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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 10, 2002
Bottle. A golden redish brown glow with rising bubbles. The head was a nice creamy beige color and laced well. A chewy brown ale, lots of malt, caramel, high carbination, and well hoped. I donít think I have met a straight brown ale that I like as much as this.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2002
very good, Im drinking it yet again. A fall favorite. Theres nothing like taking as 6 pack of Bells Best Brown to the woods in the fall, making a fire, and drinking them with your buds.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zingaaox99 (5) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2003 does not count
A very nice brown. It lives up to the Bells name.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2003
I will keep this simple...the best american brown hands down.... It has hints of caramel and a faint smokiness. Oh so smooth and malty finish.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
SmokeyJ (20) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2004
An impressive product from Kalamazoo...go figure. This is one of my favorites.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Wow, this is a really good beer. Pours dark brown, thin head, and floaties. Smells like baking brownies. Tastes sweet, malty, chocolatey, bitter, and overall very yummy.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6630) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Dark muddy brown with big rocky head. Smooth and mellow, but with a milk chocolate undertow. Nice beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
can8ianben (1530) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2005
Great dark amber pour. Nice creamy head with some suspended particles. Yeast? Nice malty taste, with some subtle hops. It is very easy drinking with little bitterness and some nice subtle sweetness. Aroma is malty sweet with some citrus and pine. I truly enjoyed this beer!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bboven (103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
My second-favorite brown ale. This beer IS Fall in Michigan. Itís also got a suprising alchohol kick for a brown ale that isnít overpowering at all.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
swenocha (81) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Brown pour, small tan head. Slightly cloudy (this is bottle conditioned, so not surprising). Great english malt aroma paired with nutty, malt, and maybe a bit of coffee. Taste is much the same. Some toasty bread as well. Very dry and smooth finisher. A new favorite brown...


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