shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reached for one of these guys again after an extended period of being bells free.... Alot better this time around than i remember it...good stuff
bassbuckeye (81) - Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beutiful maple syrup poor. Not much head to speak of. Nice nutty roasted flavor I really like this style especially for a late nivember football session.
swenocha (81) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, small tan head. Slightly cloudy (this is bottle conditioned, so not surprising). Great english malt aroma paired with nutty, malt, and maybe a bit of coffee. Taste is much the same. Some toasty bread as well. Very dry and smooth finisher. A new favorite brown...
rollsrace (81) - - AUG 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted on 12/20/2013. a decent brown ale, slightly bitter. it’s pretty dark for a brown ale.
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?
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent brew from an excellent brewer. The head was gone before the glass reached my lips, but the aroma and taste are fantastic. Good color and finish, not too heavy and finishes with a firm malty flavor. Leaves you ready for another, a great example of a brown ale.
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.
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.
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.
hopnpop (73) - 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.