poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 9/24/12
making it six months and three days old by the time I drank it.
Appearance: Rusty orange/light brown hue. Sediment particles suspended
in the liquid unmoving - interesting to look at but I don’t think that’s
how it’s supposed to look. Forms a small, off-white, frothy head which
mostly dissipates but leaves lacing on the glass.
Smell: Faint malty smell of honey or caramel. Practically odorless otherwise.
Taste: Maybe it’s not fair to review this beer considering how old the
bottle was by the time I got to it. But since it’s so rare I get to try a
Bell’s beer I’m not just going to drain pour it. And though the bottle
was indeed old I could find redeeming qualities in Bell’s Amber Ale.
It’s a pretty classic amber ale in every way. Lightly sweet notes of
honey, caramel and toasted bread. A general dry yeasty character
throughout the palate as well (is this bottle conditioned?). A strong
bitterness on the finish with a residual caramel flavor that lingers
briefly. There’s definite sourness in here as well, I’m sure due to the
age of the bottle. I can overlook it and tolerate it and still enjoy
Drinkability: Though there’s some flaws to the palate, Bell’s Amber Ale
is still quite drinker-friendly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a
fairly soft texture. A smooth finish with a slightly pasty aftertaste.
The weight is good at 5.8% ABV - nothing too strong, but no reason to
session it. I could see this being quite refreshing in the summer or
with the right meal.