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RATINGS: 1342   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly and some lace. Aroma is roast malts. Taste roast malt, light cocoa, some bitterness, nutty medium body, sticky finish


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4879) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2016
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 9/7/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper/light brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and toffee; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, citrus, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy/citrusy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and toffee; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, citrus, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, toffee, cocoa, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy/citrusy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly silky/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.8%. Overall this is a great American brown ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy/citrusy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. This feels less hoppy/drying, and creamier/fuller in the mouthfeel than I remember in the past. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggiebob (875) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Bottle. Cola brown with a nice frothy head. The aroma is roasted malt and nuts. It also has a caramel taste to it. Rather light bodied for a brown ale. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (1808) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 17, 2016
Bottle. A- Caramel, cocoa, dough, malty, subtle tobacco. A- Dark chestnut color, clear liquid, tan head. T- Cocoa, dry, roasty, subtle bitterness, subtle molasses. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, roasty finish. O- Unlike most brown ales I try, this wasnít watery and bland. A nice balance of cocoa and caramel and fairly thick bodied. Better than most browns for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnstledger8 (915) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 2, 2016
Draught. Pours a murky brown with a lacy light beige head. Aroma is of toffee, nuts, biscuit, pine. Taste is of toffee, nuts, hint of coffee, grassy, caramel. Watery mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shot (477) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a massive fluffy beige head. Aromas of coffee, dark fruit and brown sugar. Flavors are brown sugar, coffee, plum, and a bit of cola. Malty and smooth. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3697) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy brown color with small beige head. Sweet aroma hinting at caramel malt. Flavor is sweet with predominantly caramel malt notes but also some chocolate. Slight bit of bitterness barely detectable in the finish. Medium bodied. Damn good for a brown ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3483) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2016
12oz. bottle. Bottled 09/07/2016. Pours a medium, well retained, light beige head, over a very slightly hazy, copper (SRM 17) body.....nose is toasted/roasted malts, with light toffee/caramel, cocoa, mild fruit tones from the hops......taste is dry, with light toffee/caramel notes, light cocoa, finishing with light pine, resin, bitterness......mouth feel, light body, no alcohol, high carbonation. The malt backbone in both aroma and flavor is a bit on the light and simple end of the spectrum for the style. It is an easy drinking beer, but a bit more caramel/crystal malt might improve. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (2018) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle from Cappyís. Red brown pour, small head. Caramel, toast, light toffee, some roast. Pretty dull and straightforward, but easy to drink. Light-medium body, moderate bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozzy70 (900) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 29, 2016
12 oz. can. Pours brown, thick tan head. Aroma was caramel, coffee. Taste was medium sweet, nutty, coffee.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MetalNHopHead (1583) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Bellís Best Brown does for me what a lot of Brown Ales donít. Itís true to its English roots yet distinctly American. Brown/darkened amber coloring topped with a thick layer of tan foam. Rich, malty nose. Flavors start of with caramel and chocolate notes then finish with a spicy hop character. The toasted notes seem deeper than the light roasted quality of many Browns, and the feel is heartier too. Many American representations of this style tend to fall into a lighter viscosity. While Bellís Best Brown canít quite be described as full-bodied itís a notch past medium. This Autumn brew is easy-drinking but not at all boring.


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