995. Saint Botolph's Town

995. Saint Botolph's Town

This bottle was provided by Nick, Jadyn's labmate, in return for cat-sitting his cat KiKi. Nick had done his research prior to our arrival. There were three bottles of beer in his fridge for us, one bottle of Don de Dieu, labeled "#97", one bottle of Weihenstephaner Korbinian, labeled "#464" and a bottle of Saint Botolph's Town labeled "#997?", which would have been accurate, save for two errors on my part at the BA Extreme Beer Fest. Jadyn and I split the Saint Botolph's town while we were watching KiKi.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project
Alcohol: 5.70%
Serving: Bottle, 22 oz.
Style: English Brown Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 4.0 | Drinkability: 4.0


Pours a mildly cloudy, garnet-tinted, dark brown. It's toped by a light-brown, fluffy head that fades to a film. The aroma is malty with hints of chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and a nice whiff of coffee on the swirl.

Sweet caramel and bittersweet chocolate malts upfront move through the center becoming fruitier towards the finish with a nice hints of plum. They give way to a slightly astringent character, a roasty coffee bitterness, and a lingering fruity sweetness in the finish. The beer is medium-bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation and a mild, minerally finish.

This brew has a good, malt profile and sweetness. The malts are balanced by a good roasted component that still leaves a nice lingering sweetness in the finish.