MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown color, has a small off-white head, nice fruity malty aroma. Mild nutty and malty flavor, has a nice hop bite in the finish. A bit of a watery mouthfeel, not bad.
igneous1 (1503) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
looks just like the last IPA i drank (king & barnes) but with better head retention. nutty aroma with a hint of peanut butter. flavor is sour, slightly bitter.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
strange carmine tint to this pour, like an unlikely mixture of hot magenta and drab autumn sepia--or perhaps like a copper spitoon too close to the fire and starting to glow. there’s a nasty looking clot of yeast in there the size of a dead mole, but a tenacious tan head improves the look of the beer. rye bready nose, cantalope and an earthy background of savory pork chop gravy. all that yeast is neither citrusy nor spicy dry, it adds just a bit of fruit preserves. damn tasty, medium bodied light sweetness of apple butter and dark grained dinner rolls, with elegant sustained bitterness.
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fine Brown Ale. Not quite as good as Brooklyn Brown Ale, but close.
AlabastorJones (805) - 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 (679) - 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 (843) - 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.