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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,170 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,170
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 132 | 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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Clear, ruddy chestnut in color with a thin tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Nutty, toasted malt, a hint of milk chocolate, creamy-buttery notes.

T - Nice chocolate and nutty malts, a touch of sweetness, with just enough earthy hop bitterness thrown in for balance.

M - Round, medium body.

D - A well-put-together brown ale. Good sessionability, good flavor without being too complex or demanding.

trbergman, Jan 13, 2009
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a brilliant brown with ruby highlights and a moderately-sized white head. Looks pretty thick and viscous for a brown ale.

Smell is heavy with sweet malts, caramel, chocolate, a little bit of piney bitter hops, and a lot of dark fruit scents, particularly plum and some raisins.

Flavor is quite chocolate-laden. There's a solid drizzling of caramel over some of the same plum/dark fruit flavors. Little bits of nuttiness pull through in other places, along with some earthy wood flavors. Hops are present, but not overly assertive. They temper the chocolate flavors well.

Overall: Not mind-blowing, but a very, very good brown ale that definitely has a legitimate claim to calling itself "Best."

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,170 ratings.