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RATINGS: 1347   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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3.2
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Wow--my label certainly doesnít have an owl on it. Dark brown; tons of floating sediment; big, light brown head. Lovely, malty, dark fruity, slightly pungent aroma; slight alcohol. Flavor is pretty much malts with a solid but not overpowering hop bite; some nice "headiness" from the warm alcohol. Nice, full body. Every component of this beer is solid, but, overall, I donít find it particularly outstanding.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (14100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Tap. Brown color with small tan head. Aroma complex malt and sweet. Flavor was full and the finish was solid and lasted. Another good Bells brew.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Not brown but nice dark amber brew with a rapidly dissappearing head.Some malts and toffee aromas but mild at best,no pun intended.Mild toffee taste,kindaí sweet but nice on the tongue

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (5050) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
On tap at Bells. Poured a small tan head that completely diminished, good lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, uncarbonated, transparent, and an orange brown hue. The aroma was malty, very mild hops and caramel. Sweet, malty and caramel flavor. Smooth palate. Light-medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
draft at Crane Alley, Urbana-Champagne, IL / awesome. i thought this was great. cremey, spicy, fruity, and delicious. a bit too thick to be quaffable, but very drinkable in any case. mainly caramel and spicy fruit sweets with subtle hop presence.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 10, 2005
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a hazy, murky light brown color, with a minimal white, soapy head. Overcarbonated by quite a bit. Aromas are of Cara-Munich malts, along with sweet caramel as well. Hop aromas are subdued, as are the hop flavors. Flavors are well balanced, nothing stands out above anything else. Balanced aftertaste, not bitter at all. A decent brown ale, but too carbonated for my liking.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Bellís must be one of the most consistent craft breweries around. Iíve never met a Bellís beer that I didnít love, and this is no exception. The slightly weak aroma (nutty, with a hint of hops) belied the robust flavor. Cloudy red-brown in color, the taste begins with a nice hard shove of malty goodness, then finishes quickly with a clean cripsness I didnít see coming. This is truly a beer for any situation or season.


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