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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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3.7
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
Brown sugar clamping on to silky almond skins...Dry yeasty sympathy and bitter initiative...An unusual and complex brown ale which deserves study...

3.5
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
Fruity, brown sugar aroma with some alcohol noted. Orange-tan body with small, off-white head. Mild spiciness with candy sugar-like flavour balanced by a lasting bitterness. Medium body with a nice effervescence. Bottle.

3.7
PhillyBeer2112 (2895) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Orangey brown color with med slightly creamy head, fading to a thin layer. Full rising carbonation. Rich malty aroma with caramel, small amount of chocolate, light fruit. Hint of earthy and herbal hops (also slightly woody and mushroomy and not entirely pleasant...Northern Brewer?). Nice roundly sweet Britishy malt flavor up front, caramelly, nutty and light fruity. Herbal finish. Carbonation is a bit strong/biting, almost detracting from smoothness and hence drinkability - it almost doesn't feel like natural carbonation. Let it sit in the glass, especially if its too cold, but also to release the carbonation, and it becomes a really nice English Brown Ale.

3.7
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Dark ruby color with a lingering, frothy beige head that left nice lacing behind. Fruity and nutty aroma. Nice bitterness to the flavor and a full feel in the mouth. Another good Bell beer.

3.5
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Pours with a strange translucency--or maybe it's my bleary eyes and not the beer that's shimmering. Brown ales look fine, no doubt about it. This baby was full of pecans and walnuts and caramel--basically, you could pour it over ice cream and have yourself a sundae. Mmm!

3.4
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Yo BigBadBear63, thanks foe sending me the brew homey, WORD UP! –for windows that is.
The head and lacing on this beer is retarded! It’s just a massive light caramel colored cloud resting atop an amber / brown body. Large chunks of sediment looking like oatmeal sink to the bottom as others float around the brew. The aroma is full of chocolate, toffee, caramel, a little buttermilk, and walnuts. Let’s take a sip……. Big notes of toffee, a very unique use of hops in this beer adds a strange buttermilk bitterness. If I could drink a Cyprus tree I think it might taste like this here Brown Ale, except the ale would certainly have a smother palate.

3.6
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2003
not bad, On tap, no head nor bubbles nor lacing on the glass. Smooth and fairly clean mouth. Nose of hops and matls faintly with a hint of chocolate or nutt maybe? The taste is dominated by hops, but not in an overwhelming way. Overall a good easy drink.

3.2
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Light amber brown color with a nice head that prevails over time and light stagnant lacing. Aroma is mainly hoppy, but slightly musky with a touch of malt in the end of the nose. Flavor is spicy with a light nutty malt presence, mainly hoppy in this brown though. Not quite to style, but you get the idea. Thanks ClarkVV

3.7
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Pours a nice mahogany, with a very thin white head that left me wanting more. Some sparce and spotty lacing. Floral hops come out in the nose. Accompanying that are some sweet malts. Flavors are about the same, but now the hops have an additional citrus to them. Lemons mostly. Smooth palate, medium body and a pleasingly bitter finish. Nice brown ale.

3.4
Gromit (478) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2003
First beer poured in my Beer Summit "Kick Back with your Allies" glass. Pours a nice brown color with a nice head, mith a miniscule lacing. Smells like a Brown. Mostly malt, with some hop hints. Tastes like good Brown. This isn't my favorite style, but it's a damn fine example of the style. Malt, with some raisen hints, maybe some cherries. Overall this is is a good representation of the style, and one of the better Browns I've tasted.


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