1687 Brown Ale
Charter Oak Brewing Co.

1687 Brown Ale1687 Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #626
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,610
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 11.91%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
74
From:
Charter Oak Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  11
SCORE
82
Good
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Notes: Charter Oak's 1687 Brown Ale (this was the year the legend of the Charter Oak took place, and Wadsworth hid the document in the majestic Oak Tree - later to become know as The Charter Oak) is an American style which is slightly more robust than the traditional English Brown Ale. This beer will be brewed to a dark copper shade and be somewhat sweet and malty with distinctive toasted flavors from both our premium specialty roasted and chocolate malted barley, also allowing for a faint undertone of caramel. This style is lightly hopped for balance and this ale will prove to be a wonderful selection for a sessionable beer. Our medium-bodied, limited bitterness and hop aroma will make this an excellent choice.

30 IBU
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 74 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BeerMeister8:
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BeerMeister8 from New Hampshire

3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 08, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Amazing head retention, dark reddish-amber

SMELL: Very toasty, bread crust, brown sugar, Muscat grapes, chicory, unsweetened chocolate, dried hay, fallen apples, tea

TASTE: Smooth, semi-creamy, treacle, mild coffee, raisins, toasted grain, bread crust, faint alcohol, balanced hop bitterness, caramel, ripe pears, cocoa nibs, grassy; long, lingering dry finish

Old-school American Brown Ale all the way—hops don’t have to be the only factor to rise up and balance a beer out. The toasted / roasted character does a lot of the balancing here. Very well-put-together beer and different enough to set it apart from the norm. We definitely want to see more from Charter Oak.

Dec 12, 2013
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Jul 06, 2012
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far333 from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight orangey brown head despite a vigorous pour, but does leave a fine cap of tightly bubbled foam. Aroma of toasted malt and cocoa.

Flavors of darkly toasted malt, some cocoa and leather. Slight roasty bitterness, mild offsetting hop flavors. Good balance of hops and malt. Slight caramel note, mild hints of sweetness.

Full mouthfeel, satisfying but not filling. Very good beer.

Mar 30, 2014
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Billolick from New York

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours clear, typical darker brown, the head is on the larger side, stays and stays, before going to coating film, low sheeting and high strands of fine lace.

Rich nose of caramel and nutty sweet malts.

Malty brew, toasty dark bread notes, I also unfortunately get some cardboardy dactyl rumblings. Eh, not overly in love with this one.

Oct 12, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A surprising gusher that pours out a huge pile of tan foam; eventually the chestnut colored liquid appears

Smell: Maple, chocolate dust and brown bread

Taste: Brown bread and chocolate, with maple tones developing; an acrid, bitter nutskin tone in the finish

Mouthfeel: At first, it was nothing but carbonation but then it settled into a medium body with limited effervescence

Overall: A bit of a disappointment, to be frank, though there were some appealing elements in the front end of the flavor profile

Jul 01, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, nuts, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some breadiness from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of maple, caramel and nuts come in. The hops presence is mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly other beers in the style that I would choose before this one.

Nov 09, 2014
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SuomiHobbit from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10%

Nov 15, 2013
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Jan 19, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Kelly and Paul, thanks for the opportunity! Slightly hazy deep copper color. Rich bready caramel maltiness with light chocolate and a slightly annoying clove character especially in the finish. Decent beer.

Dec 05, 2016
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bacher468 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Dec 28, 2013
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Griffith from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Sep 08, 2014
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Durge from Connecticut

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale lives up to that with a nice brown color with golden caramel edges and a full two-finger fluffy light tan head. Lacing is equally enthusiastic. The aroma is light Seven-Up malt if there can be such a thing. I get some brown bread and slight chocolate ideas. The taste offers more of a charcoal theme with a decided hop bite but not any real hop flavor that I can detect. It's a little watery but the charcoal-brown bread blend works out okay overall and it makes for an easy drinking brown with fair character. This is pretty much light bodied, a bit of an aqueous feel with refreshing but fine carbonation. Not bad when all is said and done.

Nov 22, 2012
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

2.67/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, clear, brown in color

Smell: toffee, nut, and toasted malt

Taste: toffee, barky-woodsy hops, toasted malt, and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: Sweet with a bitterness in the middle and a slightly less bitter end, light body, moderate-high carbonation

Overall: Was a lot more bitter for the style than I am used to. I found the bitterness to clash and not compliment the sweeter malts. I have a lot of beers I like in this style, so I will be passing on this in the future.

Dec 29, 2013
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well-made brown ale. Smooth, mild with a good underlying chocolate, roasted malt taste and nose. Amazing creamy head that kept all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Jul 16, 2015
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swierczt from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 11, 2013
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass

clear chestnut brown colored, thick off-white head. nice malty aroma of toffee and biscuit. very smooth flavor - good balance - neither sweet nor dry. medium bodied.

Aug 02, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours medium dark brown, with a lighter bottom that is darker at the top. Some white foam remains. Hazelnut nose. Some caramel sweetness. Nutty, hearty taste. Real nice hop to tone out the brown sweeteness. Expertly juxtaposed. Nice firm mouthfeel.

A really strong brown. Great first offering, looking forward to future releases.

Sep 22, 2012
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marcdalke from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my new 668 Neighbor of the Beast tulip.

An aggressive pour yields a two finger head. The lacing sticks around a wee bit throughout.

The aroma is nutty, slight caramel and some bakers chocolate. Very inviting. Maybe even some floral hops?

Mouthfeel is nice. Medium. Not too light.

This beer has a nice bitterness...one that my palate truly enjoys. Is is not a boring beer. The toasty character resonnates. It is nice and balanced. Everything plays nicely together without anything going out of bounds.

A surprising beer from a new brewery in CT. Great first offering! I cannot wait to try more!

Aug 09, 2012
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jrstamp from Connecticut

3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quick pour into a tulip had a decent brownish white head that fell to a thin cap in no time at all. Nice deep dark mahogany color. Decent biscuit y and toasty smell and taste, but something seems to be a little off in this one. Letting it warm up a little bit made it come out a little more and the best descriptor I can think of is bittersweet chocolate on the back of your tongue.

Just average, but I'm happy to see another CT brewery, so I will definitely give their offerings a chance when I see them.

Dec 01, 2012
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albertjr21 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass on 9-1-12.

Served at cellar temp. A thick and rocky head surges and dwindles down but maintains a solid tan cap under a reddish brown clear body. Fine aroma of chocolate and toasted nut rings in the nose. Subtle hops and an unselfish carbonation lend really nicely to the flavors at play here. Caramel, cocoa, and earthy hop in the taste. A pleasant bit of tobacco and overall nutty and earthy baker's chocolate accent in a dry finish. Sessionable and flavorful. I want a T-shirt and more beer Charter Oak...

Sep 01, 2012
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Daktyls from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a solid one finger head that dissipates to a fine lace ring around the edge of the glass, small patches of bubbles persist in the middle as well.

S: Aroma is primarily that of bready, maltiness, biscuity comes to mind as a description, there is also some nuttiness in the nose, almost like an walnut.

T: Mild on flavor with a light hoppiness followed by the earlier maltiness and a slight amount of yeast.

M: Again, milder on the tongue, with a light amount of carbonation that makes this a good sipper, nothing overpowering, just an enjoyable beer.

O: Overall, a quite enjoyable brew, definitely a good summer beer as it is quite refreshing and enjoyable.

Jun 15, 2013
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zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Feb 14, 2016
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cheesepuffs from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Sep 13, 2014
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nookiebrown from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10%

Aug 10, 2013
1687 Brown Ale from Charter Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 74 ratings