RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bell’s 28th birthday party at Reno’s East. Very dark amber brown. Sweet smooth hop and candy flavor with a hint of smokiness.
Mittenator (1389) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bell's 28th birthday party at Reno's East. Dark copper with a dense head. Sweet candi and hops. Incredibly smooth and malty. Slightly smokey.
Sarlacc83 (939) - Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Todd. Thanks!
A: Very dark mahogany with a thin cappuccino head that fades out. Has some legs.
N: Chocolate and espresso. There’s still a significant amount of bitterness to this with some soap, pine, and herb. Licorice in here as well.
T: Very, very smokey with some heavy bitterness and a base of dark chocolate sweetness. There’s some green apple in here and plenty more of the licorice. Starting to oxidize at this point. Some saltiness, but it adds a nice dimension to this.
M: Medium bodied and moderately sticky. Seems to have the strong ale part down on it.
O: A much better beer than the 9000 by a longshot. Pretty nice complexity on this, though it is starting to show its age, so it’s worth drinking soon if you have one.
shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Packaged on November 16th, 2010
3/29/2011: Bell’s Batch 10,000 Ale... Aroma: Slightly
metallic caramel; toffee malts; some citrus and gentle alcohol.
Appearance: Deep brown, nearly opaque color; pleasing beige cower.
Flavor: Smoke, leather, toffee, dry char, ashy (almost like cigarette
butts); leafy herbs, pale citrus fruits; Palate: Medium-full; smooth
and delightful palate. Overall: Okay and drinkable; I think this
beer is a bit more balanced and more developed/attenuated (balanced)
than the other batch beers tasted tonight, but I think that it will
only get more dry and thin over time.
12 fl. oz. bottle. Rating #400 for this beer.
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is good. Solid malty aroma with done hop back notes. Flavor is much the same. Malts with some hop backdrops. Clean palate. Very drinkable strong ale.
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just like most of the batch series, there’s a lot going on. Bottle thanks to Broham. Pours ruby. Smells like berries and caramel. Taste is like a dessert wine like with caramel, toffee, raisins and dark fruit. Lots of malt. Aged nicely.
RobertDale (3704) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Tim! Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, caramel, and pine. Taste is caramel malt, dark fruit, molasses, coffee, and pine. Very nice!
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared by Max at Zach and Matt’s tasting. Pours brownish black with a medium tan head. Aroma of booze, dark fruits, some spice and malt. Taste is slightly boozy with roasted notes and a really smooth finish for the level of ABV.
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark with nice head. Aroma and flavor is dark fruits and hops. Really really nice. Dark fruit blends perfectly with the hops, abv is non-existent. Wish I had more.
AirForceHops (3509) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Queenholly, thanks so much! Deep brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Thin, very light white head. Aroma and flavor runs hand in hand. Real nice subtle complexities. Dark fruit, caramel malts, toffee, some pine hops, light cocoa. Coffee notes. Woody notes. Finish has a balance of roasted malt and pine type hops. Overall heavy on the malts. I don’t know how old the bottle is but… no alcohol to be found anywhere. Very light warming sensation after the sip. Medium body leaning on the full side and a soft carbonation. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Very delightful and sophisticated. Glad to have had this chance to sample the last “Batch”. Finely aged. Thanks again Rebekah!