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RATINGS: 1328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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 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 (3051) - 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. It’s 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. It’s 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 (3051) - 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 (3360) - 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. I’m 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 Bell’s 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 Bell’s, 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 Bell’s 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdawson321 (145) - USA - DEC 6, 2005
Subdued aroma and flavor, but very clean and refreshing. Not too heavy, but like all Bell’s beers, very satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Brown/amber in color with a nice off white head. Aroma is slightly sweet, with earthy notes and a hint of roastiness. Flavor is much the same but very subdued and nothing overpowering. Some nuttiness in the middle. Medium bodied with a clean finish. A very good brown ale, easy to drink and very refreshing.

   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.

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