bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
poured a nice burnt copper color with a medium sized off white head. pleasant malty aroma with hints of caramel. fairly light mouthfeel for a scotch ale. Taste is of mild caramel malt, with hints of pine, and some mild spiciness in the finish. Decent
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel and some mild piny hops. Body starts with decent fullness and some earthy caramel sweetness with some drier hoppy notes before a bland finish. Doesn’t have of the smoky peaty notes I like in Scotch ales and seems more like an amber ale. Still, not that bad and pretty drinkable.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A rasiny, earthy, brew with a leafy-bitter finish. Pretty light mouthfeel and dry.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
OK Nice beer. I for one am not the biggest Bells fan in the world but have to try new ones when I can. I put this on tap at the Union and when I tried it proclaimed it the best Bells beer I’ve had in a long time. Great flavor, slight sweetness, not like most Scotches and pretty hoppy. I was told by the distributor that this was an ESB but I was also told Scotch Ale. Larry Bell was in the day before Thanksgiving and I forgot to ask him. Overall nice drink, perfect for these cold months. Million times better than the Winter White.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours amber orange with a dense lasting white head. Some decent lace. The nose is full of toasted malts. A little bit of toffee, grain dust, and a hint of smoke. Flavor is an even keeled malt with a mild bitter finish. Full body with average carbonation. Dry finish. I wonder why this is listed as a Scotch Ale. Its not a Scotch Ale.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A well made, interesting take on the holiday style. Pours a ruddy brown with a frothy head. The nose offers a sugary sweetness that is hard to pin down, layered with some more recoginizable caramel notes. The body is medium, not too heavy, and opens up with some esthery fruits, followed by a firm biscuit and bread base. Finishes with a whisper of yeast spiciness and is really easy to drink. A sessioniable Chrismas beer? Sure, why not?
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
As a lover of all things Bells, even an average beer becomes a let down, and that’s what this one is. Orange in appearance with a large off-white head that’s slowly dissipating. Aroma of mild toffee, cereal grain and bread. Taste of toasted malt and light toffee. Light bitter grainy finish with some corny undertones.
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangey gold, faint aroma - pine? citrus? Hard to tell. Woody flavor at first, then an odd sweetness - like grape juice or something. Some cinnamon and other spices in the finish.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold color with a medium head. Orange and pine hop aroma. Very astringent pine taste. Lots of sweet malt and barley with a bit of heather. That part gives the indication of maybe a heavier Scottish ale, but the strong hops definitely kills the Scotch Ale possibilities.
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber body. Frothy, lasting off-white head. Sweet aroma with notes of grain. Fruit, biscuit, caramel. Hints of flowers. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately bitter and lightly sweet. Medium body with a watery texture. A Scotch ale? This lacks the maltiness of that style. None of the smoke or peat that is often associated with scotch ales. Outside of that, an OK beer, but nothing to make it stand out.