muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large, creamy head, slightly off-white, atop a fairly opaque waltnut-colored body. Hazelnut/caramel aroma. Flavor somewhat of a disappointment; nuttiness and malt there, as well as a little bit of wine, but it seems a little poorly balanced to me; just a tad over-sweet at the front and then edging to sour at the end. Average finish. Certainly worth trying, above average brown ale; just a downer compared to the best from this brewery.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 Pours a beautiful garnet/brown color with a nice full and fluffy head. Fruit, nuts, and flowers in aroma. Serious nuts and hoppy bitterness in the mouth. Sort of slippery mouthfeel. Very nice and quite tasty.
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2005 Dark amber color, big beige head. Caramel aroma. Flavor of caramel and nuts. Long nutty finish.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured a reddish brown color and formed a nice light tan head that left some nice lace. Heavy amount of carbonation. A slight aroma of hops and caramel. A flavor of hops and caramel. Light finish. A good beer.
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A golden redish brown glow with rising bubbles. The head was a nice creamy beige color and laced well. A chewy brown ale, lots of malt, caramel, high carbination, and well hoped. I don’t think I have met a straight brown ale that I like as much as this.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark malty stuff.
great palate and a nutty bitter finish that counteracts the malty sweetness well.
I am quickly becoming a fan of Bells beers
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Auburn color. Faint roasted aroma with some hops and fruit. Good sweet malt flavors, great bitter finish. Nice brown, this brewery is killer.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruddy brown, with lots of floaties and sediment for the style. Nose is sweet with maple sugar, nutty, and vaguely yeasty. Earthy, with an enjoyable bitterness, and a rather dry finish. A well executed brown.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soft in the mouth like Boyne River, but not as full in flavor.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 12 oz bottle, 2005 version: pours a deep bronzed mahogany with a cloud-like, fluffy light tan head. Rich, nutty aroma with hints of chocolate, bitter peppery essence, butterscotch, and sourdough. Earthy and sweet palate with a slight grit and light orange zest, on top of the roasted nuts and milk chocolate. Solid and tasty brew…better than I remember. 8/4/7/3/16 – 3.8
Draught at the brewpub, 2002 version: Got a chance to stop by the brewery and had this one on draught. Poured a bit darker than I would have thought for a brown ale, and had a great flavour with some unexpected bitterness and kick at the end. Another nice one from Bell’s. 6/4/6/3/15 – 3.4