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RATINGS: 1269   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2007
Clear chestnut colour with a thick, dense brownish head, leaving shards of lace. Something vaguely sweet-caramel, toffee, bit of hosp, dry cacaopowder; sweet and vaguely woody. Sweet-ish, green leaves, bit of greenmalt, arachide with a retronasal bitterness that clashes with the sweet initial flavour, instead of blending. Chocolate flavours, certainly warming up. Medium bodied, at least, quite slick, bit too much mouthburning to be called smooth. It’s not really bad, but its lack of balance annoys me no end. I wonder if Mr. Bell wanted to explore the limits of archaic styles?

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7975) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2010
355 ml bottle thanks to Schroppfy, on December 30, 2009
Cloudy dark brown color, firt pours were clear though, tan head. Subtle fruity and sweet malty scent. Acidic, caramel, malty, dryish taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium dryish bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7938) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Tap at Eccentric. Nutty coffee and sour mash aroma. Dark amber with small head. Sweet-sour toffee malt flavor with light bitter herbal hops finish. Nice solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Hah it is the best non-belgian brown ale I have had. It is just too easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bottle. Batch #7091. Medium, hazy copper/brown pour with a solid layer of off-white head. Lots of spicy malts and nuttiness in the aroma, along with earth and a little peat... quite aromatic for a brown. Flavor picks up a bunch of caramel, toffee, and nutty sweetness with hints of smoke and spices at the finish. Smooth yet slightly grainy on the palate. Rich, malty finish with floral hops, berries, and a lil’ bit of alcohol. Very good brown.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2003
On tap: Pours with a dark brown luminescence. Thick sweet malty licorice aroma and a full, robust, yet smooth body. One of the better brown ales on the market.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
Courtesy of Quake1028. Pours brown with amber edges and tan head. The aroma is roasty malts, a bit of dusty malt astringency, crystal malts and mild notes of chocolate. The taste has rich maltiness with levels of roasted malts, caramelized malts, mild biscuit malts and just a hint of chocolate. Midway a blunted sting of malt astringency mixed with vague hop bitterness helps draw the experience to a close. It leaves a roasty mildly bitter after taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2010
On tap at Hop Leaf Chicago (second visit). Dark brown, light brown head. Toasty malty aroma, hints of fruity esters. Toasty malt flavours, also a creamy nuttiness(macadamia?), with hints of hard-to-pin-down fruity undertones. Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6953) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2010
On tap. Poured a clear brown with a light tan head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of malts with a nice grain and bread backbone with a hint of caramel and some spices. Flavor was quite similar with lots of malts that were slightly sweet but mainly bread came to mind with some spices to make it interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6939) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
TAP: brown pour, rich caramel aroma with some hop character, flavor is sweet, malt, caramel, and a little dry on the finish.


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