for more of their beers, nice work guys.

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Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of biegaman
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bob's Your Uncle has far more head than it should given the cautious angle from which it was poured; in the time I looked away to type this sentence it had already begun to spill over the top of my imperial pint glass (note: those are 568ml, the bottle is 330ml). My computer top says thanks. This cloudy, bubbly, orange-amber beer is also polluted with clumps of sediment.

It's hard to note much aroma given the mattress of head that stands between the liquid and my nostrils; this foam is thick enough to be a nightclub bouncer. As result, very little of the malt's sweet, subtly toffee-like breadiness can be appreciated (nor the grassy hops I think might have been detected). Instead, we are treated to a tutorial on yeasty phenols and esters.

Indeed, had I opened this bottle with the intention of making bread, there would have been no surprises and I'd have been quite happy. But alas I did not - I wanted a malty, sessionable ale after a long night's work - and this liquid yeast sample doesn't exactly quench thirst like your typical pint of plain; it is phenolic (spicy), a bit boozy, and dry as eczema.

The yeast may appear to settle down but every sip brings a fresh rush of peppery yeast phenols to the palate. The beer is muted of its malt and hop features - it is neither sweet nor bitter, really - and beyond tastes of white bread and spiced, overripe apples, there's little else to write about. It may have a Union Jack on the label but this beer tastes distinctly Belgian.

I have a strict rule about reviewing infected beer, or any beer suspected to not be at its best. But I also have feelings - and when I brave inclement weather and American customs and drive 5 hours to eagerly spend my hard-earned money on a little known regional brewery that's new to me instead of the other, world-class offerings on the shelf - many of which are my all-time favourites - I feel a little frustrated. Sorry, but until Round Barn Brewery wants to make it up to me with a better sample, this rating (and my waterlogged computer desk) will stand.

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Photo of Brenden
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This bitter is thick and murky, a heavy brown-orange. There's an off-white head that starts off pretty big but is too spritzy and sparse to keep its full form. It does keep some, eventually some fairly heavy islands in the middle and a full sort of foam at the edges. Lacing is left lightly and spottily on the sides of the glass.
The aroma features some nicely sturdy malts, English varietals offering lightly metallic and fruity notes with a light earthiness.
Still metallic and earthy, the flavor features mostly the fruity note, while a mildly herbal note sneaks into the finish. Some grains also pull through.
The body reaches medium. There's not so much carbonation as straight-up crispness, but it takes a spritzy tone. Some smoothness becomes more of a filling foaminess.

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Photo of kwittlieff
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of zacky_U
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mishtif
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of shacawgo24
4/5  rDev +21.2%

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Bob's Your Uncle from Round Barn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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