erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber/or orange w/ a lite head. Stale hop aroma w/ some caramel. Lite-med body. Full caramel/munich flavors. Lite bitterness. One of the more tasty ambers.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really butter/popcorn & vegetable nose. Bitter continues into the flavor combining with some nice malts and a little lemon. Some tingly and herbal hops. The butter is just too much for this beer to be great.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a lighter amber color with a medium sized off white head and a lot of fish food floaties. Butt loads of butter in the aroma and the flavor, so much that it was kind of hard to get past. Lighter caramel as well. Medium bodied, fairly smooth. Nice to try but too much butter toffee to actually enjoy.
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to atpayne for this. I always salivate at the appearance of a new (or old, for that matter) Bells beer. Slight turbid dark straw pour, with tons of floaties. Aroma of malt, corn flakes, some hops, slight toffee and brown sugar. Malty taste, with a corn flakey, slight caramel finish. A top notch amber ale.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy orangish amber with a thin white head. Little floaties galore. Caramelly malts in the aroma with a little fruit and a "just opened a packet of brown sugar oatmeal" thing going on in the background. Let’s just say sweet and grainy. Delicious fruity substantial malt flavor with enough hops for balance, but not enough for me to pick out varieties. Good. Slightly toasted "’just dry enough to make you drink a lot" finish. Great stuff, much more character than most ambers, i.e. Fat Tire and the like.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not the prettiest amber ale around (more of a muddy brown) with a thin, off-white head. Very American aroma with grapefruit and a sweet, caramel malt but a definite Bell’s house character encompassing it all. A great balance of malt and hops. Maltiness up front with hop flavor coming in shortly after, then acidity cleaning up at mid-palate, followed by sweet, creamy, toasty caramel malt finish.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, no BBD. Chunky pour, big head. Sweet malty, carmel nose...grainy. Taste is more of the same. Peachy, apricot fruitiness mixes w. the big malt presence. Luscious big beer that luckily doesn’t finish too sweet. If I could buy this all the time locally, I probably would.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Was a bit generous on 1st set of numbers.
Thin head, gorgeous color, with a smattering of grains and yeast remaining in the bottle. I wowed the in-laws with this over Thanksgiving. We enjoyed the simple clean fruits, slightly hopped, and the quiet background noises of amber malts and a touch of dark grains. I recommend chilled (58 F) and often.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a small head and to a opaque red-orange (amber, eh?) color. Nice taste, not too hoppy, not too mild. A nice mix of sweetness and fruit. I’d buy this again.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Murky amber color with a decent head that turned to nothing pretty damn quick. Aroma was fruity and yeasty. Taste is a jumbled, yeasty mess with flavors of tangerine/orange and dough. The mouthfeel is a bit subdued and the body a bit thin. Dissapointing.