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RATINGS: 1302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2005
On tap. Brown with a medium foamy head. Malts, nuts, and caramel in the aroma and taste. Finishes nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Pour is deep mahoghany brown with a nice dense tan head...smell is sweet and oaky...lots of toasty wood notes...taste is sweet with not a lot of hop balance...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Murky brown with a tan head. Aroma is nutty, malty, and a touch of cinamon. Overall the aroma is pretty weak.Very smooth and a tad bit too watery. Flavors are watered down nuts, chocolate, and roasted notes. There is a slight sourness in the finish and some hops as well. Pretty generic brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Dark brown, decent head. Smells of malt, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of hops. Taste is caramel, chocolate, malt. A bit bitter but very smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
dark brown in color medium tan head. taste of roasted malts. slight sourness in aftertaste. very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with footbalm, thanks Eric!) Ooh, quite a nice roasty brown ale, plenty of toasty and chocolaty maltiness, slightly nutty, but not much caramel. Itís lightly hoppy and bitter, which is also a nice change of pace from most brown ales. And then throw in a curveball of mild sourness just for good measure and we have a somewhat distinctive beer in this category, which alone is worthy of praise. Medium bodied, well-carbonated, and somewhat cleaner on the palate than most brown ales from the mild sourness and hoppy bitterness. Lightly roasty chocolate and mild sourness in the nose as well. Fairly light in color, showing a light brown, almost dark amber to the light along with quite a lot of haze. The inch-tall, off-white head settles to a thin layer, leaving lace in large doily patterns on the glass. I think this is more what I expect from an American style brown ale. Itís something beyond being just a sweet and caramely dark beer, presenting more character and complexity to mull over. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2791) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours out a nice brown color with a decent sized foamy head. Aroma is sweet. The taste is very nicely balanced with notes of brown sugar, roasted malts and some nutty flavors, a very nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Pours to a huge foamy brown head atop a hazy beautiful brown body that is VERY active with carbonation. The aroma is roasted mixed nuts and earthy peat bogs, almost soapy (think Dove). The flavor is quite good. Iím not a big brown ale fan, but am always willing to try them. Light roasted nuts and lots of peat and moss. Some toffee/molasses in the finish. The palate is richly creamy and easy to drink. Biting carbonation. This is quite good. Yet another quality Bellís brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 Head retention was really surprising, lasted forever. A rich creamy off white head. Aroma slightly nutty, and other roasted things brought to mind. Feels slightly like a stout. Very sweet and creamy. Tasted some notes of milk. My first Bellís, and certainly not my last.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2005
At Bellís website you can research a batch number on the back label and find out when it was packaged. My bottle was filled on 10/06/05. Poured dark hickory brown with little head, but it was a tad on the cold side. Aromas led by malt with dark fruit, smoke, yeast, floral hops, roasted chestnuts, earth, peat and alcohol. Taste was exceptionally well-balanced blend of roasted malt and hops, sweet but sufficiently bitter, with notes of dark fruit, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and butterscotch. Nice mouthfeel, slightly sparkly for the type but no unpleasantly so.

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