jsquire (3565) - 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 (2233) - 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.
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.