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

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very good

2,558 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,558
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 80
Gots: 226 | 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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Poured beer into a pint glass. Has a fluffy off-white head and dark reddish brown color. First smell is sweet and malty hardly any hops. Mild sweetness continues in the taste and the hops becomes a little more present. Medium mouth feel with plenty of carbonation. Overall it is nice drinkable beer. Has enough character to stand out from other English Browns but still true to form though ABV at 6.60 may be a little high for the style.

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A- Pours out a fairly dark brown with some red hints around the edges where light shines through the beer. A creamy looking three finger, off-white head builds up and retains very well. I am forced to take my first sip with about a finger of the head still present. Light-medium lacing is left at the top of the glass.

S- Three main things come up for me here. There is a pretty good amount of nutty hints to the aroma. Next is a slightly fruity aspect, darker fruits, probably from some sort of English hops. Malts make their presence in the background as a nice base to the smell. The nut hints are slightly roasty as well. A nice balance of these notes. Smell does not fade away through the experience.

T- The taste is a good balance of the same things in the nose. The nutty notes make even more of an appearance in the taste. Some sweetness and roasty hints come from the malts. The fruity aspect is less present in the taste and slightly in the background. One of the better nutty flavors in a beer that I have had. No huge hop presence but there is slight bitterness and grassy/earthy hop flavor.

MF- Fairly light bodied with medium carbonation. The body is right in the middle of watery and creamy. No alcohol warmth. A coat of nutty malt flavors is left on the palate.

DB- A good beer with a very nice nutty aspect to it. The price was not bad but I can't get any of this in MA. The nutty flavors are strong but do not overpower as more of the beer is consumed. Definitely an enjoyable Brown Ale with good, balanced flavors.

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if its fall bells brown is back as a seasonal ..pours a dark brown color with a nice fluffy head as most bells brews have it had a nice beige ring with lacing til the end the smell was malts and toffee some chocolate and some roasted coffee..the taste was the same chocolate and coffee dominate with hops and malt its kinda like a lite stout..this is a tasty brew for the fall one i look forward to.. a tasty brown for sure its a winter warmer

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S: I would say almost entirely cocoa aroma. A bit of toasted malt scent.

T: A smooth, slightly creamy and largely chocolate palate that finishes dry with a hearty toasted malt presence. A bit of roasted bitter malt also comes in on the palate in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a fine moderate carbonation. Fair head retention.

D: I used to drink this on draft when I lived in Indiana and it is nice to see this brown ale out in the Mid atlantic region.

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,558 ratings.