anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from friend from Michigan. Nice Xmas type all spice and coriander. Great malt aroma. Great carbonation for style not too over top. Great example. Love the brew.
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Bottle. Pours black with little head. Smells of brown sugar, caramel, alcohol, licorice. Taste is sweet like a desert wine. Full bodied and thick. Flavors of sugar, caramel, spices, vanilla and some bitters with an alcohol wash. Lots of things going on in this beer as it warms. Good sipping beer, maybe two bottles in a sitting, a little sweet for my taste. Nice beer all around.
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I finaly got some, HELL YHEA! Waited all year and it was worth it. I had one while opening presents. Has a sharp almost vinager smell to it. This beer came up and punches you right in the taste buds. Had citrus notes and you can really taste the alcohol. I have three left and me brother and i plan to age them for a long time.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red in color. Huge spice, anise, curry, and honeyed nose. Rich and complex with long lingering flavors of the spices and a barley wine like body with lots of hops and alcohol. Not quite sure what it is about it but I like it.
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
I enjoyed them with Funk and while I was expecting something a bit more we’re cellaring these beauties for about 4 years so we’ll get back to you then.
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the brewery. 2008 vintage. Dark brown, no head. Smells like port, prunes, spices. The taste is very sweet. Think dessert wine. The alcohol is non existent. This would be a good after dinner sipper.
craven5000 (99) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head at all. Cloudy/dirty brown color. Thick spice aroma. Very full in mouth and syrupy. Thoughts of cough syrup and V8 came up. Challenging to drink but very easy to sip. The taste was powerful with alcohol and reminded me of non-cherry cough syrup. Very long and strong after taste.
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
draft at Bell’s Eccentic Cafe Dec. 2010. Slight soy, lots of alcohol, long roasted malts, thin to no head, flavor & aroma of raisin and dried dates.
Criz (80) - - DEC 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2013 version on draft at the eccentric cafe. Deep amber color with no head. Nose similar to a holiday ale, spicy with coriander and nutmeg. Flavor is a little off, almost rusty. Semi dry on the palate,. Always enjoy trying this every year, but once will be enough on this years.
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Notes from 12/18/2013:
A - 4 - my default rating for beer’s appearance if it was drank out of the bottle.
Aroma - 7 - pumpkin, brown sugar, sweet potatoes, like a thanksgiving meal in a bottle.
T - 6 - very boozy, pumpkin, brown sugar, not all that great.
M - 3 - alcohol is very present in this one, a little too much. The beer itself is pretty flat. Aftertaste is pumpkin, booze, and sweet potatoes.
O - 14 - It’s not all that great. I’d definitely encourage anyone thinking of trying it to go for another Bell’s beer.