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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Dark brown color with a sweet taste. It was good, but not all that impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2002
Not much head from the tap, but some yeast floaties, which seemed a bit odd. Light aroma of sweet malt, but nothing too spectacular. Sweet, watery, slightly caramel front with a dry end. Not at all as rich as I expected, but a nice Fall thirst quencher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2002
Re-rate 9/24/02:What a fresh six-pack. Man. Good stuff. The date on the case was 9/3/02. Nutty, slightly spicy, with that slight smell of that famous Bellís yeast. This is by far the best batch of the Brown Ale Iíve had from Bellí. Recommended.
Original Rating: What a nice beer. Malty and hoppy without either taking over. Very slightly sweet but overly so. Nice cloudy, brown appearance in the glass. Yet another winner from Bellís.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Panzuriel (1296) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Very nutty and happy tasting brown ale. A little dry. Good though. Nice appearance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2002
sourness in nose but a dry nutty flavor. The beer is medium bodied and has a pleasant palette.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Large, creamy head, slightly off-white, atop a fairly opaque waltnut-colored body. Hazelnut/caramel aroma. Flavor somewhat of a disappointment; nuttiness and malt there, as well as a little bit of wine, but it seems a little poorly balanced to me; just a tad over-sweet at the front and then edging to sour at the end. Average finish. Certainly worth trying, above average brown ale; just a downer compared to the best from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 Pours a beautiful garnet/brown color with a nice full and fluffy head. Fruit, nuts, and flowers in aroma. Serious nuts and hoppy bitterness in the mouth. Sort of slippery mouthfeel. Very nice and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2005 Dark amber color, big beige head. Caramel aroma. Flavor of caramel and nuts. Long nutty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2002
This beer poured a reddish brown color and formed a nice light tan head that left some nice lace. Heavy amount of carbonation. A slight aroma of hops and caramel. A flavor of hops and caramel. Light finish. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2550) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 10, 2002
Bottle. A golden redish brown glow with rising bubbles. The head was a nice creamy beige color and laced well. A chewy brown ale, lots of malt, caramel, high carbination, and well hoped. I donít think I have met a straight brown ale that I like as much as this.

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