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RATINGS: 1336   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Medium dark brown color with a foamy tan head. Sweet sugar and caramel nose includes honey which is pleasent. Frothy and sweet, like sugar candies. Butterscotch, bourbon, honey in the flavor. Too sweet, but still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Poured a deep mahogany with plenty of visible yeast. Smells malty but subdued and not overpowering. The taste agrees with the scent, nice nutty and sweet malt without being too much. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy and drinkability is fantastic. A great brown ale, and the best I've had yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erdrick (21) - JAPAN - MAR 6, 2004
The pour is a dark amber with a soft head. The first thing that hit my nose was the intense nutty smell. It has a sweet musty undertone as well, as if it were aged in a cellar. The body is perfect. Each sip taken is better than the previous. There is a definite roasted malt taste. Drinking Bells Best Brown Ale was a great experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 21, 2004
nice dark orange color with a tan head that didn't last for too long. aroma of malt and carmel...nice malty flavor that is a bit roasty with a nice smooth texture and a bit of a bite on the finish...very good brown ale...one of the best i've had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 Bottle. Really nice looking beer. Big white head that doesn’t fade. It’s a pretty malty brew, but not too sweet. I like that. Definitely seems to have some hop presence, not at front though. This just feels like and October beer. I like it well enough. It’s a smooth, malty, nice drinking, flavorful beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (2066) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Plain, light brown, no head. NOT MUCH of a scent- why? Ordinary nut brown beer flavor- a bit bitter- nothing new, nothing special. Not bad. Drinkable, especially for those who don't want to attempt something slightly risky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1627) - Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Medium brown with lots of sediment floating around. Relatively unpleasant to look at. Makes me wonder why everyone else likes the appearance. Thin off-white foam dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing. Smells of malt are very mild. Nice full mouthfeel. Small bubbles of carbonation. Caramel, light chocolate, and other toasted flavors. Nice balance and character in the malt selection. Very dry and mildly bitter finish. Appearance was the only thing I found distracting. This is a good beer that I would like to try on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Reddish brown strong thin head. Aroma is citrus and hops but flavour is a balanced malt with a dry acidic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Beautiful dark crimson color, with floating yeasties in this sample, with a huge, creamy, light tan head...lovely appearance. Aroma, malt, nuts, small fruit, cola-ish, yeasty. Taste: mmm, thick malt, just-so hops, significant mouthfeel, rich and fruity, yielding much more flavor than the typical brown, definitely more than the major producers of the style. Stands full on the palate, big bodied, lush,tasty, never-ending finish. This truly outdoes almost any brown ale you can name, I've always been happy when tossing them back, and have found it absolute heaven on tap, the rare times I've got to taste it. The yeast, the fruit, the huge flavor, the massive, warm mouthfeel, puts Best Brown in a class of it's own, clearly the best brown I've ever downed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Mine was nice brown- when held up to light, just screamed gorgeous ruby red. Okay med. nice white and coffee colored head. Some malts, toffee, nuts. Pretty smooth, medium body. This was kind of a medium beer for me, except for the color. Didn't stop me from emptying the sixer in two hours.

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