hopbag (130) - - NOV 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nutty, toasty, caramel. Dark crystal malt. Not too sweet. Lots of English yeast character, with that fruity estery thing, is not my favorite. Spicy hops are nice. Well balanced brown ale, good body, but not really my style.
tonypreto (130) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beautiful dark brown cocoa color with an amazing fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit. Tastes extremely smooth with hints of chocolate and malt. Only lacking feature was aroma.
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice dark brown with red hues. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, and caramel. Tatse is very well balanced of roasted malt, nuts, toffee, cocoa and caramel, offset perfectly with hops. Great brown ale.
dunn4040 (128) - Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown with a slight red tint too it when held up to light. Has a one finger cream color head that seems to be holding up pretty well. Smells like toasted malts. Aroma is slightly earthy as well. Palate is very smooth. Toasted nuts, baked bread, toasted malts, a little bitterness that gives it a nice balance. There is also a little bit of sweetness that is coming through as the beer warms up a bit.
Overall a very well balanced, easy to drink beer. I’m not a huge brown ale fan but when they are as good as this I can’t help but enjoy them.
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good brown ale from one of my favorite micros. An aroma of roasted and caramel malts. A flavor to match. Somtimes cloudly if not poured or stored properly. Only major drawback is the slightly thin palate. A very good brown.
shotgun1431 (128) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark with a lite tan head. lots of malt and even a little floating around. Nice aroma.
GTown (127) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. A solid brown ale, comparable with Brooklyn and Ithaca.
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a cloudy dark brown with a light reddish glow. Not much head, but what is there is ivory.
Smells of toasted malts, a little coffee-like. Very inviting.
Has a bit of an initial bite to it, fills the mouth with the taste of the toasted malts that were present in the scent.
Carbonation level might be a little high, but not enough to detract from the impact the beer makes on the palate. Goes down relatively smoothly, leaves a slightly dry aftertaste.
I could drink a few of these in a sitting. I don’t know that I would actively seek this brew out, but this is certainly not a bad beer.
Serving type: bottle
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent representation of the style. Deep slightly fogged mahogany color with not much head. Aroma is toasted nuts and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is so creamy caramel with hints of roasted nuts and malts with sweet chocolate. Slightly bitter hop finish for some balance. Sticks to your tongue despite the medium body. Another Bells winner and my favorite Brown Ale.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, opaque brown with half a finger of tan head. Light chocolate aroma, light chocolate and caramel taste, light quick finish. Solid beer.