radagast83 (7616) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off white/tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, touch of hops, caramel, hazelnut. Flavor is rich, creamy chocolate malts, hazelnut, oatmeal.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Batch #7091. Medium, hazy copper/brown pour with a solid layer of off-white head. Lots of spicy malts and nuttiness in the aroma, along with earth and a little peat... quite aromatic for a brown. Flavor picks up a bunch of caramel, toffee, and nutty sweetness with hints of smoke and spices at the finish. Smooth yet slightly grainy on the palate. Rich, malty finish with floral hops, berries, and a lilí bit of alcohol. Very good brown.
Ernest (7481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is light to medium brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain/bread, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
A very easy-drinkiní, well-balanced brown ale. Thereís not too much going on in the nose, especially malt-wise (itís more hoppy than malty, but thankfully the hop nose is very herbal/spicy/floral, not a crude resin-bomb), but itís ok, not unattractive and no flaws. I wish the nose was as enjoyable as the flavor balance, and itís too bad the ABV isnít lower because at 4.5% or so this would be a terrific session beer.
bytemesis (7445) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy hazel, quite small beige head, dissipates fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing. Aroma is roasty, caramel, a hint of nuts and dark bread, coffee. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, roasty, a hint of smoky coffee. Light body, a bit watery feeling, hint of acidity.
blankboy (7430) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy bubbly dark amber-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, spices, brown sugar, some hops and nuts -- a hint of metal in there too. Simple and straightforward malty flavour with some nuts and a mild hoppy finish. I got some metal in the flavour as well. Medium bodied. Itís a good version of the style, itís just not one of my favourite styles to drink.
JaBier (7289) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of batch number 8856 shared by Dogbrick. Pours a cloudy light brown with a medium tan head. Malty caramel aroma with a bit of hop. Flavor is pretty much the same. Decent, but not quite as robust as I like my brown ales.
Radek Kliber (7239) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brownish amber, small head (typical to Bells?). Very light in aroma, slightly malty .Flavour got some more malt character with grassy notes, medium roasted. Long lasting bitter brown mouthfeel .
FROTHINGSLOSH (7189) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 Sampled from a 16 oz can this beer poured a dark brown color with orange highlights and a large beige head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was toasty with hints of cocoa and wood. . The flavor wass tangy and malty with notes of dry chocolate, wood, and a mild roasty undertone. Medium length finish. Medium body. Well made for itís style.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: Pours with a dark brown luminescence. Thick sweet malty licorice aroma and a full, robust, yet smooth body. One of the better brown ales on the market.
TheAlum (7054) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Johnís Grocery (Iowa City, IA). Pours a hazy hazelnut brown with a small light brown head that seems solid and doesnít noticeably dissipate. Aromas of sweet dark malts, some fruity notes, a nutty feel, and a mild hoppiness. Initial taste composed of nuttiness, sweet and toasty darker malts, and a pleasant sweetness that I canít really put my finger on. Touches of cocoa and smoke also. Finishes nice and bitter but great as the hops come into the picture. A really good medium bodied brown ale.