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Bell’s Brewery Batch 9000 (365 Day 274)

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Bell's Batch 9000

It has been about sixteen months since I first reviewed Batch 9000 by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.. Since then Batch 10,000 has come and gone. Bell’s has also scrapped the “Batch” series of beers going forward. They produce so much damn American craft beer that it wasn’t taking them all that long between 1000th releases.

Batch 9000 has aged admirably with a lot of the licorice fading into a nice chocolate. The alcohol is still there and a little abrasive until the palate finds solace after a few sips. I have a few more left in the cellar so it will be interesting to see how this beer continues to develop. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.0

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Bell’s 25th Anniversary Reviewed

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

I have had Bell’s 25th Anniversary when Rich and I were at the Bell’s 25th Anniversary celebration and we stopped at the brewpub in Kalamazoo, MI. The beer on tap was quite delicious. While on the self-guided tour of the brewery that day, we talked to one of the staff members who called 25th Anniversary “an amber with some extra.” It is definitely that.

The beer pours clear and amber in color with a nice helping of tan, frothy foam on top. Retention is about average with minimal lacing. The aroma and taste are built on a mound of malt: caramel and toffee specifically. There is also a bountiful hop additions: tropical fruit with touches of pine and citrus. Vanilla, dark fruits, hop resin, and alcohol can all be found in this amazingly complex beer. A slightly viscous, big bodies beer has a zesty carbonation that just adds to the appreciation of this beer.

More than I expected each and every time I have this beer and I am glad I have had it on more than one occasion to get everything I could out. Also, the beer is well put together, so why not have more than one. Enjoy!

Beer Store Wednesday

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Sometimes Wednesday and a beer store visit seems to come quickly while other weeks it drags and it seems like I will never make it. This week was the former. Maybe I am counting down the days to my first official vacation of the year with great anticipation and everything else is just a side note. Yes, I lead a very exciting life.

The pinnacle of my week was here and with the utmost anticipation I braved the cold wind and snow while driving the quarter of mile to the beer store from my place of employment. During the arduous jaunt my thoughts turned to what liquid goodness would be new and on the shelves this week: a big imperial stout or russian, an outstanding holiday beer, etc. roshe run suede femmes I was going through an imaginary catalog of beers as I did the JCPenney catalog when I was surfing for toys at Christmas time as a youngster.

Through all the wonderment and potential amazement there was only one new beer. One beer that the beer store had never seen before. One beer that was suppose to keep the spark alive. One beer.

Eisphyre from the Square Series by Capital Brewery. That’s it. There were a few others but nothing really new, just retreads:

My wife had asked (you know in the way wives ask but are actually demanding) that I not purchase beer as much anymore since I am brewing and plenty of home brew to partake. Well, not to be mean to the breweries but with the offerings this week, no problem. Matt, the beer buyer at the store, already told me that next week is just a retread: filling up the shelves with beer that has been sold already. Oh joy. Enjoy!

Rye Stout and Out Of Bounds Stout Reviewed

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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Out Of Bounds Stout by Avery Brewing and Rye Stout by Bell’s Brewery, Inc. although both stouts had their own distinguishable take on the style.

Out Of Bounds Stout was first up on the night. Poured into my pint glass with a beautiful brown foam. air jordan 13 The aroma was your usual stout but with a milk or lactate scent mixed. It was very pleasing. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and some bitterness take their place both on the nose and in the mouth. A really drinkable stout that had a nice blend to the senses. I can understand how Avery keeps this as a year round beer. Session able. 9/10

Rye Stout finished off a short night of quality stouts. A nice one-inch, brown foam covered the very dark brown beer to create an inviting start. Roasted malt and coffee are the two aromas present. I could say rye, in either the aroma or mouth, and I would be stretching it a bit. The taste is finished off with a little bit of hop bitterness to help balance the large amount of malt. Lighter end of body for a stout that makes it very drinkable. 8/10

The bigger beer season is here and I can’t wait to continue to taste and review more stouts. Some bourbon oaked ones will only enhance the experience. Enjoy!

Bell’s Octoberfest and Founders Harvest Ale

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Last night the two lucky guest stars were Bell’s Octoberfest by Bell’s Brewery, Inc. and Founders Harvest Ale by Founders Brewing Company. I am a little better than half way through the beers from Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest gig.

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Bell’s Octoberfest by Bell’s Brewery, Inc. was first as I believed I would be in for a treat. I can’t say that I was completely dissatisfied by this beer but it didn’t live up to what I have come to expect from Bell’s Octoberfest by Bell’s. air max 90 Aroma and taste are of an average lager, nothing spectacular. I would have it again but wouldn’t be my first choice for Oktoberfest.

Founders Harvest Ale by Founders Brewing Company is an outstanding beer that can be easily enjoyed this time of the year. A large amount of hops is blended splendidly with malt as not to create much bitterness or after taste. Another beer that will makes it onto my annual purchase list.

Maybe ten more beers to review. I have to say my palate will be looking forward to a change of pace away from all the spice and malt. Enjoy!

Break Up My Week: Beer Store Wednesday

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Some good old cows by the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Some good old cows by the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Oh yeah, it is Wednesday, time for another beer store visit. Even thought I promised my wife I wouldn’t be purchasing any new beers (unless life-or-death), I still brought my wallet. If she asks, it was out of habit

I don’t know if I have ever mentioned this in roshe run flywire the past but I thought it was a safe assumption: since the site is based on American craft beer, my purchases and questions center around that idea. When I go to the beer store, there are many other foreign and macro beers that they get in each week, just not that interested.

This week was a little slow with the following new faces:

The Torpedo Extra IPA was just a refill as they haven’t had it in stock for a while. It is a year round beer. Anniversary Ale is one that is made around this time every year by Sierra Nevada. Hoptober I purchased up in Wisconsin recently, strange that it took another 2 – 3 weeks longer to get here. Best Brown is a really good beer and I almost pulled the trigger but it has hard to hide a five liter in your pocket. 🙂

Travis and I did get a few minutes to chat about beer and brewing. Always two topics on the top of my list. We both have been curtailing our drinking as of late, so we could only talk about beers of days gone past. Enjoy!

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