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RATINGS: 1278   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012
Pours pretty dark, with an off white half inch head. The nose is a little sweet with caramel, but a lot of hoppy freshness breaks through. I really like it. The taste is more mild than I thought. I get some malt, bread, and a small kiss of hop bitterness at the end. Carbonation was very low, crisp finish. This has been in my fridge for over a month so it could have lost some of its kick. Very mellow but I like it. Id like to try a fresh one.

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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rollsrace (61) - - AUG 31, 2014
Tasted on 12/20/2013. a decent brown ale, slightly bitter. itís pretty dark for a brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopsandvines (61) - 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


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