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RATINGS: 1269   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6937) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2010
Couleur brune légère, col est blanc-cassé. Arôme, poudre de châtaigne est bien prononcé, malt, grains. Goût, malt grillé est fin, effervescente, fini garde une approche de châtaigne, caramel, biscuité, sec au palais avec qcq notes de chocolat. Palais reste un peu faible et léger. Arrière goût a une note subtile de houblon qui néanmoins reste bien cachée.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6807) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Draft at Teller’s of Hyde Park. Pours a deep, cloudy brown with a small creamy beige head. The aroma is nutty, malty, and earthy, but not particularly strong. Much better once you get drinking, though. Flavor of nuts, roasted malts, leather, and massive earthy notes: grass, wood, bark, and dirt. Medium bodied, smooth, with a gentle earthy mouthfeel. Really interesting take on a brown ale, and another great offering from Bell’s.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6769) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
This brown ale poured with a thin beige head and a toffee aroma. The flavor is raisins and nuts with a bit of chocolate. There is a slightly bitter dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6743) - 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
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
Brownish amber, small head (typical to Bells?). Very light in aroma, slightly malty .Flavour got some more malt character with grassy notes, medium roasted. Long lasting bitter brown mouthfeel .

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6416) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Poured red with off white head, smells of sugar and caramel and tastes of maple sugar, caramel and a nice roasty finish. Overall a decent brown ale a bit lacking in palate and overall taste, but very sessionable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
pours brown with a white head. Smells sugary with earthy undertones. Taste is sweet and malty with some earthy hoppy elements. Mouthfeel is light and tingly.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium brown. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain/bread, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. A very easy-drinkin’, well-balanced brown ale. There’s not too much going on in the nose, especially malt-wise (it’s more hoppy than malty, but thankfully the hop nose is very herbal/spicy/floral, not a crude resin-bomb), but it’s ok, not unattractive and no flaws. I wish the nose was as enjoyable as the flavor balance, and it’s too bad the ABV isn’t lower because at 4.5% or so this would be a terrific session beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6306) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy light brown with a decent white frothy head. The aroma is nuts, some earthy malt, and some raisins. The taste is smooth and full: a nice balance of nutty and burnt malts flavors with dark fruit and bitter hops. Easy to drink and yet offering a good bit. A good beer I enjoyed.


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