N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Are we too obsessed with style? The label "Christmas Ale" on the bottle and the style designation "Scotch Ale" by Ratebeer has led many reviewers to produce baffling reviews. Should we critique Three Floyds Dark Lord for not having enough orange peel, cinammon, ginger, and nutmeg? Or downgrade one of Cantillonís lambics because there is no peat, no smokiness, and not enough sweetness? ...
What does Bellsbeer.com say? "The basic inspiration for Bellís 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 doesnít contain any spices" ... Thatís dead-nuts to what I taste - a malt driven session beer.
EricTeusink (432) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hands down worst beer Iíve had from Bells. Pours amber. Scent is grainy and a bit synthetic. Bland mildly sweet flavor. Wondering if something is wrong with the 2013 edition of this beer. Bottle - Ale Yeah! - Decatur, GA
highibus (683) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
alright something is off with this one a terrible flavor kind of off. pours crimson with thin white head. no real aroma either. bummer
beastmaster (155) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First Christmas ale. Bottle. Two to three finger snow capped head. Cloudy honey Amber color. Sweet barley aroma obviously malt heavy. Bitter, nut, malt and sweet. Medium body. This would be great on a cold December day. Too bad Iím in Florida.
cduncan14 (103) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle. Some malty hay notes and grassy hops and a bit of a yeasty smell in the aroma. Itís an amber color with a very fluffy, lingering off-white head. Itís a malty-sweet flavor akin to a white peach or a mango, with only enough grassy hop flavor to balance. This is not your typical, spiced-up Christmas Ale. Itís very subtle and would probably be just as appropriate in June as it is in December. I guess Iím slightly disappointed that itís not a bit more "Christmas-y", but itís plenty tasty in itís own right.
RobertDale (2601) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and spice. Taste is malt, spice, caramel, and fruit. OK.
nittanytide (205) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a nice clear, deep copper, with a thin white head. Sweet, bready aroma. Taste is rye bread with grassiness on the back end. A little lacking on the mid-palate.
blackflag321 (386) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour to shaker. Dark, orange/amber color. Taste not characteristic of scotch ale; itís like it doesnít fit neatly into a style. Bit of fruitiness; malt. Just so-so.
MaroonOrange (79) - - DEC 3, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear orange color with a thin white head. Fresh malt, orange, and grass on the nose. Flavor is straw, pine, grass, and a bit of pepper. Mild, light palate, with decent carbonation.
chucklemation (159) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A murky amber color with a white head. Thereís a hint of some hoppy bitterness, but otherwise thereís not much there in terms of flavor or aroma. Has a smooth watery feel. Disappointing.
akoeninger (266) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
White song, hazy amber colored. Sweet caramel aroma, a classic scotch ale really good example of the style but not necessarily anything to write home to after that.
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