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Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity)Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity)

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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 5.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mothman on 06-27-2014

The fourth release in our Planets Series shines the spotlight on specialty malts, while the hops take on more of a supporting role. Brewed with seven different varieties of malt and hopped for a balanced bitterness, this Imperial Brown Ale has bready, biscuity, toasty notes along with light chocolate and roast flavors. This beer is robust, warming and satisfying like the piece of music it was named after.
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Photo of DanGeo
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barhoc11
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As others have said, this tastes like an amp'd up Best Brown. Not sure what this planet series is going for anymore.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deakin
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaphog
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crbnfbr
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeFaz
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As the forth instalment of their 'Planet Series" unfolding, it reveals both dark and pleasant secrets. Deceptively strong, the creamy brown ale trends dry and hoppy for an Americanized twist in the end.

Solid "bark" brown and with deep coffee hues, the beer pours like hot chocolate, equipped with a creamy, lathery froth. Those coffee influences remain strong, but weave in the more masculine tone of caramel, toffee, cocoa, wood and walnut to both the nose and early palate.

Its creamy substrate further reinforce "milkshake" consistencies as the taste of sweet, heavy cream prop up the bittersweet chocolate and caramel rather easily. As the nutty taste balances the sweet, tastes of turtle cheesecake come to mind before the beer's bitterly hopped finish swells to close the session.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer works hard to retain its creamy taste and texture, but the abundance of alcohol and woodsy hop bite give a sprucey finish. Aftertaste of pepper, wood and coffee grounds remain and gives the ale a surprising drinkability.

Photo of sawwsea
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ejmw
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slay40
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcookrph
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulyB83
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/15/15 Poured into a straight pint glass.

L- Deep reddish brown, good clarity, one finger white head with a light brown tint.

S- Sweet light chocolaty aroma, light golden raisin, light coffee, a bit of alcohol coming through,

T- Similar to aroma, light raisin, coffee, and some sweetness.Has a nice light chocolate taste that lingers on the palette. Nice breadiness.

F- On the fuller end of medium, a bit lower carbed.

O- A pretty solid beer, I actually think this would be pretty good in bourbon barrels, kinda just tastes like a sweeter version of Best Brown. I enjoy the light chocolate on the finish.

Photo of Stevedore
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 2/15/2015. Served in a Bell's snifter 2/25/2015.

A- Dark brown-reddish body, half finger offwhite head with average retention time. Small spots of lacing. Thin collar.

S- Toasted malt, caramel, toffee. A bit of earthy hops. Slightly burnt grain.

F- Bitter earthiness, a bit of toasted malt, a good bit of caramel, some toffee. A little bit of espresso and nuttiness. Not a whole lot of complexity. It's more bitter than it is sweet, a fairly hopped up brown ale that doesn't bring a whole lot of malt complexity.

M- Medium-thinner bodied, adequate carbonation, a bit sticky and honestly, a bit unreasonably bitter on the backend as far as brown ales go. It's a bit astringent and distracting.

O- Pretty average as far as brown ales go. Good bitterness, decent malt backbone but not a whole lot of complexity despite the higher ABV. I would go with Bell's Best Brown over this 10 times out of 10.

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why this isn't getting rated well... An exceptional brown ale.

Photo of FinchSCF
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alextricity
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/15 and poured 2/25. $2 single discounted to $1.79.

Appearance: Red/brown in color with a modest haze. A finger of head falls down to a light film. Spotty lacing on the glass. Looks how I expected this beer to look -- pretty decent.

Smell: Smells like a brown ale normally does. Only after a few minutes after being poured did I get a vanilla-y sort of vibe out of it. Not a "loud" beer by any means, as it has a pretty light, but pleasant, aroma, with lightly roasted malts and a little bit of vanilla. Smells sweet on the whole, with (thankfully) no traceable hops.

Taste/feel: Follows the nose almost exactly. Light roastiness from the malt and a slight vanilla flavor are just about all that's there. The bitterness is very low in Jupiter, and while this is a sweeter beer, it's never truly "sweet" tasting. The mouthfeel is probably my favorite part about Jupiter -- silky smooth, full mouthfeel with only a slight prickly bitterness. It's like I'm getting the sensation that I just got this tapped from a fresh keg.

Definitely ought to be more liked than both Mercury and certainly Venus. Mars is still the best in the series in my opinion, but Jupiter is a good brown ale. I'm disappointed that I had to drive around as much as I did to make sure I got a bottle (actually wound up with two), but I told myself I'd make sure I got to try every beer from the series.

Photo of mchegash
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
Deep hazy red, with only a thin layer of very light brown head.

Smell - 3.5/5
Deep malts, way more alcohol than I was expecting for only 8% ABV. A berry-like fruitiness

Taste - 3.25/5
The first thing that really stood out to me was how metallic the taste is. I was not expecting that. Anyway, some slightly sweet dark fruit flavors with some light roasted malt aspects, but with a metallic tinge to everything. If this beer didn't have the metallic taste, I could see it being a great brew, however that's not the case.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, light carbonation. In between creamy and crisp.

Overall - 3.5/5
This beer had a lot of potential, but I think it was all ruined by the metallic aspects which tainted the whole beer.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 2/14/15, poured into nonic pint glass.

Vigorous pour yields a two finger brown head which dissipates to a thin rim over mahogany-brown elixir. Splotches of lacing coat the vessel.

Toasted malts, cocoa, earth and a bit of bready yeast.

Nice roasted malt with a smooth cocoa and mild nut flavor. Minimal hop bitterness smooths the back end.

Medium body, nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden.

Nicely done imperial brown ale.

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.