Downtown Nut Brown (D.T.B.)
Pearl Street Brewery

Downtown Nut Brown (D.T.B.)Downtown Nut Brown (D.T.B.)
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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #211
Ranked #43,076
3.61 | pDev: 14.96%
Pearl Street Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
Downtown Nut Brown (D.T.B.)Downtown Nut Brown (D.T.B.)
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown color with a definite amber hue. A mild off-white head. SRM of 18. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of caramel, brown ​malt, toasted bread. Somewhat earthy and bready. (3.75)

Flavor: Mild flavors of brown malt, brown bread, toast, crumbs, with traces of brown sugar. Leans dry clean. (3.50)

Feel: Moderately carbonated and leans dry and clean on the palate. (3.50)

Compared to Bells Best Brown Ale 4/20/21: Pours a slightly lighter hue with a milder head. Milder aromas. More brown malt and toast. Less caramel, cocoa, pine, red fruit, citrus. Dryer overall. Winner: Bells Brown

Overall: A decent brown ale, but sort of underwhelming. Brown malts, toasted bread, but watery and dry. Could use more malt flavor and intensity here. Not terrible, but definitely room for improvement.
(Final Rating: 3.58)

Apr 20, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can
date stamped 18JUN20
L: caramel colored ale with a frothy beige head that goes away quickly
S: caramelized grain, herbal hops
T: sweet caramel malt, nutty grain, light roast coffee, herbal/earthy hops, yeast, faint fruitiness
F: light-to-medium body, moderate carbonation, sweeter finish; very easy to drink
O: a good, straight-forward English brown ale

Mar 18, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured a deep amber with off white head that is leaving some lace. The scent was mild with malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with light malt base mixed with a subtle caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Jun 19, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewery pour. Light brown sugar/caramel color.

Aroma of slight nuts, roasted malt and coffee, slight metal

Taste is roasty and dark but lighter notes of nut, coffee, and scorched caramel

Crisp but slightly starchy on the finish

Overall a good not great brown

May 25, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mouthfeel: Very watery.
Taste: ok for a brown ale
Look: just like a cola
Smell: has a weird "off" smell. Can't quite pinpoint it, but it just smells odd, like a very faint cola.

Bottled 8/1/18

Sep 23, 2018
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dnmyrick from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's pretty late and I am tired. Bought a 6er of 12oz glass bottles at a KwikTrip in LaCrosse, WI. Everything you'd want in an American Brown Ale and nothing you don't. Although, for my taste (and I'm not a "hoppy guy") it could stand a little more bitterness and crispness on the back end. All-in-all, worth every penny of the $8.79. PEACE.

May 04, 2018
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body with orange highlights, largely clear, with a light tan head, moderate, and extensive lacing of tight bubble formed into irregular strings across the glass.

S - Chalky minerality, clay, with a toasted bread aspect and a bit of caramel.

T - Follows the nose, Lots of toasted white bread, a hint of caramel sweetness, and a lingering earthy close.

M - Brisk open, with just a hint of lingering stickiness on the close.

O - A quite decent brown. I like my bread flavors a touch darker, my earthiness a bit more restrained, but this is quite fine. Drinkable and with a nice range of flavor.

Jan 12, 2018
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ColumbusBC from Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Real good nut brown. Well balanced taste, not too hoppy. I had it in a 12 oz bottle. On tap would probably be nice. Hope this becomes available in Indiana.

Nov 11, 2015
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

DTB Brow pours a clear brown color, with a nice lacing head. There is a nice roasted nutty aroma. The taste is much the same, nice roasted flavors, good mellow nut like notes; sweet and mellow. Good body. Overall its a very nice solid Brown Ale.

Sep 13, 2014
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nate19red from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3%

It's fine. Just fine. Nice when the establishment has no craft beer and you're in need of beer. Nice pairing with most bar foods, especially of the deep fried persuasion

Aug 28, 2014
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Jparker37 from Wisconsin

2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A - Dark amber with great clarity. Off-white cap of foam holds a cap. Spotty lacing.

S - Biscuit malt that jumps right into some coffee with little in between. Plenty of DMS.

T - Taste follows the nose. If I closed my eyes, I wouldn't know there were any kilned malts in this from all the base flavors. Prickly carbonation on top of some mild sweetness. Finishes with some bitterness.

M - Light to medium-light body, medium to medium-high carbonation, semi-dry.

O - It's good to support local breweries so in a pinch I would order this but not over most American craft beers. This beer has some aroma flaws and really lacks all character in the taste.

Recommendation - Pass this up.

Mar 12, 2014
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dhannes from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served slightly chilled in a standard pint glass at a local bar.

A=Very dark brown, with a slight hint of red...almost opaque. A thin, ecru foam head was less than standard.

S=Nice smell of malt--cocoa and cream.

T=Rather strong taste of semi-sweet chocolate at first, with a bit of coffee and biscuit...seemed to turn sweeter and lighter as I drank. Somewhat of a mix between semi-sweet chocolate and milk chocolate, but not bitter.

M=Lighter body than I anticipated, with a lower amount of carbonation. I would have preferred it to have a bit more body, but the lightness makes it a good session beer.

O=I enjoyed this beer and would buy it again...I had paired it with a hamburger,but drank most of it before the burger arrived...still, it was light enough to compliment the burger rather well.

Sep 15, 2013
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jera1350 from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Starlite Lounge.

Nut brown ale colored brew with a thin layer of tan foam on top.

Nutty, malty sweetness, hint of cocoa powder.

Nutty malt flavor, moderate malt sweetness with a touch of alcohol at the end. Some bread crust in there. Nice approachable flavor.

A tad thin, but nothing like some of their other beers I've tried. Drier finish at the end.

Overall, this is a nice brew. If they can make a beer like this, then they should be able to follow suit with some of the other train wrecks I've tried from them.

Apr 30, 2012
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a medium brown, fairly clear, with a one finger off white head. Retains well and leaves some lacing.
S- Malty, nutty, and dark bread. All in all pleasing, albeit not very strong.
T- It's a bit sweet on the tongue. Bready, with a thick caramel flavor. A nice nuttyness in the finish.
M- Medium body, maybe a bit thicker. It sits firm in the stomach though. Medium carbonation.
O- A decent brown and worth trying, but not a classic of the style.

Mar 29, 2012
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mdwalsh from Iowa

1.53/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Pours a nice rich brown color with a largish, 2.5 finger tan head. The beer is quite clear with excellent active carbonation. The head has a nice texture to the hop and a variety of bubble sizes. Attractive. 4.5

S: I'm getting...vegetable on a bed of grain. Very off putting. That is smells strongly of DMS is really all I care to say about the aroma because I don't want to smell it any more. 1.5

T: Yep, right there in the taste too. Very strong old cooked vegetable taste. It's terrible. This my friends is barely worthy of going into my drain. Holy Crapolla. This is taking the place of Triple Bock as the most off tasting, horrid beer I've ever had. GAH. Get it out! 1

M: Alright, not overly thin but could use body and texture. 3.0

D: Never, ever, ever again will I pay for this beer. I might even turn down a free one. I'm literally feeling sick to my stomach. 1.

Mar 11, 2011
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AmberMan22 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, transparent cola color. Head was gone before the beer was delivered, and there wasn't any lacing to speak of. The color though -- something about it just spot on.

S: surprisingly bland. Some weak, nutty malt flavors. maybe just a tinge more roastiness than newcastle.

T: A little bit heftier in the taste department than newcastle as well. The nutty flavor is lacking (unfortunately) but a subtle roastiness gives this a nice character. Just seems to make the beer more enjoyable.

M & D: I really don't know about this one. Not as good as fat squirrel, newcastle...about on par with Leinie's fireside nut brown -- but it a different fashion.

DTB isn't bad, it's more like switzerland of the political beer doesn't bother to take any sides.

Apr 26, 2010
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish brown color with a small, tan head. Not much lace to speak of.

S - It smelled malty, slightly nutty and a little fruit which didn't seem to fit the style.

T - Nice, sweet caramel flavors with hints of nuts, barley and grasses. None of the flavors really stood out.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light-bodied ale with a fairly creamy finish.

D - This is an okay ale. I expect a nuttier flavor from an English brown.

Aug 26, 2009
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dirtylou from New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, riley's

appearance: poured into an imperial pint - cola/mahogany body with a thin creamy tan head that retains itself nicely, amber tints

smell: a touch of roasted malt, light caramel, roasted nut

taste: nothing special but a nice nut brown i suppose...strong roasted malt current, a little nutty,minimal caramel, grassy hops in the background. not bad but not my thing

mouthfeel: thin but creamy

drinkability: good

May 22, 2009
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cokes from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a maroon-glinted copper with a thin beige head that sticks around a good long while.
Nose of toasted grains, cocoa, roasted nuts, granola, and a vague plumminess.
Tastewise, toasted grain still reign supreme, but chocolate and dark fruits eke out more respective ground. Granola and assorted roasted nuts arrive midway and linger. Hopping is modest in flavor, but slaking in its background bitterness.
Medium bodied, or maybe slightly less. Carbonation is modest to begin with and peters out over time, but that's not so much of an issue here.
Just a solid, basic, well-done Brown Ale.

May 12, 2009
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Fartknocker from Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with no date on the label.

A- a dark reddish/brownish color.
S- a somewhat coffee-like smell
T- Similar to the smell with a faint coffee flavor. also a pretty good nutty flavor which overtakes the coffee aspect.
M- avearge carbonation
D- a fairly good drinakable beer.

May 03, 2009
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Skidz from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright copper and sits chocolate brown in the glass with a good sized soapy tan head fading quickly to a thin skimming along the top.

Toasty malts up front with slight chocolate hues and mild, earthy hops.

Solid toasty malts and a well-balanced dose of grassy hops bitterness. Hints of hazelnut and almonds and a slight woody character.

Crisp a clean feeling in the mouth, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid nut brown by all means.

Apr 09, 2009
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Wisconsin from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black body with a one finger head that fades to a decent lace.

S - This smells much more like a nut brown ale to me. There is some slight malts and grains along with a faint nutty smell.

T - Malts, grains and some nutty chocolate flavors all hit your mouth. As I drink this beer I question whether or not this really a brown ale and not a doppelbock or a nut brown ale.

M - Smooth malted chocolate nutty flavor with some bitter roasted undertones.

D - This is a pretty solid brown ale, if it is even that. Regardless of what it is, it is solid nonetheless. I rated this lower because of the bitterness that this beer finishes with. Pretty good otherwise.

Jan 13, 2009
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kickapoodude from Alaska

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

At one time, La Crosse produced more beer than Milwuakee. It is where the massive G. Hielimann Brewery stands...and the home of the worlds largest six pack, and the tapping of the golden keg. How I long for the day when this city will resume it's place among the world's beer meccas. But alas, in the early '90's a greedy Australian douche bag bought the brewery up, and went bankrupt, leaving the city's brewing future in turmoil.

Is it possible that a tiny brewery like Pearl St. may one day help La Crosse ascent the throne once more?

This beer pours a rich brown with a inch thick head that dissipates into a nice lace that stays with you until the bottom of the glass. The aroma is boozy and nutty with touches of oatmeal and caramel. The flavor is nutty and it makes me wonder if a nut flavor is not added. Like Lienekugels fireside nut brown (Which is a freaking lager). This beer is very fliberty with a toasty finish. The mouthfeel is light. A curious beer to be sure.

Jan 07, 2009
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky dark brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and is nutty and creamy...all the things a brown ale should have. The taste is like the aroma, but a little milder. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice brown ale. It is tasty, but would be better if the taste were as burly as the aroma.

Nov 26, 2008
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Propst from South Carolina

3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Given to me by a friend from Wisconsin. Nice malty nose with hints of nuttiness and chocolate...not very pronounced. The flavor is a lot like the smell, nutty, malty, but a little watered down. Mouth feel is a bit thin. This is a pretty average beer but would go great with a ham sandwich.

Jul 14, 2007
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