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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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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (10012) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Pours a clear brown with a nice tan head. Terriffic lacing. Aromas of molasses, maple syrup, caramel malt, and hazelnuts. Sort of watery mouthfeel with lots of roasted malt and nutty flavors. Long lasting, dry, sort of Brazil nut bitter aftertaste. A solid brown ale but not anything extraordinary.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9951) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2010
Couleur brune légère, col est blanc-cassé. Arôme, poudre de châtaigne est bien prononcé, malt, grains. Goût, malt grillé est fin, effervescente, fini garde une approche de châtaigne, caramel, biscuité, sec au palais avec qcq notes de chocolat. Palais reste un peu faible et léger. Arrière goût a une note subtile de houblon qui néanmoins reste bien cachée.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (9908) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2007
Clear chestnut colour with a thick, dense brownish head, leaving shards of lace. Something vaguely sweet-caramel, toffee, bit of hosp, dry cacaopowder; sweet and vaguely woody. Sweet-ish, green leaves, bit of greenmalt, arachide with a retronasal bitterness that clashes with the sweet initial flavour, instead of blending. Chocolate flavours, certainly warming up. Medium bodied, at least, quite slick, bit too much mouthburning to be called smooth. It’s not really bad, but its lack of balance annoys me no end. I wonder if Mr. Bell wanted to explore the limits of archaic styles?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
Brown sugar clamping on to silky almond skins...Dry yeasty sympathy and bitter initiative...An unusual and complex brown ale which deserves study...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2015 12oz bottle. Minimal tan head, brown color with a red-orange hue, visible sediment. Beer starts with a strong, very pleasant aroma upfront, and gradually finishes with astounding smoothness. Medium but very smooth carbonation lends to a creamy mouth-feel. Sweet dried fruit, nut aroma. 6/4/6/5/12

Re-rate, 9/6/15:16oz can, canned 8/24/15. Hazy red orange, kind of a brick color. Bigger khaki head. Caramel malt, and bigger nuttiness, seeing the touch of cocoa. A bit of dark fruity jam. Just as I remember, a pretty much perfect texture. Fantastically full and creamy body, especially for being sub-6%. Lighter, creamy carbonation. Very mild slick finish, not syrupy. Moderate sweet taste, lighter bitter. Nice dryness towards the finish. Nice cocoa and nuttiness long into the aftertaste. Good bit of earthy hop. Totally fantastic brown ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9575) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Poured red with off white head, smells of sugar and caramel and tastes of maple sugar, caramel and a nice roasty finish. Overall a decent brown ale a bit lacking in palate and overall taste, but very sessionable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Deep brown pour. The aroma is rich and chocolatey. A rich malt profile and a soft toasty sweetness. Has a moderate earthy bitterness leaving it a very well rounded and balanced product. Rich and malty. Really lovely brown ale.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9315) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Medium dark brown color with a foamy tan head. Sweet sugar and caramel nose includes honey which is pleasent. Frothy and sweet, like sugar candies. Butterscotch, bourbon, honey in the flavor. Too sweet, but still good.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (9162) - 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.


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