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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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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2002
One word: phenolic. Do you like the taste of Band-Aids in your beer? I donít. Címon Bellís you can do much better than this. Re-rate: Iíve upped the numbers a bit because I think this bottle was just off, because Iíve had this before and it wasnít as bad as this one. Iíll get another bottle later and adjust the numbers accordingly then.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatTony (188) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2011
12 ounce bottle, poured out an unremarkable translucent brown with a moderate head. Aroma was earth and leaves/grasses. Taste followed suit with a slightly IPA finish. Not bad, but unremarkable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2007
12 oz bottle. Poured a cloudy and dark chestnut brown. Smell was quite nutty and malty but a little funky. Taste was pleasant, bitter, and nutty. Finish was strong and nutty but a little bitter. Disappointing for a Bells.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2007
12 oz bottle. Medium brown with a thick white head. Aroma of caramel, very sweet. Sweet malt to start with a nutty finish. Well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle poured into pint glass. True to itís name, this is a dark brown beer with a paper-thin light brown head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is rich caramel and chocolate. The taste follows the nose, though it seems a bit less rich than the scent. Smooth, ever-so-slightly creamy feel. I would have hoped for a bit more taste, but otherwise a pretty decent brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
found this hiding in Waynes Deli in Muskegon, while i was home, it was rich and bitter and rather malty, the "best" quality of it was the nutty flavor that was running around in the beer, i think the word best should be taken out of the title, it was ok but not the best

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Copper, quite clear, tan-straw creamy head. Malty aroma, caramel and sweet. Mostly dry, a little sweetness. Some bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RxForHealth (180) - - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle reviewed. Light brown pour. Modest head. Nice roasted aroma. Tastes of chocolate and cocoa, but mild. Nice long finish. Well crafted, would rebuy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown. Hopefully bottle conditioned as some others have commented. A finger deep tan head that quickly disappears. Some lacing left on the glass. Caramel and butterscotch ore present on the tongue but I also notice a slight metallic flavor. Nice mouth feel. I would like to try a fresher sample of this.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2001
A small, rich aroma and a murky brown appearance with a tiny head. A nice dry taste and solid hop finish. A good beer.


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