SpecialBrew99 (57) - grand blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2002
I am actually drinking one of these right now, and I must say that it was another let down. I like a lot of the Bell's beers, but this one just isn't up to par. I would rather have a Newcastle anyday over this. The smell is not even really a brown smell, it is more like a stout. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Large, creamy head, slightly off-white, atop a fairly opaque waltnut-colored body. Hazelnut/caramel aroma. Flavor somewhat of a disappointment; nuttiness and malt there, as well as a little bit of wine, but it seems a little poorly balanced to me; just a tad over-sweet at the front and then edging to sour at the end. Average finish. Certainly worth trying, above average brown ale; just a downer compared to the best from this brewery. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2002
Not much head from the tap, but some yeast floaties, which seemed a bit odd. Light aroma of sweet malt, but nothing too spectacular. Sweet, watery, slightly caramel front with a dry end. Not at all as rich as I expected, but a nice Fall thirst quencher. MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Pretty brew, nice deep red-brown color. Nose is roasty coffee with a bit of sweetness. Good roast malts, and a pleasantly hoppier finish than expected. Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Big mealy nose, all malt. Big voluptuous light tan head. Big rich orange brown amber hue. In all honesty i feel this brew tastes and smells like pea soup. Hehe...Sweet maltiness, medium bodied, firm nuttyness and pleasant bitter finish. Nicely balanced, well done.
Cartoonkhaki (1341) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2003
Decent beer. Rich and bitter. Malty. Robust. The head didn't last that long. I had it somewhat chilled but I'm sure if it warmed up there would be more release of the flavour JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Pours out of the bottle a dark brown color, rather cloudy, with a large, creamy white head and lots of bubbles. Aroma is malty and creamy with a bit of sweetness coming through. The taste is very bitter when it's cold, let it warm up just a bit before drinking. Flavor is malty, with only a bit of sweetness, and a bitterness lurking throughout the taste that I just don't feel quite goes with the style. A thicker mouthfeel than some brews of this style, which helps soak up some of the bitterness. A decent brown ale, though not at all the best. lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
found this hiding in Waynes Deli in Muskegon, while i was home, it was rich and bitter and rather malty, the "best" quality of it was the nutty flavor that was running around in the beer, i think the word best should be taken out of the title, it was ok but not the best danseltenright (1) - Goshen, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2003 does not count
Good full body, good flavor, almost nutty flavor, dark brown color, excellent ale. Gromit (478) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2003
First beer poured in my Beer Summit "Kick Back with your Allies" glass.
Pours a nice brown color with a nice head, mith a miniscule lacing.
Smells like a Brown. Mostly malt, with some hop hints.
Tastes like good Brown. This isn't my favorite style, but it's a damn fine example of the style. Malt, with some raisen hints, maybe some cherries.
Overall this is is a good representation of the style, and one of the better Browns I've tasted.