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RATINGS: 1339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.

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3.4
zsb19 (480) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle - Pours hazy dark brown with quite a bit of visible sediment and a thin white head. Smell is malty sweet with a touch of cocoa and caramel. Palate is somewhat watery and thin with a good amount of carbonation. A touch of malty sweetness in the upfront taste. Follow through is somewhat sour, bitter hops. A touch of dried fruit and alcohol warming in the aftertaste. Overall, an okay brown ale, but I will definitely be exploring more in this style before giving it another try.

3.6
sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2006
(Bottled) Very hazy dark amber color with a smallish, tanned and foam head. Sourish, caramely aroma with some diacetyl and fruitiness. Sourish-malty, caramely, lightly roasty flavor with some mouthdrying hop bitterness in the finish. Not bad for a brown ale, maybe slightly on the sweet side.

3.2
DeLongHooff (17) - Pheonixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Pours deep copper brown with a small tan head. Mild roasty aroma. A very smooth sweet and slightly roasted nuttiness. Thin and smooth on the palate. Good as this style goes.

3.5
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Brown-red color. Subtle sweet-stinging aroma. Soft nutty flavor, smooth finish.

3.4
CMUBEERMAN (457) - - APR 26, 2006
Pours a cloudy chestnut color and has a small similar colored head. I’m not a big fan of browns but this one aint bad. Aroma is toasted nuts, sweet malts, and syrupy candy. Taste is caramel, roasted malt, and a bit of hazelnut. Mouthfeel is pretty great...a bit heavy but also dry and manageable.

3.4
iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2006
Batch 7227. Hazy mahogany with a very small light tan head. Aroma of some brown sugar, nuts, and toasted malts. Taste is of toffee, nuts, sweet malts into a slightly sweet finish. Pretty good brown.

3.4
Strykzone (7659) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2006
This beer poured in chunks. There is what can almost be called debris floating around. Not pretty! Other than that is is a nice medium brown color and has a very pleasant aroma. Raisens are the most prominent but some malt is also in there. Flavor is also malty sweetness and bitter, too. I really enjoyed this beer except for the dregs. They are very prominent and both float and sink.

3.1
adrian910ss (2595) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 13, 2006
(Not sure if this was skunky or not, but here goes.) Pours a cloudy murky brown color with almost no head, although a ring of beige did appear on top for a brief second or two. Aroma is very malty with slight hints of bitter lemon. Taste is bitter and slightly sour with lots of malts present. Slight hints of nuts(pecans) and lemon juice present as well. Very carbonated. i’ve had this beer before and can’t remember this tasting so bitter/sour, which makes me question if this was from a bad batch or not. Will rerate at a later time.

3.8
awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2006
From Bottle. Reddish brown, molasses colored pour with a light even layer of tan head. Rich, caramely aroma is blended nicely with raisins and toasted hazelnuts. I’m getting hungry for some Louisiana pecan pie. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but the carbonation level is just right to give it a bit of a creamy feel at the same time. The initial flavor is a bit astringent, as a peanut skin bitterness jumps out right away. This quickly recedes into a nice balance of malts and spice. I especially enjoy the Belgian spice characters that are present from the initial taste to the palate residue. Nutty smack of almond bark and pecans. This is an amazing brown ale in that it brings a nice spice and dark fruit character to the table, rather than simply deliver the expected flavor of nutty toast. Thanks, Tom!

3.2
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2006
Pours reddish brown with light tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malts and nuts. Flavor is mild with roasted malts and a light-burnt caramel finish. Very drinkable, but I wouldn’t say the experience was jaw-dropping.


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