Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Picked up a growler at 1 for the Road yesterday. Kept it cold and dark, so it should be alright. This is my first Scottish Ale, so bear with me.
Poured into a pint glass, the head recedes rather quickly, leaving just a dusting on the surface. It's a nice, deep brown-red. Lots of tiny bubbles rush to the top.
On the nose, the malt is most apparent. Not overly woody or chocolatey, or anything for that matter. Very tame, but with just a bit of sweetness and spicey hops.
The taste is definitely a winner for me. You wouldn't expect it from the smell, but this is decently complex. The body of the taste is sweet, spiced fruit, and almost funky malt. Balance that with a hint of spice on the aftertaste, a smooth, smooth mouthfeel, and you'll get a rather tasty option for the winter months.
I could use a little more to the nose, to really bring out the subtleties in the taste, but hey - it's nice to curl up with a growler-full of a great, sessionable beer and share with a friend. Happy holidays.
Serving type: growler
12-29-2011 05:12:02 | More by troysoy2
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