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Downtown Nut Brown (D.T.B.) - Pearl Street Brewery

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Downtown Nut Brown (D.T.B.)Downtown Nut Brown (D.T.B.)

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BA SCORE
82
good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pearl Street Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 06-22-2005)
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Reviews by Jparker37:
Photo of Jparker37
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A - Dark amber with great clarity. Off-white cap of foam holds a cap. Spotty lacing.

S - Biscuit malt that jumps right into some coffee with little in between. Plenty of DMS.

T - Taste follows the nose. If I closed my eyes, I wouldn't know there were any kilned malts in this from all the base flavors. Prickly carbonation on top of some mild sweetness. Finishes with some bitterness.

M - Light to medium-light body, medium to medium-high carbonation, semi-dry.

O - It's good to support local breweries so in a pinch I would order this but not over most American craft beers. This beer has some aroma flaws and really lacks all character in the taste.

Recommendation - Pass this up.

Jparker37, Mar 12, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -16.4%

sgttibbs, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a maroon-glinted copper with a thin beige head that sticks around a good long while.
Nose of toasted grains, cocoa, roasted nuts, granola, and a vague plumminess.
Tastewise, toasted grain still reign supreme, but chocolate and dark fruits eke out more respective ground. Granola and assorted roasted nuts arrive midway and linger. Hopping is modest in flavor, but slaking in its background bitterness.
Medium bodied, or maybe slightly less. Carbonation is modest to begin with and peters out over time, but that's not so much of an issue here.
Just a solid, basic, well-done Brown Ale.

cokes, May 12, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, riley's

appearance: poured into an imperial pint - cola/mahogany body with a thin creamy tan head that retains itself nicely, amber tints

smell: a touch of roasted malt, light caramel, roasted nut

taste: nothing special but a nice nut brown i suppose...strong roasted malt current, a little nutty,minimal caramel, grassy hops in the background. not bad but not my thing

mouthfeel: thin but creamy

drinkability: good

dirtylou, May 22, 2009
Photo of bedwyr
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If someone told me I had to drink one kind of beer for the rest of my life...this is my choice. It's an excellent example of a nut brown. The initial taste is roasty and lets you know that you're drinking a fine beer, yet it is also a very easy drinking beer. I've had other beers that have wowed me more than the Downtown Brown, but few that are as good as consistantly or simply as a session beer. Rumor in La Crosse has it that Pearl Street Brewery will be moving to a new location and beginning to bottle a select few beers with the Downtown Brown being the first.

bedwyr, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of Rborre321
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%

Rborre321, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of dhannes
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served slightly chilled in a standard pint glass at a local bar.

A=Very dark brown, with a slight hint of red...almost opaque. A thin, ecru foam head was less than standard.

S=Nice smell of malt--cocoa and cream.

T=Rather strong taste of semi-sweet chocolate at first, with a bit of coffee and biscuit...seemed to turn sweeter and lighter as I drank. Somewhat of a mix between semi-sweet chocolate and milk chocolate, but not bitter.

M=Lighter body than I anticipated, with a lower amount of carbonation. I would have preferred it to have a bit more body, but the lightness makes it a good session beer.

O=I enjoyed this beer and would buy it again...I had paired it with a hamburger,but drank most of it before the burger arrived...still, it was light enough to compliment the burger rather well.

dhannes, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Kunstman, May 09, 2012
Photo of tourdot
3/5  rDev -16.4%

tourdot, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Sconi_tom
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Sconi_tom, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of benholmen
4/5  rDev +11.4%

benholmen, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of dav2080
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

dav2080, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

mendvicdog, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of teamwiggum
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

teamwiggum, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Canada_Dan, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -16.4%

oline73, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of AmberMan22
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, transparent cola color. Head was gone before the beer was delivered, and there wasn't any lacing to speak of. The color though -- something about it just spot on.

S: surprisingly bland. Some weak, nutty malt flavors. maybe just a tinge more roastiness than newcastle.

T: A little bit heftier in the taste department than newcastle as well. The nutty flavor is lacking (unfortunately) but a subtle roastiness gives this a nice character. Just seems to make the beer more enjoyable.

M & D: I really don't know about this one. Not as good as fat squirrel, newcastle...about on par with Leinie's fireside nut brown -- but it a different fashion.

DTB isn't bad, it's more like switzerland of the political beer community....it doesn't bother to take any sides.

AmberMan22, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
1.48/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Pours a nice rich brown color with a largish, 2.5 finger tan head. The beer is quite clear with excellent active carbonation. The head has a nice texture to the hop and a variety of bubble sizes. Attractive. 4.5

S: I'm getting...vegetable on a bed of grain. Very off putting. That is smells strongly of DMS is really all I care to say about the aroma because I don't want to smell it any more. 1.5

T: Yep, right there in the taste too. Very strong old cooked vegetable taste. It's terrible. This my friends is barely worthy of going into my drain. Holy Crapolla. This is taking the place of Triple Bock as the most off tasting, horrid beer I've ever had. GAH. Get it out! 1

M: Alright, not overly thin but could use body and texture. 3.0

D: Never, ever, ever again will I pay for this beer. I might even turn down a free one. I'm literally feeling sick to my stomach. 1.

mdwalsh, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of chet1215
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

chet1215, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of kalebharris
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

kalebharris, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of lester619
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent brown with a very modest head. No real lacing to speak of. The smell is a little nutty and malty with a slight citrus character, but overall pretty bland in the smell department. Not a bad flavor by any means, but not memorable either. Smooth toasty nutty malty flavor with a slightly smokey finish. Some tangy bitterness helps to balance the malt. Nice substantial creamy mouthfeel at the end. Overall, this was a pretty good drinkable brown, but not something I would miss if I never saw again.

lester619, May 28, 2011
Photo of PearlyGates
4/5  rDev +11.4%

PearlyGates, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of aubzachsyd
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

aubzachsyd, May 10, 2014
Photo of Greggy
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Greggy, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Wisconsin
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black body with a one finger head that fades to a decent lace.

S - This smells much more like a nut brown ale to me. There is some slight malts and grains along with a faint nutty smell.

T - Malts, grains and some nutty chocolate flavors all hit your mouth. As I drink this beer I question whether or not this really a brown ale and not a doppelbock or a nut brown ale.

M - Smooth malted chocolate nutty flavor with some bitter roasted undertones.

D - This is a pretty solid brown ale, if it is even that. Regardless of what it is, it is solid nonetheless. I rated this lower because of the bitterness that this beer finishes with. Pretty good otherwise.

Wisconsin, Jan 13, 2009
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Downtown Nut Brown (D.T.B.) from Pearl Street Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.