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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Bellaire Brown is a full-flavored brown ale that derives sweet caramel and toasted qualities from four different kinds of malt and specialty grains. Select hop varieties create an enticing aroma and dry finish. Bellaire Brown is very dark and rich, which makes it hard to classify as a brown, but it is certainly considered a delicious masterpiece.

Bellaire Brown was originally created to appeal to people who enjoyed drinking coffee, and to beer drinkers who are not interested in hoppy options. When Joe Short was creating the Bellaire Brown recipe, he desired a beer that was meatier and burlier than most browns. Bellaire Brown is a great gate-way beer for drinkers to be introduced to darker beer varieties.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (11693) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle sample at Noogfest High 5. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, nut and smal hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet toasted flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Average complex brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle at Atlas courtesy of psprings. Pours, smells, and tastes like a brown. Very nondescript and average. Toasted malt and caramel, as advertised. Seems unambitious - particularly for Shorts’ rep.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2009
12 oz bottle from Siciliano’s (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a dark brown, tea hues just faintly hazed with smalloffwhite tannish head, dies to a small film, minimal lacing. Aromas are coffee grounds, cocoa, vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar, toast, and nuttiness. Very nice for a brown. Initial has a decent body, pushing cocoa, coffee, a touch of espresso, nut, brown sugar, caramel, a touch of toastiness with decent bitterness on the backend to balance and finish. The flavors on this are quite exsquisite with gourmet coffee and espresso, vanilla, cocoa, and a good sweetness, flavor of copious amounts in comparison to the body’s girth. A top notch sessionable Brown ale. Flavor sticks to the palate, sufficient bitterness, light enough to drink several. Very nice. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Poured dark brown without much head. Characteristic aroma of nuts, fudge and caramel. Taste is similarly fudgy without being excessively sweet. Finish is earthy and smooth. A good attempt at an unloved style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Clear chestnut with a quickly dissolving beige head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, nuts and chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, nuts, brow sugar and mild chocolate. Mild bitterness with a semi-sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Noogfest High 5. Sample from a bottle thanks to unclejedi. Dark brown red with a solid off white foam. Sweet malty aroma. Taste is sweet malts, chocolate, nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Poured a very nice dark brown with a light brown, creamy head. The color is so dark it almost appears murky but upon closer inspection is actually sparkling clear. The Belgian lace is well formed and attractive. Rich malty notes with hints of toasted cereal, chocolate and nuts. Smoky? Restrained, yet balanced hops. Layered flavors. Lighter body than the color suggests. Highly refreshing. Rather moreish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2829) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2009
12 oz. bottle share. Poured a mahogany brown with an off white, bubbly foam head and clingy streaks of lacing. The aroma was some roastiness, chocolate, caramel malt and a wisp of smoke. The flavor was a lighter version of the nose high lighting the caramel and malt sweetness. The body was a little thin, but all in all a quaffable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, roastiness, and a hint of black licorice. It pours a hazy orangish-brown with a small off-white head that diminishes to a thin film somewhat quickly. The flavor starts with caramel and chocolate and a hint of fruity sweetness in the background. It finishes with a light-moderate roasted nuttiness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2009
This is my first brew from Shorts. I shared a bottle of this with BeerBaron617 today and generally liked it a lot. It had everything that I like about a stout, in a lighter form. It had a nice transparent brown color with a tanish head. It smelled like chocolate which was great. It had the taste of chocolate with a bit of bite, and maybe even a little licorice in there. I will have to try some more by this brewery, and will certainly be having this again!

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