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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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We started in 1985 with a soup pot, a dream, and quite honestly a prayer. Thank God we made it! Please enjoy this special ale made with Michigan-grown barley malt and celebrate with us.


awaisanen's rating

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2010
From a 12oz Bottle. Mostly transparent, ruddy copper colored body with a thin layer of wispy white head. Malty aroma of caramel and cherry gumdrops along with a hint of papaya tropical fruit hops. Toffee and fruitcake. Low citrus hop aroma. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, somewhat sticky texture. Sweet caramel malt flavors up front on the palate with flavors of bread dough, toffee, and raisin bread. A prominent cherry gumdrop flavor lingers. Moderately hoppy flavor, with notes of grapefruit and pine coming out mid-palate and lingering into the finish. The sweetness of the malt dominates though, overwhelming the hops. I’m left with the overall impression of a light American Barleywine.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (17227) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20k tasting in London. Big thanks to the man of the hour for this beer! Pours clear gold with a frothy, white head. The nose is a little papery, with note of bread and citrus. Moderately sweet, somewhat boozy, with touches of lime peel, white bread. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Hot finish, with alcohol-soaked citrus fruits, orange, simple pale bread. Just OK overall.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (7846) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 15/01/2016. Many thanks to Kenny for this one. Hazed golden orange coloured pour with a small loose white head. Aroma is toffee, farmyard grains, toffee apple, spicy menthol. Flavour is composed of harsh grains, alcohol solvent, toffee, spicy apple. Palate is grainy, highish carbonation, semi sticky sweet, Lingering mint. Ok. Little age on show.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (5318) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle share at Kenny’s 20K, thanks to Ken. As ’Bells 25th Anniversary’, I’ve written down 9.8%. Hazy orange, lightly sparkling, small ring of tan head, dotted lacing. Aroma is toffee, floral - rose in particular. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste follows the nose - toffee with a dry, floral, chalky, papery dimension. Not bad overall.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (42524) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2016

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ [ madmitch76 - 20K Tasting ] - chriso & Boudicca House, London.

[ As Bells Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Ale ].
[ Vintage ]. Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, bread, dried fruit, caramel, malt. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light to light moderate bitter with a long duration, caramel, dried fruit, malt, earthy notes. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light light alcoholic. [20160115]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (5587) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
33cl bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K celebrations @Chriso’s, thanks to Kenny. It pours a clean ruby copper color with a medium off white head. Aroma is sweet and lightly roasty with notes of raisins and almonds. Taste is also medium sweet and lightly tangy in the finish with notes of almonds raisins and lemon leaves. Light I medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, ok

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (11367) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ken at his 20K tasting. It pours clear deep amber with a thick off-white head. The nose is rich, sweet, earthy, toasted malt, stewed orange, peach, sherbet, fruit cake and some marzipan. The taste is bitter, earthy, leather, toffee, dried fruits, fruit cake and some warming alcohol through the finish. Medium + body and fine carbonation. Not as much depth as I was expecting, but it drinks pretty easy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (16590) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Amber colour lasting white head. Smells of cheese funnily enough. Hoppy. Toffee. Some ok toffee. Tasty enough.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (3767) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle to glass. String, thick, chewy, sticky malty aroma. Hazy deep orange to red. Medium off white head, mostly large bubbles. Taste is oalery, thin, not good. Mediocre

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2865) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Found this beer squirreled away in a place that’s been dark but quite warm for a long time. Aroma is malt and raisins. Flavor’s like nose plus herbs. Great palate. Nice beer. Wonder what it would’ve been like properly cared for.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8166) - Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2014
12 oz bottle from backlog notes 2010. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor were all over the place; carame, ffruity, toasted bread, grapefruit, resiny hops, some alcohol, a mild metallic note, weird, but like many others have said, it seemed to grow on me with time.


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