DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours deep brown color with some floaties and excellent head. Aroma of malt, toffee, some hops, and cognac. Tastes malty, sweet, with a nice roasty toffee finish. Very complex as with all Bell’s beers. A top notch brown ale.
Kevin (2008) - Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours a rusty brown color with a thick white head. fruity/floral aroma, taste is a little sweet that mixes well with a nice malt taste. finishes with a good malt taste.
ElGaucho (2120) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Draught. Interestingly, Bell’s Best Brown has the same exact avg. Ratebeer rating 3.67 as Rockies Brewing’s Mojo IPA, which I sampled just prior to Best Brown. Frankly, I felt the Mojo was vastly superior. Faint roasted malt aroma that smells like sweet bubble gum. Average sized, off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Excellent lace. Cloudy reddish brown body with some visible carbonation. Moderately sweet; light to moderately bitter. Average length of finish. A little too bland and unassertive.
Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Aroma is malty, chocolate and nutty. Pours a transparent reddish brown with lots of sediment floating around. Virtually no head. Taste is very sweet and chocolatey. Some nutty flavor. Finishes bitter but leaves a sweet aftertaste that is relatively long lasting.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wiffs of inviting chocolate and caramel,nut, pours murky. Good flavor, not bad.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky brown with a biege head. Sweet malty aroma. Hazelnut, coffee, and fruit on the tongue. Nice lingering aftertaste. A really good brown ale. Brown ales are not my favorite styles, but this one was good. Like a milder version of Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle: Smelled a bit fruity and malty. Nice dark brown/red color. Perfect kakhi head. Some lacing. Tasted of choclate, nuts, malt. A little sweet. Pretty good drink. Strange finish. Overall, an ok brown ale.
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good brown ale that pours dark and murky with a small head. You can taste the hops and there sweet nutty notes as well.
SmokeyJ (20) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
An impressive product from Kalamazoo...go figure. This is one of my favorites.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Chevy's in Champaign, IL on 3/31/2004. Appearance, dark amber with a decent head and very good lace. The aroma was of hops. The flavor was sweet, nutty, and a nice hop finish with a good amount of Ale fruit notes. The body was nice and rich. Overall, pretty good stuff.