Oaktown Brown Ale
Calicraft Brewing Co.

Oaktown Brown AleOaktown Brown Ale
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #566
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,654
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 15.3%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
134
From:
Calicraft Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  27
SCORE
83
Good
Oaktown Brown AleOaktown Brown Ale
Notes: Not your traditional brown ale. This is a big, bad, bold brown. It's the intersection of a cabernet and an IPA. Or, say, 15th and Broadway. A blend of three oaks added during fermentation creates a red wine-like structure. California Cascade hops bring the local flavor that goes from roasted and bitter on first swig to a soulful, chocolate finish. Generally speaking, not for wussies. But who are we to say?
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 134
Photo of litheum94
1.97/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

22 ounce bottle with no bottling dates.

Body is a very dark brown, nearing black. Foamy, khaki colored head. Fizzles out to a very thin covering, with pools of bubbles.

Nutty nose, with aromas of almonds and hazelnuts. Sweet chocolate and cream. Light oak aromas.

Very, very bitter from the start. Flavors of ash and charcoal. There's some nutty, chocolate flavors hidden in there, but they are immediately choked out by a disgusting bitterness that tastes like aspirin. Tastes horrible.

First off, tastes nothing like a brown ale. Second off, it tastes like someone ground up some aspirin and added it to my beer. Terrible. Avoid.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly dark brown with a bit of orange mixed in and a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of chocolate and caramel malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of oak and vanilla.

T - Starts off with some caramel and chocolate malts with a bit of dark fruit and vanilla. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some brown sugar and a bit of wood. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, wood, coffee, and a bit of dark fruit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly fruity finish.

D - Very drinkable. A bit light, but the flavors are nice and well balanced.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a very dark reddish brown; almost black clear color. A nice light brown (almost white) head that leaves a solid lacing.

Smell – Sweet malts, chocolate, and a hint of hops.

Taste – Taste is bland compared to the smell; it tastes watered down as if it were meant for the “mainstream” crowd. Slightly bitter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel – Creamy but thin, lightly carbonated, easy to drink at 6.7%abv.

Drinkability – An average brown ale. Looks and smells great, but the taste is average.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a dark brown color with a khaki head. Toasted malt and bread with some strong roasted malt aromas. There is a hint of chocolate, a touch of ash, and some earthy hops. The flavor is far too bitter for a brown ale. Some toasted malt, cocoa, and lots of roasted malt. A hint of coffee, some earth, and burnt nuts. Was not a fan of this beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a reddish deep brown colour, with a frothy and rather vibrant head of yellowish-white. Lacing is good. Body looks solid. No visible carbonation, although the body is pretty opaque, meaning it'd be hard to see it even if it were there. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is pleasantly rich, sweet and deep, with pronounced brown malty characters giving sweet biscuit and sugared oatmeal goodness. There's an organic, grainy kick to it, but it's just a lilt to the rich deep, sweet brown characters. Yum.

Taste is lighter, especially in the feel, but the brown, grainy goodness sticks around, with a mildly roasted character lengthening the palate to a dusky finish like toasted brioche. Clean grain for the most part makes it feel good and wholesome. It's very pleasant. Feel is perfectly suitable. Only mildly carbonated, letting the malt coast through the slickness.

Really nice beer, and an impressive first effort from this brewery for me. Tasty, well-made stuff.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a loverly firm khaki head.

Nose is assertive esters, chocolate, malted milk and creamed sugared coffee - very nice.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, elegant, wonderfully balanced and very inviting.

Flavor profile is delicious coffee, malt, chocolate malt and burnt toast, all wonderfully balance with a rich burnt toast bitter.

Another very drinkable Calicraft beer. These guys are doing something right as all three of their current bottle offerings are very good and wonderfully drinkable, along or with food. Whether you like them or not is up to you; but, these are very well made brews.

Finish is dry malt, coffee and bitter chocolate, all long lasting and memorable.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into SN tulip shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruddy brown with three or four fingers of thick dark tan head that slowly faded into a thick greasy film leaving tons of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Very roasted smelling with hints of toasted nuts and smoke. Caramel and sweet malts poke through, and I get a hint of toffee and cocoa as well.
T: Follows the nose with clean and smoky notes of sweet malts, roasted grains, toasted nuts, light cocoa, toffee and caramel. The finish is bitter with notes of leafy, piney, hops. Flavors are all well balanced and smooth. The aftertaste has the suggestion of coffee, but it’s light.
M: Medium-full body, smooth and easy drinking mouthfeel, and soft and clean carbonation. Drink very well. Chewy enough to satisfy but not too heavy to not have with a meal.
O: A very flavorful and easy to drink beer. Flavors are rich and easy and the go down smooth. A brewery I will definitely keep my eye on.

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Oaktown Brown Ale from Calicraft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 134 ratings