phaleslu (10012) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Teller’s of Hyde Park. Pours a deep, cloudy brown with a small creamy beige head. The aroma is nutty, malty, and earthy, but not particularly strong. Much better once you get drinking, though. Flavor of nuts, roasted malts, leather, and massive earthy notes: grass, wood, bark, and dirt. Medium bodied, smooth, with a gentle earthy mouthfeel. Really interesting take on a brown ale, and another great offering from Bell’s.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear brown with a nice tan head. Terriffic lacing. Aromas of molasses, maple syrup, caramel malt, and hazelnuts. Sort of watery mouthfeel with lots of roasted malt and nutty flavors. Long lasting, dry, sort of Brazil nut bitter aftertaste. A solid brown ale but not anything extraordinary.
sebletitje (9951) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur brune légère, col est blanc-cassé.
Arôme, poudre de châtaigne est bien prononcé, malt, grains.
Goût, malt grillé est fin, effervescente, fini garde une approche de châtaigne, caramel, biscuité, sec au palais avec qcq notes de chocolat. Palais reste un peu faible et léger. Arrière goût a une note subtile de houblon qui néanmoins reste bien cachée.
JorisPPattyn (9908) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear chestnut colour with a thick, dense brownish head, leaving shards of lace. Something vaguely sweet-caramel, toffee, bit of hosp, dry cacaopowder; sweet and vaguely woody. Sweet-ish, green leaves, bit of greenmalt, arachide with a retronasal bitterness that clashes with the sweet initial flavour, instead of blending. Chocolate flavours, certainly warming up. Medium bodied, at least, quite slick, bit too much mouthburning to be called smooth. It’s not really bad, but its lack of balance annoys me no end. I wonder if Mr. Bell wanted to explore the limits of archaic styles?
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown sugar clamping on to silky almond skins...Dry yeasty sympathy and bitter initiative...An unusual and complex brown ale which deserves study...
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2015 12oz bottle. Minimal tan head, brown color with a red-orange hue, visible sediment. Beer starts with a strong, very pleasant aroma upfront, and gradually finishes with astounding smoothness. Medium but very smooth carbonation lends to a creamy mouth-feel. Sweet dried fruit, nut aroma. 6/4/6/5/12
Re-rate, 9/6/15:16oz can, canned 8/24/15. Hazy red orange, kind of a brick color. Bigger khaki head. Caramel malt, and bigger nuttiness, seeing the touch of cocoa. A bit of dark fruity jam. Just as I remember, a pretty much perfect texture. Fantastically full and creamy body, especially for being sub-6%. Lighter, creamy carbonation. Very mild slick finish, not syrupy. Moderate sweet taste, lighter bitter. Nice dryness towards the finish. Nice cocoa and nuttiness long into the aftertaste. Good bit of earthy hop. Totally fantastic brown ale.
arminjewell (9575) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured red with off white head, smells of sugar and caramel and tastes of maple sugar, caramel and a nice roasty finish. Overall a decent brown ale a bit lacking in palate and overall taste, but very sessionable.
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour. The aroma is rich and chocolatey. A rich malt profile and a soft toasty sweetness. Has a moderate earthy bitterness leaving it a very well rounded and balanced product. Rich and malty. Really lovely brown ale.
3fourths (9315) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium dark brown color with a foamy tan head. Sweet sugar and caramel nose includes honey which is pleasent. Frothy and sweet, like sugar candies. Butterscotch, bourbon, honey in the flavor. Too sweet, but still good.
onceblind (9162) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy deep mahogany amber with a thin light beige cap. Nutty and semiearthy sweet nose. Smooth autumnal flavors on the palate with maple leaves, brown malt, hazelnuts and almonds, gentle earthy chocolate, and a touch of toasted biscuit. Really nice brown, admittedly. Could do with more chocolate but I love the nuttiness so much I’m willing to forgive it.