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RATINGS: 1223   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bowlnman1990 (85) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Aroma: caramel and sweet malt. Appearance: deep brown but almost no head. Taste: sweet caramel and a hint of chocolate. Palate: full and a nice finish. Overall: everything I like in a brown ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1168) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2013
(bottle) Can’t believe I haven’t rated this yet. After having the excellent Fitger’s Beaver Bay Brown, I’ve been craving a brown ale that can match that excellence. SN Tumbler? No. Brau Brothers Ringneck? Better, but no. Bell’s Best Brown? Finally yes! Pours a muddy reddish-brown color with a thin off-white head that leaves good lacing on the glass. Aroma is right on with toasty biscuits, caramel, cocoa, and roasted nuts (pecan?). I get almost a touch of this berry presence and it smells like subtle raspberry which only enhances the complexity. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma, with a good amount of toasty malt, substantial caramel, and a mineral-like component that shows up on the finish. I find this often in brown ales and it can be overdone in some(Tumbler), but here it’s perfectly matched with the even toasty finish and subtle hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is fuller than most, but not overboard, and the carbonation is just a notch below lively. Overall an excellent brown ale that I’d probably rate even higher if not for it being 90+ degrees at the time. Since this is reasonably priced and an excellent match for the season when the weather is actually normal, I’ll certainly be picking this up throughout the fall.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (1637) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Had this on tap in Kalamazoo. Not bad, but I'm not a fan of the style. Some roasty coffee notes but too bland compared to their other beers.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (478) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Brown coloring. Strong caramel aroma and flavor. Smooth, refreshing, and delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Freaky_tiki (549) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2013
Pours dark & frothy with a one finger cap. Tasty brown ale that seems to do everything right: nice understated brown sugar, decent malting & well packed hops. Another interesting brew from these guys.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2248) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Dark brown colored pour. Big off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Smell is of coffee and malt. A slight metallic nose with some chocolate. Light bodied mouth. Smooth and creamy. Taste is vanilla and coffee. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (316) - Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2013
From a bottle, deep brown, small tan head, smells like a fresh loaf of bread, tastes toasty with a sweet finish. A very good brown ale... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vestlake (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 27, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2014 From a bottle. A great brown ale. A nice malty taste with a touch of bitterness at the end. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hartung32 (216) - Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Great brown ale; not sure I've had a better one. It's a hard beer for me to rate because it's a great brown, but browns don't do much for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle Poured into glass. Red brown pour with a healthy khaki head that sticks around. Nose is typical brown ale with caramel, toffee, and hazelnut up front. Really smooth and creamy body. Hazelnut Taste with some caramel sweetness and a mild roasted malt bitter finish. Pretty nice.


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