bluejacket74 (1183) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is OK, and thereís a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, licorice, pine and citrusy hops, leather, chocolate, and molasses. The first sip is sweet and hoppy. After that it tastes like citrusy and pine hops, chocolate, smoked malt, dark fruit, molasses and an earthy/herbal taste I really canít describe well. I guess thatís to be expected with all the different kinds of hops and malt in this brew. Thereís also a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís coating and creamy with decent carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I certainly didnít have any problems finishing this one. Itís quite a unique beer, but I liked it. Itíll be interesting to see how this one ages.
Beerman6686 (3781) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a darker ruby red color with an off white head. Aroma was some nice roasted and toasted malts, smoke, and some bittering citrus hops too. Flavor was not quite all over the place like I expected, mainly medium bittering hops follow by some smokey and roasted malts. Interesting but nothing special.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like roasted malt, lots of chocolate. Taste is very bizarre. Starts off like a stout, finishes extremely hoppy. Seems to get more hoppy. Very confusing and weird. Iím interested to see how this will age.
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definately fits in the catagory of american strong ale. Pours deep brown with a hint ofrose color. Good carbonation on the pour creating a nice sized off white head. Taste like well... a full flavor, well malted ale with a dry hoppy finish (a bit like third coast old ale) . Tastes pretty great, but may be a little too hoppy for what I was hoping for. Congrats Bellís for 10,000 batches.
Narnad (1408) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly murky, dark brown color with a dense 1 inch light tan head. Aroma has a very complex nose. Caramel malt and citrus hops are the stronger of the nose but additional notes of chocolate, deep toasted malts, grassy hops and finishes with a fresh hop leafiness. Flavor is really good. Starts off with a very full citrus and grassy hops combination but is quickly overtaken by a deep rich maltiness composed of light chocolate, Munich malt, light smoke in the middle and a coffee bitter bite once the hops and stronger malt notes subside. The beer has a modest body with a mild creamy texture, mainly imparted from the very creamy long lasting head. There is a slight dryness at the very end of the brew as well. Overall I was expecting a beer that would be kinda out of whack due to the wide range of ingredients used to brew it but it turned out fairly well balanced. The flavor and texture reminds me more of a heavily hopped Scottish ale as the toasted notes and body are more reminiscent of that styling. Very good brew and I canít wait too see how it ages through the years as the maltiness will only get better.
madvike (2539) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - Pours murky cola-colored with a big foamy tan head. A grassy, herbal hop presence on the nose, with a smoky/peaty malt note picked out by the last reviewer. Some baking spice, rye bread, and just a faint warming heat. Taste is medium roasted malt, with a cocoa flavor and a sharp alcohol bite. It transitions into a bitter, grassy hop finish that sticks around for a while and dries everything out. Carbonation is soft and pleasing, and thereís a decent amount of heft to the body. Nothing really stands out on this one, other than the off-putting booziness and the ultra-bitter hoppiness on the finish. Not my thing, but based on how well Batch 9000 is aging, I have hope this will mellow into something better.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a clear dark amber color with a soapy off-white head.
S: Smells kind of like what I expected: a clusterfuck of hops and malts. Despite what is likely a very small percentage of the grain bill, the smoke/peat malts are quite strong. Thereís a bit of a citrus aroma, which is nice enough. Some mild coffee, toffee, and molasses.
T: Weirdly sweet right on the front but the smoke comes on quite strongly after that. A moderate hop bitterness, especially on the finish. Strong molasses flavor and some burnt sugar and very toasty. Thereís a strangely rubber-like flavor to this beer, too.
M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Just way too smokey and oddly rubbery. Not really a fan of this one. Iíll try to age this one and see if it changes at all.
mixmasterob (877) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Macís. Dark ruby red/brown pour, thick head. Light lace left. As expected, the aroma was a bit muddled and confusing. Lightly roasted malts, some chocolate, floral hops, light citrus and mixed fruit. Actually quite hoppy. Rich roasted malts up front, light chocolate and espresso slowly came through, then a big hoppy presence. Pretty much all over the place, nice job mixing 160 ingredients. Lingering bitterness in the finish, dry. Mouthfeel was big, silky and smooth, classic Bellís. Nice job.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a gorgeous dark chocolate brown, shiny but not thick/oily, with a fizzy sticky light tan head. Aroma seems to be a bit muted, grape juice, citrus, orange, pineapple, very juicy, some crystal sweetness, light brown sugar, light hint of warming alcohol. Flavor is at first very juicy tropical citrus, tootsie roll like chocolate, alcohol, very plasticy, reminds me of a Danish brew, nice depth and well balanced bright flavors, very bright citrus, underlying bitterness that sits with the alcohol, something a bit chalky on the finish, not sure how this will age, probably like most citrusy barley wines, probably best to drink soonish. Medium/full bodied, not thick or hard to drink, well attenuated, carbonation is okay. I can dig it. The more I drink it thought the more all over the place it gets... maybe it was just better cold.
hombrepalo (1744) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
120z bottle from Archers. Wow, too much going on here! Deep ruby color. Thick berryish and caramelly aroma with red currants, toffee and warming alcohol. Thick dessert wine like flavor with toffee, raisins, plum and caramel. Malt domination. Overdone, will age a couple and re rate...