I 've been drinking my bottled brown ale at 8.7%. If I wanted a bottle, I would put a couple in the refrig the day before. It has a strong taste for me (alcoholy), so I did a black and tan (a stout + my brown ale ) ,it helps to cut the alcohol taste. Last week I tried the brown @ room temp , and WOW. Much better favor and a back favor of a sweet malt. I am sure if I drink a couple, I will fall down as I try to stand.