bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
upon opening the bottle i was greated with a strong aroma of fresh pizza dough. it poured a amber/brown a bit hazy with some sediment. as it warmed the aroma took on the sweet character of molasses and malts. the flavor was of unripe grapefruit, malts and spice. a slightly alcoholy finish. a decent beer.
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light brown with a medium sized head. Nothing real noteworthy in the aroma - a bit of malt, not much hops. Taste is of malt up front, then turns to a nuttly character. Palate is medium. This is one I would drink again.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful hazy dark amber in color with a minimal beige head. Aroma is bland--slight notes of malts. Malty in flavor with a slightly Belgian taste. The alcohol isn’t completely hidden, but it’s not that noticeable. Overall, good for a brown ale, but not quite up to the standards that I’ve set for Bells.
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 ReRate. Cloudy dark ruby brown with a thick beige head. Caramel nuts and light grassiness in the nose. Taste has notes of toasty malts, caramel, nuttiness, brown sugar, cola, toffee and a balancing hop presence. Pleasantly sweet and malty. Medium-full, silky mouthfeel with lively fine-beaded carbonation; very good body for a brown ale. Great lacing and head retention. Very bold and flavorful. One of the better brown ales for sure.
Muckrakerr (33) - Muskegon, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice one inch beige head. Toasted malt, caramel aroma. Sweet toasted malt initial flavor which phases into a alcohol, slight hop and malt, caramel finish. Lots of sediment. Good brew.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty amber/brown pour. Bubbles a bit large and soda-like. minor temporary lacing. Aroma of eastern European lager with a touch of clover honey. Taste same with some caramel. Mouthfeel a bit thin/ watery. Not so hot.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber in color, with sediment visible through out. Two finger head, brown in color, again with sediment speckled throughout. Decent flavor, would enjoy this beer again.
sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow--my label certainly doesn’t have an owl on it. Dark brown; tons of floating sediment; big, light brown head. Lovely, malty, dark fruity, slightly pungent aroma; slight alcohol. Flavor is pretty much malts with a solid but not overpowering hop bite; some nice "headiness" from the warm alcohol. Nice, full body. Every component of this beer is solid, but, overall, I don’t find it particularly outstanding.
Tmoney99 (12208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Brown color with small tan head. Aroma complex malt and sweet. Flavor was full and the finish was solid and lasted. Another good Bells brew.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not brown but nice dark amber brew with a rapidly dissappearing head.Some malts and toffee aromas but mild at best,no pun intended.Mild toffee taste,kinda’ sweet but nice on the tongue