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RATINGS: 1290   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goose (3) - Wildwood, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2005 does not count
A wonderful smokey flavor. Very rich, but not over powering. Larry’s got it down. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Great label depicting one of the world’s coolest birds, a Boreal Owl (not the Snowy Owl shown in the RateBeer image). Pours a fading, creamy beige head with a clear orange-brown body with medium carbonation. Appealing nose of sweet caramel candy and notes of chocolate and sweet roast. Medium sweet flavor with great caramel character, a pleasant lightly scorched quality like sweet BBQ, and a light woody hop flavor and bitterness. Very nice balance for a brown ale with no cloying aspects. Very good brown ale all-around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Dark reddish in color. Nice head. Smooooth. Such a wonderful beer. I wish all beers were like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Bottle. Pours a medium brown with an ivory head. The aroma is pleasant, with nuts, caramel. The taste is excellent, really how a brown ale should taste. Nice blends of nuts, roasted malts, touch of smoke. Its a shame it is a fall seasonal... I could drink this year round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Pours brown with a big off-white head, lasting. Aroma is grassy hops, caramel and nuts. The flavor is nuts topped with toffee and caramel, some grassy hops make an appearance at the end. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy, medium-body, slightly chewy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours a mahogony brown with some cloudiness from yeast. Pillowy head presents a slighty weak nose of nutty sweetness and light smoke. Flavor is a procession of malty goodness, evoking hazelnut and pecan, followed by a building dryness characterized mostly by a smoky smooth finish. I am not partial at all to brown ales, but this is an excellent achievement for the type.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jwillis (3) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2005 does not count
Just got this one yesterday, had just came in. Must say I really enjoyed the the overall experience of this one. Ready to stock up a bit for the colder months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1918) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Interesting choice for an autunm beer from Bell’s. Belgian styled brown ale with generous heap of alcohol builds an agreeable cold weather beer. Nice beer to have after a tobbagan run in Kalamazoo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Distinct pecan and hazelnut flavors permeate this brew. Strong malt sweetness and Belgian tartness not expected in the style. I like the pronounced carbonation, the slight smokiness, and barrel-aged type wood flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2005
The quintessential brown ale - just a touch of nuttiness with a faint sour quality from the yeast, a bit of woody smoke, delicious in every way, and hefty too - the standard in my book. Yeasty finish, dry.

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