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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drywallman (327) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
This one was indeed brown and had the big tan head mentioned below in other ratings. I also noticed the significant yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle. This contributed to smooth mellow taste I think. Not very significant on the hops. I could drink a lot of this.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Thanks to Adam (Lumpy) for this one also. Pours with a big tan head that appears to be think and lasting. Wacky floaties settle to the bottom that look like meteors. The taste is a bit yeasty and the mellow hops flavor takes over from what I usually find in brown ales, too much malt. the "best" brown ale? Probably not, but a fine product from a brewer I respect more and more every time I try another of their beers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Bottle from Kevin42. Good pour with a deep brown color. Nuty and a little sweet. Notes of molasses and roasted nuts abound. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2004
thick brown with sediment gently floating, creamy head, good bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2004
poured reddish brown with little head.aroma malts ,choc. caramel. flavor dark chocolate like the kind that covers a chocolate covered cherry, molasses. got a nice sweetness and a little bit of a bite at the end. bells does it again for me

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Light brown color,small light tan head that faded slowly leaving a small lace behind.Malty yeasty aroma with a side of caramel.Very nice flavor,malty and caramel with a nice but mild hop presence,Slightly sweet at first then turning to a mild bitter in the middle and finishing up on the dry side.Nicely done brew and easy to drink.Thanks go to Nexxus for sending this brew my way.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7745) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours deep brown color with some floaties and excellent head. Aroma of malt, toffee, some hops, and cognac. Tastes malty, sweet, with a nice roasty toffee finish. Very complex as with all Bell’s beers. A top notch brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2066) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 1, 2004
bottle. pours a rusty brown color with a thick white head. fruity/floral aroma, taste is a little sweet that mixes well with a nice malt taste. finishes with a good malt taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2194) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Draught. Interestingly, Bell’s Best Brown has the same exact avg. Ratebeer rating 3.67 as Rockies Brewing’s Mojo IPA, which I sampled just prior to Best Brown. Frankly, I felt the Mojo was vastly superior. Faint roasted malt aroma that smells like sweet bubble gum. Average sized, off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Excellent lace. Cloudy reddish brown body with some visible carbonation. Moderately sweet; light to moderately bitter. Average length of finish. A little too bland and unassertive.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4638) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is malty, chocolate and nutty. Pours a transparent reddish brown with lots of sediment floating around. Virtually no head. Taste is very sweet and chocolatey. Some nutty flavor. Finishes bitter but leaves a sweet aftertaste that is relatively long lasting.


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