biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Batch number 7738 bottled on 11-21-06, found this one in the celler, I am reading my notes from 12-26-06 and also I will note if the age has any role on this one. Pours a large off-white frothy and yet fizzy head. The lacing is fair and spotty with the head diminishing to a small white film. It pours nice and brown, as a brown ale should pour. Looking at it through the light it is hazy with tiny particals floating around in the glass. This one was bottle conditioned. The malts play a role in this one, the aroma is on the moderate side, but the flavor is deep toasted caramel, with hints of chocolate and a hint of coffee. The hops are light, maybe "flowery". The first taste is on the medium side which stays sweet as a very slight bitterness shines through. The finish lastes for a little while. The mouthfeel is medium with a creamy texture and a soft carbination. (notes as of 12-26-06)
After finding this one in the celler 3 1/2 months later, there isnt much change to it, the hop bitterness did fade. But it did develope a metallic finish to it.
Overall, this is a good beer, but there isnt anything that makes it stand out from the rest. A good session beer.
DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brown, slightly red color with a thick head. Aroma is malty and hoppy. Flavor is very similar, slightly bitter, full flavored.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
upon opening the bottle i was greated with a strong aroma of fresh pizza dough. it poured a amber/brown a bit hazy with some sediment. as it warmed the aroma took on the sweet character of molasses and malts. the flavor was of unripe grapefruit, malts and spice. a slightly alcoholy finish. a decent beer.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a medium brown, with a slight reddish hue. Visible sediment in suspension. Tan head, nice a frothy, good lacing. Nutty, malty aroma. Hoppy flavor, again like every Bellsí (non stout) thereís a fruity aftertaste.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Tap) Deep tan/copper color. Good semi-rich flavor with nuts and caramel mixed into candy-like malty sweetness countered by a soft bitter resonance. Finishes well and leaves a desirable linger.
ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours dark brown amber color with small white head. aroma of yeast and malts. tastes of chocolate and coffee, a swirl of caramel. palate is thick and silky.
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cherry wood brown -- small off white head that laces wonderfully. Aroma is faint but thereís an earthy, roasted malt with some sweetness. Nutty flavor and the earthiness stays -- spicy, too, though I canít put my finger right on it. Great carbonation -- bouncy without overwhelming the flavors.
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured brown in color with a khaki head. Had a malty aroma. Had a nutty/sweet palate and flavor.
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2006
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The first thing that struck me about this ale was the plethora of particles rising and sinking in my glass. Iíve seen this before, so it wasnít a shock, but then again, not something you see everyday. The appearance is a clear brown. Hhead dispersed quickly, but the lacing was good. Palate is only medium. I like my browns to be more full. Flavor is only OK, consisting of some malt. Not a lot of aroma. Overall, not terribly impressive.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sourness in nose but a dry nutty flavor. The beer is medium bodied and has a pleasant palette.