barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 (draft) Just a decent fairly generic brown ale. More sweet than most I suppose, and not malty-sweet but sugar-sweet. If that makes any sense.
shadey (1897) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried at the Boneyard in Cleveland. This was the first beer of the evening. Great brown color with a thick creamy head. Very smooth and drinkable palate. Great malty and rich flavor. Went very well with the hot wings at the Boneyard.
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown. Nose is hops and toasted nuts. The taste is very smooth, rich, nutty, malty... odd and interesting at the same time.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a medium brown, with a slight reddish hue. Visible sediment in suspension. Tan head, nice a frothy, good lacing. Nutty, malty aroma. Hoppy flavor, again like every Bells’ (non stout) there’s a fruity aftertaste.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown Coloring With Good Head. Malt Aroma With Some Nutty-ness in There...Sinus’ are a BEE-atch... Very Well Balanced Flavor of Malt and Hops.. Overall Very Decent Brew!
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeah, this is pretty good. Cool owl on the label. Aroma is nutty and malty with some alcohol fumes. Flavor is sweet malt with some hops to balance. I like this.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice brown color, a little hazy. Decent yeast bed left in the bottle. Slight off white head, good lacing. Nutty malt aroma, hints of chocolate. Lots of hops in the taste. Balanced fairly nicely. Medium bodied. Hops tend to linger in the finish.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. very nice/big white foamy head. nice balance of malt and hops. doesn’t have a dry finish to me like it says it does. i think it’s a smooth brown ale.
Frank (2879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 Brown amber color, off white head last well and leaves sheets of lace. Nose is fruity--cherry, citrus--w/ some toasty grain notes and a hint of roast. Mostly gentle carbonation w/ a few sharp prickles. Rather light bodied but still creamy. A bit of tartness in the finish. Good stuff. Same total as my original rating but from different numbers.
Original Rating: Not a bad brown. I can’t say I could tell they used Belgian specialty malts as mentioned in the commercial description but still good. Rich, dark malt presence with a good kick from hops. I dig it though it’s hardly my favorite style.
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with a nice foamy head that looks like a solid layer floating on top of mud. Walnut aroma. Oooo... excellent nutty taste with a great malt presense as well. Some hits of wood as well. Very rich and creamy. Damn Bill, this is a kick ass Brown!