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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Welcome to the 1950s! Whitbread brewery in London was once the biggest brewery in the world. However by the 1950s its decline had begun. Their Double Brown is a true post-war British beer: dark, with some roasted malt character, but low body due to the use of completely fermentable brewing caramels, a practice that continues to be a hallmark of British dark ale brewing today. At 5.1% abv, the beer showed that the supply chain for raw materials in post-war Britain was easing, although rationing had only ended in 1954. (This is in reference to one of our previous recreations, a Mild ale from 1945 which was 2.8% abv largely due to barley shortages). This beer is another easy-drinking cracker, which takes you right back to 1950s London and plonks you on a wooden chair in a London pub.”

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1827) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bomber from Julio’s. Pours out a lovely deep brown color. Little to no head. Nice roasty aromas. Flavor is deep and complex, although the body is on the "thin" side by today’s standards. Decent carbonation. Slight fruitiness going down, but finishes with a very long roasted malt character with just enough bitterness to balance everything. Very tasty!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6351) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2016
Mar 2016 - Bottle share at Canary Wharf as ’Pretty Things Once Upon a Time 1955 Double Brown’, 5.1%. Many thanks to Leighton for this. Dark brown, still, clear, small foamy tan head, dotted lacing. Aroma is varnish, spicy like a quad, booze, cheap whisky. Body is light, soft carbonation, a bit foamy. Taste is booze, varnish, bready with a spicy drying finish. A bit rough, but has some nice aspects.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
9th March 2016
Tower 42 Tasting. Thanks to Leighton. Almost clear amber beer, small cream colour head. Palate is light, thin and dry. Modest fine carbonation. Thin dry malts, grainy and not that sweet. Light floralness in to floral bitterness. Dry finish. First of these historical brews I’ve not really enjoyed, thin and a little harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (9266) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle shared on Level 42 9/3/16. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. Hazed reddy copper coloured pour with a lasting thin grayish cream head. Aroma is nice Belgian, nutty, semi sweet, apple, raisin, little earth. Flavour is composed of earthy nutty, toasted grainy, apple, raisin, little age, cardboard. Palate is semi sweet, frothy, grainy, little liquorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (6473) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2016
651ml bottle shared at the Mar-16 Level 42 CW tasting, London. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. It pours a clean amber color with minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet estery with caramel and banana. Taste is also sweet estery and quite boozy with more banana and caramel. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, meh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle shared in London - picked up in NYC. Pours clear brown with a foamy, tan head. The nose has lightly toasted brown bread, ripening fruits, berries, faint toffee. Medium sweet flavor with ripening fruits, berries, grapes, some raisin, earthy bitterness, dry wood. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes with pronounced earthy bitterness, ripe and leathery fruits, some toasted toffee. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12508) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2016 Bottle thanks to Leighton at level 42. It pours slightly hazy brown with a thick light tan head. The aroma is fresh, bready, orange peel, slight peach, sherbet and earth. The taste is crisp, bitter, brown bread, cracker, cereal, mild acidity, cardboard, earth and dull caramel with a dry, toasted finish. Medium body and moderate, foamy carbonation. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Pours a deep mahogany with fantastic lacing, thick foamy head that held extremely well and finally faded into a thick collar and lots of wisps when swirled. Aroma is earthy brown sugar, a little woody and nutty. Taste is bitter chocolate, molasses, and earthy hops. Full, rich mouthfeel, a bit silty. Low carbonation despite that huge head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Pretty run-of-the mill brown ale. Mildly sweet, a bit of caramels and toffees, a bit roasty. I don’t think there’s anything particularly unique about this beer, which might be what they were going for, because it’s still pretty tasty if not fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle I took to the Dad Pad. Pours a dark brown with a medium sized tanned beige head. Sweet malt and a bit of nuttiness. Medium bodied, soft caramel, malty, roast and a bit of cocoa. Long ashy roast with a bit of malt and nuttiness into the finish. Easy drinking, lots of nice roast notes but thins out into a sessionable and rather drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bomber shared with myself at club w dek bar.. clear dark brown pour with kaki head..aroma of fruity brown sygar..taste is lots of malts and sucg...ok

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