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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 (7997) - 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 (7861) - 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 (7803) - 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 (7698) - Hšsselby, 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7506) - 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 lilí bit of alcohol. Very good brown.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (7411) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7241) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7207) - 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-drinkiní, well-balanced brown ale. Thereís not too much going on in the nose, especially malt-wise (itís more hoppy than malty, but thankfully the hop nose is very herbal/spicy/floral, not a crude resin-bomb), but itís ok, not unattractive and no flaws. I wish the nose was as enjoyable as the flavor balance, and itís too bad the ABV isnít lower because at 4.5% or so this would be a terrific session beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2003
On tap: Pours with a dark brown luminescence. Thick sweet malty licorice aroma and a full, robust, yet smooth body. One of the better brown ales on the market.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7110) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy bubbly dark amber-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, spices, brown sugar, some hops and nuts -- a hint of metal in there too. Simple and straightforward malty flavour with some nuts and a mild hoppy finish. I got some metal in the flavour as well. Medium bodied. Itís a good version of the style, itís just not one of my favourite styles to drink.


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