Bell's Batch 10000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by AJacob81:
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ah, the enigmatic Batch 10,000. I decided to review this fresh, I might add tasting notes in a year or so on an aged bottle.
A - Pours thick and brown, almost the color of a root beer barrel hard candy. Deep crimson edging when held to the light. A finger and a half beige head forms and recedes slowly. A moderate amount of lacing coats my snifter as I drink.
S - Very hard to pin down. One whiff yields molasses and brown sugar, another anise and pumpernickel bread. Alcohol pungency as well, and some citrus and grass, presumably from the hops.
T - Burnt sugar and malt liquor? Licorice and dried fruit? Definitely malt-heavy. The hops are prominent as well, but primarily as an undefined earthy bitterness. Despite all this, not unpleasant at all, and manages to taste somewhat like a barleywine. Tastes like nothing else, for sure, that I know of.
M and D - Not at all sticky-syrupy, like some barleywines. Full-bodied, finishes fairly dry. Nice, slowly-building alcohol warmth makes this a pretty charming sipper on winter nights.
This isn't as impressive as Batch 9000 (don't have a review as I lost those notes), and I don't think it will age as well, though I will hold a bottle back for a year or so to be certain.
However, I enjoy this as a weird old ale/winter warmer hybrid, and I look forward to cracking open another at Christmas.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2010 18:38:09 | More by AJacob81
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/17/2010. Pours very hazy/cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, citrus zest, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, brown bread, herbal, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, citrus/earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, citrus zest, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown bread, herbal, floral, grass, pine, and toast/grassy earthiness. Fair amount pine/herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, citrus zest, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown bread, brown sugar, herbal, floral, grass, pine, and toast/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, citrus/earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and fairly bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, citrus/earthy hops, and yeast ester fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 03:09:34 | More by superspak
4.05/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
A- A dark brown/black with a two finger little tan head.
S- Figs, dark fruits, creamy chocolate, hint of coffee, very enjoyable.
T- Dark fruits, charred coffee in the finish, some cherries, hints of dark chocolate.
M- Smooth, full body.
O- Enjoyable and fairly complex. Would have like to try it fresh, but I feel that it is drinking well right now.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2014 21:24:25 | More by larryi86
Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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