tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 Head retention was really surprising, lasted forever. A rich creamy off white head. Aroma slightly nutty, and other roasted things brought to mind. Feels slightly like a stout. Very sweet and creamy. Tasted some notes of milk. My first Bell’s, and certainly not my last.
MattyKakes (58) - Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
There’s a raisin/ currant flavor up front with a toasted oak , dry finish that doesn’t linger on. Color is a golden brown .
SpecialBrew99 (57) - grand blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am actually drinking one of these right now, and I must say that it was another let down. I like a lot of the Bell’s beers, but this one just isn’t up to par. I would rather have a Newcastle anyday over this. The smell is not even really a brown smell, it is more like a stout.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle '02)The aroma is overwhelming with roasted malts and a hit of chocolate. Quite unusual for this beer...smells almost identical to a Bells Porter. The pour is beautiful leaving a creamy head that lasts for quite some time, while lacing the glass. A small amount of yeast gives the appearance of cinnamon to the top of this lovely brew. Malt, malt, malt. Age seems to have tempered the bite and bitterness normally associated with this beer. The most outstanding example of Best Brown to date. Note to self, lay some of these down in the future
maxwellplum (54) - USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Most people know this one for the fact that there’s an owl on the label and that it’s a winter seasonal, the opposite of Oberon (Solson, to those of us who remember), Bell’s top selling summer wheat.
Best Brown is an "Amer-English" brown ale with a full and balanced body. It pours relatively heavy, bright-brown in color, with a nice, white chocolate head that lingers a bit on the glass. Served properly between 45°-55°, it opens with a maple, brown-sugary nose and sweet maltiness that rolls into a full mouthfeel. As it goes down, there’s a slight hoppy bite on the finish to balance and clean up the lingering sweetness. The balance is exceptional.
It goes well with spicy foods, although it can get a little filling with a large meal. As a session beer, it can also get a bit sweet over time, although serving it a bit colder can help.
While Best Brown is, for some reason, not as popular as the Winter White or Two Hearted over the winter monthsand not even in the ballpark of Oberon, in terms of sales--it remains one of Bell’s finest and most consistent offerings and is one of my personal favorites among their lineup.
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color. Sediments of a well crafted beer floated around in the bottle and amused my eyes as it poured into the glass. Nuts, caramel malt, dark roasted malts, contributed to a very dry and oily package. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, A lot of character.
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth, easy drinking brown. Pours good, looks good, and tastes good.
Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slight mixture of red and brown colouring, depending on the light around youl, generally pleasing to the eye. Mild bitterness, distinct taste of bread for some strange reason, but still pleasing.
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m a fan of all Bells beers, this may be my personal 3rd favorite behind Oberon and 2 Hearted