marcus (7816) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brown ale poured with a thin beige head and a toffee aroma. The flavor is raisins and nuts with a bit of chocolate. There is a slightly bitter dry finish.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasting at Bellís Fest. Poured a dark clover honey/copper color with off-white head. The flavor was very roasted sweet and a little malty. Not carbonated but not too smooth. A good brew and more flavorful than other brown ales Iíve tried. Wouldnít say I was blown away by it but still decent.
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark Reddish Brown Color, Huge Head, Lots Of Lacing. Aroma Of Sandthorn (Hippophae). Taste about the same: Lightly Toasted Malt and Sandthorn (Hippophae). More sour than bitter. Medium Body, More on the Leaner side. Too Thin and Light ABV for Cold Weather. Interesting and an OK Brew, Although the "Best Brown Ale" is too strong of a statement. Too Cocky, since it is no the best. Brown Ale is one of my favorites styles and Iíve had better. Nonetheless, it is different and interesting. Worth A Try....
JHeath99 (1503) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours dark amber with slight off white head. Aroma of malts with a slightly sweet note. Taste of roasted malts.
klaing (143) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a cloudy nut brown with a thick but quickly disappearing head. Mild cocoa and some berry. Hopping is mild, a little bit of a metallic aftertaste. Ok. Not as good as other Bell's brews.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
scotchzombie (438) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy chestnut brown with the slightest orange tinge. Light brown head ain't much and fades quickly to a rim. Aroma is toasted malts, a bit or caramel and some cocoa overtones. Creamy with moderate carbonation and short flavor profile. Taste is lightly toasted malts, a wee bit of caramel and cocoa and substantial hop bitterness that really overwhelms the finish and aftertaste. A good brown that would be better with amped malts.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I find this to be best with food. It helps bring out the taste of the food as well as the food bringing out the taste in the beer. Not being a big fan of dark beers, I didnít rate it incredibly high.
MaBeer1972 (1508) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It's not often that I have a chance to compare a brew for a brew, but since I still have a bottle of recently rated Brooklyn Brown Ale in the fridge, why not? I have equal glasses of Bells "best" Brown and Brooklyn Brown in side by side glasses. Well, the Bell's is lighter and overall I think less impressive than the Brooklyn. ANOTHER overated brew from Kalamazoo! Folks, don't believe the hype! -Lot's o'balls for the "best" on the label!
(Nods to PsychProf anyhow for this one).
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I've had much better brown ales. I've also had much better beer from Bell's. What happened?