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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9933) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Pours a clear brown with a nice tan head. Terriffic lacing. Aromas of molasses, maple syrup, caramel malt, and hazelnuts. Sort of watery mouthfeel with lots of roasted malt and nutty flavors. Long lasting, dry, sort of Brazil nut bitter aftertaste. A solid brown ale but not anything extraordinary.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9815) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2010
On tap. Poured a clear brown with a light tan head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of malts with a nice grain and bread backbone with a hint of caramel and some spices. Flavor was quite similar with lots of malts that were slightly sweet but mainly bread came to mind with some spices to make it interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2015 12oz bottle. Minimal tan head, brown color with a red-orange hue, visible sediment. Beer starts with a strong, very pleasant aroma upfront, and gradually finishes with astounding smoothness. Medium but very smooth carbonation lends to a creamy mouth-feel. Sweet dried fruit, nut aroma. 6/4/6/5/12

Re-rate, 9/6/15:16oz can, canned 8/24/15. Hazy red orange, kind of a brick color. Bigger khaki head. Caramel malt, and bigger nuttiness, seeing the touch of cocoa. A bit of dark fruity jam. Just as I remember, a pretty much perfect texture. Fantastically full and creamy body, especially for being sub-6%. Lighter, creamy carbonation. Very mild slick finish, not syrupy. Moderate sweet taste, lighter bitter. Nice dryness towards the finish. Nice cocoa and nuttiness long into the aftertaste. Good bit of earthy hop. Totally fantastic brown ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9526) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy ruby hued brown with a medium to large creamy white head that deflates rather quixckly. Nice toasty nutty malt with a vinous fruit note with a bit of caramel. Medium bodied, quite smooth, nice and malty and a bit nutty. Finishes up with a smooth bitterness. A touch on the sweet side, but really tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours deep brown color with some floaties and excellent head. Aroma of malt, toffee, some hops, and cognac. Tastes malty, sweet, with a nice roasty toffee finish. Very complex as with all Bell’s beers. A top notch brown ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9431) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2010
355 ml bottle thanks to Schroppfy, on December 30, 2009
Cloudy dark brown color, firt pours were clear though, tan head. Subtle fruity and sweet malty scent. Acidic, caramel, malty, dryish taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium dryish bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9415) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"agreed on the "best" part of the brown, or almost at least. wonderful roasty malt aroma and even better flavor. smooth, but thin like most browns. VERY well done for the style. another winner from John :)"

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9291) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
TAP: brown pour, rich caramel aroma with some hop character, flavor is sweet, malt, caramel, and a little dry on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Deep brown pour. The aroma is rich and chocolatey. A rich malt profile and a soft toasty sweetness. Has a moderate earthy bitterness leaving it a very well rounded and balanced product. Rich and malty. Really lovely brown ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2007
Clear chestnut colour with a thick, dense brownish head, leaving shards of lace. Something vaguely sweet-caramel, toffee, bit of hosp, dry cacaopowder; sweet and vaguely woody. Sweet-ish, green leaves, bit of greenmalt, arachide with a retronasal bitterness that clashes with the sweet initial flavour, instead of blending. Chocolate flavours, certainly warming up. Medium bodied, at least, quite slick, bit too much mouthburning to be called smooth. It’s not really bad, but its lack of balance annoys me no end. I wonder if Mr. Bell wanted to explore the limits of archaic styles?


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