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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
danseltenright (1) - Goshen, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2003 does not count
10/11/03: bottle Good full body, good flavor, almost nutty flavor, dark brown color, excellent ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Dark apple cider brown color. No head. Smells sweet, rich, slight bitterness to the taste. Smooth and tangy? Lot of carbonation. Nice flavor and full body, lots of sediment. Slight bitterness in the back of the throat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2003
10/5/03: bottle.
malt and alcohol nose. brown-orange body with minimal lacing. very malty with a medium hoppy finish. alcohol is apparent, especially as the beer warms. (note to self: when cold, this beer had some hints of raisin but the raisin taste disappeared once the beer warmed).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Brown to red boby comparable to a dubbel. Thin but everlasting tan head. No lacing.
Malty with a hint of tobacco, pipe tobacco. Some yeast and sweetness too.
Nice, complex malt character. Special B and Aromatic are likely. Nice little hop bite to even out the sweet finish.
Full-bodied. Nice thick feel on the tongue. A little bubbly.
This beer was a pleasent surprise!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3570) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Eric-pours a deep amber hue with vigerous carbonation. nice off-white head that was on the verge of beige. flavors are not that nutty-more like an amber ale. belgian malts? i didn’t find any. The body was above average for the style. a decent offering from Bells. Keith-First off, I like the color of this one. Brown with a hint of red. Sweet aroma that throws you off when you taste it. Bitter-sweet aftertaste leaves a dry aftertaste that is good on a cold night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
This hazy brwon beer with red highlights pours with a thick tan head that slowly fades. A nice lacing is left on the glass as you drink. The aroma is of caramel, molasses, and malt and is very inviting and smooth. The first taste is heavy on the dark molasses and a husky malt flavor. Smoky brown sugar notes and a nice bitterness follow. Not as much sweetness as the aroma would suggest, this is more of a dry brown ale. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh from carbonation, and the beer has a moderate body. It improves a bit as the beer warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2003
I've had much better brown ales. I've also had much better beer from Bell's. What happened?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - AUG 26, 2003
About like the Dogfish, but I liked the Dogfish a little more. One of the better ones from Kalamazoo. I agree with omhper, the darker ones from Bell's are better. This is far better than any of the other ale's Bell's has to offer. A nice brew(just hoppy enough), only one of two from Kalamazoo I would go back for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raymow (1443) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2003
A very nice brown ale. Nice reddish-brown color and sweet aroma. If I had to pick out something wrong, I'd say that the taste is just a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1828) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2003
It's not often that I have a chance to compare a brew for a brew, but since I still have a bottle of recently rated Brooklyn Brown Ale in the fridge, why not? I have equal glasses of Bells "best" Brown and Brooklyn Brown in side by side glasses. Well, the Bell's is lighter and overall I think less impressive than the Brooklyn. ANOTHER overated brew from Kalamazoo! Folks, don't believe the hype! -Lot's o'balls for the "best" on the label! (Nods to PsychProf anyhow for this one).

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