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 (3278) - 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 thereís an owl on the label and that itís a winter seasonal, the opposite of Oberon (Solson, to those of us who remember), Bellís 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 45į-55į, it opens with a maple, brown-sugary nose and sweet maltiness that rolls into a full mouthfeel. As it goes down, thereís 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 Bellís 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 (8) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
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 (456) - Pontiac, 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 (128) - 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.
swenocha (81) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, small tan head. Slightly cloudy (this is bottle conditioned, so not surprising). Great english malt aroma paired with nutty, malt, and maybe a bit of coffee. Taste is much the same. Some toasty bread as well. Very dry and smooth finisher. A new favorite brown...
Caytinator (939) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Yeah, so itís fantastic. Just like the description says, itís got a malty body, but itís not too heavy. Really good taste notes, agree with description. Itís just a little toasty, but not too much. Just a great beer.
ads135 (2921) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very nice brown. Slightly nutty, some chocolate and roasted caramel flavors. Light brown and nicely carbonated.