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: 454
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 16
Gots: 105 | FT: 12
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on 2/14/15.

Appearance: Pours a dark and very hazy brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A toasty and roasty malt forward aroma with big hints of biscuit, nuts, and chocolate. Roasted barley malt with good hints of biscuit, toast, chocolate, nuts, grains, toffee, caramel, yeast, and slight coffee. Sweet hints of brown sugar and cream. Subtle dark fruit hints. Also some earthy and floral hop hints. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very toasty and roasty malt driven taste with good notes of biscuit, chocolate, and nuts. Roasted barley malt with good notes of biscuit, toast, nuts, chocolate, toffee, caramel, grains, coffee, and yeast. Notes of brown sugar sweetness along with some cream. Nice background presence of earthy and floral hops. Also some light dark fruit undertones. A very good brown taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and silky with a drying finish.

Overall: A really good imperial take on an American Brown Ale. Good toasty and roasty malt flavors with a nice hop background.

Photo of kmbeer
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

It looks like I'm in the minority here, but this totally fell flat for me. Absolutely one-note with hardly any flavor and no aftertaste. I took a few sips and drain-poured the rest. Have not had a single offering from the Planet Series that I've enjoyed.

Photo of BB1313
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pkgd on 2/14/15. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep brown with some light getting through; small light tan head that fades leaving okay retention and little lacing. The aromas are pretty faint and subtle. All malts with hints of cocoa and caramel. The flavors is malty goodness, but doesn't have much else going on. More chocolate and caramel. Malts shine. Nothing too exciting. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation; creamy and fluffy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very easy to drink.

Overall this isn't too interesting, but it is what it is. This is your traditional brown ale, just amped up.

Photo of GRPunk
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from Copper Vine (batch 13923 date 2/14/15) poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint.

A- 1-finger tan head that drops to a light film. Murky, reddish-brown body with light carbonation. Pretty good lacing left on the glass.

S- Complex. Nutty, woody, maple syrupy, light roast coffee. Pretty bold for a brown ale.

T- Much as the aroma suggests, complex. A lot of caramel and toasted malts at first with lighter maple syrup and light roast coffee. Warmth amps up the sweeter qualities and brings a light alcohol warmth without getting harsh. Fairly clean finish from some leafy hops, especially clean considering the more powerful sweet aspects.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a light bite. Fairly creamy. Some smooth alcohol warmth and a dry finish.

O- It's a really drinkable brown ale. Straight forward, if not amped up. More a bold sipper than a session ale. A nice nightcap beer. I'd definitely pay for this beer again.

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chesnut brown with a thinner but well sustained light tan colored head atop.Some caramel and roasted nuts in the nose but on the lighter side.Malt driven flavors with caramel and mild brown sugar notes,faint nuttiness in the finish,it nevers gets overly sweet.I can appreciate this beer although a hophead,not something I would drink everyday bit it's pretty solid.

Photo of barhoc11
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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 bsp77
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown with thick tan head.

Smell: Dark fruit, nuts, chocolate and spice. Dry and sweet aroma.

Taste: Rich malts of dark fruit, caramel and chocolate. Some spiciness from the hops at the finish, along with a distinct nuttiness.

Feel: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry considering the upfront sweetness.

Overall: Excellent ramped up brown ale. The dry, nutty, spicy finish goes a long way to adding complexity and balance to what could have been an overload of sweetness.

Photo of deebo
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this last week for $3.49. Bottled on 2/14/15. Poured into a pint glass with a 1/4" of tan head that quickly recedes on top of a murky dark brown brew. Aromas of multiple malts are all over the place and delicious. Notes of Dutch Cocoa, toffee, toasted nuts all hit hard. The taste isn't as robust as the aroma as the roasted, slighty sweet malt finishes quick and I'm hit with some hoppy bitterness and a low/moderate vapory alcohol finish.
Mouthfeel is lighter in body than if expect and there is a fairly high level of carbonation that seems to accentuate the bitterness. Overall I'm let down after being sucked in by the aroma.

Photo of hotpauko
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Highly drinkable brown with nice malty smoky flavors but surprisingly not strong flavors from Bells. Somewhat average compared to a few others. The ABV of 8 is barely noticeable. Ok but will not seek again.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark brown in color to the point that barely any light seeps through. There's a quarter inch of dense oddly colored tan head. Lots of lacing going on. I smell a bit of caramel and a hint of toffee. I taste a light notes of toffee and some nutty malt in the back of the palate. There's not much action in the front of the palate. The mouth is initially very foamy due to that dense head. It is otherwise sticky and lightly chewy.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours bright dark brown under a clingy 2” light tan foam collar with very fine bubbles. Slowly descends to about ½”.
S: Moderate cocoa and grain aromas, light toast.
T: Chocolate with some cocoa graininess.
M: Creamy big body, very soft carbonation, slight warming.
O: A robust, well balanced, easy to drink American brown ale.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's ok, but not too impressed . . . Maybe because I consider Bell's Best Brown par for the course.

Photo of Tilly
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy brown pour into a snifter. Very small head, if any.
Sweet, malts. Fresh pumpernickel bread
Malty, coffee and mild but taste.
Mouth feel is simple, mild with some nice back mouth carbonation.
OK. I think I'll give this series another try. Not what I quite expected.

Photo of NealCassady
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into a snifter, two finger tan head, opaque dark brown beer. Nose is yeast, bread, brown sugar, marzipan, light roast. Medium to full body for a brown, nice medium to low carbonation, enough to ensure the sweetness in not cloying. No hop flavor or bitterness detectable. Long caramel finish that lingers on the tounge. Nothing too complex, but very enjoyable.

Photo of GRE680
2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

This group of planet beers has not been one of my must have. I keep looking for one to be great but has of this date no luck....,

Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mysteriously murky dark brown with a light tan head. The color is very dark with lighter notes around the edges when held up to a light...kind of a Barleywine color with the onslaught of malts. The head is a finger and a half thick with amazing legs. Great staying power that slightly hides the thin film of lace.

It even smells brown. There's nothing to indicate a single hop was even considered when brewing this beer. It's nothing but malts, presenting a slightly earthy, vaguely chocolate character.

There is some hop presence in the taste, but it's there just to provide some balance from all the dark malts. Again, it's got an earthy taste with some slight roasty and chocolate notes. No one single flavor stands out, it's more a concoction of malts that provide the taste. Slight alcohol, phenol-like taste in the finish.

At first sip, it's very creamy. Once the grainy, roasty malts work over the palate, the creamy goes away and the grainy evolves. Faint alcohol warmth and a slight medicinal feel comes alive as the beer works it's way back.

It's an easy sipper with no real weaknesses. A good beer in the cooler months, but is home on the table in any weather.

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown, with a solid finger of creamy khaki foam.

Toasted malts, faint chocolate, biscuity, and some light roasted notes.

Faint but noticeable chocolate, toasted bread, roasted malts, and some caramel, but not very bold.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, bready/biscuity sweetness, with a light roastiness.

Overall, nothing extraordinary, but a decent brown ale.

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Either this or Mars is my favorite of the series. They were both the most normal and not gross

Photo of Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottles 2/15/15

A- pours an amber-brown color with a rub hue, small off-white foamy head reduces to a ring around the glass after settling

S- nutty brown malts with hints of chocolate, toffee, woodsy, caramel & cinnamon

T- big malty sweetness up front gives flavors of toasted hazelnuts, toffee/caramel & earthy yeast. Toasted bread crust and cocoa finish

M- viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a chewy mouthfeel and a creamy finish, slightly warming

O- a high ABV brown that is quite balanced, one of the better browns I've had in a while

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter, this FINE imperial brown pours a thick, rich dark brown with a fantastic REALLLLLY slowly dissipating head of tan foam that after a lot of time settles to a thick ring and fine layer of foam with nice lacing. Nose of chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, light touch of coffee, and fresh bread. Flavors exceed the nose with rich brown sugar and caramel malts to the front and sides, roasted nutty characteristics to the back with cocoa and a slight hint of coffee notes. Earthy grains and a light bitterness adds depth and complexity. Something to cherish. The best of the planet series I have had to date. Smooth creamy mouth feel finishes lightly sweet and lightly bitter at the same time. Excellent! A new favorite for the style.


Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, Batch 13923, packaged on 2/14/15. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy chestnut brown color with about a half inch light tan head that stayed around a long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, and some light floral hops. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some dark breadiness and herbal bitterness noticeable too. There's more bitterness than I expected, but that's not a complaint. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonaton. I think it's a nice brown ale, I liked it. $12.99 a 6-pack.

Photo of n2185
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown with half a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet cocoa and nutty aromas with vanilla and a touch of caramel. Simple, but quite nice.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate with nutty flavors and some darker malt notes. The finish is slightly charred and bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is nicely drinkable.

O: An enjoyable beer, overall. Not generally the biggest fan of brown ales, but I like this one.

Photo of Beejay
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in the glass with a medium tan head.

S: Something a little funky in the smell. Almost a little metallic, or salty? Light toasty bread aromas and a little bit of molasses with perhaps a chalk thing?

T: Malty, with a lot of caramel and molasses. Good, fairly straight forward, but the flavor is bold and interesting.

M: Medium with a mid amount of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

O: Overall a decent beer, the aroma is a bit on the funky side, but the flavor makes up for it.

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bell's already has a benchmark brown ale so it will be interesting to see another take.

A full three fingers of biscuity light brown head is easily achieved with my pour. Body is a deep mahogany brown in tone. Nose is a mix of woodsy meets sweet malt that is very nice. Taste is immediately sweet with tons of toffee and caramelized malt. There is a richness to this brew that carries the sweetness to a complex balance. This is unmistakably on the sweeter end of brown ales but is very nice. Wonderfully drinkable and maybe my favorite of the series so far.

Photo of Cytoplasman
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Color is brown and cloudy with no head. Smells of gingerbread and malts. Taste caramel, malt, and very subtle hops. It feels syrupy with a bit of carbonation. This is a damn good brown ale!

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