Saint Botolph's Town - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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Reviews by angusdegraosta:
4.21/5 rDev +2.7%
Deep chestnut brown. Very nice head and lacing. The mild and pleasant toasty raisin smell leads nicely to the first sip and becomes more noticeable thereafter. If malt can be described as nectar, this comes close - not so much because it is thick or too sweet, but because the sweetness is so well integrated with the aroma. So are the yeasts, the herbal hops, the roasted flavors. This is a remarkable brown ale. Though it is bitter, this is a textbook example, for me at least, of how elegantly bitter flavors can be integrated into the overall picture. Amazing.
06-09-2013 00:12:05 | More by angusdegraosta
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4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
My first Pretty Things beer and man was I impressed.Poured a deep roasted chesnut brown with amber highlights showing thru,a 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop,malt lovers rejoice from there.Brown sugar,molasses,roasted walnuts,and chocolate all over the place,great malt complexity in a "small" beer.Roasted nuts and cakey flavors at the onset with molasses sweetness coming into play,again great malt complexity.I put limits on certain styles of beer because Iam a hophead who likes extreme beers,this wowed me being an English Brown wich I think has never happened,a great beer.
09-23-2011 20:51:01 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottled dec 2009
In a pint glass a red/brown color with a thick tan head that left some lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and some spice.
Caramel chocolate taste, a bit of cinnamon.
This was a very smooth beer, very drinkable. I wish I could find this in Maine.
08-07-2010 00:51:05 | More by lordofthewiens
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.
Dark chestnut brown color, good lacing all around. Smells of toasted almond bread, faint chicory and a mild raisin/brown sugar note in the back. Big smoothness with a lush malty medium body. Toasty malt character with undertones of dark brown sugar, raisins, toasted bread crust and some dried hay in the finish. Modest hopping here, hint of herbal flare helps to balance. Mineral and fruit in the middle, hint of nutty yeast as well. Just a slight edge of char throughout. Lands semi-dry with a kiss of residual maltiness in the after taste.
Balance is seen across the board here, event the level of charred grain is perfect. Not massive or in your face yet this is of demi-epic material. Love it.
11-09-2009 02:07:07 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev 0%
Typical Pretty Things arty and neat-o presentation, with the thin label strip over the cap, "Bottled April 2009 Batch two" Pours darker amber, medium brown, robust and retentive light mocha head, then thick film, a mottled ringed collar and finally respectable lace. Nose is yeasty and bready, with sweet malt notes just below the surface. Chocolaty brown. Sweet malt, powdered sugar, dusty dark chocolate, toffee, all come to mind. Creamy and luxorious mouthfeel, smooth as can be all the way to the finish. Very tasty and pleasurable brown ale. More quality and quite "artisanal" suds from the PT beer and ale project.
09-03-2009 23:35:43 | More by Billolick
4.88/5 rDev +19%
A: Poured into a Samuel Adams glass. Dark brown with a big and persistent creamy head that left lace on the glass.
S: Roasted malt aroma, grassy
T: Very malty, big English ale flavor, some sweetness, very hearty
M: Long flavor that morphs from sweet to deep coffee follow.
This beer is a surprise. I bought it because I'd tasted two of their beers a while back and had liked them; but I was really just guessing on what it would be like, memory of beer after tasting so many being what it is. It is an excellent, full-flavored beer, something I'm always looking for these days, having tired of the massive overhopping of American craft beers. This is a beer with a strong malt profile, more aggressive in its flavoring than most of the English ales it takes as its progenitors. Were I drinking it in a pub with lots of beers, I'd be ordering it over and over again.
06-11-2011 00:47:11 | More by mrquartetman
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
Appearance: medium head, medium carbonation, not clear, leather brown
Smell: chocolate and malt
Taste: malts, brown sugar, and molasses dominate
Mouthfeel: sweet and smooth
Drinkability: A very good and interesting beer which i will have again. Not as tasty as some English browns I have had, but it is a winner.
03-01-2009 03:12:03 | More by tigg924
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
Batch Four, bottled December 2009
Dark brown, not quite opaque wth streams of fine bubbles rising up through the dark liquid to a one inch head of high and frothy dimpled foam.
Low aroma of toasty malt and dark cereal, some pumpernickel and fig.
Flavors of toasted malt, understated cocoa, leather and mild smoke, plus some dried leaves and dark fruits. Smokiness increases in the finish. No one flavor dominates, very balanced. Gets more interesting as it warms. Notes of port emerge.
Full mouthfeel, a little tingly, finishes a bit tannic. Tasty and drinkable, good beer.
06-10-2010 01:44:25 | More by far333
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
Enjoyed a pint of Pretty Things' Brown Ale, Saint Botolph's Town, at Cambridge-area beer bar Lord Hobo (great place to have drinks!). St. Botolph's Town came in a Pretty Things goblet (generous pour). Review is from notes.
Appearance (4/5): Saint Botolph's Town is–surprise, surprise–a dark brown colored ale. It is topped by a one-finger head of creamy beige foam. It features some nice ruby highlights when held up to the light and lots of sticky, soapy lacing shows on the sides of the glass as you drink.
Smell (4.5/5): SBT's nose is characterized by great brown ale notes: quite nutty, a little roasty, and malty, you'd know instantly in a blind taste test that this baby's a brown. It has an earthy edge to it that I find quite nice. Some dark bread notes can be detected as well. A little musty–and not in a bad way. This is one fine smelling brown. Lots of character!
Taste (4/5): SBT's flavor follows the nose. This beer is pretty much a malt fest from the get-go, though herbal noble hops do an admirable job of balancing and drying this one out in the finish. It is quite an earthy beer and it displays a relatively complex flavor profile (relative to many browns) in which nutty, roasty, grainy, and bready notes come out. Rich, rustic, deep–three words that describe SBT's taste very well. I would have liked this brown to be a tad bit sweeter, but can't say that this is a major sticking point.
Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Saint Botolph's Town features a full, creamy body, medium carbonation, and an exceptionally dry, bitter finish. This last quality is what, in my mind, makes SBT stand out among the crowd. Drinkability is high– the dry, bitter finish brings a quenching quality to the beer that one might think strange in a beer this dark, roasty, and full-bodied.
Overall (4/5): Pretty Things' Saint Botolph's Town is a solid brown ale, one that I think is pretty unique in its hoppy dryness and rustic earthy tones. While I favor Dogfish Head's Indian Brown, this is also a very good American interpretation of a traditional English style. Perhaps not the best Pretty Things beer, but a good choice as the seasons change and the cool fall air settles in.
09-17-2012 22:21:28 | More by hagbergl
4.1/5 rDev 0%
Bottle shared by Simon – thanks!
Pours a hazy brown color with a light tan head that leaves decent lacing.
Smells of deep caramel malts with hints of toasted malts and nuttiness. Also present are very slight hints of toffee and milk chocolate.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as well integrated. Moderately sweet caramel malts up front are joined quickly by smooth toffee. Midway through the sweetness subsides a bit with hints of nutty flavors and cocoa powder that carry through to a mildly sweet ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.
Overall this is a very good beer for the style, with a good deal of complexity. Well worth a shot.
07-20-2011 02:44:56 | More by glid02
4.95/5 rDev +20.7%
APPEARANCE: This fine ale fills the glass with rich, deep mahogany brown. The head is more of a light caramel. Very pretty beer!
SMELL: You'll pick up on a lot of roasty malts with some mildly fruity (raisins perhaps?) notes. There's also a hint of chocolate in there, but this isn't a sweet beer. It's pleasantly understated.
TASTE: The dominant taste here is a smokey black malt combined with hints of an earthy, roasty sweetness. This is an incredibly well-balanced rustic dark ale. The finish is just a hair tart, which is a plus. I wouldn't call this a complex beer, but it does a lot of good things in one ale.
MOUTHFEEL: This is a very rich beer without being heavy. There's a mid-grade hoppiness, which provides a mild bite when it first hits your mouth. The loamy earthiness makes this the sort of beer that you'll want to savor with every sip.
DRINKABILITY: This is a fine session beer. All of the nicely integrated flavors make this a very accessible brew. For food pairings, St. Botolph's will go with a wide range of dishes and palates.
VERDICT: I've made my way through more than a few bottles of St. Botolph's Town. It's one of my favorite brews from one of my favorite brewers. I especially like its broad appeal. I've actually used St. Botolph's Town on a few occasions to introduce chronic Bud/Miller/Coors drinkers to the wonderful world of beers that taste like ... well ... something. If you see this on the shelf, buy bunches of it.
03-23-2011 01:14:25 | More by DirtybeerguyRI
Saint Botolph's Town from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.