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Bell’s Batch 10000 (365 Day 13)

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Bell's Brewery, Inc. Batch 10000

It is amazing how quickly that Bell’s pumps out batches of American craft beer. It seems that just a few months ago I was chasing after Batch 9000, believing that it was so difficult to get. I was happy I chased it as it was a rewarding beer. I still have several left in the cellar to see how well they age: I have a feeling all of them will not survive the cold months ahead in Chicagoland.

Batch 10000 seems to have crept up on me without the fanfare of the previous release. Maybe it is because it is so close to the last release. I do know the 100 malts and 60 something hop varieties used in this beer didn’t strike me as an overwhelming prospect before it came out. Why chase it when it doesn’t sound appealing. So I didn’t.

Rich happened to be up in Michigan and picked up a sixer. He was kind enough to share one with me. So for beer number 13 of my 365 days of beer, I went with Batch 10000.

There is nothing special about the pour, except that it has a nice head which leaves some sticky, spider web like lacing behind. The aroma and taste are both complex: the amount of grains and hops all mingle to give an interesting mixture on the nose and tongue. Citrus hops is foremost while roasted, molasses, dark fruits, pepper, and more titillate the senses. I would have it again but it isn’t a go to beer. If you have to work hard to get it, just pass it up. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7, Taste: 8, Look: 9, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 7.9

Three Floyds Lord Admiral Nelson (365 Day 9)

Friday, December 10th, 2010

If you followed Sips at all, you know that Thursday night is work on the website night (read: partake in some wonderful American craft beers) for Rich and I. We try as often as we can to get together and after a hiatus last week, are schedules matched to review a few beers last night.

For about the third time in two months, I am catching a cold, so I thought that last night’s tastings would be a wash. I limited myself to not much more than a couple of ounces of each beer: just enough to review. Luckily my sniffer was not blocked so the aroma of the beers came through big and bold.

I had three beers to choose from for the write up: Three Floyds Lord Admiral Nelson, Bell’s Batch 10000, and Olde Hickory Hickory Stick Stout. I decided to take the high road, writing about the beer that I liked best from the group: Lord Admiral Nelson. To be honest, I didn’t rate Batch 10000 last night, just didn’t have it in me.

Lord Admiral Nelson is a season that is somewhat hard to get and I only live an hour from the brewery. I decided it was time to crack this one open and see what the fuss was all about. A nice pour is quickly followed by juicy, fruity, and floral hops that draw you into the beer, not wanting let go once they have attained your attention. Malt is sweet and toasted. The hops, even though seemingly big, do not over power nor lend any extended bitterness to the after taste. Just a really solid beer all the way around. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10, Taste: 8, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.0