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RATINGS: 1342   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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3.7
douglas88 (9182) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy light brown with a decent white frothy head. The aroma is nuts, some earthy malt, and some raisins. The taste is smooth and full: a nice balance of nutty and burnt malts flavors with dark fruit and bitter hops. Easy to drink and yet offering a good bit. A good beer I enjoyed.

3.4
solidfunk (8954) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours clear brown, some lacing. Texture is watery. Aroma has hops and some malt. Taste is a little bitter. Medium to high carbonation. Bottle from Bell’s.

3.7
b3shine (8873) - Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle to pint. Looks good; brown with some lacing. Smells and tastes pretty good too; smooth and malty with some sweetness. Good on the palate. Nice.

3.9
drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2011
12/28/11. 12oz bottle courtesy Seminole! Hazy brown pour with a small khaki head that fades to a ring and laces a bit. Nice aroma with a bit of caramel, light chocolate, and even some butterscotch in a good way. Sweet chocolate flavor at first that transitions to caramel and some sort of yummy pie spiced type thing. Tasty!

3.6
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
Courtesy of Quake1028. Pours brown with amber edges and tan head. The aroma is roasty malts, a bit of dusty malt astringency, crystal malts and mild notes of chocolate. The taste has rich maltiness with levels of roasted malts, caramelized malts, mild biscuit malts and just a hint of chocolate. Midway a blunted sting of malt astringency mixed with vague hop bitterness helps draw the experience to a close. It leaves a roasty mildly bitter after taste.

3.5
Svesse (8599) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2010
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 16 Apr 2010) Dark brownish amber colour with a huge, beige head. Malty, nutty nose with notes of caramel, dark fruit, dark bread and a hint of citrus. Malty, slightly toasted taste with dark fruit, dark bread, nuts and a touch of citrus in the finish. Medium body, balanced bitterness, slightly sweetish. Not the best from Bells, but a nice and tasty brown ale

3.2
bytemesis (8397) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy hazel, quite small beige head, dissipates fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing. Aroma is roasty, caramel, a hint of nuts and dark bread, coffee. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, roasty, a hint of smoky coffee. Light body, a bit watery feeling, hint of acidity.

3.2
nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Color was nothing extraordinary... translucent brown with a creamy white head. Nose has more flowers and perfume than I would have guessed with hints of malt. Flavor is lacking... grainy and yeasty with not a whole lot else. Finish is flat and a little musty. Definitely a Euro brown and not an American brown.

3.7
jredmond (8285) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Bottle split with Pat and Tony. Pours a amber, brown body with slight off white lacing. Aroma is delicious caramel and vanilla. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and soft. Taste is a bit of a let down after smelling the delicious aroma. Still a solid brown, and probably one of the best browns.

3.4
radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off white/tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, touch of hops, caramel, hazelnut. Flavor is rich, creamy chocolate malts, hazelnut, oatmeal.


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