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Double Brown Stout - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%


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:
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(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-21-2011)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 05:15:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 03:26:05 | More by Mora2000
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kojevergas

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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+

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 00:22:01 | More by kojevergas
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-08-2014 15:11:00 | More by woodychandler
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Serving type: can

11-17-2013 02:25:59 | More by biegaman
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-18-2013 01:33:50 | More by twiggamortis420
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champ103

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 03:51:05 | More by champ103
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cosmicevan

New York

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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"

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 03:04:03 | More by cosmicevan
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can, into a footed tulip.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles very quickly. No real lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, and peat.

T: Pungent peat, raisin, dark chocolate, coffee, and a little booze.

M: Syrupy and thick. Lightly pungent. Lightly sweet. Pungent finish. A little synthetic sweetness.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Light head, and no real lacing. Nose is chocolate, coffee, and peat. Pungent and a little sweet, chocolate, raisin, and coffee. A little boozy feeling. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: can

01-15-2014 05:19:24 | More by bmwats
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit, hint of coffee, vanilla

T-dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, light coffee, vanilla, slight nutty flavors, mild bitter finish as flavor fades quickly

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-good flavor but lacks some balance, enjoyable nonetheless

Serving type: can

11-09-2013 21:50:23 | More by MDDMD
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Treebs

Illinois

1.6/5  rDev -58.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 15:27:13 | More by Treebs
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on site in the happy-faced pint glass.

Of course it's dark brown with a dark tan head. Obvious notes of chocolate and caramel to the nose. Tastes of sweet chocolate, some grain, a bit of vinegar and subtle hops. Smooth as hell and creamy for sure. Has semi-dry finish. Thoroughly enjoyable brew from start to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 20:32:00 | More by stephens101
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32oz Growler thanks to SSW117. Poured into a Founders snifter and enjoyed with a few friends.

A- Pours pretty much opaque very dark brown. Slightly translucent around the edges. About a finger of creamy mocha brown head that quickly recedes leaving a fairly glossy top. Leaves some lacing that quickly Not too much carbonation.

S- Dark chocolate, nuts, some light roasted malts.

T- Creamy chocolate, some light hazelnuts, malts, a little bit of lactose sugars. A little bit of a hazelnut chocolate aftertaste. A little bit sweet and nicely balanced.

M- Fairly light, lightly creamy, nicely balanced, goes down very smooth.

O- This was a nice stout. Definitely easy to drink and very enjoyable. I would definitely drink this again. Nice balance between hazlenuts and creamy chocolate. A little bit too light on the mouthfeel in my opinion but not bad. I would recommend trying this out.

Serving type: growler

08-07-2012 23:26:28 | More by jaasen64
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a brown beer. Some light comes through with some reddish notes. Fluffy light brown head.

Light roasty coffee and chocolate aroma.

The taste mirrors the nose well but I enjoy it more than on the smell. Ends a little woody and dry. Man the mouthfeel is nice and smooth. A lot lighter than I was expecting from a "stout" at over 7%. Makes it easier to take bigger sips.

Surprised at the easy drinkability on this.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:10:55 | More by MattSweatshirt
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color, this beer has a nose that features scents such as brown sugar, chocolate, and light roast. The head of foam is tan- colored and fluffy, leaving little or no lace as you consume.

This beer is silky and mostly sweet, with flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, and caramel. The body is medium and the beer has a slick, almost oil- like feel as it glides through the mouth.

Creamy and remarkably smooth for a beer of this strength, this sweet porter is a little different in that it calls itself a stout and is brewed using lager yeast. But in this instance, different is good and this is certainly a beer I recommend trying.

Serving type: can

06-08-2013 02:38:32 | More by BryanCarey
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour: this is virtually black, with a perfect- looking tan foam top. Guinesslike in appearance.
The smell is another story. I have to "stretch" my nose here, but when i do I just get a pukey waft of I don't know what. Is that even chocolate trying to poke through? Surprising. I'll just leave it at that and hope everything else somehow lines up in this pint glass (via can).
Tastes better than the scent. I suppose the earthy nutty roast translated poorly to me into the aroma, but here it starts off decent tasting, but then finishes much more nicely with chocolate and nothing dry. Choco-hazelnut if anything. Feels great though. Creamy enough, mild stickiness yet not so thick. Finishes well, sweet with nutty overtones. Solid brewery.

Serving type: can

01-29-2014 02:01:44 | More by TBoneJones
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UTCengOwl

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third and final beer at the Deep Ellum Brewery. This is the foray Deep Ellum beer I had. It;s solid, bit somewhat unspectacular.

The beer is a deep, dark brown. Almost black. Once again , I wish I was drinking this from a better glass than a Shaker pint.

The taste is like a big porter. It has a chocolatey taste with a smoky finish. There's also a nittiness in this that reminds me of the (512) Pecan Porter. In fact, I think that's the best comparison for this beer. It's the Pecan Porter of Deep Ellum, but it's different on the dryness and sharpness. I'd usually prefer the Pecan Porter, but I wouldn't be sad to see this on my glass. Solid, but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 19:14:55 | More by UTCengOwl
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BigBarley

Texas

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip. Deep, rich brown, that ends up looking almost black unless held to the light. Head is a khaki/brown crown of foamy goodness. Smell is not very strong, but you get hints of a nutty, brown ale quality, mashing with the roasted malt undertones. Tastes very much like a blend between an oatmeal stout and a brown ale. Traditional nutty malt flavors, with a touch of caramel, immediately followed by rich roasted coffee and some creamy sweetness. Goes in kinda thin but thickens up as you swallow, very refreshing with some heft to it. Robust and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

03-29-2013 15:40:17 | More by BigBarley
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Labeorphile

Texas

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Dark brown Baltic Porter with a thick, but quickly receding tan head, leaving good lacing.

Aroma is good, chocolate and plums with a hint of sweetness.

Flavor is a solid porter with a creamy, thick mouth. Alcohol is well hidden.

Enjoyable local beer. Not one of my favorite porters, but very drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-29-2013 02:43:45 | More by Labeorphile
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Darkness and a brown head. As usual!

S: Sweet chocolate, malt, caramel, raisin, yeast, and char.

T: Like the nose- the chocolate is extremely prominent. Reminds me of Chokolat by Southern Tier but not quite as sweet. This one has a nice burnt taste to balance the sweetness though, which is nice. I am surprised at how good this is, not in a bad way. Also, some raisin notes and caramel.

M: Medium with some good carb. Creamy.

O: This was actually an awesome beer. I live in Texas and am usually not too blown away by the locals, but I like this one a lot and will definitely get it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:31:44 | More by titty_mcbitty
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KidsDoc

California

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can - gift from buddy at work (Dunbar) who returned from trip to Dallas last week.

A: Dark, near black with solid tan head and nice initial lacing that faded. Looks great.

S: lots of chocolate in the nose - quite sweet but with backing of oats/grains

T: similar - predominant sweet chocolate along with a roasted (not burnt) malts and very faint coffee flavor. Teaser of syrupy flavor here and there - subtle, adds to overall flavor. Heavy malt profile all the way

M: full bodied and little on the chewy side. middle to end puts a little dryness on the tongue. Great lingering flavors of chocolate malt.

First (and only so far) beer from Deep Ellum. Very happy to have tried it. Solid oatmeal stout/Baltic porter. Up there with some of the most memorable I have had. This could be a good breakfast beer on the right occasion. If ever having the chance again, I would certainly have this beer again.

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 05:31:46 | More by KidsDoc
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tubeyes

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A black, nice brown head leaving some nice lace. S pecans, oatmeal cookies, brown sugar. T lots of great brown sugar oatmeal pie sweet malty cookie goodness. M excellent drinkability, nicely carbonated with silky mouthfeel and brown sugar aftertaste. O this is a stellar knockout of a beer, definitely a winner and one of my favorite beers

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 00:55:47 | More by tubeyes
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pvo

Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 00:14:22 | More by pvo
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mcparker73

Texas

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- dark chocolate/coffee. very little head that fades quickly. nice lining when settled.

s- bitter sweet coffee. brown sugar with a hint of nuts.

t- robust coffee and chocolate. it's surprisingly refreshing.

m- medium heft/carbonation. doesn't stick around long after swallowed.

o- i think it's a solid beer. if i were out and about and wanted a stout this would be a top choice, just not the top choice. i think deep ellum brewing company did a great job with the Double Brown Stout.

Serving type: can

01-24-2014 03:12:50 | More by mcparker73
Double Brown Stout from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.