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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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 (1585) - 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 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 (1910) - 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 (8700) - 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 (2221) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvikar (4092) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Alexey and Refaela’s place. Thanks DSG. Pours brown to hazy orange with a medium beige head, aroma is sweet with caramel, toffee, flavor is bitter with toffee, caramel, alcohol, medium bodied

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5320) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Rich, super hazy deep brown coloured body with a very muddied glow and a nice two centimetre tall tan head - this is a great looking beer which has a very nice unfiltered look. Aroma of roasted malt, bananas, yeast, light cloves, milk and some subdued chocolate notes. Full-bodied; Strong malt note with a lot of pungent alcohol and bitterness up front with a little earthiness and a touch of coffee on the finish, all with a very big bitterness throughout from metal. Aftertaste is relatively one-dimensional with the malt bitterness hitting hard and some light sweetness as well. Overall, a fairly simple beer that looks great and smells nice, but the taste just simply doesn’t deliver - way too bitter and one-sided, while not providing any good flavours nor complexity. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 18-July-2014 for US$8,25 sampled at home here in Washington on 30-September-2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2781) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Chestnut brown pour. Big creamy tan head. Plenty of lacing. Malty aroma with a bit a nutty aroma. Taste is malty with a dry bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
novice101 (308) - - AUG 6, 2014
This was very underwhelming not a very good beer in general. the only aspect of the beer was a lot of malts, not very nutty, or other flavors typically associated with a brown ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2787) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Pours brown from bottle. Some roasty malts and crackers and such. lightly acidic and minor hops bite. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jjgmd (1866) - 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

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