Chomolungma | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beveritt on 08-12-2008

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 354
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had on tap 7.3.08

nice looking beer, good dark color. a nice sweet smell to the beer, malty, but not much else there. taste gives off a sudden blast of sweet brown sugar. a decent brown ale - a great balance and mouthfeel. gives a crisp splash of carbonation on the roof of the mouth which is a nice taste. good beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light brown but fills in much darker than a typical nut brown, nearing black, then thinning back out to a dark red, with a massive tan head and big coral lace.

Smell is faintly of coffee and chocolate, but moreso cologne, toasted bread, cola, and red licorice

Taste is the same and feel is a little thin and bitter. I get toasted brown cracker, brown sugar, fairly sweet but quite dry, with cola and mixed honey roasted nuts. While starting sweet, there is a bitter vegetal finish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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!

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Photo of nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/23/2015. Pokal goblet. Canned on date: 11-18-14.

Appearance: Pours a super dark brown with a tan, foamy cap. Remarkably dark, with a little light penetrating at the edges. No bad retention, but not great either. Some lacing.

Aroma: SWEET and roasty. Really inviting smell. A little two-dimensional.

Taste: Not as sweet as on the nose. Slightly tart across mid-palate. Firm roast, but not porter-esque. Right in the middle of the brown ale spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light, good, but not overpowering carbonation.

Overall: A little simple; I want to like it more, but there's not a lot of oomph there. I'd buy it again for the sake of local pride, but it's not a favorite brown.

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Photo of beveritt
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a half gallon growler into a large pint glass. I picked this growler up yesterday and have had it in my refrigerator since.

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of tan head. This settles slowly into a half finger, leaving no lacing behind. The beer itself is opaque, with just the slightest hint of red/brown near the edges.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with the slightest hint of roasted barley. Notes of caramel and molasses.

Taste: Dark and sweet; tastes of molasses, lactose, and coffee. A little tobacco like smoke. Finishes with a long, lingering roasted barley bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little higher than average carbonation. Body is great, thick and viscous.

Drinkability: My second offering from Jackie O's and another solid beer. You can definitely taste the same roasted barley and earthy flavors in both of their beers. I am looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of SStein
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown. The smell is very underwhelming. A little bit of malt, but no real strength. It tastes like a brown ale should, but nothing that makes it stand out from any of the other brown ales out there.

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Photo of raznug
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a nice brown color and is topped with ¾” of tan head that dissipates rather quickly.
Smell: The smell of honey and malt blended together makes for a rather tasty smelling brew.
Taste: The flavor of this beer is rather unique it has a malt flavor that is tasty yet has a bit of a yeast after taste that I am not sure if I have ever had. I don’t get much of the honey in the flavor but it is a good beer none the less.
Mouthfeel: This beer is a bit on the thin side for a brown ale but Jackie O’s makes a nice attempt at a rather hard style for me to judge.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler brought up by my brother who went down for some Ohio Brew Week action. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A decently tall, thick head rises above a purplish brown beer. Small spattering of lacing.

This aroma is very nutty. Lots of walnut and hazelnut. A healthy dose of grassy hops stays unobtrusive and allows a little bit of coffee roast to peek out and meet the rich nuttiness of this beer.

Nicely kilned malts give a strong nuttiness and an intense coffee note that gives this beer balance. Just before the finish there is a squeeze of hops that are mostly grassy but have a twinge of citrus as well.

Medium bodied with a nice dry finish. The carbonation looks on the low side, but actually feels quite prickly.

A pretty good nut brown. I really like the coffee notes found in this beer but there is just something keeping it from being stellar.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours an extremely hazy dark brown; off-white head fades quickly and leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of chocolate, cocoa, caramel. Lots of bread and malts. There's some butterscotch and subtle hints of vanilla in the mix as well. Flavors are close to what you would expect for the style, for the most part. More chocolate, which seems to dominate. Lots of grains and dough. This one has an extremely subtle bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium-bodied. This beer is extremely creamy and velvety. The carbonation is on the lower side and really works. This is a hearty, robust, and filling beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Easy to drink, but filling. Good stuff.

This is a unique brown ale. It's not a mind blower, but it's well crafted and enjoyable. Recommended.

Grade: B

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinks like more traditional brown ales. Super thin with a malty finish and a nutty flavor profile. I enjoyed it, but its not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.


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Photo of CernMatt
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent brown ale. Taste was good. Poured nice. Definitely has potential to be a "everyday" drinker style beer. Not too heavy, so nice to drink on a summer night, as well as during the fall.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

grabbed, near fresh, from the brewery last weekend and poured cold from the can a dark chocolate brown to a sun king shaped pint with a 1/2 finger foamy, long lasting, mocha head with good retention, leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma of sweet dark, toasted sugars, nutty, biscuity.

big bodied, nice carbonation, huge sweet malty treat. dark sugars, nutty, big and brown.

super drinkable.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Dark tanish brown with a nice 2 inch foamy head, and tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasty malts, nuts, molasses, brown sugar. Very minor hop aroma comes out near the finish. Not overly strong or impressive smell.

Taste - FIrst sip is a nice mix of roasted nutty malts, sweet grapefruit hops and a little caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Nice balance, nothing is out of place and works well together. Very smooth and flavorful, but not overly strong.

Mouthfeel - The malts and hops coat the tongue with bready caramel, sweet grapefruits and caramel candy. Palate gets more sweetness of caramel and sugars, and a little bitter hop kick. The aftertaste is malty, nutty and caramel.

Overall - Nice light brown ale. Not overly strong flavors, but smooth, balanced and easy to drink. Nice hop flavor at the finish, works well with the nutty malts and caramels. Worth a drink for brown ale fans.

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Photo of dar482
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Chomolungma from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 354 ratings.
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