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RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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The basic inspiration for Bell’s Christmas Ale was to create a sessionable holiday beer, using locally grown malt, which would stand apart from the array of spiced winter warmers that are typically introduced this time of year. In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesn’t contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, custom malted by Briess Malting, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas. At 5.5% ABV, it stands as a smooth, highly drinkable beer intended to complement holiday menus, not overshadow them.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5385) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2009
(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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 30, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (1946) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra. Its aight. Take this and Backwoods Bastard, absolutely no contest, but Id drink her again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (2632) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2008
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???

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pepsican (1448) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4989) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Clear amber in color with a minimal head. Funky aroma with lots of malt. Malty flavor with some spice and a nice hop finish. Better than I expected based upon what others told me.

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