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1687 Brown Ale | Charter Oak Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,418
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
72
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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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3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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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4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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1687 Brown Ale from Charter Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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