dunn4040 (129) - 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.
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.
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.
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.
lweiberg (127) - 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.
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.
emusche (126) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep caramel brown with white head. Aroma is big toffee, cocoa, caramel and coffee. Taste is much the same, semi-sweet with the caramel and cocoa at the forefront and the coffee receding a bit, maybe some hints of plum, fig and raisin. Very good.
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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.
CP (124) - USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent, but rather bland and quite light.. Not much to the aroma. The taste has a bit of twang to the end that I didn’t care for. That is about all I could detect in this beer. It is an ok drinkable beer, but has about as much going on with it as Newcastle. Dogfish Head’s Indian Brown Ale is comparable, but better. So check that out!