I had this beer at a resturant in Mammoth, CA on my way with some friends deep into the golden trout wilderness to catch the eponymous golden trout. This beer was perhaps one of the best browns that I've ever had. Smooth and consistent from start to finish. A real gem! I'm glad I got to try it.
the double nut brown says 5.8% on the label, not 7 (as listed above). too bad. chocolate, coffee notes on the flavor with a nice dry roasted finish. a very good brown ale. hearty.
1-10-not quite as good the last couple times, scores adjusted slightly downward.
3-10 had a couple more good ones. the range for this beer has been 3.3-3.8.
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.
This brown ale pours a medium amber color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is slightly roasty malts and slightly sweet. A medium bodied brown ale. Malts are caramel and sweet, touch of nuts. Hops are floral and earthy. Kind of mild tasting and perhaps a touch sweet. Nice easy drinking brown ale. Wish it were a tad more nutty. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
I had a few of these while taking in some music at the local art house. Pours a reddish brown, with bare minimum of head. Pleasantly strong malty nose. There is definitely a nutty presence, which surprised me because nuts are one of those flavors I rarely taste. A good beer.
7-06-07: The sheer absence of carbonation and thin texture of these beers has really turned me against them.
My last of three stubbie 12oz bottles of Mammoth Brewing Company beer. And though I don't really buy off this being a Nutty beer (especially "Double Nutty"), even still, it's not a bad beer by any means.
All the prerequisites for a Brown Ale are in place here. Dark bourbon-y body, some-but-not-a-lot of foam, adequate lacing.... Roasted maltiness in the nose, hints of hops in the aroma, a bit more so in the flavor profile -- but only enoug to keep the mnalt bill balanced. Firm mouthfeel, yet easy drinkability.
In short, there's nothing wrong with this beer. But, on the other hand, this didn't draw me very much. Didn't seem like there was much here that I haven't had before. A perfectly adequate Brown Ale, for sure, but even still, didn't thrill me off my feet or anything....
This brown ale pours with a dark brown body with red tinting with little head or lacing. The aroma and flavor are slightly sweet, nutty and full of roasty notes, coffee and a litte cream. Medium to full bodied and smooth.
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