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The Great Bear | Four Quarters Brewing Co.

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3.9/5
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26 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Four Quarters Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
fourquartersbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
lighty smoked chocolate oatmeal brown ale

Added by bluehende on 12-30-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,395
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
26
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
3
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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Prost76
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated immediately. Sly rings of lace stick to the glass nicely and leave some trickles here and there. The aroma blends nicely some roasty coffee bean, subtle sweet chocolate, some caramel malts, toast, and nuts. All comes together quite well. The flavor yields to the roastiness first but ends up allowing some milk chocolate, caramel sweetness, toast and nuts all roll into one in this category, the more it warms, the more it seems to come together. Rich sweet nutty to coffee aftertaste leads into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Low carbonation feels good and a captivating smoothness rolling over my tongue with a touch of stickiness, not cloying. Overall, a very nice brown ale that leans towards the English side of the wheelhouse. I would definitely have again.

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Photo of scottcmccarty
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattycasey
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phurley2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a smoked chocolate brown ale, and a darn cool recipe here. it might be just a tad light on the body for all the flavor in here, but aside from that, i love everything about it. its got great clarity, a nice shiny presentation in a globe, with a half inch of lazy light brown airy head. it smells not overly smoked which is good, i get the chocolate malt, but no real chocolate itself, and a woody sort of campfire element. the taste has some nice low end roast to it, deeper and darker than a lot of browns go, with a pleasant bakers chocolate bitterness and the smoke again, which doesnt do any of the acrid intense things it sometimes does, here it seems to fuse the chocolate notes together with a nice oaty cereal base. more body would be awesome and give this some staying power in the winter, but i like it as it is too, very distinct and an awesome and light handed use of some rather tricky ingredients and flavors. this was my favorite beer we had here, although all of them were interesting and different. these guys appear to be going places...

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Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great looking beer, nice notes of smokey malts, chocolate, nuttyness, very light bitterness provides some balance. overall this was super drinkable and i would definitely have this again!

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Photo of meb3476
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- The beer is a beautiful translucent cola color. The pour which was modestly aggressive leads to a fluffy 3 finger off white head which recedes to a thin film. Lacing is spotty, but lingering.
S-The smoke is the most prominent thing in the nose. Not as strong as a typical rauchbier, but it's hard to pick out anything else over it.
T-The smoke is the strongest thing in the taste like it was in the nose. I'm getting some malt roastiness at the the end, but it is hard to pick out over the smoke. Not really getting chocolate here.
F-The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, which is a good thing. If the beer were any heavier, I wouldn't be able deal with the smoke.
O- Not quite as smoky as a rauchbier, this is still not my cup of tea. For my personal palate I'd like a little less smoke to make it easier to pick out other elements of the beer. Still if smoked/rauchbiers are your thing, you might like this smoked brown ale.

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Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of InspectorBob
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TennyBeer
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of founddrama
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity and nutty, a little bit smoky. Really smooth and easy to drink. I want to brew one like this.

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Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chippo33
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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The Great Bear from Four Quarters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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