Double Brown Stout | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Double Brown StoutDouble Brown Stout

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Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of HardTarget
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Points for doing what you say on the tin, this is very brown, a flashlight shows a deep ruby tan but in general it doesn't like light going through it. Thin brown ring of foam holds a bit, but little lace.

Aroma: Earthy, bit of rain water, some malt sweetness, some very light roasted grain, and a very light off note, bit of iron I think.

Taste: Thin body has a ribbon of chocolate malt and toffee, but the sweetness quickly dries out to the light iron mineral water finish, which is short lived.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation makes it feel slightly heavy, but after the swallow it just sort of fades away. It's a fairly clean finish where I want a sticky, chewy snack.

Overall: Fairly easy drinking, but doesn't really live up to the Baltic Porter category it's currently in. Something in the flavor, either metallic or sour, that just seems a bit off to me, it might be a recipe decision I just didn't agree with.

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Photo of TotallyGomer
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours as black as night with slight red around the edges. This is it's best attribute by far. Looks like it would be a delicious example of the Baltic Porter it tries hard to be. However, even a fairly aggressive pour leaves a quickly dissipating head. Lacing is near zero, leaving much to be desired.

Smell is on point, but very light. Hints of licorice, raisins, figs, toasted malts.

Taste follows the nose. Light on licorice, dark chocolate , fig/raisin on the finish with a fair amount of astringency. The oatmeal wants to break through, but lacks in effort.

Mouthfeel is the greatest letdown. Pretty flat. Pretty thin. With the bragging of an oatmeal boost on the label, I was expecting a lot more here.

I drink this again if options were few. Otherwise, I don't think I'll seek this one out any time soon.

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Photo of nizzle8287
4.89/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

*** Let me first state that this beer is my top pick for cooking into chili, stew, anything in a slow cooker, or anything that requires cooking liquid, etc. It especially makes chili SO delicious. I've tried many types of beer as a cooking liquid, and this, along with the other spices and ingredients from your recipe, is the best I've ever had.***

Canned on March 10th, 2015. Poured into my pint glass at 45F as quickly and smoothly as possible. Nice 2.5 fingers of head that I can hear from almost three feet away, like soft drink fizz but the bubble size is much smaller. Nice head, lingers away quite slowly leaving only patchy, khaki and sticky lacing. Smells of caramel, vanilla, coffee, and cocoa, quite sweet, but bittersweet at the same time... Taste is caramel up front - following through the smell profile in basically the same fashion - vanilla, coffee for a brief moment, then baker's cocoa finish, and finally, dry and delightfully bitter raw cocoa aftertaste. Alcohol seems to not exist in this beer, however I feel a nice warmth inside. Medium body with medium carbonation. Holy cow this beer is really, really good when consumed after some aging; I'm writing this about 9 months after the canned-on date. I tried this beer (I think the exact same case) fresh a while back, about a month after canning, and I would probably have rated it about an 84 out of 100 because it was a bit harsh and abrasive when compared to say, Deschutes Black Butte. Now that the beer has matured, it is my top pick as far as any kind of porter is concerned. It is silky smooth, complex, and a good bargain for such a delicious beer. Highly recommended, and if it's old, it'll probably taste even better.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well named: fulfills on color, double snout and mouthful of chocolate. Slight, welcome booziness in the scent and taste. Doesn't have the sophistication and complexity of a Bomb! or a Breakfast Stout, but it's more than a one-note show, too. Even though the chocolate predominates, it's carried and textured well. Definitely worth some revisits.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Large somewhat coarse tan head rides atop an opaque, deep brown body. The head retention is quite good. Small, patchy lacing is scattered across the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep aroma of dark malt, cacao, baker's chocolate, coffee, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: The taste begins with substantial notes of moderately sweet chocolate. Soon after, coffee surges, but it does not overwhelm the chocolate. Later in the taste, dark roasted grains present, with some tartness. The fairly high ABV (7%) presents more by warming, than in the taste. Finishes dry with a lingering coffee and chocolate flavor and a hint of earthiness. No hops were discernible.

Mouth feel: Smooth, pleasant, and full.

Drinkability/notes: Very nice. I would not have though the style was Baltic Porter, but its excellent, regardless of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-dark brown color with a tan head that faded quickly
S-it has a milk chocolate aroma that seem to have an alcohol smell in there
T-coffee, chocolate, and nuts
M-smooth and very carbonated, with full body
O-the roast, coffee and chocolate sweet blended great and was a great buy

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.28/5  rDev -39%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours jet black with a finger of quickly dissipating light tan head.
S - Milky sweetness upfront, a bit of carbonation sourness which progresses into light touches of bitter chocolate and coffee. Unfortunately the milk and sourness are the prevelant over the more desireable notes of a stout like chocolate and coffee.
T - Unimpressive. Light all around. Light malt, light chocolate, light coffee. More or less has straight beery beer taste with a little stout quality behind it. Drinks more like a weak porter or a heavy bock than a stout.
O - Its ok. Was much better fresh from the brewery on tap.
V - Medium low. Not really worth it unless you're a local or just really love this brewery.

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Photo of the_hoptimist
4/5  rDev +7%

a - dark brown almost black with decent carbonation and a nice creamy brown head
s - notes of toffee, chocolate , nuts and molasses
t - nice roasted porter notes up front followed by decent coffee, roasted nuts and chocolate
m - smooth with a lingering silkiness that is quite pleasant. A tad too much carbonation for a double stout/porter for my taste
o - a really nice beer that I will be drinking again

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Photo of arlo19
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into DFH signature glass.

Decent head on this. Aroma was very subdued until it warmed up. Started out nutty and turned into caramel. Tastes dry and roasty and very smooth, light mouthfeel. A little alcohol stays with the aftertaste. I want to really like this beer but the dry aftertaste as it warms up reminds me of cheap liquor.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tumbler, this beer is a very very dark brown with a dense finger's worth of head on top of it. The nose is disappointingly weak but gives some pleasant sweetness, a little doughy. Very good flavor. This is definitely a sweet stout, with little to no roast. Good black patent malt flavor dominates. Bitterness is pretty low, giving the malt overtime to deliver a lingering thick bready taste. Decent offering from Deep Ellum, though nothing unusual.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is now over 1,000 CANned beer reviews, thanks in part to JenRay, who also sent this one to me in support of the ongoing madness. I am reading Akashic Books' "Lone Star Noir" with "Dallas Noir" on deck, and although beer and noir do NOT mix, I am throwing caution and sanity to the wind and pressing ahead.

From the CAN: "Stout as in 'Stout Porter,' a strong Oatmeal Porter"; "Brewed and Bottled [struck out] CANNED by Deep Ellum Brewing Co."

A solid Crack! was followed by an inverted Glug, resulting in both a pseudo-cascade and two rocky fingers of deep-tan, NOT deep ellum, head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing only minimal light penetration at the edges. Nose had a roastiness underlain by a light chocolatiness. I just had chocolate chip oatmeal for breakfast this morning and I am beginning what has happened to me as a self-avowed hophead. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was VERY roasty, initially, giving 'way to a pleasant smoky chocolatiness. My my. I just looked at the style - a Baltic Porter! The site's descriptor for the style mentions "bitter" and "acidic", both of which I experienced, especially on the finish. It was much akin to a cup of coffee. Wow! Good stuff. One would probably be plenty for me, but YMMV.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Darkness and a brown head. As usual!

S: Sweet chocolate, malt, caramel, raisin, yeast, and char.

T: Like the nose- the chocolate is extremely prominent. Reminds me of Chokolat by Southern Tier but not quite as sweet. This one has a nice burnt taste to balance the sweetness though, which is nice. I am surprised at how good this is, not in a bad way. Also, some raisin notes and caramel.

M: Medium with some good carb. Creamy.

O: This was actually an awesome beer. I live in Texas and am usually not too blown away by the locals, but I like this one a lot and will definitely get it again.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour: this is virtually black, with a perfect- looking tan foam top. Guinesslike in appearance.
The smell is another story. I have to "stretch" my nose here, but when i do I just get a pukey waft of I don't know what. Is that even chocolate trying to poke through? Surprising. I'll just leave it at that and hope everything else somehow lines up in this pint glass (via can).
Tastes better than the scent. I suppose the earthy nutty roast translated poorly to me into the aroma, but here it starts off decent tasting, but then finishes much more nicely with chocolate and nothing dry. Choco-hazelnut if anything. Feels great though. Creamy enough, mild stickiness yet not so thick. Finishes well, sweet with nutty overtones. Solid brewery.

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Photo of mcparker73
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- dark chocolate/coffee. very little head that fades quickly. nice lining when settled.

s- bitter sweet coffee. brown sugar with a hint of nuts.

t- robust coffee and chocolate. it's surprisingly refreshing.

m- medium heft/carbonation. doesn't stick around long after swallowed.

o- i think it's a solid beer. if i were out and about and wanted a stout this would be a top choice, just not the top choice. i think deep ellum brewing company did a great job with the Double Brown Stout.

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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can, into a footed tulip.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles very quickly. No real lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, and peat.

T: Pungent peat, raisin, dark chocolate, coffee, and a little booze.

M: Syrupy and thick. Lightly pungent. Lightly sweet. Pungent finish. A little synthetic sweetness.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Light head, and no real lacing. Nose is chocolate, coffee, and peat. Pungent and a little sweet, chocolate, raisin, and coffee. A little boozy feeling. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to ricecracker420 for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, and chocolate syrup aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, oat, and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smell that is much better than the taste.

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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Brown Stout is 'double brown' enough to appear almost black; opaque at all except one or two angles, colour is hard to come by and requires a bright light source to uncover it. Transparency you can just forget about (though it is actually clear). Its head is like frothed milk and is as unrelenting as a child in the backseat of a minivan asking 'are we there yet?'

At once sweet and bitter, this bouquet has definitively dark flavours that aren't overly decadent and only minimally roasty. Black coffee, black licorice and chocolate-covered currant notes are all marked by a kind of 'oxidized staleness' that is difficult to describe. But it's all very enticing.

Baltic-inspired porters have arguably the most intricate flavour profile of any in the porter family. A lightly ashy chocolate malt is entwined with molasses (an actual ingredient used), and hints of cranberry and dried currants; it drinks something like a combination of coffee and port.

The beer is rich but not overly roasty. Deep Ellum claims that this is a stout "as in stout porter, a strong oatmeal porter". I don't understand then why this isn't called 'Double Brown Strong Oatmeal Porter' but, in any case, it's clear from the lighter, much sweeter mouthfeel that this is not a stout of any kind. It's actually almost as refreshing as it is gratifying.

I have two issues with Double Brown Stout: first, the fact that even the brewery acknowledges that, despite the name, it's not technically a stout; and second, more people should have access to this wonderful beer (and the other, equally great offerings in the Deep Ellum portfolio). This Dallas brewery is damn good and it's high time more people know about it!

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Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit, hint of coffee, vanilla

T-dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, light coffee, vanilla, slight nutty flavors, mild bitter finish as flavor fades quickly

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-good flavor but lacks some balance, enjoyable nonetheless

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wow, Deep Ellum really likes to make it confusing to figure out which style this is. Reviewed as a Baltic Porter because they used a lager yeast, but it actually identifies as an oatmeal stout (sort of, and in a fuckabout way) on the can. Reviewed as a hybrid of an oatmeal stout and a baltic porter.

Anyway, 12 fl oz aluminum can acquired as part of a mixed six-pack at Whole Foods HQ here in Austin and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'm in the mood for a good stout. 7.00% ABV confirmed per the label.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a three finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a nice doughy soft complexion. Light inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the relatively high ABV; about 3-4 minutes. Head texture is appealing.

Body colour is a very dark amber-black; by no means a true black or a jet black. No clarity/transparency. Vague translucency if you hold the glass up to direct light and look at the edges; they glow. No yeast particles are visible. It's not the solid black colour I expected; it has my interest.

Overall, it's a good looking baltic porter.

Sm: Cream, tame vanilla, dark malts, chocolate malt. Any roasted barley character is far too buried to be noticeable. I do get a hint of cookie dough. Brown sugar. A kiss of sassafrass. I do note some hop character - floral and generic, but with a more substantial presence than you'd find in most baltic porters. Caramel, toffee. A bit of plum fruit; that's a nice touch. Plenty of hazelnut too. A pleasant appealing aroma of moderate strength. Really looking forward to trying it.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. The aroma doesn't suggest that the beer is alive.

T: Fruitier than anticipated, with the plum coming through in the first act and staying up to the midpoint, then reemerging on the finish. A bit too sweet on the finish as a result. I get some vanilla. Middling floral hop character adds little to the flavour profile. Toffee and caramel duck in and out. Has a nice foundation of chocolate malt, hazelnut, and other dark malts, but it falls apart at the midpoint, whereupon an oaty fruity mess takes over. The switchover at the midpoint isn't fluid or developed; it's random and disjointing. The beer is far from balanced and gestalt as a result. Lacks cohesion. It's decently build if you ignore the messy aspect; I mean there are good elements here, but they just don't come together like they need to. Nice complexity. No subtlety.

As it warms, I get raisin and sassafrass, plus some cola notes. May actually be better colder.

Depth of flavour is below average for the style. Flavour duration and intensity are average. I do like it in a general sense. The creaminess is nice. I do find myself craving roast. It feels very clean - perhaps an advantage of the lager yeast.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through;.

Mf: Body is quite troublesome, with an inconsistent feel throughout. Good thickness for the most part. Nice carbonation, if just a hair overdone. Smooth and wet. Nice presence on the palate. Texture suits the taste pretty well. I love the creaminess; more would be welcome.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not a remarkable beer for the (hybridized) style. I like the experimentation, but I wouldn't buy this again; there are better beers on the market in this style, and some of them are even at a price point equal to or less than this beer's. Hides its ABV well. I like to see canned baltic porters on the market, and Deep Ellum will be getting more of my money based on this beer's quality. But by no means is it world-class, nor would I recommend it to friends. Certainly worth trying if you chance across it, but I wouldn't seek it out.

High C+

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Photo of tubeyes
4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A black, nice brown head leaving some nice lace. S pecans, oatmeal cookies, brown sugar. T lots of great brown sugar oatmeal pie sweet malty cookie goodness. M excellent drinkability, nicely carbonated with silky mouthfeel and brown sugar aftertaste. O this is a stellar knockout of a beer, definitely a winner and one of my favorite beers

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Dark brown Baltic Porter with a thick, but quickly receding tan head, leaving good lacing.

Aroma is good, chocolate and plums with a hint of sweetness.

Flavor is a solid porter with a creamy, thick mouth. Alcohol is well hidden.

Enjoyable local beer. Not one of my favorite porters, but very drinkable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a deep brown color as advertised with a large cap of craggy brown head. Nice retention and somewhat interconnecting lace. Good looker here.

Nose is CO2, plums and unsweetened chocolate. Pretty good nose, reminds me a bit of Buried Hatchet but with a little more fruitiness.

Taste is cocoa dusted strawberries and maybe a touch of Hershey's bar with almonds. Its an easy drinker that begs to be quaffed at a high rate of speed. Me thinks I will oblige. Its one of those beers where the sum is more than the parts...just enough leafy greens on the back end to keep it from being simple. Id buy this again, good beer here.

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Photo of KidsDoc
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can - gift from buddy at work (Dunbar) who returned from trip to Dallas last week.

A: Dark, near black with solid tan head and nice initial lacing that faded. Looks great.

S: lots of chocolate in the nose - quite sweet but with backing of oats/grains

T: similar - predominant sweet chocolate along with a roasted (not burnt) malts and very faint coffee flavor. Teaser of syrupy flavor here and there - subtle, adds to overall flavor. Heavy malt profile all the way

M: full bodied and little on the chewy side. middle to end puts a little dryness on the tongue. Great lingering flavors of chocolate malt.

First (and only so far) beer from Deep Ellum. Very happy to have tried it. Solid oatmeal stout/Baltic porter. Up there with some of the most memorable I have had. This could be a good breakfast beer on the right occasion. If ever having the chance again, I would certainly have this beer again.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color, this beer has a nose that features scents such as brown sugar, chocolate, and light roast. The head of foam is tan- colored and fluffy, leaving little or no lace as you consume.

This beer is silky and mostly sweet, with flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, and caramel. The body is medium and the beer has a slick, almost oil- like feel as it glides through the mouth.

Creamy and remarkably smooth for a beer of this strength, this sweet porter is a little different in that it calls itself a stout and is brewed using lager yeast. But in this instance, different is good and this is certainly a beer I recommend trying.

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Photo of stephens101
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on site in the happy-faced pint glass.

Of course it's dark brown with a dark tan head. Obvious notes of chocolate and caramel to the nose. Tastes of sweet chocolate, some grain, a bit of vinegar and subtle hops. Smooth as hell and creamy for sure. Has semi-dry finish. Thoroughly enjoyable brew from start to finish.

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Double Brown Stout from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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