Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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2.35/5 rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Strange beer. First of all, the entire idea: a Christmas themed beer that purports to be a Scotch Ale? Call me confused. I know that this had to be shoehorned into some category, but do not go and have a pint of this expecting full bodied Scotch goodness, because you'll be disappointed.
Amber pour with a generous head. Nose is gentle, malty. The flavour of this beer is...odd. It has a bit of an herbal hop bite that is vaguely clove-like and somewhat astringent, and then it segues into an inoffensive, but also unimpressive malt section. That's it.
The bottom line for me is that Bell's needs to either run with this ball or just forget even coming to the field. MI is full of breweries that are putting out top tier Scotch Ale style product (Founders and Arcadia both come to mind) and this doesn't hold a candle to either of those.
Serving type: on-tap
11-30-2008 22:32:38 | More by CortexBomb
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