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RATINGS: 1289   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle. Large, frothy, light brown head that stuck around for quite a while. Nice lacing. Slightly cloudy with some fine particulate. Heavy malt aroma, with some caramel, toastiness and nuttiness. Very light on the hops with almost no perceptible aroma. Flavor was high on the caramel and toasty flavors, with little hop flavor or bitterness. Just enough to keep the beer from being too sweet. Medium, creamy body with a nice, soft carbonation. A somewhat sticky finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1364) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2009
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 I’m generally not a brown drinker, but this is pretty nice. Not much aroma, but a good bit of malt and more hops to it than a lot of browns. Kind of fizzy, though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4690) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Overall Impression: Nice brown with a slightly nutty flavor
**Another Bells offering I haven’t had in a while that could use an update on next sampling

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep, but translucent brown with a very slight head which quickly turns to a thin ring. Smells a bit chocolatey. Tastes of coffee and a little chocolate. A little bit of lacing going on. In general, I love Bells, but this didn’t really do it for me. Maybe I’m just not a brown ale kind of guy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1712) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle from BrookFalls Discount. Pours a tannish brown with a lot of effervesence and a bit of a white head. Almost no lacing. Aroma has sweet malts, some nuts and brown sugar. Taste is of sweet caramel, some fruitiness, nuts, somewhat toast and sweet brown sugar. Medium bodied and - despite the pour - lowly carbonated. Finishes mostly sweet, a bit cloyingly so. Scotch ale-ish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2676) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Rcvd in trade: it pours slightly brown and leaves a tan colored body and leaves a one finger off-white head. It leaves some nice spotty lacing and no carbonation is seen rising. The aroma has a fair amount of toffee up front with some nice subtle flavorings of nuts as well as some chocolates and caramels. The flavoring is basically the same with more of the maltiness coming out as the beer warms. Its pretty easy on the palate for the most part or at least as any English Brown ale can be; overall, this is a very nice English Brown that I recommend and would definitely have again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bkurtz (996) - PERU - JAN 1, 2014
Pours a cloudy brown with a smallish head. Roasted malts with chocolates notes and some balanced bitterness. One of the best brown ales around.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rollsrace (65) - - AUG 31, 2014
Tasted on 12/20/2013. a decent brown ale, slightly bitter. it’s pretty dark for a brown ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (544) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2014
I really liked this one...new on the bell line at work.....one of the better browns......

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1994) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Aroma: intense bread and light caramel malts. Appearance: clear brown, small white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweets intensify, dry, light toasted malts. Overall: quite a syrupy aroma for this OK Brown Ale. Pint at The Ginger Man, Manhattan.


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