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1687 Brown Ale - Charter Oak Brewing Co.

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1687 Brown Ale1687 Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

17 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 58
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 6.35%
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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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 58
Photo of brentk56
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A surprising gusher that pours out a huge pile of tan foam; eventually the chestnut colored liquid appears

Smell: Maple, chocolate dust and brown bread

Taste: Brown bread and chocolate, with maple tones developing; an acrid, bitter nutskin tone in the finish

Mouthfeel: At first, it was nothing but carbonation but then it settled into a medium body with limited effervescence

Overall: A bit of a disappointment, to be frank, though there were some appealing elements in the front end of the flavor profile (527 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (657 characters)

Photo of tigg924
2.67/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well-made brown ale. Smooth, mild with a good underlying chocolate, roasted malt taste and nose. Amazing creamy head that kept all the way to the bottom of the glass. (166 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of ScottieD
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Daktyls
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a solid one finger head that dissipates to a fine lace ring around the edge of the glass, small patches of bubbles persist in the middle as well.

S: Aroma is primarily that of bready, maltiness, biscuity comes to mind as a description, there is also some nuttiness in the nose, almost like an walnut.

T: Mild on flavor with a light hoppiness followed by the earlier maltiness and a slight amount of yeast.

M: Again, milder on the tongue, with a light amount of carbonation that makes this a good sipper, nothing overpowering, just an enjoyable beer.

O: Overall, a quite enjoyable brew, definitely a good summer beer as it is quite refreshing and enjoyable. (696 characters)

Photo of albertjr21
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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... (550 characters)

Photo of marcdalke
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my new 668 Neighbor of the Beast tulip.

An aggressive pour yields a two finger head. The lacing sticks around a wee bit throughout.

The aroma is nutty, slight caramel and some bakers chocolate. Very inviting. Maybe even some floral hops?

Mouthfeel is nice. Medium. Not too light.

This beer has a nice bitterness...one that my palate truly enjoys. Is is not a boring beer. The toasty character resonnates. It is nice and balanced. Everything plays nicely together without anything going out of bounds.

A surprising beer from a new brewery in CT. Great first offering! I cannot wait to try more! (621 characters)

Photo of jrstamp
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of cruzmissile72
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (367 characters)

1687 Brown Ale from Charter Oak Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.