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Double Nut Brown - Mammoth Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

168 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 09-03-2004)
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2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours with an easily, fat-three-finger thick, darkish, tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, brownish amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and malty with a mix of hops, fruit and darker grain aromatics. Aromas of berries and toasted grain / light coffee notes are noticeable at first, but then a particularly sharp, almost weed-like, herbal hop note comes to the fore. Initially the aroma was quite inviting, but that was all of like two seconds. This really green, overly vegetal, just bad aroma is here somehow and it is hiding all of the rich malt notes that I know are here somewhere. It smells something like an overly moist, just starting to rot, heap of weeds.

The taste is sweet up front, with a nicely caramelized layer of malt sugars. Flavors of berries and raisins are brought out by the sweetness. The beer is still fairly light bodied for something titled a double nut brown ale, but still has some fullness to it. The beer finishes with some toasted malt notes, which try to dry out the finish, but are not really successful at it. Somewhere in the finish that vegetal note from the aroma is noticeable, but luckily it is fairly subdued here (if you can taste without breathing it is not noticeable at least). Rancid broccoli, or some flavor like that, becomes noticeable in the finish if you drink this normally (with both nose and mouth).

If it wasn't for that bad aromatic note, this would be quite enjoyable. Unfortunately it effects not just the aroma, but the flavor too and is too much for me to really enjoy this brew.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Todd
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown, stubby. Pours a deep brown, near opaque with bright ruby edges. The light beige colored head is thick, healthy looking, with a mixture of tight and large bubbles. Retention is exceptional.

Smell is of sweet grain, granola. Roasty smoke in the nose.

Thickish mouthfeel, firm. Malts are light and pretty bland at times. Mentions of roasted barley, slight astringent twang, burnt toast. Distinct nutty flavor and peanut skin feel (husky, dry). Faint fruitiness attempt to break through with suggestion of purple grapes. Thin background rind bitterness. Finish is quite dry with lingering burnt characters, eventually going even dryer and unpleasant.

This beer seems to lack depth. There's little going on the realm of malts. It's very attenuated, no real sweetness. Hops are at the right level, though uninteresting. It's like someone put the beer on mute. Double what?

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is ok, but rather bland and overly burnt-bitter tasting.

Very dark brown with a medium tan head that dissipates.

The aroma is simple burnt grain and light coffee and nuts.

It has moderately strong flavour with toasted coffee/chocolate flavour and bite. It has some nut elements and burnt grain. Overall, it has a persistent, slightly unpleasantly bitter, burnt character that dominates the whole thing through to the end. It lacks smoothness, balance, and real depth, being one-dimensional and too burnt. However, it does have some decent character so, while not great, it is certianly a fairly enjoyable, decent beer.

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3.16/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Rather sweet and roasty, with a watery refreshing mouthfeel. Very big foam in the Peroni lager glass, and quite persistent. Dark brownish red in color. Plenty of sudsiness on the tongue. Aroma of toasted grain and buckwheat.

Rather sweet and malty with the nutty toffee taste. Some flavor of old coffee and burnt sugar. Something piney along with a hint of licorice and cooked wheat cereal. There is a hint of herbal hops, but mostly it's the dark coffee with a hint of burnt raisin toast.

This has that peculiar kind of sweet, medicinal bitter aftertaste that I'm not crazy about. It reminds me of Mexican malt liquor. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Root beer color, typical of porters, I'd say dark cherry brown is the right color. Moderate amount of head--dissolves at an average pace.

S: Smells like dark roast coffee grounds, not terribly complex. Creamy smell. Scents are not overwhelming--a few simple smells, but they come across as refined.

T: Alcohol overpowers taste. Tastes slightly... sour. Not terribly thick, slightly burnt. Finishes pretty cleanly but the burnt/sour taste is distracting. A little more watered down than I was hoping. Maybe the coffee grounds are burnt. Can't say I enjoy this brew right now. 2nd half of the glass tasted slightly better.

M: Move it around a bit--it gets quite foamy. Probably the best part of this beer, besides the simple and refined scents. The foam isn't sour, but doesn't finishes more sourly than drinking the beer itself.

O: I wish I could say this porter was thick and rich--two qualities I feel every porter should have. I can't say the taste is bad but I can't say this is a great porter, honestly. Maybe this would make a better sour brown ale. The mouth-feel and pleasant smell increased this porter's redemption rating from "Slightly-Below-Average" to "Okay".

EDIT: This was my full review during a blind taste test.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/black with a bit of red highlights. Light tan head is thicker and more lasting than the bottle and yields moderate lacing.

Notes of hazelnut and chocolate on the nose, some coffee beans and a bit of earthy hops. Bit subdued vs. bottle conditioned version.

Taste and feel are similar to the bottled version yet not as vibrant, particularly regarding the subtle nuances of the chocolate and coffee flavors.

Nice mouth feel with roasted coffee and malt lingering on the finish nicely. Feel is a bit less on tap vs. bottle, not quite as effervescent. Still an easy drinking brown, neither too sweet nor too strong.

Note: From notes unearthed of late, consumed 08/2008.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to largadeer for this one. I guess he got excited when he saw "double nut" in there and just had to buy it.

A: Pours an opaque brown body with a well-retaining light beige head. It leaves a moderate collar on the brew, few spots of lace, and some scattered / broken film in the center.

S: Toffee, nuts, coffee (roasted grain). Some chocolate and caramel.

T: Nutty, with a roasted grain component that lends flavors of coffee. Some caramel and toffee is found. A decent finish that (when the swigs aren't watery) carries a nice aftertaste of chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Pretty tasty.

M: Thin-bodied, owing to the carbonation which makes it feel creamy. But an incredibly watery flavor.

D: Bleh. If I had to choose between cheap beer (Chris kept telling me this was about $1.30 a bottle) and no beer, I'd probably go with no beer. Not a particularly good brown ale.

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3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer had a dark brown and clear body. Poured into a pint glass with a half inch head. The mouth feel of this porter is light bodied and crisp. Mild hops and medium malts are balanced on the senses. The beer lingers with a chocolate nose and after taste.

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Double Nut Brown from Mammoth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.