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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mc5 (11) - USA - MAR 29, 2004
Nice dark appearance and a chocolate/caramel nose. A roasted malt nut flavor that was really good but not as good as expected from the aroma. Still a very nice brown.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smartbrewing (11) - Amelia, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 A rich, malty aroma that overpowers the hops, with a hazy appearance. Flavor is consistent from start to finish...with a real BAM effect at the end. In other words, this beer is as smooth throughout as advertised. More malt could be added for my taste. Overall, a very good Brown Ale as you’d expect from Bell’s Brewery

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjauga (11) - Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Good, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtchyg (10) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2007
This is a smooth brown ale. I’ve had stronger but I’m not so sure Bells wasn’t trying to make this a more marketable/drinkable brown ale. The aroma hints are subtle but what is there is nice. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cosmopolitan (10) - big rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2008
very good, pours a rich brown, and taste just lika an ale should. Suprisingly easy on the stomache as well. GOOD!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j_rogers007 (9) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2013 does not count
Aroma was very malt heavy with lots of toasted nuts and caramel present. Very dark and brown and dissimilar to Newcastle. Taste was also very malt forward and not what I care for as I prefer an IPA typically. Not a bad beer but of the Brown Ales I still think Newcastle is better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndySteve (9) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2007 does not count
Tap. Rich and sweet malt/nut flavor. A good porterish brown ale, though not the best out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hodgey1 (9) - Edinboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008 does not count
A excellent Brown Ale, nice reddish brown color. Aroma was nice and flavor was a touch sweet which I really enjoyed. I almost thought I caught a hint of raspberry in the finnish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
darthmoore (8) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
Pours a beautiful stained walnut color with a dense two and a half finger khaki head. When held to the light it has a tinge of ruby and a bit of unfiltered haze. Leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing. The scent is of bread and caramel with a bit of fruity yeast. Spiced pear maybe? Taste is of malt, caramel and toast with just a bit of hop bitterness. Beer is moderately sweet from beginning to end but not in any cloying way. Beer is full bodied and slick with average carbonation. The finish is a bit abrupt but there is some astringency left behind. Not in an unpleasant way though. Overall this is a truly exceptional example of a brown ale and one of my favorite beers. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deadon71 (7) - algonquin, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Seems like anything from Bell’s Brewery is incredible. One of my favorite breweries. I consider this the poster child for the perfect brown. Great appearence, dark brown, carmel, hint of coffee. Ummm, staple beer....

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