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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

713 Ratings
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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 56
Gots: 346 | 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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optimistictour

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one I've been excitedly waiting for. I'd hope to be blown away. Instead I was (still pleasantly) impressed. Although stated to have 100 malts and over 60 hops, the taste is not nearly as wild as its predecessor, the 12.5% abv american strong ale Batch 9000.

Smells of fruits and alcohol. It's not like wine, but it's certainly leaning in that direction. Nothing too sweet or hot about it though.

Tastes like.. well quite unified for supposedly having so many ingredients. This one is an extremely solid barleywine, some sweetness at its core, but never cloying (or "gross" as I call that aspect) and always balanced by a smoky bitterness.

It's filling and full, an invigorating and interesting splash across the palette. This one is dark and even a bit heavy without coating the tongue in a thick glaze or feeling much of any stickiness on the lips.

It goes down.. pretty awesomely. I put away three of these and enjoyed every last drop - something which cannot be said for the elegantly heavy handed Batch 9000 which knocked me on my ass halfway through the second bottle. The bitter feeling may be too intense upfront for some, but it settles in and completes the balancing act this brew attempts. A solid and well rounded ending to the thousand series.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 06:02:37 | More by optimistictour
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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.

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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.

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Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.