bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
<b>Draft:</b> Okay...where do I begin? I might as well say it...this thing tastes like fuckin’ Smarties. If you don’t know what Smarties are then quit reading ’cause you just won’t get it. Everything about this in the traditional scotch ale sense has been abducted and is probably underneath a starewell festering, trying to figure out what the hell happened. I’ve had both recent and "traditional" scotch ales and this is neither. I am thoroughly disappointed in this brew and am still in the process of recovering from the depression it put me in. Just so this doesn’t turn totally in to a random display of non-beer descriptiveness...it has notes of malt and hops. There, done. WTF Bells?
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
NOT a scotch ale. That being said, once you recover from disappointment, pours a blushing orange with minimal head. Also NOT a Christmas Ale in the traditional sense. More like a winter warmer. Flavor is crisp and sweet with toasted caramel malt. Fades gracefully into a nice spicy hopped bitterness with a floral presence. This one took me awhile to figure out. Almost has a Cremesicle quality to it. It tastes like cosmetics smell, particularly L’Oreal blushes.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
120z bottle. Pours a murky, redish brown with an off white head. Not heavy on the carbonation. Nice white lacing in the glass. Aroma is of malt, bread, spice, small hints of caramel, and for some reason gingerbread. Taste is of caramel malt, spice, cheap scotch, bread, and that gingerbread again. Very watery, which is surprising. Very drinkable, and definitely worth a second drink.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bell’s doesn’t really do anything wrong but that doesn’t mean that everything is exceptional. This dark copper colored beer doesn’t have much of a head. It’s a malty creation with hints of caramel and a touch of fruit cake minus those nasty dried oranges. It just seems a little thin for something Bell’s would do. Still drinkable.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a very cloudy orange colour with a creamy white head. Aroma is filled with spice and seasonings- noticeable nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom? Maybe even some pumpkin.. Taste is pleasent, very flavorful and filling. I look forward to enjoying this for the next couple of months.
MrBunn (2374) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours copper with a yellowish head of dense foam that sits about two fingers high. Aromas are of caramelly and sweet malt with a touch of fruit that reminds me of orange juice and light spices. Flavor is decent for a Christmas beer, but odd for a Scotch Ale. Malty caramel is balanced out with fruit and spices and finishes in a nice crisp hops pine-freshness. I didn’t expect much, so this is a pleasant surprise. Things seem to hang together fairly well and it is a pretty nice Christmas-y Scotch Ale.
theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Zipps in Minneapolis. Batch 8802. Pour is hazed orange amber with a ton of fine carbonation bubbles. Pretty two inch off white head that falls slowly. Aroma of bittersweet maltiness, hint of smoky peat and fresh resin pine hoppiness. Fresh and bright nose. Taste is very much the sharp bitter, then sweet maltiness. The hops pick up mid palate and lead it to a bitter finish. Some citrus orange peel in there. Taste is pretty abrasive. The smoky peat does not really come through on the taste, which is too bad, may have calmed this down a bit, sharp is the main word I would use for this one.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours clear redish color with small head, nice lacing. flavor and aroma are sweet, malty, almost no hop presence. not sure i would classify it as a scotch ale, but a nice session beer neverless...
gdaigle (12) - North Oaks, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2008
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Can this beer be what Bell’s intended? Aroma was good but the flavor was very sour and slightly bitter throughout. Very little maltiness and overall quite thin. No depth of flavor at all. It reminded me of what an unpasteurized beer or homebrew tastes like after six months outside of refrigeration. I couldn’t finish the six pack so I gave it to a friend and he couldn’t finish it either.
I had batch 8802 in a six pack stored under refrigeration at the liquor store.
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. has a very tart aroma. pours a dark amber color with a thick tan head. has a taste of wheat and rice. really plain tasting. not real impressed.