mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sold on a single bottle allocation at Greenís. Poured a clear amber with a nice white head. Fresh resiny hop aroma, lots of caramel, toasted malt, light citrus and some heat. Flavors were slightly bitter with notes of toasted caramel, resiny hops, citrus and cake. Mouthfeel was medium to full. Actually well balanced for being so big, warming, bitter finish. Long lasting. Not too shabby, like a big hoppy barley wine. I dug it.
Steasy66 (882) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color, big off white head. Huge floral and tropical aroma. Flavor is sweet with big tropical hop flavor, really nice. Body is a bit thick, good carbonation. Bells hit the jackpot with this one, really nice beer.
sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Dark red pour; head dissipates into nothing and canít be resurrected. This one needs to breathe for a while before its glory is revealed. Aroma very sweet and vinous, malty, bready, dark fruit, ethanol, citrus, butter. Flavor is deep and malty but not terribly defined; alcohol presence is clear from opening to finish. Mouthfeel medium thickness but somehow full; slightly oily; light stickiness. Nice beer; the alcohol content isnít on the bottle but I suppose I should have ascertained that it was 11%; from the flavor, this isnít terribly surprising.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is an imperial amber to commemorate Bellís 11,000th batch with the name being a reference to the movie Spinal Tap.Good looking imperial amber. The nose is big and complex. Plenty of sweet malt, some cherry, a slight oakiness, some onion (Warrior hops?), and a touch of alcohol. The flavors too, big and malty. Flavors are sweet and slightly fruity, again with the sweet cherry character. As you continue to drink the hoppiness increases and the alcohol presence lessens, increasingly drinkability. Overall I thought this was a really nice imperial amber.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours copper with a thin white head. Big pine/citrus hop aroma with a touch of caramel sweetness. Moderately sweet malt flavor up front followed by a great pine and citrus hop profile. Nice bitter hop finish with a touch of alcohol. Very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden.
jw0406 (766) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark amber color with a nice white head. Aromas of pine, resin, sweet roasted malt. Full bodied, complex, very good
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottled September 13, 2012. Served at around 45F.
Pours lightly hazy red/copper with a three finger tan head that leaves nice webs of lacing and recedes to a wispy, foamy cap and ring.
Aroma starts with some citrusy hops, grapefruit, moves to earthy hops and bready malt with some fruit (cherries) and caramel as well. Good to very good strength.
Flavor begins with big grapefruit citrus and resinous hops, some pine, big malt backbone of cherries, caramel and toffee, some sweetness, decent bitterness, bite of alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and sticky, good carbonation.
Big intensity indeed, particularly in the flavor, thereís a lot going on and every aspect is big and bold. Big hops, big malts, big alcohol. Very good brew.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Go big or go home! That appears to be the aim of Bellís "this one goes to 11" ale. Itís super-sacharined with boozy sweetness, and youíll get just some of those cherries and candied tropical fruits too. The problem is, in the arms race of bold beers, this one is too eager to shoot itís big gun and the 11% abv sprays you in the face. The malts do their best to balance things out, and thatís what makes it highly drinkable. But still, itís a rocky ride that Iíd pass on the next time I have the opportunity.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Copper color with a small white head. Aroma has plenty of fruit and citrus, but it has a strange musky character. Seems to have loads of pineapple with some slight orange and grapefruit. Pretty damn sweet taste with tons of caramel to start, and it still finishes with a lot of caramel. In between there is a good deal of grapefruit citrus character. Pretty full bodied and a bit too sticky for me. Still, very sweet and aggressively hopped but it just donít come together for me.
WisconsinBeer (705) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Muddy Pig. Pours a clear deep orange with a medium head. Flavor is initially heavy on cherries and ripe fruits, back end is a hop wallop that smacks you in the face. Medium bodied and boozy. Definitely "goes to 11".