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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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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%
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:
Photo of Ryanm1
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Ryanm1, May 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Doomcifer, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Trashcat, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of jmz62565
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jmz62565, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of jackndan
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jackndan, Jun 18, 2002
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

jeffsuth, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Arborescence, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of IBUnit63
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ 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

IBUnit63, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Aexoonge
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Aexoonge, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

@ 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.

donkeyrunner, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of twelvsies
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

twelvsies, Jun 21, 2005
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

JrDeutschen, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

AnitaBrewski, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%

RBorsato, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of odietrying
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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...

odietrying, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gavage, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of dananabanana
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

dananabanana, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of j89de
3/5  rDev -15.7%

j89de, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

johnnnniee, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -15.7%

OriolesFan1008, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of bruachan
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

bruachan, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bjohnson, Sep 15, 2006
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jayli, May 21, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

braican, Apr 24, 2012
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Beantown Nut Brown Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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