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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Wow, poured this one in the glass and was assaulted with a beutiful brown ale. Brown ale is becoming one of my favorite styles and this on is at the top of the list of my favorite brews.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Pours out of the bottle a dark brown color, rather cloudy, with a large, creamy white head and lots of bubbles. Aroma is malty and creamy with a bit of sweetness coming through. The taste is very bitter when it's cold, let it warm up just a bit before drinking. Flavor is malty, with only a bit of sweetness, and a bitterness lurking throughout the taste that I just don't feel quite goes with the style. A thicker mouthfeel than some brews of this style, which helps soak up some of the bitterness. A decent brown ale, though not at all the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Wow--having had so many dull variants on a brown ale theme, I was delighted by this. The cascade and laced head were excellent atop a decent walnut body. The flavor was bright and bold, nutty with plenty of malt. Dry, then sourness more pronounced as it warmed--I didn't care for that. Nice beer, especially within its style--another credit to Bells.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2003
A beautiful tan head sat atop this light-brown, cloudy ale. Aroma was malty. Taste was full, malty-sweet and maybe just a teeny-bit sour. Not bad sour, it complimented the taste. No hops to speak of anywhere, and the finish was very smooth. Great beer for everyday drinking, but not neccesarily for late evening enjoyment. Would make a great introduction beer for the un-initiated because of the overall smoothness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Color is nice, but not great in my opinion. However, when combined with the nice head, they really look pretty good together. The aroma is also nice and subtle. Flavor here is good, with a soft start and strong finish. A good brown, though still not as nice as some others, like the sammy smith nut brown and rogue hazelnut brown nectar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2003
On tap: Pours with a dark brown luminescence. Thick sweet malty licorice aroma and a full, robust, yet smooth body. One of the better brown ales on the market.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2003
Decent beer. Rich and bitter. Malty. Robust. The head didn't last that long. I had it somewhat chilled but I'm sure if it warmed up there would be more release of the flavour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2003
A fine, if ordinary, brown ale. Malty, nutty, chocolate, sour, with a slighly bitter finish. Good big mouth feel. Cloudy dark reddish brown with no head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (534) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Beautiful brown color, just a little thickness in the mouth, slight carbonation. A slightly sweet, nutty flavor. Another great beer from Bell's.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Creamy, thin, off-white head. Nice nutty aroma. Not huge amounts of carbonation. Nice brown color, on the lighter side of brown ales. Has a nice bite. Lightly malty and then nutty in the finish, A good brown ale. I have to say Bells is one of the more versatile breweries out there.

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