BeerKurve (363) - - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 Dark Hazy Red with a 2 finger head. Smell has notes of caramel, floral hops, roasted malts and chocolate. The flavor has some mild caramel, rum raisin, chocolate and roasted malt notes. Body is moderate yet thick and the carbonation is somewhat mild as well. Itís a unique beer but it could use some more flavor.
Smoothsippin (23) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ambr with a beige head. Can catch both a mild sweetness and bitterness in the nose, which continues into the mouth and the swallow. Pretty consistent and smooth with a pleasant crisp finish. I like Brown ales and this is a nice one.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly and some lace. Aroma is roast malts. Taste roast malt, light cocoa, some bitterness, nutty medium body, sticky finish
artmcd8 (1087) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one of the better brown ales I have had. I guess the name is pretty fitting. Reddish brown pour. Full head. Nutty aroma. Slight bitterness in the finish. Good all around.
Maklean (50) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
They call it best brown ale for a reason. Well balanced hop and malt characters provide a very drinkable brown ale. Pours brown with small head, diminishing. Slight tastes of chocolate and caramel finished with nice hop flavour.
Nekronos (3359) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
NIce and well brewed. Somewhat watery. But nutty in aroma and very brown alike taste too.
Chad9976 (1026) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on 9/13/12 making it six months and 16 days old when I drank it.
Appearance: Beautiful mahogany/chestnut hue. Translucent with visible sediment suspended. Forms a huge, beige, fluffy head which is slow to dissipate and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
Smell: A mild, muted nose with light malty sweetness but not distinct ingredients or aromas.
Taste: Once again youíll have to take this review with a grain of salt as itís based on a bottle that was pretty old at the time. However, much like the Amber Ale, I can tell Bellís Best Brown Ale is a pretty solid beer on the core. Of course, simply being "solid" doesnít equal high quality, in fact a more cynical synonym would be "passable." Thatís definitely accurate here, though. This is a drinkable beer that conforms to the brown ale style nicely, but no more.
Trying to describe to the taste of the palate is a bit of a challenge. The brewery suggest notes of caramel and cocoa, but these are mostly afterthoughts. Itís probably best described as mildly sweet with just the faintest hint of confectionery flavors that emerge strongly right on the finish. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness, though there is some tang to the palate (Iíll chalk that up to the bottleís age, though). No repulsive qualities, which is good, though trying to appreciate whatís here is challenging but not impossible. Iíd imagine a fresh serving would be pretty amazing.
Drinkability: A lot of people consider brown ales to be acquired tastes, which Iíve never understood because itís one of the most drinker-friendly styles I can think of. Bellís Best Brown Ale is very comfortable in the mouth with a soft, smooth texture thatís not too thick and definitely not thin and fizzy. It goes down smoothly and has a mostly neutral aftertaste. It doesnít seem to take full advantage of its 5.8% ABV weight, though, but at least itís not overboard in any way. A versatile brew Iím sure, but good enough to enjoy on its own merits.
amwelsch (2) - - MAR 22, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is a pleasant cocoa like a rich brown ale. One of those beers that both the amateurs and professionals enjoy
Alextricity (387) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Holy hell does this look great. It has a hazy, dark brown appearance, with a nice little head, and lacing from start to finish. A very nice looking beer.
Bellís Best Brown is an awesome beer all-around. This being my first Brown Ale, I didnít know what to expect. I feel like this tastes a good bit like a porter, but it doesnít rely quite as heavily on the coffee/chocolate notes. Itís just a big, malty beer. I actually really enjoyed this beer. Not surprising... Bellís knows what theyíre doing.
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Love the owl. Pours dark red and brown with a small beige head. Aromas of cocoa, hazelnut, and sweet fruit. The flavor is similar, with dark dried fruits upfront, trending into cocoa and a nutty finish with bitter cocoa. Easy-drinking. Good.