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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 09-03-2004

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 233
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 MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a tasting with some friends and I kept having to refill my glass. Standard brown ale I would say but the chocolate finish really stands out. It's not overbearing but adds a nice element to the beer. A really good beer that I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of brown ales.

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Photo of Floydster
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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 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 Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, procured at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

A: Dark brown with a thick off-white head, with great concentric circle lacing.

S: Dark malts, with a lot more roastiness than I'm used to in a brown, interesting.

T: Nuttiness, hazelnuts, almonds.

M: Smooth, creamy, very good for an American Brown.

D: Drinkability is very good, I can't wait until I get my next chance to travel up the 395 and am able to taste this beer at its source in Mammoth.

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Photo of Brewlore
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

It poured with a very nice dark brown color with a decent dark tan head. The head fizzled away quite quick but looked quite nice upon a fresh pour.

The strongest aroma this beer has is that of coffee and nuts. More nutty than coffee but both are very pleasing.

The taste is quite good for this type of brown ale. Slightly sweet and toasted malts abound along with the great nutty taste at the end.

Very good in the mouth feel department, feels very smooth in the mouth and has a nice little bite (hops!) at the end.

A very drinkable brew with a nice ABV (6%)

A well rounded Double Nut Brown Ale. One of the better I've had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of Jredner
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from either Hi-Time Wine or Bevmo...forget which.
Aroma is heavy peanut skin, vegetable oil and pretty dang big on chocolate aromas. You also get a healthy dose of coffee. Pretty solid smelling Brown Ale if atypical...though what is typical for a Double Brown Ale?

Body pours murky river water brown and settles a deep ruddy brown that is very close to black. The head is dark tan, a thumb thick and fades slowly.

Fairly heavy, for a brown ale, on the palate, but the fore is somewhat light on flavor...mild toasty malts, definite nuttiness...but not a high concentration. It gets more compressed throught the middle with chocolate, coffee, peanut skin and mild burnt/black chocalate notes. I really like this. It finishes with a strong dark chocolate/mint flourish. I wish this is what most Brown Ales tasted like.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer name/Brewer: Mammoth Brewing Co. Double Nut Brown

Serving info: 12 ounce bottle, twist top, no freshness info givin

Pours: A nice rich shade of dark caramel brown

Nose: Malty, slightly nutty

Lacing: thick, sticky and ringed

Head: dark tan, fine and tightly knit, long lasting tiny bubble thick film

Body: medium thick

Flavor notes: Lots of caramel malts abound, nutty, some light smoke also picked up

This is a nice, fairly sweet brown, I’d like to try it with some desert.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased at Von's Grocery in Bishop, CA. for $7.19.

I have a hard time with this beer, because it doesn't follow the style as I know it. I realize than Newcastle isn't a great Brown Ale, but to me, it's the measure to compare the rest. This isn't that style at all. This could be good, it could be bad. To be honest, at first, I thought it was more of an Irish Dry Stout that a Brown ale. But then I found comparisons to other styles. At the end, I didn't know what to say what style it was. But still tasty!

It pours a dark brown with an almost opaque with a slight brown hints in backlight. There is no carbonation, and almost no head.

The aroma is slightly sweet, but also charcoal ash. The flavor has porter-like chocolate malt, with a noticeable alcohol-tingle like an Imperial Stout. And then, to complicate it some more, I had another one later on, and definitely tasted the brown ale connection. Slightly sweet, malty- I'm so confused! Mouthfeel is somewhat dry and chalky.

Overall, a tasty brew, and I'm glad I ran across it, I just can't say what it is!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this while snowed in at Mammoth during New Years, 2006.
Beautiful dark amber color with nice half finger head that left good lacing.
Aromas of sweet toasted malts and cashews.
Taste of definate toaste malts...nicely sweet with nutty aftertaste.
Warming and full mouthfeel and aftertaste.
Nice beer to be stuck in the snow with.

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Photo of IceAce
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Stubby 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a simple brass colored twist-off crown cap. Generic design label has a dark green background for the “Double Nut Brown” with a centre portrait oriented rectangular port that contains a picture of a snow cap mountain overlooking a snow white valley complete with a babbling brook, with snow-covered alpine huts and coniferous trees. Described as ‘Double Nut Brown – Handcrafted Ale, Brewed & Bottled in the High Sierra by Mammoth Brewing Company™, Mammoth Lakes, CA Elevation 8000ft.’ Alc. 6.0% By Vol. No freshness date.

Appearance: A light tan colored head quickly sits atop the mahogany brown body with some light ruby hue when backlit. Average carbonation levels and minimal lacing. Looks Stout like when first poured with its fine soft resilient head.

Nose: Dark chocolate sinews in amongst a strong roasted nutty aroma. The smell is chewy and thick, like that of a dark caramel toffee chew.

Taste: Predominantly malty with a lovely chewy thick middle that supports dark toffee, cooking chocolate, rich caramel and some hints of freshly brewed coffee soaked in hardwood. Finishes with a mild earthy bitterness which has a sweet acidic dryness. Tasty!!!

Mouthfeel: The luxurious chewy toffee middle carries this one from a thin start and a dry whippy finish to lend a decent body throughout. Gets bolder and richer as it warms up.

Drinkability: An attractive brew, the chewy feel and thick chocolate caramel tastes nicely entrain the broad range of roasted nuts. Simple enough, but very effective. A Six-pack could be dangerous.

Overall: By far the best of the four regular Mammoth brews in my very humble opinion. Not sure I would say that this is a “Double” Nut Brown, but it is a damn good Brown ale nonetheless.

Cheers to OCBrewFish/Swillinbrew for this one.

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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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