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. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Pours brown with a big off-white head, lasting. Aroma is grassy hops, caramel and nuts. The flavor is nuts topped with toffee and caramel, some grassy hops make an appearance at the end. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy, medium-body, slightly chewy. lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours a mahogony brown with some cloudiness from yeast. Pillowy head presents a slighty weak nose of nutty sweetness and light smoke. Flavor is a procession of malty goodness, evoking hazelnut and pecan, followed by a building dryness characterized mostly by a smoky smooth finish. I am not partial at all to brown ales, but this is an excellent achievement for the type. Jwillis (3) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2005 does not count
Just got this one yesterday, had just came in. Must say I really enjoyed the the overall experience of this one. Ready to stock up a bit for the colder months. JFGrind (2047) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Interesting choice for an autunm beer from Bell’s. Belgian styled brown ale with generous heap of alcohol builds an agreeable cold weather beer. Nice beer to have after a tobbagan run in Kalamazoo.
RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Distinct pecan and hazelnut flavors permeate this brew. Strong malt sweetness and Belgian tartness not expected in the style. I like the pronounced carbonation, the slight smokiness, and barrel-aged type wood flavor. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2005
The quintessential brown ale - just a touch of nuttiness with a faint sour quality from the yeast, a bit of woody smoke, delicious in every way, and hefty too - the standard in my book. Yeasty finish, dry. McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Initial smell almost fruity, definatly sweet. Nice off white head. Kind of nutty. The malty taste hangs with you for a while. A must try for anyone. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Translucent, scarlet brown in color with a foamy, tight quarter inch head. Subdued aroma wafting out of cedar clothes chests, along with amaretto, hazelnuts, pecans, drying mud, chocolate and toffee. Lively, lightening impression achieved at first quaff. Basement wood paneling meets a dry cocoa trait. Nut accentuations come by means of pecans, hazelnut shells and pistachios, which assumingly are the byproduct of the Belgian malt incorporations. Sweet chocolate malts in full array provide the backdrop. More palate sprits than I bargained for and carbonation is a bit high, but the malt profile more than compensates. Finishes like slightly flame-licked s’mores interspersed with hazelnut coffee syrup sweetener. Enjoyable quaff and one of the better browns. MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Bottle. Poured a nice brown with a fair sized, fizzy off white head. Aroma reminded me of toasty caramel malt. The flavor is sweetish, carmel, with the slightish hop finish to take out some of the sweetness. Long finish, medium to full bodied with an almost creamy texture, very carbonated. I am a hop head, but Bell’s is perhaps the best brewer I have run across. I don’t think they can make a bad beer. This is a very good brown ale.