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Bells Best Brown Ale - Bourbon Barrel

Bells Best Brown Ale - Bourbon Barrel
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Best Brown


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4434) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Tap at pre-GTMW Maduro. Unfiltered looking brown body, oily thin head. Mild aroma, in some ways the malt and barrel caramel cancel each other out. Kind of an odd beer, a nice mellow bourbon ale in a way too. Chalky tobacco and bourbon sugariness, not really so much booze as much as an almost birchy, woody flavor. Really adds massive complexity. A touch overbearing, but quite a treat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2295) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2012
On tap at Maduro for the pre-GTMW party, pours a dark brown with an off white head, the aroma is much the same compared to the BA Amber, slight bourbon aroma with a little bit of caramel, the flavor is of subtle bourbon with a good amount of malt and a hint of chocolate in the finish, I liked this one better than the Amber but it still didn’t knock it out of the park.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5721) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Draft on tap at Maduro (Madison, WI). Pours a richer brownish ruby hue, decent haze, healthy copper glow throughout. Some orange glow, with frothy tannish head, dies to a mellow ring, laces small. Aromas offer a good dose of whiskey, heat is a touch offensive. Brown malts, a bit toasty and carmelized, nutty with a gentle vanilla. A bit hot. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, with touches of carmelization, toast, and biscuits. Gentle vanilla, touch of sweetness, with some blasts of spirit and whiskey elements. Touch of spirit, vanilla, some toasty qualities, carmelization, and some biscuits, gentle caramel sweetness in spurts. A bit thin, the beer has a hard time standing up to the barrel regardless of how long it has been aged. Good flavors, not the best balance, looks impressive. Some decent flavors, a touch of earthy smoke into the back, gentle toasty/carmelization play, wet oak. Not a bad beer, just tough to commit to as a regular offering

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arkurzynski (1526) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Pre-GTMW at Maduro. Deep, deep brown with yellowish head. Aroma of mostly bourbon, barrel, and syrup. Flavor to match. Woodsy bourbon finish. Not too bad, but couldn’t find the base beer in this much, most likely the consequence of a low abv beer being dominated by the barrel. Nonetheless, fairly well balanced and flavorful.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2458) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
On tap at Eccentric. Pours a darkish brown with little head and thick and sweet aromas of dark fruit, dates, raisins, and figs. Flavor is very figgy with lots of brown sugar and some bourbon. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and syrupy with less heat than the nose led me to expect. Finish is sugary and fruity, almost like over ripe Bartlett pears.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Draft, pours red brown with tan head. Nose is licorice sweet, toffee, nutty bourbon. Flavors are sweet licorice, candy sugar, molasses, toffe, raisins with buttery bourbon. Okay.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6061) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
8/10/12. On tap at the GTMW pre-party. Hazy brown pour with a nice khaki head. Light bourbon and wood on the aroma with hints of caramel and nuttiness. Light bourbon on the flavor as well followed by nuttiness and caramel. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5481) - Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Draft to oversized snifter at Eccentric Cafe. Looks solid; Like the regular version. Smells malty and boozy. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A little thin for being BB’d. Good, but my expectations were definitely higher.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2012
On tap at bells. An interesting take on a brown ale. Reminds me more of a cream ale. Flavors of chocolate, pears, vanilla and more pears. No bourbon at all. Some hints of brazil nuts or cashews. Very smooth finish, great drinkability. Not bad but again barrel aging doesn’t solve the worlds problems.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bwa5879 (669) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2012
oasty brown sugar scent with some scotchy whiskey overtones. Bold brown pour, hazy, thick offwhite head. Average amount of lacing on the glass. Taste is slightly (barely) disconnected. Watery at first then the taste hits your mouth. Roasted malt flavors are intense but not too over done, a little licorice and chocolate on the finish.


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