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Bells Batch 10000 Ale

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RATINGS: 443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle with big thanks to my secret Santa Pailhead. Pours a murky dark brown color with a bubbly edge of head. Aroma is a big mix of hops and smoked malts. A small bit of sweetness on the nose. Flavor is upfront on hops with sharp bitter notes mixed with sweet malts. Finishes very bitter with a touch of roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1373) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
This beer pours a deep amber with a medium tan head. The aromas are bread, nuts. The mouthfeel is sticky and bitter with a medium body. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
12 oz bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). What a long strange journey it has been. I think this is my 6th of the anniversary beers (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and now 10). Pours a very dark brown, near black with a fairly opaque hue, a huge frothy dark tan head, cakes well and laces well. Stays fairly large. Aromas are nice, can’t lie about that. A plethora of malt elements show brown malts, a touch of cocoa, licorice, roast and toast, some caramel, toffee, biscuits. Sweet mellow vanilla. Moderate grassy and floral hops, a faint piney quality. A big dose of brown malts, earthy and tobacco influence. A lot going on in this beer, the hops are there but playing second fiddle. Initial is more hopped than you’d expect, dry and floral up front, touches of pine moving into brown malts, biscuits, toffee and touches of faint anise. Earthy tobacco, breads, the hops really jump at you, dry floral bitterness, pine, more. Nice, more like a bigger brown ale, a stronger American ale at it’s finest.. Malt dominance in complexity but enough hops to give it bitterness to balance. More cocoa and brown malts linger with that big bite of piney and floral hops in the finish. A nice warmer, and a marked improvement from the 9000 cough syrup bomb. Cheers, Bells

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1387) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma reveals slight amounts of floral hops and smoke. Initial sweet notes soon pass as the taste settles in to a nice smoky flavor that lingers long after the last sip. Pleasant aftertaste without sourness that sometimes accompanies lesser brews. Very hearty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
On tap @ twisted spoke. Black with a beige head. It’s hard to get much aroma malt and hops. Sweet malts brown sugar dusty chocolate bitter roast and chocolate in the finish. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Sweet, chocolate and doughy malt nose, a touch of caramel and some light dark fruit. The taste is moderately sweet with light to moderate bitterness, some dark chocolate, some light caramel, some doughy malt, some dark fruit, and golden raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17662) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle. Dark clear brown. Nice hoppy aroma, plenty of pine. Taste is bitter, hints of citrus. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9454) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle. Sweet prune/dried cherry malt and astringent alcohol aroma. Dark brown color with minimal head. Sweet prune/cherry malt and bitter/astringent citric hops flavor. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Poured a dark brown color with a medium tan head. I don’t know if it’s because mine is cold, but all I get in the aroma is hops. The flavor is a little malty, a touch of caramel, but is fairly dominated by the hops. It’s not bad, and I’m glad I grabbed a few bottles to let age for a bit. I’ll try another in a few months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (3592) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown with a moderate tan head with some decent lacing. Aroma was initially hops, but as it warmed I was able to pick up roasted malt, prune, a touch of smoke. Flavor was piney hops, coffee, bitter cocoa, molasses, dark fruit, smoke... there’s a lot going on. Medium bodied, slightly sticky and slight carbonated tingle. I’m glad I picked up several bottles so I can try it again after it’s aged.

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