Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Lots of roasted nuttiness on the nose. There is tremendous body to this non-porter, non-stout. A great beer to keep in the fridge for everyday enjoyment. Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown with light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and malt. Flavor was well balanced with chocolate, bite of hops, and slight coffee undertones. triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Thick tannish head, nice brown color, not cloudy. Low malt aroma. Moderately sweet malt flavors, roastiness. Medium bodied, hop bitterness, dry at the finish. Nicely done, I am learning about browns, so I am not sure what to really expect. finn1918 (234) - Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
The bottle I had was out of date, so take that into account. Pours a dark murky brown with some sediment (from the bottle’s age). Aroma is chocolate with some nuttiness, mostly hazelnut and almond. Taste is very much the same; almost no bitterness. Would have been much better if it was fresh, I think. FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Aroma of coffee grounds, dark chocolate, buterscotch. Dark brown with traces of red color, still opaque enough to barely see through. Dark beige 1/2" foamy head. Smoooooth entry, rich, roasted complex. Hints of chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, and then some slight hoppy bitterness towrads the end, I suppose its slightly balanced in the favor of sweetness, but the hops added were a very nice choice. Mouthfeel is syrupy, thick, clingy which all add to the long aftertaste. Medium bodied , and deliscious. Impossible to have just one.
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2008
bottle. smells of toffee and chocolate. pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. tastes of chocolate and a bit of coffee. aftertaste is very smooth with a hint of carmel. thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice brown color with moderate beige head that has ok retention and nice lacing. Aroma is nutty with sweet malt. It is very subtle and kind of hard to find. Flavor is very nice. It has a bit of maple, chocolate, nuttiness to it. Very smooth and easy to drink. I would argue this is the "Best" brown but it has a start. Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Beautiful looking beer. Pours nut brown and murky with a large, tan head of light froth. Heavy malt aroma of caramel and creamy warmth. Rich in the mouth and well balanced too. I love this brown ale. Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2007
A nice deep brown color with a gorgeous aroma of roasted nuts with hops. In the mouth the flavor is full-bodied and less ale-like then I expected: the hops and bitter dryness that I associate with this style wasn’t present. The finish was however dry and a little bit bitter, but by no means over powering. A really drinkable beer. My only real complaint is that they only see this beer in the crappy, low-end 12oz bottle. Hello, Note to the People at Bell’s Brewery --> if you want people to think that your beer is world class, then lose the traditional, boring, waste of time 12oz bottle and sell it in pints. This isn’t Bud or Old Milwaukee. Come on, you are killing me. Cheers. labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2002
I find this to be best with food. It helps bring out the taste of the food as well as the food bringing out the taste in the beer. Not being a big fan of dark beers, I didn’t rate it incredibly high.