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RATINGS: 1289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in our fall & winter lineup. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Translucent, scarlet brown in color with a foamy, tight quarter inch head. Subdued aroma wafting out of cedar clothes chests, along with amaretto, hazelnuts, pecans, drying mud, chocolate and toffee. Lively, lightening impression achieved at first quaff. Basement wood paneling meets a dry cocoa trait. Nut accentuations come by means of pecans, hazelnut shells and pistachios, which assumingly are the byproduct of the Belgian malt incorporations. Sweet chocolate malts in full array provide the backdrop. More palate sprits than I bargained for and carbonation is a bit high, but the malt profile more than compensates. Finishes like slightly flame-licked símores interspersed with hazelnut coffee syrup sweetener. Enjoyable quaff and one of the better browns.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Bottle. Poured a nice brown with a fair sized, fizzy off white head. Aroma reminded me of toasty caramel malt. The flavor is sweetish, carmel, with the slightish hop finish to take out some of the sweetness. Long finish, medium to full bodied with an almost creamy texture, very carbonated. I am a hop head, but Bellís is perhaps the best brewer I have run across. I donít think they can make a bad beer. This is a very good brown ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Big thanks to KariCupcake for bringing me a bottle of this from a business trip! Perfectly dark dark brown color with a nice thick head. Wonderful malty aroma which reminds me of some Belgians Iíve had. Fizzy mouthfeel that takes slightly away from the beer, but the malty taste is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Sweet carmel malts on the nose,cloudy brown with small head. Nicely balanced with hops, no lingering sweetness which is nice. Good fall session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Poured a deeper and cloudy brown with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of little floaters. Aromas of nuts, caramel, and light chocolate. Tastes of nuts, toffee, chocolate and some hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 Rerate. Draft. Deep amber, approach brown body. Thick, frothy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Malty aroma with notes of nuts, caramel, bread and a hint of roastiness. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter, a bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Thin to medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Thin body doesnít play well with the malty tastes. Standard fare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Different label than that in the picture. Batch ID #6742. Packaged on: January 27, 2005. Pours a hazy amber/brown with a fizzy, thick tan head. Aroma is of toasty malts, caramel, chocolate and some sour hops. Lots of tingly, bitter hops on top of a velvety smooth, chocolate and caramel body. A very slight acidity in the hops, but itís unlike the sour staleness so common in other brown ales. This is one of the better brown ales Iíve had. Itís almost bock-ish. This was bottled 8 months ago, so I guess it would be considered aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Good brown. Thick head, with roasty/biscuity malt aroma. Firm malty body, hopped enough to avoid sweetness, but still is a malty, rich treat. Good on a cool evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
this was a damn good brown ale. almost as good as the rogue hazelnut brown, but falls short due to acidity. basically, this had some nice qualities. the aroma was like maple donut frosting with some coffee and chocoalte in there helping out. got lots of malts in the flavor, nice and smooth except that acidic end, and some nice caramel, chocolate and toffee flavors. some butterscotch coming through as well. this kicks some brown ale ass. :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2005
12oz bottle. 6742 bottle code. Served at 58.5į in my NB worthy glass. Pours dark crimson red with a small cream colored head that stick to the glass when swirled. It also leaves a coating on the glass. The nose is chocolate, coffee au lait, rich malt, perfumy hops. This is a nice smelling brown ale! The taste is sweet malt, with a malted-milk flavor, milk chocolate, caramel, some mild spicy hops. Nice mouthfeel. Probably the best brown ale I have ever had, I am usually not a fan of the style.

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