joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color. Very nice lacing appears around the pint glass as the drink dissapears to the bottom of the glass. Smell is coffee/caramel with hints of yeast and sugary malts. Taste is coffee caramel bitterness with a fruity aftertaste like plum or grape. A bit too sugary for my taste.
AwYeh (102) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
All kinds of caramel and toffee sweetness are present in the aroma; this smells just like October should. Pours a reddish amber rather than the brown I was expecting, one finger tan head dissipates quickly. Lots of suspended sediment is present (batch #9981 so I assume it’s not left over from last year). Taste is a bit too sweet, caramel overload hits taste buds right away, followed by a nice nutty finish. Lively carbonation and light body, very smooth to drink.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep mahogany with plenty of visible yeast. Smells malty but subdued and not overpowering. The taste agrees with the scent, nice nutty and sweet malt without being too much. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy and drinkability is fantastic. A great brown ale, and the best I've had yet.
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light brown with a medium sized head. Nothing real noteworthy in the aroma - a bit of malt, not much hops. Taste is of malt up front, then turns to a nuttly character. Palate is medium. This is one I would drink again.
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my favorite brown ales. Perfect for the cold nights when its released. Pairs better with food than most beers that I have had. If you like browns, try this one!
iNBe (100) - USA - JUL 26, 2010
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Although bells normally makes pretty good beer I was a bit disappointed in this one.
JohnBruns (100) - Cissna Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy dark caramel with a small light cream head that dissipates quickly to lace ring that lasts. Some caramel in the aroma, A little sweet and again caramel in flavor. Works for me.
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2000
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
ALthouth served to me by a poor host (it is that deisle guy, he had the beer in the freezer for an hour before i got to it)this beer is phenonminal. I thouroughly enjoyed the smooth and robust flavor that hit my mouth lika a ton of bricks. Bell’s Brown......VERY WELL DONE
ScottWallace82 (96) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a glass. Pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Caramel on the nose with a medium mouthfeel. Toffee and Caramel flavor with a sweet finish. A really good brown.
partchapol (94) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2014 Earthy, clove; leftover coke color with less bubble; very well balanced taste & bitterness; just right texture; may drink this again