mc5 (11) - USA - MAR 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark appearance and a chocolate/caramel nose. A roasted malt nut flavor that was really good but not as good as expected from the aroma. Still a very nice brown.
thegreenrooster (3455) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark,cloudy brown with a big fluffy white head. Flavor is malts,toffee and nuts. Flavor is not as bold as it could have been. I would clasify this as a better newcastle.
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium dark brown color with a foamy tan head. Sweet sugar and caramel nose includes honey which is pleasent. Frothy and sweet, like sugar candies. Butterscotch, bourbon, honey in the flavor. Too sweet, but still good.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep mahogany with plenty of visible yeast. Smells malty but subdued and not overpowering. The taste agrees with the scent, nice nutty and sweet malt without being too much. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy and drinkability is fantastic. A great brown ale, and the best I've had yet.
Erdrick (21) - JAPAN - MAR 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour is a dark amber with a soft head. The first thing that hit my nose was the intense nutty smell. It has a sweet musty undertone as well, as if it were aged in a cellar. The body is perfect. Each sip taken is better than the previous. There is a definite roasted malt taste. Drinking Bells Best Brown Ale was a great experience.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice dark orange color with a tan head that didn't last for too long. aroma of malt and carmel...nice malty flavor that is a bit roasty with a nice smooth texture and a bit of a bite on the finish...very good brown ale...one of the best i've had.
temporrari (388) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 Bottle. Really nice looking beer. Big white head that doesn’t fade. It’s a pretty malty brew, but not too sweet. I like that. Definitely seems to have some hop presence, not at front though. This just feels like and October beer. I like it well enough. It’s a smooth, malty, nice drinking, flavorful beer.
hershiser2 (1328) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Plain, light brown, no head.
NOT MUCH of a scent- why?
Ordinary nut brown beer flavor- a bit bitter- nothing new, nothing special. Not bad.
Drinkable, especially for those who don't want to attempt something slightly risky.
kathouse (1214) - Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown with lots of sediment floating around. Relatively unpleasant to look at. Makes me wonder why everyone else likes the appearance. Thin off-white foam dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing. Smells of malt are very mild. Nice full mouthfeel. Small bubbles of carbonation. Caramel, light chocolate, and other toasted flavors. Nice balance and character in the malt selection. Very dry and mildly bitter finish. Appearance was the only thing I found distracting. This is a good beer that I would like to try on tap.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown strong thin head. Aroma is citrus and hops but flavour is a balanced malt with a dry acidic finish.