Slipstream (1995) - USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice painting of a fir tree on the label. Quick fading, bubbly head. Nose of sweet malt and iron. Smooth on the palate with a fully hopped flavor. Pretty dry and lightly astringent, but enjoyably so. No spices. This did not really seem like a Christmas brew or a scotch ale. To me it was more like a pale ale or a bitter, and a good one.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours a dirty orange with a thin head lacing the glass well. aroma is that of spices and malt. Tastes to me like an Amber Ale with something extra thrown in and not overfiltered. some light peat,orange peel , coriander and hops show themselves as it its awhile.
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, toast, nuts, citrus fruits, and piney hops. Taste of nuts, toffee malts, light roast, caramel, and a dry, lightly smokey finish.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz. bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of pine, toasted grain, and hay. Flavor of roasted malt, hops (pine, earthy), and caramel.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, John’s Grocery in Iowa City. Nice basic copper, just off white skim of bubbles. Warm malt with a clove phenol and a little sour bile note. Crisp carbonation bite cuts through the malt sweetness, making way for a medicinal finish. The overall impression of having a dose of the wash from a peaty whiskey mixed into an otherwise straight-up amber ale. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s a bit less of a unified experience than I usually expect from Bells.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz via trade with alexsdad, a new bells and a scotch ale is nice for me. Low ratings aside glad to try it. Pours orange with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet. Taste is hoppy and bitter and by means anything resembling a good scotch ale.
That1Guy (1883) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Its aight. Take this and Backwoods Bastard, absolutely no contest, but Id drink her again.
jrob21 (2487) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle back from Greensboro at Christmas. Scotch is not my first impression of this guy but hey, I am not categorizing these things. Pours a pretty looking deep ruby red color with an offwhite head that lasts for a bit. Aroma of cherry and caramel malt. Finish is a bit bitter and hoppy. Flavor is mainly grain and caramel sweetness. The grain is more on the toasted side. Some red fruit, cherry, in there as well. After the toasted grain though everything else is a bit of an afterthought.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of caramel, malts, toasting, slight maple syrup, grains, cereal, slight fruit, and a hint of noble hops. Poured orange/amber with a hint of copper in color and a large, dense, creamy, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of medium and large-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malts, grains, caramel, hops, water, minerals, and some yeast. Light to medium body. Slightly sticky, dry texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, grain, and hops finish is dry. How is this a Scotch Ale???
pepsican (1440) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 amber reddish pour with a small off white head. Aroma is malt and spice. Flavor has more malt...and a bit of spice. nothing really to pick up from this one. Rather flat finish with not much going on. Mehhhhh.