Karl Strauss Downtown After Dark Brown | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beerguy101 on 08-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Pennywise999
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of OMsweetOM
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of shade13
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark amber in the pint glass. Near brown. Pleasant foam which lasts a long time in the pitcher. Flavors of dark roast malt, caramel, and a hint of coffee grounds. Somewhat bitter from the burnt barley but not real hoppy taste. Fairly tangy and has a winey feel. For a brown ale, it does have plenty of taste. However, it's kind of a stew of flavors and none of them very winning.

From the pitcher, rather astoundingly priced at $19.50. Appropriately enough, at the downtown San Diego location.

03/13/2013 update: This seems to be the spring seasonal on tap at Columbia St location. Very dark with an odd flavor of licorice and dishwater. If only it had some sprightly carbonation.

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Photo of Overlord
2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a chance to sample several Karl Strauss beers today.

Pours ... brown. Surprisingly little head. No real smell, maybe a whiff of malt. Taste is surprisingly flat, with a thin mouthfeel. Other than a hint of nuts (walnuts?) and milk chocolate to go with a basic skunk malt background, I couldn't have told you this was a brown ale.


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Photo of Floydster
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint from Bad Dog Ale House in El Segundo

Pretty dark for a Karl Strauss beer and has a decent sized head on it too

No smell was present and tasted a lot like some of their other beers (red Trolley, Woodie), just darker

Could drink a good amount of these, not too heavy

Not my favorite beer from this brewery

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had one of these babies at the Santa Barbara beer festival. Pretty tasty!

A - Deep ruby red body with a nice off-white head.
S - Slight malt scent. Not a hell of a lot in the nose though.
T - Sweet, roasty, malty. Very strong.
M - Fairly mouthfeel.
D - Very smooth flavor makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of SteveO1231
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Most boring beer ever.

No flavor, no excitement. This is a great beer for macro fans to practice drinking dark beer with. I swear it's bud/coors with some brown food coloring.

Poured a dark brown, once agin no head, no carbonation.
Small malt flavor and a light nutty finish.

Not impressed with this one at all. Very watered down.


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Photo of Dmann
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My new favorite beer from Karl Strauss. This one poured a very dark brown/reddish color with a great tan head that stuck to the glass and left great lace. The smell was very heavy on chocolate and not much else. The taste was not what I was expecting. It had a nice chocolate flavor but there was a really good coffee taste in there as well. Mouthfeel was a little thin but it helped the beer to go down easy. Try this one if you see it.

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Photo of oggg
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a rich ruby, dark brown. Tiny head. There is a blatant sweet chocolate smell from this beer. The taste is all chocolate and some subtle nuttiness. Not that subtle. Minimal hop presence. This is so smooth. I wonder if there's oatmeal in this. It's like a light oatmeal stout. It's so easy. Good for newbies.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, nutty and sweet. Roasted malts, medium hopped. Nice nut-brown flavor. Rich smooth malt taste. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and slightly nutty, not a lot of bitterness.

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Karl Strauss Downtown After Dark Brown from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 12 ratings