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RATINGS: 1225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2002
Ludacris to say that Newcastle is better or even as good as this brown. It truly is the best.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Supposedly a seasonal fall-winter beer, but available mid-July. The brown ale pours a beautiful clear brown with a tan-colored, thick, mousse-like head. The head persists and leaves intricate Belgian lace when sipped. The nose is both delicate and noticeable with hints of toasted bread, toffee, malt and ginger. The malt notes are light and sweet but not cloying. On the palate the ale has a medium body, perfect balance and a wonderful lingering finish that wants you to go back for. This ale is totally moreish! The carbonation pleasant and the alcohol is not noticeable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rl5am (3) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2012 does not count
Dark beer with a nice pillow head. Subtle cereal and burnt caramel taste with a slightly bitter finish. Great american brown ale that isn’t super hoppy.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (955) - Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Pours dark amber brown with a large light beige head. Smells a little toasty with hints of toffee. Taste is toasted and toffee with a tiny touch of bitterness. Light-to-medium bodied with a smooth, slick texture and lightly fizzy mouth-carbonation, Bells Best Brown Ale finishes with a smooth sweetness that is very satisfying.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bowlnman1990 (85) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Aroma: caramel and sweet malt. Appearance: deep brown but almost no head. Taste: sweet caramel and a hint of chocolate. Palate: full and a nice finish. Overall: everything I like in a brown ale.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (174) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Pours a lovely amber brown with a creamy white colored head. Has a nice subtle aroma of molasses and roasted malt. Has a very easy going taste of brown sugar. Leaves a some what sweet after taste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Num num. Nice and complex. Starts big and malty, but finishes dry.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2003 RBSG2003 (extended) (On tap at the brewery) Crystal clear, deep amber ale. Small, off-white, creamy head. Partially retaining with good lacing. The nose is of caramel, butterscotch, toffee... everything MALT! The flavor is ridiculously rich, buttery and malty... with balance. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, semi-sweet, buttery finish. Reminiscent of Lake Tahoe Red and European Zebra Lager (which is no longer brewed).

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsmerig (1246) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Pours a rich brown with a cream colored silky head. Aroma smells of chocolate. Nice balance of smokey chocolate malts and subtle bitterness. Dry finish without being sour with the aftertaste. Good example of a brown.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenter2000 (41) - , Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2012
One of the best Brown Ales I have ever tasted. No surprise with the title then. Smooth Carmel, deep calm, pleasant tone, warm body. Hard to drink just one.


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