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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Good brown. Thick head, with roasty/biscuity malt aroma. Firm malty body, hopped enough to avoid sweetness, but still is a malty, rich treat. Good on a cool evening.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteysmu (63) - USA - MAR 12, 2011
Very hoppy taste, one of the better ales I have sampled. Not very heavy, could see myself drinking multiple beers

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchHillbilly (62) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Very good full flavor beer. Quite bitter. Strong aftertaste. Overall a very satisfying beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopsandvines (60) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Bellís Brown ale is always a favorite of mine that I look forward too each year itís released. With that being said this years Best Brown was a bit disappointing. Pours dark brown, head small, white, OK. Flavor with a bit thin this year with some chocolate and Munich character. Seems too be missing that special something that Bellí usually delivers. Hops are present but lacking for the style. Probably will go unnoticed to the unsophisticated palate. Not bad. $9.99 6/pk at Hops & Vines. www.hopsandvines.net

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopKitty (59) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Dark, translucent, burnt sienna color, aroma is malty, with a hint of black olives and chocolate Nestle Quik. Tastes like unsalted mixed nuts with a splash of nail polish remover. Softens with lingering palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2005
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 Bellís, and certainly not my last.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpecialBrew99 (57) - grand blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2002
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 Bellís beers, but this one just isnít 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2003
(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

3.6
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Most people know this one for the fact that thereís an owl on the label and that itís a winter seasonal, the opposite of Oberon (Solson, to those of us who remember), Bellís 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 45į-55į, it opens with a maple, brown-sugary nose and sweet maltiness that rolls into a full mouthfeel. As it goes down, thereís 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 Bellís finest and most consistent offerings and is one of my personal favorites among their lineup.


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