Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout - Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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2.93/5 rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with flashy label and unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Texas bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. 8% ABV according to the label. Reviewed as a baltic porter, since in spite of all the hullabaloo over this being a brown stout, the side claims the style is actually a baltic porter. Marketing at work...
Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of appealing khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thicknes. Nice even smooth consistency. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes, and none sticks even when I tilt the glass. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.
Body colour is a predictable opaque solid dark black; not quite a jet black but dark. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
Overall, it looks pretty good whether you're reviewing as a baltic porter or as a stout.
Sm: Cocoa nibs, artificial berry/fruit extract, chocolate malts, dark malts, and cream. Authentic cherry is sorely absent, as is any roasted barley character. It's not the most evocative or rich aroma, but it's a pleasant and appealing one of below average strength.
No hop profile is noticeable, and no alcohol or yeast character is detectable. I don't find any off-notes.
I'm looking forward to the first sip. Seems to have a nice sweetness to it.
T: Chocolate malts, cocoa, artificial chocolate, dark malts, cream, and faint artificial fruit syrup/extract - cherry, I guess. The fruity aspect of the beer feels very cheap and artificial, and I find myself doubting Deep Ellum's claim that real cherries were added - or at least their implication that real cherries alone are responsible for the cherry flavour. It's on the sweeter side overall.
No hop character, yeast character, or overt alcohol comes through. I don't pick up on any off-flavours.
Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Decent amplitude.
It's got a fair balance to it, but it's far from complex, subtle, or intricate. It'd be nuanced if the cherry was authentic. It's a cohesive build, but not a gestalt one. While I like this flavour profile in a general sense, it's far from unique or special. Seems uninspired; this beer seems to put marketing first and taste second.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with some decent creaminess. Could be softer. Clean. Artificial. Decent thickness. Medium body. Filling. Not too heavy on the palate. Overcarbonated. Syrupy.
Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, or harsh.
This texture evokes flavour syrup or refined cola and it doesn't work that well with this flavour profile. I wish the extract wasn't so prominent.
Dr: A downable but forgettable baltic porter from Deep Ellum. I'll easily finish the bottle, but it won't be much of an experience. I like the premise for the beer, but this execution doesn't deliver. All the marketing nonsense further convinces me this isn't really a sincere attempt at a good baltic porter - just market-chasing. Why else would you call a baltic porter a double stout? I wouldn't recommend friends or trade partners try this. Very middle of the road. It's the kind of mundane beer you expect to see in a Sam Adams winter pack, not in bomber form at this price point.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 22:13:10 | More by kojevergas
4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: dark as a brownie with huge thick caramel head that settles on a thin layer across the top.
S: coffee beans are the most prominent, followed by cacao notes that lead to alcohol and cherry hints in the back.
T: this is incredibly delicious! The coffee goes into a secondary perspective while the chocolate and cherries balance each other and play harmoniously in the front while leading the charge against the taste buds.
M: thick, rich and delicious. It has that full bodied creamy experience that just covers your entire mouth with just one swipe or sip in this case. It couldnt get any bette than this!
O: this beer is a definite seek out for beer enthusiasts! It does have flavor characteristics that are usually associated with Deep Ellum's brews, but as a whole it's a perfect dessert beer, or a beer to enjoy on it's own.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 02:23:32 | More by Uanof
Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.