tillmac62 (60) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 10/15/13. Pours amber with a full off white head that lasts coupled with excellent lacing. Nose is hops, pine and citrus, against a spicy background. Light medium body. Well carbonated. Taste is well balanced with the focus being on spice - nutmeg and ginger - which become more pronounced as the beer warms. Hops are present, but in the background and compliment the spices. Finishes cleanly with a slight hop bitterness that lingers along with the spices - ginger being most prevalent. Addition of dark malt would make this beer outstanding.
bigrond (1413) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
When I poured this brew, I had to look at the bottle again. Was very light for a Christmas beer. Then I saw that it was a Scotch ale. Bellís is usually one of my favorite brewers. But this one missed the mark. Itís just not what I want out of a Christmas beer.
HarryCPhilly (8) - - NOV 12, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting to say the least. Hop forward aroma, Columbus? Centennial? Also some maltiness in the nose. The flavor is the same. I get an initial burst of bright hop flavor, which is stomped on by a malty-sweet finish. The foamy, white head sticks around all day. The beer itself is crystal clear.
artmcd8 (1088) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of apple and spices. Copper color pour. Slightly sweet taste. Medium thick feel. Medium high carb.
strattonspeaks (98) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky rust pour with nice off-white head. Pretty to look at. Understated sweet malt nose with hints of spice. Taste of sweet malt, caramel, grain. Lacks the spice I anticipated. Dry. Mildly bitter. Really just so-so for a Bellís offering.
djroehler (277) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour is cloudy orange to amber with medium off white head. Aroma is sweet roasted malt, caramel, dried fruit. Taste is dried fruit, fig, roasted malt, caramel, sweet grain, slight dryness.
ryecatcher (550) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a medium coppery-amber, medium off white head with okay retention and lacing. Iíll cut to the chase -- this is being listed as a Scotch Ale, but it has all the characteristics of a Marzen while having very little in the way of a Scotch-ness... so rather than hacking on it, Iíve rated it accordingly (meaning by Oktoberfest standards) so this is a very nice beer for a Merry Christmas and all that... if you live in Munich and its late September. O Tannenbaum indeed.
jeremyh70 (500) - Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark hazy copper with an off white head and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some grain, caramel and an apple scent. Taste is similar to aroma with caramel malt sweetness, a hint of light fruit and grain. Finishes with a nice bready flavor and only a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat slick with a light medium body and light medium carbonation. Very easy drinking and light on the palate for a Scottish ale. I enjoyed it as a Christmas session ale without all of the holiday spicing.
tectactoe (719) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: middle of the road copper with reasonable clarity and a slightly off-white, small head that dissipates in just a few moments. Aroma is hard to pick up on... just a little bit of apple slices, peppery overtones, and a few other kitchen spices that are hard to identify. Taste is crisp and full of spices, nutmeg, a little cinnamon, and some pepper flavor in the back. A touch of leafy bitterness leads into a dry finish. Not a bad beer, there just isnít much to it. There are more interesting Christmas seasonals.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very artfully done beer which tastes great despite inadvertently being held for a year. Big earthy maltiness with light peat note and balancing floral, earthy, herbal hops really bring this brew together nicely. The maltiness is thick and lays on the palate very lazily and leaves a slightly husky, woody aftertaste