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Shakedown Brown - Black Market Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Market Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Anglo-American Style Brown Ale

(Beer added by: SShelly on 12-06-2009)
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

940th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
16oz

@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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of beagle75
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of pperez38
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of Murrhey
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dipso123
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Popp24
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good brown ale IMO. Very nutty and kinda reminds my of BJ's Brewhouse's Nutty Brunette but better. I would definitely drink this one again. The beer has some coffee notes to it as well which was nice. In the tasting Flight I had at the brewery I would say this was my 3rd favorite behind the the Hef and the Rye IPA.

Photo of Retsinis
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of anon
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of SShelly
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the brewery on tap after finishing a flight for the temecula valley homebrewers contest (i.e. I will do a better review when I have it on its own!)

Dark brown with a moderate head, lots of hops in the aroma.

A pretty untraditional brown with lots of hop flavor and bitterness outwaying the slightly toasty/bready qualities of the malt.

Overall I really enjoyed this, not a style I would go out of my way to aquire but the hop profile really lends some good aspects to it.

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Shakedown Brown from Black Market Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.