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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2007
translucent medium brown. malty/nutty with a medium-light body. toasty finish. a tasty one

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Easter tasting @ jbeanís. Only brown ale that I have liked nearly as much as the Pullman. Sweet honey, bready (surprisingly!), chocolate, very rich malt. Lip-smackingly delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
tonypreto (130) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beautiful dark brown cocoa color with an amazing fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit. Tastes extremely smooth with hints of chocolate and malt. Only lacking feature was aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dunn4040 (129) - Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Pours a deep brown with a slight red tint too it when held up to light. Has a one finger cream color head that seems to be holding up pretty well. Smells like toasted malts. Aroma is slightly earthy as well. Palate is very smooth. Toasted nuts, baked bread, toasted malts, a little bitterness that gives it a nice balance. There is also a little bit of sweetness that is coming through as the beer warms up a bit. Overall a very well balanced, easy to drink beer. Iím not a huge brown ale fan but when they are as good as this I canít help but enjoy them.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown with red hues. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, and caramel. Tatse is very well balanced of roasted malt, nuts, toffee, cocoa and caramel, offset perfectly with hops. Great brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
A very good brown ale from one of my favorite micros. An aroma of roasted and caramel malts. A flavor to match. Somtimes cloudly if not poured or stored properly. Only major drawback is the slightly thin palate. A very good brown.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTown (127) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap at the brewery. A solid brown ale, comparable with Brooklyn and Ithaca.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2008
Poured a cloudy dark brown with a light reddish glow. Not much head, but what is there is ivory. Smells of toasted malts, a little coffee-like. Very inviting. Has a bit of an initial bite to it, fills the mouth with the taste of the toasted malts that were present in the scent. Carbonation level might be a little high, but not enough to detract from the impact the beer makes on the palate. Goes down relatively smoothly, leaves a slightly dry aftertaste. I could drink a few of these in a sitting. I donít know that I would actively seek this brew out, but this is certainly not a bad beer. Serving type: bottle

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Excellent representation of the style. Deep slightly fogged mahogany color with not much head. Aroma is toasted nuts and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is so creamy caramel with hints of roasted nuts and malts with sweet chocolate. Slightly bitter hop finish for some balance. Sticks to your tongue despite the medium body. Another Bells winner and my favorite Brown Ale.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
12 oz bottle, opaque brown with half a finger of tan head. Light chocolate aroma, light chocolate and caramel taste, light quick finish. Solid beer.


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