mc5 (11) - USA - MAR 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark appearance and a chocolate/caramel nose. A roasted malt nut flavor that was really good but not as good as expected from the aroma. Still a very nice brown.
smartbrewing (11) - Amelia, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 A rich, malty aroma that overpowers the hops, with a hazy appearance. Flavor is consistent from start to finish...with a real BAM effect at the end. In other words, this beer is as smooth throughout as advertised. More malt could be added for my taste. Overall, a very good Brown Ale as you’d expect from Bell’s Brewery
jjauga (11) - Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, not great.
mtchyg (10) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a smooth brown ale. I’ve had stronger but I’m not so sure Bells wasn’t trying to make this a more marketable/drinkable brown ale. The aroma hints are subtle but what is there is nice. Good beer!
Cosmopolitan (10) - big rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
very good, pours a rich brown, and taste just lika an ale should. Suprisingly easy on the stomache as well. GOOD!
j_rogers007 (9) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was very malt heavy with lots of toasted nuts and caramel present. Very dark and brown and dissimilar to Newcastle. Taste was also very malt forward and not what I care for as I prefer an IPA typically. Not a bad beer but of the Brown Ales I still think Newcastle is better.
IndySteve (9) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Rich and sweet malt/nut flavor. A good porterish brown ale, though not the best out there.
hodgey1 (9) - Edinboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A excellent Brown Ale, nice reddish brown color. Aroma was nice and flavor was a touch sweet which I really enjoyed. I almost thought I caught a hint of raspberry in the finnish.
darthmoore (8) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful stained walnut color with a dense two and a half finger khaki head. When held to the light it has a tinge of ruby and a bit of unfiltered haze. Leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing.
The scent is of bread and caramel with a bit of fruity yeast. Spiced pear maybe?
Taste is of malt, caramel and toast with just a bit of hop bitterness. Beer is moderately sweet from beginning to end but not in any cloying way.
Beer is full bodied and slick with average carbonation. The finish is a bit abrupt but there is some astringency left behind. Not in an unpleasant way though.
Overall this is a truly exceptional example of a brown ale and one of my favorite beers.
deadon71 (7) - algonquin, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Seems like anything from Bell’s Brewery is incredible. One of my favorite breweries. I consider this the poster child for the perfect brown. Great appearence, dark brown, carmel, hint of coffee. Ummm, staple beer....