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:
#33,866
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
74
pDev:
11.91%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
Trade:
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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of far333
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of dd43
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown ales are an under appreciated style in my opinion. Charter Oak's take on the style is for the most part on point. Nice toastiness in the flavor with some hop bitterness in the finish, but not enough to overpower the malt character. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost oat like. The malts cling to/coat the tongue after swallowing, in a pleasant way. Recommended, especially on draft. This might make an interesting choice for a nitro tap line.

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Photo of slim2043
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Pours an amber hue with a little khaki head that fizzes away without trailing the glass. Smells of nuts and earthy tones at first before some toast and vanilla come through on the end. The taste was very refreshing with a good beginning of sweeter notes and toasted malt, while the back end had a bit of hops for a crisp finish.

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

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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2.65/5  rDev -26.6%

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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of raythealeman
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BeerMeister8
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daktyls
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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