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RATINGS: 658   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
The basic inspiration for Bell’s 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 doesn’t contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, custom malted by Briess Malting, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas. At 5.5% ABV, it stands as a smooth, highly drinkable beer intended to complement holiday menus, not overshadow them.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2009
It pours light brown with a pale tan head. I smell bread and malt. The taste is big on malt and spice, but very light on hops. This is a bit watery compared to other Christmas/Winter ales. The spices do provide a bit of a bite. Not a bad Ale.. Just not great either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Deep dark color. Malty and sweet aroma. Flavor is of roasted barley, chocolate malt and light hops in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1782) - Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2016
appearance: medium amber, lots of floaters, short, fizzy beige head. aroma: brown bread, hint of caramel, some earthy hop notes. taste: toasted pumpernickel, hint of cracker jacks, light earthy, spicy hops. finish: abrupt, palate is medium carb and slightly astringent. notes: Disappointed. I like just about everything Bells puts out, but this was a miss for me. I get what they were going for, but there just wasn’t a lot of character to this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5322) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Strong pecan, medium roast nose. Cloudy copper, many fine floaties, medium lacy yellow head with pretty good retention. Slightly sweet pecan at first, finishes drier with malt and dried leaves. Light body, moderate carbonation. Better than most scotch ales, IMO, because it is not as cloying. No British malt character though probably more of an ABA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maley1 (1038) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Copper colored pour with small off white head. Aromas of malts, caramel, hops and spices. Taste of roasted malts, grains, hops, slight caramel and burnt toffee. Light bodied, higher carbonation, bitter hop finish. Not coming all together very good on this one. A little disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alpha10 (548) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2016
2015/01/25 - Pours a hazy amber colour with a thin, creamy, khaki head that quickly reduces. Aromas are roasted grain, bread, light toffee and earthy hops. Taste follows nose; toasted malts, sweet toffee, cereal, bread and earthy hops. Starts slightly sweet and ends moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly oily with average carbonation and a sharp, drying finish. Pretty bland. Should have read the label more closely, as this tastes nothing like I expected when I read "Christmas Ale." ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3170) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, and toasted grain. flavor of toasted malts, caramel, bread, light toffee and had some nuttiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (1965) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 10, 2016
I appreciate a holiday beer without all that "junk" in there. Reddish brown pour, thin head. Malty. Lots of caramel malt, some light cocoa like notes and some toffee. Subtle. Not sure where "scotch ale" comes from, but whatever. Not a lot of character, but a good malty ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dal9000 (454) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Pours murky copper with a huge thick off white sticky head. Initial burst of sweet malt that fades quickly. A hint of bread at the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1394) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle, as pictured. Bottled October 2015. Not a bad beer, wasn’t sure what style this was going to be. Reddish-brown pour, sweet, a little roastiness, light spice. Nothing wild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (385) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark copper with a fluffy white head. Aromas of sweet malt, dark fruit and hops. Flavors of caramel, dark fruit, berries, cut grass, and bready tones. Finishes with earthy hops. Clean mouthfeel. Really a very nice Christmas ale. No cinnamon. No spices. Well done.

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