Double Nut Brown | Mammoth Brewing Company

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85
very good
241 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor
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Double Nut BrownDouble Nut Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company
California, United States
mammothbrewingco.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 09-03-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
241
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.7%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
44
For Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours with an easily, fat-three-finger thick, darkish, tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, brownish amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and malty with a mix of hops, fruit and darker grain aromatics. Aromas of berries and toasted grain / light coffee notes are noticeable at first, but then a particularly sharp, almost weed-like, herbal hop note comes to the fore. Initially the aroma was quite inviting, but that was all of like two seconds. This really green, overly vegetal, just bad aroma is here somehow and it is hiding all of the rich malt notes that I know are here somewhere. It smells something like an overly moist, just starting to rot, heap of weeds.

The taste is sweet up front, with a nicely caramelized layer of malt sugars. Flavors of berries and raisins are brought out by the sweetness. The beer is still fairly light bodied for something titled a double nut brown ale, but still has some fullness to it. The beer finishes with some toasted malt notes, which try to dry out the finish, but are not really successful at it. Somewhere in the finish that vegetal note from the aroma is noticeable, but luckily it is fairly subdued here (if you can taste without breathing it is not noticeable at least). Rancid broccoli, or some flavor like that, becomes noticeable in the finish if you drink this normally (with both nose and mouth).

If it wasn't for that bad aromatic note, this would be quite enjoyable. Unfortunately it effects not just the aroma, but the flavor too and is too much for me to really enjoy this brew.

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Photo of Reem
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Todd
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown, stubby. Pours a deep brown, near opaque with bright ruby edges. The light beige colored head is thick, healthy looking, with a mixture of tight and large bubbles. Retention is exceptional.

Smell is of sweet grain, granola. Roasty smoke in the nose.

Thickish mouthfeel, firm. Malts are light and pretty bland at times. Mentions of roasted barley, slight astringent twang, burnt toast. Distinct nutty flavor and peanut skin feel (husky, dry). Faint fruitiness attempt to break through with suggestion of purple grapes. Thin background rind bitterness. Finish is quite dry with lingering burnt characters, eventually going even dryer and unpleasant.

This beer seems to lack depth. There's little going on the realm of malts. It's very attenuated, no real sweetness. Hops are at the right level, though uninteresting. It's like someone put the beer on mute. Double what?

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Photo of Beerswag
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of bird22
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Offa
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is ok, but rather bland and overly burnt-bitter tasting.

Very dark brown with a medium tan head that dissipates.

The aroma is simple burnt grain and light coffee and nuts.

It has moderately strong flavour with toasted coffee/chocolate flavour and bite. It has some nut elements and burnt grain. Overall, it has a persistent, slightly unpleasantly bitter, burnt character that dominates the whole thing through to the end. It lacks smoothness, balance, and real depth, being one-dimensional and too burnt. However, it does have some decent character so, while not great, it is certianly a fairly enjoyable, decent beer.

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Photo of Jimmy_Melnarik
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Rather sweet and roasty, with a watery refreshing mouthfeel. Very big foam in the Peroni lager glass, and quite persistent. Dark brownish red in color. Plenty of sudsiness on the tongue. Aroma of toasted grain and buckwheat.

Rather sweet and malty with the nutty toffee taste. Some flavor of old coffee and burnt sugar. Something piney along with a hint of licorice and cooked wheat cereal. There is a hint of herbal hops, but mostly it's the dark coffee with a hint of burnt raisin toast.

This has that peculiar kind of sweet, medicinal bitter aftertaste that I'm not crazy about. It reminds me of Mexican malt liquor. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of Rumi
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Direx
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Root beer color, typical of porters, I'd say dark cherry brown is the right color. Moderate amount of head--dissolves at an average pace.

S: Smells like dark roast coffee grounds, not terribly complex. Creamy smell. Scents are not overwhelming--a few simple smells, but they come across as refined.

T: Alcohol overpowers taste. Tastes slightly... sour. Not terribly thick, slightly burnt. Finishes pretty cleanly but the burnt/sour taste is distracting. A little more watered down than I was hoping. Maybe the coffee grounds are burnt. Can't say I enjoy this brew right now. 2nd half of the glass tasted slightly better.

M: Move it around a bit--it gets quite foamy. Probably the best part of this beer, besides the simple and refined scents. The foam isn't sour, but doesn't finishes more sourly than drinking the beer itself.

O: I wish I could say this porter was thick and rich--two qualities I feel every porter should have. I can't say the taste is bad but I can't say this is a great porter, honestly. Maybe this would make a better sour brown ale. The mouth-feel and pleasant smell increased this porter's redemption rating from "Slightly-Below-Average" to "Okay".

EDIT: This was my full review during a blind taste test.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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Double Nut Brown from Mammoth Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 241 ratings.
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