Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow--having had so many dull variants on a brown ale theme, I was delighted by this. The cascade and laced head were excellent atop a decent walnut body. The flavor was bright and bold, nutty with plenty of malt. Dry, then sourness more pronounced as it warmed--I didn't care for that. Nice beer, especially within its style--another credit to Bells.
hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beautiful tan head sat atop this light-brown, cloudy ale. Aroma was malty. Taste was full, malty-sweet and maybe just a teeny-bit sour. Not bad sour, it complimented the taste. No hops to speak of anywhere, and the finish was very smooth. Great beer for everyday drinking, but not neccesarily for late evening enjoyment. Would make a great introduction beer for the un-initiated because of the overall smoothness.
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is nice, but not great in my opinion. However, when combined with the nice head, they really look pretty good together. The aroma is also nice and subtle. Flavor here is good, with a soft start and strong finish. A good brown, though still not as nice as some others, like the sammy smith nut brown and rogue hazelnut brown nectar.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: Pours with a dark brown luminescence. Thick sweet malty licorice aroma and a full, robust, yet smooth body. One of the better brown ales on the market.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent beer. Rich and bitter. Malty. Robust. The head didn't last that long. I had it somewhat chilled but I'm sure if it warmed up there would be more release of the flavour
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fine, if ordinary, brown ale. Malty, nutty, chocolate, sour, with a slighly bitter finish. Good big mouth feel. Cloudy dark reddish brown with no head.
bigbish (552) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful brown color, just a little thickness in the mouth, slight carbonation. A slightly sweet, nutty flavor. Another great beer from Bell's.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy, thin, off-white head. Nice nutty aroma. Not huge amounts of carbonation. Nice brown color, on the lighter side of brown ales. Has a nice bite. Lightly malty and then nutty in the finish, A good brown ale. I have to say Bells is one of the more versatile breweries out there.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really have a love for browns. Sweet, slightly nutty and bready. Great mouthfeel. I really think Rogue Hazelnut is superior.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of roasted nuttiness on the nose. There is tremendous body to this non-porter, non-stout. A great beer to keep in the fridge for everyday enjoyment.