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

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86
very good

2,050 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,050
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 61
Gots: 108 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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DudMan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-01-2013 02:48:51 | More by DudMan
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -28%

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Ed_Johnson


4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

A: Pours a very dark amber in color and a light amount of visible carbonation. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Light aromas of caramel with less pronounced smell of brown sugar and molasses. There is also some cocoa.

T: Dark malts with some hints of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and sweetness. Also some nuts with a touch of cocoa. Very light bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Creamy and smooth.

O: Extremely easy to drink. Enjoyable. Nice in the winter and I suspect year around.

12-31-2012 23:04:40 | More by Ed_Johnson
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user785335

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-31-2012 20:19:57 | More by user785335
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Dweedlebug

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-31-2012 01:52:43 | More by Dweedlebug
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Scott1970

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-31-2012 00:22:47 | More by Scott1970
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

Ruby tinted brown, my bottle being very clear, with a small whitish head with moderate slippery lacing.

Molasses, brown sugar and dark toasty malts in the nose.

The flavor is nicely balances between sweet and a nice drying on the finish. As in the nose, dark rich toasty malts, caramel flavored with a hint of chocolate with a lightly spicy hop presence. Very flavorful and very good!

The mouthfeel is more medium than light, very smooth and lightly creamy.

Overall I believe this has to be one of my favorite brown ales now! I've always been impressed by Bell's beers in general and this ale is no different. Highly recommended!

12-30-2012 20:30:35 | More by BlackBearForge
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brbrocc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-30-2012 18:34:20 | More by brbrocc
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-30-2012 09:37:50 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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DMB

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-30-2012 02:53:14 | More by DMB
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Best brown ale pours a cloudy copper to brown color with a nice cap of creamy foam. The nose is light and grainy, fitting for a brown ale. The aroma that it does produce is a pleasant darkly roasted malt with nutty overtones. The brown malt theme continues on the palate with a creamy smooth malt texture. A slight bitterness provides balance toward the end. This brew has all the makings of good beer.

12-30-2012 02:47:13 | More by BeardedBoffin
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elcrawl

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-30-2012 02:17:11 | More by elcrawl
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-29-2012 22:36:29 | More by Brushkanna
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yokken

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-28-2012 21:52:46 | More by yokken
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jaybags

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-28-2012 14:42:56 | More by jaybags
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-28-2012 01:50:20 | More by TubaManJack
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-27-2012 22:34:23 | More by ssimpson89
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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jduprey007

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-26-2012 19:59:56 | More by jduprey007
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arizcards

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

12-24-2012 23:51:37 | More by arizcards
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,050 ratings.