Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whistler’s ale is a fantastic unfiltered Irish Ale - cloudy red, makes you think a bit of iron oxide in water, but not orangey. Grain husk aroma, slightly acrid and smoky. Very fresh and clean, very biscuity/toasty, but grainier - very little hop presence or sweetness. Not as sharp at Great Lakes Conway. Delicious and a reall session ale - had on tap with Heather and lids and the new in-laws.
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Bells continues to impress- their foray into Irish Ales has produced my favorite example to date. This beer poured a hazy orange-brown color, topped by a thin cream-colored head. Strong toast/cheerios and chocolate aroma. Dry and cerealy. Flavor is likewise extremely toasty and grainy with chocolate notes in addition to just a touch of caramel and fruit. Medium-bodied with nice complexity, this beer is packed with flavor for 4.5% ABV. Another welcome addition to the Bells lineup- this should be bottled.