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Saint Botolph's Town | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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90
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301 Reviews
Saint Botolph's TownSaint Botolph's Town
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States
prettythingsbeertoday.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by morebeergood on 02-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
301
Ratings:
632
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
84
For Trade:
1
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Photo of vrazionale
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads "April 2009 - Batch Two."

A - Pours a very dark brown body with a full light brown-colored head.

S - Caramel, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, the faintest hint of coffee, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon. Very nice balance between the sweetness and roastiness of the malts.

T - Again, I'm struck by how well-balanced this brew is. The roasted malt flavors come out here in full force: chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark spices, a touch of dark fruit. The finish is sweet but not cloying.

M - The carbonation doesn't make itself known here, but that's probably for the best. This brew feels a little too light-bodied for me - which is surprising, considering the dark roasty flavors going on here.

D - A very well-crafted brown ale. Nice balance, with no one element coming to the fore and overshadowing the others. I would love this brew with BBQ - beef brisket or spicy pulled lamb with this brew would make you very happy.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Pretty Things beer and man was I impressed.Poured a deep roasted chesnut brown with amber highlights showing thru,a 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop,malt lovers rejoice from there.Brown sugar,molasses,roasted walnuts,and chocolate all over the place,great malt complexity in a "small" beer.Roasted nuts and cakey flavors at the onset with molasses sweetness coming into play,again great malt complexity.I put limits on certain styles of beer because Iam a hophead who likes extreme beers,this wowed me being an English Brown wich I think has never happened,a great beer.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark brown ruby with minimal off white head
S- Sweet milk chocolate and roasted malts.
T- Almost tastes like eating a fresh baked brownie.
M- Medium carbonation and pleasant mouthfeel.
D- A very nice almost flawless brown ale. Sad that they are closing their doors...

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled dec 2009
Batch 4
In a pint glass a red/brown color with a thick tan head that left some lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and some spice.
Caramel chocolate taste, a bit of cinnamon.
This was a very smooth beer, very drinkable. I wish I could find this in Maine.

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3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%

Best brown ale I have ever had...not really into the style but THIS beer just plain 'ol rocks.

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Dark chestnut brown color, good lacing all around. Smells of toasted almond bread, faint chicory and a mild raisin/brown sugar note in the back. Big smoothness with a lush malty medium body. Toasty malt character with undertones of dark brown sugar, raisins, toasted bread crust and some dried hay in the finish. Modest hopping here, hint of herbal flare helps to balance. Mineral and fruit in the middle, hint of nutty yeast as well. Just a slight edge of char throughout. Lands semi-dry with a kiss of residual maltiness in the after taste.

Balance is seen across the board here, event the level of charred grain is perfect. Not massive or in your face yet this is of demi-epic material. Love it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Pretty Things arty and neat-o presentation, with the thin label strip over the cap, "Bottled April 2009 Batch two" Pours darker amber, medium brown, robust and retentive light mocha head, then thick film, a mottled ringed collar and finally respectable lace. Nose is yeasty and bready, with sweet malt notes just below the surface. Chocolaty brown. Sweet malt, powdered sugar, dusty dark chocolate, toffee, all come to mind. Creamy and luxorious mouthfeel, smooth as can be all the way to the finish. Very tasty and pleasurable brown ale. More quality and quite "artisanal" suds from the PT beer and ale project.

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a Samuel Adams glass. Dark brown with a big and persistent creamy head that left lace on the glass.

S: Roasted malt aroma, grassy

T: Very malty, big English ale flavor, some sweetness, very hearty

M: Long flavor that morphs from sweet to deep coffee follow.

This beer is a surprise. I bought it because I'd tasted two of their beers a while back and had liked them; but I was really just guessing on what it would be like, memory of beer after tasting so many being what it is. It is an excellent, full-flavored beer, something I'm always looking for these days, having tired of the massive overhopping of American craft beers. This is a beer with a strong malt profile, more aggressive in its flavoring than most of the English ales it takes as its progenitors. Were I drinking it in a pub with lots of beers, I'd be ordering it over and over again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of chudson1992
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of rob133
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of marchnlv
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of juicebox
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch Four, bottled December 2009
Dark brown, not quite opaque wth streams of fine bubbles rising up through the dark liquid to a one inch head of high and frothy dimpled foam.

Low aroma of toasty malt and dark cereal, some pumpernickel and fig.

Flavors of toasted malt, understated cocoa, leather and mild smoke, plus some dried leaves and dark fruits. Smokiness increases in the finish. No one flavor dominates, very balanced. Gets more interesting as it warms. Notes of port emerge.

Full mouthfeel, a little tingly, finishes a bit tannic. Tasty and drinkable, good beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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