darthmoore (8) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2013
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.
GranvilleTim (1455) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-brown pour w/ an off white head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweetness. Taste is roasted malt, sweetness, nice aftertaste. Very tasty-Iíve had this many times before and never realized I havenít rated it. Little nutty aftertaste.
rumproasts (2588) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Brown with one finger head. Solid brown ale with a very clean flavor profile. Chocolate malt base. Very well done.
ansermadide (1466) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brown ale is dark brown in color with hues of garnet red and a dense, cream-colored head. The body looks dense, as well, with carbonation gravitating slowly together, and rising even more slowly to the surface. It has a pleasant, well-balanced bouquet of brown malt aromas and a touch of cocoa. As simple as the beer seems to me, it still stands out, humbly.
That touch of cocoa leads you in from nose to mouth, with the light, but capable, body welcoming you easily. The flavor palate, again, is just as easy and well-balanced as in the aroma, and it maintains its uniqueness there as well. Flavors of a soft, almost English-style brown ale couple up with cocoa and some almost fruity American hops to offer a really delectable experience in the mouth. This is my kind of brown ale. It has my stamp of approval. The finish is soft with clean, slightly roasted but mostly sweet malts, and some cocoa and hops are left behind on your lips that really make it hard to resist immediately taking another drink. Bellís has justified themselves in naming this beer.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a rough-looking one-finger heavy cream shade. Itís texture is poor but its retention is good. Small amounts of lacing are left behind.
S: This is very toasted, and even slightly roasted. Thereís actually some progression to the aroma - the first whiff is pure toasted nuts, then turns into something mineral and earthy, developing a touch of brown sugar sweetness after a while. The earthiness isnít to my liking, otherwise the aroma is fine.
T: Thereís a slight kiss of fruitiness to start. Afterwards, this turns into mostly a toasted-nuts-and-mineral-water affair. A slight hop finish actually brings more acid than bitterness or flavor. Having said that, itís still reasonably balanced, if a touch too bitter.
M: This one is fairly dry and even crisp. On the other hand, it has a slight heaviness to it making it not quite as drinkable as it could be. Carbonation is middling, typical of the style.
O: A fairly typical brown ale: thereís nothing wrong with it at all, itís just not very impressive or inspiring to drink. Wouldnít buy it again, most likely.
BeerBeforeH20 (126) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice dark brown with red hues. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, and caramel. Tatse is very well balanced of roasted malt, nuts, toffee, cocoa and caramel, offset perfectly with hops. Great brown ale.
williamherbert (1229) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of hazelnut and dusty mocha. Yes, there is a sugary malt sweetness, but itís balanced by the dry flavors. Touch of toffee.
Color is a rich brick red, hazy and lot of carbonation. There are a lot of small floaties in there.
The first taste is a sugary sweetness. Followed shortly thereafter by a dry, dusty nutty mocha. Definitely a sweet flavor though.
Feels dry and powdery. Absolute must to let it warm up a bit to let the dry flavors match the sweet ones. Pleasant enough in the right conditions.
nike (889) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, classic brown ale, nothing offensive about this brew. easy to drink, some toasty flavors, great beer for someone to try just experimenting with micros.
alliance100 (375) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - pours a medium brown . Nice moderate roast and bready aromas . Mild malty sweetness . Classic American brown ale .
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BrewHaMeister (98) - - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a clear copper with an off white/tan head. Toasted malt and grain flavors with a nice finish. Tastey!
AHSlowhand (35) - - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice opaque brown, small caramel head. Nutty, coffee nose. medium to light the palate. Solid brown