Short's Bellaire Brown Ale - Short's Brewing Company
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4.31/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "perfect" glass
A: Rich dark brown with a hint of reddish coloring. Not quite opaque. Modest head and lacing.
S: While the aroma screams "sweet" it's remarkably un-cloying. Yeasty, bready malt dominates with some caramel and a bit of chocolate. I'm not getting the coffee others mention, but there is something else going on I'll get into later
T: Given the sweetness in the nose, this is an exceptionally well-balanced beer. There's definitely burnt sugar and caramel up-front, but it's effectively cut by a subtle sourness more than bitterness. All-in-all it's a great combination. As it warms, the flavors continue to intensify, but remain in balance. A true tribute to the brewer.
M: This is probably the only weakness I found in this beer. Initially, when still cold, there was sufficient carbonation to give this a nice zing. It's not at all oily or syrupy as the sweetness up front might suggest. However, as it warms and the carbonation dies (which it does rather quickly) it does begin to thin out and get just a bit watery by the end of the glass.
O: While this is dramatically different from my favorite browns (DFH Indian Brown and Smutty Old Brown Dog) which tend toward the hoppy side, I really, really like this beer. It has a unique flavor profile that suggest bourbon barrel aging to me. I know it wasn't (if it was, I'm sure they'd pump that up) but I do wonder if they threw in some barrel chips, or otherwise infused some bourbon flavoring. That would explain the slight sourness and the whiff of boozy brown liquor I caught in the aroma. Just a theory. In any event, I highly recommend this brew.
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2013 15:10:04 | More by LCB_Hostage
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