Beantown Nut Brown Ale | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States
beerworks.net

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
15.14%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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Photo of johnnnniee
2.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the source in Lowell. Pours a solid dark brown with a stingy off white head that was almost totally gone before the glass arrived at my table. Smells of caramel and toffee with a hint of chocolate and a smattering of earthy English hops. Smell is pretty good. Taste is malty caramel and toffee with a hint of diacetyl. There is an earthy, mineral bite towards the finish that builds with each sip and really ruined this one for me. Medium body and carbonation with a sweet slick mouthfeel. Somethings off in the taste here, I wouldn't order this one again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a 1" tan head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: a bit of brown sugary sweetness and hints of nuts.

Taste: very mild nuttiness here with some mellow roasted malts and very soft bitterness. Pretty one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a smooth start and finish. Very brief nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to drink but not overly exciting. Maybe worth a try, but you should try some others ahead of this one.

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On-Tap 09/30/05 at the Boston Beer Works - Fenway in Boston, MA.

Brown in color with a decent beige head. A nicely done brown ale with a subtle blend of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate in aroma and flavor. Medium bodied. A nice sessionable Brown Ale.

Per BBW website: Beantown Nut Brown Ale
A sweet dark ale, medium body with chocolate and coffee overtones. Full flavored, but not as rich and heavy as most stouts and porters.
Season: all Color: brown Alc./Vol: 5.0%

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Dogbrick
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Beer Works Fenway: Pours a dark chestnut color with a medium beige head that burns off steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of malts and nuts. Medium, smooth body with chocolate, malt and nut flavors. Slight hops do not do enough to counter the sweetness. The finish is sweet and lingering malt. Average all around.

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Photo of braican
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very nice looking amber/brown body with a very thin white head that disappears quickly.

S- Not getting a whole lot besides some generic malt. No real sweet notes I usually get in nut browns.

T- Possibly some very faint hazelnut, but mostly just a brown ale malt taste.

M- Light bodied with good carbonation.

O- Not bad, but not a great beer for the style.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

@ Beer Works Canal St.

Bedpost brown wood color with a thin skim head. Then head begets thin horseshoe retention. Decent lace though.

I can't really smell anything other than the french fries down the bar. Maybe unsweetened iced tea? Taste is nutty hickory, slightly bitter sweet brown malt and leafy hop tea.

I don't usually get along with Beer Works carbonation but they toned it down for this English style. Nice.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Jayli
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Logan Airport 5/19/09
This beer poured deep dark brown with a creamy beige head, nice thick lacing left on the glass. Nose is of malts and chocolate(though pretty light on the chocolate), and a touch of nuts. Taste is nutty, with roasted malts mixed in, the chocolate is very subtly blended in throughout with a burst towards the finish. Bit of a hop bite in the finish as well. Mouthfeel was lighter bodied but creamy on the tongue. I could sit with this one for a bit.

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Photo of WoostaBia
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ALC82
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swgwilt
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the style categorization of this one is up to debate. please add your input. truth is, one could make a good case for calling this a porter

it's daaark, with rootbeer highlights. the head was short but tight

some choc in the aroma

the menu reads something about "subtle chocolate and coffee overtones", which is a bit modest...well, at least as far as the chocolate goes: the finish is big on it¬órich. the hops grow as the beer warms, as well. it's brown and roasty up front, then hands it over to the chocolate; if this were a porter it would be a brown porter¬órich, but not sweet

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy copper/brownish red with a medium sized "guiness" type of head. The smell is hoppy with a malt backbone that's really pretty average. The taste is creamy with mild hops and sweet malt,but not as nutty as other brown ales. The m/f is light and abit thin,yet creamy with all the flavors mixing well. A good beer,not the best,but one were you can't really go wrong.

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Patlee3324
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Beer Works Terminal C-Fenway, Canal St. or Salem?

Wicked dahk with creamy head and sparse lacing

Mild roasted malt-a little clammy

Hearty backbone with mild mat-yeast and alcohol sparse

Heavy mouthfeel-even finish

Sessionable but looking for more flavor for heaviness - still, this will do the trick in a pinch

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Photo of bjohnson
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a frothy one and a half off white colored head. Good looking lace.
S: Roasted nuts with a sweet chocolate background. Coffee is noticeable also. Nice infusion of a light milk and vanilla maybe?
T/M: Tastes of roasted barley, malt, chocolate, coffee flavors. Very silky smooth across the palate. Slight bitterness towards the end. Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation. Nose had more to offer than the taste unfortunately.
D: Drinkable, but won't blow you away. Decent offering, worth a try.

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Photo of jackndan
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beantown Ale: Cask conditioned offering, “nut brown beer.” I am not a fan of this style, but I thought this was very good. Brown/amber in appearance, with very little head. Virtually without carbonation. Had strong malt sweetness throughout, with a long lasting aftertaste. Very nice.

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Beantown Nut Brown Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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