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Bells Batch 10000 Ale

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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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The last in our Batch series is being packaged today and tomorrow. While we are excited to free up some brewing space for other creative projects, the end of the Batch series marks a major milestone for us, and is a little bittersweet being the end of an era. Batch 10,000 reflects our homebrewing roots and was inspired by the the last homebrew of the season. Our owner Larry Bell remembers going through his brewing supplies and making the last homebrew out of whatever malts and hops were left from his brewing months. With this being the motivation behind our last commemorative batch series beer, we combed through the catalogs of many malt and hop suppliers to source 100 different malts, grains, and other fermentables. This is balanced by the addition of 60 different hop varietals between the kettle and dry hopping. The resulting beer presents a deep, chocolate brown hue and offers roasted and caramel notes from the malts mixed with an assertive hop character. Feel free to drink it fresh, or vintage age it as you please. We lift our glass in appreciation to Bell’s drinkers who have helped us reach this moment in our brewery’s history. Cheers to you!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5132) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle to snifter (thanks jmborggren). Looks good; a slightly translucent dark mahogany with beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells smwwet and malty with heavy notes of caramel and toffee. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drsordr (986) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Vertical tasting provided by alexsdad06, 8000, 9000, 10000, and goes to 11. Bottle pour deep ruby. Nose dank hop some pine, sweet malt. Taste some sharp bitter up front. Vague sweet mid and late. not much else. probably better fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (480) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2013
12oz to snifter courtesy of cpetrone. Sweet sugary malt aroma. Dark Brown. Minimal head. Lots of everything and not much of anything. Hops and malt. The kitchen sink. Fun. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (2449) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle, thnx to a great trader who’s name I lost together with my notes.. Pours a dark brown beer with a small, off white head on top, that settles quickly into a small ring. Aroma is complex, touches of caramel, licorice, vanilla, rye and has an earthy dry hoppiness to it. Loads of other aspects as well, but all on the sweeter side of the aroma-palate. Flavor is also quite sweet with big malty touches. Caramel and licorice-like influences shine trough the most, alongside some dried nuttyness and a touch of chocolate. Slight bitter aftertaste, short lasting. Guess this bottle is from 2010, so it’s over 3 years old when drank. Aged well, but has become a bit thin I guess. Alcohol has mellowed out completely, no burn whatsoever. Some alcohol is noticeable in the flavor, but certainly not disturbing. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (2591) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Misty deep mahogany orange body with a light brown smal head. Sweet toasted vanilla nose. Barrel, sweet toasted tobacco, and a fruity bitterness to balance. Full bodied., Smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (5096) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Shared bottle at local tasting, from my secret santa 2012. Pours almost black with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, light peat and perfume. Taste is moderate sweet, dark bitter liquorice, tobacco and leather, dry bitter finish, nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (623) - NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Dark brown. Little head. Sweet vineous, port-like aroma. Similar taste. Some tobacco and leather.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (4933) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. ABV is 9.2%. Dark brown colour, moderate beige head. Aroma of molasses and oak. The flavour is better than batch 6000, less sweet (but still sweet enough) with a more distinct hop profile, notes of oak and tobacco.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (2272) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Kveldens siste på RB-treffet i det private boksølmuseet på Vistenes: slankere og mindre søt enn Batch 6000, noe som gjør den mer konsumeringsvennlig. Umulig å merke at de iflg vaskeseddelen har brukt hele 60 ulike humler. Men en velkomponert lapskaus er alltid godt. Prøver gjerne flere fra dette bryggeriet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (2772) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle shared in the hotel room. Pours an inky black with a beige head of foam. Aroma has notes of nuts, toffee, caramel, leather, and spice. Taste is mostly sweet with a hint of spice coming through. Thought this was an Imperial Stout when I was drinking it. Didn’t know the story behind it. Interesting that such a shotgun approach would yield something like this.


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