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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Originally brewed in 1999

Re-brewed for Bells 30th Anniversary in 2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (21755) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2004
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Bell’s Batch
Date: 06/04/1998
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 3000

dark ruby, rich warm malt flavor, hint of bitterness, long bitter finish
-------- /> Name: Bell’s Batch
Date: 03/17/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 3000

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
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Score: **4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7406) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6898) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Draft to taster at the Eccentric Cafe. Looks solid; a slightly translucent dark brown with off-white head. Smells malty with notes of dark chocolate and roast. Tastes like it smells with with notes of sweet anise as well. Mouthfeel is medium full-bodied and smooth for the abv. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5800) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobertDale (4414) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 28, 2015
12 ounce bottle at a tasting. Obviously an old, old bottle. Pours dark brown with a tiny tan head. Aroma of malt and fruit. Taste is malt, fruit, caramel, and some chocolate. Oxidation for sure! Interesting to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2007
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.

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