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Bells Batch 10000 Ale

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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (36244) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty. Toasted and dark toffee malty. Sweet and slight herbal and solid bitter. Smooth and dark toasted malty. Bitter and dark roasted flavoured finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30939) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2011
Bottled. A dark red beer with an off-white head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and alcohol. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, nuts, and alcohol, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Pinball. Pours a clear orangey brown with a beige head. Sweet burned caramel, nuts and spicy hops. Solid body, sweet spicy caramel like in maple syrup, a little licorice allsorts and licorice and a hoppy but not all that bitter finish. Rather nice and sophisticated. 230511

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, hops, dried fruits, cookies and pine needles. Fruity flavour of caramel, hops, cookies, liquorice and pine needles. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle. Thanks to Secret Santa! Rating #10,000. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty hoppy weak piney aroma with hints of caramel. Slightly roasted malty bitter hoppy weak piney flavor. Has a roasted malty bitter hoppy piney caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (18947) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2013
4th July 2011
Cloudy brown beer. Small pale tan head. Smooth soft palate. With 60 hops in this beer it is pretty malt led! Dark toffee, cream, molasses and a trace of marmite. Whispers of hop pine and fruit but it’s all about the malt here. Finishes with a mild carbonated bite and a mildly bitter aftertaste. Disappointing - a definite case of more is less here. Hebrew do this much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (18081) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2011
Bottle at home ... dark brown ... thin tan head .... light roast ... light hop ... light pine nose ... ligth fizzz ... big woody toffee malts ... light hop spice ... big big pine ... odd but all told quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16791) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle. Dark clear brown. Nice hoppy aroma, plenty of pine. Taste is bitter, hints of citrus. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14694) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle shared on the train to the Cotteridge Convention 2015. Thanks to for this geriatric beer. Pours mostly clear brown with a creamy, tan head. The nose has suggestions of age, semi-dark malts, dried dark fruits. Medium sweet flavor with earthy hops, chocolate, toasted toffee, leathery fruits. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with more earthy, leather, bitter burnt grains, berry skins. Some interesting elements here. Not bad overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (13755) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2010
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. There’s 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. There’s 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. I’ll try to age this one and see if it changes at all.

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