Brown Bear Brown Ale | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
rockbottom.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hungryghost on 08-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
36
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of JustinSparks
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NathanCoke
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of aoampm
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of KyleStanton
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Rod_J
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TwoTrees
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown Bear India Brown Ale 6.3% ABV

From 4/3/13 tasting notes. Enjoyed on tap after dinner. Arrived in tulip style pint glass. Served chilled.

A) A nice rich brown brew with a good finger of a tan colored head. Excellent retention on the head and ample lacing. Looks tasty...

S) Dark malt, roast, a little nutty, not too sweet. Actually, this was really piney with a hint of citrus.

T) Follows the nose... This packed a lot of flavor. The brown ale base was there, with deliciously piney hops. This really reminded me of a Black IPA. Nice aftertaste...

M) Medium body with pretty lively carbonation. A piney tingle coated my mouth.

O) Perhaps this was a variation of the regular Brown Bear??? The hops utilized in this brew was very enjoyable. I would definitely order this one again. Glad to recommend.

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Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of ajkiser12
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of PowDay
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Rootdog316
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogony brown beer with a light tan head. Rich malt aroma. Caramel malt flavor with light frutiiness. Medium bodied. Caramel malt lingers with a bit of dark fruit. This is definitely one of the better brews at Rock Bottom in Bethesda, MD. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Rock Bottom in Bethesda, MD.

Pours a moderate brown color with some caramel coloring to it. The nose brings forward a moderate amount of sweet malt and a tad bit of brown sugar. Some light fruits and toffee there as well. Hints of roasted smoke. Good flavor with some sugary sweetness and some roast. Moderate body with lower levels of carbonation. Pretty good flavors but nothing really carrying them through.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is classified by the brewer as scottish ale at 4.9%. So far I'm 5 for 5 with mistakes on here. Beer is served in a shaker pint. Beer is brown / dark red with a thin white head of small bubbles that completely coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is almost spicy and has a mild malt character to it.

Beer is caramel and sweet. The sweetness comes up later than the caramel. Its an interesting mouthfeel. Slightly thinner than I expected on the palate. Beer is smooth though, with a high mouthfeel. No aftertaste and some nice biscuit in there as well. Its a pretty good beer.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went to one of my local brew pubs, and had this one with some fried salmon and chips. Rock Bottom is one of the more corporate brew pub chains, and while this is not in of itself a bad thing, this beer came across to me as pretty much indistinguishable from the standard Newcastle brown. Perhaps it has a better carbonation level than the over carbonated Newcastle, but that was about it.

My shaker glass was served with a slight amount of residual fizzy foam floating above the deep brown brew. The aroma was slightly nutty, the taste was a little nutty and a bit thin, and not much else. It just didn't have a lot of strong or complex flavors to merit more of an OK rating.

Unobjectionable brews are sort of by definition drinkable, and it did play a role in an enjoyable dinner at the brew pub.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Rock Bottom Mug Club mug... The beer is a dark brown with a tan head. It's hard to tell lacing with these mugs as the walls are not smooth.

The nose is of brown sugar, dark fruit and lightly roasted malts.

The taste tracks very close to the smell. Sugared plums, a bit of smoke, a hint of tobacco, bakers chocolate and some hearty whole wheat bread. Some bitterness is there for balancing.

The mouth seems a trifle thin for the style, but it is a very minor quibble as it is smooth and almost silky.

Good beer to pair with their tasty chili. I will have another!

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Photo of botham
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewpub in chicago. pours a deep chocolate brown with a creamy tan head with no lacings and great retention. aroma is of dry roasted malts with up front coffee and chocolate notes with a touch of burnt malt in the background. taste is very smooth and mellow with notes of roasted malt and coffee with chocolate and caramel forming a base. mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy smooth texture and a smooth and satisfying finish of coffee and toasted malt. drinkability is great. this is an excellent brown porter with great proportion and very smooth profile. cheers!

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown in color with a nice 1" off white head. Nice lacing developed during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness is mild but pleasant.

Taste: nice malt profile with caramel, bits of chocolate, and a soft bitterness. There is a hint of earthy quality to this too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth throughout. Caramel and chocolate last briefly on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: nice sessionable ale here. Being in Seattle this was a decent drinking beer amongst all the great ones in town.

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Photo of JDV
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown to black with a light tan head. Smell is really nice and roasty with light coffee and chocolately notes. Taste is roasty and coffee like maltiness but thin, like most of the regular offerings. Light bitter roasty cocoa powder finish. Still a good brown, all around.

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Brown Bear Brown Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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