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RATINGS: 1319   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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shotgun1431 (138) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Dark with a lite tan head. lots of malt and even a little floating around. Nice aroma.

3.4
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle What a nice beer,from a great brewery Malty and hoppy without either taking over. Very slightly sweet. Nice cloudy, brown appearance in the glass. Yet another winner from Bell’s.

3.7
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Beige fluffy head with heavy lacing. Dark french roast coffee aroma, with hints of dark chocolate. Taste matching aroma with an oily smooth palate. Enjoyable brown all around, good for breaking people into darker beers.

3.6
toby00777 (135) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Pours a chestnut brown color with darker shades with a good frothy white head. The aroma is nutty and malty, accompanied by caramel and tree bark. The flavor is also very malty and oaty, wtih a nutty caramel finish, along with some cola and a slight presence of hops.

4.2
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2003
I will keep this simple...the best american brown hands down.... It has hints of caramel and a faint smokiness. Oh so smooth and malty finish.

3.6
psuCE03 (135) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Dark amber brown with a frothy head. Nutty aroma with maybe a hint of cocoa. Lots of malt in the flavor with nut and cream here and there.

4
partchapol (134) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2014 Earthy, clove; leftover coke color with less bubble; very well balanced taste & bitterness; just right texture; may drink this again

2.7
SavageElvis (134) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours out a hazy deep amber/brown color with a great frothy head. Aroma is bitter and sharp with sweet notes and some what funky. The flavor I get is bitter nuts with faint caramel. Alcohol evident and finishes dry. Seems to be a simple one dimensional brew. I don’t understand it, I was expecting a much better product. I will try it again and re-rate in a few weeks to if I got a bad bottle or I may be off tonight.

4
Boomersmancave1 (133) - Wheatland, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015
16 oz. can. Poured dark brown with off white head. Nice lacing. Malty smell and taste. Nutty aftertaste. Nice beer.

3.4
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Pours a dark, transparent brown. Slight but lasting foamy white head. Small nose of coco and malt. Malty, chocolate, otherwise simple flavor. A good brown ale, but not a great one. Mouth feel is too carbonated, and kills any complexity that this might have. I could drink several of these, but I thought this would be better.


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