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Beantown Nut Brown Ale - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Beantown Nut Brown Ale
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2002)
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Reviews by Ryanm1:
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4.15/5  rDev +16.6%

Walked into the Beantown pub with a friend while I was visiting Boston on memorial day weekend. This ale was on tap there and the only draft they served that I've never had. Got it in a pint. Brownish in color, descent fluffy white head.

Didn't really pay much attention to the smell to be honest. Upon tasting it I thought it might have been some sort of Pale Ale or IPA because of the hoppyness.

Didn't find out it was specially brewed by Sam Adams until I read yelp. I will say it was a quality brew and that I would recommend drinking it again. Also, noticed that the foam left white ring around the pint as I drank it down, symbol of a quality brew using quality yeast.

05-29-2013 01:57:04 | More by Ryanm1
More User Reviews:
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Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

08-10-2014 19:01:35 | More by Doomcifer
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a creamy copper/brownish red with a medium sized "guiness" type of head. The smell is hoppy with a malt backbone that's really pretty average. The taste is creamy with mild hops and sweet malt,but not as nutty as other brown ales. The m/f is light and abit thin,yet creamy with all the flavors mixing well. A good beer,not the best,but one were you can't really go wrong.

01-28-2007 01:07:59 | More by jmz62565
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4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

Beantown Ale: Cask conditioned offering, “nut brown beer.” I am not a fan of this style, but I thought this was very good. Brown/amber in appearance, with very little head. Virtually without carbonation. Had strong malt sweetness throughout, with a long lasting aftertaste. Very nice.

06-18-2002 11:15:05 | More by jackndan
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-14-2013 03:59:35 | More by jeffsuth
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-23-2013 15:01:40 | More by Arborescence
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3.63/5  rDev +2%

@ Beer Works Terminal C-Fenway, Canal St. or Salem?

Wicked dahk with creamy head and sparse lacing

Mild roasted malt-a little clammy

Hearty backbone with mild mat-yeast and alcohol sparse

Heavy mouthfeel-even finish

Sessionable but looking for more flavor for heaviness - still, this will do the trick in a pinch

08-11-2008 21:00:42 | More by IBUnit63
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-21-2012 17:08:21 | More by Aexoonge
Photo of donkeyrunner


3/5  rDev -15.7%

@ Beer Works Canal St.

Bedpost brown wood color with a thin skim head. Then head begets thin horseshoe retention. Decent lace though.

I can't really smell anything other than the french fries down the bar. Maybe unsweetened iced tea? Taste is nutty hickory, slightly bitter sweet brown malt and leafy hop tea.

I don't usually get along with Beer Works carbonation but they toned it down for this English style. Nice.

02-22-2011 13:26:54 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

A solid brown ale. Pretty dark brown color, red in the light, with a small bubbly head, though it disappears pretty qiuck. Taste is nice and malty, though not too sweet, a common fault in brown ales. Nice bitter coffee finish with out being too "stout-ish". Nice hops in the finish, though bit roasted maltyness takes center stage in this beer. Really creamy and smooth mouthfeel, similar to the other beers I got here, and a perfect beer for the end of the night. Yum.

06-21-2005 22:02:48 | More by twelvsies
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-22-2014 15:47:52 | More by JrDeutschen
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-16-2013 22:58:43 | More by AnitaBrewski
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Tasted On-Tap 09/30/05 at the Boston Beer Works - Fenway in Boston, MA.

Brown in color with a decent beige head. A nicely done brown ale with a subtle blend of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate in aroma and flavor. Medium bodied. A nice sessionable Brown Ale.

Per BBW website: Beantown Nut Brown Ale
A sweet dark ale, medium body with chocolate and coffee overtones. Full flavored, but not as rich and heavy as most stouts and porters.
Season: all Color: brown Alc./Vol: 5.0%

10-07-2005 19:17:23 | More by RBorsato
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

Served in 4oz. sample glass.

A: Very dark brown, almost opaque. Thin, weak lacing. Thin head.

S: Coffee notes. I don't really smell the nuts or the chocolate.

T: Coffee likewise noticeable, and nuts/chocolate less so. Hops more noticeable after a few sips. The sweet malt grabs you right away.

M: A little syrupy, but not too bad. Carbonation is just right.

D: A little too dark and heavy to keep on drinking it all night, but maybe just one more...

10-17-2008 04:12:29 | More by odietrying
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

Appearance: clear brown in color with a 1" tan head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: a bit of brown sugary sweetness and hints of nuts.

Taste: very mild nuttiness here with some mellow roasted malts and very soft bitterness. Pretty one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a smooth start and finish. Very brief nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to drink but not overly exciting. Maybe worth a try, but you should try some others ahead of this one.

08-01-2006 23:40:49 | More by Gavage
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

A: DARK brown, chestnut. A little bit of foam.

S: Sweet and malty. Maybe hazelnut?

T: Sort of a soy sauce taste. Dark roasted malt. A hint of coffee and again, hazelnut. A creaminess develops later. Very complex.

M: Velvety. Toasty aftertaste.

D: Great for one, but too strong for a second.

10-16-2008 17:58:22 | More by dananabanana
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-17-2011 18:19:58 | More by j89de
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New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev -21.9%

On tap at the source in Lowell. Pours a solid dark brown with a stingy off white head that was almost totally gone before the glass arrived at my table. Smells of caramel and toffee with a hint of chocolate and a smattering of earthy English hops. Smell is pretty good. Taste is malty caramel and toffee with a hint of diacetyl. There is an earthy, mineral bite towards the finish that builds with each sip and really ruined this one for me. Medium body and carbonation with a sweet slick mouthfeel. Somethings off in the taste here, I wouldn't order this one again.

09-05-2011 17:46:54 | More by johnnnniee
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

07-19-2012 18:33:19 | More by OriolesFan1008
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District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

the style categorization of this one is up to debate. please add your input. truth is, one could make a good case for calling this a porter

it's daaark, with rootbeer highlights. the head was short but tight

some choc in the aroma

the menu reads something about "subtle chocolate and coffee overtones", which is a bit modest...well, at least as far as the chocolate goes: the finish is big on it—rich. the hops grow as the beer warms, as well. it's brown and roasty up front, then hands it over to the chocolate; if this were a porter it would be a brown porter—rich, but not sweet

08-03-2007 02:54:00 | More by bruachan
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Pours a deep brown color with a frothy one and a half off white colored head. Good looking lace.
S: Roasted nuts with a sweet chocolate background. Coffee is noticeable also. Nice infusion of a light milk and vanilla maybe?
T/M: Tastes of roasted barley, malt, chocolate, coffee flavors. Very silky smooth across the palate. Slight bitterness towards the end. Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation. Nose had more to offer than the taste unfortunately.
D: Drinkable, but won't blow you away. Decent offering, worth a try.

09-15-2006 18:01:42 | More by bjohnson
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-18-2011 19:16:48 | More by waiting4lunch
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3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Had at Logan Airport 5/19/09
This beer poured deep dark brown with a creamy beige head, nice thick lacing left on the glass. Nose is of malts and chocolate(though pretty light on the chocolate), and a touch of nuts. Taste is nutty, with roasted malts mixed in, the chocolate is very subtly blended in throughout with a burst towards the finish. Bit of a hop bite in the finish as well. Mouthfeel was lighter bodied but creamy on the tongue. I could sit with this one for a bit.

05-21-2009 16:13:44 | More by Jayli
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-24-2012 21:48:10 | More by braican
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3.72/5  rDev +4.5%

08-18-2014 15:16:27 | More by Patlee3324
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Beantown Nut Brown Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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