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Saint Botolph's Town - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

554 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 82
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A big malty brown ale fermented open with Yorkshire malts and eclectic yeast strains.

(Beer added by: morebeergood on 02-12-2009)
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Reviews by goatgoat:
Photo of goatgoat
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First batch, Feb '09.

Pours a thick clear woody brown. A creamy tan head builds about a finger high falls to a thin cap in modest amount of time. No lace.
Aroma is sweet malts, fruity. A little chocolate, a little roasty. Topped with an earthy spiciness.
Flavor is pleasantly malty, following the chocolate, roast aroma. A bit less fruity than the aroma. Leads to a moderately bitterness that lingers but finally gives up to a slightly sweet, coating finish.
Medium body. Carbonation is a little high, but creamy enough to not be damning.

This is solid, but not outstanding, brown ale.

goatgoat, Apr 09, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

A - This beer pours dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. A semi aggressive pours yields about three inches of tan head.

S - I smell some cocoa, along with earthy, nutty aromas.

T - The taste has those earthy, nutty flavors that make English browns great. With hints of cocoa it is a nice representation of the flavors of this style.

M - Medium towards full.

O - I like the comforting earthy qualities of this beer. While I find it a good example of the style, I still think I would pick a Sam Smith's Nut Brown over this. But, this will definitely slake my thirst of the style.

buschbeer, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled dec 2009
Batch 4
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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -2.4%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%

Best brown ale I have ever had...not really into the style but THIS beer just plain 'ol rocks.

Doomcifer, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Billolick, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of mrquartetman
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

mrquartetman, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

mctizzz, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tigg924, Mar 01, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

JohnnyBarman, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of rob133
5/5  rDev +22%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22%

marchnlv, May 28, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -2.4%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Janeinma, May 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22%

juicebox, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

far333, Jun 10, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

SinutabRamirez, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

doremite, Jun 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Alexanderrobert
5/5  rDev +22%

Alexanderrobert, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of hagbergl
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

hagbergl, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

glid02, Jul 20, 2011
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Saint Botolph's Town from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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