Brewed by Amsterdam Brewing Company
Style: Brown Ale
Toronto, Canada


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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Formerly known as Amsterdam Nut Brown.The object of desire, Amsterdam Downtown Brown is crisp yet subtle in character. A classic British-style brown ale brewed with a blend of Canadian and European malts (including chocolate malt from Belgium), this traditional deep chestnut coloured ale exudes a bold and attractive taste. Brewed with English Ale yeast and balanced by four varieties of continental hops, our Downtown Brown delivers an uncommon smoothness and distinct drinkability.

nickchalk's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, - DEC 6, 2004
Dark brown, tan head. Sweet fruity and smokey flavours mix here to make a decent brew, nothing to fancy though. Smooth and quite drinkable. Draught.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bierdimpfe (490) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2016
Almost opaque dark brown color, with a copper hue, and moderate activity. Slightly creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of chocolate, roasted dark grains, molasses, dark berries, nutmeg, coffee, herbal spices. Highly sugary, with low bitterness, but strong sharpness. Creamy medium body with prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish that lingers with a chocolate roasted earth feel. Overall an okay quality craft. The flavors are tasty, but a little unbalanced and faint, while the remaining finish is well intensified. Okay freshness being a little flat. Feels overly accessible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HerrBierkoenig (1172) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 28, 2016
0,473l can, courtesy of Tomas F., Pours light cloudy amber brown liquid, medium frothy white head, Aroma: malty, caramel, light herbal hopy, Taste: light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light sour, caramel, malty, light herbal bitter and apricot fruity, Palate: medium body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel, medium long mlaty aftertaste, Overall: ok, in style, enjoyed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
rcasta (849) - EL SALVADOR - AUG 15, 2016
en la cervecería en Toronto frente a lago Ontario. Vale la pena más por el lugar; es buen bar

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Johnsense (1363) - - JUL 22, 2016
Clear Mahogany brown pour, fair sized head and decent lacing. A bit of cocoa, nuts, roasted malt in the aroma - quite muted actually. Caramel, roasted malt in the taste, again a bit of nut, chocolate, nothing really stands out here but is a little more robust than the aroma suggested. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side. A pedestrian brown ale geared more towards those with an aversion to hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CurbDog (114) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2016
Big tan head, nice stand. Very clear coppery brown. Chocolate, doughy, malty aroma. No hops. Chocolate and biscuity in the front fades into a nutty finish/aftertaste. Light caramel sweetness. Crisp, thin (not watery) body with a dry finish. Medium-high carbonation. A little more body would be nice in this beer and the carbonation is a little high for the style (especially for a "classic British-style brown ale").

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Raistlin (306) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2015
Nice, easygoing brown. Pours dark mahogany with decent lacing and head. Some roast malt and nut in aroma. A little hops, though minimal. Finishes a touch bitter with some sense of musk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ljthiessen (1138) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 16, 2015
Can. Clear brown pour with a reddish hue. Aroma is raisin, plum, dates, a little bready and slightly roasty. Taste is nicely balanced dark fruits with a light bitterness, dry finish. Not terribly rich, but good flavours and a great balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KoNrRiI (1229) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2015
0.473 can. Clear, brown color and a small, off-white head. Aroma of wood, dark malts, smoke, a touch of nuts, and a bit of milk with tea. Taste is malty - coffee, nuts, and dark chocolate work in good balance. Light body, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish tastes of coffee candy, quite simple. Overall not a bad beer but by no standard is it particularly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Sampller after the marathon. Pours dark brown, reddish tint visible in the light. Decent head bubbles away for a while then descends into just a film. Rather dull aroma of caramel malts. Very lively taste though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gluepot (450) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2015
A very dark brown body with a lively tan head. The nose is relatively understated with touches of malt, nuts and a hint of milk chocolate. This is a nice fall beer. The body is a solid medium texture and the taste is subtle and well blended. Malt, slightly roasted nuts and a hint of cream and chocolate work well together. The continental hops are understated and hard to find and there is some spiciness in the finish.

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