tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours closer to dark read than brown. Creamy stone colored head that stands up a bit. Nice clarity and carbonation. Baked goods, nutty, and maybe some dried fruit in both nice and flavor. Fuller body, and some prickly carbonation. Really just pretty average.
islay (1124) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle. Sweet, malty aroma of chocolate-covered raisins, plums, and banana bread. Smells like a stronger/bigger beer than a typical brown ale, but now that I know that this weighs in at 6.6% abv, Iím not surprised. No hops scent noticeable. Pours a slightly hazy but mostly clear red-tinted brown color with a large amount of thick, light-tan/cream-colored head. Small amount of bubbling. Produces surprisingly extensive lacing. Very good looking beer. When it comes to the flavors, there are signs that this could have been a very good malt-oriented brew, but, ultimately, it comes up short. Roasted malt taste with a touch of hops bitterness. Itís hard for me to identify specific flavors because all of them are so weak. The taste is light and subdued, and, overall, Bellís Best Brown Ale is simplistic. It does have the characteristic Bellís taste that is found throughout the Bellís line, but it comes in a neutered form. Thereís just not much to this beer. Light roasted malt aftertaste. Light bodied. Lively and soft in the palate. Easy to drink and refreshing. This really is not a bad beer despite the sub-3 rating that I have given it. It simply is too insubstantial to rate highly, but it is perfectly drinkable nonetheless.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
One word: phenolic. Do you like the taste of Band-Aids in your beer? I donít. Címon Bellís you can do much better than this. Re-rate: Iíve upped the numbers a bit because I think this bottle was just off, because Iíve had this before and it wasnít as bad as this one. Iíll get another bottle later and adjust the numbers accordingly then.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 1, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown with thin white head. LIght malt aroma. RIch biscuit malt, lacked an abundance of nutty flavours. Tasted more like an amber to me, could have been an old bottle.
smashbros (16) - USA - DEC 15, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bitter urine aroma, good flavor, but sour after taste, doesnít compare to commercial brown aleís like newcastle.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lightly roasted caramel malt aroma from the reddish brown body with a medium head. The palate is medium. Sweet malts with some nutty flavors start things off. Some yeast tastes follow and finish off the brew.
SavageElvis (134) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours out a hazy deep amber/brown color with a great frothy head. Aroma is bitter and sharp with sweet notes and some what funky. The flavor I get is bitter nuts with faint caramel. Alcohol evident and finishes dry. Seems to be a simple one dimensional brew. I donít understand it, I was expecting a much better product. I will try it again and re-rate in a few weeks to if I got a bad bottle or I may be off tonight.
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - JAN 19, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
a very hoppy brown ale that differentiates itself from its supposed style. dense brown head tops a opaque body of dark copper hue, the aroma is grapefruit and caramel. hoppy and malty body and is slightly acidic.
jaghouse (28) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2008
2.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Blah. and way too much tin and metallic flavors here. Seems like Bells is hit and miss with me. Ill pass on this one in the future.
Trip (2) - USA - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yes, not every Bell beer can be up to par. There is way too much metallic tones in this one. The aroma is ok, but the flavor and aftertaste really do nothing for me. Reminds me alot of a generic light beer you chug after doing yardwork. However, Bells always redeems themselves with Hopslam and the old Expedition. Sorry to be so brutal.