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Bells Batch 10000 Ale

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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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!


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, - JAN 12, 2011
{thoughts} Interesting spicy aftertaste set against a richly malty-sweet experience.

{elements} Tall, light tan head; deep mahogany hue. Malty toffee-coffee base with raisin and cherries; vinous quality; light alcohol presence. Direct sugary sweetness, mild acidity, coffee-like bitterness; spicy black cardamom and clove aftertaste along with a slight numbing sensation. Thick and luscious mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. 12 oz bottle.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13853) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4005) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
12oz bottle pour at Lakehouse. Strong. Whiskey and sweet cocoa nib aroma. Taste is booze, Malts, whiskey , and brown sugar. Prune. Grape I dunno. Crazy

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (5253) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle shared on the train Euston -> Birmingham, Cotteridge convention, 24/01/2015. Huge thanks to Colin for this one. Aroma is choc, booze, menthol, nutty smooth malts. Flavur is composed of smooth chocy malts, nutty, chocolate gateau. Paalte is full bodied, sticky sweet, moderate carbonation. Mahogany brown coloured pour with a decent tan head.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12596) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle split on the train from New Street to Kings Norton, big thanks to GT2 for gifting me this one, 24/01/15. Mahogany brown with a decent tan covering. Nose is rich malt, toffee, dark fruits, raises, lightly oxidised tones, faint charr. Taste comprises bitter dark fruit peel, light spice, biscuit, raisens, leather, dark malt, toffee. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, lightly drying close with a touch of warming alcohol. Solid gear.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
47574xeCD (618) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle share on the va va voom 323 to Cotteridge Convention. 323201 the doyen of the fleet too... Pours a hazy dark brown with a fair white head, Strong alcohol, woody, earthy, roasty, Slight Hop finish. Good solid stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5897) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle thank to Tim. Pours a cloudy brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts. The aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Thin mouthfeel with nice sweet chocolate and roast, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8832) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle thanks to T-Bois on the train (part 2) to the Cotteridge Convention. It pours deep brown with a small tan head. The nose is rich, deep maltiness, wood, leather, dark fruits, dried berry, raisin, sugary, touch of menthol and umami. The taste is rich, malt-driven, toasty, wood, earth, brown sugar, old leather sofa, cocoa, spice and booze. Full body and moderate carbonation. Rich, malty and earthy. Rather nice and quaffable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5182) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
A little syrupy. Some roast. Not sure this is holding up as well over time. Consistency is a little on the watery side. Pours black without much head or lacing. Bottle pours shared by Jackl at Churchkey’s 5th anniversary.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (795) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Complex nose with toasted malts, spice, vanilla, Belgian strong notes. Toasty flavor with a Belgian malts. Slightly piney hops. Interesting. Definitely more enjoyable when it was fresh. But still a good beer nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6935) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Pretty big, dark brew with a little age on it. Sweet and bitter and alcoholic. Not as awesome as I expected, but still pretty dang good. Herbal, roasty, chocolatey and boozy sweetness all at the same time. Not sure when this came out. Ours was maybe two years old, maybe less. Would have loved to try fresh as this sample was quite nice."


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