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Bell's Batch 10000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

699 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 699
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Strong Brown Ale"

(Beer added by: Spica66 on 11-29-2010)
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

2.38/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle of Bell's Batch 10,000. Thanks Regen for this one. Poured into an O'so snifter today, 2/6/2014.

App- Dark brown body, very similar to Batch 9,000. One finger brown head, better retention than 9000, no lacing

Smell- Smells quite oxidized but hard to get much of anything in the nose even as it warms. A bit of dark fruit, sherry.

Flavour- Very uninteresting and frankly, not good. Dark fruit, sherry mixed in with a sugary sweetness would normally sound good but the flavours here are so incredibly muted.

Mouthfeel- Thin-medium bodied, not particularly thick, ok carbonation, basically zero aftertaste

Overall- This was like drinking extremely watered down Batch 9,000. I don't think this is what Bell's intended, but this simply was just not very good at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 04:43:23 | More by Stevedore
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty dark roasty coffee, translucent. Thin lacing with little head.

S- Charred dark fruits, fig, hay, bing cherries.

T- Tastes like liquid tobacco if that makes sense. Nothing special here. Probably pretty standard for a dark ale, which is why I don't seek them out.

M- Pretty thin, but normal for the style. I am used to RIS, so I am spoiled on the M

O- Pretty well done. I have not had a bad beer from Bells.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:10:53 | More by gueuzedreg
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frenchblood21

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Hopping Frog tulip.

A- As brown as a liquid can get before becoming black. Beautiful 3/4 inch light brown head that recedes by half and then just sticks around.

S- Prunes and figs right up front, that is followed by vanilla and bourbon. Strangely enough, fresh ripe strawberries too!

T- Bitter dark chocolate and sweet/salty caramel...tobacco and leather at the finish.

MF- Thick like an imperial IPA. I get the resiny hoppy leftover, which is fine by me. Taste great on the back end like fresh fruit.

O- Really well put together beer. I would buy a six pack if I saw it on the shelf. But, alas, it is retired. To be honest, I like it a lot, but it is not a beer I would trade for. I will enjoy the last half, because I will never find this beer again,

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 00:55:15 | More by frenchblood21
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MarkSmith86

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why waste the time of you guys reading this review! this is a damn good beer. i mean it it outstanding on every aspect that beeradvocate.com has to give you. This is one of those things you have to try it in order to love it or hate it. it is up to the consumer and what they really like. it has a great color, smell, excellent mouthfeel! Hell just buy it if you see it!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 11:58:36 | More by MarkSmith86
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark brown with a bit of deep red undertone. The light tan head is thin but persistent. Even several minutes into the beer there is a ring of foam around the glass and islands of thinner and thicker foam in patches on the surface. Sipping leaves a pattern of streaks and patches of lacing on the sides that cling to the glass with very little slide back to the liquid.

Smell: The aroma contains lots of chocolate backed up by caramel/toffee. By 3 years of age however there is little or no effect showing from the hops.

Taste: The flavors are complex but, as predicted from the nose, dominated by dark chocolate, some caramel/toffe and a touch of bitterness. Some effect of the hops shows but it is pretty well hidden by the malts at this age. The alcohol is well concealed until the warming effects begin.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with gentle carbonation. The finish is long and smooth as all the flavors start with some dark malt sweeness just gradually disappear. Long after the other things going on here end there is a hint of bitterness and dryness in the after taste.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a very easy sipper and one that fits nicely with a cold evening that is a lead into winger. On the whole I enjoy this beer but don’t think at the end of the day it is outstanding enough to be worth all the time, ingredients and labor that Bell’s put into it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 01:57:48 | More by drtth
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Brenden

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Advertised as some sort of "brown ale," the American Strong ale categorization is definitely proper here, as I recall. Memories may not be fresh, but my notes are.

A thinnish froth of wispy but long-prevailing off-white head rides a thick and ruddy red-brown brew. Lacing is left in a modicum of patching with some spotting.
This smells like a strong spirit with some strong as well as unusual notes. It's definitely toasty with lots of caramel, vanilla and an almost melon-like soft sweetness. It's very malt-forward but with floral and citrus notes from hops. With an earthy and almost bubble gum-like note, I almost wonder if Belgian yeast is used, though I doubt it. More toast pulls out along with molasses, toffee and brown sugar, but somehow it's not too sweet.
With all of the big, rich complexity and the sweetness, it definitely is a sipper. It takes a lot to unwrap, and a boozy heat sits underneath the whole way. The transition is basically creamy/sugary-sweet->toasty (with some caramel)/bready (crust),->dry/citrus/leafy/grassy hops. I'm actually impressed with the level of hops flavor in this beer and that it's firm enough to strike a balance with the huge malts.
While the feel almost starts off sticky, it turns away after a moment as the dryness comes out right up front in this beer's big body. It finishes semi-dry with a lignering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 18:54:50 | More by Brenden
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark rich brown with some copper and brick red when held to direct light. Minimal espresso cream colored head drops to a tiny collar with minimal lacing. No carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Super sweet. Bourbon, vanilla, some oak, toffee, alcohol, and deeply cooked and caramelized malts. Slightly roasted. All malt, no hops. A bit damp with some licorice and earth. Some musty wood and a soft earthy component. Deeply complex and layered with malt depth.

Taste: A very slight smokiness. Almost spruce-like thing going on. Nice roasted character coupled with a solid caramel malt sweetness. Some vanilla, nice backing oak, almost chocolatey. Woodsy and earthy with a slight smoky bitterness. Loses a little malt depth promised by the nose. Some spicy alcohol esters.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft with a medium body. Minimal carbonation. Surprisingly clean.

Overall: Power levels building...

A little less complex than 9000, but easier to drink. Odd smoky woody thing going on and it's novel.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:06:42 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 9/13/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Pours a medium brown, with some light brown and some clarity around the edges - small, off-white head that fades to a borderline nonexistent

Smell: Rich caramel and cooked malts - has some aromas similar to other big beers from Bells - big, rich malts brown bread - very earthy and woody - some leather and dark fruits - syrupy and kind of medicinal (not in a phenolic way) - actually smells more alcoholic than 9%

Taste: Big brown malts, caramel, and wood - cooked, caramelized malts, bread, syrupy caramel - lots of wood, earthy, with some oxidized notes reminiscent of an old ale - some leafy notes that seem reminiscent of hops - alcohol is strangely obvious - finishes kind of earthy/dirty

Mouthfeel: Borderline full body, nicely smooth, low carbonation, good to sip

Overall: IT'S OVER 9000!

I can't handle the power level of this beer! Oddly enough, this is actually better than Bell's Batch 9000. It's big and malty, and it's not a mess. It's not great, but it's not bad. It seems like a fitting way to end the "Bell's Batch" series.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:06:40 | More by angrybabboon
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from Todd. Thanks!

A: Very dark mahogany with a thin cappuccino head that fades out. Has some legs.

N: Chocolate and espresso. There’s still a significant amount of bitterness to this with some soap, pine, and herb. Licorice in here as well.

T: Very, very smokey with some heavy bitterness and a base of dark chocolate sweetness. There’s some green apple in here and plenty more of the licorice. Starting to oxidize at this point. Some saltiness, but it adds a nice dimension to this.

M: Medium bodied and moderately sticky. Seems to have the strong ale part down on it.

O: A much better beer than the 9000 by a longshot. Pretty nice complexity on this, though it is starting to show its age, so it’s worth drinking soon if you have one.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 22:34:32 | More by writerLJBerg
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep dark wood color with some haze, and a small head. Aroma is a big, malty beer with roasty overtones. There's campfire and there's candy as well... tastes like a maltier imperial stout but the malts are lacking character, at least at this temperature; so I am going to wait for it to open up.

Finally, I decide in its favor... I like it better than most stouts, possibly because it delivers the roasty punch but without the irritating tartness... I think this will be great with a smoke. But, the mouthfeel is a tad thin and it is also somewhat pale in comparison to 9,000 which was one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 06:41:28 | More by tewaris
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours a deep opaque dark brown with a finger of beige head. smells of sweet malt, chocolate, raisins, brown sugar... a very sugary feel on the nose. this is a very tasty sweet brew, lots of brown sugar and molasses up front, a slight dark chocolate feel, some tree bark-like bitterness. honestly perfectly in between a bitter and sweet experience, perfectly balanced. medium in body with a very low amount of carbonation.

i feel if this beer were fuller in body it would be perfect. feels like a brown ale going down, but tastes like a strong ale. abv is well hidden. lovely beer, i'm sure it was probably better with a bit more carbonation (or like i said would have been perfect with a fuller body).

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 10:25:57 | More by facundoCNB
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jegross2

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Batch 10,000 from Bell's Brewery Inc. out of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This brew is billed as a "strong brown ale."

Score: 90


Bottled on 11/16/10 according to Bell's Batch Finder. Served in a Portsmouth Brewery snifter and enjoyed on 02/24/13. I shared this one with my friend Wes. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Barleywine-like in color. Pours a thin layer of bubbly tan head that totally settles. Not much lacing or retention to speak of. 3/5

Smell: Toffee, berry-like oxidation, leather and caramel. Hint of vanilla. Old bookshelf-like smell. Fig and dates too behind the oxidization. 4/5

Taste: Lots of caramel and toffee. Ample dark fruit. Much less berriness than nose; the oxidation is very faint on palate. Bitter hop finish that is not quite stale, but not fresh either. Dates and fig and dark fruit is more prominent on palate 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Malty, sticky. Medium-plus bodied, low carbonation. 4/5

Overall: I had low expectations going into this beer, but I found I enjoyed it more than Batch 9,000 and my very aged bottles of Batch 7,000 and Batch 8,000.

Cost: $18 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:28:31 | More by jegross2
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blackie

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so this one had been out there for about a year by the time of this review, my first sampling:

a: served in a tall tulip glass, batch 10000 is a deep brown in color with some dark ruby hues, sporting a tan head with low retention

s: fermented dark fruit syrups - raisin and date, maybe some plum, alcoholic liqueur as it warms, warm brown sugars, loads of piney hops with undertones of earth, buried aromas of tobacco, wood, and cocoa, pleasantly and subtly complex - and really seems to come around as it warms

m: carbonation light-moderate, with a body on the heavier side of the medium range, some malty weight but fairly even keeled

t: covers a range of malt flavors (no surprise there - 100 fermentables) - toasty, caramel, tobacco, woody, biscuit, sweet dark sugars on one side and roasted notes on the other, with a lighter malt center keeping things balanced out, loaded hop flavors tend towards earth and pine with a full, growing bitterness, finish dries completely with lingering acids, pine, and roast flavors

o: an interesting beer at least, the smorgasbord effect lead to there being a little of everything here, and it balances out to an enjoyable beer, but one without any standout feature, I'm cool with it - one more to cellar for the ages

4/45/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 04:54:19 | More by blackie
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elNopalero

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was lucky enough to grab a few of these. Tried one fresh but didn’t take notes.

At this point (1/13) Batch 10k pours a ruddy raisin looking amber-brown with a surprising amount of carbonation, enough for a nice foam topping which dissipates over the course of a few minutes. I’ve seen fresh beers with similar ABV that pour with a fraction of the life on this one.

I find the aroma real enjoyable—it has a complex mélange of stone fruits, raisins and dates, backed by an aged imperial stout-like mellow roast. I’m trying here, folks!

The flavor comes off with a thick plum-raisin-figgy taste. There’s a smoothing heat and a low roast whisper. It’s there but hidden, with an aftertaste that hangs around long after the sip. Basically, I think of it like a B+ Belgian-style quad, minus the overly “Belgian” notes, mixed with those RIS qualities. It’s a clever mix which works for me. Would love to try this barrel-aged but I’m happy with what I got right now.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 07:36:52 | More by elNopalero
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a deep-ass ruby-red color, completely opaque in the middle, shiny with mahogany hints when held up to the light. Tan colored head, thick and puffy, exceptional lacing left all around the glass. Aroma is that of smoked wood, smoke logs, and campfire. Some deep, dark fruits are hidden in the background; bitter raisins and plums so over-ripe they fall apart in your hand. Some perfume-like florals are floating around, tying everything together.

The taste is the heaviest in the smoke department. Smoked grains tend to be very strong, even if they are used sparingly in the grain bill. Smoke is definitely the most prominent flavor here, but it's not a heavy, nasty smoke - it's very smooth and acceptable. Wood chips, oak notes, booze-soaked tree bark comes to mind. Very deep in the finish I can find some chocolate hints, but more of a bitter, pure, sugarless cocoa-bean and not so much like a candy bar. It's actual quite enjoyable when picked up on. Mouth is very creamy with a medium-thick body. The finish is slightly bitter, ending with some noticeable hops; floral, ashy, and somewhat dry.

Reminds me of a more robust, slightly sweeter Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier. Not quite as drinkable, though. Some more woody notes and tones are present here as well. Overall, pretty enjoyable. Booze is noticeable but certainly doesn't feel like 9.20% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 13:17:55 | More by tectactoe
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Gobzilla

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and a thin khaki head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice sweet aroma which consisted of caramel, molasses, a little brown sugar, nice nutty notes, hints of booze in the background, light toasty malts peeking through and underlying dark fruit notes.

T: like the nose suggested it was also quite sweet on the palate as well filled with plenty of toffee, caramel and molasses, nice nutty accents, signs of hop character, toasty malts a touch of dark fruits and mild chocolate flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a dark fruity, nutty, sweet, slightly boozy and semi creamy finish.

O: I thought it was pretty good all around but didn't really stand out from the bunch that were sampled that evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 06:19:08 | More by Gobzilla
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harrymel

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Huh, thought I'd already judged this one. To the docket!

Dark brown with a solid sheet of tan toppage. Smells of dark crystal malts, some tea, some vitamins, some nougat and sweet toasted sugar. Tastes like vinyl, bitterness, some molasses, some toasted malts, mostly difficult for me to get past the vinyl character. Medium bodied with tight carb and a semi dry finish. This beer is not even close to what I remember.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 06:04:27 | More by harrymel
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oline73

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a blinded 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a very dark brown color with a half finger of tan head. The head sticks around throughout the pour, and leaves some lacing on the glass. 4.5

Smell: I'm getting some hops up front with a strong dark fruit sweetness in the background. Lots of malt, but the hops still stand out. The sweetness is way less than bottle #1. 4

Taste: Like bottle #1, there is a strong sweet malt presence, but here there is a hop bitterness throughout each sip. I'm getting some caramel/molasses along with a mild smokey note. The finish is quite bitter from grassy hops. 4

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick and syrupy side of medium, but not nearly as thick as bottle #1. Lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish. 4

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, but not quite as much as bottle #1. The bitterness could have been a bit smoother. I would definitely have another one in the future. I'm going to guess this is a fresh, non barrel aged version of the beer in bottle #1, but who knows. 4

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 23:33:46 | More by oline73
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Treebs

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a Surly Darkness tulip.

A: Pours a dark plum color with a light tan forming on the pour. It recedes to a whispy collar that leaves some soapy lace down the glass.

S: Some slight smoke with a touch charred wood. Dark fruit flavors with a little grape aspect to it. Roasted mix nicely with some green hops. Very intriguing.

T: Some roasted malts with charred wood flavor. There is a slight twinge of smoke and some minimal dark fruits flavors, but this guy is all malt. The finish is astringent with some dried cereal grain malt sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with a full mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation and a drying finish.

O: This guy was all malt with a touch of dark fruits. Slightly sweet and smokey as well. It was pretty decent, but nothing I'd want to revisit in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 23:49:15 | More by Treebs
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I say that this has a scent like grape kool-aid. Yes. I did say that. Perhaps I've had enough brews today that at any point, some oversized walking pitcher of abnormally colored beverage is going to come crashing through the wall. Or maybe I know what I'm talking about.

Nice hearty flavor profile on there. Seem to be black ale tones evident and the very slightest hint of a Belgian ale on there too. Sure, it's nice. Happy 10,000th batch Bells.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 13:48:09 | More by RblWthACoz
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared by Ravot. Thanks!

A: Pours a reddish brown with a small tan head.

S: Slight maple, smoke, light dry fruitiness. A bit of an unpleasant burnt smell on the end.

T: Old cidery hops, molasses, heavy smoked malt, plum flesh, chocolate, char.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, but the sheer amount of malt and hop varieties get lost in a muddle.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 12:28:53 | More by Etan
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raznug

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a dark brown color and is topped with 3/4" of dark tannish head that fades kind of like I expected it to.
Smell: t smells of roasted and chocolate notes and maybe hints of dark fruits. It is kind of sweet smelling, there is a small amount of alcohol burn to it.
Taste: Roasted malts and a nutty flavor dominate the taste of this beer but there is a brown sugar and dark fruit hints that help me really love this beer. No alcohol burn which was surprising.
Mouthfeel: This is a bit on the thick side kind of sweet but a slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 18:38:12 | More by raznug
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this years ago, but my buddy Aw Yeh kept ten or so in his cellar and brought one over for me. Poured into a Maudite Tulip glass.

Appearance - A stunted half chocolate/vanilla head that fades in a flash. This beer leaves no retention at the surface at all. The lacing reminds me of an ant farm. This beer is a caramel-like dark brown that appears black under certain light.

Smell - Strong notes of oats and barley. Extremely earthy. Nutty for sure, just like Planter's peanuts right out of the tin. Flat hop profile with some other aromas that I can't quite pinpoint. A bit of an alcoholic burn.

Taste - This things packs a whole bunch of nuts, and a whole lot of alcohol. A smooth, creamy concoction of toffee and butterscotch. The aftertaste is a lesser nutty butty. A tad smoky in the finish with some hop bitterness as well. Extremely unique and aggressively complex.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Medium-bodied, though some may consider it heavy. A smooth burn with a creamy body; like getting a lady of the night. (Alright, I'm getting a little drunk.) This beer must be partnered with Planter's peanuts and Werther's hard candies, because that's about what sums up the body. This is definitely a slow sipper that one should not expect to finish in less than a half an hour.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:51:07 | More by Jesse13713
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and other dark malts with some dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, pine and earthy hops, vanilla, and some booze.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate and other dark malts with some raisin, prune, and other dark fruits, molasses, and a bit of citrus hops. Through the middle, some pine hop comes through with a touch of bitterness, brown sugar, more caramel malts, and a touch of vanilla sweetness. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts with some brown sugar, citrus hops, dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice complex malt profile with enough body and other flavors to balance out really nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 04:40:59 | More by ngeunit1
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Bottled 11/16/2010.

Appearance - Deep chocolate brown body with a nice khaki head. Fills the remainder of the glass. Good bit clings to the glass, too. Nice.

Smell - Nutty malts and a generic hop aroma. Maybe some booze. Not the most interesting nose.

Taste - Pretty nice. Imposing malt flavor right at the start. Nutty malts that very on chocolatey. Thick and creamy throughout until it has a bitter finish. Herbal and grassy finish. Not unpleasant. Keeps it from feeling like a weak stout.

Mouthfeel - Again, interesting. Thick and viscous until the finish, where it dries out. Keeps it drinkable, although the only flavor remaining on the palate is the herbal bitterness.

Overall - This is pretty nice. Quality beer. Maybe a bit boozy, but nice flavors all around. Better than the 25th Anniversary I had yesterday.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 22:29:51 | More by Alieniloquium
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