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 didnít taste that much like a Scotch, which for me is a good thing.
BeerandBlues2 (11472) - 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 (5411) - 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 (7466) - 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.
alobar (3286) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy copper color with an off-whit ehead. Aroma of malts, molasses, and barley. Flavor of molasses, malts, toasty... Carbonated. Not bad, but could have been better.
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loved this beer and I canít give you tasting notes because i didnít take notes and around the time i had it, this website was under construction. Anyway, Fantastic retraint and very true. This is real beeer and one for those who love those balanced beers from the British iles. Nice light sipper with nice grain complexity and pure flavors. This is not fruity tuity and over the top like all the west cost stuff. This is a great session ale. At first it seems to light, but be patient because theres alot of intrigue here fot patient people.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy amber (think apple cider) with some floaters and a big foamy light tan head with good retention and lacing. Mostly a clean, malty aroma, but there is some sweet caramel and light spice back there too. Simple malt flavor profile with spice and citrusy hops is strange stylistically and not totally successful. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but pretty unspectacular overall.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Liquor Stop in Highland, Indiana. This pours a slightly hazed light brown body with an ample eggshell head that laces profusely. Itís got a rich malty aroma with a touch of dark berries and a bit of butterscotch. Very smooth drinking, the flavor being pretty much what one would expect from the flavor. A light citric bitterness comes in at the finish, out of place for style, but not a bad thing. A bit thin, but not bad.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 11/24/2008. Hazy caramel amber body wtih a small creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel and spice aroma. Sweet spice flavor with a caramel background. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.