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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

726 Ratings
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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 57
Gots: 348 | FT: 16
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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SeaUrchin

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

poured a bottle into a tulip, no laser etching

appearance - poured a dark brown with very little light allowed through it, a decent head that stayed throughout the drink, and left lacing, light carbonation

smell - up front is a strong hoppy scent with a nice sweet malt coming in after with a bit of smokiness, followed by some caramel and a slight fruity scent, hard to pick out what fruit is in the nose

taste - as the drink went on more and more was present, first there was a nice sweet malt with a nice bitter hops, then it evolved more into more of a smokey malt with a nice sweet fruitiness, maybe some raisin and noticeable chocolate, then it finished with a nice hoppy bitterness, and near the end of the glass it had a slight citrus note, alcohol is present near the end but a welcome addition to the flavor, very pleased with this compared to my first taste of 9000, also i should not i expected this to be a cluster fuck of flavor due to all the ingredients but it seems to be somewhat thought out, with some age i feel it will meld together nciely and make a more complete flavor

moughtfeel - a little thick, almost milky but very pleasant in my opinion, the light carbonation helped to lighten the beer in my mouth

drinkability - easy to drink but a sipper, something i could have a few of but considering i want to see how it ages ill lay off them for a while, a great way to start off my new years eve festivities

01-01-2011 01:40:10 | More by SeaUrchin
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a twelve ounce glass a deep mahogany color with well formed one finger tannish colored head.Bitter chocolate and deep dark fruit aromas,the malt really stands out and is complex,there is a light pine note in back as well.Dark fruit and leather stood out most to me on the palate,there is a resiny hop quality underneath but sweet malt dominates.Good flavor but it can get a bit sweet after a bit,still a nice sipper from K-zoo.

01-01-2011 14:35:26 | More by oberon
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Reviewed from notes made on 12-8-10.

Into a snifter, 10 grand pours dark brown with a golden-ruby tint. There is almost no head after a medium hard decanting, but what is there is a medium khaki/brown hue. A haze remains on top of the body and from what I can see, lots of little carbonation bubbles scoot swiftly upward. The lacing is understated and nicely sticky.

Threre seems to be a fairly even balance of caramel and brown sugar malt aromas with pine and citrus hop scents. If any advantage is attained between the two, I would say that the hops win the smell battle by just a hair. Accompanying the massive malt and hop war is a hint of a metallic smell, like tap water with a lot of iron in it.

Citric hop bitterness and hop oils yank at the bitter points of my palate and marry pretty well with the sweet malts when I take the beer into my mouth. I get a lot of brown sugar and caramel from the maltbill, as well as some acidic coffee and milk chocolate notes. The finish has a very stout-like quality with a roasty and acidic nip on my palate.

The mouthfeel is a compromise between medium-bodied creaminess and a biting hop presence. There is a lot going on in this beer, which makes it feel muddled at times, but it also serves to make the feel very interesting and varied, which I like. It makes me think more about what I am drinking.

For a kitchen sink-style experimental brew, I think it turned out pretty darned well and was certainly interesting to drink. I generally prefer style beers done exceptionally well, but this is a fun, unique beer that I will have again in an attempt to decipher its secrets.

12-19-2010 22:09:11 | More by TCHopCraver
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MadScientist

New York

4.75/5  rDev +24%

01-11-2013 01:27:41 | More by MadScientist
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-26-2012 19:10:43 | More by danthehopslamman
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77apm

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-26-2014 12:56:39 | More by 77apm
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-09-2011 16:55:50 | More by iemailjack
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is tobacco, leather, roasted malt and grassy hops. The flavor is more complex, but I am not sure how good it is. I get a lot of roasted malt, smoke, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, licorice and quite a bit of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very interesting beer with a complex recipe, but the variety of flavors and aromas don't seem to meld too well. Maybe this will improve with age.

12-23-2010 06:13:29 | More by Mora2000
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frenchblood21

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

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,

12-26-2013 00:55:15 | More by frenchblood21
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sm0key

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 18:25:57 | More by sm0key
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sculls65

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from bottle into 13 oz tulip. Nice tan head cresting the top of the glass. Looks like a dark brown but after further review its a deep deep red when held against the light. Smell is a tad complex but i get fruity hops and carmelized dark fruits ..cherry being predominate. Taste is as complex with citrus and pine hops, toffee..a touch of chocolate and fruit all dueling for supremacy...at this early stage i believe the hops win, but the sweet finish leaves me wanting more. A nice mouthfeel coats the tongue, not overly carbonated. I think its drinkable now and will continue to be a nice 1 to return to in the future. I drank it for what it is...a nice big beer.

12-24-2010 01:39:49 | More by sculls65
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Very dark wood-like brown with almost a purplish cast to it. Not much head or lacing, but has some nice wispy tendrils.

Smell: Strong citrus and pine hops battle a surprising peat smokiness. Some underlying Barleywine-like sweetness.

Taste: Initial impression is bitter and smoky. There is an undercurrent of caramel and toffee malts, but a strong peat taste pushes this almost closer to a Scotch Ale than a Barleywine. The hops are impressively bitter with some citrus and pine, but not quite as much hop flavor as I expected from the aroma.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation. Smooth body that, while full, is less than expected for a Barleywine/Strong Ale. Very dry finish that is also very warming.

Drinkability: I know a lot of people think this is a mess, but I am pleasantly surprised. I think the Scotch Ale / Barleywine mix works, and the dry American bitterness is just an added bonus.

12-17-2010 01:10:36 | More by bsp77
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-15-2011 04:57:28 | More by mjtiernan
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ehammond1


2.43/5  rDev -36.6%

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Clear and dark brown pour with some burnt auburn and amber edges. Thin white head. Not a lot of lacing.

A very sweet and sticky type of aroma, like a syrup, along with a bit of smokiness, and perhaps some citrus. Seems all over the place without being particularly interesting--though it certainly is unique.

The flavors don't combine well, in my opinion. This seems like a bad "Suicide" (remember being a kid at the soda fountain and pouring in all 12 soda options into your all-you-can-drink paper cup?). It's overly sweet, with a touch of alcohol, some strange smoke or char flavor along with some wood. It's unique--just not very good.

Somewhat thick and syrupy.

Not one of my favorites. This beer seems like an experiment gone wholly wrong.

07-19-2011 19:37:52 | More by ehammond1
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-20-2011 02:36:15 | More by chickenm
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

Another thanks to jh1982 for breaking this out at a baseball game tailgate a few months back. Poured an ugly brown with tan head. Alcohol in the nose, brown sugar, caramel, raisins.

Real thick and sticky taste to it, more of the brown sugar and raisins, tasted a little more stouty at this point, mild roast, ample smoke presentation. Toffee and nuts. Kind of some middle ground between a stout and an English barleywine at times, even a quad, has the viscosity of a stout, but not really the body. Hopping is moderate, doesn't come across as either piney or citrus.

There's probably room to dispute whether this is complex, or simply has a bunch of shit (not deameaning, maybe 'stuff' is a better term than shit) in it.

06-09-2011 17:32:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Picked this up at D's six pack tonight while bringing the kids and my brother and sister to eat some Chicago Dogs. 10,000 batch for Bell's and 2,200 review for me. Pours a deep dark ruby caramel edged deep brown bodied hue for me, chunky large bubbled deep khaki tan head forms thick rising well above the edge of the glass. Aroma hints of smoked malt not quite as strong as an ashtray but definitely getting there. Dark chocolate roasted malt characteristics with herbal mint green notes coming through. The smoke definitely overpowers the nose initially let's see how things progress throughout the experience. Flavors bring out rich alcohol and deep malted barley layers of smoked meat, sweet syrup, and dark roasted coffee/dark chocoalte notes with hints of acidity. Remember when you were a kid and if you mixed every color from the crayon box it ended up looking like a dark poop brown color. This is the same thing, I'm not sure how strategically they blended all of these ingredients in this beer but they're definitely not making it out in the flavor profile. A blend of dark roasts, well hidden hops a bit of pine and earthiness finish my thoughts on this beer. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied mellow carbonation, big chewy texture. Drinkability a take it easy sipper for colder winter months.

12-21-2010 10:41:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-08-2013 03:07:01 | More by jtladner
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts with large amounts of pine and earthy hops. Also present are slight hints of roasted malts that fade as the beer warms.

Tastes slightly more complex than it smells. Dark, roasted, and chocolate malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by pine hop flavors. Slight hints of coffee flavors make a brief appearance midway through the sip before fading out, allowing the light roasted malt and pine hops to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a more complex beer than most I've had with a huge number of ingredients. Still, the complexity didn't seem refined. A nice enough beer but one not worth seeking out.

12-23-2010 04:16:50 | More by glid02
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jmrybak


4.8/5  rDev +25.3%

08-22-2014 19:13:26 | More by jmrybak
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The dense brown body has a faint garnet glow at the base with a thick creamy head of light tan that you could scoop out with an ice cream scoop and it last for the full beer.

S- The green woody pine hops are full and blend with a black malt bitterness. It has a nice richness and everything blends together.

T- The roasted creamy chocolate layers fade into a bitter black malt and pine hop finish. The finish is pretty bittern and that bitterness lingers with both black roasted malt and hop qualities. As the beer opens up there is some caramel note and some toffee notes that come through.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight light fizz and a soft alcohol warmth and a creamy texture.

O- This beer doesn't have the complexity I would expect from all the different kinds of malt but I think it all blends together. I would like to taste more of the malt but the big hops bitterness and alcohol heat cover up much of it. I'm excited to try this beer in a year to see if the alcohol and hops settle down and let the malt come through.

04-27-2011 21:25:07 | More by rhoadsrage
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Nibbley

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.
Pours a really dark brown with faint rubby highlights, and big 2 finger tan head that leaves thin lace all down the glass.
Aroma has alot going on, with dark ripe fruits,and a citrus/piney backround.
Taste is also very complex.Big malt up front then the hops comes in big.
Nice carbonation and silky mouthfeel.
Really complex and delicious.

12-28-2010 21:21:31 | More by Nibbley
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-18-2013 00:45:51 | More by acurtis
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Brenden

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +6%

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.

09-17-2013 18:54:50 | More by Brenden
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Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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