1687 Brown Ale - Charter Oak Brewing Co.
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Reviews by albertjr21:
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass on 9-1-12.
Served at cellar temp. A thick and rocky head surges and dwindles down but maintains a solid tan cap under a reddish brown clear body. Fine aroma of chocolate and toasted nut rings in the nose. Subtle hops and an unselfish carbonation lend really nicely to the flavors at play here. Caramel, cocoa, and earthy hop in the taste. A pleasant bit of tobacco and overall nutty and earthy baker's chocolate accent in a dry finish. Sessionable and flavorful. I want a T-shirt and more beer Charter Oak...
09-01-2012 21:14:43 | More by albertjr21
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3.8/5 rDev +7%
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.
12-12-2013 15:49:59 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
10-12-2012 00:48:38 | More by Billolick
2.64/5 rDev -25.6%
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.
12-29-2013 14:04:04 | More by tigg924
3.74/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
03-30-2014 16:02:04 | More by far333
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
09-01-2012 18:46:39 | More by cruzmissile72
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
12-01-2012 17:54:14 | More by ScottieD
3.95/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
09-22-2012 20:27:44 | More by KTCamm
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
12-01-2012 19:29:05 | More by jrstamp
3.55/5 rDev 0%
This brown ale lives up to that with a nice brown color with golden caramel edges and a full two-finger fluffy light tan head. Lacing is equally enthusiastic. The aroma is light Seven-Up malt if there can be such a thing. I get some brown bread and slight chocolate ideas. The taste offers more of a charcoal theme with a decided hop bite but not any real hop flavor that I can detect. It's a little watery but the charcoal-brown bread blend works out okay overall and it makes for an easy drinking brown with fair character. This is pretty much light bodied, a bit of an aqueous feel with refreshing but fine carbonation. Not bad when all is said and done.
11-22-2012 05:39:12 | More by Durge
1687 Brown Ale from Charter Oak Brewing Co.
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