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

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86
very good

2,590 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,590
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 81
Gots: 242 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange-brown, nice head with good retention and lacing.

Malty nutty smell.

Toasted malts, roastiness, nuts, molasses, and a grassy hop finish. Well balanced.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

A very good example of the style - nice balance and highly drinkable.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing too dark or sinister for Halloween night, just a nice brown ale. Here’s hoping it’s really the “best.”

Brewed six weeks before the date of this tasting (“PKGD 09/11/12”).

A: Dark red-brown body with a thin beige cream; intricate lacing is a nice touch, but the low retention makes it look pretty light on the head density.

S: Gummy molasses and caramel complexity, all the best of a brown ale and more. Oak and vanilla, butterscotch and cream; lots of chocolaty sweets and earthy, English malts. As the malts subside, a syrupy toffee and raspberry undertone rises – even more sweetness to be found, I guess.

T: A sweet English ale, with a brown, chocolaty malt backbone and spicy vanilla accents. Good smoke quality to it, as well, playing off a rindy, herbal hop element in a natural bitterness. Flavors of caramel and wood fill out the remainder of the palate, with that raspberry underpinning from the nose coming up here and there. Aftertaste is dry and slickly fruity, a little cough syrup-like with its lingering cherry effect.

M: As smooth as you’d expect from the tap, but with the astringency of any true British brown. Moderate body with a very, very drinkable nature.

O: There’s something about this beer that just satisfies my palate: everything from a sweet tooth to a need for complexity. Full flavor, drinkability, and memorable character. It reminds me of an oatmeal raisin cookie – there’s just something so sweet and savory about it.

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Pours a medium brown color with a nice translucency and a fine-bubbled, light-tan head that leaves minimal lacing on the way down. The aroma is wonderful, hits heavy on the chocolates and roasted coffee beans. The taste begins with a warm, malty and bready flavor that quickly turned into a swirl of bittersweet dark chocolate and nuts. Slight coffee beans and maybe even hazelnut in the far background (maybe I'm imagining things, here). I'm also picking up a slight milky flavor, perhaps from the texture. Very nice. Caramel and toffee finish the beer strong with an ever-so-slight but necessary hint at bitterness along the final seconds just before the sip is completely swallowed. Medium body, creamy with lots of carbonation.

Very, very solid brown ale. Perfect for the days transitioning from the fall to the winter. This beer tastes like the holidays.

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,590 ratings.