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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!


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPAsavedMYlife (344) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2011
On the nose itís wonderful yeasty, with roasted notes and honey. Pours a fairly dark brown, and has a good amount of carbonation unlike a lot of other Bellís brews. Head is slightly off-white. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Taste is mind blowing, plenty of earthy roasty notes, almost like they grew their own. Some caramel notes along with coffee. A good amount of bright scotch ale notes. Finishes dry and not bitter, a tough combination. Excellent brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Not too much to say that hasnít been said already, but definitely is interesting and a very solid effort. Bought a case and will save many to mellow. Yummm.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Poured into a snifter from a tap at the iTap House (Chesterfield) during their Bellís Batch 10,000 Event for their 2 Year Anniversary Party. Appearance- There was absolutely no head except a cream layer on top. Almost a pitch black color with a hint of the darkest brown you can find. Smell- The aroma has definite roasted notes with a great amount of malt included.. Not sure what else I smell because of the strong alcohol present. Taste- Roasted malts and almost a straight coffee or chocolate stout copy. Impressed with how strong the flavor is. Awesome! Mouthfeel- Hits the palate with a whiskey/bourbon taste. Full Bodied and loving every minute of it. Drinkability- Wonderful ale but not something I could have many of. It took almost an hour to finish the snifter of this Batch 10,000. I would recommend anyone to try it if available on tap.

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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blackflag321 (464) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle pour into tulip. I bought a six-pack and drank all but one when they were fresh. I just finished the last one and wish I had drank one fresh and saved the rest. Batch 10,000 is a smooth, flavorful, enjoyable delivery system for 12 ounces of 9.2% ABV.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flatmatt (1080) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 12 oz bottle. Pours red brown with a light tan head. Aroma is of abundant hops with substantial dark malts: pine, spicy, and floral hoppiness against milk chocolate and molasses, with a candy strawberry aroma also turning up. Flavor leads with pine, floral, and grassy hops against a dark malty base of cocoa, roastiness, and molasses with touches of smoke, dark fruit, and cream and a bit of alcohol. Initially finishes on a strong dark malt note, but the citrus and pine hops build up very quickly on the tongue. Very black IPA-esque to me, and very good.

Update: I can tell by the rate Iím drinking this that it deserves a bit more than the 4.1 I initially gave it. Iím upping it to a 4.3.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1343) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Pours a brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of chocolate malts right away with some light coffee, slight hint of some citrus hops, and some sweet fruitiness. Flavor is pretty similar. Very unique beer, so much involved with this one. Flavor is more malty then I was expecting with plenty of the chocolate and roasted malts. A hint of some smokiness on this one as well. Alcohol is covered up well. Trying to grab as many bottles as I can to try and age some.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2010
12oz bottle. 18 dollar 6pack. Deep brown-black, with a soapy, lacy beige head. The aroma is quite mild for a beer of itís strength...mild licorice, chocolate, nuttiness, toffee. The mouthfeel is refreshingly mild, lots of malt tones. Awesomely complex, there is almost oak flavor happening with all the combinations. Sad to think of all the aging beer geeks will do to this beer, as the hops are really subtle now, and I imagine theyíll fade out with aging.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeff789 (1406) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Dark brown/mahogany, with a slight hazy, nice dark tan head, on the smaller size, excellent lacing, looks somewhat viscous.. Fragrant aroma, very complex, with notes of dark and citrus fruits, alcohol, roast, choc, some coffee... Complex flavors but a touch more muddled than the aroma, Choc, coffee, roast, citrus, cherry, and a decent amount of smoke... not very lively, medium to medium full bodied, a touch dry in the finish... Finishes with a nice amount of smokiness.. Lightly creamy... Outstanding...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReggieDunlap (3028) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2011
pours a deep opaque brown with a thick lt. mocha colored head. aroma is hoppy with delicate citrus notes...backed by significant malts...faint chocolate, nuttiness, milky, toffee, dark fruit. flavor is slightly more malty than the aroma with a bit more chocolate, a hint of smoke, a touch of vanilla, and some bready rye like notes but mostly follows suit with the aroma. mouthfeel is silky and creamy with a lingering spicy/roasty finish. outstanding beer!


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