Beantown Nut Brown Ale - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Beantown Nut Brown Ale
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2002

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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by genaro:
Photo of genaro
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of jackndan
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of twelvsies
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +12%
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%

Photo of odietrying
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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...

Photo of Gavage
3.21/5  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.

Photo of dananabanana
4.25/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.87/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Photo of bjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Yeastcakes
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Sweet Malt and subtle fresh noble hops.
A - half-inch of off-white head, clear ruby red.
M - medium carbonation, light to medium body.
T - Malt forward, with some very subtle cinnamon / earthy spiciness. no bitterness, subtle fruitiness from the hops.
D - Very well balanced and sessionable beer.

Photo of Sycodrummer
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on cask from BBW/Fenway the beer was presented in their standard small size semi-nonic looking pint glass. It was a deep rich brown color with a thick and slightly creamy two-finger head. Some thick lines of lace rimmed the glass throughout the sample.

The smell was coffee and toffee upfront with a very sweet maltiness. No hops in the nose and a faint "newcastle" type smell, but slightly sweeter.

Slightly warm (being from cask) the beer was quite sweet and this combined with its warmth made for a bit of a bland taste. I think perhaps if not on cask the sweetness would not have been as pronouned and thus a little more well blended in the flavors. A rather malty chewyness to the beer with no real cofffee or toffee from the nose coming thru in the taste.

Moderate mody made slightly heavier by its warmth. Little to no carbonation.

For me, I didn't find the beer very drinkable. I was certainly able to finish my serving, but it was a little sweet for my taste and what I expected. I would have liked a little bit more bitter nutty-ness to the beer. Decent, and one I may try again not from cask, but not one of my favorites.

Photo of shamus
1.35/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

We must have got a bad batch or the dregs of this because it was undrinkable. It tasted like cider or homebrew made with too much sugar instead of malt.There was no head and little carbonation.

We were so disappointed that we almost cried and we didn't even have a decent beer to cry into.I'm going to give the Boston Beer Works the benefit of the doubt and assume we just got an off batch. Otherwise one of the worst beer experiences in a long time...

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very nice looking amber/brown body with a very thin white head that disappears quickly.

S- Not getting a whole lot besides some generic malt. No real sweet notes I usually get in nut browns.

T- Possibly some very faint hazelnut, but mostly just a brown ale malt taste.

M- Light bodied with good carbonation.

O- Not bad, but not a great beer for the style.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Beer Works Fenway: Pours a dark chestnut color with a medium beige head that burns off steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of malts and nuts. Medium, smooth body with chocolate, malt and nut flavors. Slight hops do not do enough to counter the sweetness. The finish is sweet and lingering malt. Average all around.

Photo of rousee
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The good news is I think this beer may have improved from other times I remember trying it. The bad news is its still got a long way to go.

Dark chcocolate brown with some hungry looking foam on top. Mild malt smell with hints of burnt almonds. Smooth drinking taste initially but kind of falls apart after a few sips. Its mild and may be improving but its still not too hot for the style.

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Beantown Nut Brown Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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