Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.75/5 rDev +5%
Transferred over from the Christmas Beer session in my tasting notebook.
Pours out a hazy reddish amber with an off-white two finger head that leaves some really nice lacing behind with each sip, smells like butterscotch and mildly of....fresh cranberries? My best guess is that the heavy sweet malt odor is combining with some kind of spicy / citric hopping to read as cranberries to my nose. Flavor has a nice full spectrum of overlapping malts on top of each other heavily spiced (for the scotch ale style, that is) with the same kind of hopping flavor as expected from the nose, perhaps I detect some cinnamon elements as well but it is hard to get a bead on it. Body is medium to heavy in thickness and carbonated just enough to keep it from being sludgey. Pretty good in my book.
11-19-2011 02:32:00 | More by WastingFreetime
4/5 rDev +12%
Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.
A - deep amber in color with a thin, white head. Not much head formation, but it could have been due to the bartender's pour.
S - Malt, slightly roasted. Caramelized sugar.
T - Sweet, sugary malt & caramelized sugar. Raisins. A little smokiness. Slight alcohol that warms in the throat & stomach.
M - very slight carbonation, smooth, sweet, drinkable. Good representation of the style.
11-18-2011 06:14:34 | More by Gatch
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
A: A nice clear copper color with a thin off-white head. Some decent lacing on the glass.
S: Sweet caramel malt with a little bit of noble hop aroma.
T: A sweet grainy toasted malt flavor up front with a lit bit of earthy hop. Very simple in flavor and nicely balanced. Some fruity and floral notes to it.
M: Light bodied and good carbonation. Easy drinking beer.
O: A nice christmas ale. A break from the winter warmers. Full flavored and well crafted.
11-18-2011 02:00:55 | More by Kromes
Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.