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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: 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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Photo of shamus
1.3/5  rDev -63.5%
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...

shamus, Apr 12, 2006
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 rousee
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

rousee, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Sycodrummer, Aug 25, 2005
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 j89de
3/5  rDev -15.7%

j89de, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -15.7%

OriolesFan1008, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Kthomz34
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Kthomz34, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Molnar
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Molnar, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

stephenjmoore, May 11, 2012
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 Dogbrick
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Dogbrick, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Doomcifer, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

kvgomps, May 10, 2014
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Trashcat, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

AnitaBrewski, Jan 16, 2013
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
Photo of Wally1912
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Wally1912, Apr 01, 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 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 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 Patlee3324
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%

Patlee3324, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Aexoonge
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Aexoonge, Mar 21, 2012
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Beantown Nut Brown Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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