Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. -> dimpled mug. Pours a hazy brown, with red-orange undertones; soft, pillow-y head of a lightly toasted marshmallow hue; occasional fisheyes, that turn into deep craters as the head settles. Smells spicy, like pumpkin pie - cloves, allspice - with lightly roasted malts, cocoa, and a subtle banana-ness. Tastes spicy, too: the clove/pumpkin pie is there, as is the roasted malt, with a nice nutty toffee quality. Maybe a tiny bit too sweet; more pronounced hops to add some balance would be appreciated. Is it truly the best brown ale? No, but it is the Best Brown Ale, dig?
johnson2020 (79) - Canton, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am very partial to browns, and this one is very good. A bit sweeter than than one would expect. Bells does beer right, and this one is no exception.
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark orangeish-brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, nuts and a surprising amount of alcohol. Flavor is also malty, with roasted nuts, mild chocolate, and balancing hop dryness later in the sip. The beer finishes drier, with more yeasty bread and mild alcohol flavor. Not bad at all, but could have a tad more hops. An easy drinker.
HardingG (76) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2012 An quality Brown. Smell originally was almost all malt, on second whiff I caught the generous addition of hops. I usually do not care for American xtra hopping in my Brown Ale and prefer the English variety; however, Bells did well as it balances. Thicker than the avg brown. A tad of dark hops limits this from rating of a 4.
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a thin brown with nutty, malty aroma. Taste was similar, semi-sweet with some bitterness. Pretty good beer, but I would need to try it again.
Evocatus (72) - USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark red amber, looks almost like tea. Head was tan and about a cm in thickness though it dwindled to a little more than a ring. Aroma was pretty feint, although I could pick up hints of caramel and alcohol. Taste was pretty good and strong though. A mix of caramel sweetness, nuts, and alcohol. For some reason the taste is a bit too strong for me, at least the alcohol part, so I wouldn’t call it too drinkable.
eaglebones (71) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown color tinged with orange and a thick, short-lived, beige head. Aroma is a mix of fruit, caramel, and roasted grains. Smooth, creamy body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, caramel flavors with hints of citrus and slight bitterness. Really nice brown ale.
steindds (70) - - APR 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brown color with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, butterscotch, and bread. Taste is of toasted malts, dough and butterscotch. Medium to light mouthfeel.
rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 roasty malt aroma with a similar taste. Alot of things going on in this one for a brown ale. Very sweat,which I liked. This beer was great on cool late summer day. I’ll buy another 6 in the fall.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A classic brown ale: Sweet, fruity aroma; good brown color. Initial taste of fruity caramel. Aftertaste of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, otherwise simply terrific.