radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off white/tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, touch of hops, caramel, hazelnut. Flavor is rich, creamy chocolate malts, hazelnut, oatmeal.
Ernest (7322) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is light to medium brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain/bread, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
A very easy-drinkiní, well-balanced brown ale. Thereís not too much going on in the nose, especially malt-wise (itís more hoppy than malty, but thankfully the hop nose is very herbal/spicy/floral, not a crude resin-bomb), but itís ok, not unattractive and no flaws. I wish the nose was as enjoyable as the flavor balance, and itís too bad the ABV isnít lower because at 4.5% or so this would be a terrific session beer.
onceblind (7322) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy deep mahogany amber with a thin light beige cap. Nutty and semiearthy sweet nose. Smooth autumnal flavors on the palate with maple leaves, brown malt, hazelnuts and almonds, gentle earthy chocolate, and a touch of toasted biscuit. Really nice brown, admittedly. Could do with more chocolate but I love the nuttiness so much Iím willing to forgive it.
blankboy (7226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy bubbly dark amber-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, spices, brown sugar, some hops and nuts -- a hint of metal in there too. Simple and straightforward malty flavour with some nuts and a mild hoppy finish. I got some metal in the flavour as well. Medium bodied. Itís a good version of the style, itís just not one of my favourite styles to drink.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brownish amber, small head (typical to Bells?). Very light in aroma, slightly malty .Flavour got some more malt character with grassy notes, medium roasted. Long lasting bitter brown mouthfeel .
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: Pours with a dark brown luminescence. Thick sweet malty licorice aroma and a full, robust, yet smooth body. One of the better brown ales on the market.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. One of the better brown ales Ive come across. Pours a nice deep brown with small head. Roasted malts & nutty aroma. Great smooth mouthfeel. Tastes of nuts, caramel, roasted malts & even light chocolate. Great session beer
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of batch number 8856 shared by Dogbrick. Pours a cloudy light brown with a medium tan head. Malty caramel aroma with a bit of hop. Flavor is pretty much the same. Decent, but not quite as robust as I like my brown ales.
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Johnís Grocery (Iowa City, IA). Pours a hazy hazelnut brown with a small light brown head that seems solid and doesnít noticeably dissipate. Aromas of sweet dark malts, some fruity notes, a nutty feel, and a mild hoppiness. Initial taste composed of nuttiness, sweet and toasty darker malts, and a pleasant sweetness that I canít really put my finger on. Touches of cocoa and smoke also. Finishes nice and bitter but great as the hops come into the picture. A really good medium bodied brown ale.
AmEricanbrew (6731) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft@ Concentric Cafe. Clear dark amber with a frothy tan head, nice lacing. Nice malty caramel and toast aroma. Very smooth medium body. Nice easy drinking flavors of caramel malts with some lightly toasted bread. Not too bad.