Sheepscot Valley Damariscotta Double Brown Ale

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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A unique style, brewed in the brown ale tradition with extra malt for an especially bold, malty character.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6570) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Draft sample at Great Lost Bear. Darker brown in color with average carbonation showing standard head and lace. Aroma is earthy with mild chocolate and a touch of coffee nuances.

Flavor has a caramel / toffee / earthy malt base. The hops give a earthy and herbal profile that balances the sweetness. The body is average for the style and end on mild sweetness. Pretty nice brown ale but pretty much run of the mill. However, it is crafted really well and certainly easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (2442) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Sample at Great Lost Bear. Pours dark brown with a light beige head. Aroma is caramel, grains. Flavor is caramel, molasses, a touch of pine bitter in the finish. No flaws.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (7180) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
En ft. Verre de dgustation au Acadias Oktoberfest 2013 (Southwest Harbor, ME). Arme: Lgre odeur de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Prsence dun mince col beige mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caramel avec une pointe de caf et de crale grille. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Prsence de caramel en arrire got. (Rating #5226)

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (6081) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Growler from Downeast Beverage consumed 4/27-4/29
God damn! This one caught me off guard. After the recent enjoyment of the Special Organic, I was hoping for a good beer, but didnt expect this caliber. Wonderfully conditioned, naturally carbonated, live, fresh beer pours a huge, well retained head, sporting sticky lacing. Dark brown with some chestnut-auburn tints and light haziness.
Whatever yeast theyre using, I gotta get me some, because this stuff is just fantastic. Crisp, very aromatic and clean. It produces light, dry esters and just tons of crispness...dont really know how else to describe it. Maple, brown sugar, walnuts and moderately caramelized malts all apparent in the nose, with leafy, earthy hops that add a hint of bitterness. Nuttiness is low, as is the breadiness and there is a distinct, but light coffee note as well. Big, strong aroma, though nothing is overdone, nor is it overly sweet, the wonderful yeast seeing to that. No alcohol or flaws.
As good as the aroma is, the flavor easily tops it, with everything coming together more cohesively. You get a bit of light coffeecake and some vanilla icing, with an almost tea leaf-like hoppiness, showing some light green juiciness. It dries out significantly, adding sweet, but not thick, caramel that is wonderfully chewy and feels as if you are almost chewing on real caramel. Chocolate and light coffee add more complexity and balance as the beer finishes on a peppery, crisp, and lightly earthy yeast note, with caramel and light toffee lingering on. Balance is almost as perfect as a dark beer gets. Theres definitely enough malt texture and sweetness up front, with even a light reprise on the finish, but its still well attenuated and shows qualities of a dry, crisp, refreshing brew as well. Gets more flavorful and complex as it warms. Never overdone in any category. I thought it was good upon first sip, and near world-class by the last. Unfiltered texture and natural, tight carbonation is just icing on the cake.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2006
On-tap from Saras in Wiscassett... Dark brown body with about an inch of offwhite head that leaves a fair bit of lacing. A really nice-looking beer IMO. Smells malty sweet. Malty sweet flavor with just a touch of roastiness and a slight hop bite at the finish. Medium in body. The flavors, while good, were a bit muted. I could be because the beer was served a bit on the cold side, but even as it warmed few flavors were amplified. Still, its probably one of the better brown ales Ive had and makes me want to try more from this newly-discovered Maine brewery thats not too far from here.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 1, 2006
I havent found a new Maine beer in a while, and finally I found this! I was pleasently surprised also. The aroma is delicious, sweet brown sugar and malt. The only negative I really found was the somewhat thin body, but thats inherent in most browns it seems like. The flavor is a sip of perfection. Theres a hint of coffee, maybe a little chocolate. Theres actually a lot going on when you really dig. This is a fantastic beer. Glad ive got a half gallon of this :) Ill be sad to see it gone though. Get this, if you can find it fresh you will be extremely happy!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 27, 2006
My 100th Rating!!!. Had this last night out of a 1/2 gallon jug. Pours dark brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma is very nice roasted malt and brown sugar some molasas and slightly yeasty. Flavor is similar, reminds me of Malta Morena. Brown sugar and malts blend togeather very well, with just the slightest hint of hops in the finnish. This beer was Way better than i thougth it would be comming out of a huge jug. definatly a simple but solid brown ale. Will definatly buy again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 (Draft) Dark brown body with a thin biege head. Mild aroma of brown sugar and malty sweetness. Nice lacing. Mouthfeel pretty full, on the dry side. Flavor is good but reserved: brown sugar and malt sweetness. Finishes bitter. One of the better brown ales from Maine (of which there are many). Dont know what the ABV is but would guess its in the 6-7% range which makes it a little more interesting. Update 5/10/07 (Draft) Wow the mouthfeel is really nice, nearly velvet-smooth, along the lines of Fullers London Porter. Has more heft than previous sample.. Tastes richer, still featues brown-sugary malt flavor. Nice work Sheepscot!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (10060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
Maine Brewers Festival 2005. Very dark brown body, small khaki head. Stupidly cold. Muted malt aroma becomes slightly sour as it warms. Dark malt with a touch of brown sugar, caramel and burnt sugar are all quite nice until a touch of sour acidity ruins the efect. I cant imagine thats on purpose. Average palate. This would probably score at least 3-4 points higher in good shape, but when its straight from the brewer like this...

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
RoverLR3 (1) - Alna, Maine, USA - OCT 18, 2005 does not count
Wonderful color and flavor. Not bitter like some Ive had. Very flavorful!


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