Saturday, June 2, 2012

Saturday Beer Review: Saint Botolph’s Town Rustic Brown Ale (Pretty Things)

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A combination of English Northern and American brown ale styles

Appearance: A beautiful pour, rich and sustained tan head, beautiful dark amber color (befitting its heritage as a Northern English Brown) with copper tones

Aroma: Sweet and malty with burnt toffee and caramel, very faint suggestion of fruity esters

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with no noticeable alcohol burn and slight astringency; slightly heavier on the carbonation than feels right

Taste: Not a beer for hops fanatics as malt dominates the flavor (as it should with this style – whether English or American), although it is balanced (appropriately for this type of beer) with a nice low level of bitterness. They used dark roasted malts from Yorkshire and these are very evident in the taste: toasted caramel notes and a hint of chocolate.

Drinkability: This is a fabulous beer, a close second to Lovely Saint Winefride for my favorite offering from Pretty Things. Well rounded, flavorful, with enough complexity to make it interesting. A great sipping beer! 


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