Double Maxim Premium Brown Ale | Frederic Robinson Limited

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Double Maxim Premium Brown AleDouble Maxim Premium Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Frederic Robinson Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-04-2003

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear 500ml bottle, best before 28 Jan 2009, drank on a cold, damp UK evening in Nov 2008.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass.

Drank this beer years ago at the Vaux Brewery Tap before watching Grimsby Town play at the Stadium of Light. The brewery closed a few years later and the beer is now brewed in Stockport, miles from Sunderland, its original home, not that the label tells you that!

Teak red/brown in colour, bright and clear, the off-white started thinly and got thinner as i drank down the pint.

Fairly sweet aroma, some toffee and caramel mix to give it an intersting smell.

The aroma flavours follow into the taste and a toffee feel is there for all to find. Very 'more-ish' a beer that is extremely drinkable.

The 4.7% is well balanced and the overall experience was a good one. A good bottled Brown Ale.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle. Pours garnet-brown colour with a thick creamy head. Aroma is malt, caramel, grass, bread. Taste is malt, caramel, red fruits, bitter-sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very nice, clean and refreshing ale.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ex Vaux beer, now brewed for "The Double Maxim Beer Company Sunderland", website . 550 ml bottle, straight from the fridge (= served too cold) at The Shipwrights, North Hylton, Sunderland. Deep brown colour, darker than Newcastle Brown. Decent head. Malty and nutty aroma and flavour, hints of toffee, low bitterness. Fuller flavour than NBA, but not remarkable.

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Photo of Doiv
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby in colour, nice tan head that quickly subsides to a thin film throughout the rest of the pint. Tiny amount of lacing.

Fruity and hoppy nose, slight paprika detection, along with a little ginger.

Taste is slightly malty, hoppy, spicy, and almost almondy in character, with grapes and pears. Yeasty and thick mouthfeel, with a good aftertaste. Goes down well.

Not a fantastic beer, but worth trying certainly.

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Photo of cypressbob
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

500ml bottle, 'clear'!

Pours with a dark amber body, fluffy tan head, good retention, slight lacing

Smell, thick malty, slightly skunked (probably due to the clear bottle)

Taste, dry and thick, malty profile, very coarse mouthfeel, very unbalanced , lack of any hop bitterness

A poor ale, skunky, off, awful

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Photo of beerguy101
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium brown color, small head. Aroma is nutty and sweet. A medium bodied brown ale. Malty and mild flavor. Mild hops. Nice flavor. Lighter tasting English brown ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is malty and very slightly bitter. Finish is champagne like

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Photo of Johnq1964
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Martine
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours clear hazelnut amber-brown into a tulip glass from a bottle. Light brown head dissipates immediately leaving no lacing on the glass.

The nose is subtle yet one can glean hints of nutty fudge, and sweet malts. I also get the fleeting hint of a mellow milk chocolate in the back of the nose but it lies underneath a slightly astringent odour.

On the sip one gets hazlenut, sweet malts, and charred grain which lingers into a fleeting aftertaste along with cocoa beans, and pecan notes. The flavour never truly blossoms with this ale leaving it a tad underwhelming after the swallow. Some may see this as a sign of balance in the flavours but I'm not so convinced. Something about this ale hints at the botanical, something like burdock, but the thin body of the brew robs me of the flavour before I can truly discern it.

I find this brown ale too thin, and too carbonated in the mouth. Had it been a bit creamier, and smoother I would've enjoyed it much more, but the current body doesn't do much for me.

Overall I find it mellow, average, and not very memorable. I can't see myself seeking this ale out, nor would I elect to buy it again if other brown ales were an option. As for its drinkability it would be easy to drink more than one given its unoffensive flavour profile, although its carbonation resembles more of a lager than a brown ale.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from clear 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

L) Deep red-tinged chestnut brown, clear, lots of bubbles rising. Creamy dense off-white 1cm head. Nice looking beer.

S) Fairly rich fruity malt and English hops.

S) Fairly dry, sparse malty flavour, gentle bitterness. Nothing huge but it is balanced.

F) Easy drinking, mildly carbonated. Not much bitterness in the aftertaste.

O) Easy drinking if unexciting brown beer. Not bad.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A chestnut brown with good clarity and a tiny amount of lacing around the sides for a head.

Sweet smelling with some malts and a touch of caramel as well as some mild hops and a slightly nutty aroma right at the end.

Sweet malts again to begin with a touch of caramel and a fruity background and a warming bitterness to finish.

Medium and smooth with a creamy feel and a fruity, sweet base that has a warming bitter finish.

Quite a nice mixture of malts and fruity making a good beer that goes down well without proving to be a great one. It was easy to drink and had quite a 'moreish' taste to it that kept you going back for more.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of charlatan
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fairly significant white head for this tan coloured brew. It offers a classic standing outside the brewery malty nose which brings back happy memories of various urban backwaters I've spent time in (Portland, Wolverhampton, Burton, etc.), and in common with them smells a little too much of carrots, very sweet carrots, but all the same....

The first thing that hits my mouth is fizz. Not the right carbonation ofr a brown ale in my opinion. Something a little smoother would be more appropriate for this beer type. As the fizz recedes one is left with a grain hit and a pleasant creamy flavour with hints of dried fruit. This would be a pretty good beer if the majority of its flavour weren't masked by its conspicuous effervescence.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another surprise find here in beijing.

500ml can poured into tulip

clear but rich, dark brownish amber, lots of tan head that slowly fades to thin layer, then wisps. some splotchy first two rings of lacing, but the rest of the glass is pretty barren.

smells of simple toasted malts, slight caramel. faint grassiness and hint of esters, with a metallic whiff.

flavor is decently malty, but backed up by a surprisingly firm hop flavor and bitterness that manages to stay in balance. finishes semi-dry with nuances of pear and freshly baked bread.

slightly thin but not too watery. certainly smooth, with a moderate carbonation that provides additional body.

this was a nice find. stay away from the clear glass bottles, which were also on sale here. i really don't understand why british brewers still do that...

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Double Maxim Premium Brown Ale from Frederic Robinson Limited
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