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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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopbag (159) - - NOV 3, 2014
Nutty, toasty, caramel. Dark crystal malt. Not too sweet. Lots of English yeast character, with that fruity estery thing, is not my favorite. Spicy hops are nice. Well balanced brown ale, good body, but not really my style.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
agent_511 (157) - - OCT 19, 2012
Very good Brown! Pours light brown color with a thick foamy white head with very good retention. Slight caramel aroma, slight burnt roast as well. Similar caramel and burnt roast apparent in the flavor some piney hop flavor also noted. Finishes with a moderate bitter hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 21, 2004
nice dark orange color with a tan head that didn't last for too long. aroma of malt and carmel...nice malty flavor that is a bit roasty with a nice smooth texture and a bit of a bite on the finish...very good brown ale...one of the best i've had.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2007
Bottle. Batch number 7738 bottled on 11-21-06, found this one in the celler, I am reading my notes from 12-26-06 and also I will note if the age has any role on this one. Pours a large off-white frothy and yet fizzy head. The lacing is fair and spotty with the head diminishing to a small white film. It pours nice and brown, as a brown ale should pour. Looking at it through the light it is hazy with tiny particals floating around in the glass. This one was bottle conditioned. The malts play a role in this one, the aroma is on the moderate side, but the flavor is deep toasted caramel, with hints of chocolate and a hint of coffee. The hops are light, maybe "flowery". The first taste is on the medium side which stays sweet as a very slight bitterness shines through. The finish lastes for a little while. The mouthfeel is medium with a creamy texture and a soft carbination. (notes as of 12-26-06) After finding this one in the celler 3 1/2 months later, there isnt much change to it, the hop bitterness did fade. But it did develope a metallic finish to it. Overall, this is a good beer, but there isnt anything that makes it stand out from the rest. A good session beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Pours a brown, slightly red color with a thick head. Aroma is malty and hoppy. Flavor is very similar, slightly bitter, full flavored.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
upon opening the bottle i was greated with a strong aroma of fresh pizza dough. it poured a amber/brown a bit hazy with some sediment. as it warmed the aroma took on the sweet character of molasses and malts. the flavor was of unripe grapefruit, malts and spice. a slightly alcoholy finish. a decent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2006
(Tap) Deep tan/copper color. Good semi-rich flavor with nuts and caramel mixed into candy-like malty sweetness countered by a soft bitter resonance. Finishes well and leaves a desirable linger.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottle. Pours a medium brown, with a slight reddish hue. Visible sediment in suspension. Tan head, nice a frothy, good lacing. Nutty, malty aroma. Hoppy flavor, again like every Bellsí (non stout) thereís a fruity aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2013
pours dark brown amber color with small white head. aroma of yeast and malts. tastes of chocolate and coffee, a swirl of caramel. palate is thick and silky.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Dark cherry wood brown -- small off white head that laces wonderfully. Aroma is faint but thereís an earthy, roasted malt with some sweetness. Nutty flavor and the earthiness stays -- spicy, too, though I canít put my finger right on it. Great carbonation -- bouncy without overwhelming the flavors.


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