urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2004 I really want to get more of this. This is easily the finest Brown Ale I have ever had, with a ton of complexity. It has that wonderful quality of being something that can be drunk in tremendous quantity at the same time as providing a ton of flavors to keep one interested.
Update: I was lucky enough to find a bottle of this in Pa., and it lives up to my initial impressions. Superb.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the Kalamazoo's tasting at the brickskeller: A very solid brown ale. Most of my notes just say that for a brown ale, it's a good brown ale.
danseltenright (1) - Goshen, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2003 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good full body, good flavor, almost nutty flavor, dark brown color, excellent ale.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark apple cider brown color. No head. Smells sweet, rich, slight bitterness to the taste. Smooth and tangy? Lot of carbonation. Nice flavor and full body, lots of sediment. Slight bitterness in the back of the throat.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
malt and alcohol nose. brown-orange body with minimal lacing. very malty with a medium hoppy finish. alcohol is apparent, especially as the beer warms. (note to self: when cold, this beer had some hints of raisin but the raisin taste disappeared once the beer warmed).
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown to red boby comparable to a dubbel. Thin but everlasting tan head. No lacing.
Malty with a hint of tobacco, pipe tobacco. Some yeast and sweetness too.
Nice, complex malt character. Special B and Aromatic are likely. Nice little hop bite to even out the sweet finish.
Full-bodied. Nice thick feel on the tongue. A little bubbly.
This beer was a pleasent surprise!
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Eric-pours a deep amber hue with vigerous carbonation. nice off-white head that was on the verge of beige. flavors are not that nutty-more like an amber ale. belgian malts? i didn’t find any. The body was above average for the style. a decent offering from Bells.
Keith-First off, I like the color of this one. Brown with a hint of red. Sweet aroma that throws you off when you taste it. Bitter-sweet aftertaste leaves a dry aftertaste that is good on a cold night.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This hazy brwon beer with red highlights pours with a thick tan head that slowly fades. A nice lacing is left on the glass as you drink. The aroma is of caramel, molasses, and malt and is very inviting and smooth. The first taste is heavy on the dark molasses and a husky malt flavor. Smoky brown sugar notes and a nice bitterness follow. Not as much sweetness as the aroma would suggest, this is more of a dry brown ale. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh from carbonation, and the beer has a moderate body. It improves a bit as the beer warms.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I've had much better brown ales. I've also had much better beer from Bell's. What happened?
maxwellplum (54) - USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
About like the Dogfish, but I liked the Dogfish a little more. One of the better ones from Kalamazoo. I agree with omhper, the darker ones from Bell's are better. This is far better than any of the other ale's Bell's has to offer. A nice brew(just hoppy enough), only one of two from Kalamazoo I would go back for.