James Brown | 2 Brothers Brewery

7 Ratings

Brewed by:
2 Brothers Brewery

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tobeerornottobe on 10-31-2010

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst on 30/10/2010. On the menu this beer is classified as a Belgian Brown Ale, but given that this style is not available on Beer Advocate, I decided to style it an American Brown Ale instead.

A: Fantastic head - creamy and pillowy, white colour with tinges of brown. Beer itself is a very dark brown colour, even black, almost looks like an Imperial Stout.

N: Big hit of banana and caramel maltiness.

T: Banana follows through from nose but there is a mild bitter spiciness present too.

M: Smooth and creamy, perhaps a bit too over-carbonated but otherwise very good.

I'm really quite impressed by this beer, a style that doesn't really seem to exist. The 8.8% ABV is is well disguised. I suppose I expected the beer to be more syrupy but it has some lovely complexities matched with easy drinking.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tiny head.
Nose shows loads of chocolate, banana, golden syrup, coffee and creme brulee. Very sweet... incredibly so. Like a chocolate/coffee liqueur.
Similar flavours but more roasty character rather than just an overload of syrupy sweetness. Too much alcohol shows though.
Body seems a little watery for these flavours.

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Photo of LeonSammartino
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a very nice beer. I had the bottled version poured into a glass as a afterdinner treat.

It poured dark brown, with a creamy tea colour head. Surprisngly it didn't have a strong smell, it seemed to be keeping it all in the beer, It tasted of toffee, surprisingly smooth given it's about 9% alcohol.

It really was a great sipper, smooth and luxurious, very nice indeed

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Photo of Mendicant
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark oaky colour, almost black really, with ochre head sunk to retain a modest film. Lace is very beautiful; dense and sticky. Not much else to report because body is dark enough to hide anything else; maybe a bit too dark for a 'brown ale'; this is porter-dark.

Smell is very fruity and sweet; lots of banana, bubblegum aromas with rich sweet chocolate and caramel notes, a hint of jaffa and light cherry in there as well. Very intriguing nose, lots of complexity. Not sure if it's all what I want but since they're bizarrely calling this a "Belgian Brown Ale" I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Taste has lots of darkish malts on the front with brown sugar and chocolate. Descends into strong bubblegum flavour on mid-palate which I'm not a huge fan of, and has become too strong from the hints on the nose. Touch of mint on the back, and maybe some orange peel but yeah, it's that big fruity bubblegum flavour dominating and I find it oversweet and, to be honest, weird. There is a strong tingly spicey sensation as you drink, possibly overattenuated and just Belgian yeasty, but I fear it matches quite poorly with the particular fruit flavours present in this beer. Leaves my mouth feeling oddly sweet and dry. In that order.

Yeah, points for drinkability though as the alcohol is well hidden. It's also mild enough to be enjoyed. I just find the flavours a hodgepodge and the beer doesn't make a lot of sense overall.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

From Warner's. No BB. Tho it does state 'Best Before the End Of Time' on the label. Ho Hum.

Pours and fizzes and leaves a dark brown liquid. No head, no lace, no film.

Aromas are muted, malt driven, caramels.

Taste is a little better but still dominated by sweet malts, brown sugar, caramel. Big flavour, but goes nowhere. As it warms, Belgian yeast , sugar flavours appear.

Mouthfeel medium bodied, lightly carbonated, cloying from the get go.

All the press I have read suggests 2011 brew. I am unsure if this a new batch or not... However, this beer goes nowhere, ESP for the ABV, and suggests freshness is an issue. Part Brown, part Belgian, but ends up neither.

Ho Hum indeed.

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Photo of dgilks
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown colour with a small, smooth, light tan head. Good.

Rich and fruity aroma with some melanoidin and mild spicing. Light anise notes.

I don't really get this. It is slightly fruity, a little spicy, a touch tart, mildly malt. It is a little of everything but fails to be anything.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. A thin, drawn out line of acid adds a strange note.

This has many of the classic Belgian ale flavours that I was hoping for in this beer but it is also confused. There is a bit of everything going on here and the overall picture is one that doesn't really work.

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James Brown from 2 Brothers Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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