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RATINGS: 1344   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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3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2627) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 Rerate. Draft. Deep amber, approach brown body. Thick, frothy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Malty aroma with notes of nuts, caramel, bread and a hint of roastiness. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter, a bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Thin to medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Thin body doesnít play well with the malty tastes. Standard fare.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1610) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Different label than that in the picture. Batch ID #6742. Packaged on: January 27, 2005. Pours a hazy amber/brown with a fizzy, thick tan head. Aroma is of toasty malts, caramel, chocolate and some sour hops. Lots of tingly, bitter hops on top of a velvety smooth, chocolate and caramel body. A very slight acidity in the hops, but itís unlike the sour staleness so common in other brown ales. This is one of the better brown ales Iíve had. Itís almost bock-ish. This was bottled 8 months ago, so I guess it would be considered aged.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Good brown. Thick head, with roasty/biscuity malt aroma. Firm malty body, hopped enough to avoid sweetness, but still is a malty, rich treat. Good on a cool evening.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
this was a damn good brown ale. almost as good as the rogue hazelnut brown, but falls short due to acidity. basically, this had some nice qualities. the aroma was like maple donut frosting with some coffee and chocoalte in there helping out. got lots of malts in the flavor, nice and smooth except that acidic end, and some nice caramel, chocolate and toffee flavors. some butterscotch coming through as well. this kicks some brown ale ass. :)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2005
12oz bottle. 6742 bottle code. Served at 58.5į in my NB worthy glass. Pours dark crimson red with a small cream colored head that stick to the glass when swirled. It also leaves a coating on the glass. The nose is chocolate, coffee au lait, rich malt, perfumy hops. This is a nice smelling brown ale! The taste is sweet malt, with a malted-milk flavor, milk chocolate, caramel, some mild spicy hops. Nice mouthfeel. Probably the best brown ale I have ever had, I am usually not a fan of the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (12239) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Clear dark brown color with a medium tan head and thin lacing. The aroma is heavy on the toasted malt, with a bit of caramel in the background. Medium, smooth body with dominant malt flavoring. Sweet caramel and a bit of hops and coffee is also present. The finish is roasty and sweet at times. This beer disappeared in the blink of an eye and I was left wondering why it took me so long to try it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours a very cloudy orange/brown, with an impressive thick and creamy medium head, good lacing. Aroma is dark rye bread, some nutty fruitiness, hint of alcohol, and some somewhat damp old woody notes. Sweet caramel malt flavors with toffee overtones. As it warms up you can tast a nice blast of honey coated spicy hops. Very Nice. Nice creamy semi full mouthfeel. QualityBrown. "They get brown you know."

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle purchased at the old brewery about 2 weeks ago. Bright copper color, with a small head. Very apparent oxidation in the nose; lots of sherry and wet cardboard, with light malts, honey....etc...but not much besides oxidation. Oxidation is less present in the flavor, thankfully, which I usually tend to experience in my tasting. Honey and dark malt flavors. The oxidation ruined the beer. I wouldnít rate it, except that I purchased it the brewery a week or so ago.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Thin head, light brown. Malty aroma, nutty, buttery, and toasted. Nutty taste, slightly oxidized. Medium body. Clean finish, very fleeting taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1673) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Murky, medium brown appearance with a thin head. Toasted malt aroma, a little woody, some toffee as well. Nicely carbonated, medium bodied mouthfeel. Sweet caramel malt taste, slightly buttery, some nuttiness, lightly hopped. Sweetness lingers through the finish, along with the hops becoming more pronounced.


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