brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy copper amber with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, butterscotch, dark fruits and spice. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of smoked caramel malt, floral hops, pine, cinnamon, and some spiciness. Not my favorite Christmas Ale of this season but okay.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a thin head. Aroma is hoppy. Taste is good. Very swwet upfront with a nice bitter hops finish.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (thanks TURDFERGUSON for this one)... Poured clear copper/orange with a thick, off white head. Fruity aroma with spiced hops. Well carbonated. Fruity sweetness, caramel and lots of biscuit-like grains. Very malt driven with a dab of hops, a nice ground pepper tone to balance the sweetness.
drpimento (3526) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wellllll, interesting. Poured with a nice, white, foamy, frothy head and lotsa lace. Color is a very clear medium-to-dark amber. Aroma is malty. Flavor is more hoppy than what Iíd expect. Body is thinner also than what Iíd expect; ditto carbonation being almost spritzy. Not a bad beer in general, but as a scotch ale, not as much. Still, a good beer and easy drinking. Could be a session beer especially if youíre not too demanding of allegiance to style.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rusty amber with a big off white head. Bready malt notes on the front with nice piney hops in the background. A lot of carbonation. Biscuit dough and light caramel flavors from the malt and just a touch of hoppy bitterness on the end. Not my favorite Bellís offering but not bad.
Palidor19 (3182) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
both malts and hops are a little off. not quite the amount of spices need to make this stand out. there is a slight berrish flavor.
nick76 (4397) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is malty with corn, hay, and a touch of spice. The appearance is amber with a large head. The taste is like the aroma with a fruity flavor. The palate is smooth. Overall not great but it has some nice qualities.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
medium to golden brown, large white head. mild nose. high carbonation for the style, somewhat thin. mild bitterness before mild low crystal sweetness, somewhat spicy and floral english hops are the main flavor and are quite pleasant. the beer is pretty mild, and passable, but not a bad brew, though claiming it is a scotch ale is a stretch, more like an irish ale with a little more hops or maybe a special bitter
ben4321 (6235) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark, 12/8/09
Aroma: Has some caramel, toffee, some candied fruits, biscuit, earthy hops, and spice
Appearance: Pours a bright red color with a big, fluffy white head, good retention and lots of lace
Flavor: Taste is mostly sweet with some yeasty spice, mild hop backing
Palate: Highly smooth, nice drinking brew with a light-medium body
First off, this beer has a lot of flavor to it, and Iím almost always in favor of that. Also, it drinks really nicely. Overall, its pretty solid, not great, but definitely good. Bellís calls this a Scotch Ale, Iím not sure I agree, but whatever you call it Iíll call it good. A bit on the 1 dimensional side, as it lacks a little balance, but there is a little hop there trying to balance it. Rather then debate further, Iíll settle on solid, and have another beer.
hopscotch (11023) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Ö Hazy, dirty orange ale with a huge, wispy, white head. Fantastic retention. The malty, biscuity aroma presents toasted grains and pralines. Medium to full-bodied with spritzy carbonation. The flavor is malty and hearty with decent balance provided by a generous, earthy hop component. Crisp, clean finish.