1687 Brown Ale | Charter Oak Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Charter Oak Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Jason on 07-06-2012

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Photo of gotbeerman
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich dense brown shade with a faint roasted and tasted aroma with wonderfully complex taste, yet well balanced. Of particular surprise is just how clean this beer finishes, leaving no residual on the tongue. Interestingly enough, the 1687 Brown Ale also enjoys a very light mouth feel. Excellent

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
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.

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4.26/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of cruzmissile72
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first aromas to hit my nose are a nutty smokiness. It pours a lovely deep mahogany color--very dark and rich looking. The smoky nutty flavor comes though really nicely. Mild bitterness. Good mouth feel, not too thin. For me this a very nice brown ale, which is a style I've been trying more of lately. I'll definitely pick it up again as it is a tasty local beer.

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Photo of albertjr21
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...

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Photo of marcdalke
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!

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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.

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Photo of KTCamm
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.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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1687 Brown Ale from Charter Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 74 ratings