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RATINGS: 1338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10423) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StefanSD (2382) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2009
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 Iím 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (5773) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Overall Impression: Nice brown with a slightly nutty flavor
**Another Bells offering I havenít had in a while that could use an update on next sampling

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2011 Batch 107##, much better than that other rating I have =p, I really enjoy this brown ....... (7/9/09)#4 of 5 in my Brown Ale tasting. Batch 8871 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear glowing reddish brown with a frothy sticky off-white sudsy foam on top. Iíve had this a few times before. Aroma is a bit vegetal, buttery. Ahhh... has to be oatmeal, similar to the way Double Cream Stout ages. Flavor is a touch vegetal, bitter and nutty, fairly dry, light coffee. Medium body with excellent sharp but evenly spread carbonation. Need a fresher bottle. I think?

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