ajnepple (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz single bottle into a pint glass, purchased at Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits - Muscatine. Amber appearance with a lingering khaki head and visible sediment. Aroma of light spruce, toasted grain, light toffee, earthy hops, herbal hops and light caramel malt. Similar flavor, mild hop bitterness balanced by a mild grain sweetness. A little boring, but clean and kind of easy to drink. Medium body with ample carbonation and a light dry finish. Pretty weak for a brewery that is usually solid.
BroadestTom (375) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma caramel, clove,
Appearance amber, hazy, frothy, tan foam,
Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate medium body, thin feel,
Overall a nice malty beer with a nice kick of hops. A nice Christmas beer that I would suggest to a friend.
TH28 (365) - - DEC 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Bottled 10/21/15. Appearance: Amber, light brown and clear, with a thick khaki foam head. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Toasted and caramel malt, touch of herbal and citrusy hops.
Taste: Bready, toasty, slightly nutty malt flavor, notes of cherry, and a moderately strong bitterness. Little to no hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation.
Finish: toasted, nutty malt lingers. Definitely malt forward.
Overall: Seems like a little bit of Scotch Ale, a little Vienna Lager, but not an outstanding version of either. Easy drinking and overall very nice, but nothing inspiring either.
SG111 (1228) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at whole foods, Auburn Hills, Mi. Pours golden honey, white creamy milkshake head. Aroma is bready, Christmas spices, cinnamon. Flavor is cinnamon, slight spice character but really light for a Christmas beer. Not much complexity but a simple example of the style. Not bad for sure. But not exceptional. Good for Christmas season.
AWISLguy (2467) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from the singles rack at Woodmans in the Falls. Sweet. Thick. Nothing to distinctive in the flavor. Some fruit, some basement. 12.6
ryrpat (316) - Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Average ale. Expected more from bells. Nice and malty but didn't get too much flavor overall
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dlovell2 (1735) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a brilliant copper color with a cream colored head. Bread malt aroma with slight cherries and herbal notes. Flavor is a chewy, biscuit malt with fruity cherry . Finishes with herbal hops.
Dorkenstein (416) - - DEC 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice aromas of prunes, plums/figs, and spiced bread. Taste is plums/figs, peat, cherries/cranberries, cinnamon/sugar, and a doughy sweet bread malt.
Boomersmancave1 (132) - Wheatland, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great hop aroma. A great mix of barley malt and hops. Great finish. Good beer.
Skybison (5) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite autumn/ winter ale:
Aroma: sweet-herbal; dried alfalfa; clove/leaf-pile yeast aroma (Scottish ale like)
Appearance: Amber; hazy-copper ; beautiful!
Taste: malty; slightly sour-malt; deeply earthy at start; floral then light-spice; finish is bitter/hops but metal/copper sweetness; balanced contrasts through-out.
Palate: Clean, brightly carbonated; sharp; necessary due to malty base of this ale.
Overall: My personal favorite; almost year round; a big malty Munich with Michigan hops ... Or is it a Scottish ale thatís too hoppy but bright & crisp? Too me its Bellís Christmas Ale ... There can only be one ... And itís a holiday treat all around!