Dogtown Brown - Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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3.54/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Dirty25 for sending me this one.
Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, slight cocoa, and roasted nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted malt and roasted nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice nutty presence all around.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 06:00:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.68/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Brewery fresh, notched at the "11" on the label.
Carton says it is a medium-bodied brown lager that is malty with a chocolate finish. Based on look and flavor, I pegged it as an American Amber Lager rather than a Brown Ale that just happens to be made with lager yeast. That is just my judgment in listing the beer, the brewer might request a change.
Pours out to an attractive rocky, buff head that is about 1 inch that falls to a permanent 3/8 inch and some lacing. Light brown-amber color and brilliant clarity. Aroma is more like a toastier version of their Rocktoberfest, with subtle spicy hops and strong toasted malt. Not picking up chocolate or very much nuts here. Flavor is very close to their Rocktoberfest Marzen but with a significantly toastier, nuttier taste, but still not anything that strikes me as chocolate. Just enough hops to balance the malts. Mouthfeel is medium, about somewhere between their Rocktoberfest and Porter.
Overall impression is that this is a very well made beer, no off flavors or weirdness, but it is tough to not forget I am drinking a Brown "Lager" and not a very thick batch of their O-fest. Hey it's good stuff and is very sessionable and reportedly has a lower alcohol content than their Rocktoberfest. I took aroma and flavor points off for the (in my palate's opinion) misleading label description regarding chocolate characteristics.
If you want to have the chocolate experience with Diamond Bear, reach for their Paradise Porter--it really delivers the chocolate notes. Also their Irish Red spring seasonal has that Hershey's syrup aroma and flavor going on too. This Brown stuff does not.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2013 20:55:09 | More by EagleTalon
Dogtown Brown from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.