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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Bell’s must be one of the most consistent craft breweries around. I’ve never met a Bell’s beer that I didn’t love, and this is no exception. The slightly weak aroma (nutty, with a hint of hops) belied the robust flavor. Cloudy red-brown in color, the taste begins with a nice hard shove of malty goodness, then finishes quickly with a clean cripsness I didn’t see coming. This is truly a beer for any situation or season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
bottle. hazy brown colour with a tinge of orange. small off-white head. aroma is quite hoppy along with crystal malt, perfumey. starts out fairly sweet and follows through with some nuttiness. Good balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Oh Bells, what happened here. Taste was not good enough to take notes. I had such high hopes that were quickly dashed by the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 12oz - Appealing nutty aroma with toffee and carmel. Pours brown with decent off-white head with subtle lacing. Flavor is nutty and toasted malt. The toffee and carmel show up in the finish. Palate is creamy and smooth. A really nice brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2005
JohnC, jcalabre, does this guy KNOW who he is??? Well, he’s one damn fine trader -- threw this in as an "extra." Very nice brown ale: brown (duh) mild, yet fairly complex (for the style) flavors that consisted of roasted malts, caramel, and nuts. Thanks, John!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2005
brownish rootbeer appearance...aroma was weak when cold, but opened up a lot as it warmed...sugars and hops abound, as well as nuts and some roasted malts...flavor was very sugary and malty, with a definite kick of hops...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 12 oz Bottle Rich and malty, hops are more absent. Beautiful rich amber brown color and a good head, nice froth. Smacks a littler bitter, but has a toasty, nutty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Another great brown ale. Sweet brown sugar, vague hops. Good toasted malt & brown sugar flavor. Slightly herbal finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Bottle, thanks to jcalabre. Silty orange-ish brown with decent head, malty nut tinged aroma. Good malt character, lots of other flavors including nuts, roasty caramel and a nice bite in the finish. Very nice, one of the better examples of this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Dark brown with big fluffy head. Nutty malt aroma. Flavor is pretty complex with nuts,roasted malt and caramel. Very smooth mouthfeel. Very long aftertaste.

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