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1687 Brown Ale - Charter Oak Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Jason on 07-06-2012)
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3.8/5  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.

More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours clear, typical darker brown, the head is on the larger side, stays and stays, before going to coating film, low sheeting and high strands of fine lace.

Rich nose of caramel and nutty sweet malts.

Malty brew, toasty dark bread notes, I also unfortunately get some cardboardy dactyl rumblings. Eh, not overly in love with this one.

Photo of tigg924
2.64/5  rDev -25.6%
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 far333
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
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 jefftuck47
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of cruzmissile72
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first aromas to hit my nose are a nutty smokiness. It pours a lovely deep mahogany color--very dark and rich looking. The smoky nutty flavor comes though really nicely. Mild bitterness. Good mouth feel, not too thin. For me this a very nice brown ale, which is a style I've been trying more of lately. I'll definitely pick it up again as it is a tasty local beer.

Photo of ScottieD
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased 6 pack and poured bottle into Lagunitas large mouth glass. Typical brown coloring with 2 finger head. Decent aroma of caramel and bready malt with a faint hint of chocolate. Taste was your standard brown ale-- and this one is solid but unspectacular. Light body with a nice balance. A good first offering.

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours medium dark brown, with a lighter bottom that is darker at the top. Some white foam remains. Hazelnut nose. Some caramel sweetness. Nutty, hearty taste. Real nice hop to tone out the brown sweeteness. Expertly juxtaposed. Nice firm mouthfeel.

A really strong brown. Great first offering, looking forward to future releases.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.65/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.54/5  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 jrstamp
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quick pour into a tulip had a decent brownish white head that fell to a thin cap in no time at all. Nice deep dark mahogany color. Decent biscuit y and toasty smell and taste, but something seems to be a little off in this one. Letting it warm up a little bit made it come out a little more and the best descriptor I can think of is bittersweet chocolate on the back of your tongue.

Just average, but I'm happy to see another CT brewery, so I will definitely give their offerings a chance when I see them.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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1687 Brown Ale from Charter Oak Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.