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Bells Batch 10000 Ale

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RATINGS: 433   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 Bellís drinkers who have helped us reach this moment in our breweryís history. Cheers to you!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2014
12 oz bottle thanks to drfabulous. Pours clear dark brown with khaki head. Aroma: old barley wine. Raisin, plum, chocolate, stale hops, smoke, caramel. Something a little synthetic I canít quite place. Taste: moderately sweet, lasting finish. Full body, slick and coating texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6218) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
bottle at Alís of Hamden, Enola, PA. agressive beer. chocolate, malted milk balls, roasted malts are very assertive. agressive bitterness. Seemed bigger than 9.2%. Big agressive strong ale

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1115) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
ah yes, the "kitchen sink" brew. i had this a while ago soon after it was released but apparently never rated it until now - itís a dark amber-brown brew with light carbonation and a huge complicated aroma. sticky hops, sticky molassees and a bit of alcohol heat. individual flavors are hard to discern thanks to the sheer multitude of ingredients, but itís enjoyable and a special treat, even a few years after its release.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1990) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours an opaque brown. Malty and dark fruits. Medium bodied. Very nice slightly roasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5850) - Indiana, 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 (1237) - 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 (591) - 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 (2766) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle, thnx to a great trader whoís 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 itís 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 (2916) - MosterÝy, 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 (5679) - 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.


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