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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (804) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
This is a high-qual brew. It has a rich flavor of caramel with the first sip, from then on its smooth and complex nature leaves off with a dry finish that can only be described as nutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Super tiny bubbles & a tightly packed head. Nice cloudy brew. Rich malty notes with good hop presence on the aroma. Dark nutty notes followed by a very complex bitter finish which sweetened as I went down the glass. All that combined with an unbelieveable mouthfeel make for a surprisingly rich complexity for a brown ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 The smoothest brown ale I have ever had. A thinner than normal body, which I seem to find in a lot of the beers from this brewery. A nice strong caramel malt balanced out perfectly with hopping. No lingering aftertaste whatsoever. I would appreciate a stronger, thicker ale, but this is pretty much perfection as thin brown ales go. My favorite of the Bell's line.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
An amber brown beauty! Smells comforting, like napping in the sunshine. Sweet and mild and friendly. Roasted and caramelly. Smooth coconut aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Num num. Nice and complex. Starts big and malty, but finishes dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Every fall heralds the coming of certain events ... Football, Holloween, Thanksgiving, and, most importantly, a near permanent addition of Bell’s Best Brown in my refrigerator. Pour cloudy and brown and tons of yeast floaties (Bell’s must pitch a full barrell of yeast in every batch.) Malty sweetness in the nose, but a suprising amount of detectable hops. Thick nuttiness and sweet flavors ... this brew would make delicious beer bread. Another notable beer from my home state. Makes me proud to be a Michigander.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Murky brown pour with a thick tan head.Huge roasted malt nose. Flavor is all malt caramel roastiness. I like it, this is a very good brown. Thanks to hopsrus for this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 (Bells Brickskeller tasting 10/03) Clear erd brown body with off-white head. Aroma is artificail blueberry. Medium sweet flavor, blueberry, nutty/roasty, light chocolate. Watery medium body. (5/3/6/3/12)(Bells Brickskeller tasting 11/02) Clear red brown body with light tan head. Aroma and flavor are both sweet caramel and roasty. It's very malty, with mild hops until the aftertaste. (7/3/7/3/14)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Pretty brew, nice deep red-brown color. Nose is roasty coffee with a bit of sweetness. Good roast malts, and a pleasantly hoppier finish than expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2002
dark copper to dark brown with a medium to big tan head. the palate is very complex with a dry finish on the lips. it has a sweet begining with a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste on the roof of your mouth you can taste the roasted malt. i think it is best served cold.

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