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RATINGS: 1350   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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3.9
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Brown to red boby comparable to a dubbel. Thin but everlasting tan head. No lacing.
Malty with a hint of tobacco, pipe tobacco. Some yeast and sweetness too.
Nice, complex malt character. Special B and Aromatic are likely. Nice little hop bite to even out the sweet finish.
Full-bodied. Nice thick feel on the tongue. A little bubbly.
This beer was a pleasent surprise!

3.4
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Poured from a 12oz bottle a dark brown with a reddish tint and a small tan head. Aroma was of sweet malts. Flavor followed suit with the same sweet malt as was in the aroma, it had slight caramel overtones and finished with a slight hop bitterness.

3.6
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2010
16 oz draught poured into a shaker at the National in Athens, GA. A delightful beer for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner, this reddish-brown liquid raised a 2-inch tan head that dissipated to occasional lacing over the course of the pint. Bakery aromas suggested the malty sweetness to follow, but the star here proved to be the ample hops that let the beer finish clean rather than cloying. A well-crafted and nicely balanced ale, this is highly sessionable and, as the name implies, one of the better brown ales out there.

3.3
adavis234 (289) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Draught from greens discount. Pours a nice, dark brown with a twinge of red and a medium off-white/tan head. Malty, caramel, nut aroma. Initial flavor is largely bittersweet malts, transitioning into a rather bitter taste that finishes with roasted malts and notes of caramel and a bit of nutty wood. While a good beer (I would expect nothing less), it is certainly not Bell’s strongest offering

3.7
e303 (287) - - OCT 13, 2015
Really nice winter ale. Not sure how brown I consider it but still damn good. Malty and nutty with a slightly bitter finish. Great stuff as always from Bells. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Caramel nose. Smooth palate, mild carbonation. Caramel flavor and mild sweetness.

3.1
klaing (282) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Pours a cloudy nut brown with a thick but quickly disappearing head. Mild cocoa and some berry. Hopping is mild, a little bit of a metallic aftertaste. Ok. Not as good as other Bell's brews. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Vestlake (279) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 27, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2014 From a bottle. A great brown ale. A nice malty taste with a touch of bitterness at the end. Very nice.

3.7
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Xmas09. This Bells beer is one of the better ones. I enjoyed it more than Winterbraun. Pretty label. Well made brown ale.


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