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


growler's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2006
bottle. Slightly hazy orange with lacy white head. Doughy aroma with a light floral back ground some caramal. Bread dough with some smoked malt light caramel in the background. Well balanced with the just right amount of bitterness. Solid, well rounded brew. Many thanks to Hopscotch for the bottle.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle from dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! Dan thought this was a barley wine, so he kept some around for a long time and admitted it was a mistake. But Iíll try it anyway. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head that fades fast. Aroma of caramel malts, tea leaves, cardboardy oxidation, tobacco, earth, and honey. Flavor of overripe fruits, caramel malts, cardboard, earth, tea, and minerals. Finishes dry. Light-bodied, with a leafy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Itís actually held up all right for all this time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
bottle shared by phaleslu- thanks a ton peter- way to age this shit to perfection!%!@# aroma of sweet, oxidized, sherry bread. taste of doughy sweet watery oxidized caramel. way better than expected, given the age on this beer. smooth, creamy, sherry oxidation, atop a bready doughy whatever. nice enough. bonus points for holding up reasonably well over the yizearz.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
I had 3 bottles of this, gave one away and drank one shortly after I got it. Sadly I didnít rate it and so all this time Iíve had this sittling in the cellar. Aroma is caramel and toffee blend. Pours a nice amber color. Flavor is still good, nice malty sweet caramel, hops are subdued but still there. Palate is nicely still rich. Overall I canít complain, my memory is that I loved this when I first had it and I still canít complain.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (8861) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Bottle. Amber pour. Lots of caramel malt and some oxidation in the nose. Flavor is malty and oxidized. drinkable still, but not all that great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick, off-white head with lots of lacing. Itís swet, malt and toffeeish to start followed by a bitter hoppiness. Medium bodied and warming.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2009
12 oz bottle shared by RLB. Pours a amber clear with a nice head. Toasty caramel aroma with toffee, and a slight papery stale oxidation with lame oxidized old fruity esters. Flavor is more toffee and caramel, crystal malts with a dryign leather earthiness, more oxidation and stale wet papery malts- grainy cracker like finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of DrnkMcDermott. This brew pours a murky dark copper hue with an offwhite moderate head that begins to dissipate. Aromas are pretty muted malty sweetness dominates. Taste is pretty mellow light citrus up front moving to a respectable carmel and biscuity malt backbone. Depleted. Smooth and sessionable but lacking any "oomph". Lighter medium bodied brew with decent bitterness on the end, Ehhhhh. Not my thing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2008
The beer is, what else, amber in color. The aroma is of malty toffee, with earthy something, maybe hops or yeast. I just wish it wasnít as faint. The taste is malty. The hops are there somewhere. Now I am pretty sure the hops are providing this recurring theme of earthiness. The mouthfeel is definitely thicker than the average amber ale. Since I like this beer, it is not too thick. If this were always available, I would always have it in my fridge. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-24-2005 07:27:50

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2007
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!

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.


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