pineypower (3344) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours out a nice brown color with a decent sized foamy head. Aroma is sweet. The taste is very nicely balanced with notes of brown sugar, roasted malts and some nutty flavors, a very nice beer 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Pours to a huge foamy brown head atop a hazy beautiful brown body that is VERY active with carbonation. The aroma is roasted mixed nuts and earthy peat bogs, almost soapy (think Dove). The flavor is quite good. I’m not a big brown ale fan, but am always willing to try them. Light roasted nuts and lots of peat and moss. Some toffee/molasses in the finish. The palate is richly creamy and easy to drink. Biting carbonation. This is quite good. Yet another quality Bell’s brew. tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 Head retention was really surprising, lasted forever. A rich creamy off white head. Aroma slightly nutty, and other roasted things brought to mind. Feels slightly like a stout. Very sweet and creamy. Tasted some notes of milk. My first Bell’s, and certainly not my last. noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2005
At Bell’s website you can research a batch number on the back label and find out when it was packaged. My bottle was filled on 10/06/05. Poured dark hickory brown with little head, but it was a tad on the cold side. Aromas led by malt with dark fruit, smoke, yeast, floral hops, roasted chestnuts, earth, peat and alcohol. Taste was exceptionally well-balanced blend of roasted malt and hops, sweet but sufficiently bitter, with notes of dark fruit, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and butterscotch. Nice mouthfeel, slightly sparkly for the type but no unpleasantly so. rdawson321 (145) - USA - DEC 6, 2005
Subdued aroma and flavor, but very clean and refreshing. Not too heavy, but like all Bell’s beers, very satisfying.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Brown/amber in color with a nice off white head. Aroma is slightly sweet, with earthy notes and a hint of roastiness. Flavor is much the same but very subdued and nothing overpowering. Some nuttiness in the middle. Medium bodied with a clean finish. A very good brown ale, easy to drink and very refreshing. Goose (3) - Wildwood, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2005 does not count
A wonderful smokey flavor.
Very rich, but not over powering.
Larry’s got it down.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Great label depicting one of the world’s coolest birds, a Boreal Owl (not the Snowy Owl shown in the RateBeer image). Pours a fading, creamy beige head with a clear orange-brown body with medium carbonation. Appealing nose of sweet caramel candy and notes of chocolate and sweet roast. Medium sweet flavor with great caramel character, a pleasant lightly scorched quality like sweet BBQ, and a light woody hop flavor and bitterness. Very nice balance for a brown ale with no cloying aspects. Very good brown ale all-around. KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Dark reddish in color. Nice head. Smooooth. Such a wonderful beer. I wish all beers were like this. antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Bottle. Pours a medium brown with an ivory head. The aroma is pleasant, with nuts, caramel. The taste is excellent, really how a brown ale should taste. Nice blends of nuts, roasted malts, touch of smoke. Its a shame it is a fall seasonal... I could drink this year round.