Bell's Batch 10000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by cokes:
3.4/5 rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Midnight dark chestnut with a spume of yellow-beige suds that sags over time. Lacing is spotty, yet decent.
Early on, the nose is all pine- and truly ALL pine: earth, roots, bark, sap, needles, and cones- woody and dank. A warm, sweetened pastry note grows as it gains temperature. There's also an enigmatic, spicy, central essence with flashes of sassafras, cinnamon, and anise. Roast tones are dialed back, which surprised me a bit.
But they show up in the mouth. Coffee grounds and burnt grain start things off. Brown sugar clogs the middle. Then things seemingly begin to adlib. No rhyme or reason. Just entities.
Clover Honey. Anise. Dr. Pepper. Cinnamon. Ginger. Root Beer. Cedar. Bell peppers. Captain Morgan's. Dirt. Malted Milk Balls. Pepsi. Spearmint toothpaste. Herbal Bitters (Peychaud's, specifically). Potatoes. Pine Tar. Dried flowers. Rusted tin. White grapefruit. Nutty fudge.
It's absolutely complex and dynamic, periodically tasty, but typically confused. A bright flash of colors from all over the beer spectrum, it never congeals into something specific enough to be readily explainable. It's like a list of ingredients without a main course.
That said, I do like it more than when I initially tried it a few months back, so I'm holding out hope that it will mature over time and gain its own identity.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2011 09:08:21 | More by cokes
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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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