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

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

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 18.03%

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:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 06-22-2005)
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Photo of Skidz


4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright copper and sits chocolate brown in the glass with a good sized soapy tan head fading quickly to a thin skimming along the top.

Toasty malts up front with slight chocolate hues and mild, earthy hops.

Solid toasty malts and a well-balanced dose of grassy hops bitterness. Hints of hazelnut and almonds and a slight woody character.

Crisp a clean feeling in the mouth, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid nut brown by all means.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 03:04:42 | More by Skidz
Photo of bedwyr

South Dakota

4.33/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2005 15:23:13 | More by bedwyr
Photo of cokes


4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:58:20 | More by cokes
Photo of Fartknocker


3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with no date on the label.

A- a dark reddish/brownish color.
S- a somewhat coffee-like smell
T- Similar to the smell with a faint coffee flavor. also a pretty good nutty flavor which overtakes the coffee aspect.
M- avearge carbonation
D- a fairly good drinakable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 02:48:16 | More by Fartknocker
Photo of Wisconsin


3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 02:42:18 | More by Wisconsin
Photo of AmberMan22


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 23:56:35 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of jera1350


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Starlite Lounge.

Nut brown ale colored brew with a thin layer of tan foam on top.

Nutty, malty sweetness, hint of cocoa powder.

Nutty malt flavor, moderate malt sweetness with a touch of alcohol at the end. Some bread crust in there. Nice approachable flavor.

A tad thin, but nothing like some of their other beers I've tried. Drier finish at the end.

Overall, this is a nice brew. If they can make a beer like this, then they should be able to follow suit with some of the other train wrecks I've tried from them.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 01:29:00 | More by jera1350
Photo of kickapoodude


3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

At one time, La Crosse produced more beer than Milwuakee. It is where the massive G. Hielimann Brewery stands...and the home of the worlds largest six pack, and the tapping of the golden keg. How I long for the day when this city will resume it's place among the world's beer meccas. But alas, in the early '90's a greedy Australian douche bag bought the brewery up, and went bankrupt, leaving the city's brewing future in turmoil.

Is it possible that a tiny brewery like Pearl St. may one day help La Crosse ascent the throne once more?

This beer pours a rich brown with a inch thick head that dissipates into a nice lace that stays with you until the bottom of the glass. The aroma is boozy and nutty with touches of oatmeal and caramel. The flavor is nutty and it makes me wonder if a nut flavor is not added. Like Lienekugels fireside nut brown (Which is a freaking lager). This beer is very fliberty with a toasty finish. The mouthfeel is light. A curious beer to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 21:38:30 | More by kickapoodude
Photo of dhannes


3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 00:07:59 | More by dhannes
Photo of KarlHungus


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky dark brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and is nutty and creamy...all the things a brown ale should have. The taste is like the aroma, but a little milder. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice brown ale. It is tasty, but would be better if the taste were as burly as the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 02:38:19 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of dirtylou


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 00:10:13 | More by dirtylou
Photo of jsprain1


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a medium brown, fairly clear, with a one finger off white head. Retains well and leaves some lacing.
S- Malty, nutty, and dark bread. All in all pleasing, albeit not very strong.
T- It's a bit sweet on the tongue. Bready, with a thick caramel flavor. A nice nuttyness in the finish.
M- Medium body, maybe a bit thicker. It sits firm in the stomach though. Medium carbonation.
O- A decent brown and worth trying, but not a classic of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 23:54:15 | More by jsprain1
Photo of lester619


3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 15:54:59 | More by lester619
Photo of zeff80


3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish brown color with a small, tan head. Not much lace to speak of.

S - It smelled malty, slightly nutty and a little fruit which didn't seem to fit the style.

T - Nice, sweet caramel flavors with hints of nuts, barley and grasses. None of the flavors really stood out.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light-bodied ale with a fairly creamy finish.

D - This is an okay ale. I expect a nuttier flavor from an English brown.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 01:25:35 | More by zeff80
Photo of Dogbrick


3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Freight House in La Crosse. Pours dark brown with a medium thin beige head that lasts pretty long. Nutty, malty aroma. Medium-bodied (a little watery at times) and smooth with an earthy malt flavor, along with notes of chocolate and nuts. The flavor is not very pronounced though. The finish is thin with sweet malt and caramel flavors. Fairly average overall.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2006 20:36:40 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Propst

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Given to me by a friend from Wisconsin. Nice malty nose with hints of nuttiness and chocolate...not very pronounced. The flavor is a lot like the smell, nutty, malty, but a little watered down. Mouth feel is a bit thin. This is a pretty average beer but would go great with a ham sandwich.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 04:20:23 | More by Propst
Photo of Jparker37


2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 02:37:51 | More by Jparker37
Photo of mdwalsh


1.48/5  rDev -58.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 13:00:34 | More by mdwalsh
Downtown Nut Brown (D.T.B.) from Pearl Street Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.