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RATINGS: 1316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 2, 2004
bottle. very nice/big white foamy head. nice balance of malt and hops. doesnít have a dry finish to me like it says it does. i think itís a smooth brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 Brown amber color, off white head last well and leaves sheets of lace. Nose is fruity--cherry, citrus--w/ some toasty grain notes and a hint of roast. Mostly gentle carbonation w/ a few sharp prickles. Rather light bodied but still creamy. A bit of tartness in the finish. Good stuff. Same total as my original rating but from different numbers.

Original Rating: Not a bad brown. I canít say I could tell they used Belgian specialty malts as mentioned in the commercial deScription but still good. Rich, dark malt presence with a good kick from hops. I dig it though itís hardly my favorite style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Dark brown color with a nice foamy head that looks like a solid layer floating on top of mud. Walnut aroma. Oooo... excellent nutty taste with a great malt presense as well. Some hits of wood as well. Very rich and creamy. Damn Bill, this is a kick ass Brown!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Bottle pours a cloudy brownish amber, nice foamy off-white head, attractive lacing, with soft carbonation.   Huge toffee, caramel & latte aroma on this one.   Smells inviting!   Butterscotch, slightly unsweetened, and toasted malts on first sip.   Decent body, slightly creamy mouthfeel.   Finishes sweet, slightly buttery... tiz good.   A little heavy/rich for an every drinking Brown, but its good.   Thanks goes out to footbalm for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Brown, with a slight orangey tinge and a beige head. Cloudy, because I poured it quicker than I should have poured a bottle-conditioned beer. Faint malty/bready aroma. Malt, nuttiness, toastiness, some dried fruit. Nice subtle hop bitterness and leafy flavor. The level of carbonation is actually quite nice; refreshing but not schpritzy. On the full side of medium-bodied. I just noticed this: Holy hell, that's a lot of yeast in the bottle, even for something bottle-conditioned. There's almost as much at the bottom of my glass.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Kind of a flat brown ale. I was disappointed, ícause the Kalamazoo folk turn out some fine ales. The coloring was a clear light brown, but there was little carbonation and almost no head. The aroma was neligible and the flavor was dull and uninteresting.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Nice brown color with a subtle cloudiness. Aroma is perfumy and toasted with mature hops. Pillowy carbonation and great flavor. The most flavorful and exciting brown Iíve yet encountered. Nice bitter-hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1148) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2004
2003 bottle (i think). yeasty, malty, spicy (cloves?) aroma . big long-lived tan head. nutty and malty body, extremely well-balanced. several complex flavors; the finish is almost like chewing on some caramel or carapils malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drywallman (351) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
This one was indeed brown and had the big tan head mentioned below in other ratings. I also noticed the significant yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle. This contributed to smooth mellow taste I think. Not very significant on the hops. I could drink a lot of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Thanks to Adam (Lumpy) for this one also. Pours with a big tan head that appears to be think and lasting. Wacky floaties settle to the bottom that look like meteors. The taste is a bit yeasty and the mellow hops flavor takes over from what I usually find in brown ales, too much malt. the "best" brown ale? Probably not, but a fine product from a brewer I respect more and more every time I try another of their beers.

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