Boomersmancave1 (94) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz. can. Poured dark brown with off white head. Nice lacing. Malty smell and taste. Nutty aftertaste. Nice beer.
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Bavarian Lodge. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aromas of carmel malts. The sweet malts dominate the taste throughout. Body is full and rich. Excellent beer
bowlnman1990 (92) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: caramel and sweet malt. Appearance: deep brown but almost no head. Taste: sweet caramel and a hint of chocolate. Palate: full and a nice finish. Overall: everything I like in a brown ale.
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am quickly becoming a big Bell's fan. Another good beer from an underrated brewer. This beer was a puzzler to me- it was hard to place its aroma and palate. I still haven't figured out the aroma, but it has a very heavy body that starts off with a walnut taste and ends with a malty caramel flavor. A very good brown ale.
Mastelefish (91) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle, pours a dark brown-amber with a fairly large white head. Strong malt presence at the nose of caramel and roastedness. Couldn’t really detect much cocoa. Little hop presence. Body is fairly light with little bitterness to taste.
Msavage235 (90) - - NOV 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful beer, truly smooth and great flavor. It’s almost like a light stout or porter beer. It has all of the notes of those types of beer, chocolate and coffee notes with a little roast but without the full bodied punch of a porter or a stout. A nice spicy, caramel finish rounds off this flavorful but subdued beer. Fantastic for this time of year, fall quickly becoming winter.
jagad5 (89) - - OCT 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The description says "toasted" but my tongue says "burnt." Pours with a two inch, foamy head. Consistent flavor from top to bottom.
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Initial smell almost fruity, definatly sweet. Nice off white head. Kind of nutty. The malty taste hangs with you for a while. A must try for anyone.
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 1F slightly tan head, medium brown in color. Little heavy in carbonation, otherwise ok mouthfeel, fairly balanced for the style. Malt comes through on the finish and hangs around a bit then alcohol shows up for a bit and dissipates, great lacing.
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bell’s must be one of the most consistent craft breweries around. I’ve never met a Bell’s beer that I didn’t love, and this is no exception. The slightly weak aroma (nutty, with a hint of hops) belied the robust flavor. Cloudy red-brown in color, the taste begins with a nice hard shove of malty goodness, then finishes quickly with a clean cripsness I didn’t see coming. This is truly a beer for any situation or season.