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RATINGS: 1342   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Not a big fan of the style. Light brown with a thin head. Very roasty (seems like victory or biscuit malt). Lightly hopped and very drinkable. Not bad

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Pours brown with a thin head. Aroma of nutty malt, with a slight cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is of sweet malt, roasted nuts, with underlying cinnamon. Slight dry coffee aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2003
A really nice Brown Ale. Most Brown's I've had lack real character and flavor. Not so here, tons of flavor and quite enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - OCT 25, 2003
A very clear brown color. Kathy did say she noticed blueberry in the aroma, and I agree. I think there may have been a hint of hazelnut in the taste. It was almost too crisp for me, but overall this is a good, solid brown.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2004 I really want to get more of this. This is easily the finest Brown Ale I have ever had, with a ton of complexity. It has that wonderful quality of being something that can be drunk in tremendous quantity at the same time as providing a ton of flavors to keep one interested. Update: I was lucky enough to find a bottle of this in Pa., and it lives up to my initial impressions. Superb.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
From the Kalamazoo's tasting at the brickskeller: A very solid brown ale. Most of my notes just say that for a brown ale, it's a good brown ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
danseltenright (1) - Goshen, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2003 does not count
10/11/03: bottle Good full body, good flavor, almost nutty flavor, dark brown color, excellent ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Dark apple cider brown color. No head. Smells sweet, rich, slight bitterness to the taste. Smooth and tangy? Lot of carbonation. Nice flavor and full body, lots of sediment. Slight bitterness in the back of the throat.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2003
10/5/03: bottle.
malt and alcohol nose. brown-orange body with minimal lacing. very malty with a medium hoppy finish. alcohol is apparent, especially as the beer warms. (note to self: when cold, this beer had some hints of raisin but the raisin taste disappeared once the beer warmed).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Brown to red boby comparable to a dubbel. Thin but everlasting tan head. No lacing.
Malty with a hint of tobacco, pipe tobacco. Some yeast and sweetness too.
Nice, complex malt character. Special B and Aromatic are likely. Nice little hop bite to even out the sweet finish.
Full-bodied. Nice thick feel on the tongue. A little bubbly.
This beer was a pleasent surprise!


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