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RATINGS: 1210   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (2911) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
This is a very nice brown. Slightly nutty, some chocolate and roasted caramel flavors. Light brown and nicely carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2002
Ruddy brown, with lots of floaties and sediment for the style. Nose is sweet with maple sugar, nutty, and vaguely yeasty. Earthy, with an enjoyable bitterness, and a rather dry finish. A well executed brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2002
An owl on the label scores extra points. Good brown ale, brewed in the british style. Mild and malty, balanced with a touch of hops (fuggles, target?) and administering a large dose of happiness. Great brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
I don’t like brown ales. But this is the genius of Bell’s - if you make nearly perfect product, how can someone not like it. A little richer and creamier than most brown, this is so beautiful in both the throat and mouth that it is bringing a tear to my eye! Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Smooth, easy drinking brown. Pours good, looks good, and tastes good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2003
(Bottle '02)The aroma is overwhelming with roasted malts and a hit of chocolate. Quite unusual for this beer...smells almost identical to a Bells Porter. The pour is beautiful leaving a creamy head that lasts for quite some time, while lacing the glass. A small amount of yeast gives the appearance of cinnamon to the top of this lovely brew. Malt, malt, malt. Age seems to have tempered the bite and bitterness normally associated with this beer. The most outstanding example of Best Brown to date. Note to self, lay some of these down in the future

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2005
At Bell’s website you can research a batch number on the back label and find out when it was packaged. My bottle was filled on 10/06/05. Poured dark hickory brown with little head, but it was a tad on the cold side. Aromas led by malt with dark fruit, smoke, yeast, floral hops, roasted chestnuts, earth, peat and alcohol. Taste was exceptionally well-balanced blend of roasted malt and hops, sweet but sufficiently bitter, with notes of dark fruit, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and butterscotch. Nice mouthfeel, slightly sparkly for the type but no unpleasantly so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Oak brown with a small cap of tan head. Wonderfully toasty sweet malt aroma. Like freshly crushed biscuit malt. I would love ot know how they get that aroma to stay so fresh. A bit of earthly hops fill out the aroma. Lots of great carmel bourbon notes. Soft and sweet. A really fantastic and unique brown. As a homebrewer, the beautiful fresh malt character of this beer is such an instinctively appealing conection to the aromatic first runnings from a mash. I wish I had bought a few more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mynameisjonas (206) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2007
good brown ale. up there with the best of the browns that i have had. good flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Batch 7765, packaged 12/12/06. Bottle from Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, MI. Darker brown with large creamy beige head. Aroma is doughy, nutty, brown sugar, yeasty, pleasant. Nice subtle roasted malt with, dough, sweet upfront with dry finish, light noble hops, slight grain, caramel and brown sugar, very drinkable. Medium creamy body. A nice and easy drinking Brown, there are some obvious age notes on this and I would like to try it fresh.

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