raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark oarnge/brown. Small head,lasting,with some lace. Huge toffee,caramel,malt aroma. Nutty and toasty/bready. Full,thick mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Excellent malty flavor. Toffe,nuts,toast. Finish is sweet,lightly hoppy,but mainly sweet. I really like this Brown.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a foggy burnished copper color with the head dinosauric in size, creamy in consistency and a beauteous light tan in color, as it unhurriedly evaporates the lace forms a thick and glutinous sheet upon the glass. Sweet malt with a hint of walnuts, crisp and clean nose, with the start nicely malted and somewhat sweet, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its acidity; hops are pleasing and spicy, slightly tart and dry aftertaste, quite tasty, and my thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle '02)The aroma is overwhelming with roasted malts and a hit of chocolate. Quite unusual for this beer...smells almost identical to a Bells Porter. The pour is beautiful leaving a creamy head that lasts for quite some time, while lacing the glass. A small amount of yeast gives the appearance of cinnamon to the top of this lovely brew. Malt, malt, malt. Age seems to have tempered the bite and bitterness normally associated with this beer. The most outstanding example of Best Brown to date. Note to self, lay some of these down in the future
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium copper color - on the light end of the range for a brown ale. Nice solid head on the pint. Initial aroma is hops - nice piney aromas. Flavor is definitely biased towards hops. Medium to light malt body - more toasty than sweet. Good hop bit throughout the flavor. Finished just a big harsh. Very good.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite an interesting beer. Light brown in color. Starts off hazy , but settles down. An interesting hoppiness adds to the biscuity malt and roasted nuttiness - kind of a sweet 'n sour melange. A little bit of yeastiness on the palate. Nice and tasty. Thanks to Eddie G for the Bell's goodness.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This elixir pours with a deep amber-brown body topped by a medium thick off white head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with notes of caramel, fruit and nuts. The flavor is slightly sweet yet slightly bitter and malty with nutty accents, a touch of caramel and a slight hoppiness. Medium bodied and smooth with a touch of dryness.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2004 2003 On tap at the Eccentric cafe. Rather clear medium-light brown with some golden hues as well. Rapidly dissipating white/cream colored head. Very little aroma on this, maybe a little bit of brown bread, a touch of alcohol. Begins very dry and stays dry. Has a tinge of sweetness in the middle of the body, a little bit of caramel, but the hops add a surprising amount of bitterness. Super dry almond/hazlenut-like finish, with some grainy/yeasty dryness as well. I appreciate the quality of yeast and a nice true dry nutty flavor, but please, give me some malt to balance this. Body is only medium, flavor is a little bit too subtle as well.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with small head. Aroma is a sweet nutty smell.Nice blend of hops and malts as this brown ale is a little more complex than other browns.Solid finish with a nice hoppy bitterness. A solid Brown!
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a big fan of the style. Light brown with a thin head. Very roasty (seems like victory or biscuit malt). Lightly hopped and very drinkable. Not bad
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with a thin head. Aroma of nutty malt, with a slight cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is of sweet malt, roasted nuts, with underlying cinnamon. Slight dry coffee aftertaste.