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RATINGS: 1222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3237) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 1, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Eric-pours a deep amber hue with vigerous carbonation. nice off-white head that was on the verge of beige. flavors are not that nutty-more like an amber ale. belgian malts? i didn’t find any. The body was above average for the style. a decent offering from Bells. Keith-First off, I like the color of this one. Brown with a hint of red. Sweet aroma that throws you off when you taste it. Bitter-sweet aftertaste leaves a dry aftertaste that is good on a cold night.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
This hazy brwon beer with red highlights pours with a thick tan head that slowly fades. A nice lacing is left on the glass as you drink. The aroma is of caramel, molasses, and malt and is very inviting and smooth. The first taste is heavy on the dark molasses and a husky malt flavor. Smoky brown sugar notes and a nice bitterness follow. Not as much sweetness as the aroma would suggest, this is more of a dry brown ale. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh from carbonation, and the beer has a moderate body. It improves a bit as the beer warms.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2003
I've had much better brown ales. I've also had much better beer from Bell's. What happened?

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - AUG 26, 2003
About like the Dogfish, but I liked the Dogfish a little more. One of the better ones from Kalamazoo. I agree with omhper, the darker ones from Bell's are better. This is far better than any of the other ale's Bell's has to offer. A nice brew(just hoppy enough), only one of two from Kalamazoo I would go back for.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raymow (815) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2003
A very nice brown ale. Nice reddish-brown color and sweet aroma. If I had to pick out something wrong, I'd say that the taste is just a bit too sweet.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1306) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2003
It's not often that I have a chance to compare a brew for a brew, but since I still have a bottle of recently rated Brooklyn Brown Ale in the fridge, why not? I have equal glasses of Bells "best" Brown and Brooklyn Brown in side by side glasses. Well, the Bell's is lighter and overall I think less impressive than the Brooklyn. ANOTHER overated brew from Kalamazoo! Folks, don't believe the hype! -Lot's o'balls for the "best" on the label! (Nods to PsychProf anyhow for this one).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2003
(sampled at Olver Twist, Stockholm, Sweden) Nice ruby brown colour with small creamy white head. Sweet malty aroma of toffee and caramel. Taste is quite bitter of floral hops with some nutty maltiness. Nice one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Ruby brown color with a small off-white head. Toffee, nutty, English hop aroma. Nutty taste with a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shotgun1431 (126) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Dark with a lite tan head. lots of malt and even a little floating around. Nice aroma.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19365) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2003
Bottled. Ruby colour, firm head. Aroma of crystal malt and grapefruit. Rather sweet. Chewy crystal malt flavour balanced by the bitterness added by flowery hops and a fair punch of warming alcohol. Pretty godd, but Kalamazoo does the really dark and heavy ones better.


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