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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 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?

   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 didnít really do it for me. Maybe Iím just not a brown ale kind of guy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2000

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Whoa! This a like drinking a nice cigar. Very smokey and powerful. Strong malt presence and equal hoppiness. A different kind of brown ale, but not necessarlily a bad brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2003
Bottled. I tend to fing Browns kinda of boring. This one had a little more flavor going for it than you usual brown. Nothing fancy. Good drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (23713) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2003
Bottled. Ruby colour, firm head. Aroma of crystal malt and grapefruit. Rather sweet. Chewy crystal malt flavour balanced by the bitterness added by flowery hops and a fair punch of warming alcohol. Pretty godd, but Kalamazoo does the really dark and heavy ones better.

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