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RATINGS: 1339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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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3.3
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle sampled. Pours ruby brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of nuts, caramel malts, and spices. The flavor is nutty, caramel, and sweet brown sugar. Thin body, Good brew.

3.5
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2006
actually quite red, but i love the appearance nevertheless. semitranslucent. small bubbles form a tiny layer over the surface. a bit too cold to get full aroma, but a bit of nuts in there, some malts. how can the rating before me, milewide compare the hops in this to 2hearted ale? ridiculous comparison to draw... i was thinking about what we look for in beer styles and i realized i don’t really know what we look for in brown ales in terms of taste/aroma other than perhaps nuts. and it doesn’t even say a thing about it. what a weak style. nothing but color going for it (and the hazelnut brown). anyways, it’s a decent beer. not a lot of flavor, but certainly not unappealing. medium body.

3.4
milewide (2315) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Almost the brown color of a stout, but with a much drier taste and thinner body which I like. Still, a bit light on hops compared to Two Hearted Ale, which I consider Bell’s best.

3.7
StephenWade (28) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - SEP 8, 2006
This has a wonderful, molasses appearance. I can hardly smell anything at all--maybe it’s my glass, I don’t know. The taste--warm, clean, complex. The malty taste is comforting and truly full of goodness. There is a hint of molasses in the taste as well, but everything finishes clean, with an aftertaste combining hints of smoked almonds with the taste of german dark wheat bread. I like the low carbonation content; it allows one to taste the beer more than feel it.

3.6
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a very small tan head. Caramel and nuts in the aroma. Caramel, toasted malt , and brown sugar in the initial flavor, sort of like a belgian brown ale. This transitions to a bold finish, that is sweet and has a semi dry bitterness. Nice.

3.7
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2006
Dark amber colored, little light brown head. Chocolate and fine hops in aroma, also fruity caramel tones there too. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated palate. Flavor is sweet with chocolate and hops, aftertaste has some caramel. Slightly one-dimensional, but still ok brew.

3.7
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle from Josh (daalamar) Thanks! Pours out a brown color (shocking, i know) - not much head on it. Smell is sweet, full of malts, and nuts. Taste is similar, easy to drink, with the roasted malt flavor coming out in it pretty well. A decent brown beer that competes yet does not topple Hazelnut brown. Nice good solid bells brew though.

3.6
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 23, 2006
Pours a reddish brown with a nice tan head. The aroma has notes of crystal malt, nut, and fruit. Nice balance to the flavor with a nuttiness and sweetness being dominant.

3.4
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Medium bodied, brown color. Malt aroma maybe nuts. Tastes of Belgium yeast. Kinda like a dubbel. Not what you would expect.

3.4
blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy bubbly dark amber-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, spices, brown sugar, some hops and nuts -- a hint of metal in there too. Simple and straightforward malty flavour with some nuts and a mild hoppy finish. I got some metal in the flavour as well. Medium bodied. It’s a good version of the style, it’s just not one of my favourite styles to drink.


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