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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

547 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 79
Gots: 57 | 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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j37geogaddi

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a dark chocolate brown with good amount of tan head which soon dissapears.

Smell is very much dominated by burnt cocoa and distant, faint hops.

Tastes chocolatey and malty for sure but there is a hop balance. Fruit flavors round out the experience, as this is one of the most interesting brown ales I've ever tried.

Mouthfeel is lightly chewy and it is well carbonated.

This beer is very drinkable and isn't insanely high in ABV so the bomber is going to be very easy to finish for sure.

It's a tasty beer no doubt and I would say is a more complex version of Dogfish Head IBA. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:11:10 | More by j37geogaddi
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. A long-lasting tan head sits atop a clear red-brown ale, long retention and no real lace... looks good to me; like most Pretty Things beers.

S. Nutty, buttery, sweet, brown bread, lots of malt depth, slight roast.

T. Coconut? Buttery, smooth, lots of light roasted malt, bit of dates perhaps, interesting, rather unique, very lightly hopped (Noble hops), unlike anything I can quite think of. I like it. It's smooth and soft like most Pretty Things beers, light of character but full of flavor.

M / D. Same as most other PT brews, soft, medium-light body, lots of carbonation. Yeah..

St. Botolph's Town is a good beer, and interesting at that. Clearly a unique brown ale, and if you like this sort of thing, well worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 03:19:44 | More by kkipple
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2009. Pecan shell brown with generous highlights of cherry and orange. This is one of the darker brown ales out there, which bodes well. The upper third of the glass is filled with a pillowy crown of pale caramel colored foam that isn't in any hurry to depart.

It appears that Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project beer is great smelling beer. This English brown (or 'rustic dark ale') smells wonderful. Each sniff delivers cocoa and caramel and nuts... maybe even a hint of ground coffee bean. Both German ale yeast and Belgian yeast are used, though the latter isn't appreciated. So far at least.

Ah, there it is. A telltale clove spiciness on the tail end of the very first mouthful cranks up complexity, deliciousness and drinkability in one fell swoop. I love it when talented brewers use their imaginations and brew just slightly outside the box, turning what might have been just another ale into something special.

The flavor profile is, indeed, darker than most. There has to be some type of chocolate or roasted malt in here, given the dark chocolate, black coffee and black licorice vibe. Maybe it's the different four types of sugar, one of which is probably dark candi sugar of the sort used in BSDAs. Yes, this beer is a little BSDA-like, which is to its credit.

Other than those already mentioned, flavors include dark caramel, figs, sugared pecans, spicy ground clove and a splash of Sambuca. Sweet, bitter and spicy are all prominent, with tangy following along in their wake. Warming brings more boldness and even more depth and complexity. Wow, what a beer!

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the ABV. That doesn't mean that bigger wouldn't have been better. More plush creaminess would have garnered the next highest score with ease. Less than tight carbonation is partly to blame.

Saint Botolph's Town may not be the best English brown ale to have entered my glass... on second thought, it might be. It's definitely the most interesting. This is a brewery to keep an eye on. Make that two eyes. And a nose. And a tongue.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 15:08:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jmu500 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: August 2009
Batch: 3

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger light tan head, with some awesome thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, nice little touch of dark fruits, light toffee note, caramel. The taste is awesome sweet, malty, with a nice touch of dark fruits, toffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew really surprised me, an awesome EBA. Thanks John!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 22:47:24 | More by Wasatch
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joepais

Maine

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle is from the third batch, bottled August 2009.
I poured it into a DFH snifter; it produced a short lived finger of tan head that trailed to a thin lace. The body of the brew was your typical brown in color.

This brew has big sweet malty aroma, leaning towards the dark fruits. The flavors of the brew are sweet with a light amount of roast and hop bitter toward the end. It has a good mouthfeel with great carbonation.

It is a great drinking brew easy to finish and I was left wanting for more

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 02:10:54 | More by joepais
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Probie

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a tulip. The beer is a dark brown with a tinge of red. Beautiful cream colored three fingered head comprised of very fine bubbles. Thick, sticky lacing was left behind in a very even manner.

Aroma: Malty up front with a little bit of hop contribution giving it some spiced notes.

Taste: This is certainly a malt-centric beer and is maybe a little too sweet. Some fruity character is present first and is quickly followed by some roasted coffee like bitterness. Think they could have used a bit more bittering hops, but is pleasing enough the way it is.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fair amount of creaminess.

Drinkability: I had tried this first on tap at a local homebrew shop and liked it. After picking up a bottle, rather dissapointed I didn't get a second at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 05:47:36 | More by Probie
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gory4d

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask growler fill from Bierkraft: cask trumps growler.

Pours a clear, dark brown, russet at the edges, no cloudiness at all. There's no head, just a skein of fine bubbles at the top, and a lot of small round bubbles at the bottom of the glass that rise to the top now and then. The smell is biscuit, faint caramel, some grass, lots of dirt. The taste is rich malt, sourdough, a hint of sour apple tang, wood sorrel, and again something like loam for a deep bitter finish. It's finely carbonated, light in body, fills the mouth quite nicely. The booziness prevents its being a true session beer, but otherwise this is one I could drink a lot of. It seems as though it's designed to be best as a cask beer, but I'd seek it out whatever the format.

Every beer from Pretty Things is a good one, so far. They manage to be subtle and versatile in way that few other American breweries can manage. Definitely worth your attention.

Serving type: cask

12-31-2009 04:01:16 | More by gory4d
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears hazy reddish brown with a tan head
Sweet dark malt and dark fruit
Initial deep malt sweetness is followed by roasted flavor that lingers. Some slight coffee flavor.
Medium body and fairly effervescent.
Overall a decent beer- a bit sweet but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 15:52:38 | More by ThirstyBird
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Cabadrin

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this from the third batch, bottled August 2009. Picked it up at Whole Foods near work, in Westwood, MA. This was the first time I had seen this brewery, so I'm checking it out to see if it'll be come a regular. Poured out of a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: This is a dark beer. No light shines through except right near the edge, where it becomes just slightly dark. The head rises to about a finger's height, then drops down to a thin coating across the top. The foam provides a nice lace as it drops down the glass.

Smell: A nice malty smell, but not very strong except for the first sniff. This contributes to the drinkability later on - you don't get a nose of alcohol like some other, stronger ales.

Taste: malt, some molasses, and a bit of vanilla. Definitely something roasted here. Aftertaste is dark and roasted.

Mouth: Nice and bitter, but it doesn't hurt your tastebuds. Great and easy to drink.

Drinkability: Fantastic ale to drink, definitely felt a little of it after the whole bottle, but it went down real smooth. I think the lower alcohol content contributes to this being really easy to drink.

It'd recommend this with darker meat and root veggies, this is definitely a good dinner beer.

Overall, I'm impressed with this ale. Definitely looking forward to picking up a few more bottles next time I head to Whole Foods for lunch.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 01:26:11 | More by Cabadrin
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not really sure what to make of this one when I grabbed it out of the fridge, but went for it none the less. Served chilled and poured into a tall wheat glass, this one was consumed on 12/09/2009.
 
The pour was wonderful, rich brown in color with a huge tan head that stayed on top forever! Seriously this had to have looked better then damn near anything else I have run across recently, no joke. Just perfect. Aroma is dark fruits, lots of sweet brown sugary notes, hints of clove and light earthy hops, all mixing together nearly perfectly at this point in time. Nice smooth, even carbonation and feel here now as well, really well placed I have to admit. Rich warm flavor here, nice mix of pear, light spice, hints at brown sugar and a nice even caramel flavored dry finish. Hints of plums pick up as I finish the glass now as well, again well placed and nicely balanced. Superb drinkable factor here as this went wonderfully with dinner and everything after.
 
Overall really a superb, superb offering here, not really sure how to classify it totally, but superb,

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 17:20:55 | More by mikesgroove
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with deep and dark shads of amber with ruby red inside. Bubbly, lively head, yet very dense khaki coloration in the head. Retention is excellent and stays pretty deep throughout.

The aroma has a unique sweet-fruitiness too it that i was not expecting. Sweet dates and raisins all-over, a touch of hershey's chocolate syrup, mildly sweet red fruits and a bunch of heat, which is also a surprise. The aroma is nice and draws you in.

The malt is very smokey and fruity...which seems like a strange combo, but it works. The roastie flavor's make it almost Stout-like in flavor except for he lighter body and major fruitiness. Raisins, grapes and raspberries along with mild chocolate gives this one a really strange balance. Medium feel, thanks to a creamy head with a light body and way too intense heat for the style. There's a dry, bitter hoppy finish along with the heat...makes it a bit too harsh. Complexity is high and it has a bit of "aged" cask flavor's around it too, which is fine if the flavor's worked together! instead, they come at you in all directions. The blalance is crazy with herbal, bitter hops that are not too intense until the heat rides in and refuses to settle down.

simply, this is a crazy, messy but complex brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 16:59:12 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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steadydose

California

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 April 09

A: Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown w/ red hues when glass is held in the light. Good 2 fingers beige rocky cap sits on top with some staying power. Good looking beer.

S: Sweet up front, raisin cookie scent, some chocolate malt, porter like qualities.

T: Not as flavorful or thick as the nose suggests. A little sweetness up front, and finishes w/ a mild bitterness. Possibley from the hops or maybe some specialty malts. Seems like a mix between an amber and a porter.

M: Good carbonation, light-medium body.

D: Suprisingly refreshing, Has a balanced flavor of sweet and light bitterness, but at the same time is clean tasting and goes down really easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 16:42:03 | More by steadydose
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with the faintest ruby red hue when held up to light. Thick foamy light brown head, about three fingers thick after a mild pour. Foam slowly fades to about a finger of thickness and leaves thick rings of foam on the glass.

S - Surprisingly strong fruit aroma backed by a biscuit sweetness. Pear, raisin and a hint of banana. The malt provides a nice balance of sweet biscuit and a touch of toasted bread. Light nuttiness underneath as well.

T - Light fruity notes backed by a strong malt backbone. Hints of citrus fruits and a little taste of raisin. Bready taste matches the fruitiness. Bitterness is very low.

M/D - Light to medium bodied. Very lively carbonation. Very easy drinking. Nothing spectacular in the taste, but a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 18:00:19 | More by ckeegan04
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 02:07:07 | More by Jason
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (Batch #3, bottled 8/09) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a thick black body that only displays dark-brown highlights when held directly up to a bright light. A straight-down pour produces a lofty 3" head that ever-so-slowly subsides into a solid cap, leaving a decent amount of lacing; a quick swirl of the tulip brings the head back up to 1", which also displays good retention. Quite nice.

S: Huge malts, with a pretty even mix of roasted and toasted notes coming through; some sweet, raisiny fruit as well. Pretty solid, but nothing mind-blowing.

T: Very smooth and malty, with crisp toasted malts up front and deeper, sweeter roasted malts at the tail end. Just the faintest hint of mild hop bitterness on the finish. An enjoyable brew, to be sure, but, like with the smell, nothing really memorable.

M: Meh. A little shy of medium-bodied without much carbonation at all - I guess the initial head sucked it all out. Pretty forgettable, but still smooth.

D: Smooth, rich flavor with a finish just dry enough to make me thirsty for more? Yes, please.

Notes: I bought this one on a whim on my last Julio's run, having heard generally good things about Pretty Things but without having read any reviews of the beer (or even knowing its style, any more than "rustic dark ale," as the bottle points out. I guess I was hoping for something a bit more exotic than a straightforward English brown ale, but damn if it didn't remind me how smooth and tasty browns can be - I've been on an extended IPA/RIS kick, so it's nice to get a wake-up call as to just how many great kinds of beer there are out there, not all of which have to be "extreme" to be great.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 22:50:21 | More by woosterbill
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan chunky head that left a little lace.

Rich malty scents, with good toasted bread aromas, some sweet brown bread, toasted nuts, etc. Nice.

Very very pleasant brew. Rich swett/bitter balance, with toasted brown bread, some brown sugar, but not too much that it would be overly sweet. Some dark stone fruit, and dark rich nuttiness. And funny enough, even at 5.9%, you get a tiny hint of booze.

Medium bodied, some carbonation.

Overall, what a great beer. Bomber is the perfect size, as you are glad there is more to come after the pint is drained. Will be trying more from these folks.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 18:23:13 | More by OtherShoe2
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to jjayjaye for throwing this into an excellent late summer trade. We will need to do another! Consumed after an unseasonably warm & sunny November day - hey, we got November in October, so this is only fair.

Pours a rather chunky brown, not even sediment, looks like actual chunks of stuff swirling about the pint glass. The smell...oh...my...god. I'm not sure I've ever smelt a brew this good. It smells like the perfect Willy Wonka bar. Just enough sweet richness to leave you smiling for days, but not so much to leave you sick or puckered up. Wow.

Well, the taste can't live up that, right? And it doesn't but Saint Botolph's Town is a pretty nice place. The smell is present, but toned down. Honestly, I'm having trouble picking out any specific tastes. Fair to say it's good; the hops come trickling out as it warms. Mouthfeel is extremely creamy & rich, although a bit filling for a low ABV brown. Split the bomber with the wife, & happy to have half of it.

Overall, this is a good beer. Not sure I've ever had one that was so all over the board, a bit tough to drink for the style, but heavenly on the nose. Very odd. But leaves me happy.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:49:22 | More by maximum12
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a DT tulip. Thanks to youbrewIdrink for the trade!

Bottled August 2009
Batch Three

A: Pours a rich, dark coffee brown. Like french press coffee with a tiny dash of cream in it. Two fingers of pure & thick cream, light brown in color, that has excellent staying power. A thick skim and even thicker ring make a lacey mess on the inside of the glass.

S: A heady mix of bakers chocolate, roasted and smoked nuts, a touch of espresso, dark fruit, grassy hops, and slightly fruity yeast. Snatches of cocoa, vanilla, milk chocolate, and lemon-y noble hops, as well.

T: More roasted malt, smoked nuts, and chocolate-y goodness. The fruityness takes a decidedly citrus turn, especially as it warms. Loads of dusty dark chocolate, espresso, and spicy hops keep the fruit flavors in check. Finish is white pepper chocolate.

M: Relatively full and creamy with a tantilizing bitter/spicy/peppery burn that really kept my mouth interested. Bitter and dry black coffee finish.

D: What an excellent Brown Ale. It truly was hard for me to put this beer down once I started drinking it. Excellent balance between dry, bitter, spicy, fruity, and whatever else you choose to draw out of this one. I'm officially hooked on Pretty Things beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 00:14:33 | More by GbVDave
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep mahogany brown color, with a dark tan rocky head

S - deep roasted malts, some chocolatey in aroma, light hoppiness relatively

T - rich malts, deep and roasted that fade into a cocoa like rich unsweetened chocolate, a slight quick coffee hint

M&D - light to medium bodied, with a nice shifting complex flavor, a very nice beer, this PTBAP is brewing some impressive beers, cant wait for them to expand into their own place so they can experiment.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 21:59:44 | More by sinstaineddemon
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saulcharlesworth

California

3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber in to tulip glass. Thanks for 6DaysBottomOcean for this one!

Appearance - Dark brown, very little light passing through. Head settles nicely after the pour but dissipates very quickly.

Smell - Not getting much here - some sweetness but very little else.

Taste - Lots of sweet malts but with a decent backbone. Offers more than you'd expect from the aroma. Little bit of hop bitterness as its goes down.

Mouthfeel - Medium with a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - If I was in a malty mood, this one could stay in the glass most of the night, but I'm looking for just a little more.

Not typically a style I go after but I'm glad to have sampled this offering from Pretty Things. As far as an English Brown Ale goes, it does well. Not sure I'd actively search this one out, but I did enjoy it and would recommend it to those who enjoy a good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 23:52:59 | More by saulcharlesworth
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CavePainter

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep, dark mahogany - opaque. Thin coffee colored head that hangs around. A good amount of lacing. Low but adequate carbonation.

S: Sweet malt and just a hint of hoppiness.

T:Sweet chocolaty malt w/ a hint of vanilla. Some smokiness nuttiness. An almost coffee like bitterness toward the end.

Mf: Full bodied. smooth with a nice dry finish.

D: This is a tasty brown ale - great for Autumn evenings. Smooth and tasty - you could definitely put back a few of these.

Seems to be more of a stand alone ale or desert beer to me. I can't imagine what I would pair this with. Pretty things is an understatement - this beer is gorgeous!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 22:28:09 | More by CavePainter
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Batch 2 (April '09). Pours dark, slightly cloudy mahogany with a huge, creamy head. Great lacing. Dark roasted malt on the nose with chocolate. Light molasses. Tastes more impressive than it smells. Toasty malt and chocolate again. A slight bit of dark fruit. Very dry finish with slight astringency. Fairly full body. Very nice brown ale over all.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 00:17:30 | More by philipquarles
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mjl21

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Russ. 22 ounce bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Batch Two and was bottled April 2009. No abv info is given.

A-Pours a dark brown with lots of red visible in the light. It has a one finger sandy head that has some decent retention.

S-Lots of malt in this one, which shouldn't be a surprise. There is lots of sweet malt and plenty of roast malt. The yeast is also very present which gives it a very bready aroma. Also getting some nice earthy hops. This one deserves a 4.25.

T-The sweet malt is the first flavor to hit. There is some stone fruit noticeable in the middle. The roast malt and some coffee notes hit in the back. After it has gone down the sweetness lingers. There is also a touch of tartness that I am getting. The yeast used is also noticeable adding a layer of breadiness to it. The earthy hops got stronger as it warms and help give this a respectable amount of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with a tad too much carbonation. The lively carbonation results in a dry finish.

D-Abouts as good as it gets for the style. You can tell a lot of thought went into this beer to make it veer away from a true brown.

My least favorite of their beers, due in part to the fact that brown ales are not one of my favorites. If you like the style, you are going to really like this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 17:00:47 | More by mjl21
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer for Boston, ya gotta love that. I also love the fact that Pretty Things' beers can change drastically between batches, so that it is almost like you are drinking a new beer with every release. This is batch #3, brewed last month. Pours a very dark brown color. Not close to black, but as dark as brown gets. Big and creamy tanned heading with some staying potential in the appearance. In the nose, one gets some caramel, cocoa powder, freshly baked bread, and many other interesting complexities. Sweet brown bread with powdered sugar comes to mind first in the aroma, followed by Christmas pudding and all sorts of spiced cookies. Overall much sweeter than previous batches. About medium to heavy, and it feels much larger than it is. Alcohol is virtually untraceable, which is a little disappointing for me only because that was one of the qualities I really liked in the older versions. Overall this is a bad ass brown that is on the threshold of the porter style. It has lost some of the rustic qualities from other batches, but this is still really well crafted, and a brew that they should serve at all Boston pubs. Not just for the nod to Boston, but for the overall quality. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 01:08:23 | More by jamie2dope
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with oglmcdgl, poured into some small snifters.

Botolph has a dark brown body that does not quite make it to black. A small dark tan head stuck around for a few minutes before capping, leaving some sticky lace. The smell consists of dark roasted malts, brown sugar and some old coffee. The taste is huge on the malts with alot of nuttiness. Some coffee with a nice amount of hops to round it out. The feel could of been a tad fuller as I found this to be a bit light/watery. The carb was not so high also. I enjoyed my glass and drank it in no time, but im not a big fan of nutty brown ales so this will do for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 16:29:59 | More by BARFLYB
Saint Botolph's Town from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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