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RATINGS: 1291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boomersmancave1 (94) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015
16 oz. can. Poured dark brown with off white head. Nice lacing. Malty smell and taste. Nutty aftertaste. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2011
On draft at Bavarian Lodge. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aromas of carmel malts. The sweet malts dominate the taste throughout. Body is full and rich. Excellent beer

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bowlnman1990 (92) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - MAR 14, 2003
I am quickly becoming a big Bell's fan. Another good beer from an underrated brewer. This beer was a puzzler to me- it was hard to place its aroma and palate. I still haven't figured out the aroma, but it has a very heavy body that starts off with a walnut taste and ends with a malty caramel flavor. A very good brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mastelefish (91) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2014
From a bottle, pours a dark brown-amber with a fairly large white head. Strong malt presence at the nose of caramel and roastedness. Couldn’t really detect much cocoa. Little hop presence. Body is fairly light with little bitterness to taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Msavage235 (90) - - NOV 23, 2012
Wonderful beer, truly smooth and great flavor. It’s almost like a light stout or porter beer. It has all of the notes of those types of beer, chocolate and coffee notes with a little roast but without the full bodied punch of a porter or a stout. A nice spicy, caramel finish rounds off this flavorful but subdued beer. Fantastic for this time of year, fall quickly becoming winter.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jagad5 (89) - - OCT 11, 2014
The description says "toasted" but my tongue says "burnt." Pours with a two inch, foamy head. Consistent flavor from top to bottom.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Initial smell almost fruity, definatly sweet. Nice off white head. Kind of nutty. The malty taste hangs with you for a while. A must try for anyone.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Bottle - 1F slightly tan head, medium brown in color. Little heavy in carbonation, otherwise ok mouthfeel, fairly balanced for the style. Malt comes through on the finish and hangs around a bit then alcohol shows up for a bit and dissipates, great lacing.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Bell’s must be one of the most consistent craft breweries around. I’ve never met a Bell’s beer that I didn’t love, and this is no exception. The slightly weak aroma (nutty, with a hint of hops) belied the robust flavor. Cloudy red-brown in color, the taste begins with a nice hard shove of malty goodness, then finishes quickly with a clean cripsness I didn’t see coming. This is truly a beer for any situation or season.


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