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RATINGS: 1233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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 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 (1517) - 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 (2556) - 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 don’t think I have met a straight brown ale that I like as much as this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 10, 2002
dark malty stuff. great palate and a nutty bitter finish that counteracts the malty sweetness well. I am quickly becoming a fan of Bells beers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2002
Auburn color. Faint roasted aroma with some hops and fruit. Good sweet malt flavors, great bitter finish. Nice brown, this brewery is killer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2002
Ruddy brown, with lots of floaties and sediment for the style. Nose is sweet with maple sugar, nutty, and vaguely yeasty. Earthy, with an enjoyable bitterness, and a rather dry finish. A well executed brown.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2002
Soft in the mouth like Boyne River, but not as full in flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 12 oz bottle, 2005 version: pours a deep bronzed mahogany with a cloud-like, fluffy light tan head. Rich, nutty aroma with hints of chocolate, bitter peppery essence, butterscotch, and sourdough. Earthy and sweet palate with a slight grit and light orange zest, on top of the roasted nuts and milk chocolate. Solid and tasty brew…better than I remember. 8/4/7/3/16 – 3.8

Draught at the brewpub, 2002 version: Got a chance to stop by the brewery and had this one on draught. Poured a bit darker than I would have thought for a brown ale, and had a great flavour with some unexpected bitterness and kick at the end. Another nice one from Bell’s. 6/4/6/3/15 – 3.4

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