jsmerig (1102) - 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.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2000
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Two words, Damn Good. Great while watching a football game or watching the leaves fall. An Autumn classic.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soft in the mouth like Boyne River, but not as full in flavor.
Erdrick (21) - JAPAN - MAR 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour is a dark amber with a soft head. The first thing that hit my nose was the intense nutty smell. It has a sweet musty undertone as well, as if it were aged in a cellar. The body is perfect. Each sip taken is better than the previous. There is a definite roasted malt taste. Drinking Bells Best Brown Ale was a great experience.
sethdude (687) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
That’s a great beer! Pours a chocolate brown with a tan head,lots of floaties (as one would expect from this brewery). Aroma is like chocolate cake batter, which kicks ass. Flavor is tangy malts, sweet roasted nuts, a moment of hop spice, and a grasyy, bitter, dry finish that is EXCELLENT. Highly underrated, in my opinion!
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish in color. Nice head. Smooooth. Such a wonderful beer. I wish all beers were like this.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 This is the best brown ale - had no idea a brown ale could be this good.
Dark ruby/brown with a beige head that sticks to the glass - sediment floating around. Toasted slightly sweet dark fruits and caramel malts hit the nose. Incredibly tasty - crisp and refreshing toasted caramel, slightly sweet. Sip this and watch the leaves change.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
darthmoore (8) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
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.
chucklemation (283) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown coloring. Strong caramel aroma and flavor. Smooth, refreshing, and delicious.