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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Aroma of coffee grounds, dark chocolate, buterscotch. Dark brown with traces of red color, still opaque enough to barely see through. Dark beige 1/2" foamy head. Smoooooth entry, rich, roasted complex. Hints of chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, and then some slight hoppy bitterness towrads the end, I suppose its slightly balanced in the favor of sweetness, but the hops added were a very nice choice. Mouthfeel is syrupy, thick, clingy which all add to the long aftertaste. Medium bodied , and deliscious. Impossible to have just one. -Fish!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2008
bottle. smells of toffee and chocolate. pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. tastes of chocolate and a bit of coffee. aftertaste is very smooth with a hint of carmel.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
finn1918 (233) - Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
The bottle I had was out of date, so take that into account. Pours a dark murky brown with some sediment (from the bottleís age). Aroma is chocolate with some nuttiness, mostly hazelnut and almond. Taste is very much the same; almost no bitterness. Would have been much better if it was fresh, I think.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice brown color with moderate beige head that has ok retention and nice lacing. Aroma is nutty with sweet malt. It is very subtle and kind of hard to find. Flavor is very nice. It has a bit of maple, chocolate, nuttiness to it. Very smooth and easy to drink. I would argue this is the "Best" brown but it has a start.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Beautiful looking beer. Pours nut brown and murky with a large, tan head of light froth. Heavy malt aroma of caramel and creamy warmth. Rich in the mouth and well balanced too. I love this brown ale.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2007
A nice deep brown color with a gorgeous aroma of roasted nuts with hops. In the mouth the flavor is full-bodied and less ale-like then I expected: the hops and bitter dryness that I associate with this style wasnít present. The finish was however dry and a little bit bitter, but by no means over powering. A really drinkable beer. My only real complaint is that they only see this beer in the crappy, low-end 12oz bottle. Hello, Note to the People at Bellís Brewery --> if you want people to think that your beer is world class, then lose the traditional, boring, waste of time 12oz bottle and sell it in pints. This isnít Bud or Old Milwaukee. Come on, you are killing me. Cheers.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a brown color with a little bit of amber to it too, with a half finger high white head. Smells of caramel, malt, tiny bit of hops, and maybe a little coffee. Tastes of caramel and malt, a little hop, but is kind of boring and subtle. Goes down fairly smooth, but the after-taste is only so-so. Overall a decent beer, but not Bells best. Also had this on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago, which was better than bottle.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2001
Not one of Bellís best beers. Still a really solid Brown Ale. I prefer Boyne Riverís Brown Ale though.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2002
I find this to be best with food. It helps bring out the taste of the food as well as the food bringing out the taste in the beer. Not being a big fan of dark beers, I didnít rate it incredibly high.

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   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


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