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RATINGS: 330   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Light heavily carbonated brown color with a thin white fluff of a head. Very strong chocolate malt aroma. Some caramel and some other things that I can’t pin point. The malt aroma is a bit to strong. Very light beer. The body is smooth and thin. Great beer for a hot day. The flavor is nice, chocolate the melts into iced coffee, and finishes with a nice mild smokiness. Very lovely I may have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle. Sweet caramel and toast nose. Very light chocolate. Clear bright amber/brown with a bubbly small off-white head. Nice flavor, chocolate and caramel with a significant smoke element. Good thickness and very crisp. Sweet with a dry finish. Very nice representation of the more English side of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2386) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle. Brown body with a short, mostly diminishing tan head. Pleasant aroma of toasted malts, caramel, molasses and nuts. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Tastes of caramel, brown sugar, roasted malts, vanilla. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. More complex than a run-of-the-mill brown ale. Good balance between sweet and bitter with plenty of flavors to keep it interesting. Solid brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2596) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Bottle. Thin looking brown body with a very little head and aromas of sweet, dark malt (brown sugar and toffee) and nuts and earth. Flavor is decent enough... a nice mix of the aforementioned players, but could be a little more robust. Still, this is a pretty good brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2009
A great brown, full of flavor. Not thin and bitter like many, but sugary, and warm. It tastes like a mutherfucking tootsie-roll! wonderfull brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (12237) - 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) - Rota, SPAIN - 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 (6428) - 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.

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