walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured reddish brown with little head.aroma malts ,choc. caramel. flavor dark chocolate like the kind that covers a chocolate covered cherry, molasses. got a nice sweetness and a little bit of a bite at the end. bells does it again for me
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown color,small light tan head that faded slowly leaving a small lace behind.Malty yeasty aroma with a side of caramel.Very nice flavor,malty and caramel with a nice but mild hop presence,Slightly sweet at first then turning to a mild bitter in the middle and finishing up on the dry side.Nicely done brew and easy to drink.Thanks go to Nexxus for sending this brew my way.
DocLock (7421) - 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 (2023) - 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 (2141) - 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 (4361) - 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.