wxman (1271) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bright clear amber with an off-white head that is not overly impressive. Aroma is fruit (oranges & strawberries?). The taste is fruit once again and a very rich malty character. There is also citrus in the flavor along with a piney hoppiness. Very good effort, but a little too hoppy for me. Twenty years ago I was a real hophead; today, not so much.
auerbrau (3077) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Interesting dank caramel and papaya seed nose. It’s got some spicy old bay type seediness to it, very savory overall. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Pours a thick, but translucent henna amber, with a khaki head, settled. Flavors are heavily in red malt. Light brown sugar, a touch of toffee, some faint hazlenuts, zucchini bread, and almonds. Hop flavor is grazing and seemingly less than I expected. There are some high tropical and floral notes, less of the savory character, and some zingy lime-like touches. Seems like Bell’s could have banged up something a little more noteworth for such a milestone. Thanks Sean!
NayTron (132) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber orange. Smells like hops, malt and maybe a little clove. Taste is malty with some hops. Really smooth but has a little barnyard funk to it. 8.5% is there but not to bad. Finished with a litte bitter. Not bad, but not really anything that stands out.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange with a huge head. Aroma is a bit hoppy, with a slight malty note. Flavor is underwhelmingly anti climactic. not sure if I spelled that right but you get the idea. I expected more for a anniversary of this magnitude. The flavor is so mild of caramel and hops that the alcohol couldnt hide if it wanted to. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, almost velvety. But it lacks in so many ways. The body just doesnt support the alcohol at all. I can however see where this might mellow and be really good down the road,or be a complete fail.