kp (10887) - 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
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 drinkin’.
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
I’ve 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 it’s probably time to move um out!
A lot of coagulated dusty flakes in the bottom of the bottle, so I’ll 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, it’s piney and earthy. Mouth-feel is a medium stickiness… very drinkable… 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?
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.
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.
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 there’s a fairly strong hop presence for an amber, that are somewhat floral. There’s 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 I’ve ever had.
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.
Nuffield (3541) - 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 I’ve had recently. Fizzy and standard caramel. Very non-descript for an anniversary beer, unless you’re in Hertfordshire and like things that pass off as average bitters/ambers.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle - thanks to OhioDad for this special brew! Pours hazy chestnut color with a large beige head that diminished quickly to a ring of bubbles. Wow, this is one sweet and fruity mother of an amber. Aroma is caramel, toffee and rich, ripe summer fruits. Flavor is sweet and rich as well, more ripe fruits, toasty notes, alfalfa and spice with lingering honey-floral aftertaste. Medium to full body and velvety carbonation.