DeppityBob (28) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely the best brown ale I have ever had. Spicy and caramelly and nutty in the nose, thick long-lasting head, a little citrust and hppy perkiness, but overall deep richness and malty goodness. Sweet and a slightly sugary finish. Beautiful deep ruby color held up to the sun. Great unwinding beer!
rollsrace (59) - - 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.
mikedR (1165) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite good, but slightly watery, particularly for the ABV. Good use a bit more dollop of maltiness that would otherwise make this a hallmark of the style.
ColovianTrader (273) - - AUG 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Molasses and caramel front. Cocoa powder, cinnamon and dark fruits round it out. Slight tartness.
Mareglia (15) - - AUG 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-brown with thick beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee. Hoppy. Hints of autumn spices. Medium-bodied. Very drinkable.
libertine (203) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a reddish brown with a tan head that retains for some time.aroma of biscuit, cocoa and a hint of spice. very well balanced flavor between the malt and hops with a slight sourness at the end of my sip.. medium bodied, medium carbonation, and finishes slightly bitter. very nice. ’
dixsarah (20) - Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown in color with a tint of red. Has a foamy off white head. It has malt aromas with a hint of chocolate. It has a toasty malty taste with slight bitterness.
GranvilleTim (1467) - 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-I’ve had this many times before and never realized I haven’t rated it. Little nutty aftertaste.
rumproasts (2879) - 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 (1520) - 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. Bell’s 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. It’s texture is poor but its retention is good. Small amounts of lacing are left behind.
S: This is very toasted, and even slightly roasted. There’s 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 isn’t to my liking, otherwise the aroma is fine.
T: There’s 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, it’s 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: there’s nothing wrong with it at all, it’s just not very impressive or inspiring to drink. Wouldn’t buy it again, most likely.