joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown/amber w/ thin beige head. Light nutty, caramel aroma. Medium-full bodied. Flavour of caramel, brown sugar, nuts & smoke.
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brownish amber, small head (typical to Bells?). Very light in aroma, slightly malty .Flavour got some more malt character with grassy notes, medium roasted. Long lasting bitter brown mouthfeel .
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Re-rate. Murky orange-brown body, thick, puffy buff head. Sweet aroma with brown sugar and red grape notes. The body is soft, toasty, and sweet, with brown sugar, grape, and a hint of chocolate. Perfumey, earthy, lightly bitter finish. Solid brown ale.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is a brown with a maroon tint and pours out a medium foam head thats biege in color. Nice roasty aroma with caramel tones in the back of my nose, very nice. Taste of caramel balanced well with roasted barley and gives a sweet malty flavor. Finish is a fresh hop note and kind of earthy with a dark nut sense. Reminded me of a nut brown just a hint darker. Good feel of tangy bite and medium body, not heavy. Drinking it warm apposed to cold favors this Best Brown. This brown would make for for a good chilly evening capper.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice medium brown color and large tan head, great lace. Sweet and nutty aroma. Fruity addition to the taste. Smooth balance between sweet maltiness and bitter hoppiness. Among the better brown ale out there, recommended.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours a wonderful murky brown color with a small and uneven head that dies off quickly. It has a lot of little floaty things in it, which I am not used to with brown ales. The aroma reminds me of some type of nut - but I cannot figure out exactly what kind - and also malts. The taste is fairly smooth, but slightly watered down tasting - weird because it tastes watered down, but still has a rich flavor. Reminds me a lot of a chocolate stout because the taste has a very strong coffee/chocolate finish to it. This is not your typical brown ale. Not so sure I like this one. Of course, Bells brewery is not one of my favorites ... but I'm still looking for their shining one to make me change my mind - this just isn't that one. This is a decent beer, but I don't think it stacks up to other browns that I've had.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very unusual aroma, definately malty, but still a little different. Dark amber color, with the perfect white foam head. Taste is just top notch. Smooth all the way around from the malts. Personally, I would prefer more of a complex to this beer, its just too smooth until the very end, where there lies a slight bit of bitter taste.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. I tend to fing Browns kinda of boring. This one had a little more flavor going for it than you usual brown. Nothing fancy. Good drinkable beer.
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent brew from an excellent brewer. The head was gone before the glass reached my lips, but the aroma and taste are fantastic. Good color and finish, not too heavy and finishes with a firm malty flavor. Leaves you ready for another, a great example of a brown ale.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew has a very nice malty aroma with a light head that disappeared before I could take my first taste. It was lightly carbonated with a caramel taste. It has a nice light brow transparent color and left a good lacing on the glass.