nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. aroma of caramel, chocolate, citrus/citrus rind, dark fruits and a bit of booze. Flavors are of booze soaked fruits, coffee, pine, citrus, caramel, roasted malt, light smoke. Medium/thick body, soft carbonation, lightly sweet and roasty with bitter bites here and there... long dry/bitter finish. Overall, the equivalent of a hopped up porter or stout, drinks very well and the booze is masked decently. One of the better batches I’ve had, probably third in line to 5 and 6K(I always thought 7K was overrated). Sad to think this is the last of the Batch series.
osu97gp (612) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Lowe1983. Pours a dark reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, citrus hops, and some alcohol among other things. Flavor of coffee, toffee, and roasted malts, citrus and floral hops, smoke and a hint of alcohol. Very very good. Glad I got to try this beer!
MapleCity219 (22) - Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a real deep brown with red accents, Han a thick tan head. The aroma is powered by a variety of hops with some malty sweetness. The taste is chocolaty with caramel and a very good hoppy finish with a hint of alcohol. Overall a very good beer was quite surprised.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
For rating number 4500, Batch 10,000 seemed like a good number to match. Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Zipps Liquors in Minneapolis, MN. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored brew with a decent sized beige head that slowly dissipates to a film top and reveals a nice lacing. Aroma of citrusy and pine hops, dark pitted fruits, roasted caramel malt, some soy sauce, a hint of black malt, and some light chocolate. Taste is medium to full bodied, major Black IPA caliber bitterness, with multiple flavors of subdued roasted dark malt, tart fruit, and mostly several varieties of hops, all in floral, grassy, citrus and medicinal, combined together. Finish is mostly medicinal and dry hop bitter that even lingers a tad too long. It’s a "witches brew" strong ale recipe with too many hop varieties plus maybe even an eye of a newt and a purple flirt (for those who remember the Cracker Jack commercials during the late 1960s). Aging could tone this down a little bit.
DalzAle (1843) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very dark brown pour, minimal carbonation and a sweet/syrupy toffee aroma. Flavor is roasted dark malts, peat, raisins, black pepper and boozy soy sauce on the finish. Interesting beer, but my least favorite out of the last 4 of the "Batch K" series.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2010
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
BLack body with ample head. Sweet aroma. Malty candy sugar and yeast - faint pitted fruits. Stale body, with a smoked character that clashed with the aroma. Too thick...
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown body with a thin tan head. Bittersweet chocolate, wood, coffee, dark fruits, dry bitter finish. Strange, a lot going on but not bad. We’ll see if this might mellow a bit in the next few years.
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola brown pour with thin tan head, disipates to just a rime around the glass and few floaties. Aroma of smoke, chocolate, caramel. Some dark fruits, some berries. Piney and citrus hops. Medium to strong hop bitterness, peach, mango, pine. Some strawberry. Chocolate, smoke, caramel, toffee. Full, yet smooth mouthfeel. Finishes on a bitter and berry note. Different, and absolutely delicious. I bow down.
GJF (1154) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Loved it. Deep reddish pour with thick beige head. Aromas of coffee and caramel. Flavors of sweet malt balanced with coffee, wood, a bit of smoke, and dark fruits finished with a slightly burnt, dry finish. The body is actually chewy on this one, a bit like chewing tasty espresso beans.
Tmoney99 (9601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy malt and earthy hop aroma. Moderate to full body with a smooth slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy biitersweet flavor to medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a complex standout beer.