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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (8074) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
Courtesy of Quake1028. Pours brown with amber edges and tan head. The aroma is roasty malts, a bit of dusty malt astringency, crystal malts and mild notes of chocolate. The taste has rich maltiness with levels of roasted malts, caramelized malts, mild biscuit malts and just a hint of chocolate. Midway a blunted sting of malt astringency mixed with vague hop bitterness helps draw the experience to a close. It leaves a roasty mildly bitter after taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8047) - Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle to pint. Looks good; brown with some lacing. Smells and tastes pretty good too; smooth and malty with some sweetness. Good on the palate. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7876) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2011
12/28/11. 12oz bottle courtesy Seminole! Hazy brown pour with a small khaki head that fades to a ring and laces a bit. Nice aroma with a bit of caramel, light chocolate, and even some butterscotch in a good way. Sweet chocolate flavor at first that transitions to caramel and some sort of yummy pie spiced type thing. Tasty!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7764) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2010
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 16 Apr 2010) Dark brownish amber colour with a huge, beige head. Malty, nutty nose with notes of caramel, dark fruit, dark bread and a hint of citrus. Malty, slightly toasted taste with dark fruit, dark bread, nuts and a touch of citrus in the finish. Medium body, balanced bitterness, slightly sweetish. Not the best from Bells, but a nice and tasty brown ale

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (7535) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2010
12-oz. Pours a murky and very dark brown with a billowing, fluffy off-white head. Somewhat soapy nose, soft cookie dough and caramel notes in there as well. Somewhat watery and fairly light body, a bit slippery, very soft carb. Earth, caramel, and soap on the mid-palate. Mild finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bottle. Batch #7091. Medium, hazy copper/brown pour with a solid layer of off-white head. Lots of spicy malts and nuttiness in the aroma, along with earth and a little peat... quite aromatic for a brown. Flavor picks up a bunch of caramel, toffee, and nutty sweetness with hints of smoke and spices at the finish. Smooth yet slightly grainy on the palate. Rich, malty finish with floral hops, berries, and a lil’ bit of alcohol. Very good brown.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Bottle split with Pat and Tony. Pours a amber, brown body with slight off white lacing. Aroma is delicious caramel and vanilla. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and soft. Taste is a bit of a let down after smelling the delicious aroma. Still a solid brown, and probably one of the best browns.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7351) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours clear brown, some lacing. Texture is watery. Aroma has hops and some malt. Taste is a little bitter. Medium to high carbonation. Bottle from Bell’s.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7348) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Color was nothing extraordinary... translucent brown with a creamy white head. Nose has more flowers and perfume than I would have guessed with hints of malt. Flavor is lacking... grainy and yeasty with not a whole lot else. Finish is flat and a little musty. Definitely a Euro brown and not an American brown.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7283) - 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.


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