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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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.65/5  rDev -26.6%

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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.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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

Purchased 6 pack and poured bottle into Lagunitas large mouth glass. Typical brown coloring with 2 finger head. Decent aroma of caramel and bready malt with a faint hint of chocolate. Taste was your standard brown ale-- and this one is solid but unspectacular. Light body with a nice balance. A good first offering.

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Photo of jrstamp
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.

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3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The issue I've had with this beer (and others from Charter Oak) is the lack of consistency from batch to batch. I've had this beer a number of times - some were much better than this review would indicate. Luck of the draw that I happened to review this particular batch.

A: opaque; cola brown in color; if held to the light, crystal clear and ruby colored; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a splotchy cap; very little lacing;

S; predominantly tobacco; a little milk chocolate and deeply roasted grain;

T: deeply roasted grain and milk chocolate with a bit of tobacco in the background; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: I love a good brown ale and, at times, I like this one;

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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

Photo of brentk56
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

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3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Billolick
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.

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3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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