Fat Bobby
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Brown Ale - English
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3.68 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky caramel brown in the center, blending into bright tangerine at the edges... like the beer version of an orange Tootsie Pop. The khaki colored crown was tight and uniform in texture, which led to better than average persistence and a fair amount of sudsy lace.

This English brown ale could just as easily have been classified as an English dark mild ale. Easy on the Dark, heavy on the Mild. The aroma, although subtle, gave up a little more as it warmed. It was primarily ale yeast fruity and seemed as much dark amber as light brown.

The grain bill is relatively complex for what tasted like a relatively simple ale. Malts include Golden Promise, Caramalt, extra dark caramel and chocolate. There can't have been too much of the latter because cocoa-like notes were almost nonexistent.

The dominant flavor was a gentle 'brown' maltiness that wasn't bready enough to be toast-like and wasn't sweet enough to be caramel-like. Also present were bruised apples and a splash of sun tea. Words that kept popping into my head as I drank were mild, smooth, soft, balanced and easygoing.

This friendly little cask ale struck me as a wonderful session beer; something that one might find in any English pub worth its salt. I need better and more interesting flavor to go one higher on the drinkability score, but this stuff would disappear remarkably quickly from a liter stein.

Fat Bobby's mouthfeel is more appropriately described as Svelte Bobby. At least it isn't Anorexic Bobby. Even though I like laid back carbonation, I'm not usually a fan of cask beer since it too often lacks life. The bubbles in this case were very well-calibrated.

Lovers of sessionable English milds will most likely go gaga over this brew. I don't think my palate has been ruined by high ABV ales, it's just that I prefer boldness when push comes to shove. Fat Bobby wouldn't think of pushing or shoving anyone's taste buds. He's much too polite for that.

May 12, 2009
Fat Bobby from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1 ratings