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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2013
From bottle. Pours a amber brown with nice head. Aroma was thick with caramel and roasted goodness. Taste follows with a medium mouthfeel and wonderful aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattern33 (99) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle. Dark clear ambef color. Good heaf. Very malty taste but smooth on palate. Good malty beet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
darthmoore (8) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
Pours a beautiful stained walnut color with a dense two and a half finger khaki head. When held to the light it has a tinge of ruby and a bit of unfiltered haze. Leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing. The scent is of bread and caramel with a bit of fruity yeast. Spiced pear maybe? Taste is of malt, caramel and toast with just a bit of hop bitterness. Beer is moderately sweet from beginning to end but not in any cloying way. Beer is full bodied and slick with average carbonation. The finish is a bit abrupt but there is some astringency left behind. Not in an unpleasant way though. Overall this is a truly exceptional example of a brown ale and one of my favorite beers. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (345) - - MAY 2, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 suprised to see such a high rating. could have been an older bottle that I had- didnít seem to have much life left. Pours a translucent brown with a thin white quickly disappating head. taste is malt with some interest on the finish with a hit of hops- website says "generous use of hops" but does not list actual ibuís. the light color sort of threw me off- expected there to be a bit more to it. does make sense of the commercial description though- could pair with a cool fall evening or work on a warm summer evening. definitely not heavy, just not quite enough to it. maybe a bit wimpy? shared a bottle after the bells flight. was actually nice to switch to something lighter after 3 stouts. Original review still stands, but maybe this brew has itís place as more of a session beer. Little more easy going and approachable. itís certainly not bad, just would not hold my interest for long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (411) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2013
One of the better brown ales I have had, has the malt, but also the hop, perfectly balanced IMO. Great from start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (1977) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a light tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, carmel, nuts, and chocolate. Taste follows the nose. Malt forward, nutty, hints of chocolate, with a slight mild hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerKurve (493) - - APR 21, 2013
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 Dark Hazy Red with a 2 finger head. Smell has notes of caramel, floral hops, roasted malts and chocolate. The flavor has some mild caramel, rum raisin, chocolate and roasted malt notes. Body is moderate yet thick and the carbonation is somewhat mild as well. Itís a unique beer but it could use some more flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smoothsippin (30) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2013
Pours ambr with a beige head. Can catch both a mild sweetness and bitterness in the nose, which continues into the mouth and the swallow. Pretty consistent and smooth with a pleasant crisp finish. I like Brown ales and this is a nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly and some lace. Aroma is roast malts. Taste roast malt, light cocoa, some bitterness, nutty medium body, sticky finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artmcd8 (1548) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2013
This is one of the better brown ales I have had. I guess the name is pretty fitting. Reddish brown pour. Full head. Nutty aroma. Slight bitterness in the finish. Good all around.

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