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RATINGS: 1262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (383) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 Bottle. Really nice looking beer. Big white head that doesnít fade. Itís a pretty malty brew, but not too sweet. I like that. Definitely seems to have some hop presence, not at front though. This just feels like and October beer. I like it well enough. Itís a smooth, malty, nice drinking, flavorful beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1228) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Plain, light brown, no head. NOT MUCH of a scent- why? Ordinary nut brown beer flavor- a bit bitter- nothing new, nothing special. Not bad. Drinkable, especially for those who don't want to attempt something slightly risky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1057) - Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Medium brown with lots of sediment floating around. Relatively unpleasant to look at. Makes me wonder why everyone else likes the appearance. Thin off-white foam dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing. Smells of malt are very mild. Nice full mouthfeel. Small bubbles of carbonation. Caramel, light chocolate, and other toasted flavors. Nice balance and character in the malt selection. Very dry and mildly bitter finish. Appearance was the only thing I found distracting. This is a good beer that I would like to try on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Reddish brown strong thin head. Aroma is citrus and hops but flavour is a balanced malt with a dry acidic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Beautiful dark crimson color, with floating yeasties in this sample, with a huge, creamy, light tan head...lovely appearance. Aroma, malt, nuts, small fruit, cola-ish, yeasty. Taste: mmm, thick malt, just-so hops, significant mouthfeel, rich and fruity, yielding much more flavor than the typical brown, definitely more than the major producers of the style. Stands full on the palate, big bodied, lush,tasty, never-ending finish. This truly outdoes almost any brown ale you can name, I've always been happy when tossing them back, and have found it absolute heaven on tap, the rare times I've got to taste it. The yeast, the fruit, the huge flavor, the massive, warm mouthfeel, puts Best Brown in a class of it's own, clearly the best brown I've ever downed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Mine was nice brown- when held up to light, just screamed gorgeous ruby red. Okay med. nice white and coffee colored head. Some malts, toffee, nuts. Pretty smooth, medium body. This was kind of a medium beer for me, except for the color. Didn't stop me from emptying the sixer in two hours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
Orangey Brown coloured with almost ruby reflects displaying an honest small-to-medium white head. Aroma is loaded with sweet malt giving it this particular flavor that I can never find the right english word to describe (Sucre d'orge). Overall very sweet , but nevertheless balanced although I didn't have more than 7-8 sips. Suggestions of vanilla, honey, ginger, milk chocolate and a fruitiness approaching cherry at times. Finish displays a slight note of hops in a ashes like manner. Body is medium-full and fits the medium flavor intensity perfectly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
Brown sugar clamping on to silky almond skins...Dry yeasty sympathy and bitter initiative...An unusual and complex brown ale which deserves study...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
Fruity, brown sugar aroma with some alcohol noted. Orange-tan body with small, off-white head. Mild spiciness with candy sugar-like flavour balanced by a lasting bitterness. Medium body with a nice effervescence. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2534) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Orangey brown color with med slightly creamy head, fading to a thin layer. Full rising carbonation. Rich malty aroma with caramel, small amount of chocolate, light fruit. Hint of earthy and herbal hops (also slightly woody and mushroomy and not entirely pleasant...Northern Brewer?). Nice roundly sweet Britishy malt flavor up front, caramelly, nutty and light fruity. Herbal finish. Carbonation is a bit strong/biting, almost detracting from smoothness and hence drinkability - it almost doesn't feel like natural carbonation. Let it sit in the glass, especially if its too cold, but also to release the carbonation, and it becomes a really nice English Brown Ale.

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