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.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky brown pour with a thick tan head.Huge roasted malt nose. Flavor is all malt caramel roastiness. I like it, this is a very good brown. Thanks to hopsrus for this one.
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 (Bells Brickskeller tasting 10/03) Clear erd brown body with off-white head. Aroma is artificail blueberry. Medium sweet flavor, blueberry, nutty/roasty, light chocolate. Watery medium body. (5/3/6/3/12)(Bells Brickskeller tasting 11/02) Clear red brown body with light tan head. Aroma and flavor are both sweet caramel and roasty. It's very malty, with mild hops until the aftertaste. (7/3/7/3/14)
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty brew, nice deep red-brown color. Nose is roasty coffee with a bit of sweetness. Good roast malts, and a pleasantly hoppier finish than expected.
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark copper to dark brown with a medium to big tan head. the palate is very complex with a dry finish on the lips. it has a sweet begining with a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste on the roof of your mouth you can taste the roasted malt. i think it is best served cold.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
very good, Im drinking it yet again. A fall favorite. Theres nothing like taking as 6 pack of Bells Best Brown to the woods in the fall, making a fire, and drinking them with your buds.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy toasty nut nose, medium to light brown in color. Medium bodied, mellow not overwhelming.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Whoa! This a like drinking a nice cigar. Very smokey and powerful. Strong malt presence and equal hoppiness. A different kind of brown ale, but not necessarlily a bad brown ale.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 I agree with Andrew196's description of the appearance although I'm glad I wasn't reading it while I was tasting. It smells alot like Belguim brew. It does have a rich but dry finish.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very unique in appearance.....very murky, lots of floaties. The color was interstate restroom toilet brown......not at all attractive except in beer. One of the best browns I have had. Perfect amount of crispness accompanied, the woody, maple malt taste....nice.