Saint Botolph's Town
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Brown Ale - English
4.09 | pDev: 10.02%
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Saint Botolph's TownSaint Botolph's Town
Notes: SBT is fermented with two yeast strains for a unique rustic finish. But it’s in the yeast strains where this beer really departs from the typical: one is a German ale strain, the other is a common English strain. Why? Because it’s about the flavour, not just ticking the “style” boxes.

In the end we have an ale of 5.9% abv with a big malty, almost smokey Black Malt character, a bitter attack from Fuggle hops, a rich barleymalt finish, some dried coconut hints and an old ale acidity around the edges. We’ve even timed its tan head, standing proud for ten minutes!

The name “Saint Botolph’s Town” is in tribute to our great home in America: Boston. The original Boston in Lincolnshire, England is an abbreviation of “Botolph’s Town” or “Botolph’s Stone”. When we were back in Yorkshire recently, we found a churchyard where St. Botolph spoke in the year 675; a ‘stump’ (broken old cross) marks the spot. Saint Botolph is a 7th century saint from England whose feast day is June 17th. Perhaps a great day to save a bottle or two for!

38 IBU
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ruby colored with a light tan head. Smells of raisins, molasses and burnt bread crust. A bit of that continues in the taste, but the addition of caramel is what stands out, as well as some stale hop bitterness that I found a little off-putting. Surprisingly light bodied compared to the strong aroma. It's good, but I would have liked a bit more in the body to match the amazing aroma.

Jan 18, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

A - This beer pours dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. A semi aggressive pours yields about three inches of tan head.

S - I smell some cocoa, along with earthy, nutty aromas.

T - The taste has those earthy, nutty flavors that make English browns great. With hints of cocoa it is a nice representation of the flavors of this style.

M - Medium towards full.

O - I like the comforting earthy qualities of this beer. While I find it a good example of the style, I still think I would pick a Sam Smith's Nut Brown over this. But, this will definitely slake my thirst of the style.

Jun 28, 2014
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alovesupreme from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in December.
Poured into my Pet Gulden Draak Tulip, this beer yielded a massive light mocha colored head with great retention. The base of the beer is a big earthy brown while the corners are a dark okra.
Raison and brown sugar are the first smells that come to mind, with a slight medicinal character brought on by the hops.
Big malt presence similar to sweet toasted biscuits. Hops are slightly phenolic with a lingering bitterness that balances the sweetness.
Big creamy mouthfeel, similar to Samuel Smiths but a little bigger.
Yet another great beer from The Pretty Things.

Feb 07, 2010
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MystikCelt from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Jun 09, 2013
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mjl21 from California

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Russ. 22 ounce bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Batch Two and was bottled April 2009. No abv info is given.

A-Pours a dark brown with lots of red visible in the light. It has a one finger sandy head that has some decent retention.

S-Lots of malt in this one, which shouldn't be a surprise. There is lots of sweet malt and plenty of roast malt. The yeast is also very present which gives it a very bready aroma. Also getting some nice earthy hops. This one deserves a 4.25.

T-The sweet malt is the first flavor to hit. There is some stone fruit noticeable in the middle. The roast malt and some coffee notes hit in the back. After it has gone down the sweetness lingers. There is also a touch of tartness that I am getting. The yeast used is also noticeable adding a layer of breadiness to it. The earthy hops got stronger as it warms and help give this a respectable amount of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with a tad too much carbonation. The lively carbonation results in a dry finish.

D-Abouts as good as it gets for the style. You can tell a lot of thought went into this beer to make it veer away from a true brown.

My least favorite of their beers, due in part to the fact that brown ales are not one of my favorites. If you like the style, you are going to really like this one.

Sep 24, 2009
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hopandbarley28 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Jan 25, 2013
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coldmeat23 from Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
BATCH FOUR Bottled DEC 2009

This one pours a very nice, dark brown color with some deep ruby tinting. Almost three-fingers of tan colored foam make the head, Which sticks around for quite a long time. The lacing is in thick, sticky, strands.

The first scent to hit me is hazelnuts. This is followed by some nicely toasted malt notes. Very light traces of caramel sweetness. Very mild hints of fruitiness.

The toasted malt notes outshine everything else in this beer. There is a light, earthy, nuttiness here, also. Very interesting yeastiness. From crackers and dry toast all the way too mild hints of barnyard funk. Light traces of leather and smoke. A light touch of bitterness, right at the end.

Medium, but almost sliding into thin, bodied. It has a light-to-medium level of carbonation to it, which gives it just a slight hint of creaminess. Could benefit from more body.

It's certainly a drinkable beer. While I'm not rushing to track down another bottle, I'm glad that I had this one. I'll drink this again sometime, but now I'll search for some other beer from Pretty Things.

Aug 21, 2010
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CypherEnigma from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Nov 27, 2011
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Mar 25, 2013
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Brushkanna from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Jun 22, 2012
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billab914 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this while in Boston last weekend. It poured caramel brown in color with a modest tan head covering the top.

The aroma is malty and nutty with a moderate roasted malt and a little caramel sweetness.

In the flavor I get some toasted malts to it with some coffee and slightly burnt flavors. It has a nice nutty and caramel flavor coming out towards the finish. The flavors seemed to lean towards the porter spectrum a little, but were very good overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Overall I thought it was a very good beer. It was very flavorful but also pretty easy drinking. Very good version of the style as well.

Apr 20, 2012
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BugTownPub from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Mar 01, 2012
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dizztracted from North Dakota

4.92/5  rDev +20.3%

Oct 09, 2014
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ScottieD from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10%

May 11, 2013
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium head, medium carbonation, not clear, leather brown

Smell: chocolate and malt

Taste: malts, brown sugar, and molasses dominate

Mouthfeel: sweet and smooth

Drinkability: A very good and interesting beer which i will have again. Not as tasty as some English browns I have had, but it is a winner.

Mar 01, 2009
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stickynotes from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into overiszed wine glass, bottled Dec. 2009 "Batch 4." I was slightly worried about the age but grabbed it for the hell of it.

Pours a very deep amber with a thick tan head which slowly recedes, some lacing. White chunky sediment appears at the bottom, looks awesome except for this. Smell is subtle, sweet caramel, some cherry and not much else perhaps due to its age? Taste it good, not too forward, subdued. Sweet caramel malts, slight nuttiness, not much bitterness to speak of, a cherry and raisin aftertaste, ends a little stale. Medium mouthfeel. Overall this is ok, flavors are subtle and work well. I definitely want to try a fresher bottle.

Oct 02, 2011
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bluntedboywonder from New York

5/5  rDev +22.2%

Nov 29, 2011
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Remdog from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

May 18, 2013
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Tarps68 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Feb 22, 2014
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rpaul2012 from California

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Dec 22, 2011
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nickd717 from California

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to BelgianPrincess.

Pours a deep purplish-amber color with a five-finger tan head. I mean huge! This head sits on top of the beer for quite awhile.

Aroma is very light. Mostly sweet malt, with a little earthiness and some considerable yeast presence.

Flavor is sweet nutty malt and roast, maybe a slight hint of dark fruits. Definitely some kind of Belgian aspect to this one. It's almost like a dubbel.

Medium-bodied with excessive carbonation. Toning this down a little bit would make the flavor come out better.

Overall a somewhat enjoyable beer, but not great. Drinkable at least.

May 03, 2010
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phichifiji00 from California

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a May 2011 bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: Pours a rich brown with slow fading tan head.

Smell: Malty, nutty, rasiny, plums, molasses, bourbon, brown sugar. The aromas inprove and become much more complex as it warms.

Taste: raisiny, plums, espresso, malty.

Mouthfeel: Rich, medium-full bodied, good carbonation.

Overall: A good brown ale with lots of character.

Sep 13, 2011
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BigMike from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 2009 Batch 4

A: Dark brown rootbeer color. Mohogany with some ruby highlights. A soft fluffy head of about two fingers that matches the bottle lable in color almost exactly.

S: Tons of roasted nuts and malts. Chocolate and a small amount of coffee. Some dark raisins also. Smells great.

T: Starts off with a dark fruitiness. Followed with roasted hazelnuts, chocolate and finishes with a light touch of coffee.

M: Smooth, creamy and medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated and easy to drink.

Overall: Brown ales are usually one of my least favorite styles of beer. They tend to be bland and somewhat boring. This beer from Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project changes all of that. This is a terrific beer with tons of amazing flavors and mouthfeel. I'm completely impressed with this beer and will seek out more asap. I highly reccomend trying this.

Sep 27, 2010
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Celtics76 from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Apr 03, 2013
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

2.61/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After being so happy with the Jack D'or, I was eager to try this second offering from Pretty Things. Man, was I disappointed.

Off white head forms, then settles very quickly to a thin ring around the glass. The beer is the color of brown shoe polish. No lacing at all.

Aroma is real earthy with some molasses and deep malt. Not the most pleasant.

Um, didn't really like this at all. I enjoyed this with a couple of friends and all of us looked at each other with that look.... Grain, grain, grain. Sweet malt and a strange just shy of sour flavor. Very earthy and frankly a little dirt like.

Mouth feel was a bit grainy and chalky.

Not very drinkable in my book.

Sorry, I hope chapter 3 of the Pretty Things book is a ore enjoyable one.

Apr 07, 2009
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