vyvvy (4739) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy amber with a brown / tan head. The aroma has sweet toffee / caramel and light spice. Medium slick body that is slightly cloying. The flavor starts with slick and sweet caramel, some toffee, light roast and a good deal of spiciness. The finish is fruity, mushy and very phenolic. An okay beer at best. A bit of a disappointment considering the brewery.
mar (5027) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy amber/orange pour with a cream head that dissipates into a ring quite fast. nose of fruit, light smoke, caramel and citrus. flavor of fruit, caramel and a touch of smoke. not the greatest aftertaste in the world though.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours an amber gold body with an off white head. Sweet malt profile, with hint of caramel, butterscotch, a light woodiness and some light fruity esters. Citrus and some toasted malt and a hint of smoke. Some pine and grain. Eh not bad.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz.bottle pours a clear, coppery amber that sports a medium yellow/tan head. Lightly grainy and malty with some hints of caramel. Body is medium with a nice creaminess, light carbonation, and a pleasant mouthfeel. Malt dominated flavors, although not overly sweet, and a softly dry, but not bitter fiinish.
decaturstevo (5492) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazed orange gold pour with white head and lace. Just light maltiness on the nose with a hint of a sour like aroma. Flavor is a semi sweet almost like corn. A light/medium bitter finish. Creamy like mouthfell a hint of a sour/bitter like after taste. A very drinkable beer.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, Pours hazy dark gold. Huge malt flavor and sweetness. Toast flavors and caramel finish.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 From a 12oz Bottle. Courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Thanks, Tom! Somewhat hazy, golden caramel colored pour with a thick finger of fine bubbled ivory foam. Aromas of kettle caramelization and some grapey melanoidins. Notes of vanilla. Yeast characters are very restrained, with only a trace of mild fruity esters. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a rich, malty texture. Flavors of caramel and teething biscuit up front on the palate. Rich in malt dextrins, but not overly sweet. A pleasing toasted bread crust flavor comes in the finish. What is wrong with all the rates here? Since when does this beer claim to be a wee heavy? It’s 5.8%! A very respectable scottish ale.
reggiedunlop (3475) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a pale amber-honey color with a huge foamy light tan head. very miniscule sediment throughout. outstanding lacing and retention. aroma is very mild but has notes of sweet malts, spicyness, and a faint metallic scent. flavor has some cinnamon, spicy hops and some sweet caramel. mouthfeel is a bit thick and oily and finish lingers with spicy hops and cinnamon. not a bad beer but lacks balance and has some off flavors.
tennisjoel (1232) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vegetal aroma. Flavor is a little plain, with some light fruitiness, biscuit flavors, and gentle hop presence. Good session like qualities, however, a little boing for a Bells creation. Scotch Ale? More like an amber ale.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: A messy amber ale of no specific style. Annoying.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh a few months after its release. Sent to me by oakbluff, thanks Scott.
The look: Cloudy dark orange topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Faint nose of hard-candy and light spiciness. Taste is a mess. Extra light fluffy body, candied caramel, light smokiness that doesn’t fit in, metallic notes, orange zest, butterscotch, cinnamon, ginger (!?), more... Basically just a bunch of random flavours that do not work together. Hopping is very reminiscent of the leafy/floral hops of true English ESB. I usually like that hopping profile but here it just doesn’t work with the beer. On the positive, this was batch 8802, and even a wasted batch like this is taking us one step closer to Bells Batch 9000.