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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 Bellís drinkers who have helped us reach this moment in our breweryís history. Cheers to you!


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1161) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2284) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5941) - 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)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zootfinster (203) - 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.

4.2
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1263) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4169) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2010
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2010
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2010
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.


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