noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Easter tasting @ jbean’s. Only brown ale that I have liked nearly as much as the Pullman. Sweet honey, bready (surprisingly!), chocolate, very rich malt. Lip-smackingly delicious. BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown with red hues. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, and caramel. Tatse is very well balanced of roasted malt, nuts, toffee, cocoa and caramel, offset perfectly with hops. Great brown ale. tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
A very good brown ale from one of my favorite micros. An aroma of roasted and caramel malts. A flavor to match. Somtimes cloudly if not poured or stored properly. Only major drawback is the slightly thin palate. A very good brown. GTown (127) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap at the brewery. A solid brown ale, comparable with Brooklyn and Ithaca. donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2008
Poured a cloudy dark brown with a light reddish glow. Not much head, but what is there is ivory.
Smells of toasted malts, a little coffee-like. Very inviting.
Has a bit of an initial bite to it, fills the mouth with the taste of the toasted malts that were present in the scent.
Carbonation level might be a little high, but not enough to detract from the impact the beer makes on the palate. Goes down relatively smoothly, leaves a slightly dry aftertaste.
I could drink a few of these in a sitting. I don’t know that I would actively seek this brew out, but this is certainly not a bad beer.
Serving type: bottle
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Excellent representation of the style. Deep slightly fogged mahogany color with not much head. Aroma is toasted nuts and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is so creamy caramel with hints of roasted nuts and malts with sweet chocolate. Slightly bitter hop finish for some balance. Sticks to your tongue despite the medium body. Another Bells winner and my favorite Brown Ale. csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
12 oz bottle, opaque brown with half a finger of tan head. Light chocolate aroma, light chocolate and caramel taste, light quick finish. Solid beer. CP (124) - USA - FEB 18, 2008
Decent, but rather bland and quite light.. Not much to the aroma. The taste has a bit of twang to the end that I didn’t care for. That is about all I could detect in this beer. It is an ok drinkable beer, but has about as much going on with it as Newcastle. Dogfish Head’s Indian Brown Ale is comparable, but better. So check that out! ebrowner88 (123) - Rice, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
Pours with a finger high creamy head that dissipates into a khaki lacing. Smells of pears in heavy syrup. Taste is caramel, pears, cashews and then widens into a mildly hoppy finish that leaves your mouth a little dry. Way good. Best I have had in this style. Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2002
Ludacris to say that Newcastle is better or even as good as this brown. It truly is the best.