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Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: dbrauneis on 02-17-2012

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 11
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours dark, but not quite pitch black; the khaki head foams up and then slips down to a film; impressive lacing pattern

Smell: The aromatics are vaguely reminiscent of German chocolate cake, vaguely I should emphasize

Taste: Chocolate and cream, with hints of caramel and molasses; a vague cherry tone develops and gets slightly stronger as the beer warms; the sweeter flavors dominate the finish, but the overall impact is of artificial flavorings

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for the style and an 8% beer; moderate carbonation

Overall: I have been wanting to try this for some time but find myself somewhat disappointed by the experience; the concept is a lot better than the execution here as a bigger, bolder beer with more chocolate and cherry flavors would be much better, particularly at the price point

Thanks, Domvan, for the opportunity

Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

C

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3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano.

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of strong hot chocolate notes with not too much else coming through. While the cherries are absent in the aroma, they are up front in the flavor. There is a little bit of chocolate in the aroma, but overall I think the beer tastes a little bit medicinal. The body a little bit thinner than I like and the carbonation is about medium. Overall, the beer was not bad but was a little disappointing. I think this is a step down from the regular Double Brown Stout.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano, TX.

A: Pours a midnight black with a finger tall light mocha head. Great head retention (hardly any reduction through the drinking of an entire pint) and massive amounts of lacing.

S: Dark roasted and burnt malts with hints of chocolate, cherry, and coffee. Very intense.

T: Bittersweet chocolate followed by dark roasted malts, cherries, and a light smokiness from burnt malts. There are also some extremely slight hints of nuts.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Nice and creamy.

O: Big smell and big flavor really make this beer great - not a disappointment after hearing a lot of folks in the bar talk it up. Quite enjoyable and could probably even be sessionable if one paced themselves. The cherry does not dominate but is a wonderful companion to the other flavors in the beer. I would definitely get it again if I found it.

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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hay Merchant

A: Pours a near pitch black color. Almost opaque with a little bit of ruby around the edges. A two finer beige head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, baked bread. Followed by sweet molasses. Not much cherries in the nose. Though still very enjoyable.
T: Big roasted malts. Chocolate, coffee, molasses all intermingle. Baked bread, with some toffee like sweetness as well. I really don't get much cherries.
M/D: A moderate to full body. Good carbonation, and very smooth. Easy to drink, no problem with the pint I had. Very enjoyable.

I do very much enjoy this. I just wish there was some more cherry character. Some tart and tangy cherries would make this excellent. I did not get hardly any. Though still something I enjoyed as a good stout, and would get again.

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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Pitch black, amazing coffee-colored cream head with legs

SMELL: Chocolate cake batter, roastiness, faint cherries

TASTE: Silky smooth, rich, slightly tart, mild cherry, dark ripe fruits, soft caramel, light roasty char, sweet and tangy molasses, coin, chocolate, rye, biscuit, nuts, earth, tannic, dry finish

There’s a lot going on here, but what stands out is the use of blackstrap molasses, red tart and dark, sweet cherry purée, a California lager yeast strain and cocoa nibs from Patric Chocolate at the end of conditioning. The lager yeast strain is what makes it a Baltic Porter, but a Stout too? While it’s slightly confusing to have two styles on the label, who cares?! Complex, surprisingly balanced and damn tasty.

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Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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