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RATINGS: 1302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7816) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
This brown ale poured with a thin beige head and a toffee aroma. The flavor is raisins and nuts with a bit of chocolate. There is a slightly bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Tasting at Bellís Fest. Poured a dark clover honey/copper color with off-white head. The flavor was very roasted sweet and a little malty. Not carbonated but not too smooth. A good brew and more flavorful than other brown ales Iíve tried. Wouldnít say I was blown away by it but still decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Dark Reddish Brown Color, Huge Head, Lots Of Lacing. Aroma Of Sandthorn (Hippophae). Taste about the same: Lightly Toasted Malt and Sandthorn (Hippophae). More sour than bitter. Medium Body, More on the Leaner side. Too Thin and Light ABV for Cold Weather. Interesting and an OK Brew, Although the "Best Brown Ale" is too strong of a statement. Too Cocky, since it is no the best. Brown Ale is one of my favorites styles and Iíve had better. Nonetheless, it is different and interesting. Worth A Try....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JHeath99 (1503) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Tap. Pours dark amber with slight off white head. Aroma of malts with a slightly sweet note. Taste of roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
klaing (143) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Pours a cloudy nut brown with a thick but quickly disappearing head. Mild cocoa and some berry. Hopping is mild, a little bit of a metallic aftertaste. Ok. Not as good as other Bell's brews. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a rough-looking one-finger heavy cream shade. Itís texture is poor but its retention is good. Small amounts of lacing are left behind. S: This is very toasted, and even slightly roasted. Thereís actually some progression to the aroma - the first whiff is pure toasted nuts, then turns into something mineral and earthy, developing a touch of brown sugar sweetness after a while. The earthiness isnít to my liking, otherwise the aroma is fine. T: Thereís a slight kiss of fruitiness to start. Afterwards, this turns into mostly a toasted-nuts-and-mineral-water affair. A slight hop finish actually brings more acid than bitterness or flavor. Having said that, itís still reasonably balanced, if a touch too bitter. M: This one is fairly dry and even crisp. On the other hand, it has a slight heaviness to it making it not quite as drinkable as it could be. Carbonation is middling, typical of the style. O: A fairly typical brown ale: thereís nothing wrong with it at all, itís just not very impressive or inspiring to drink. Wouldnít buy it again, most likely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
scotchzombie (438) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Pours hazy chestnut brown with the slightest orange tinge. Light brown head ain't much and fades quickly to a rim. Aroma is toasted malts, a bit or caramel and some cocoa overtones. Creamy with moderate carbonation and short flavor profile. Taste is lightly toasted malts, a wee bit of caramel and cocoa and substantial hop bitterness that really overwhelms the finish and aftertaste. A good brown that would be better with amped malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2002
I find this to be best with food. It helps bring out the taste of the food as well as the food bringing out the taste in the beer. Not being a big fan of dark beers, I didnít rate it incredibly high.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1508) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2003
It's not often that I have a chance to compare a brew for a brew, but since I still have a bottle of recently rated Brooklyn Brown Ale in the fridge, why not? I have equal glasses of Bells "best" Brown and Brooklyn Brown in side by side glasses. Well, the Bell's is lighter and overall I think less impressive than the Brooklyn. ANOTHER overated brew from Kalamazoo! Folks, don't believe the hype! -Lot's o'balls for the "best" on the label! (Nods to PsychProf anyhow for this one).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2003
I've had much better brown ales. I've also had much better beer from Bell's. What happened?

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