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Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's 25th Anniversary AleBell's 25th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

485 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 68 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 07-28-2010)
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 9871 bottled on 8/12 pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with a nice tan head that retains well considering the ABV. The aroma is really exceptional with notes of caramel apples, juicy citrusy hops, orange marmalade, toffee, toasted bread, dark fruits (cherry, blackberry, plum) and some alcohol. The flavor starts off with some piney and citrusy hops, along with some caramel and toffee, fruity esters, toasted bread, dark fruits (fig, cherry, plum) along with some metallic notes and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and drinkability is good for the ABV. Very nice beer from Bell's that is impressively hoppy while also showcasing the unique flavor of the Michigan barley. It's got kind of a midwest Arrogant Bastard vibe to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:34:19 | More by silver0rlead
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Appearance - this was by far the most appealing part of this beer! rich frothy white head with beautiful lacing. light caramel color to the beer.

Smell - roasted malts for sure and a slight bitterness at the end.

Taste - lots and lots and lots of malts! Malt bomb.

Mouth feel - even with how malty this guy was it was very easy to drink.

Overall - maybe I should not have sat on this beer trade as long as I did. While very easy to drink, it was not my favorite Bell's beer.

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This is the last of my 6 pack and it has been sitting on my basement shelf for 3 years now. I wish I had some notes on the other 5, but can't recall how they were.

Pours a dark, copper with a small thin head after an aggressive pour. The head floats on top of the beer for a good few drinks. Beautiful lacing sticks to the sides with each drink.

Very sweet, complex smell. Hints of raisans, plums, molasses, and caramel. A lot going on there. Different smells come through as the beer warms up.

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Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.