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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2527) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Orangey brown color with med slightly creamy head, fading to a thin layer. Full rising carbonation. Rich malty aroma with caramel, small amount of chocolate, light fruit. Hint of earthy and herbal hops (also slightly woody and mushroomy and not entirely pleasant...Northern Brewer?). Nice roundly sweet Britishy malt flavor up front, caramelly, nutty and light fruity. Herbal finish. Carbonation is a bit strong/biting, almost detracting from smoothness and hence drinkability - it almost doesn't feel like natural carbonation. Let it sit in the glass, especially if its too cold, but also to release the carbonation, and it becomes a really nice English Brown Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Dark ruby color with a lingering, frothy beige head that left nice lacing behind. Fruity and nutty aroma. Nice bitterness to the flavor and a full feel in the mouth. Another good Bell beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Pours with a strange translucency--or maybe it's my bleary eyes and not the beer that's shimmering. Brown ales look fine, no doubt about it. This baby was full of pecans and walnuts and caramel--basically, you could pour it over ice cream and have yourself a sundae. Mmm!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Yo BigBadBear63, thanks foe sending me the brew homey, WORD UP! –for windows that is.
The head and lacing on this beer is retarded! It’s just a massive light caramel colored cloud resting atop an amber / brown body. Large chunks of sediment looking like oatmeal sink to the bottom as others float around the brew. The aroma is full of chocolate, toffee, caramel, a little buttermilk, and walnuts. Let’s take a sip……. Big notes of toffee, a very unique use of hops in this beer adds a strange buttermilk bitterness. If I could drink a Cyprus tree I think it might taste like this here Brown Ale, except the ale would certainly have a smother palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2003
not bad, On tap, no head nor bubbles nor lacing on the glass. Smooth and fairly clean mouth. Nose of hops and matls faintly with a hint of chocolate or nutt maybe? The taste is dominated by hops, but not in an overwhelming way. Overall a good easy drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Light amber brown color with a nice head that prevails over time and light stagnant lacing. Aroma is mainly hoppy, but slightly musky with a touch of malt in the end of the nose. Flavor is spicy with a light nutty malt presence, mainly hoppy in this brown though. Not quite to style, but you get the idea. Thanks ClarkVV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Pours a nice mahogany, with a very thin white head that left me wanting more. Some sparce and spotty lacing. Floral hops come out in the nose. Accompanying that are some sweet malts. Flavors are about the same, but now the hops have an additional citrus to them. Lemons mostly. Smooth palate, medium body and a pleasingly bitter finish. Nice brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2003
First beer poured in my Beer Summit "Kick Back with your Allies" glass. Pours a nice brown color with a nice head, mith a miniscule lacing. Smells like a Brown. Mostly malt, with some hop hints. Tastes like good Brown. This isn't my favorite style, but it's a damn fine example of the style. Malt, with some raisen hints, maybe some cherries. Overall this is is a good representation of the style, and one of the better Browns I've tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Dark brown colour with ruby highlights and a dense large-bubbled light brown head. Aroma of malt, nuttiness and an odd-off scented cheesy aroma! Medium to Full-bodied; Strong nuttiness mixed with some spices combined with a large malt backbone. Aftertaste left spicey and a bit nutty. Overall, a decent beer-but i'm not one for this style! I got this twelve ounce bottle purchased by my mom from Merchant's in Dearborn, Michigan and sampled it on 21-November-2003.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Bottle Clear, medium reddish-brown with a thick and full tan head that holds well. Rich, malty aroma with a fair amount of spiciness from the use of Belgian malts, as well as some faint nuttiness, roasted malt, and celery salt. Creamy and reasonably full on the palate, it starts out with a flowery hop bite, then settles to a smooth maltiness, along with some rounded spiciness, pale chocolate, dry nuttiness and a hint of roasted malt. Lethargic carbonation aids in it’s easy going drinkability. Lengthy, slightly dry finish. The late-2003 bottles from the new brewery have much less yeast sediment than before, so adding the dregs doesn’t turn it into the muddy mess it once did. Overall, a session-worthy brown ale that Bell’s should turn into a year-round brew.

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