MNAle (140) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber, somewhat hazy with solid carbonation visible. 3/4-inch off-white to tan head, receding moderately leaving splotchy lacing. Malty aroma, fruits, a bit of bread, nutty, anticipates a sweet taste. Thick feel. Mild initial taste, sticky, a bit sweet, subtle earthiness. Middle and finish remain as with the initial taste with a finish that clings to the mouth and tongue. Hardly any bittering evident. Moderately sweet finish. A bit simple in all aspects. Easy to drink, pleasant, enjoyable in its own right. If you read the brewerís web site description of this beer, it is hitting exactly what the brewer intended, so comparing it against spicy holiday beers or high ABV winter warmers in unfair. Their focus on all (or nearly all) local ingredients from malts to hops is laudable. Nonetheless, as pleasant and drinkable as this beer is, I like a bit more complexity in malty beers.
Braudog (6493) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Every once in a while I stumble onto a beer Iím surprised I havenít rated before. Here ya go. Pretty straight forward, medium brown, thin to no head. The aroma has a vague note of sweet candies. This drinks with a middle of the road malty baseline, light toffee, tight tart top notes. (#6436, 11/29/2016)
ozzy70 (918) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple samples from bottle. Pours light amber, beige head. Aroma was malty, toasted grains. Taste was sweet, malty, spicy.
RedSox2004 (1743) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 26, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper/red, a slight haze, with a small off-white head and modest lace. Aromas of toffee, toast, caramel and a hint of earth. Taste is mostly caramel and toffee sweetness, with toast and a whisper of offsetting hop bitterness. Medium body, average carbonation, smooth mouthfeel and a dry finish.
ronaldtheriot (1842) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bellís Christmas Ale has a medium, ivory-colored head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, with lots of sediment chunks, some bubbles, and a bit of lacing left behind. Aroma is of mildly sweet brown bread crust, toast, and a touch of dried fruit. Mouthfeel is low-medium, and Bellís Christmas Ale finishes on the dry side. RJT
Hinez57 (244) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - NOV 24, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent beer, not a good scottish ale. Aroma is malty, raisins, hint of apricots/stone fruits. Bright clear beer that looks beautiful in glass with a hint of lace. Taste is quite dry, well bittered which dominates the finish, slight fruity esters that are more british than scottish in nature, no phenolics, woody herbal hop character comes through. Palate is crushed by the bitterness which just doesnít play well with the malt character. It is simply too hop forward for style. Overall itís drinkable, enjoyable even. However a Scottish style ale it is not.
Prufrockstar (2038) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Because I love Expy I feel compelled to drink everything else. Look, this one isnít all that great - itís got this toasted stale bread thing going on that isnít all that inspiring, and otherwise itís pretty bland -- some caramel sweetness, light bitterness, just sort of a generic beer with healthy malt presence. But thereís nothing unpleasant about this. The main take-away for me is that I like mediocre beers more than most folks.
PanMarek (336) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear, amber pour with quick beige foam. Caramel malt nose with some faint spicy notes. Medium body, thin fizz. The malts are complex with caramel dominating but good roasted notes too. Faint spices, but not much. Hops at the end. Less heavy than expected, easy to imagine having more than one.
Mep3222 (1351) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dry malty aroma with some slight honey and medicine to the finish. Some spice and not too heavy but the almost cherry medicine feel to the finish is a downside. Still descent but not my favorite bells beer.
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mjmoen (359) - - JUL 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
D. Pours a deep amber color with white head. Not a good flavor. Doesnít get better through the glass