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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A special ale brewed to celebrate and commemorate our 20th Anniversary. We believe it's worthy of the honor.


bubslang's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Poured a murky amber with a decent sized off white head. nice sweet malt aroma and taste with some nice mild hop (both citrus and herbal) bitterness. overall a very solid beer.


2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
> Weak, watery, mint long past its prime novelty tick

[ Bottle ][ 12oz ][ northernbrews ][ Trade ][ Tired Hands ][ 7.12.14 ]
>> Pours murkier deep amber, weak foam, no retention. Nose is toffee, oxidized barleywine notes, lemon, cherry La Vie hard candies. Taste is extremely minty, no body, dead and drained. This oneís done.

>!< whore tick

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6609) - 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
SrSilliGose (3260) - 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 (9226) - 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 (5833) - Aurora, 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!


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