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RATINGS: 1344   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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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Dry, bready malt aroma matches the malty body. A bit thin and bit uninteresting. Not diggin on it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Cloudy red/brown colour with a thin fizzy tan head. Caramel, nutty, fruity, and bready aroma. Caramel and earthy flavours with a background acidity and earthy bitter finish. Medium bodied, juicy. Thanks, Slikwily!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
bottle. pours a medium brown with a tan head that quickly disappears and forms a bit of lace that chases its way down the glass. slightly sweet with a hint of dry hops on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
upon opening the bottle i was greated with a strong aroma of fresh pizza dough. it poured a amber/brown a bit hazy with some sediment. as it warmed the aroma took on the sweet character of molasses and malts. the flavor was of unripe grapefruit, malts and spice. a slightly alcoholy finish. a decent beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Pours light brown with a medium sized head. Nothing real noteworthy in the aroma - a bit of malt, not much hops. Taste is of malt up front, then turns to a nuttly character. Palate is medium. This is one I would drink again.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful hazy dark amber in color with a minimal beige head. Aroma is bland--slight notes of malts. Malty in flavor with a slightly Belgian taste. The alcohol isnít completely hidden, but itís not that noticeable. Overall, good for a brown ale, but not quite up to the standards that Iíve set for Bells.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1577) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 ReRate. Cloudy dark ruby brown with a thick beige head. Caramel nuts and light grassiness in the nose. Taste has notes of toasty malts, caramel, nuttiness, brown sugar, cola, toffee and a balancing hop presence. Pleasantly sweet and malty. Medium-full, silky mouthfeel with lively fine-beaded carbonation; very good body for a brown ale. Great lacing and head retention. Very bold and flavorful. One of the better brown ales for sure.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muckrakerr (33) - Muskegon, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Bottle. Nice one inch beige head. Toasted malt, caramel aroma. Sweet toasted malt initial flavor which phases into a alcohol, slight hop and malt, caramel finish. Lots of sediment. Good brew.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Pretty amber/brown pour. Bubbles a bit large and soda-like. minor temporary lacing. Aroma of eastern European lager with a touch of clover honey. Taste same with some caramel. Mouthfeel a bit thin/ watery. Not so hot.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Amber in color, with sediment visible through out. Two finger head, brown in color, again with sediment speckled throughout. Decent flavor, would enjoy this beer again.


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