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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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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
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 genaro:
Photo of genaro
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beantown was a transluscent brown/copper color with a low tan head that vanished quickly. The lace was decent.The aroma was caramelly and chocolatey with some floral bouquet. The taste was good with elements of caramel, coffee, flavoring hops, and a hint of yeast. Of course it was also a bit nutty. Mouthfeel was smooth and a bit doughy with some sweetness and hop bite. The finish was not what I expected. It was on the hoppy side - dry, bitter, and a little sour.

genaro, Feb 12, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Doomcifer, Aug 10, 2014
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
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
Photo of jeffsuth
4/5  rDev +12.4%

jeffsuth, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Arborescence
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
Photo of JrDeutschen
4/5  rDev +12.4%

JrDeutschen, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of AnitaBrewski
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
Photo of braican
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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