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Double Brown Stout - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-21-2011)
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

Lonestar0327, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Treebs
1.6/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to cfh64 (Brad) for the extra! 12 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a semi-translucent dark brown color with a thin tan head forming on the pour. Was expecting a little darker for a Baltic porter.

S: Uh oh. Highly fruity and tangy. Some light vinegar with a touch of roasted malts. Smells like infection to me.

T: Definitely infected. Dried cherry pits, tangy vinegar, and a little plastic. There is no discernible Baltic Porter flavors in this one.

M: Super thin with a high carbonation level.

O: The infection ravaged this beer. It seemed so inviting and I seem to be the first to report any infection here on BA. Hopefully this is an isolated incident for this newer brewery.

Treebs, Nov 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

ygtbsm94, Feb 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Joe1019, Aug 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

army01, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of arlo19
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into DFH signature glass.

Decent head on this. Aroma was very subdued until it warmed up. Started out nutty and turned into caramel. Tastes dry and roasty and very smooth, light mouthfeel. A little alcohol stays with the aftertaste. I want to really like this beer but the dry aftertaste as it warms up reminds me of cheap liquor.

arlo19, Jul 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

nathanmiller, Oct 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

DeaconD, Sep 08, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Generally underwhelming. Not bad, but there was little remarkable about it. If you're in the mood for a Baltic porter, this will do the trick, but it made me switch to a wheat beer. Maybe I just had it at the wrong time. There wasn't much depth to it, though on the front end it was pretty good.

pvo, Dec 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

JasonMinck, Sep 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

ShanePB, Jul 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Heretic42, Oct 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

TenHornsProud, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

dkw0063, Dec 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

KellerTX, Oct 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

TX-Badger, May 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

jimmygord, May 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

cfoley, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wow, Deep Ellum really likes to make it confusing to figure out which style this is. Reviewed as a Baltic Porter because they used a lager yeast, but it actually identifies as an oatmeal stout (sort of, and in a fuckabout way) on the can. Reviewed as a hybrid of an oatmeal stout and a baltic porter.

Anyway, 12 fl oz aluminum can acquired as part of a mixed six-pack at Whole Foods HQ here in Austin and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'm in the mood for a good stout. 7.00% ABV confirmed per the label.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a three finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a nice doughy soft complexion. Light inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the relatively high ABV; about 3-4 minutes. Head texture is appealing.

Body colour is a very dark amber-black; by no means a true black or a jet black. No clarity/transparency. Vague translucency if you hold the glass up to direct light and look at the edges; they glow. No yeast particles are visible. It's not the solid black colour I expected; it has my interest.

Overall, it's a good looking baltic porter.

Sm: Cream, tame vanilla, dark malts, chocolate malt. Any roasted barley character is far too buried to be noticeable. I do get a hint of cookie dough. Brown sugar. A kiss of sassafrass. I do note some hop character - floral and generic, but with a more substantial presence than you'd find in most baltic porters. Caramel, toffee. A bit of plum fruit; that's a nice touch. Plenty of hazelnut too. A pleasant appealing aroma of moderate strength. Really looking forward to trying it.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. The aroma doesn't suggest that the beer is alive.

T: Fruitier than anticipated, with the plum coming through in the first act and staying up to the midpoint, then reemerging on the finish. A bit too sweet on the finish as a result. I get some vanilla. Middling floral hop character adds little to the flavour profile. Toffee and caramel duck in and out. Has a nice foundation of chocolate malt, hazelnut, and other dark malts, but it falls apart at the midpoint, whereupon an oaty fruity mess takes over. The switchover at the midpoint isn't fluid or developed; it's random and disjointing. The beer is far from balanced and gestalt as a result. Lacks cohesion. It's decently build if you ignore the messy aspect; I mean there are good elements here, but they just don't come together like they need to. Nice complexity. No subtlety.

As it warms, I get raisin and sassafrass, plus some cola notes. May actually be better colder.

Depth of flavour is below average for the style. Flavour duration and intensity are average. I do like it in a general sense. The creaminess is nice. I do find myself craving roast. It feels very clean - perhaps an advantage of the lager yeast.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through;.

Mf: Body is quite troublesome, with an inconsistent feel throughout. Good thickness for the most part. Nice carbonation, if just a hair overdone. Smooth and wet. Nice presence on the palate. Texture suits the taste pretty well. I love the creaminess; more would be welcome.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not a remarkable beer for the (hybridized) style. I like the experimentation, but I wouldn't buy this again; there are better beers on the market in this style, and some of them are even at a price point equal to or less than this beer's. Hides its ABV well. I like to see canned baltic porters on the market, and Deep Ellum will be getting more of my money based on this beer's quality. But by no means is it world-class, nor would I recommend it to friends. Certainly worth trying if you chance across it, but I wouldn't seek it out.

High C+

kojevergas, Sep 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

FMJ921, May 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

deadliest, May 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Grantotx, Jul 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

garthorr, Jul 20, 2014
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Double Brown Stout from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.