Poor Richard's Ale | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by feloniousmonk on 01-18-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by corporatejim:
Photo of corporatejim
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the tap and into my 22 ounce Rock Bottom Mug Club mug. I find myself a little apprehensive about this beer for some reason. Nice medium brown colored liquid topped by an inch or so of frothy foam. Some staying power and leaves nice lacing down the inside of the mug. Sweet aroma. Carmel, molasses and then a bit of a cornish backbone. Initial tast is sweet, giving way to unfinished grainy or oatish taste. I noticed this same flavor on the backside of the Golden Harvest Ale that Bryon made. Can't say I can exactly describe the flavor, but I don't really like it. I have had this brew 3 or 4 times since it was released. It has been a little better each time, but still not for me.

 688 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of jamesclark
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a growler filled from a tap at the South Shore Mall location in Braintree MA, this beer is murky brown in color, with almost no head at all (the head probably fares better on tap).

The smell is malty, carrying caramel, dark chocolate, and a little dried fruit. I cannot detect a significant hop aroma.

This beer is sweet and full-bodied, starting with a thick maltiness and quickly gaining a slightly-sour, fruity flavor. The finish is sticky, and leaves the sourness around to be mulled upon. There may be some hops in the finish.

The carbonation is low - possibly due to some loss in the growler.

It is easy to drink, and has a somewhat unusual character. I find it moderately tasty. Perhaps with some more carbonation, and something more to balance the sweetness, this would be excellent.

 818 characters

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep brown with a medium beige head that retains nicely. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasty malts with brown sugar, oatmeal, molasses, and some caramelized corn.
Taste is of the same aromas. Nice blend going on of sweet malt that isn't cloying.
Mouthfeel is slightly roasty with some sweet malt standing out in this smooth batch.
Drinkability was surprisingly good! I enjoyed this take on the Ben Franklin brew. Hopefully, they keep this recipe around in some capacity.

 511 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ben Franklin Birthday Beer, as interpreted by Bryon Tonnis, at the downtown Minneapolis Rock Bottom. I had a pint at the tapping, and took a stab at "English Brown Ale" as the style, but I may be wrong. Never got the chance to ask Bryon, so anyone can challenge my designation, if they wish. I was also tussling with "mild ale", so, who knows?

Unfilitered, it seems, very cloudy brown, tawny toffee, with a firm tannish, creamy head, about 1/4" and lasting quite a while.

Aroma is lightly roasty, nutty, sweet, but finely toned, neatly hoppy, with cocoa rising in prominence in the character. Nice.

Taste: Tasty, from the start, big and sweet, rich from the molasses, nice and slick, then feeling a little hollow. This may be from the corn, which adds nothing but sugars and lightness, but it indubitably aids in an ease of drinking. There's plenty of flavor, though, to cover that small flaw. Very tasty, very easy down the throat. No complaints here, nossir.

Medium bodied, medium-ish sweet finish, plumb with sweet tasty flavor, maybe too sweet for some, but al-right with me.

Scientist, inventor, aphorist, printer, publisher, merchant, educator, agriculturist, postmaster, journalist, librarian, colonel, diplomat, philosopher, philanthropist, cartoonist, linguist, humorist, cartographer, writer, statesman, abolitionist...and champion of beer!
Happy 300th, Ben!

 1,389 characters

Poor Richard's Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.