reggiedunlop (3657) - 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 (1361) - 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.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber colored brew. Balanced but unpleasant nose, with hints of biscuit from the malt as well as some grapefruit and lemon from the hops. Flavor is very light, lacking complexity and depth. Nothing even close to a wee heavy. How is this beer not an amber ale?
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent attempt at a scotch ale from Bell’s. Has a beautiful pour with large pillowy head. Not much in the way of aroma, just some faint hints of malt. Flavor is malty, slight yeasty flavor, low bitterness. Very drinkable, but nothing that WOW’s you.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very hazy, even a few floaters in an orange/amber liquid. Poured with a really big, soft white head that slims down to thin layer. Not a lot of smell, just a distant maltiness. Nice yeasty, malty flavors. Some caramel. spice, and a hint of whiskey balanced with a touch of bitterness. Not my favorite style, and really didn’t taste that much like a Scotch, which for me is a good thing.
BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12-oz bottle, batch 8803. Pours clear amber with an average, foamy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, grain, straw), average hops (grass, herbs), heavy yeast (soap, sweat) with notes of cardboard, light brown sugar, and apple. Light bodied, thin texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. Surely Bells can do better than this.
kraemer420 (14) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle...First time ive tried a Christmas beer and was pleased with what i got....very hazy pour..could definatly taste cinnamon and some spice in this beer and ejoyed it alot...enjoy
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased a single 12-oz bottle at Cellars Wine & Spirits in St. Paul, MN. Pours a semi-hazy copper amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some light butterscotch, allspice, and dark pitted fruits. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of light-smoked caramel malt, some floral hops, light cinnamon, and a hint of spice. Finish is semi-sweet with a light spice aftertaste.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Batch 8802. Poured hazy medium orange with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma was sweet and lightly-smoked with aged caramel supporting orange zest and a fine array of warm mulling spices.. very nice. Candied caramel joined darker fruits in the flavor department with spices and moderate herbal and lemony bitter accents.. touch sharper on the finish (but well-controlled) with more spices and warmth. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with moderate carbonation.. I really dug the warm finish. Nice one.