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RATINGS: 1346   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle. Pours.. well umm brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is strange.. like a mix of grapes and asparagus. Flavor is mild with some small hints of chocolate, malty and has a nutty finish. Palate is tingly, and leaves a lasting impression on the tongue. Good brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Tasty brown ale with a beautiful pour and and a sweer taste Dry with no aftertaste. A fine beer for a crappy night.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2769) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours a brown color with frothy tan head. Aroma is a fairly spicy (hard to describe, maybe coriander?) with a wood-like backdrop. Flavor is pretty mild, and Iíll work backwards. Aftertaste is pretty pleasant and nutty... Hazelnut is probably as close as I can come, but itís not an exact match. Right before that blossoms, there is a tart burst that is pretty fleeting. This all comes after the initial blast of a mildly chocolate/nutty malt flavoring. All things considered, these flavors blend together excellently for the style... although I wouldnít put this on the top of my Christmas list.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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 lilí bit of alcohol. Very good brown.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2005
On tap. Brown with a medium foamy head. Malts, nuts, and caramel in the aroma and taste. Finishes nicely.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Pour is deep mahoghany brown with a nice dense tan head...smell is sweet and oaky...lots of toasty wood notes...taste is sweet with not a lot of hop balance...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Murky brown with a tan head. Aroma is nutty, malty, and a touch of cinamon. Overall the aroma is pretty weak.Very smooth and a tad bit too watery. Flavors are watered down nuts, chocolate, and roasted notes. There is a slight sourness in the finish and some hops as well. Pretty generic brown ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Dark brown, decent head. Smells of malt, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of hops. Taste is caramel, chocolate, malt. A bit bitter but very smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
dark brown in color medium tan head. taste of roasted malts. slight sourness in aftertaste. very enjoyable

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with footbalm, thanks Eric!) Ooh, quite a nice roasty brown ale, plenty of toasty and chocolaty maltiness, slightly nutty, but not much caramel. Itís lightly hoppy and bitter, which is also a nice change of pace from most brown ales. And then throw in a curveball of mild sourness just for good measure and we have a somewhat distinctive beer in this category, which alone is worthy of praise. Medium bodied, well-carbonated, and somewhat cleaner on the palate than most brown ales from the mild sourness and hoppy bitterness. Lightly roasty chocolate and mild sourness in the nose as well. Fairly light in color, showing a light brown, almost dark amber to the light along with quite a lot of haze. The inch-tall, off-white head settles to a thin layer, leaving lace in large doily patterns on the glass. I think this is more what I expect from an American style brown ale. Itís something beyond being just a sweet and caramely dark beer, presenting more character and complexity to mull over. Quite nice.


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