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RATINGS: 627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2009
On tap at Chumley’s Pours a deep burgundy amber with white head. Unfortunately the aroma was undetectable due to smoking being allowed in this particular bar. The flavor is of grains, hops, and biscuit malts - reminds me of a pilsener. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Overall this is a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (4531) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Smell is malts, hops, caramel, and spices. Look is a clear copper color with not too much head. Taste is malts, hops, spiced. Not that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2009
bottle from secret santa! Nice! Cloudy amberish color with a light head. Aroma is very faint. I get some average malts, some spices and not much else. Flavor is very malty and a bit on the sweet side. Some spices are noticeable, but very lightly. Not bad but a little subpar for bells.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to Butters. Batch 8803. Nice dark red orange with a finger of sawdust colored head and some small floaties. Very malty aroma, light spice. Taste is smoky peat, malt, just a touch of clove spice and a nice hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2252) - USA - JAN 5, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
coyotehunter (691) - , 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 (5651) - Pennsburg, 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 (12353) - 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 (3361) - Portland, 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.

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