Two regular dudes who happen to be huge fans of American craft beer.
By scot in Beer on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
I have had Bell’s 25th Anniversary when Rich and I were at the Bell’s 25th Anniversary celebration and we stopped at the brewpub in Kalamazoo, MI. The beer on tap was quite delicious. While on the self-guided tour of the brewery that day, we talked to one of the staff members who called 25th Anniversary “an amber with some extra.” It is definitely that.
The beer pours clear and amber in color with a nice helping of tan, frothy foam on top. Retention is about average with minimal lacing. The aroma and taste are built on a mound of malt: caramel and toffee specifically. There is also a bountiful hop additions: tropical fruit with touches of pine and citrus. Vanilla, dark fruits, hop resin, and alcohol can all be found in this amazingly complex beer. A slightly viscous, big bodies beer has a zesty carbonation that just adds to the appreciation of this beer.
More than I expected each and every time I have this beer and I am glad I have had it on more than one occasion to get everything I could out. Also, the beer is well put together, so why not have more than one. Enjoy!