Double Nut Brown - Mammoth Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 09-03-2004

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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 63
Photo of Norvelljeff
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this beer when I lived in Mammoth for a winter. Best stuff around. Would kill to have a bottle or 6 in my fridge back home.

Photo of Fillpott
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six pack after visiting MBC, so I assume it is very fresh. I have poured it into a British-style pint glass.

The beer pours a clear, ruby-red with little head or lacing. The beer has a strong chocolate and nut smell with a faint pine smell. The taste is of nuts, chocolate, and a faint bitter pine that is inviting and pleasant. The finish is dry and chocolaty, and the mouthfeel is full without being cloying or syrupy.

I tasted this at the brewery, and I was so impressed that I bought a sixpack. Therefore, I might be super-imposing my positive impressions and experiences at the brewery onto this review/tasting. However, I gladly do it because I really enjoy this beer.

Photo of yesyouam
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mammoth Double Nut Brown is an incredibly dark brown ale that's almost opaque. The coffee ice cream colored head is dense and slowly thins to a film with oily bubbles and dense lacing. A deep, dark roast coffee aroma sits on a nutty, slightly sweet malty scent. There's possibly a touch of mint in the nose. It's full bodied and very smooth with a long, ashy finish. It tastes a touch sweet, but there's enough bitterness to balance it out. It tastes nutty-- walnutty, even. The deep, soft sweetness lasts through the finish. The bitterness is secondary here, but it's leafy and appropriately strong. It's very drinkable on account of all that big, bold, brown flavor.

Photo of pkalix
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mine says 5.5%....
pours thick, dark mahogany color. head dissipates quickly on the soft pour.
aroma is sweet, nutty and toasted.
flavor is a little sweet. very nutty and a little roasted malt. caramel. molasses. thicker than some other nut browns I have been drinking recently. I like it. I like it a lot. i'd love to rate it higher for its style but in general the browns don't seem to get much respect. there are a lot of generic browns with some corn-kind of flavors but this one is a great brew. highly recommended. maybe when the "bros" rated it it was a different recipe?

Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a tasting with some friends and I kept having to refill my glass. Standard brown ale I would say but the chocolate finish really stands out. It's not overbearing but adds a nice element to the beer. A really good beer that I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of brown ales.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold Medal Winner World Beer Cup Brown Porter Category! Ok, sold...let's learn more and find out for myself!

To Note - the specimen here is labeled 5.5%, not 6% as described on BA. Just stating the facts...

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black with a reddish tint in both the 12oz Tulip and Guinness Perfect Pint Glass I Poured both bombers in. Head is 2" from a simi-aggressive pour, solid retention and lacing throughout each sip.

S - Pretty damn aromatic of roasted malt, Straight up Coffee, semi-sweet bitter chocolate, and a nuttiness one would look for in a fantastic Brown Ale.

T - Follows Smell. Nutty brown, followed by dark roasted Porter flavors of dry coffee and chocolate. Nuttiness and Coffee dominate for the most part. Follows the description of a "Brown-Porter" to a T. Equal parts...Well done. If you're a fan of both styles...BUY THIS BEER.

M - At 5.5%, you cant ask for much more. Nice dry finish making this sessionable and drinkable. It's NOT THIN for the ABV my friends...it's just right and lively carbonation. Finishes nice and dry as I mentioned, begging for more sipping. Easy drinking beer.

O - Brown/Porter hybrid knocked out of the park for the style IMHO!!!. Equal high quality parts both. Big on nose and palate while being a easy beer to session. Well Done Mammoth!!! Not my favorite beer from them, but for the style...this is possibly their best offering. Again Mammoth, BRAVO!

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Pours a dark brown color and has a fairly thin off white head. The smell is sweet and vanilla chocolate with heavy roasted nut. The flavor is very nutty like roasted pistachio mild sweetness a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is very carbonated. I'm a real big fan of this beer.

Photo of OStrungT
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown that looks mohogany when held up to the light. It boasts a thin light tan head that fades quickly, leaving minimal lace.

This beer has a nice toffee aroms. I detect some biscuit also. Nutty malts aroma is presnet too. As it warms, I get a smokey almost campfire like aroma.

This beer tastes a bit different than it smells. Strong chocolate flavors are presnet. Some toffee and caramel mix in. I taste some roasted malt also

This beer is smooth, leaving a toffee like aftertaste. Carbonation is good for the style.

This beer would probably make a pretty good session beer. It is good tasting, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: This is a good beer. I cant usually get it, but it is for sale everywhere in Yosemite, and I plan to take advantage of that every time I got there. This beer is worth buying. Even worth trading for.

Photo of duluoz
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: dark brown color is nice, with light head that dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing.

S: wonderful smell -- dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, nuttiness, coffee.

T: the roasted malty flavor is big, and the coffee comes in at the end. label says it's a "brown porter" and that's an apt description.

M: a little thin, nothing remarkable here.

D: very drinkable. a light 6%, none of the flavors are overwhelming, could drink a few no problem.

looking at some of the older reviews, it seems as though they might have fine-tuned the recipe, because this is a very solid beer. a big brown or a small porter -- either way it's unique and very good.

Photo of Brewlore
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

It poured with a very nice dark brown color with a decent dark tan head. The head fizzled away quite quick but looked quite nice upon a fresh pour.

The strongest aroma this beer has is that of coffee and nuts. More nutty than coffee but both are very pleasing.

The taste is quite good for this type of brown ale. Slightly sweet and toasted malts abound along with the great nutty taste at the end.

Very good in the mouth feel department, feels very smooth in the mouth and has a nice little bite (hops!) at the end.

A very drinkable brew with a nice ABV (6%)

A well rounded Double Nut Brown Ale. One of the better I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Photo of rgrace99
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Curry Village bar in Yosemite valley.
Poured a dark brown to the top of the shaker pint. Some lacing.
Aroma was chocolate and roasty. Very strong roasty flavor as well as chocolate and coffee. Was able to polish off two pints very easily. Will definitely look for in the future and would recommend to those who like brown ales.

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid brown ale! Er, porter I mean. Terrific camping beer. I enjoyed this in the majesty of Yosemite.

Photo of BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours opaque dark bown with a creamy mocha head.

S: Nutty malts, roasty malts, toasty malts, medium roast coffee and milk and dark chocolate in the nose.

T: Chocolate, orange, nutty and roasty malts, bready malts, coffee and milk chocolate. Quite tasty.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Definitely recommended. Everything this brewery makes is worth a try.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark brown with a reddish hue. Head is light tan and about a finger width thick, average retention and leaves behind a spotty lace.

Smell - Strong aromas of dark roasted malt, giving the nose a wonderful bouquet of chocolate, coffee and nutty goodness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Starts with a healthy roasted nut flavor, then notes of chocolate come into play. A light coffee roast character comes in around midtaste and follows through into the finish. Hints of floral hop keep this from being too malty.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with a nice, lively carbonation. Finishes slightly on the dry side of things. Smooth. An easy drinker.

Overall - Beautiul Brown / Porter hybrid. Flavorful while easy on the palate. Sessionable. A certain future buy.

Photo of Sark
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 bomber

Appearance- finger and a half of velvety cream colored head, dark brown to the porter colored spectrum

Smell- caramel and chocolate that is impossible to avoid even at a good distance away from the glass, toasted malts are very dominant over the hops

Taste- sweet chocolates on the front and middle with brief roasted bitterness on the end, hints of toffee also add to the mid-tounge feel

Mouthfeel- medium/full bodied with slightly milky consistency and lingering sweetness for a time

Overall- a damn good representation of a brown ale. This is one of my favorite styles, and most certainly deserves another

Photo of Jredner
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from either Hi-Time Wine or Bevmo...forget which.
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Aroma is heavy peanut skin, vegetable oil and pretty dang big on chocolate aromas. You also get a healthy dose of coffee. Pretty solid smelling Brown Ale if atypical...though what is typical for a Double Brown Ale?

Body pours murky river water brown and settles a deep ruddy brown that is very close to black. The head is dark tan, a thumb thick and fades slowly.

Fairly heavy, for a brown ale, on the palate, but the fore is somewhat light on flavor...mild toasty malts, definite nuttiness...but not a high concentration. It gets more compressed throught the middle with chocolate, coffee, peanut skin and mild burnt/black chocalate notes. I really like this. It finishes with a strong dark chocolate/mint flourish. I wish this is what most Brown Ales tasted like.

Photo of MisterClean
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at a home brew club meeting.

A - Poured a dark brown with a 2-fingered mocha head, dissipated moderately slow and left little lacing.

S/T - Nuts, light roast coffee and bittering hops.

M - Medium bodied and well-balanced. Did not finish overly dry nor sweet.

D - Overall a good beer: they left it simple and stupid and it came out good.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Stubby 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a simple brass colored twist-off crown cap. Generic design label has a dark green background for the “Double Nut Brown” with a centre portrait oriented rectangular port that contains a picture of a snow cap mountain overlooking a snow white valley complete with a babbling brook, with snow-covered alpine huts and coniferous trees. Described as ‘Double Nut Brown – Handcrafted Ale, Brewed & Bottled in the High Sierra by Mammoth Brewing Company™, Mammoth Lakes, CA Elevation 8000ft.’ Alc. 6.0% By Vol. No freshness date.

Appearance: A light tan colored head quickly sits atop the mahogany brown body with some light ruby hue when backlit. Average carbonation levels and minimal lacing. Looks Stout like when first poured with its fine soft resilient head.

Nose: Dark chocolate sinews in amongst a strong roasted nutty aroma. The smell is chewy and thick, like that of a dark caramel toffee chew.

Taste: Predominantly malty with a lovely chewy thick middle that supports dark toffee, cooking chocolate, rich caramel and some hints of freshly brewed coffee soaked in hardwood. Finishes with a mild earthy bitterness which has a sweet acidic dryness. Tasty!!!

Mouthfeel: The luxurious chewy toffee middle carries this one from a thin start and a dry whippy finish to lend a decent body throughout. Gets bolder and richer as it warms up.

Drinkability: An attractive brew, the chewy feel and thick chocolate caramel tastes nicely entrain the broad range of roasted nuts. Simple enough, but very effective. A Six-pack could be dangerous.

Overall: By far the best of the four regular Mammoth brews in my very humble opinion. Not sure I would say that this is a “Double” Nut Brown, but it is a damn good Brown ale nonetheless.

Cheers to OCBrewFish/Swillinbrew for this one.

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/2 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and nut

Taste: roasted malt, big nutty middle, sugar, and small dose of chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, moderately sweet

Drinkability: This was a pleasant surprise. I actually liked the multiple layers in this beer. Very robust and complex. Glad I bouught a six, even happier I saved some to have at home.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, procured at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

A: Dark brown with a thick off-white head, with great concentric circle lacing.

S: Dark malts, with a lot more roastiness than I'm used to in a brown, interesting.

T: Nuttiness, hazelnuts, almonds.

M: Smooth, creamy, very good for an American Brown.

D: Drinkability is very good, I can't wait until I get my next chance to travel up the 395 and am able to taste this beer at its source in Mammoth.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut brown color; ruby when held up to the light. Poured a minimal light brown head that retreated to the edges of the glass. Laced the glass in thin wavy rings.

S: Rich toffee. Chocolate and mild coffee notes as well. Peaty, smokey aroma too.

T: Consistent with the nose; chocolate is much more prominent along with toffee and caramel. Transitions to a fairly bright finish with a light building bitter.

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate carbonation; brightens the finish significantly. Smooth and rich with a pleasant toffee flavor lingering.

O: Good malt character; not cloying in the least.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this while snowed in at Mammoth during New Years, 2006.
Beautiful dark amber color with nice half finger head that left good lacing.
Aromas of sweet toasted malts and cashews.
Taste of definate toaste malts...nicely sweet with nutty aftertaste.
Warming and full mouthfeel and aftertaste.
Nice beer to be stuck in the snow with.

Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown, nearly black with a little bit of light transmission with a finger of off white head
S: smells of chocolate and a little coffee
T: cocoa powdery chocolate with some nice coffee notes and a bit of nuttyness. Nutty aftertaste with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish
M: medium body with soft to medium carbonation
O: A nice and tasty beer with good flavors

Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany color with a big sandy colored head.

S: A pretty big roasted malt aroma along with some nice nuttiness.

T: I picked up some chocolate, hazelnut and coffee. The mouthfeel was a little bit thin for me. This wasn't the best brow I've ever had, but I definitely enjoyed it. Worth a try.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

The best of the mammoth beers I had. This is a chocolatey brown ale and porter middle ground that has a ton of toast and cocoa grain flavor but also a real clean finish and not much of the bitter roasted barley I expect from a porter. I don't get the name here though, nothing double about it at six percent abv. It's got some red when held to the light but looks more brown than anything else. Lots of dry cocoa malt flavor all through it and a toasted marshmallow thing too. It's rich but still real drinkable. Good early fall beer, right on for this time of year because of the denser flavor sand approachable body. Good brew all up.

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Double Nut Brown from Mammoth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.