Shakedown Brown - Black Market Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeerEngineer:
3.71/5 rDev +5.4%
General - This beer was from a bottle that poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance - Great brown color amber color to this beer, really fitting to the style. Head is a very nice tannish color with some great retention.
Smell - There is a touch of chocolate or toffee with this aroma. Great scent, but interestingly I had to remove some of the head to be able to get a real scent.
Taste - An expected taste for a brown ale but there are some unique characteristics. There is a chocolate overtone associated with it and a good malty basis. Interestingly the bottle says that there are around 40 IBUs in this beer, but it's not really "in your face" bitterness. I think that the backbone of malt in this almost hides the true bitterness.
Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is medium low to medium. One thing is that this beer is REALLY carbonated. It sizzles the entire way down, part of the reason for the really incredible head. I think that it's probably a little more than is needed but I'm ok with it and it is fitting for this style.
Overall - Ok I'm good with this. It is a good example of a brown ale, not something that will rock your world and make you only want to drink this but if you are in the mood for a brown ale it won't disappoint. This brewery is in Temecula, a few hours away from me but I think that I'll make a trip down there eventually to check it out. I look forward to trying some of their other beers!
04-26-2013 02:15:57 | More by BeerEngineer
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4/5 rDev +13.6%
22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass
Appearance: Pours a very deep, dark mahogany with 2 fingers of oatmeal colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and covered the top of the beer in wispy clouds.
Aroma: Very malty, followed by lots of floral hops notes. I get biscuits, toffee, roasted nuts, honey and clover. Very aromatic.
Taste: Like the aroma, the flavor is very malty and nutty, followed by some toffee sweetness and finished with some nicely balanced hops bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium and very smooth, almost stout smooth. There’s some good carbonation, but not as much as I was expecting, considering the amount of head present upon the pour. At an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol presence on the palate.
Overall: This is a damn tasty brown ale!! I’ve never heard of this brewery, but thanks to this brown ale, it is now on my radar. I’ll certainly be getting this beer again, and will be on the lookout for other offerings from this brewery!
10-29-2013 22:24:30 | More by Jeffreysan
4.45/5 rDev +26.4%
Had on tap at The Public House in Temecula. This brew has improved dramatically since my first tasting of it.
A - Dark brown, with a VERY creamy off white head. I had almost thought this beer was poured on a Nitro Tap when it was first brought out to me.
S - Sweet caramel blend with an nutty almond aroma, little to no hop aroma, very aromatic.
T - Close to the smell, you get a sweet caramel/nutty taste that is very refreshing. Hops are a little more prevalent in the taste then the aroma but are still hide behind the malty characteristics.
M - CREAMY, I think feel like this was poured on a Nitro! I didn't ask but it was one of the most creamy beers that I have tasted.
D - This entire beer is probably one of the best browns that I can remember tasting. A nutty caramel delight that I will definitely drink more of!
03-19-2010 15:20:05 | More by HoldensHomebrew
2.9/5 rDev -17.6%
Black market brown Ale
A: It is in fact a standard brown ale, some transparency but nothing to knock you off your barstool, just a by the numbers pour from the tap, I would take the pepsi challenge with some other standard brown like Newcastle and woudlnt be shocked by the similarity. that is not a good trait to cultivate.
S: Theres some nutmeg, some walnut and caramel notes.
T: Nice brown sugar finish with a fleeting limited hop taste. It is difficult to expand on such a limited experience, you have a one two punch of some entirely expected elements. I feel as though I could recreate this recipe on a balmy sunday with an El Monte garage some materials. Watch me.
M: Again, nothing amazing but I cannot really complain either. If it were on happyhour, I might look twice for the limited distribution but again it just isn't worth the experience if nothing else but a notch in your beerpost.
D: It is exceptionally drinkable but that's only due to the low malt and carbonation. Being mediocre should warrant accolades. No specific problems but just a lacklsuter experience.
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05-27-2011 08:24:40 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
3.33/5 rDev -5.4%
On-tap at Eureka!Burger Claremont
A: The pour is indeed brown with some reddish hints and a creamy khaki head.
S: A decent enough nuttiness on the nose with some nice toasted malts and a little bit of roast. Earthy hops provide a touch of bitterness. Unfortunately, the nose is somewhat buttery.
T: Moderately roasty, but a little more than expected for a brown ale. Toasted malts with a moderate nuttiness and earthy hop character. No butter on the flavor, at least. Somewhat sweet, but a little too bitter.
M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.
O: Certainly not horrible, but not really all that great of a brown ale either.
04-16-2011 23:41:37 | More by womencantsail
3.38/5 rDev -4%
940th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
@Eureka!Burger, Claremont, CA
App- A bit of thinner brown color with a one finger head that receding quickly. Redeeming factor to this one was the wall of cling down the glass.
Smell- A bit cold from the tap some a lot was compressed for me. A bit of small roasty, malty and coffee notes. Not too much here but wasn't drastically bad.
Taste A semi good brown ale with a small roasty flavor. A little more malty with some small peanut flavors and a touch of coffee.
Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation with a light roast note trailing it.
Drink- It wasn’t half bad just served a bit too cold to let any flavors layer themselves or develop the way they should. I tend to like my browns in a mug so a small diameter pint doesn’t help either. Probably wont have this one again.
11-10-2011 16:32:58 | More by FosterJM
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
Draft service into a shaker pint at Beachwood BBQ.
A: Clear, dark brown color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.
S: Mild roasted malt smells most strongly of milk chocolate. Slight carbonic acid is detected, but does not become off-putting.
T: Begins off-dry, with nutty brown malt and balanced acidity. Charcoal and some estery fruit emerge in the middle but remain restrained. The finish is smooth and earthy with an appropriate level of mild bitterness.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy on the palate yet with a slight acidic bite, and with low carbonation.
D: Agreeable flavors of moderate intensity make this brown ale a recent stand-out for the style. It is strongest when enjoyed in the presence of roasted and earthy food (such as the wild mushroom stew at Beachwood BBQ), but still enjoyable enough on its own when the creaminess can be appreciated.
03-15-2011 06:07:35 | More by beagle75
3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
Quite attractive brownish amber. A little hazy. Nice foam and sudsy mouthfeel.
Huge mouthful of flavor for a Brown. Burnt pecans, some butter, lots of grain. Lots of resiny hops. Seriously bitter. I'd call it over the top, and more like an IPA in flavor, but at least it's not the usual anemic Brown. Creamy carbonation. Just too much of a good thing. But if you are a big fan of bittering hops, this is more like a brown IPA and well worth a try.
Available now in 22 oz bottles (see photo). Three Black Market beers in bottles suddenly showed up at Best Damn in San Diego.
07-27-2012 05:52:52 | More by mactrail
3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
On tap at The Golden State Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a murky dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasty malt with some nice nutty and fruity aromas. Taste is of roasty malt, cocoa, and nutty flavors. There is a medium herbal bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's pretty damn hoppy for a brown ale which I guess explains the name in a sense.
03-09-2012 06:14:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.45/5 rDev -2%
Poured on-tap at Haven Gastropub in Orange, Calif.
A- Quick eroding head, off-white in color. Nut brown body.
S- Fruity, floral hops and some nuttiness.
T- Dark malts and barley. Nut flavors.
M- Medium bodied and smooth.
O- Not complex or interesting, but a good session beer.
11-15-2012 00:02:13 | More by Murrhey
2.42/5 rDev -31.3%
I'm ready for a taste of this Temecula-based brewery. On-tap at The Catch in Anaheim, CA, on to the beer:
This beer features an amber brown color. The lace is stringy on the glass and the head retention is adequate. Its aroma is light powered, some toffee and a nuttiness come through. It isn't going to blow down the house unless the intensity of the nose is multiplied.
Bah! There are a couple big problems with the taste. First, I can taste plastic (though not intense), which is not a good sign. Second, the beer flavors (not counting that one big off-flavor) are weak. It tastes flowery at first, then a weak nuttiness appears with a note of pine. Somehow, I am able to consume this beer, but I think after paying $6 at an upscale bar, I feel that I am obligated to. The body's not bad, a light-medium feel with some carbonation.
On second thought, maybe I wish that I didn't get to taste this unimpressive ale.
11-24-2010 23:37:34 | More by DoubleJ
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
Had this on tap at Black Market Brewing Co. tasting room in Temcula. Had it in a taster flight first, but then ordered a full pint.
The beer pours a cloudy dark brown, with a inch or so of off-white colored head, that quickly settled.
Nice nutty aroma's, much like fresh roasted almonds. Also get a bit of toast as well.
Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, and very sligh hops bitterness to balance it out. It's quite refreshing.
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium to light carbonation, and goes down smooth and easy.
Overall, for me this was the best of the four they were pouring that day. I like brown ales, and this was a great reprentation for the style.
04-07-2011 17:40:07 | More by Retsinis
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
Received as an extra in a trade from FosterJM. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a nice dark brown with a big, three finger light khaki head that fades to leave thick side lacing and a nice thick creamy blanket. Very, very nice.
S - Lots of nice roasted malts and some subtle sweetness. Light, almost coffee like aroma as well. Actually not bad at all.
T - Taste isnt bad either. Good balance between roasted malts, light chocolate/coffee, and faint hops. Very well balanced with each flavour clear and distinct.
M - Mouthfeel is solid as well, lightly creamy with just a little bit of carbonation.
O - Overall this really wasnt a bad brown ale. Definately better than the rAvg suggests.
10-21-2012 21:50:43 | More by rudzud
Shakedown Brown from Black Market Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.