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Double Brown Stout - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Zaphog, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%

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 Canti4341
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Canti4341, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of ricecracker420
4/5  rDev +4.7%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

titty_mcbitty, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of TBoneJones
3.4/5  rDev -11%

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.

TBoneJones, Jan 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

thereal_adam, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of mcparker73
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

mcparker73, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

bmwats, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jtoledo04, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

beaverapproved, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Tayloraphilips, Dec 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Steef_11, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Stevotex, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

LXIXME, Dec 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Sir_Goatman, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Jame515, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

taospowder, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%

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

MDDMD, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

StevenLaValley, Nov 09, 2013
Double Brown Stout from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.