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RATINGS: 1328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Dark cherry wood brown -- small off white head that laces wonderfully. Aroma is faint but there’s an earthy, roasted malt with some sweetness. Nutty flavor and the earthiness stays -- spicy, too, though I can’t put my finger right on it. Great carbonation -- bouncy without overwhelming the flavors.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2006
The first thing that struck me about this ale was the plethora of particles rising and sinking in my glass. I’ve seen this before, so it wasn’t a shock, but then again, not something you see everyday. The appearance is a clear brown. Hhead dispersed quickly, but the lacing was good. Palate is only medium. I like my browns to be more full. Flavor is only OK, consisting of some malt. Not a lot of aroma. Overall, not terribly impressive.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Poured brown in color with a khaki head. Had a malty aroma. Had a nutty/sweet palate and flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2002
sourness in nose but a dry nutty flavor. The beer is medium bodied and has a pleasant palette.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdawson321 (145) - USA - DEC 6, 2005
Subdued aroma and flavor, but very clean and refreshing. Not too heavy, but like all Bell’s beers, very satisfying.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Pours light brown. Nose of nuts, brown sugar, molasses and a hint of raisin. Thin taste of oak, malt, caramel and toast. Not very sweet or bitter; just an average brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2011
12oz bottle poured in pint glass. Color is an outstanding copper brown, head is thin and disappears quickly. Aroma is slightly roasty with nut and doughy undertones. Smells good but a little light. Taste is somewhat bitter and full of roasty, bready goodness. Texture and body is a little thin but finishes nicely. Solid beer for under $2 a bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle to a pint glass. Pours a rich brown, with minimal, white head that sticks around. Chocolate, caramel on the nose. Very smooth brown ale. Easy drinking, great beer to enjoy on a cold day.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
dark brown in color medium tan head. taste of roasted malts. slight sourness in aftertaste. very enjoyable

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber with a 2 cm bubbly tan head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of roasted malts and a hint of caramel. Initial flavor has malts with some caramel. Flavor closes with some nuttiness that is lasting. Some lacing, light carbonation, light on alcohol. Light to medium body. Drinkable and simple, good beer for non-craft beer drinkers.


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