Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Beer of the Week (Vol. LXXX)

A special Thanksgiving edition of Beer of the Week brought to you by the hospitable folks at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who can help you find everything you need in the way wine, whiskey, and beer to make your feast one to truly be thankful for.

One thing that I'm always thankful for is that Bell's Brewery continues to produce some of America's best craft brew. Including our beer of the week, Bell's Best Brown Ale:

A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in our fall & winter lineup. 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.

Brown bottle. Off-white label with purple trim features a rendering of a wise country owl perched on a fence post with a seasonal background.

Style: Brown Ale

Alcohol by Volume: 5.8%

COLOR (0-2): Dark supple brown. 2

AROMA (0-2): Malty with caramel and nutty tones. 2

HEAD (0-2): Light tan color. Good volume. 2

TASTE (0-5): Malty, not overly sweet with flavors of roasted barley, coffee, caramel, and nuts. Light on the hops with just a hint of bitterness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium-bodied, and quite drinkable. 4

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Dry and a bit thin. 1

OVERALL (0-6): A nice little brown ale. None of its qualities are especially noteworthy, but it's flavors are well balanced and they come together nicely. Bell's releases their Best Brown Ale as a Fall/Winter seasonal and it's a good fit for this time of year. You're probably going to want to enjoy a hoppier beer with your turkey tomorrow. However, this would make a good choice for your post-feast drinking as you unbutton your pants, settle into that easy chair, enjoy a spot of football, and reflect on how much there truly is to be thankful for. 4

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 15

Gobble, gobble.