jtw (1140) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle (i think). yeasty, malty, spicy (cloves?) aroma . big long-lived tan head. nutty and malty body, extremely well-balanced. several complex flavors; the finish is almost like chewing on some caramel or carapils malt.
drywallman (344) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one was indeed brown and had the big tan head mentioned below in other ratings. I also noticed the significant yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle. This contributed to smooth mellow taste I think. Not very significant on the hops. I could drink a lot of this.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Adam (Lumpy) for this one also. Pours with a big tan head that appears to be think and lasting. Wacky floaties settle to the bottom that look like meteors. The taste is a bit yeasty and the mellow hops flavor takes over from what I usually find in brown ales, too much malt. the "best" brown ale? Probably not, but a fine product from a brewer I respect more and more every time I try another of their beers.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Kevin42. Good pour with a deep brown color. Nuty and a little sweet. Notes of molasses and roasted nuts abound. Not bad.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thick brown with sediment gently floating, creamy head, good bitter finish.
walleye (1080) - 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 (8530) - 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 (2155) - New Mexico, 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 (2299) - 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.