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.
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.
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.
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.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, medium reddish-brown with a thick and full tan head that holds well. Rich, malty aroma with a fair amount of spiciness from the use of Belgian malts, as well as some faint nuttiness, roasted malt, and celery salt. Creamy and reasonably full on the palate, it starts out with a flowery hop bite, then settles to a smooth maltiness, along with some rounded spiciness, pale chocolate, dry nuttiness and a hint of roasted malt. Lethargic carbonation aids in it’s easy going drinkability. Lengthy, slightly dry finish. The late-2003 bottles from the new brewery have much less yeast sediment than before, so adding the dregs doesn’t turn it into the muddy mess it once did. Overall, a session-worthy brown ale that Bell’s should turn into a year-round brew.
erickomosa (68) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice reddish brown color that lights the let through. Nuts, yeast, hops in the aroma. Inviting. Sweet malts, nuts, a little citrus flavor. Thin bodied. Finishes dry, reminiscent of good belgians.
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours pretty dark, with an off white half inch head. The nose is a little sweet with caramel, but a lot of hoppy freshness breaks through. I really like it. The taste is more mild than I thought. I get some malt, bread, and a small kiss of hop bitterness at the end. Carbonation was very low, crisp finish. This has been in my fridge for over a month so it could have lost some of its kick. Very mellow but I like it. Id like to try a fresh one.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good brown. Thick head, with roasty/biscuity malt aroma. Firm malty body, hopped enough to avoid sweetness, but still is a malty, rich treat. Good on a cool evening.