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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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Pretty much the same whether from bottle or tap. A deep dark mahogany color. Nice floral hops in the aroma but not much of that in the taste. Main flavor is of dark fruits. A medium body with flat carbonation. No hint of the heavy alcohol. Nothing is overwhelming good or bad but it all mixes for a superb beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours almost black with a thin soapy tan head. Aroma is malty, peaty, tobacco, with some piney hops initially. Flavor is over the top peat, some roasted malts, light piney hops. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, and finishes bitter. I just canít get by all the smoke, reminds be of Islay single malt scotch, which Iím not a particular fan of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Aroma: Tobacco leaves, smoke, dark fruit. No hop aroma. Muddled. Nothing really stands out. Appearance: Dark brown pour with a fast-fading tan head. Fair lacing. T: Smoke, bitterness, astringent finish. Dark fruit, sandalwood, cedar. Moderate hop character in the finish. Second sip much better than the first. The bitterness really lingers long after the beer is gone. P: Medium-thick, with good carbonation keeps the brew from coming off as cloying. O: Iím not sure what to think of this one. It seemed to improve some as it warmed. Itís quite different from anything standard and really cannot be pigeonholed. Iíve got 5 more bottles left, so perhaps Iíll see what some aging on some of them will do, though I donít have my hopes up. I liked 9,000 better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2010
bottle. pours a brown color with a nice 2 finger off white / tan head which slowly fades away to a thin lacing. lots of hops hit the nose when first poured... definitely assertive and all over the place in terms of different qualities. as it warms, the hops fade away and some deep malt characters come forward - layers of chocolate, coffee, peat, cola, candy, dark fruits and more. medium body with lots of bitterness (big dry hopping notes) early on with more malts as it warms. the deep chocolate, fruit, coffee and sweet qualities overshadow the bitterness (which is still evident in the background). sweet bitter finish with a lingering caramel coke aftertaste. this beer has multiple personalities to go along with its multiple ingredients. feels like a hopped up strong ale in the beginning and finishes a sweet dry hopped porter / scotch hybrid. interesting. this needs some time.... weíll see.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1184) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2010
(bottle poured into the novelty mega-snifter) Pours black with an off-white head that retains very well and leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is quite hoppy right off the bat, and itís very vibrant and clean. Mint, pine, and chewing gum make up these clean smells. Pineapple chunks. Occasionally rising above these scents is a substantial chocolate brownie smell that somehow pairs well with the clean scents. Some scents of banana waft up as well and the alcohol is distinct. Now that the fruit and herb scents have had their fun, the vegetable scents begin to kick in upon further warming, with the green bell pepper trumpeting its arrival. Gets increasingly roasty with a beef jerky scent. Taste is really muddled however, with some chocolate present, roasted malt, smoked meat, cola, with some lingering bitterness from the substantial amount of hops. Itís really difficult to parse out any distinct flavors here. The mouthfeel is substantial and creamy, with a very toned down level of carbonation. Overall I really enjoyed the complexity displayed in the aroma, but the flavor seemed to be a jumbled and muddled mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2570) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 12 oz. bottle that I poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co. The color was a deep brown, with ruby highlights showing through, off white/light tan bubbly to rocky head foam, and thick, bubbly waves of lacing. The aroma was rich malt, roastiness, with some sweetness and slightly burnt characteristics, cocoa, fruit as dark cherry, and a wisp of strawberry. The flavor added to these notes, a moderate but lingering hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth, in a medium to full body, with a roasty, dry finish. Kind of a nice cross between a Robust Porter and an Old Ale. More recently enjoyed on tap at Lunar Brewing Co., snifter served, and noted some light caramel sweetness to add to the already complex mix.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
12 oz bottle and served in my Bells Tulip: Pours a deep brown with some reddish highlights topped initially by a frothy off white head that fades leaving spotty lace in itsí wake. The aroma starts with a toffee, caramel, chocolate, crystal rye and roasted malt tone followed quickly by a combination of herbal/resiny/catty/citric hops vapour. Some prune, fig, black strap molasses and date fruitiness along with a hint of leather, tobacco, peat, and noticeable medicinal esters. There even is a bit of a peppery, clove and juniper spice tone here and there.

The taste is modestly balanced with medium levels of sweet malts, roast and char, dark and citric fruit working with the grassy and dank hop bitterness. Light spice and earthy tones near the finish with a noted but not overpowering alcohol characteristic. The unique thing about this brew is how is starts to morph into a Scotch Ale with some peat and smoked malt showing as it warms. While not quite "all in" towards that style either I did quite enjoy the sudden change of pace. The after taste displays a bit of rye snap. The mouth feel is lively and sprite with just a tad of aggression, moderate warming and slight metallic tones. Overall, it is honestly better than I expected but it also is hardly a must try brew. There are parts of this beer that are very nice but the expected muddled character of being a hodgepodge creation is quite evident. One moment it is a Baltic Porter, the next a Robust "nutty" Porter, the next a Black IPA, the next a hoppy Scotch Ale, and so on and so on... one thing it is not is an Imperial Stout ;0)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zootfinster (208) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
This is a really nice beer. Iím not sure what an American Strong Ale is. THis has qualities of their Porter. Lots of Malt but more hops then {Porter. I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Pours a dark copper brown, with a thin beige head. Aroma is caramel, malt, dark fruit, and booze. Flavor has notes of roasted malts, floral and bitter hops, caramel, and pine. A nice smooth feel and a bit of alcohol warmth. A nice refined beer worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1392) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2010
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.

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