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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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81
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2002)
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

08-01-2006 23:40:49 | More by Gavage
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-27-2013 15:29:11 | More by harpus
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

09-05-2011 17:46:54 | More by johnnnniee
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

10-11-2007 19:27:58 | More by Dogbrick
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RBorsato

Virginia

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%

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

10-07-2005 19:17:23 | More by RBorsato
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-03-2012 04:27:39 | More by Dope
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

02-22-2011 13:26:54 | More by donkeyrunner
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

05-21-2009 16:13:44 | More by Jayli
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15.7%

03-16-2014 01:53:27 | More by Fettpopps
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-18-2011 19:16:48 | More by waiting4lunch
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-16-2013 22:58:43 | More by AnitaBrewski
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

05-11-2012 20:38:54 | More by stephenjmoore
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

05-10-2014 15:20:08 | More by kvgomps
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bruachan

District of Columbia

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

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

08-03-2007 02:54:00 | More by bruachan
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jmz62565

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: cask
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

01-28-2007 01:07:59 | More by jmz62565
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

08-11-2008 21:00:42 | More by IBUnit63
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

09-15-2006 18:01:42 | More by bjohnson
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15.7%

07-19-2012 18:33:19 | More by OriolesFan1008
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braican

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-24-2012 21:48:10 | More by braican
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jackndan

Illinois

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.

Serving type: cask
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

06-18-2002 11:15:05 | More by jackndan
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swgwilt

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-30-2013 20:40:49 | More by swgwilt
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twelvsies

Maine

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

06-21-2005 22:02:48 | More by twelvsies
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rousee

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

11-26-2005 13:36:23 | More by rousee
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Arborescence

Finland

4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-23-2013 15:01:40 | More by Arborescence
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: cask
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

08-25-2005 02:49:10 | More by Sycodrummer
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Beantown Nut Brown Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
81 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.