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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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.Ē

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1266) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bomber from Julioís. 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 todayís 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jjgmd (1369) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with a nice head. Nise is nutty caramel. Taste is nutty with toffee and cream, fairly blah, Finishes on the same tasting notes. Fair at best. Quaff Score 5 / 10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zgaier (1326) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bomber. Pours a nice red amber with a beige head and aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is similar, of malt, caramel, bread, and biscuit notes with a malty finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2014
22oz bottle. Large beige head atop clear dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is sweet, caramel, some nut, molasses, light spicy, bread, milk chocolate, roast. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, nut, some molasses, light roast. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jredmond (5250) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a brown red amber body with thick brown lacing. Aroma is sweet malt beer soaked bread. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of plain college beer. Gross.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5657) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Alexey and Refaelaís place. Brown color with reddish hues and a beige head. Aroma of malt, a bit of caramel, nuts and some fruitiness. Dry-ish flavor with light sweetness, malt, a bit of nuts, light fruitiness and a pretty strong earthy and herbal hops bitterness. Medium-bodied. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3185) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Pours a dark amber or light-ish brown color with a big fluffy light tan head.

The aroma is nice, leafy & nutty with a mild roastiness and a touch of chocolate but without much sweetness.

The flavor is really something, robust and decently hoppy, rich but not very sweet. Nutty, almost woody, with a nice big bitterness. There is caramel for sure but itís light. The roasty malt and the hops do most of the talking here, both are robust and yet well balanced.

The body is very light, but I donít think it comes across as watery or thin, the carbonation helps Iím sure and this one is fairly lively... Itís an easy drinker thatís for sure.
I really enjoy this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (3018) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours crystal clear hazel, large puffy tan head, dissipates slowly leaving big blobs of puffy lacing. Aroma is nutty, malty, toffee, a bit of cardboard. Flavor is malty, truly malty, like malt syrup almost, light sweet with a bit of grassy bitterness, a bit nutty as well. Pretty light bodied, a bit of acid, but otherwise nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2069) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle with an bottling date of Feb 2014. Four months old isnít bad for a brown. The pour is a slightly cloudy brown to dark brown color leading up to a soft, silky, beige head. Lots of sweet and nutty malts on the nose with a touch of molasses maybe or toffee and a lean crisp hop note. The body is medium and smooth with a lingering bitter finish. The taste is also sweet and nutty. It has all the gold star characteristics of a brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10777) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours a darkly ruddy brown with a large foamy tan head. Aroma is mildly nutty malty with a little "fuggles" for hop? Med body or so. Flavor is spicy, nutty dark malt with a fair amount of hop. Hop is spicy/earthy? So not fuggles? Interesting anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Pours a medium brown in the light that surprisingly is somewhat darker otherwise. Well, I was surprised. It looks pretty clear, though the color makes it a tad difficult to tell, at least in a wide glass with thick walls. The head is a light beige. Fairly rocky. Fades to a sheet of bubbles after a minute and sticks like that for quite awhile. Aroma is caramel malt and herbal/floral hops. I wonder how much my preconceptions of brown ale factor into my thoughts because I initially put down nutty as a descriptor, and going back, Iím not sure about it. The hop flavor seems primarily herbal with a minty, vegetal note, but I can also find berries and pepper. The caramel is light and pleasant. No big cloying character, just rich, full toasted sugar. Taste is drier than expected. Pleasant and easy to drink. Fairly clean. Refreshing caramel with light spicy bitterness. Light mouthfeel. Pretty average carbonation. The creamy body of a ~%5 abv with a lot of flavor. Not at all watery. Aftertaste of herbal hops and caramel. Interesting stuff. I absolutely love trying beers brewed to actual historic recipes, and Iím a big fan of Pattinson. Ratings and reviews aside, itís utterly satisfying to get this sort of feeling for a piece of brewing history. Even though the contemporary beer was very likely not quite like this one, this is still much closer than we usually get to history, and thatís a tremendous gift for anyone interested in the subject.

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