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Bells Batch 10000 Ale

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RATINGS: 431   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 Bell’s drinkers who have helped us reach this moment in our brewery’s history. Cheers to you!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (747) - Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdoyledesign (174) - Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3463) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 14, 2013
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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - APR 21, 2013
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1752) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (3199) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2013
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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle c/o Secret Santa 2012. Pours dark brown and burgundy with a 2-finger creamy tan head. Aromas of toffee, hazelnut, nutty candy, caramel, mild berry and bittersweet cocoa. Raisin, prune, plum, lots of fig, vanilla, and alcohol as it warms. The flavor is lots of leather, tobacco, and oak. Raisin, and fig are prominent, with dark berry also. Very light citrus rind leads to a sweet, malty, somewhat salty leather finish, with cocoa and vanilla in the aftertaste. Low carbonation, medium to fully body, creamy. Really nice; sweet, very subtle complexities. Better with every sip. [1123]

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
artmcd8 (1612) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Cellared for roughly three years thanks to changeup45. The beer is still going strong. Vigorous pour from bottle to balloon tulip yields a strong head that dissipates to a light lingering foam. Color is a deep brown. Bottle is a clean and simple design. The aroma is complex due to all the malts and hops. There is a molasses and fig/raisin quality to it. Some coffee comes up on the back end of the sip once the beer warms up. The flavor is on the sweet side of balanced and the texture winds up slightly sticky on the lips. All in all I'm glad I tried this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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