zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours hazy dark brown with quite a bit of visible sediment and a thin white head. Smell is malty sweet with a touch of cocoa and caramel. Palate is somewhat watery and thin with a good amount of carbonation. A touch of malty sweetness in the upfront taste. Follow through is somewhat sour, bitter hops. A touch of dried fruit and alcohol warming in the aftertaste. Overall, an okay brown ale, but I will definitely be exploring more in this style before giving it another try.
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
i like bells, bells are good. they make sounds. blah blah blah. i like reading reviews cus they are funny.
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased from Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, Mich., and poured into a pint glass. This beer was consumed at the end of the night, following many different FFF beers. It’s hard to compare. Anyway, I’ve drank this many, many times, just havent gotten around to rating it yet. For a brown ale, it’s definitely enjoyable and well-balanced. Not too shabby.
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.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours.. well umm brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is strange.. like a mix of grapes and asparagus. Flavor is mild with some small hints of chocolate, malty and has a nutty finish. Palate is tingly, and leaves a lasting impression on the tongue. Good brew.
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an Amber brown with head. I had a hard time detecting an aroma(roasts)? Shallow and malty bitter balance make for an interesting ale but its not exactly a great brown ale. Then again my expectations are high for this brewery.
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on tap. I was disapointed, the beer looked good, but was just a little lackluster for Bells. Nice and malty, but somewhat dry for the style.
agent_511 (157) - - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good Brown! Pours light brown color with a thick foamy white head with very good retention. Slight caramel aroma, slight burnt roast as well. Similar caramel and burnt roast apparent in the flavor some piney hop flavor also noted. Finishes with a moderate bitter hop finish.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice dark orange color with a tan head that didn't last for too long. aroma of malt and carmel...nice malty flavor that is a bit roasty with a nice smooth texture and a bit of a bite on the finish...very good brown ale...one of the best i've had.
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Batch number 7738 bottled on 11-21-06, found this one in the celler, I am reading my notes from 12-26-06 and also I will note if the age has any role on this one. Pours a large off-white frothy and yet fizzy head. The lacing is fair and spotty with the head diminishing to a small white film. It pours nice and brown, as a brown ale should pour. Looking at it through the light it is hazy with tiny particals floating around in the glass. This one was bottle conditioned. The malts play a role in this one, the aroma is on the moderate side, but the flavor is deep toasted caramel, with hints of chocolate and a hint of coffee. The hops are light, maybe "flowery". The first taste is on the medium side which stays sweet as a very slight bitterness shines through. The finish lastes for a little while. The mouthfeel is medium with a creamy texture and a soft carbination. (notes as of 12-26-06)
After finding this one in the celler 3 1/2 months later, there isnt much change to it, the hop bitterness did fade. But it did develope a metallic finish to it.
Overall, this is a good beer, but there isnt anything that makes it stand out from the rest. A good session beer.