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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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4.4
hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2003 RBSG2003 (extended) (On tap at the brewery) Crystal clear, deep amber ale. Small, off-white, creamy head. Partially retaining with good lacing. The nose is of caramel, butterscotch, toffee... everything MALT! The flavor is ridiculously rich, buttery and malty... with balance. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, semi-sweet, buttery finish. Reminiscent of Lake Tahoe Red and European Zebra Lager (which is no longer brewed).

3.5
alexsdad06 (11242) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear brown in color with a small beige head. Aroma is of sweet malts and nuts. The taste is caramel and toffee. Definetely sweet to the mouth, but drinkable.

3.8
DocLock (11191) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours deep brown color with some floaties and excellent head. Aroma of malt, toffee, some hops, and cognac. Tastes malty, sweet, with a nice roasty toffee finish. Very complex as with all Bell’s beers. A top notch brown ale.

3
gnoff (11145) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2010
355 ml bottle thanks to Schroppfy, on December 30, 2009
Cloudy dark brown color, firt pours were clear though, tan head. Subtle fruity and sweet malty scent. Acidic, caramel, malty, dryish taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium dryish bitterness.

3.8
daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bonus bottle from lampeno420...damn good brown. Nice hazy brown pour. Aroma is full of caramel, bread, roasted nuts and a hint of hops. Flavor is sweet and quite full. Nuts, toffee, malt, and some bready notes. Great example of the style!

3.8
phaleslu (10907) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Draft at Teller’s of Hyde Park. Pours a deep, cloudy brown with a small creamy beige head. The aroma is nutty, malty, and earthy, but not particularly strong. Much better once you get drinking, though. Flavor of nuts, roasted malts, leather, and massive earthy notes: grass, wood, bark, and dirt. Medium bodied, smooth, with a gentle earthy mouthfeel. Really interesting take on a brown ale, and another great offering from Bell’s.

4
onceblind (10897) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Hazy deep mahogany amber with a thin light beige cap. Nutty and semiearthy sweet nose. Smooth autumnal flavors on the palate with maple leaves, brown malt, hazelnuts and almonds, gentle earthy chocolate, and a touch of toasted biscuit. Really nice brown, admittedly. Could do with more chocolate but I love the nuttiness so much I’m willing to forgive it.

3.1
marcus (10889) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
This brown ale poured with a thin beige head and a toffee aroma. The flavor is raisins and nuts with a bit of chocolate. There is a slightly bitter dry finish.

2.6
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 04/02/1998
Source: Ale Atlanta

Appearance: cloudy brown,
Aroma: earthy maly aroma,
Flavor: slightly sweet flavor, malty, light, oxidized

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: *4
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3.4
DuffMan (10773) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2010
On tap at Hop Leaf Chicago (second visit). Dark brown, light brown head. Toasty malty aroma, hints of fruity esters. Toasty malt flavours, also a creamy nuttiness(macadamia?), with hints of hard-to-pin-down fruity undertones. Interesting.


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