RED08 (3) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel brown body with ruby red running throughout. Drop lacing comes off of a well retained light brown head. Nose of sweet malts, nuts, caramel/toffee, biscuit dough and some light chocolate notes.Flavor profile is similar, sweetness dominating from the nuts and malts, but well kept in check. Great brown ale.
FlipperSipper (14) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best Brown Ale is the perfect name for this brew. Poured a beutiful rouge hued deep brown with a fine stick to your upper lip head. Carbonation is the key to this brown, it is forward and quickly diminishing in the mouth, making for an excellent flavor profile and an exceptional subtle nuttiness from the toasted malts. Slight caramel sweetness, and a bit creamy, and balanced beautifully with the hop character. A must drink.
Cosmopolitan (10) - big rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
very good, pours a rich brown, and taste just lika an ale should. Suprisingly easy on the stomache as well. GOOD!
ebrowner88 (123) - Rice, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a finger high creamy head that dissipates into a khaki lacing. Smells of pears in heavy syrup. Taste is caramel, pears, cashews and then widens into a mildly hoppy finish that leaves your mouth a little dry. Way good. Best I have had in this style.
Cybercat (4986) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of the tap a semi-transparent chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled pale tan head. Aroma is of average strength, malty and slightly chocolaty. Rich malty flavor has cocoa undertone along with nutty and caramel hints as well as just a whisper of fine coffee. Texture is thick, fairly smooth and nicely fizzy.
rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Most people know this one for the fact that there’s an owl on the label and that it’s a winter seasonal, the opposite of Oberon (Solson, to those of us who remember), Bell’s top selling summer wheat.
Best Brown is an "Amer-English" brown ale with a full and balanced body. It pours relatively heavy, bright-brown in color, with a nice, white chocolate head that lingers a bit on the glass. Served properly between 45°-55°, it opens with a maple, brown-sugary nose and sweet maltiness that rolls into a full mouthfeel. As it goes down, there’s a slight hoppy bite on the finish to balance and clean up the lingering sweetness. The balance is exceptional.
It goes well with spicy foods, although it can get a little filling with a large meal. As a session beer, it can also get a bit sweet over time, although serving it a bit colder can help.
While Best Brown is, for some reason, not as popular as the Winter White or Two Hearted over the winter monthsand not even in the ballpark of Oberon, in terms of sales--it remains one of Bell’s finest and most consistent offerings and is one of my personal favorites among their lineup.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 This is the best brown ale - had no idea a brown ale could be this good.
Dark ruby/brown with a beige head that sticks to the glass - sediment floating around. Toasted slightly sweet dark fruits and caramel malts hit the nose. Incredibly tasty - crisp and refreshing toasted caramel, slightly sweet. Sip this and watch the leaves change.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
darthmoore (16) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful stained walnut color with a dense two and a half finger khaki head. When held to the light it has a tinge of ruby and a bit of unfiltered haze. Leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing.
The scent is of bread and caramel with a bit of fruity yeast. Spiced pear maybe?
Taste is of malt, caramel and toast with just a bit of hop bitterness. Beer is moderately sweet from beginning to end but not in any cloying way.
Beer is full bodied and slick with average carbonation. The finish is a bit abrupt but there is some astringency left behind. Not in an unpleasant way though.
Overall this is a truly exceptional example of a brown ale and one of my favorite beers.
chucklemation (1316) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown coloring. Strong caramel aroma and flavor. Smooth, refreshing, and delicious.
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice dark brown with red hues. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, and caramel. Tatse is very well balanced of roasted malt, nuts, toffee, cocoa and caramel, offset perfectly with hops. Great brown ale.