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RATINGS: 1325   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Pours brown. Nose is hops and toasted nuts. The taste is very smooth, rich, nutty, malty... odd and interesting at the same time.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4642) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
On tap at Bells. Poured a small tan head that completely diminished, good lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, uncarbonated, transparent, and an orange brown hue. The aroma was malty, very mild hops and caramel. Sweet, malty and caramel flavor. Smooth palate. Light-medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2458) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 Rerate. Draft. Deep amber, approach brown body. Thick, frothy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Malty aroma with notes of nuts, caramel, bread and a hint of roastiness. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter, a bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Thin to medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Thin body doesn’t play well with the malty tastes. Standard fare.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1949) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Interesting choice for an autunm beer from Bell’s. Belgian styled brown ale with generous heap of alcohol builds an agreeable cold weather beer. Nice beer to have after a tobbagan run in Kalamazoo.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10406) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
Clear brown with medium off white head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and ripe fruits. Sweet flavor with notes of yeast, caramel, roasted malt and fruits. Ends bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StefanSD (2246) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of Linus stick. Pours a cloudy murky chestnut brown with a small off-white head. The aroma is medium in strength with raisins and lightly roasted malts. The flavor shows some dates, plums and chocolate malts. The mouthfeel was a bit light. The finish was short and dry. Overall: A very session-able brew. This would be a great everyday beer if I could get it everyday.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2008
Tasty beer! Pours a dark amber colour, full off white head. Has a pleasent toasted aroma, caramel, licorice and bread in the taste. Clean hop finish. Hearty and filling, great for making that transition into the cool fall months.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Off taps at Capital Ale House. Dark amber brown with small fluffy white head. Slight roast and carmel malt aroma. Medium full creamy body with light carbonation. Rich roasty rather sweet with touch of fruityness. Finish is fairly sweet with a bit of residual earthy hop bitterness. Pushing a stout...and very tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Pours lighter than other browns, but decent looking opaque ruddy brown with a thin halo of a cream colored head. The nose is sweet and kind of crystal malt like. This carries into the flavor along with an earthy grain like flavor. Decent dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of Kyle. Thanks! Pours a dark, clear reddish-brown color; light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Basic dried fruits and brown sugar in the aroma; kind of bland. Medium mouthfeel: chewy brown sugar, toasted malts, and basic dried fruits; very drinkable, and lightly toasted (like me); pretty solid stuff, aside from the lax aroma. Medium finish: toasted malts, brown sugar, and touches of chocolate.


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