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Dominion California Double Brown Ale

Dominion California Double Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Sampled from a big ornate growler. Great big head. Settles beautifully. Thick and dense. Dark brown in color with hints of red along the edges. Great lacing. Roasted malts and fruity hops with a little spice. Light to medium bodied , roasted malts, nice bitterness from a generous helping of hops. A little chocolate in there also. Creamy, roasty and bitter finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Sampled from a growler. Citrusy, resiny hops right up front in the aroma, followed by subtle caramel, chocolate, and coffee notes. Dark brown color, frothy light tan head. Flavor definitely has that big American brown ale thing going, lots of hops, lots of rich and dark malts, lots of bitterness - Pete’s wicked ale (the original version) on steroids. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. REading other ratings, there is a split on this beer - some people like the dark malt-american hops combo, others don’t. I think it works pretty well here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2005
dark brown color. dark tan foamy head. golden-red at edges. very hoppy nose, some chocolate malt too. flavor is very hoppy, grapefruit and roasted malt. medium mouthfeel and carbonation. hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Great malt backing, brown sugar, praline pecans, bread, nuttiness, even a bit of toffee, but come on--CASCADES? DOWN with grapefruit, dammit! Everyone loved Alpha Klaus for the same reason--dark hoppy beer, but cripe, there’s more to hops than Cascades. Has this been more subtly hopped, it would have been superb. As it is, the instrusion of nasty citrus throws this janglingly out of balance. So-so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11550) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Tasted from Growler. Poured a dark reddish/brown color with larger sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of nuts, caramel, and citrus. I never would have guessed it was 8%. This beer was very easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6101) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Poured a reddish, mahogany color with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, caramel, nuts, light chocolate, cognac, and possibly some port as well. Taste of caramel, toffee, nuts and roast, with a pleasant hoppiness. The alcohol was there but for the most part it was hidden very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Sampled from a growler from the brewery. Pours a nice foamy tan head even after sitting overnight in the growler. Has a malty scent with a trace of green tea. Nicely hopped and well balanced flavor of malts, chocolate, nuts and very light coffee taste. Nice bitter finish. Another very good beer from Old Dominion, but then again, do they every produce bad ones?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Growler... Very dark ale (dim lighting, but no penetration) with a small, creamy, well-tanned head. Evergreen, grapefruit, chocolate and a dash of mint in the nose. Chocolatey and moderately to highly bitter... too bitter for a brown ale. Kisses of alcohol and salt. Medium-bodied and resiny with medium carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Not really true to the style, but enjoyable. An India Brown Ale maybe? Thanks go out to Growler for the growler!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Dark brown. Nose sweet, maple syrup. Quite malty and a bit spicy. Big maltiness, some rasin and cola-sweet. Vaguely smoky and a bit acidic. A mite overhopped. Decent brew, but tasted a bit like two different beers. Didn’t blend the flavors together particularly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Growler at jeffc666’s Birthday Gathering. Courtesy of jeffc666. Very dark brown body. Small tan head. Aroma is hoppy with light caramel and a nice malt backbone. Taste is roasted malts with some sweetned malt notes. Lots of hops in this along with light spice and caramel. Body is medium with moderate carbonation and light bitterness. Finishes with roastiness and more big hops. Light sweetened hints in this as well.

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