Bells Scotch Ale
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Very malty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (9380) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Draft served in a tulip at The Stable. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head that basically settles into a ring. Aroma of mixed malts, dried fruits, minerals, and toast. Flavor of toasted malts, dried pit fruits, floral hops, and a woodsy note. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Crisp, quick finish. Not a whole lot going on in this Scotch ale, but it isn’t bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
On tap at Maduro – GTMW pre-party. Poured a deep, murky baby poo brown with a well-retained creamy beige head.. looked OK. The aroma had some lightly-smoked peat accenting toasty caramel sugars.. but there were definite, and rather strong vinegar and dark fruity sour notes that rose and took over as this warmed up.. what happened here?!? The flavor was only slightly better.. still much more sour than it should have been.. caramel, toffee, and toasted nutty base with sour darker fruits and vinegar smacking every facet of the palate.. lightly-smoked nutty and caramel finish was OK, but still had remnants of the sourness. Medium-bodied with a creamy middle on the palate.. odd and unenjoyable sourness throughout. I was looking forward to this…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at Maduro prior to the 2007 GTMW: Pours a murky dark mahogany with a nice wispy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with a hint of light fruits and tartness along with mild peat. Body is full of sweet caramel and tartness that seems out of place for the style. Has a touch of earthy smoky peat toward a slightly more bitter and sweet finish. A decent Scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark shade of amber win an off white head that is several fingers deep. Nose brigs sweet caramel and toffee notes and a bit of spice. Taste is fairly sweet and bready along with a hint of spice. Medium body with a nice smoothness. Drinks well; was glad to try it. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-13-2010

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2007
tap at eccentric.....appearance: amber brown, clear with a small off-white head....aroma: caramel and toffee, very malt-forward.....taste: more of that caramel malt, sugar with a peppery bitter ite in the end. clearly dominated by the malt.....i found this pretty average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Tap at Maduro pre-GTMW party. The beer was definitely not very good. The beer pours to a hazy medium brown body with a huge creamy tan head that lasts and lasts. The aroma is grain and solvent/vinegar. Icky. The flavor is toasted grain, caramel, medium yeastiness, and vinegar. Likely that it was infected, but who knows... this was a Bell’s sponsored event? The palate had a moderate sweetness and definite tartness. The finish was short, thankfully, with a medium light body and a lively metallic and astringency.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
Draft @ Bell’s. Pours an incredibly murky, milky brown color; light tan head with medium bubbled lacing. Some light chocolate, caramel, and cola in the aroma; a bit messy, like the appearance. Average carbonation. Medium mouthfeel: cola, caramel, and some tea-like tannic notes; creamy, nutty presence in the mouth; again, scattered; a touch of alcohol poking through. Medium, warming finish: some caramel and tea and cola.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2006
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Hazy orange-brown body, thin buff head. Cerealy, toasty aroma, light at the frigid temperature this was served at (speaking of which, it would be great to get properly-chilled draft beers at a brewpub from time to time...but I digress). Very strong toasty, leathery body with hints of Cheerios and sweet chewy malt. The heavy malts are paired with earthy, spicy hops. The finish reminded me of burning fall leaves, appropriate for a Scotch Ale. Similar to their other malt-heavy beers, solid, but still in the good zone of ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Opaque, milk shake-esque, muddy brown beer with a medium tan head. Seriously, a must have gotten the bottom of the keg, because this beer looked crazy. Caramel, dark fruits and light smoke in the nose. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter taste with toffee, raisins, nuts, light smoke and herbs. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation and a bit chewy?! Pretty sure the chewiness was from the heavy amount of yeast in my pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2009
On tap at Eccentric. Pours a medium brown with little head. Aromas of apple and other fruit with a floral edge. Flavor is similar but doesn’t have much of the peat I associate with this style.

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