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Bells Twentieth Anniversary Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Amber Ale
Galesburg, Michigan USA

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A special ale brewed to celebrate and commemorate our 20th Anniversary. We believe it's worthy of the honor.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle, Batch 7040. Received in a trade from artusory, 9/14/2007. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a somewhat hazy, amber color with ripened peach skin hues and a finger of quickly dissipating off-white foam. Soft caramels, thick toffee, and mild raisin fruits create a pleasantly aged bouquet, edged with honey. Thereís almost an underlying licorice spice, but itís very faint. Medium light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel. The flavors start out with a bit of thin, biscuity malt, but it then morphs into a fruity caramel malt profile that brings out subtle oxidation fruits without any papery or cardboard-like unpleasant characters. Notes of light fig and raisin, spiced with a smidgen of left over earthy hops. A fleeting glimpse of late autumn apples dusted with cinnimon. The finish has a woodsy, maple syrup like flavor, but is adequately dry. A left over memory of sprucey hops balances out the finish lastly. This was surprisingly good. This beer had been on my want list for quite some time, but I never really got around to trying it until now, when I expected it was too late. For an amber ale, this has held up remarkably well, which may either be a testament to the beer, or to Ryanís storage environment. The malt flavor has kept up, or even added complexity (speculation), while the hop character has faded quietly without leaving behind any unwanted mess. I wish I could taste this side-by-side with a fresh example, because in this state, itís one of the more complex and enjoyable amber ales Iíve tried.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/07/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, 50 Beers on the Wall

light burnt orange with a slight haze, scant beige head, lightly sweet malt aroma, oxidized caramel malt flavor, rich caramel character starts to develop a bit of sweetness, balancing bitterness leads to a long bitter finish, not much character overall

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle. Amber color with a bready light caramel aroma and taste with a few hops thrown in there. Easy drinkiní.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Iíve had a couple remaining bottles of Bells Anniversary in the back of my frig for some time now. I finally figured the beer was not getting any better, so itís probably time to move um out!

A lot of coagulated dusty flakes in the bottom of the bottle, so Iíll only pour 3/4th the bottle to give a fresher presentation. The body is a brilliant amber, head is creamy. The aroma is sweet and fruity, lots of caramel and biscuity malts. The flavor brings a rounded spiciness, itís piney and earthy. Mouth-feel is a medium stickinessÖ very drinkableÖ would have made for a great session beer! This seems like an odd beer for a 20th anniversary, maybe paying homage to the beer that built the brewery, Bells Amber?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
Poured a lightly hazed amber color with a small off-white head. Strong caramel aroma. Malty flavor with caramel notes and a hint of citrus with a mild bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bboven (103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
As with all beautiful things, this was a fleeting beer. Definetly one too remember and cherish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Notes from a few months ago. Batch #7100. Pours a orange/amber color as you would expect, with a half inch off-white head that fades to a thin soapy cap, leavng behind a nice webbing of lace. Smell; lots of biscuity and caramel malts, with a bigger hop profile than I was expecting. Taste; nice rich caramel malts, with some solid biscuit flavors. As with the smell thereís a fairly strong hop presence for an amber, that are somewhat floral. Thereís a bit of warming in the back of my throat from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very good drinkability. This is prbably one of the better red/amber ales that Iíve ever had.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a hazy deep amber topped by an inch of nearly white foam. Decent head retention and lacing. Mild generic malt in the aroma. Tasty sweetish malt flavor, a little caramel a little biscuit. Hops for balance but still the beer is a little sweet. A touch of fruit in the finish, the aftertaste is both hoppier and drier than the beer tasted. Smooth drinker, medium body, carbonation light to moderate.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3673) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Malty but very plain in light of other beers Iíve had recently. Fizzy and standard caramel. Very non-descript for an anniversary beer, unless youíre in Hertfordshire and like things that pass off as average bitters/ambers.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with hints of red color, medium sized off white head that settles out quickly. Aroma is caramel, fruit, honey. Flavor is malt, caramle, dried fruits, brown sugar. Palate is medium , medium to low carbonation, sweet finish. Decent, but not worthy of a 20 year anniv. beer. Disappointing.


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