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RATINGS: 1345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
psuCE03 (135) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Dark amber brown with a frothy head. Nutty aroma with maybe a hint of cocoa. Lots of malt in the flavor with nut and cream here and there.

wombat23 (1841) - Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours hazy brown with a light beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark bread, nuts. Taste follows nose, but has some citrus and pine characteristics. Good.

darbeer75 (1056) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Aroma: malty with some apple juice; Appearance: murky dark brown with creamy white head that lingers; Taste: follows nose; definitely malty with some slight bitterness/roastiness that saves it from being too sweet; Palate: medium body with long, malty/bitter finish; Overall: pretty good for a brown ale.

bconch (467) - - DEC 14, 2017
Nice nose of caramel and roasted malts. Slight bitter taste that finishes smooth. Not a big brown fan but this was nicely blended and easy drinking.

drjoeng (1420) - SINGAPORE - DEC 1, 2017
5.8%ABV. brown ale.

Tapped out dark brown. 28ºSRM.

Nose has some sweet roasted nut aroma. Caramel pecans.

Mouthfeel is beery. Palate has dark wheat toast, roasted nuttiness, deeply browned barley bread, bread crusts. Hops are woody, piney, hint of citrus.

Finish is medium with a citrus peel, piney flavor.

Overall a hop-forward brown ale with not much of the usual characteristics of a brown ale, old leather, raw nuts and toast. More like a brown IPA or a hoppy ESB.

meccahh69lol (366) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2017
even though it may be cookie time and the JCVD movie we are watching has Vincent Schiavelli doing an Indian accent, we still must rate the beer and catch up for the month. It is a nice example of an often mediocre style. It has a pleasant roasty malty smell with a lovely brown body suspended in a yellow horizon with a thin head. The taste is mild, subtle nuttiness and light chocolate maltiness. It is easy drinking and a great brown ale with a cool owl bottle cap. Good for an increasingly bizarre JCVD movie (now with mutual nudity and pervy grandmas!) and waiting for them cookies.

tonyreynes (12) - - NOV 22, 2017
The nose is sweet and breadth and a little heavy. The first taste is bubbly and plays with the roof of my mouth. The taste doesn’t last long it has a soft finish. It is simple and it has a slight bitterness at the end. It’s an easy drinking Ale and I would probably buy it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

sirzekel (71) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2017
Had at Big Daddy's in Helen. Okay, not really in to Americanizing a brown ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

commonmac (1349) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2017
Can ordered at Sheridan Room with commonshawn. Standard brown cola color. Minimal head. Aroma is muted malt and cereal. Taste has light hints of toffee and caramel letting the malts run the show like you would expect. Light, thin body. Toasted grains playing a role especially at the end. Very unexciting beer in general. Fits the style. Bell's best brown is still just a brown ale.

ttoadee (1611) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2017
Clear light brown, thin tan head. Nose is malt and mild coco. Middle is baking chocolate, roasted grain, hint of cherry, warm well kilned malt. Finish shows a woody bitterness that really wraps it up nicely.

randy1969 (93) - Marengo, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2017
The aroma is chocolate, bready malt, with a smidge of coffee. This one pours a red, dark brown with a tan head. Warm malty taste with light sweetness. Light to medium body. Creamy texture with soft carbonation and a soft, crisp and dry finish.

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