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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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Huh, thought I’d already judged this one. To the docket! Dark brown with a solid sheet of tan toppage. Smells of dark crystal malts, some tea, some vitamins, some nougat and sweet toasted sugar. Tastes like vinyl, bitterness, some molasses, some toasted malts, mostly difficult for me to get past the vinyl character. Medium bodied with tight carb and a semi dry finish. This beer is not even close to what I remember. Serving type: bottle 11-14-2012

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
vomit (167) - Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Batch 10000 hey? Blatz’ batch makes this batch look like a blown batch. Or not. Overall a not too shabby endeavour from Bells. But when you have collected a large Batch that is ten thousand-fold larger than average, hit those old barhags up with Blatz....they’ll appreciate it and you won’t look like a jerk....even as your "Batch" is running down there disheveled face.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5917) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks to FlandersNed. So from the description, there is no recipe, just every type of malt and hop possible? Ok, got it, here we go... Pours a very dark brown near opaque color. Good thin light brown head, leaves nice lace. Thankfully, this beer is not ultra-cloying sweet like 9,000 was, that was pretty much my main concern. Moderate nice hoppy bitterness still prevalent, and a moderate sweet, light alcohol. Kind of a spicy taste, reminds me of Bell’s Eccentric ... Did they throw in all of their left over additives as well? I’m alright with this, really. Good chocolate, roast and spice malt, lots of earthy hop, and interesting spice flavor. Some dark fruit. Bigger body, more dry texture. Smooth, lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. Good strong ale. Flavors all sort of meld together, but you can tell there’s a lot there. Alcohol not bothersome at all. Not sure how old this is, but it’s drinking well now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1036) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2013
12oz bottle sampled from a tasting pours dark brown almost black with a small tan head. wouldve like to have tasted this fresh. big sweet malts oak taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Nearly black pour w/ a thick frothy tan head with thick lacing. Aroma is a little hot notes of alcohol and some alpha acids. Some chocolates and a hint of syrups. Some complex spices. Taste is sweet with a good amount of hops without any real bitterness. A hint of pine in the aftertaste, sweet caramels and chocolates. A nice beer that I look forward to trying again in a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1443) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Tap: deep, ruby-red color, completely opaque in the center with mahogany on the edges. Tan colored head, thick and puffy with lovely lacing all along the glass. Aroma is... different, yet interesting & intriguing. Smoked wood & logs, campfire smoke, dark fruits, bitter raisins & plums, perfume-like floral notes and a mish-mash of hops going left and right. Sixty hop varieties... what?! Taste is heavy smoke, tastes like smoked malt was used. Smoked graininess, wood chips, oak... like booze soaked tree bark. Lots of cocoa in the finish with some bitter, sugarless cocoa beans, a touch of prune fruits, and a quite large hop presence - floral, bitter ash, dry, and leafy. Booze is noticeable, but not quite 9.2% ABV. Tastes like a super hopped up smoked beer... Maybe that’s what it is. I like smoke in this capacity. Very nice beer, never too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (515) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Draft at Bell’s 28th birthday party at Reno’s East. Very dark amber brown. Sweet smooth hop and candy flavor with a hint of smokiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1208) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Draft at Bell's 28th birthday party at Reno's East. Dark copper with a dense head. Sweet candi and hops. Incredibly smooth and malty. Slightly smokey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
writerljberg (631) - Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2013
12oz bottle from Todd. Thanks! A: Very dark mahogany with a thin cappuccino head that fades out. Has some legs. N: Chocolate and espresso. There’s still a significant amount of bitterness to this with some soap, pine, and herb. Licorice in here as well. T: Very, very smokey with some heavy bitterness and a base of dark chocolate sweetness. There’s some green apple in here and plenty more of the licorice. Starting to oxidize at this point. Some saltiness, but it adds a nice dimension to this. M: Medium bodied and moderately sticky. Seems to have the strong ale part down on it. O: A much better beer than the 9000 by a longshot. Pretty nice complexity on this, though it is starting to show its age, so it’s worth drinking soon if you have one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

Packaged on November 16th, 2010

3/29/2011: Bell’s Batch 10,000 Ale... Aroma: Slightly metallic caramel; toffee malts; some citrus and gentle alcohol. Appearance: Deep brown, nearly opaque color; pleasing beige cower. Flavor: Smoke, leather, toffee, dry char, ashy (almost like cigarette butts); leafy herbs, pale citrus fruits; Palate: Medium-full; smooth and delightful palate. Overall: Okay and drinkable; I think this beer is a bit more balanced and more developed/attenuated (balanced) than the other batch beers tasted tonight, but I think that it will only get more dry and thin over time.

12 fl. oz. bottle. Rating #400 for this beer.

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