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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cazort (497) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Iím a bit puzzled by the high ratings on this beer; I found it absolutely unremarkable. Seemed a bit thin-bodied and weak on the flavor. The alcohol content is also pretty evident in the flavor...I actually mainly smell alchol in the aroma and I donít like that. Thereís a light roast and a moderate amount of hops, which I find leave a slight metallic taste in my mouth, reminiscent of some German beers. Not too heavy, which is a plus. Leaves a pleasant bitterness on my palate, especially towards the back of the mouth. I find this beer tastes a little more pleasant (more of the toasty quality of the malt comes out) if I sip it...but itís thin for a dark beer so I find myself wanting to drink it more quickly. This did not impress; it was drinkable but I probably would not get it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dunn4040 (84) - Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Pours a deep brown with a slight red tint too it when held up to light. Has a one finger cream color head that seems to be holding up pretty well. Smells like toasted malts. Aroma is slightly earthy as well. Palate is very smooth. Toasted nuts, baked bread, toasted malts, a little bitterness that gives it a nice balance. There is also a little bit of sweetness that is coming through as the beer warms up a bit. Overall a very well balanced, easy to drink beer. Iím not a huge brown ale fan but when they are as good as this I canít help but enjoy them.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fredis23 (480) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Dark Reddish Brown Color, Huge Head, Lots Of Lacing. Aroma Of Sandthorn (Hippophae). Taste about the same: Lightly Toasted Malt and Sandthorn (Hippophae). More sour than bitter. Medium Body, More on the Leaner side. Too Thin and Light ABV for Cold Weather. Interesting and an OK Brew, Although the "Best Brown Ale" is too strong of a statement. Too Cocky, since it is no the best. Brown Ale is one of my favorites styles and Iíve had better. Nonetheless, it is different and interesting. Worth A Try....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bamsen78 (2409) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle @ Fire Works, Arlington, VA. Pours cloudy darkish amber with stable off-white head. Clear aroma of hops and malt with a subtle fruity note. Bitter, hoppy taste with a great deal of malty and fruity notes, ending dry. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1165) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottle: medium brown color with nice translucency, capped off with a fine-bubbled, light-tan head that leaves behind minimal lacing. Aroma is very nice; hits heavy on the chocolates, lightly roasted coffee beans, and a bit of caramel. Very malt forward and light, but never getting too sweet. Taste consists of warms, malty, breadiness with a swirl of bittersweet dark cocoa, nuts, and some smooth caramel. Thereís a light dusting of coffee beans way in the back, too, and possibly even a little hazelnut. Lightly sweet finish of caramel and toffee. Not the biggest fan of the style, but this is a very solid brown ale; a nice beer for the wintertime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Caytinator (809) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
12oz bottle. Yeah, so itís fantastic. Just like the description says, itís got a malty body, but itís not too heavy. Really good taste notes, agree with description. Itís just a little toasty, but not too much. Just a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
novice101 (196) - - OCT 4, 2013
Pours a deep brown color with a white head, smells of chocolate, malts and nuts. Taste is very similar, hops are not present at all. Very good beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RABinVA (1008) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle into nonic pint. Pours a nice caramel brown, creamy head with slight lacing. Roasty aroma with hints of nuts, chocolate, and coffe. Taste is the same. Not bad. Expected more of a hop bite from the description.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mandlbrot (3) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013 does not count
Not a fan of the aroma. Some coffee, woody, earthy and something else I canít put my finger on. Nice pour. I like the brown, hazy appearance - more to my expectation in a good brown. Minimal tan head with moderate lacing. This beer has a smoke and oak flavors that is nice. Medium bitterness at end. A medium bodied beer, with typical carbonation. Not a bad brown at all. The aroma holds this one back for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHOFF43 (1670) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle. Pour is brown with minimal head. Aroma is caramel malts. Flavor is similar, slightyl chocolatey and hoppy. Good for the style.

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