nearbeer (3283) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. Copper-brown with a small head that persists. Aroma of spiced candy apple. Flavor is the same, with some wood and toasted nut shell on the finish. Maybe some faint smoky caramel, but then again maybe I only wished it were there. Almost-medium body is a little too fizzy and finishes dryish.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Eccentric. Overall not an inspired beer. Quite fruity tasting, some caramel notes, but I do not get any of the smokey undertones that one get from a typical scotch ale. Pours a dark amber with a dissipating head. Nose is also a bit fruity, though kind of light and candy. Meh.
Tmoney99 (9593) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark hazy brown color with an average frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Good moderate chocolate, spice and malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and soft texture. Moderate bittersweet flavor with with a moderate bittersweet finish of average duration.
BlackForestCO (961) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from LeopoldStoch, thanks Brandon. Poured a clear amber color with a thick, rocky off-white head that slowly faded to a thick layer and left some spotty lacing. Faint aroma of caramel malts with just the slightest hint of peat and some light fruitiness, with hints of red apple and some raisin. A hint of butter also. Abrasive, moderately bitter entry with some faint hints of dirty water and an attempt at some peat that tastes more like plastic with some failed undertones of fruit that more closely resemble a a sour infect. Over carbonated. A surprising, utter failure from Bells. Wow.
GJF (1154) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am a big Bells fan, but this just does not live up to their name. It has an interesting citrus spruce flavor, but generally it is a thin beer, a little too sweet and carbonated.
biznizness (1056) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A rare disappointment from Bells. This was kind of hard to find, so I expected something pretty good. Instead, it was a very run-of-the-mill scotch ale. Grab some Chub and forget it.
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
From bottle. Has a fairly neutral aroma with just a bit of metallic tang. Mild sweet malt and fruity hops. Dark amber body with mild haze, topped with off-white thin lacing head. Medium watery body with heavy carbonation. Starts with roasted malt and light sweet character. Fairly bitter hop finish, not harsh, leaving a dry nutty bitter after with some carbonic acidic burn. Not really anything Christmas-y about it.
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, pours a cloudy light amber. Aroma very faint, not nearly as strong as a scotch ale normally is, some faint pine and malt. Taste more like a pale ale, weak. Very disappointing!
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Suprisingly light amber pour. Disapating off white head. Some malt, raisin aromas, but more piney citrus hops than would be expected for the style. Tastes similarly. Finish hop bitter clean. Overall, pretty drinkable, but I would classify this as somewhere between a pale and a scotch ale. I expected more with this style being one I have taken a liking to and Bells usually producing quality in the traditionally stronger flavored and abv styles. Bells still has its standouts, but many of their low gravity style beers are becoming rather mainstream.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Copper pour with a tall foamy light tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, soft fruit notes and earthy hops. Taste is slightly bitter with more fruit, caramel, sweet malts, earthy and spicy hops and light herbal, almost mint-like notes. Body is light and creamy with moderate carbonation. Finishes with more caramel, herbs, spicy and earthy hops, fruit notes and caramel. OK.