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RATINGS: 1287   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Aroma: Caramel and Malts Appearance: Dark Brown Flavor: Caramel and Nuts Palate: Sweet with dry finish Overall impression:Good brown ale, caramel and oats are prevelant in this beer, not as adventurous as others.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Sweet carmel malts on the nose,cloudy brown with small head. Nicely balanced with hops, no lingering sweetness which is nice. Good fall session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 2, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours a brown mahogony color with a frothy tan head. Nice lacing. Medium to heavy body. Aroma is malty sweet, nutty and dark caramel. Starts sweet with caramel, bisquit and malt. Has that fresh toasted bread flavor which is balanced by the nutty sweetness and finishes drier than normal for many beers similar.. One of the ’Best Bowns’ I have had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheChampion (114) - Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Pours a ruby brown with a slight tan head. Sweet bready and nutty aroma. Sweet malty taste with a bit of bitter hops in the finish. Very smooth and a very good brown ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2010
First whiff is of yeast, then coffee behind it and sweet. Pours medium brown. Held up to the light it is a deep sap color. Two finger head. Loose lace. Tastes roasty, sweet, and a little sour. Not overwhelmingly coffee with a tart bite. Caramel malt and a noticeable yeast taste that begins to approach a Belgian style. Somewhat sharply carbonated. Otherwise, smooth with a little sticky aftertaste. For a 5.8% abv, this beer has a lot going on. Very interesting and very good. Would make for a great fall session.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Pours amber-brown with a one-finger tan head, good retention. Bright malty aroma, citrus and caramel notes balanced with a nice dryness. Crisp malty finish with a touch of hops, nice palate.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Toasted bread, some hints of caramel and citrus. Good amount of hops. Head disappears quickly. Not too sweet, I like this one, but nothing outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frpilz (111) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Aroma of coffee grounds, dark chocolate, buterscotch. Dark brown with traces of red color, still opaque enough to barely see through. Dark beige 1/2" foamy head. Smoooooth entry, rich, roasted complex. Hints of chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, and then some slight hoppy bitterness towrads the end, I suppose its slightly balanced in the favor of sweetness, but the hops added were a very nice choice. Mouthfeel is syrupy, thick, clingy which all add to the long aftertaste. Medium bodied , and deliscious. Impossible to have just one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours dark brown and a little foamy. Good malty flavor with a strong finish. Excellent brown beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Supposedly a seasonal fall-winter beer, but available mid-July. The brown ale pours a beautiful clear brown with a tan-colored, thick, mousse-like head. The head persists and leaves intricate Belgian lace when sipped. The nose is both delicate and noticeable with hints of toasted bread, toffee, malt and ginger. The malt notes are light and sweet but not cloying. On the palate the ale has a medium body, perfect balance and a wonderful lingering finish that wants you to go back for. This ale is totally moreish! The carbonation pleasant and the alcohol is not noticeable.


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