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Double Nut Brown - Mammoth Brewing Company

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133 Ratings

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%

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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Photo of samoblue


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:03:31 | More by samoblue
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 16:51:31 | More by tigg924
Photo of Arbitrator


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 21:23:07 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 16:23:26 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Ghenna


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 03:42:26 | More by Ghenna
Photo of DoubleJ


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:16:17 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of seanbhudson


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark an opaque brown color with red highlights. It has a medium tan head and very little lacing.
Mild aroma of chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee grounds.
Toffee nuts and a bit of roasted coffee ground bitterness. Hint of metallic taste also.
Medium body beer with a weak (watery) mouthfeel. It finishes with a bit of creaminess. Fizzy carbonation.
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

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 15:22:44 | More by seanbhudson
Photo of MisterClean


4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 01:23:05 | More by MisterClean
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 04:38:14 | More by yesyouam
Photo of flexabull


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 03:57:01 | More by flexabull
Photo of duluoz


4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 07:09:19 | More by duluoz
Photo of aforbes10


3.7/5  rDev 0%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 01:45:28 | More by aforbes10
Photo of HalfFull


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 06:46:55 | More by HalfFull
Photo of magictrokini


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 18:33:01 | More by magictrokini
Photo of rgrace99


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2008 16:02:09 | More by rgrace99
Photo of Offa


3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2008 22:43:01 | More by Offa
Photo of MiScusi


4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 03:21:31 | More by MiScusi
Photo of Floydster


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the Anthill Pub on the UC Irvine campus last night for four dollars, first beer from this brewery, went well with my turkey burger

A-Dark brown color with only some light shining through, small 1/2 inch creamy light tan head that only stuck around for about a minute, minimal lacing

S-Nuttiness variety, roasted malt, cashews, some coffee, berries, lots of malt, some bread, faint chocolate aromas, and maple oatmeal

T-While cold it was hard to taste anything but the almond and walnuts in the finish, kept my hand on it for about ten minutes to get it to warm faster, tasted a hint of milk chocolate and malt in the middle, aftertaste was still full of nuttiness, no hops to really add complexity or balance, not very sweet either, just a nutty beer that was rather mellow and one dimensional

M-Weak mouthfeel, more creamy than anything, a little watered down, medium to thick body, overdone on the carbonation, taste did not linger at all

D-Could have drank a few pints of this, went down too easy because of its lack of taste, low ABV, smooth, and inviting

One of the only beers that I had not tried on tap, much darker than I thought it would be, my dad enjoys this beer when he visits friends up north, would possibly drink again, recommended for fans of brown ales

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 07:47:38 | More by Floydster
Photo of Gueuzedude


2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 00:43:47 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Halcyondays


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 06:11:49 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Brewlore


4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 03:50:36 | More by Brewlore
Photo of Jredner


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from either Hi-Time Wine or Bevmo...forget which.
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 13:50:55 | More by Jredner
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost black color. Liight carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Starts sweety, nutty smooth, finish is clean with traces of hops. Good brown. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 22:17:42 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer name/Brewer: Mammoth Brewing Co. Double Nut Brown

Serving info: 12 ounce bottle, twist top, no freshness info givin

Pours: A nice rich shade of dark caramel brown

Nose: Malty, slightly nutty

Lacing: thick, sticky and ringed

Head: dark tan, fine and tightly knit, long lasting tiny bubble thick film

Body: medium thick

Flavor notes: Lots of caramel malts abound, nutty, some light smoke also picked up

This is a nice, fairly sweet brown, I’d like to try it with some desert.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 13:01:09 | More by Billolick
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased at Von's Grocery in Bishop, CA. for $7.19.

I have a hard time with this beer, because it doesn't follow the style as I know it. I realize than Newcastle isn't a great Brown Ale, but to me, it's the measure to compare the rest. This isn't that style at all. This could be good, it could be bad. To be honest, at first, I thought it was more of an Irish Dry Stout that a Brown ale. But then I found comparisons to other styles. At the end, I didn't know what to say what style it was. But still tasty!

It pours a dark brown with an almost opaque with a slight brown hints in backlight. There is no carbonation, and almost no head.

The aroma is slightly sweet, but also charcoal ash. The flavor has porter-like chocolate malt, with a noticeable alcohol-tingle like an Imperial Stout. And then, to complicate it some more, I had another one later on, and definitely tasted the brown ale connection. Slightly sweet, malty- I'm so confused! Mouthfeel is somewhat dry and chalky.

Overall, a tasty brew, and I'm glad I ran across it, I just can't say what it is!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 21:20:51 | More by Dukeofearl
Double Nut Brown from Mammoth Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.