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RATINGS: 1289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2007
translucent medium brown. malty/nutty with a medium-light body. toasty finish. a tasty one

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Hazy dark amber pour with moderate bubbly light tan head. Nutty aroma with some caramel and bread present. Taste is light roasted malt and with some nuttiness and a touch of caramel sweetness. Finishes on a very slight bitter note. A fairly tasty brown ale, although a touch more hops on the nose and palate would have been welcome.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Easter tasting @ jbean’s. Only brown ale that I have liked nearly as much as the Pullman. Sweet honey, bready (surprisingly!), chocolate, very rich malt. Lip-smackingly delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
tonypreto (130) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beautiful dark brown cocoa color with an amazing fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit. Tastes extremely smooth with hints of chocolate and malt. Only lacking feature was aroma.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown with red hues. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, and caramel. Tatse is very well balanced of roasted malt, nuts, toffee, cocoa and caramel, offset perfectly with hops. Great brown ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dunn4040 (128) - 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. I’m not a huge brown ale fan but when they are as good as this I can’t help but enjoy them.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
A very good brown ale from one of my favorite micros. An aroma of roasted and caramel malts. A flavor to match. Somtimes cloudly if not poured or stored properly. Only major drawback is the slightly thin palate. A very good brown.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shotgun1431 (128) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Dark with a lite tan head. lots of malt and even a little floating around. Nice aroma.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTown (127) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap at the brewery. A solid brown ale, comparable with Brooklyn and Ithaca.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2008
Poured a cloudy dark brown with a light reddish glow. Not much head, but what is there is ivory. Smells of toasted malts, a little coffee-like. Very inviting. Has a bit of an initial bite to it, fills the mouth with the taste of the toasted malts that were present in the scent. Carbonation level might be a little high, but not enough to detract from the impact the beer makes on the palate. Goes down relatively smoothly, leaves a slightly dry aftertaste. I could drink a few of these in a sitting. I don’t know that I would actively seek this brew out, but this is certainly not a bad beer. Serving type: bottle


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