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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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2002
very good, Im drinking it yet again. A fall favorite. Theres nothing like taking as 6 pack of Bells Best Brown to the woods in the fall, making a fire, and drinking them with your buds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2002
Spicy toasty nut nose, medium to light brown in color. Medium bodied, mellow not overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Whoa! This a like drinking a nice cigar. Very smokey and powerful. Strong malt presence and equal hoppiness. A different kind of brown ale, but not necessarlily a bad brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 I agree with Andrew196's description of the appearance although I'm glad I wasn't reading it while I was tasting. It smells alot like Belguim brew. It does have a rich but dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Very unique in appearance.....very murky, lots of floaties. The color was interstate restroom toilet brown......not at all attractive except in beer. One of the best browns I have had. Perfect amount of crispness accompanied, the woody, maple malt taste....nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Hazy brown, big head. Woody, yeasty flavor, maybe hints of caramel. Slightly off-finish, perhaps a tad too malty as more of a stale bread taste comes out. Still a decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2002
One word: phenolic. Do you like the taste of Band-Aids in your beer? I donít. Címon Bellís you can do much better than this. Re-rate: Iíve upped the numbers a bit because I think this bottle was just off, because Iíve had this before and it wasnít as bad as this one. Iíll get another bottle later and adjust the numbers accordingly then.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1666) - 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.

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