AlabastorJones (804) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a high-qual brew. It has a rich flavor of caramel with the first sip, from then on its smooth and complex nature leaves off with a dry finish that can only be described as nutty.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super tiny bubbles & a tightly packed head. Nice cloudy brew. Rich malty notes with good hop presence on the aroma. Dark nutty notes followed by a very complex bitter finish which sweetened as I went down the glass. All that combined with an unbelieveable mouthfeel make for a surprisingly rich complexity for a brown ale
fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 The smoothest brown ale I have ever had. A thinner than normal body, which I seem to find in a lot of the beers from this brewery. A nice strong caramel malt balanced out perfectly with hopping. No lingering aftertaste whatsoever. I would appreciate a stronger, thicker ale, but this is pretty much perfection as thin brown ales go. My favorite of the Bell's line.
earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amber brown beauty! Smells comforting, like napping in the sunshine. Sweet and mild and friendly. Roasted and caramelly. Smooth coconut aftertaste.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Num num. Nice and complex. Starts big and malty, but finishes dry.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Every fall heralds the coming of certain events ... Football, Holloween, Thanksgiving, and, most importantly, a near permanent addition of Bell’s Best Brown in my refrigerator. Pour cloudy and brown and tons of yeast floaties (Bell’s must pitch a full barrell of yeast in every batch.) Malty sweetness in the nose, but a suprising amount of detectable hops. Thick nuttiness and sweet flavors ... this brew would make delicious beer bread. Another notable beer from my home state. Makes me proud to be a Michigander.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky brown pour with a thick tan head.Huge roasted malt nose. Flavor is all malt caramel roastiness. I like it, this is a very good brown. Thanks to hopsrus for this one.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 (Bells Brickskeller tasting 10/03) Clear erd brown body with off-white head. Aroma is artificail blueberry. Medium sweet flavor, blueberry, nutty/roasty, light chocolate. Watery medium body. (5/3/6/3/12)(Bells Brickskeller tasting 11/02) Clear red brown body with light tan head. Aroma and flavor are both sweet caramel and roasty. It's very malty, with mild hops until the aftertaste. (7/3/7/3/14)
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty brew, nice deep red-brown color. Nose is roasty coffee with a bit of sweetness. Good roast malts, and a pleasantly hoppier finish than expected.
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark copper to dark brown with a medium to big tan head. the palate is very complex with a dry finish on the lips. it has a sweet begining with a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste on the roof of your mouth you can taste the roasted malt. i think it is best served cold.