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Chomolungma | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
jackieos.com

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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#17,139
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
366
pDev:
9.76%
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a brown ale with honey thats extremely light for the style, and feels almost conservative for these guys, who i associate with daring and robust beers that are almost unrivaled in their originality. this brown is tasty for sure, but could have been made by almost anyone i think. its got a clear very light brown color to it, and a pleasing aroma of light toasted chocolate malt, sweet floral honey, and light dusty cereal grain, quite simple really. i like the honey in this, in so many beers its all fermented out, or its covered up by malt, fruit, or wild yeast or something. its cool in this beer because there isnt a whole lot going on, so the aroma and flavor of the honey can stand out a little bit, and not have to make this too sweet to be noticed. its super light on the grain side of things, no roast at all, and little more than a very light cocoa note, hardly even a brown ale. delicate body, relaxed carbonation from the tap, and a great not hop driven session beer, which the scene seems to be getting away from these days. this didnt wow me like most of the others these guys make, but its a nice easy drinking brown for this time of year. i hope this is a sign that more of their beer is on the way to colorado!

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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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3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, toast, toffee, brown bread, honey, nuttiness, raisin, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and honey notes with light hops; and good strength. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, toast, honey, nuttiness, light roast, raisin, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toast, honey, nuttiness, raisin, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and honey flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent brown ale! All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and honey flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A huge CANQuest (TM) note of thanks to Uncle JedI and PurpleHatJoan for dropping several CANs on me during their recent, all too brief visit to Lancaster, PA! Let's face it, Jackie O's is near-legendary, if not full-on legendary and I do not know how long it might have taken me to get these CANs otherwise.

From the CAN: "sustainably crafted with purpose"; "brown ale brewed with wildflower honey"; "Design by Kevin Morgan Studio Illustration by Bryn Perrott"; "Brewed in honor of Brian Oestrike's May 23, 2007 Mt. Everest Summit".

Hoo hah! The Crack! awoke Kong King Chomolungma with its loudness, setting off an avalanche in which we hid in the same crevasse to escape its wrath. Ol' Boy was looking at me with all four of his eyes until I inverted him and began a heavy-handed Glug. It didn't help matter that he was another craft brimful CAN, but I got him upturned all the same. The pseudo-cascade was quick to subside, creating a dense finger of light-tan head as its result. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing only minimal light penetration at the edges. Nose smelled of dark chocolate, roasted peanuts, fudge. It reminded me of my late-Pops' favorite ice cream - Rocky Road! Mouthfeel was big, full, and creamy and the flavors melded together so nicely that it could have been Rocky Road or a liquified Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, but either way, it was totally evocative of my late Old Man. He really got sent by the chocolate/peanut butter combo and went for Tastykake Peanut Butter TandyTakes as well. Chomolungma was not really happy with the way I was describing him, so I began to back away and make my way up and out of the crevasse. The finish left me with notes of leather, smoke and more of that choco-nut flavor that had been its trademark throughout. No wonder Jackie O's has the solid, stellar rep that they do, if this is indicative of their beers. I am a self-avowed hophead and yet, I REALLY want more of this one, especially on Saturday, 01 Feb, for the annual Hula in the Coola Day!

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3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

opaque brown color coming out of the bottle right away. Rich looking with hardly a drop of light coming through. A small head of maybe a half an inch of off white foam then rose up from the bottom and settled down effortlessly with thick and coating lacing.

The aroma was really very well done I have to say. Rich notes of roasted malts and hints of chocolate were riddled throughout. Really a very big aroma here with some nice touches of caramel and a touch of a woodsy peat like aroma. The flavor was very nice as well. Warming, with a rich chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Very coating, though I have to admit it did come across a touch light on the feel for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of orangesol
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Westin hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Go Cubs!

Dark brown body with hints of crimson. Plum and roast character throughout. Lightly sweet and quite drinkable. Nicely done.

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4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a matching Jackie O's snifter. The brew appears a dark brown almost black color with a dark khaki head a finger strong. A full wall of lace sticks on the glass and the head maintains in a ring around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma has a big toffee to caremel-like malt sweetness with a kiss of raisony alcohol. A little bit of earthen roast emerges as it warms. The aroma is a tight, enjoyable package for a brown.

The taste has an herbal hop punch before the onset of bitter roasted grain like coffee, earth, ash and tobacco. A hint of something almost like molasses and a fruity raison-like alcohol character into the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a solid brown with lots of unique character. I would absolutely drink this again, thank you Heath for gifting me with this.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jackie O's nails this brown ale, it hits the brown ale right in every direction not typically huge on brown ales this however is excellence in a can. Beautiful nearly black but it let's enough light to create a crimson mahogany, light tan head velvet textured fine even lacing. Aroma explodes when you open the can, toasted nuts with creamy chocolate notes, hint of honey and cereal grains it's good enough to put your nose in the glass. Flavor wise so smooth, perfect cohesion no clash of off flavors, this is complex brown ale at it's best with a nutty caramelized sugar from the toasted malts, the wildflower honey is full fermented out no residual sweetness you find in most honey beers, this is a flagship beer for a reason. It goes great with a Romeo y Julieta Reserva I'm smokin' adding cedar and spicy Republica de Domincana tobacco to the mix. I can't help but enjoy every sip, earthy hops finish the taste leaving a balanced brown ale on the table. Smooth even keeled carbonation cleanses the palate, medium bodied brown with enough abv too give it more complexity on the palate at 6.5%. Overall an anytime beer, that I'm proud to buy local in Steubenville Ohio at Valley Wine Cellar beer drinkers keep this stuff moving off the shelves maybe we will catch an expansion of their brewing operations to see some of their sours move into mainstream distribution, I'm still planning on a pilgrimage to the brewery maybe next weekend...there is a bottle release.

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Chomolungma from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 366 ratings
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