MarkSachon (1030) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2014
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. This ranks as one of the best browns out there. Smooth and malty, all perfectly balanced. hopwine (670) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Best brown ale I’ve ever had by a long margin. Nose is bread crust/bread pudding, raisin. Flavor is same with mild toffee and caramel, mild piney hops, more crust/toasty bread, faint cocoa. vanabbema99 (13) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2001
This is my favorite Brown Ale; I’m never disappointed by Bell’s, and recommend all their beers. Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2002
Ludacris to say that Newcastle is better or even as good as this brown. It truly is the best. carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Supposedly a seasonal fall-winter beer, but available mid-July. The brown ale pours a beautiful clear brown with a tan-colored, thick, mousse-like head. The head persists and leaves intricate Belgian lace when sipped. The nose is both delicate and noticeable with hints of toasted bread, toffee, malt and ginger. The malt notes are light and sweet but not cloying. On the palate the ale has a medium body, perfect balance and a wonderful lingering finish that wants you to go back for. This ale is totally moreish! The carbonation pleasant and the alcohol is not noticeable.
rl5am (3) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2012 does not count
Dark beer with a nice pillow head. Subtle cereal and burnt caramel taste with a slightly bitter finish. Great american brown ale that isn’t super hoppy. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Pours dark amber brown with a large light beige head. Smells a little toasty with hints of toffee. Taste is toasted and toffee with a tiny touch of bitterness. Light-to-medium bodied with a smooth, slick texture and lightly fizzy mouth-carbonation, Bells Best Brown Ale finishes with a smooth sweetness that is very satisfying. bowlnman1990 (94) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Aroma: caramel and sweet malt. Appearance: deep brown but almost no head. Taste: sweet caramel and a hint of chocolate. Palate: full and a nice finish. Overall: everything I like in a brown ale. WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Pours a lovely amber brown with a creamy white colored head. Has a nice subtle aroma of molasses and roasted malt. Has a very easy going taste of brown sugar. Leaves a some what sweet after taste. jsmerig (1626) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Pours a rich brown with a cream colored silky head. Aroma smells of chocolate. Nice balance of smokey chocolate malts and subtle bitterness. Dry finish without being sour with the aftertaste. Good example of a brown.