omhper (20450) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, thanks Dr.Bill!
Dark brown. Restrained malty nose. Caramelly and very malty with soft, velvetty texture. Toffee and salty bitterness in the finish. Well balanced and flavourful.
kp (10884) - 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.
daknole (10009) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown pour, small head. Aroma consists of caramel, light chocolate, light oxidation and some light fruity notes too. Flavor is a bit roasty, light chocolate and some slight oxidation. But its held up remarkably well.
Ughsmash (7251) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured medium-deeper brown with just a loose-bubbled beige ring for head. The aroma was slightly sour with chocolate and black patent malts leading.. touches of earth and definite degradation around.. still a sweet overall impression, and the oxidation didn’t totally take over. The flavor found lightly sour, moderately-roasted black patent on the front, with baker’s chocolate joining across the middle.. darker fruit and light oxidation around.. finished with some dark roasty sourness and prickly, brighter broken down hops. Medium-bodied or a tad shy of that with more sourness than it probably once had.. quite a bit of roast.. this was probably better 9 years ago, but it somehow held up.
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.
BBB63 (6346) - 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.
Pailhead (5347) - 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.
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.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Jason. The beer pours to a really dark brown body with pretty much no head. The aroma is similar to Sam Adams Triple Bock. It has lot of deep charred black malts with sweet aged maple syrup, sherry, and toffee. The flavor has a lot of charred black malts, sherry, and super heavy malt. The char is really nice. The palate is medium full bodied texturally but has a clean finish. The beer held up REALLY well.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An amazing find just in time for the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006. I had to open a bottle right away to make sure this beer isn’t pickled. The first "pffft" upon opening the cap was a relief. No noxious aromas on the pour. Beautiful. Success. The body is a bit light for a stout, a deep yet translucent garnet red-brown with dark yeast sediment taking gravity’s cue to the bottom of the glass. There’s even a thin ring of off-white carbonation clinging to the glass. The aroma is similar to a barleywine, with raisins, prune, and caramels backed by soy and toasty malts. A bit "aged" smelling and yeasty, but still pleasant. The body is nicely carbonated for a circa-1998 beer. Opens with the same prunes, raisin, and caramel, leading to faded esters and alcohol, leaving a somewhat charred, bitter aftertaste. I’m not sure how this beer changed over the years but it is more like a barleywine right now than a stout. I suspect this was well taken care of over the past seven years. I thought this was a real long-shot to find, but everybody’s capable of making an improbable shot.