ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Smooth tasting ale with a slightly sweet flavor. Subtle smoothness. My beer was unfortunately recently shaken and therefore the appearance was poor as many yeast particulates were floating in the beer.
Good palate excentuates the overall rating of the beer. SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Thanks to csbosox for sending this out!
Huge head over a clear amber beer.
Light malt aroma with a touch of cookie dough. Balanced flavor that is slightly sweet. Not bad. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Deep amber/or orange w/ a lite head. Stale hop aroma w/ some caramel. Lite-med body. Full caramel/munich flavors. Lite bitterness. One of the more tasty ambers. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Really butter/popcorn & vegetable nose. Bitter continues into the flavor combining with some nice malts and a little lemon. Some tingly and herbal hops. The butter is just too much for this beer to be great. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Pours a lighter amber color with a medium sized off white head and a lot of fish food floaties. Butt loads of butter in the aroma and the flavor, so much that it was kind of hard to get past. Lighter caramel as well. Medium bodied, fairly smooth. Nice to try but too much butter toffee to actually enjoy.
DocLock (11049) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Thanks to atpayne for this. I always salivate at the appearance of a new (or old, for that matter) Bells beer. Slight turbid dark straw pour, with tons of floaties. Aroma of malt, corn flakes, some hops, slight toffee and brown sugar. Malty taste, with a corn flakey, slight caramel finish. A top notch amber ale. antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Bottle. Slightly hazy orangish amber with a thin white head. Little floaties galore. Caramelly malts in the aroma with a little fruit and a "just opened a packet of brown sugar oatmeal" thing going on in the background. Let’s just say sweet and grainy. Delicious fruity substantial malt flavor with enough hops for balance, but not enough for me to pick out varieties. Good. Slightly toasted "’just dry enough to make you drink a lot" finish. Great stuff, much more character than most ambers, i.e. Fat Tire and the like. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Not the prettiest amber ale around (more of a muddy brown) with a thin, off-white head. Very American aroma with grapefruit and a sweet, caramel malt but a definite Bell’s house character encompassing it all. A great balance of malt and hops. Maltiness up front with hop flavor coming in shortly after, then acidity cleaning up at mid-palate, followed by sweet, creamy, toasty caramel malt finish. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
12oz bottle, no BBD. Chunky pour, big head. Sweet malty, carmel nose...grainy. Taste is more of the same. Peachy, apricot fruitiness mixes w. the big malt presence. Luscious big beer that luckily doesn’t finish too sweet. If I could buy this all the time locally, I probably would. ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Was a bit generous on 1st set of numbers.
Thin head, gorgeous color, with a smattering of grains and yeast remaining in the bottle. I wowed the in-laws with this over Thanksgiving. We enjoyed the simple clean fruits, slightly hopped, and the quiet background noises of amber malts and a touch of dark grains. I recommend chilled (58 F) and often.