KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good brown ale that pours dark and murky with a small head. You can taste the hops and there sweet nutty notes as well.
Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
English Brown Ales are not my favorite genre. This one is okay to me, not great. The first half of a pint always tastes a little over roasted to me, but as the glass warms up and I get accustomed to the flavor, the over roasted taste tends to fade away and it has a decent dark fruit, carmel and nut flavor. Definitely better in the 50-60 degree range than the 35-45 range.
lweiberg (117) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Doesn’t linger as long as I’d like and it doesn’t have a pervasive, tastebud-taxing taste like, for instance, Three Floyd’s’ Robert the Bruce, which would be about the same price per six-pack ($7.99 plus tax). Tasty in general and a nice brew but not really worth the money.
klaing (116) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a cloudy nut brown with a thick but quickly disappearing head. Mild cocoa and some berry. Hopping is mild, a little bit of a metallic aftertaste. Ok. Not as good as other Bell's brews.
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rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Caramel and Malts
Appearance: Dark Brown
Flavor: Caramel and Nuts
Palate: Sweet with dry finish
Overall impression:Good brown ale, caramel and oats are prevelant in this beer, not as adventurous as others.
TheChampion (114) - Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ruby brown with a slight tan head. Sweet bready and nutty aroma. Sweet malty taste with a bit of bitter hops in the finish. Very smooth and a very good brown ale.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a brown mahogony color with a frothy tan head. Nice lacing. Medium to heavy body. Aroma is malty sweet, nutty and dark caramel. Starts sweet with caramel, bisquit and malt. Has that fresh toasted bread flavor which is balanced by the nutty sweetness and finishes drier than normal for many beers similar.. One of the ’Best Bowns’ I have had.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet carmel malts on the nose,cloudy brown with small head. Nicely balanced with hops, no lingering sweetness which is nice. Good fall session beer.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First whiff is of yeast, then coffee behind it and sweet.
Pours medium brown. Held up to the light it is a deep sap color. Two finger head. Loose lace.
Tastes roasty, sweet, and a little sour. Not overwhelmingly coffee with a tart bite. Caramel malt and a noticeable yeast taste that begins to approach a Belgian style.
Somewhat sharply carbonated. Otherwise, smooth with a little sticky aftertaste.
For a 5.8% abv, this beer has a lot going on. Very interesting and very good. Would make for a great fall session.
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber-brown with a one-finger tan head, good retention. Bright malty aroma, citrus and caramel notes balanced with a nice dryness. Crisp malty finish with a touch of hops, nice palate.