KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Dark reddish in color. Nice head. Smooooth. Such a wonderful beer. I wish all beers were like this. Cybercat (5843) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Comes out of the tap a semi-transparent chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled pale tan head. Aroma is of average strength, malty and slightly chocolaty. Rich malty flavor has cocoa undertone along with nutty and caramel hints as well as just a whisper of fine coffee. Texture is thick, fairly smooth and nicely fizzy. rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Most people know this one for the fact that there’s an owl on the label and that it’s a winter seasonal, the opposite of Oberon (Solson, to those of us who remember), Bell’s top selling summer wheat.
Best Brown is an "Amer-English" brown ale with a full and balanced body. It pours relatively heavy, bright-brown in color, with a nice, white chocolate head that lingers a bit on the glass. Served properly between 45°-55°, it opens with a maple, brown-sugary nose and sweet maltiness that rolls into a full mouthfeel. As it goes down, there’s a slight hoppy bite on the finish to balance and clean up the lingering sweetness. The balance is exceptional.
It goes well with spicy foods, although it can get a little filling with a large meal. As a session beer, it can also get a bit sweet over time, although serving it a bit colder can help.
While Best Brown is, for some reason, not as popular as the Winter White or Two Hearted over the winter monthsand not even in the ballpark of Oberon, in terms of sales--it remains one of Bell’s finest and most consistent offerings and is one of my personal favorites among their lineup. timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 This is the best brown ale - had no idea a brown ale could be this good.
Dark ruby/brown with a beige head that sticks to the glass - sediment floating around. Toasted slightly sweet dark fruits and caramel malts hit the nose. Incredibly tasty - crisp and refreshing toasted caramel, slightly sweet. Sip this and watch the leaves change.
---Rated via Beer Buddy darthmoore (23) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Pours a beautiful stained walnut color with a dense two and a half finger khaki head. When held to the light it has a tinge of ruby and a bit of unfiltered haze. Leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing.
The scent is of bread and caramel with a bit of fruity yeast. Spiced pear maybe?
Taste is of malt, caramel and toast with just a bit of hop bitterness. Beer is moderately sweet from beginning to end but not in any cloying way.
Beer is full bodied and slick with average carbonation. The finish is a bit abrupt but there is some astringency left behind. Not in an unpleasant way though.
Overall this is a truly exceptional example of a brown ale and one of my favorite beers.
chucklemation (1687) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Brown coloring. Strong caramel aroma and flavor. Smooth, refreshing, and delicious. BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown with red hues. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, and caramel. Tatse is very well balanced of roasted malt, nuts, toffee, cocoa and caramel, offset perfectly with hops. Great brown ale. BRiddoch (11) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
12 Oz. Bottle poured. Reddish brown with a nice tan head. I could smell the fruit and caramel while I poured. Nice solid taste of plum with a hint of chocolate. Nice smooth aftertaste. Great fall beer. Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Poured from bottle to pub glass. Pours rich brown. Nice thick head that goes away rather soon. Light sweet taste. Almost creamy on the palate. Overall is a great beer. Has some awesome malt flavor. A great brown beer. EvanFriend (595) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2014
One of my favorite brown ales. Not too thin, well balanced - not overly sweet or overly hoppy like many brown ales can be. An excellent beer in a style that is all too rarely done well.