Double Brown Throwdown Imperial Brown Ale | Rogue Ales

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3.81/5
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Double Brown Throwdown Imperial Brown AleDouble Brown Throwdown Imperial Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Smakawhat on 09-18-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ranking:
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Reviews:
11
Ratings:
34
pDev:
11.02%
 
 
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by redleg64:
Photo of redleg64
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of petewheeler
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rogue Ales "Double Brown Throwdown Imperial Brown Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's not hard to make a good looking glass of beer with a dark style. Although there is the head to contend with. Nice color though, and good head retention. There'd better be, I can smell it, chocolate with an ashen roastiness, so it's probably malty. Some peanut skins as well, and perhaps cashews, or Filberts (what's their other name?). OK... yes, as expected, malty. What I didn't expect was the bold yeasty fruitiness. Soft, sweet red berries. Hmmm, perhaps even a bit like chocolate covered raisins. Somewhat nutty. (Ah... hazelnuts is the answer). I can't quite figure out the roastiness. It's a little distracting, like it doesn't fit, and yet at the same time it gives it more variety. Is that partially hops? I'm thinking there's a kind of minty note amidst the leafiness and dull earth. So, looking now, the lacing isn't that great. That hurts a malty beer. Let's see, what's the strength? Ahhh, 9.4% ABV, that could have something to do with it. Oddly, it's not listed on the label. You'd think that might be a selling point. Back to the beer. I'm finding a kind of nutty coffee-like character now, and my palate has adjusted to the point that the roastiness doesn't seems so seperate from the chocolate - and the chocolate is quite nice. I could see this as a dessert beer; and at 9.4%, a nightcap as well! So where do I stand on this? There are no real defects, except that the lacing could be better, and it is charming and intriguing... the little bit of oddity or unusualness keeps me coming back for more rather than pushing it away. Conclusion, the dark roasty chocolate and fruity components are quite nice, kind of like a half espresso bean and raisin covered in chocolate. It's a great beer to relax with, but I wouldn't want to have one while out at the pub with friends. Nicely done!

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Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smakawhat
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Slightly fizzy sounding as tan head forms of about two fingers. Chestnut and mahogany brown with a good clarity and shiny appearance. Head dissolves next to nothing quite quickly barely even leaving a faint collar.

Aroma is quite a nice mixture. Nutty liqueur qualities and light molasses. Comes off a bit sticky smelling, very much like strong taffy and a gooey sensation. Hints of hazelnut make it a little interesting, but it has a bit of syrupy quality.

Palate is a bit uninspiring. Flattened cola like body for a mouthfeel. Mid palate has some washing toasty qualities but also a bit of burnt grain taste. Cola nut and soda like tasting finish with a bit of char and bitterness. Flattened fizzy cola texture with a bit of nice soft chewy grain flavors.

For an imperial brew this is pretty lifeless and just flat, quite a disappointment but life could be worse.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kips
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mooseisloose
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Love the brown ales saw this at TW and being Rogue knew I probably couldn't go wrong. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of sweet malts molasses and brown sugar. Pours into a 12 oz pilsner glass to a deep nearly opaque yet still translucent deep brown with a thin tan head. On the taste this brew is syrupy off the bat on the mouthfeel. The taste then is malty sweet with roasted malt in the background and a very faint bitterness that is overpowered by the malt. Almost like a brown tripel at 9.4% ABV. It is very smooth and has a better and more complex taste as it warms up. Upon warming more notes of cocoa and molasses become evident. This is a delightful sipping brew and packs a wallop.

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Photo of sethcroisant
2.43/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Photo of cdwil
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjmiller718
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cwreay90
2.54/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of icemanls4
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarigney
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is an incredibly deep brown with a thin covering of creamy, light tan head. It leaves small mostly soapy lacing. The aroma is unimpressive, a generic sweetness with a slight metallic twang. It lacks the nuttiness expected initially but a little breathing reveals just a hint. The taste is a little better, slightly nutty and sweet with a faint earthy hoppiness. The body is mostly smooth through the finish, with a subtle carbonation.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: deep mahogany, with a thud n tan head
S: caramel
T: sweet, a little boozy
F: kinda thin on body
O: has some Dopplebock characteristics, but the body is took thin for me

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No dating info on bottle or label; this beer was hiding at the back of the refrigerator. By the review/ratings dates, it looks like this beer was marketed during the last quarter of 2016.
Dark brown colored body, with garnet red highlights against the light. Thin light tan head. Just a couple of spots of lacing.
Aroma is roasted malts and molasses. A little nutty also.
Taste is a little sweet, and follows the nose with malts, molasses and nutty. Slightly bitter at the end.
Thin to medium mouth feel, and kind of dry. The booziness almost lends itself to some dark fruit aspects.
Rogue did well with this one, and quite straightforward, without the added taste components for which Rogue is known. I would buy this again if brewed again.

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Photo of darkpreferred
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brown ale is hardy - more like a stout or porter - and that's okay. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Low carbonation and smooth. Malty flavor and high ABV (9.4%) but hides it well. A little sweetness, but not too much. You can smell the malt. Easy sipping beer with some nutiness. Overall, I liked it and would have it again, but it is a limited edition, so we may not see it again.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCPhD
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Double Brown Throwdown Imperial Brown Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 34 ratings