Double Nut Brown - Mammoth Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

205 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 205
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: 205 | Reviews: 63
Photo of EricCioe
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my neighbor Andrew for picking this up for me on a swing through California.

This pours medium deep brown with a big eggshell head rising and falling and leaving some lace. On the nose there is a huge nut component to go along with some chocolate and a bit of pine and caramel. I'm not sure I've had a nuttier nut brown. They're a little too far forward for my tastes, and I wish there was more surrounding them. In the mouth the chocolate is a little more assertive, but it's still a nut show. The chocolate and hops combine for a two-faced bitterness. The body is medium, exactly as expected given the style and abv.

Overall, this is a decent if unbalanced brew. A little tweaking and this would be better for me.

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice tan colour, lovely cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Cream, caramel, and very light roast. I don't detect any nuts, which is surprising. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Nuts, cream, heavy caramel, and light roast. Sort of an English brown ale meets a tame rauchbier. Simple but agreeable. Well built and well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, and nicely thick. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: Very drinkable for a brown ale, but surprisingly devoid of nutty notes. I'd like to try it on draught. As is, it's not horribly impressive. Where's the complexity?

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 bceagles39
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011.

Pours a deep mahogany color with a rich tan head,

Smells strongly of coffee beans and sweetness. Massive aroma.

Taste essentially as it smells, or mild slightly sweetened coffee beans. A little too coffee-like. Obviously quite nutty.

Not bitter or too drying; not a session beer, good for coffee lovers.

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 mikechance
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’m really impressed with this beer. I’m not a big nut brown beer fan because they seem to lack any distinctive characteristics. Basically it’s a boring beer style. This beer is one on the exceptions for me. It starts off with a darker almost porter like color and foam. The smell is filled with lots of malt, coffee and chocolate flavors. It taste very good, again it’s almost a chocolate porter with a little bitterness at the end. A great beer once the leaves start to fall and the television is filled with college football.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich brown with a huge creamy head and a huge lace down the side, this looks very inticing to say the least! Smell was of roasted nuts with a hint of hops. Caramel sweetness undertones as well, smells thick and very fresh. The taste was very full. Nice roasted tones and caramel was the predominant flavors. Very complex though as there was much hoppiness at both the beginning and the finish. The finish was very nice, very dry and left you looking for more.

Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Davis Beer Shoppe
Davis, CA

A clear, caramel brown. Thin tan head that disappears quickly.

Not a big aroma. There is a touch of caramel sweetness and some bready malt character, but this beer does not have much aroma.

Relatively sweet, with toffee and caramel notes, some nice nutty character throughout, and a touch of bitterness. Pretty tasty.

Thin to medium mouthfeel.

A good nut brown ale, but not a huge amount of character and nothing overtly special, but certainly a quality brown.

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 samoblue
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I'm not one to typically purchase a Brown Ale, with actual money, but my curiosity was piqued by the promise of a "Double Brown" on the label. Double the what, exactly? Flavor? Attitude? Fun? Life-improving alcohol? It had to be tried. Besides, I'm in Mammoth Lakes, about a million miles from anywhere. What else am I going to do in late August with no snow anywhere?

Appearance
Pours an opaque reddish-brown with a thin beige head, which dissipates quickly. A fair amount of lacing on the wine glass I consumed it from, because I am 100% class.

Aroma
Smells like a brown ale: Nutty, malty, a little bit sweet.

Taste
Nutty and sweet, but tempered with a really welcome roasted maltiness.

Mouthfeel
Got to admit, this is where the beer falters. A bit thin, watery, and sticky. I can still feel it on my teeth 15 minutes after finishing it.

Drinkability
Well, I finished it. But I only had one. Because there are many other beers to try.

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 Arbitrator
3.27/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep brownish, sordove thin I thought with good carbonation. Nose is nutty, toffee, caramel. Taste follows nose but with light body and taste. Malty, nuts, toffee and thats about all here, can not realy taste booze. Mouthfeel is ok and drinkability is about average.

Photo of Ghenna
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours fairly dark with a tinge of red around the edges of the glass, with a two finger latte colored head with fair amount of lacing. Smells of roasted malts, and all of its concomitant smells (chocolate, caramel). Flavor follows the smell. The mouthfeel reminds me of a Guinness, though with less in the way of carbonation. Others describe it as creamy.

Pretty drinkable beer, and my first from Mammoth- I'll definitely be trying more of their product.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here we go...a 22 ounce bottle and a New York Steak dinner. On to the beer:

Dark brown, almost black color. Slightly tanned head, and the head is thick....holding upm well this far. Good things in the nose. There is fudge, nuts, and a shot of juicy tropical hops.

Yum. The first sip is a winner. Starts off nutty, then ground coffee takes control of it all. No kitty! This is my brown ale! More nuts and fudge and butterscotch topping. Slight pinch of the hops. Easy mouthfeel...maybe a pinch "watery" relative to other good brown ales.

Dark brown, brown porter....whatever you can call this, it is good.

Update: The maltiness seems to slowly slack off towards the end. Call it pretty good overall.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:
Pours a dark an opaque brown color with red highlights. It has a medium tan head and very little lacing.
AROMA:
Mild aroma of chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee grounds.
FLAVOR:
Toffee nuts and a bit of roasted coffee ground bitterness. Hint of metallic taste also.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium body beer with a weak (watery) mouthfeel. It finishes with a bit of creaminess. Fizzy carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
An easy drinking smooth beer. I would prefer a beer with a richer mouthfeel and no metallic flavors. While you can definitely taste the nuts in this "double nut brown" it did not meld with the other flavors for me.
NOTES: BBCSD-0907-Sean

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 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 flexabull
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown color with a good sized off white head.

Aromas smell like roasted malts, almost a little overly roasted. Some nuttiness, light chocolate, and cereal grains.

Taste is lighter than I expected. Some light nutty flavors, roasted malts, and a touch of sweetness. Finish is crisp, and a little fleeting, with a bitter pine hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is ok, but a little on the lighter side. I guess I expected more from a "double nut brown". But it certainly not bad.

Drinkability is good. Once I got over the idea that this is just a little stronger american brown, I actually kind of like this one. It's easier enough to drink, and has some interesting flavors. Just tastes a little overly roasted to me.

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 aforbes10
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle. Pours a legit dark brown with a good puffy and strong head. Sticky, random spiderweb lacing. Smells ok, nutty malt, a bit of roasted aroma. Full flavored roasted malt, somewhat fruity. Green hop notes. Mouthfeel medium bodied, maybe a little watery. I thinks its a nice drinking, well made beer. My only question is what makes it a double nut brown? Double what? Its not high alcohol? no massive flavor. just a easy drinking brown. oh well, what's in a name?

Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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 magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear brown with a short-lived off-white head. Nicoe aroma of nuts, caramel, toffee, and cocoa. Very malty taste with a solid amount of roasted malt and coffee flavor (like Chock Full O' Nuts brand). I also got a sour mash-like taste in the finish, along with bitter chocolate. Could have more body, but a really good beer, nonetheless.

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 Offa
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Double Nut Brown from Mammoth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.