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Bell's Best Brown - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,605 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,605
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 82
Gots: 251 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

A smooth, toasty brown ale 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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 2 singles at Total Wine in mid-November for $1.99 each. Bottled on 9-13-12.

Beer poured brown with a tan head that is leaving lacing behind. Some setiment floating at the bottom.

Nose has hint of toasted grains with some cocoa.

Taste is well balance, toasted malts with some cocoa form a nice backbone but there is enough hopping to make this less sweet and give it a bit of oilyness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. It is well carbonated but not refreshing.

Overall i like this beer. The hops and the cocoa make this beer an interesting and palatable brown. This is more an American Brown style wise.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy chestnut brown to amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down a bit, but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cocoa nibs are present in the nose; nutty malts become apparent after the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is more complex with additional flavors of chocolate, roasted and nutty malts. A very slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and has quite complex flavors when compared to other beers in the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent light brown color. Very, very thick with great foam and lacing. Kind of a nutmeg color.

Smell: Very, very malty. Not that balanced, but the sweetness is quite unique. Yeasty.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This really tastes like a malted milkshake. Extremely nutty and sweet, with a hint of smoke. Definitely some cocoa. Crisp feel.

Overall Drinkability: Very pleasant brew. Wonderful session.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass just for the heck of it (this one is a warm up to an imperial stout - why dirty 2 glasses?), pours a rusty brown color topped with a thin, off-white head that recedes quickly leaving a little lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty, brown malt, brown sugar, grain, earthy. Tastes are malty sweetness, brown sugar, burnt caramel, earthy hop, toasted grain. Thin-to-medium mouth-feel, moderate carbonation, finishes with an ample piny bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. Overall, it was just as I remembered: good brown ale, but nothing extraordinary.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,605 ratings.