matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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?
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Nuffield (3747) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got this one from artusory. Batch 7040. Very cloudy, burnt orange-amber color. Small off-white head that quickly settles to a thin rim. Aroma shows rich caramel, nougat, faint golden raisons, and a subtle floral and citrus hop character. A solitary drop of honey adds some sweetness to the nose. The flavor is quite chewy and malty, with fresh toasted caramel malts comprising the bulk of the taste. Maple and oak make an appearance, as do mild spices and floral components. Medium-full body with a smooth consistency. Pleasing nougat finish. To have tasted this fresh must have been a glorious experience. Iím still very glad to have tried it. The high score I gave it, even though its past its prime, is another testament to the genius that is Bells. What an absolutely fantastic brewery!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber color with a bready light caramel aroma and taste with a few hops thrown in there. Easy drinkiní.
bboven (103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
As with all beautiful things, this was a fleeting beer. Definetly one too remember and cherish.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.