MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, medium reddish-brown with a thick and full tan head that holds well. Rich, malty aroma with a fair amount of spiciness from the use of Belgian malts, as well as some faint nuttiness, roasted malt, and celery salt. Creamy and reasonably full on the palate, it starts out with a flowery hop bite, then settles to a smooth maltiness, along with some rounded spiciness, pale chocolate, dry nuttiness and a hint of roasted malt. Lethargic carbonation aids in it’s easy going drinkability. Lengthy, slightly dry finish. The late-2003 bottles from the new brewery have much less yeast sediment than before, so adding the dregs doesn’t turn it into the muddy mess it once did. Overall, a session-worthy brown ale that Bell’s should turn into a year-round brew.
jsquire (3503) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber out of the bottle with an attractive beige head. Nutty caramel sweetness. Very pleasant roast flavor with nice hop bitterness in the finish. Very enjoyable brown ale.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Medium dark amber/brown. Very slightly cloudy with a small off white head. Huge toffee and malt aroma. Light medium palate with a decent amount of carbonation. Flavor is filled with caramel, toffee and malt. There are hints of roast, nuts and hops. This is an excellent brown ale. Very drinkable.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with small head. Mild brown ale, neither sweet nor bitter. Mostly malt flavors.
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.