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RATINGS: 1316   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2003
First beer poured in my Beer Summit "Kick Back with your Allies" glass. Pours a nice brown color with a nice head, mith a miniscule lacing. Smells like a Brown. Mostly malt, with some hop hints. Tastes like good Brown. This isn't my favorite style, but it's a damn fine example of the style. Malt, with some raisen hints, maybe some cherries. Overall this is is a good representation of the style, and one of the better Browns I've tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Dark brown colour with ruby highlights and a dense large-bubbled light brown head. Aroma of malt, nuttiness and an odd-off scented cheesy aroma! Medium to Full-bodied; Strong nuttiness mixed with some spices combined with a large malt backbone. Aftertaste left spicey and a bit nutty. Overall, a decent beer-but i'm not one for this style! I got this twelve ounce bottle purchased by my mom from Merchant's in Dearborn, Michigan and sampled it on 21-November-2003.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Bottle Clear, medium reddish-brown with a thick and full tan head that holds well. Rich, malty aroma with a fair amount of spiciness from the use of Belgian malts, as well as some faint nuttiness, roasted malt, and celery salt. Creamy and reasonably full on the palate, it starts out with a flowery hop bite, then settles to a smooth maltiness, along with some rounded spiciness, pale chocolate, dry nuttiness and a hint of roasted malt. Lethargic carbonation aids in it’s easy going drinkability. Lengthy, slightly dry finish. The late-2003 bottles from the new brewery have much less yeast sediment than before, so adding the dregs doesn’t turn it into the muddy mess it once did. Overall, a session-worthy brown ale that Bell’s should turn into a year-round brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3857) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Dark amber out of the bottle with an attractive beige head. Nutty caramel sweetness. Very pleasant roast flavor with nice hop bitterness in the finish. Very enjoyable brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Medium dark amber/brown. Very slightly cloudy with a small off white head. Huge toffee and malt aroma. Light medium palate with a decent amount of carbonation. Flavor is filled with caramel, toffee and malt. There are hints of roast, nuts and hops. This is an excellent brown ale. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Dark brown with small head. Mild brown ale, neither sweet nor bitter. Mostly malt flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Dark oarnge/brown. Small head,lasting,with some lace. Huge toffee,caramel,malt aroma. Nutty and toasty/bready. Full,thick mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Excellent malty flavor. Toffe,nuts,toast. Finish is sweet,lightly hoppy,but mainly sweet. I really like this Brown.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2003
The beer pours a foggy burnished copper color with the head dinosauric in size, creamy in consistency and a beauteous light tan in color, as it unhurriedly evaporates the lace forms a thick and glutinous sheet upon the glass. Sweet malt with a hint of walnuts, crisp and clean nose, with the start nicely malted and somewhat sweet, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its acidity; hops are pleasing and spicy, slightly tart and dry aftertaste, quite tasty, and my thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2003
(Bottle '02)The aroma is overwhelming with roasted malts and a hit of chocolate. Quite unusual for this beer...smells almost identical to a Bells Porter. The pour is beautiful leaving a creamy head that lasts for quite some time, while lacing the glass. A small amount of yeast gives the appearance of cinnamon to the top of this lovely brew. Malt, malt, malt. Age seems to have tempered the bite and bitterness normally associated with this beer. The most outstanding example of Best Brown to date. Note to self, lay some of these down in the future

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Medium copper color - on the light end of the range for a brown ale. Nice solid head on the pint. Initial aroma is hops - nice piney aromas. Flavor is definitely biased towards hops. Medium to light malt body - more toasty than sweet. Good hop bit throughout the flavor. Finished just a big harsh. Very good.

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