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

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86
very good

2,019 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,019
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 56
Gots: 103 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-17-2012 21:25:24 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-17-2012 16:48:00 | More by stereosforgeeks
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-17-2012 14:16:57 | More by grahamboudreaux
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 23:27:54 | More by metter98
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zrab11

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

12-14-2012 16:46:15 | More by zrab11
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-14-2012 05:44:07 | More by TimoP
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Lob

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-13-2012 15:54:34 | More by Lob
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-13-2012 14:49:23 | More by Stinger80OH
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 00:50:56 | More by tjsdomer2
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bernardo06

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-12-2012 04:38:13 | More by bernardo06
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:22:17 | More by barnzy78
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

12-12-2012 00:08:26 | More by tmars13
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djgoodwi

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-11-2012 01:28:52 | More by djgoodwi
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jmich24

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-10-2012 00:11:09 | More by jmich24
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Klif

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.5%

12-09-2012 14:40:40 | More by Klif
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-08-2012 18:28:54 | More by dougbassett
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Big, fluffy, light khaki head, high retention with soapy lacing. Aroma includes sweet caramel malts and light roasted notes. Taste has a nice caramel sweetness, some walnut and cashew, faint coffee and roast. Crazy drinkable and sessionable. No off flavors at all and very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 03:43:38 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Ljoreilly

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-07-2012 01:28:07 | More by Ljoreilly
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost opaque very dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights, moderate amounts of small yeast particles in suspension, and a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled film of thick and thin areas with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel malts with some less pronounced aromas of brown sugar and molasses. There is also a light presence of cocoa.

T: There is a light to moderate amount of dark malts with some hints of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and a touch of sweetness. There is a moderate presence of nuts with just a touch of cocoa. Very light notes of bitterness in the finish which fades fast.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy and smooth.

O: Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable - one of my favorite beers in the style (which is not all that exciting but is always solid). A very nice offering for the winter and one will likely have again when I find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 01:04:44 | More by dbrauneis
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bob_d_j

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-06-2012 21:49:19 | More by bob_d_j
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krazybartender

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-06-2012 05:14:58 | More by krazybartender
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MTWood


4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-05-2012 19:32:28 | More by MTWood
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GinDC

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-05-2012 04:35:27 | More by GinDC
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patpbr

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bells Best Brown pours a dark brown with nice lacing as its consumed. The smell is nutty. The taste has a roasted character and is earthy with, chocolate, caramel and some sweetness. It finishes crisp with the hops adding a citrus element and a bitterness. A good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 01:04:13 | More by patpbr
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-03-2012 23:45:09 | More by JimmyFlatRock
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,019 ratings.