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Batch #10,000 ~ Bells Brewing

Appearance: almost solid but still some clarity when held up to light. Dark old aged mahogany and tobacco leaf. Voluminous foamy creamy head tightly packed with a few random big bubbles; khaki. Fades with massive clumps of lace and a puddly mess floating off-center. Swirls thick and enticing.

Nose: smoky and sweet, bacon grease and bacon fat, cedar planks, woodsy and rustic. Boozy pitted dark fruits. Dry brittle chocolates. Fresh leather – fresh car smell. Graham crackers. Nougat, Werthers Original, taffy. Bacon gives it a saltiness along edges. Fireplace crackling with smoke, embers, and blackened crumbly bricks of wood and coal – brings to mind merry old’ England.

Palate: medium weight, clean, frothy. Rustic burnt woody ashy finish, sharp acrid pleasurable finish. Dry brittle chocolates atop tongue after swallow. Leather and tannins. Earth and dirt, twigs, fire and smoke, black root, black earth. Dark fruit stones nutty and tannic. Bacony saltiness along back of swallow. Umami. Meaty fleshy figs. Varnished mahoganies. Old world.

Final Thoughts: wow. A totally different beer than the last Batch release and very lovely at that. Speaks of old world sophistication and primitive times.

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(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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