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RATINGS: 1213   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2003
An excellent brew from an excellent brewer. The head was gone before the glass reached my lips, but the aroma and taste are fantastic. Good color and finish, not too heavy and finishes with a firm malty flavor. Leaves you ready for another, a great example of a brown ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2010
12 oz. -> dimpled mug. Pours a hazy brown, with red-orange undertones; soft, pillow-y head of a lightly toasted marshmallow hue; occasional fisheyes, that turn into deep craters as the head settles. Smells spicy, like pumpkin pie - cloves, allspice - with lightly roasted malts, cocoa, and a subtle banana-ness. Tastes spicy, too: the clove/pumpkin pie is there, as is the roasted malt, with a nice nutty toffee quality. Maybe a tiny bit too sweet; more pronounced hops to add some balance would be appreciated. Is it truly the best brown ale? No, but it is the Best Brown Ale, dig?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnson2020 (79) - Canton, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2001
I am very partial to browns, and this one is very good. A bit sweeter than than one would expect. Bells does beer right, and this one is no exception.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Pours a dark orangeish-brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, nuts and a surprising amount of alcohol. Flavor is also malty, with roasted nuts, mild chocolate, and balancing hop dryness later in the sip. The beer finishes drier, with more yeasty bread and mild alcohol flavor. Not bad at all, but could have a tad more hops. An easy drinker.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HardingG (76) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2012 An quality Brown. Smell originally was almost all malt, on second whiff I caught the generous addition of hops. I usually do not care for American xtra hopping in my Brown Ale and prefer the English variety; however, Bells did well as it balances. Thicker than the avg brown. A tad of dark hops limits this from rating of a 4.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle poured a thin brown with nutty, malty aroma. Taste was similar, semi-sweet with some bitterness. Pretty good beer, but I would need to try it again.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evocatus (72) - USA - MAR 26, 2010
Pours a dark red amber, looks almost like tea. Head was tan and about a cm in thickness though it dwindled to a little more than a ring. Aroma was pretty feint, although I could pick up hints of caramel and alcohol. Taste was pretty good and strong though. A mix of caramel sweetness, nuts, and alcohol. For some reason the taste is a bit too strong for me, at least the alcohol part, so I wouldn’t call it too drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 roasty malt aroma with a similar taste. Alot of things going on in this one for a brown ale. Very sweat,which I liked. This beer was great on cool late summer day. I’ll buy another 6 in the fall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
steindds (70) - - APR 3, 2012
Pours a brown color with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, butterscotch, and bread. Taste is of toasted malts, dough and butterscotch. Medium to light mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
A classic brown ale: Sweet, fruity aroma; good brown color. Initial taste of fruity caramel. Aftertaste of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, otherwise simply terrific.


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