Clobberskull | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This English Estate October Ale is brewed with 10% raw wheat and 10% split peas. Fermented with our house Scottish ale yeast and barrel aged for 100 days in 1st beer use French Oak barrels.

Added by nickd717 on 11-19-2009

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 28
Photo of rolltide8425
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A very light, fruity, welcoming aroma. Taste follows with a berry-like fruit flavor and a sticky sweetness. The barrel isn't really noticeable at all unless you let the beer linger on the palate a bit.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bear Republic Brewing Company in Healdsburg, CA.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, black tea, fruit, wood, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, brown sugar, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of fruit and sticky sugar characteristics all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of smcolw
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rated, on tap, on January 18, 2015

Description: Barrel aged for 100 days in French oak.

Deep red, almost ruby, color. Modest head, nearly no lace. Cloudy.

Sweet (like molasses) aroma with ample alcohol nose.

The smell carries through in the flavor. Lots of alcohol warmth. Syrupy but with good carbonation. Comes across as beer brandy blend. Aftertaste is sugary with only a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finsihed the Bear Republic Beer Dinner at Good Life, Massapequa NY with this guy

A - Orange pour with a red hue. Minimal foam and carbonation. Opaque.

S - Complex smell of fresh berries, vanilla extract, honey, and molasses-sweet malt.

T - Taste didn't quite capture the details in the smell, but it was a richly sweet strong ale that could put you into a diabetic coma.

M - A sipper. The sugary feel and thick syrupy consistency makes this a good after dinner drink.

O - A fun beer that is very complex. Good dessert beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Apex today.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very boozy, rich and sweet, showcasing considerable vanilla, sweet malt, honey and light brown sugar. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and is likewise pretty sweet. I thought it dominated by honey, cherry cough crop and vanilla, with a long, sweet, boozy finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though the high alcohol is pretty prevalent, making this beer very much a sipper.

A nice enough beer, but probably one better suited for the winter time in the NW, rather than a gorgeous, 70 degree spring time day in Portland.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at the 2009 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest on 12/04/2009. The beer is hazy tangerine orange with a small white head. The nose is very fruity, with notes of vanilla, orange, nectarine, a strong apricot. The sugary quality is reminiscent of honey. The fruit is quite aromatic. The beer tastes much like it smells, with dominant apricot and lesser notes of oranges, tangerine, and nectarines. The taste is decidedly sugary with notes of honey. This reminds me of Ballast Point's Barmy Ale.

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Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest in Hayward.

Hazy medium amber color with a medium-sized off-white head.

Aroma is floral with sweet malt and caramel, oak, fruity notes, and peas, oddly enough.

Flavor really showcases the split peas, which I found really interesting and different. Also some slight vinous notes, oak, wheat, sweet caramel malt, and mild floral hops.

Medium body with soft carbonation and high drinkability, especially for the high ABV, which is very well hidden. Hell of a beer!

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Clobberskull from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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