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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maklean (50) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
They call it best brown ale for a reason. Well balanced hop and malt characters provide a very drinkable brown ale. Pours brown with small head, diminishing. Slight tastes of chocolate and caramel finished with nice hop flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 30, 2013
NIce and well brewed. Somewhat watery. But nutty in aroma and very brown alike taste too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1157) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on 9/13/12 making it six months and 16 days old when I drank it.

Appearance: Beautiful mahogany/chestnut hue. Translucent with visible sediment suspended. Forms a huge, beige, fluffy head which is slow to dissipate and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A mild, muted nose with light malty sweetness but not distinct ingredients or aromas.

Taste: Once again youíll have to take this review with a grain of salt as itís based on a bottle that was pretty old at the time. However, much like the Amber Ale, I can tell Bellís Best Brown Ale is a pretty solid beer on the core. Of course, simply being "solid" doesnít equal high quality, in fact a more cynical synonym would be "passable." Thatís definitely accurate here, though. This is a drinkable beer that conforms to the brown ale style nicely, but no more.

Trying to describe to the taste of the palate is a bit of a challenge. The brewery suggest notes of caramel and cocoa, but these are mostly afterthoughts. Itís probably best described as mildly sweet with just the faintest hint of confectionery flavors that emerge strongly right on the finish. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness, though there is some tang to the palate (Iíll chalk that up to the bottleís age, though). No repulsive qualities, which is good, though trying to appreciate whatís here is challenging but not impossible. Iíd imagine a fresh serving would be pretty amazing.

Drinkability: A lot of people consider brown ales to be acquired tastes, which Iíve never understood because itís one of the most drinker-friendly styles I can think of. Bellís Best Brown Ale is very comfortable in the mouth with a soft, smooth texture thatís not too thick and definitely not thin and fizzy. It goes down smoothly and has a mostly neutral aftertaste. It doesnít seem to take full advantage of its 5.8% ABV weight, though, but at least itís not overboard in any way. A versatile brew Iím sure, but good enough to enjoy on its own merits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
amwelsch (2) - - MAR 22, 2013 does not count
Aroma is a pleasant cocoa like a rich brown ale. One of those beers that both the amateurs and professionals enjoy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Holy hell does this look great. It has a hazy, dark brown appearance, with a nice little head, and lacing from start to finish. A very nice looking beer. Bellís Best Brown is an awesome beer all-around. This being my first Brown Ale, I didnít know what to expect. I feel like this tastes a good bit like a porter, but it doesnít rely quite as heavily on the coffee/chocolate notes. Itís just a big, malty beer. I actually really enjoyed this beer. Not surprising... Bellís knows what theyíre doing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle. Love the owl. Pours dark red and brown with a small beige head. Aromas of cocoa, hazelnut, and sweet fruit. The flavor is similar, with dark dried fruits upfront, trending into cocoa and a nutty finish with bitter cocoa. Easy-drinking. Good. [1140]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3468) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown with beige head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is roasted malt and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roast and strong raisin flavor with nice bready finish. Easy to drink a very good brown ale from Bells. L

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darwenus (546) - Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2013
A really pretty presentation, the brown lightens toward the edges and has a marble type of character. Thereís no real head to speak of, and thereís no real aroma. The flavor is pretty good, itís malty with caramel, apricot, and iced-tea notes. The mouthfeel is like slightly carbonated water, thereís just not much there to comment on. This wouldnít be a bad beer for session drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Tap. Medium orange amber. Light caramel malt aroma. Flavor breast and caramel. Faint earth hops. Odd , maybe even a touch sour? Will try again in future, not what expecting at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
marv3mania (182) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle poured into pint glass. True to itís name, this is a dark brown beer with a paper-thin light brown head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is rich caramel and chocolate. The taste follows the nose, though it seems a bit less rich than the scent. Smooth, ever-so-slightly creamy feel. I would have hoped for a bit more taste, but otherwise a pretty decent brew.

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