Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ludacris to say that Newcastle is better or even as good as this brown. It truly is the best.
carlb (96) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Supposedly a seasonal fall-winter beer, but available mid-July. The brown ale pours a beautiful clear brown with a tan-colored, thick, mousse-like head. The head persists and leaves intricate Belgian lace when sipped. The nose is both delicate and noticeable with hints of toasted bread, toffee, malt and ginger. The malt notes are light and sweet but not cloying. On the palate the ale has a medium body, perfect balance and a wonderful lingering finish that wants you to go back for. This ale is totally moreish! The carbonation pleasant and the alcohol is not noticeable.
rl5am (3) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with a nice pillow head. Subtle cereal and burnt caramel taste with a slightly bitter finish. Great american brown ale that isn’t super hoppy.
SPDickerman (819) - Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark amber brown with a large light beige head. Smells a little toasty with hints of toffee. Taste is toasted and toffee with a tiny touch of bitterness. Light-to-medium bodied with a smooth, slick texture and lightly fizzy mouth-carbonation, Bells Best Brown Ale finishes with a smooth sweetness that is very satisfying.
bowlnman1990 (78) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: caramel and sweet malt. Appearance: deep brown but almost no head. Taste: sweet caramel and a hint of chocolate. Palate: full and a nice finish. Overall: everything I like in a brown ale.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Num num. Nice and complex. Starts big and malty, but finishes dry.
hopscotch (8362) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2003 RBSG2003 (extended)
(On tap at the brewery)
Crystal clear, deep amber ale. Small, off-white, creamy head. Partially retaining with good lacing.
The nose is of caramel, butterscotch, toffee... everything MALT!
The flavor is ridiculously rich, buttery and malty... with balance. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, semi-sweet, buttery finish. Reminiscent of Lake Tahoe Red and European Zebra Lager (which is no longer brewed).
nuplastikk (3817) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Murky brown color. Rich and creamy brown ale. Very well balanced, a perfect mix of the sweet nutty brown malt/yeast and mild hoppy flavors. Real depth of flavor. Great beer.
jsmerig (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich brown with a cream colored silky head. Aroma smells of chocolate. Nice balance of smokey chocolate malts and subtle bitterness. Dry finish without being sour with the aftertaste. Good example of a brown.
kenter2000 (33) - , Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best Brown Ales I have ever tasted. No surprise with the title then. Smooth Carmel, deep calm, pleasant tone, warm body. Hard to drink just one.