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RATINGS: 1233   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - MAR 14, 2003
I am quickly becoming a big Bell's fan. Another good beer from an underrated brewer. This beer was a puzzler to me- it was hard to place its aroma and palate. I still haven't figured out the aroma, but it has a very heavy body that starts off with a walnut taste and ends with a malty caramel flavor. A very good brown ale.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fakebeersnob (155) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2014
One I like better as it warms. When it was colder there was a tingling on the tongue that seemed to mask tastes. As it warmed a bit (30 mins out of the fridge) the taste came through. Toasted malts at the back end. A bit of a hop presence. Still...a bit thin. Brown ales are not my favorite, but this one is pretty decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (970) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Pours a clear dark amber color with an active, foamy cream-khaki head. Aromas of medium toast malt, a little fruity, and an effervescent quality even after the head attenuated. Mouthfeel more creamy and thick than I would’ve expected. Flavors very closely approximate the nose.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"agreed on the "best" part of the brown, or almost at least. wonderful roasty malt aroma and even better flavor. smooth, but thin like most browns. VERY well done for the style. another winner from John :)"

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1436) - - SEP 30, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-28-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – As the name would suggest the beer pours a brown color with a light hint of orange seen when held up to the light. Upon pouring a one finger cream colored head is present. The head fades lowly over time leaving a ton of nice foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt, brown bread and molasses smell. Mixed with these aromas are some sweeter fruit aromas of both light and dark varieties with some apple, pear, and a hint of cherry. Rounding out the smells is a lighter earthy hop aromas smell. Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted bready taste mixed with some caramel and molasses. The flavor gets a bit more roasted more toward the middle, but also gets a bit fruitier with some of the apple and pear that were in the nose detected on the tongue. The sweeter flavors start to dwindle however more in the middle, being replaced by some more bitter hop tastes of an earthy and herbal nature. Some more bitter nut like tastes come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, with the mix of flavors leaving a nicely hopped, slightly drier and lighter roasted bready taste on the tongue. Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both were a nice blend for keeping an easy drinking brew, all the while supporting the blend of hop, fruit, and roasted flavors. Overall – A rather enjoyable brown ale. It has a nice level of sweetness, hop and roast to make for an easy drinking and tasty brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fattybladdy (567) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle, pours a robust brownish amber. Nutty, caramel aroma. Taste matches, a nice easy drinking tasty brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BRiddoch (10) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
12 Oz. Bottle poured. Reddish brown with a nice tan head. I could smell the fruit and caramel while I poured. Nice solid taste of plum with a hint of chocolate. Nice smooth aftertaste. Great fall beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ttroha (285) - Americus, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours hazy reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma of malts, brown sugar, caramel and plums. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel and a mellow hops, with a slight carbonation. Great beer to drink while watching football.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deaconmike (386) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Brownish red with a tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel and sugar plums. Very sweet with some mellow hoppiness in the finish. Body is a little on the thin side with soft carbonation. Smooth drinking brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CJ_Pain (108) - Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Good solid fall beer. Leave the pumpkin this and the pumpkin that for the pumpkin heads and settle in with an original fall beer style. An excellent interpretation of a brown and an easy drinking one at that. A little bit hoppier and a little less maltier than a lot of browns makes this very smooth, though I would have preferred a lil more malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1648) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Hazy deep copper brown with thin off-white foam. Feels a bit juicier and fruitier than expected for a brown ale. Blood oranges. Dates. Red plums and grapes. Strong hints of chocolate nibs in the mix. Ruby grapefruit cocoa. Reasonably full body. Hints of agave, tomato and pimiento. Not the best brown ale but quite interesting from the standard.


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