Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists of strange musty fruity/mango and citrus combination along with some spicy hops and light caramel. It pours a mostly transparent dark amber with a touch of haze and a small orange tinged off-white head. The flavor starts with moderate orange notes, light-moderate caramel, and a hint of brown sugar. The finish has notes of citrus, tropical fruits, and spicy hops. I absolutely would not peg this for 8.5%. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2010
amber/orange look, effervescent, thin head. i thought this was a pretty beer. citrus fruit nose. hoppy, malty, light fruit taste. i was expecting a bit more bite from this, but i’m not going to let that affect my rating. easy to drink. a good one. i think they could sell a lot of this if they wanted to. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2010
pours a beautiful plum color with small off-white head. aroma of ruby red grapefruit, sugar, caramel, and faint lemon. flavor of citrus hops, burnt sugar, mango and other tropical notes, and a hint of honey. herbal tea finish cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2010
A-pours a hazy reddish grapefruit color with an off white head leaving a pretty sizable lace.
S-the nose is strange, notes of dough and bread up front, some spicy rye aromas, hints of pine and a decent bit of ctirusy hops with some model airplane glue behind. the glue is so wierd, not the part of getting high from it (the acetone), just the gluey smell.
T-the taste is also different, light notes of dough and bread, spicy rye, piney and hints of wood, a nice bit of citrussy hops, peach, grapefruit, mango. there is a light soft bitterness but not strong or lingering.
M-smooth and syrupy feel, good carbonation, crisp slightly grainy finish. its actually rather creamy on the palate with a good medium body.
D-this is quite tasty, the airplane glue scared me a little but it actually seemed part of the aroma. the flavors are good, this seems to have some spicy rye in to me. well balanced, interesting beer! wxman (1870) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Pours a bright clear amber with an off-white head that is not overly impressive. Aroma is fruit (oranges & strawberries?). The taste is fruit once again and a very rich malty character. There is also citrus in the flavor along with a piney hoppiness. Very good effort, but a little too hoppy for me. Twenty years ago I was a real hophead; today, not so much.
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2010
12oz Bottle. Interesting dank caramel and papaya seed nose. It’s got some spicy old bay type seediness to it, very savory overall. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Pours a thick, but translucent henna amber, with a khaki head, settled. Flavors are heavily in red malt. Light brown sugar, a touch of toffee, some faint hazlenuts, zucchini bread, and almonds. Hop flavor is grazing and seemingly less than I expected. There are some high tropical and floral notes, less of the savory character, and some zingy lime-like touches. Seems like Bell’s could have banged up something a little more noteworth for such a milestone. Thanks Sean! NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Pours an amber orange. Smells like hops, malt and maybe a little clove. Taste is malty with some hops. Really smooth but has a little barnyard funk to it. 8.5% is there but not to bad. Finished with a litte bitter. Not bad, but not really anything that stands out. coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Pours a hazy orange with a huge head. Aroma is a bit hoppy, with a slight malty note. Flavor is underwhelmingly anti climactic. not sure if I spelled that right but you get the idea. I expected more for a anniversary of this magnitude. The flavor is so mild of caramel and hops that the alcohol couldnt hide if it wanted to. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, almost velvety. But it lacks in so many ways. The body just doesnt support the alcohol at all. I can however see where this might mellow and be really good down the road,or be a complete fail.