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1687 Brown Ale - Charter Oak Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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55 Ratings
THE BROS
85
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Charter Oak Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 07-06-2012

Charter Oak's 1687 Brown Ale (this was the year the legend of the Charter Oak took place, and Wadsworth hid the document in the majestic Oak Tree - later to become know as The Charter Oak) is an American style which is slightly more robust than the traditional English Brown Ale. This beer will be brewed to a dark copper shade and be somewhat sweet and malty with distinctive toasted flavors from both our premium specialty roasted and chocolate malted barley, also allowing for a faint undertone of caramel. This style is lightly hopped for balance and this ale will prove to be a wonderful selection for a sessionable beer. Our medium-bodied, limited bitterness and hop aroma will make this an excellent choice.

30 IBU
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 15
Photo of RBrenchak
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dd43
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown ales are an under appreciated style in my opinion. Charter Oak's take on the style is for the most part on point. Nice toastiness in the flavor with some hop bitterness in the finish, but not enough to overpower the malt character. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost oat like. The malts cling to/coat the tongue after swallowing, in a pleasant way. Recommended, especially on draft. This might make an interesting choice for a nitro tap line.

Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerMeister8
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber hue with a little khaki head that fizzes away without trailing the glass. Smells of nuts and earthy tones at first before some toast and vanilla come through on the end. The taste was very refreshing with a good beginning of sweeter notes and toasted malt, while the back end had a bit of hops for a crisp finish.

Photo of Dan269605
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of arusso13
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, nuts, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some breadiness from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of maple, caramel and nuts come in. The hops presence is mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly other beers in the style that I would choose before this one.

Photo of AndrewBV
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of cheesepuffs
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of diamondlie
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Arch578
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight orangey brown head despite a vigorous pour, but does leave a fine cap of tightly bubbled foam. Aroma of toasted malt and cocoa.

Flavors of darkly toasted malt, some cocoa and leather. Slight roasty bitterness, mild offsetting hop flavors. Good balance of hops and malt. Slight caramel note, mild hints of sweetness.

Full mouthfeel, satisfying but not filling. Very good beer.

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Jersh67
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of h4ger
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of nebula1999
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tigg924
2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, clear, brown in color

Smell: toffee, nut, and toasted malt

Taste: toffee, barky-woodsy hops, toasted malt, and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: Sweet with a bitterness in the middle and a slightly less bitter end, light body, moderate-high carbonation

Overall: Was a lot more bitter for the style than I am used to. I found the bitterness to clash and not compliment the sweeter malts. I have a lot of beers I like in this style, so I will be passing on this in the future.

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Amazing head retention, dark reddish-amber

SMELL: Very toasty, bread crust, brown sugar, Muscat grapes, chicory, unsweetened chocolate, dried hay, fallen apples, tea

TASTE: Smooth, semi-creamy, treacle, mild coffee, raisins, toasted grain, bread crust, faint alcohol, balanced hop bitterness, caramel, ripe pears, cocoa nibs, grassy; long, lingering dry finish

Old-school American Brown Ale all the way—hops don’t have to be the only factor to rise up and balance a beer out. The toasted / roasted character does a lot of the balancing here. Very well-put-together beer and different enough to set it apart from the norm. We definitely want to see more from Charter Oak.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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1687 Brown Ale from Charter Oak Brewing Co.
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