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Double Brown Stout - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to ricecracker420 for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, and chocolate syrup aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, oat, and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smell that is much better than the taste.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Texasfan549, May 06, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

kjkinsey, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

ygtbsm94, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kylehay2004, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Common Table. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is great, with a ton of chocolate up front and a little bit of roasted malt also mixed in. Definitely the aroma of a big, flavorful beer. The flavor doesn’t disappoint. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate notes, as well as some oaked notes and some lactose. The beer is very creamy and all of the aroma and flavor notes seem to go very well together. Medium to thick, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 21, 2011
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
Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is now over 1,000 CANned beer reviews, thanks in part to JenRay, who also sent this one to me in support of the ongoing madness. I am reading Akashic Books' "Lone Star Noir" with "Dallas Noir" on deck, and although beer and noir do NOT mix, I am throwing caution and sanity to the wind and pressing ahead.

From the CAN: "Stout as in 'Stout Porter,' a strong Oatmeal Porter"; "Brewed and Bottled [struck out] CANNED by Deep Ellum Brewing Co."

A solid Crack! was followed by an inverted Glug, resulting in both a pseudo-cascade and two rocky fingers of deep-tan, NOT deep ellum, head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing only minimal light penetration at the edges. Nose had a roastiness underlain by a light chocolatiness. I just had chocolate chip oatmeal for breakfast this morning and I am beginning what has happened to me as a self-avowed hophead. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was VERY roasty, initially, giving 'way to a pleasant smoky chocolatiness. My my. I just looked at the style - a Baltic Porter! The site's descriptor for the style mentions "bitter" and "acidic", both of which I experienced, especially on the finish. It was much akin to a cup of coffee. Wow! Good stuff. One would probably be plenty for me, but YMMV.

woodychandler, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Brown Stout is 'double brown' enough to appear almost black; opaque at all except one or two angles, colour is hard to come by and requires a bright light source to uncover it. Transparency you can just forget about (though it is actually clear). Its head is like frothed milk and is as unrelenting as a child in the backseat of a minivan asking 'are we there yet?'

At once sweet and bitter, this bouquet has definitively dark flavours that aren't overly decadent and only minimally roasty. Black coffee, black licorice and chocolate-covered currant notes are all marked by a kind of 'oxidized staleness' that is difficult to describe. But it's all very enticing.

Baltic-inspired porters have arguably the most intricate flavour profile of any in the porter family. A lightly ashy chocolate malt is entwined with molasses (an actual ingredient used), and hints of cranberry and dried currants; it drinks something like a combination of coffee and port.

The beer is rich but not overly roasty. Deep Ellum claims that this is a stout "as in stout porter, a strong oatmeal porter". I don't understand then why this isn't called 'Double Brown Strong Oatmeal Porter' but, in any case, it's clear from the lighter, much sweeter mouthfeel that this is not a stout of any kind. It's actually almost as refreshing as it is gratifying.

I have two issues with Double Brown Stout: first, the fact that even the brewery acknowledges that, despite the name, it's not technically a stout; and second, more people should have access to this wonderful beer (and the other, equally great offerings in the Deep Ellum portfolio). This Dallas brewery is damn good and it's high time more people know about it!

biegaman, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +4.7%

LXIXME, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Zaphog, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -21.5%

ShanePB, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

drummermattie02, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a deep brown color as advertised with a large cap of craggy brown head. Nice retention and somewhat interconnecting lace. Good looker here.

Nose is CO2, plums and unsweetened chocolate. Pretty good nose, reminds me a bit of Buried Hatchet but with a little more fruitiness.

Taste is cocoa dusted strawberries and maybe a touch of Hershey's bar with almonds. Its an easy drinker that begs to be quaffed at a high rate of speed. Me thinks I will oblige. Its one of those beers where the sum is more than the parts...just enough leafy greens on the back end to keep it from being simple. Id buy this again, good beer here.

twiggamortis420, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BRC in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A two finger beige head forms with very good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: At first kind of slick and oily., maybe some hops coming through at first. Though that quickly fades to some coffee, toffee, light chocolate. Some hazelnut and vanilla sweetness. Lots of depth in the nose that I love.
T: Follows the nose. Mostly toasted malts, coffee, and toffee sweetness. Some nuttiness like hazelnut. A slight sweetness of vanilla. Bread and biscuit malts. I am loving the depth here.
M/D: A medium to full body. Slick, kind of oily. Medium carbonation that is creamy and smooth at the same time. Very easy to drink. I can put several away without a thought.

Another excellent beer from Deep Ellum. I am not sure how much of a Blatic Porter this is, but considering more than half of the beer drinking world does not know either, I would say this is a hit. Something I really enjoy and would recommend.

champ103, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Gagnonsux, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +4.7%

cdwil, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

big thanks to JCDenver for the rockin extra. enjoyed from my duck rabbit snifter.

a - brew pours a watery black with hardly any head that was gone quick leaving a few thin bubble islands on the surface.

s - oh wow. big nutty chocolate smell. like brown sugar with nuts. smells fairly amazing. my mouth is watering.

t - there is that amazing smell, but in taste format. only not as magical...but still really solid. chocolate covered nuts. seems more like a really robust brown ale than a porter or a stout. really nice flavor profile.

m - a bit fizzy medium to light bodied. some porter char, but mostly feels like a robust brown ale.

o - really diggin this one. surprised the reviews aren't nicer. chocolate, nuts, brown ale, porter...robust-ness. just enjoyable. i could drink this all night since it isn't too heavy. nice intro "dark beer"

cosmicevan, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

gtermi, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

st9647v3, May 12, 2013
Photo of allengarvin
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tumbler, this beer is a very very dark brown with a dense finger's worth of head on top of it. The nose is disappointingly weak but gives some pleasant sweetness, a little doughy. Very good flavor. This is definitely a sweet stout, with little to no roast. Good black patent malt flavor dominates. Bitterness is pretty low, giving the malt overtime to deliver a lingering thick bready taste. Decent offering from Deep Ellum, though nothing unusual.

allengarvin, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

IrishColonial, Oct 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

TX-Badger, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jheezee, Jul 02, 2013
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Double Brown Stout from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.