timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 It’s been so long I honestly don’t remember a ton of details to describe. I do remember it being in typical Bells fashion, bitter finish(not bad however) after the chocolate/licorice.
gdh8888 (5) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Disappointed, mainly due to the HIGH price for this grog. It was very, very good, but not the sublime experience I had expected. Definitely shows that Bell’s is not mailing it in, but striving to produce something out of the ordinary.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #1100 Shared by Styles courtesy of Silphium. Thanks to both. Brown body with nearly no head. The aroma is roast, light oxidation, molasses, light cola and chocolate. Flavor is dry and lightly bitter with bakers chocolate, light berry, toffee and sherry. Medium body is very soft with very light carbonation. Has certainly held up very well and was quite enjoyable.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very drinkable stout, probably for the age. Palate held up as of now however. Color is coppery brown with no head. A pleasure to just drink, even if it was on the light side.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I guess this isn’t for the taste but for the pleasure of saying I had it. Pours rust with no head. Taste a little chocolate. Held up decently considering. Reminds me of good bourbon.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: Bell’s Batch
Source: Ale Atlanta
dark ruby, rich warm malt flavor, hint of bitterness, long bitter finish
Name: Bell’s Batch
dry chocolate aroma and flavor, only a hint of roastedness, light bitter finish, touch of caramel sweetness shows after a while, some oxidation is present but not near what you’d expect after all of these years,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Pailhead (4812) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Silphium.
Bottle: The aroma is a nice carbonation of chocolate, caramel, faint fruit, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate. The finish quickly turns to bittersweet chocolate with some oxidation and piney notes. Wish I could have tried this fresh for comparisons sake.
BBB63 (6038) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Brad for sending the bottle with Ryan for our little tasting, you are forgiven for not showing up now: Murky brown with floaties, some small fizzy bubbles and a light oily film. Man this smells like an old stout with oxidized hops, tobacco, dusty yeast, charcoal black patient malt, chocolate and hint of over-ripened plums. I LOVE IT, no really I DO!
The taste is still very roasty and a bit papery. Notes of anise and pomegranate, tobacco and leather, bittersweet bakers chocolate leads to a stunning alcoholic finish. The mouth feel is extremely dry and warming. WOW, a lovely expression of a well aged but still vibrant stout. My rating does not do this beer justice.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin, wispy ring of light tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet earthy, aged dark caramel malt with some mild dark fruitiness and light roast. Body starts with a sticky earthy dark caramel malty sweetness with lots of molten dark chocolate and slightly roasty bitter finish. Seems to have aged really well.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hissed upon opening. Poured a slightly hazed deep chestnut color with a small creamy tan head. Mildly sweet malt with a medium amount of roast. Hint of raisins. The flavor is mildly fruity and sweet to start. Then quickly dries out with a moderately bitter dry finish. Medium bodied with a dull carbonation.