Double Nut Brown | Mammoth Brewing Company

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Double Nut BrownDouble Nut Brown

Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 09-03-2004

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
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 Todd
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
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 Offa
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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 mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
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 Direx
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Photo of Arbitrator
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to largadeer for this one. I guess he got excited when he saw "double nut" in there and just had to buy it.

A: Pours an opaque brown body with a well-retaining light beige head. It leaves a moderate collar on the brew, few spots of lace, and some scattered / broken film in the center.

S: Toffee, nuts, coffee (roasted grain). Some chocolate and caramel.

T: Nutty, with a roasted grain component that lends flavors of coffee. Some caramel and toffee is found. A decent finish that (when the swigs aren't watery) carries a nice aftertaste of chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Pretty tasty.

M: Thin-bodied, owing to the carbonation which makes it feel creamy. But an incredibly watery flavor.

D: Bleh. If I had to choose between cheap beer (Chris kept telling me this was about $1.30 a bottle) and no beer, I'd probably go with no beer. Not a particularly good brown ale.

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Photo of anon
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours similar to Coke that's gone flat. Fizzy up front, fading to nothing. No head, no lace. Zero. Nearly opaque, extremely dark brown tint. No bottle date, but doesn't smell off, actually smells quite nice. Very nutty and roasty, hazelnuts and fresh roasted coffee. Hot chocolate. Not bad.

Doesn't taste bad either. Lots of hazelnut, acorn, light almond and tree bark notes. Very earthy. Roasted malt and coffee come through nicely, accompanied by smooth chocolate, toffee, a bit of dark fruit, oats and grain.

Light bodied Porter. Light carbonation. Light getting roastiness. Gas station coffee.

A very unattractive brew that comes through with some good flavours and finish, but needs some nuancing. Ultimately leaves me unsure how to feel about it.

*scampers away*

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black with fairly small head for a porter. Smells of cocoa powder. Tastes of chocolate with a tart, vaguely fruity aftertaste. Overall, the taste is a little weak and the mouthfeel is too watery.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/black with a bit of red highlights. Light tan head is thicker and more lasting than the bottle and yields moderate lacing.

Notes of hazelnut and chocolate on the nose, some coffee beans and a bit of earthy hops. Bit subdued vs. bottle conditioned version.

Taste and feel are similar to the bottled version yet not as vibrant, particularly regarding the subtle nuances of the chocolate and coffee flavors.

Nice mouth feel with roasted coffee and malt lingering on the finish nicely. Feel is a bit less on tap vs. bottle, not quite as effervescent. Still an easy drinking brown, neither too sweet nor too strong.

Note: From notes unearthed of late, consumed 08/2008.

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Photo of GoodFellaBeau
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer had a dark brown and clear body. Poured into a pint glass with a half inch head. The mouth feel of this porter is light bodied and crisp. Mild hops and medium malts are balanced on the senses. The beer lingers with a chocolate nose and after taste.

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Photo of Radome
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

L - Dark mahogany color, but looks clear when held up to light. Headis light tan color. It starts weakly and fades to a thin ring around the glass.

S - Aroma is bready, with some slightly singed grain. Some chocolate. There's a strange funky hint in the aroma, like milk just before it sours. No hops aroma.

T - Bready malt flavors with chocolate/chocolate milk and some plums. No overt burnt flavors. No hops flavors, but some mild bitterness. No yeast character. The almost-sour aroma is not reflected in the flavor.

F - Thin to medium body. Low carbonation with a silky, velvety feel (oats?). No obvious alcohol.

O - Overall, I find this a bit thin and too low in carbonation. The flavors are good, but nothing really stands out. Strange note in the aroma.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice tan colour, lovely cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Cream, caramel, and very light roast. I don't detect any nuts, which is surprising. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Nuts, cream, heavy caramel, and light roast. Sort of an English brown ale meets a tame rauchbier. Simple but agreeable. Well built and well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, and nicely thick. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: Very drinkable for a brown ale, but surprisingly devoid of nutty notes. I'd like to try it on draught. As is, it's not horribly impressive. Where's the complexity?

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Photo of IceAce
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle devoid of any dating system

The most aggressive pour I could muster yielded only a 1/2 finger of unorganized medium tan foam with little staying power. The body is deep. deep brown with flashes of mahagony around the edges. Clarity is good and lacing is minimal.

Much swirling nets an aroma that is nutty...mostly cashews with hints of almond. Entry is quietwith minimal carbonation to get in the way of the roasted malts in the midtaste. In addition to the malt, nuttiness abounds with roasted walnut noted as a sidekick to the malts.

The finish has a muted hop intro, quickly followed by a slow roasted malt / walnut medly. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and I can't help but to think how much better this could be with a malt master doing the brewing honors.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Morgan for this one!

A: Pours a deep brown color with a nice 1.5 finger off-white head. Nice retention leaving behind a pretty thick cap on top. Nice lacing.

A: Some toffee and caramel, roast malt and nuts. There is a little bit of chocolate as well.

T: Mostly roasted malt with some cocoa.Very light nutty flavor, much lighter than the aroma led on. Some faint piney hops as well.

M: Light to medium bodied, a little thinner than most porters.

O: A solid beer, hard to say if it is a kicked up brown or a porter, but either way it was good.

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Photo of Floydster
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the Anthill Pub on the UC Irvine campus last night for four dollars, first beer from this brewery, went well with my turkey burger

A-Dark brown color with only some light shining through, small 1/2 inch creamy light tan head that only stuck around for about a minute, minimal lacing

S-Nuttiness variety, roasted malt, cashews, some coffee, berries, lots of malt, some bread, faint chocolate aromas, and maple oatmeal

T-While cold it was hard to taste anything but the almond and walnuts in the finish, kept my hand on it for about ten minutes to get it to warm faster, tasted a hint of milk chocolate and malt in the middle, aftertaste was still full of nuttiness, no hops to really add complexity or balance, not very sweet either, just a nutty beer that was rather mellow and one dimensional

M-Weak mouthfeel, more creamy than anything, a little watered down, medium to thick body, overdone on the carbonation, taste did not linger at all

D-Could have drank a few pints of this, went down too easy because of its lack of taste, low ABV, smooth, and inviting

One of the only beers that I had not tried on tap, much darker than I thought it would be, my dad enjoys this beer when he visits friends up north, would possibly drink again, recommended for fans of brown ales

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Photo of jaasen64
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

120z bottle thanks to DeanoMac poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a very dark brown almost black that is slightly translucent, but mostly opaque. When pouring it a very thin bubbly light mocha brown head forms that quickly disappears to leave pretty much no head. Appears to have decent carbonation.

S- Lots of espresso immediately hits the nose, followed by roasted malts, almonds, a variety of other nuts. Definitely above average aroma strength. At first it smelled very good with the espresso, but the more I smelled it the less it appealed to me.

T- Light espresso, roasted malts, a tiny bit of chocolate and nuts on the finish/aftertaste that lingers. Not as flavorful as I was hoping and the flavors weren't the most appealing. As the beer warms a more of an artificial taste comes out that is a little bit syrupy.

M- Way too thin, overcarbonated, fairly easy to drink but not the smoothest. Definitely the downfall of the beer.

O- This beer was okay. The appearance was average, aroma and taste were decent but not the most pleasant I've experienced, and the mouthfeel is definitely the downfall of the beer. As the beer warmed up the nutty flavor came out more, but there was a little bit more of an artificial taste that comes out. Overall not a terrible beer, but definitely needs some work.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep brownish, sordove thin I thought with good carbonation. Nose is nutty, toffee, caramel. Taste follows nose but with light body and taste. Malty, nuts, toffee and thats about all here, can not realy taste booze. Mouthfeel is ok and drinkability is about average.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my neighbor Andrew for picking this up for me on a swing through California.

This pours medium deep brown with a big eggshell head rising and falling and leaving some lace. On the nose there is a huge nut component to go along with some chocolate and a bit of pine and caramel. I'm not sure I've had a nuttier nut brown. They're a little too far forward for my tastes, and I wish there was more surrounding them. In the mouth the chocolate is a little more assertive, but it's still a nut show. The chocolate and hops combine for a two-faced bitterness. The body is medium, exactly as expected given the style and abv.

Overall, this is a decent if unbalanced brew. A little tweaking and this would be better for me.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm confused: Is this a brown or a porter? As a porter, it's remarkably thin but as a brown it's not so bad, though maybe creamier than a typical one. The nuttiness is there, but not doubly so. Rogue hazelnut brown delivers exactly on its nutty name, this one not so much. A stronger nut flavor would take this to the next level. As it is, I like it, but it's far from a favorite.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark an opaque brown color with red highlights. It has a medium tan head and very little lacing.
Mild aroma of chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee grounds.
Toffee nuts and a bit of roasted coffee ground bitterness. Hint of metallic taste also.
Medium body beer with a weak (watery) mouthfeel. It finishes with a bit of creaminess. Fizzy carbonation.
An easy drinking smooth beer. I would prefer a beer with a richer mouthfeel and no metallic flavors. While you can definitely taste the nuts in this "double nut brown" it did not meld with the other flavors for me.
NOTES: BBCSD-0907-Sean

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Photo of bceagles39
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011.

Pours a deep mahogany color with a rich tan head,

Smells strongly of coffee beans and sweetness. Massive aroma.

Taste essentially as it smells, or mild slightly sweetened coffee beans. A little too coffee-like. Obviously quite nutty.

Not bitter or too drying; not a session beer, good for coffee lovers.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost black color. Liight carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Starts sweety, nutty smooth, finish is clean with traces of hops. Good brown. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

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Photo of flexabull
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown color with a good sized off white head.

Aromas smell like roasted malts, almost a little overly roasted. Some nuttiness, light chocolate, and cereal grains.

Taste is lighter than I expected. Some light nutty flavors, roasted malts, and a touch of sweetness. Finish is crisp, and a little fleeting, with a bitter pine hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is ok, but a little on the lighter side. I guess I expected more from a "double nut brown". But it certainly not bad.

Drinkability is good. Once I got over the idea that this is just a little stronger american brown, I actually kind of like this one. It's easier enough to drink, and has some interesting flavors. Just tastes a little overly roasted to me.

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Photo of evanforbeer
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured dark brown almost black with off white head from a bomber

nose- tootsie roll, chocoalte and caramel, nuttiness, leafy hops

taste- sweet and mellow roasty malts with chocolate, coffee, hop citrus, finishes dry roasted malt with tobacco

feel- fairly thin/watery, roasty, sweet

not a bad brew, definitely enjoyable when on the mountain. could be a little more robust

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Photo of aforbes10
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle. Pours a legit dark brown with a good puffy and strong head. Sticky, random spiderweb lacing. Smells ok, nutty malt, a bit of roasted aroma. Full flavored roasted malt, somewhat fruity. Green hop notes. Mouthfeel medium bodied, maybe a little watery. I thinks its a nice drinking, well made beer. My only question is what makes it a double nut brown? Double what? Its not high alcohol? no massive flavor. just a easy drinking brown. oh well, what's in a name?

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