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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

699 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%


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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wrightro07

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A dark brown with a tan head
S: Very complex smell. There is a lot going on in this beer. There is a huge malt smell with lots of floral, piny, and citrus hops. I really like the smell the complexity.
T: The taste is huge. When I say huge it is like a brewing party in your mouth and you are not aloud in due to the party being over crowded. This beer is complex and big. Lots of malts, and hops. This beer is everywhere and I love it.
M: Silky mouthfeel
D: I really like this beer's drinkability. It is very complex and it keeps you trying to figure out what you are tasting. I am really curious how this beer is going to age in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:19:35 | More by wrightro07
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elNopalero

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was lucky enough to grab a few of these. Tried one fresh but didn’t take notes.

At this point (1/13) Batch 10k pours a ruddy raisin looking amber-brown with a surprising amount of carbonation, enough for a nice foam topping which dissipates over the course of a few minutes. I’ve seen fresh beers with similar ABV that pour with a fraction of the life on this one.

I find the aroma real enjoyable—it has a complex mélange of stone fruits, raisins and dates, backed by an aged imperial stout-like mellow roast. I’m trying here, folks!

The flavor comes off with a thick plum-raisin-figgy taste. There’s a smoothing heat and a low roast whisper. It’s there but hidden, with an aftertaste that hangs around long after the sip. Basically, I think of it like a B+ Belgian-style quad, minus the overly “Belgian” notes, mixed with those RIS qualities. It’s a clever mix which works for me. Would love to try this barrel-aged but I’m happy with what I got right now.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 07:36:52 | More by elNopalero
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rembrant

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

All good things in all good time. Yet, I can't say Barleywine is what it is. American Strong Ale is a better catch-all category for a beer that is sort of a one of a kind.

Appearance was a dark mahogany,dense but lets through a bit of light,ruby highlights. Head was a 2 finger froth,that real thick fluff you could ski on. Big lace. A looker.

Aroma was bready grain and malt,a hint of sherry soaked raisin,a bit of citrus and flowers. A nose that was not real extrovert but quite deep. I had to think that this beer was gonna be COMPLEX.

Taste. Complex indeed. Ideally, I'd have done 2 bottles to get a proper and full sense of all the subplots and details involved. None of that tannin thing a Brandywine exhibits until rather warm. This began with a fair chill and the profile only did a moderate shift as it warmed.
A flavor that,not surprisingly,is full and rich. Having used about everything one might put in a batch of beer,it had an amped up flavor of...BEER. The sum total of beer,focused into one bottle was the concept and the result.
The malt side,naturally,leads and includes caramel and toffee with hints toward coffee,chocolate,dark fruit,but the net complexity won't let singular tastes step forward for a solo. You can chew on this and detect...pretty near any flavor trace you'd ever had in a beer,short of the gimmicks like fruit or chili.

The Hop side has some of the Two Hearted fruit/citrus notes as well as the more dry earthy-woody Euro hop finish of a Best Brown. Interesting to taste how nicely they play together.

Don't think for a sec this is just a goofy gimmick or a sloppy mess. No doubt a dozen or so of the 150+ malts -hops-grains-etc,do most of the work,so they could have some idea what would result. What did result is a very grand and unique beer.

Mouthfeel is just a delight. there's a good solid viscosity,not Stout thick but somehow spot on for...whatever this sum of all beers is.

The finish is quite a delight as it pretty much is an array of all the things hops might do and at times one 'note" is clear and at times you get the whole chorus.

Don't STASH AND AGE most of what you get. The hops lost will matter more than whatever transitions age does to the malt side. As is,this does not have just a few singular flavors or a rough boozy quality. Age can do...what? Seems age may blur the malt side into a consensus...and that's no plus for this one. Already it's silky and in good harmony.

Drinkable? Yes. I am sensing this is no Session-Lite,more a Light Heavyweight. I could have a few if not in a big rush but this is,as beer goes,like a Where's Waldo?" puzzle where you sip and savor and search and you find a whole lot of details.

Nothing makes me want to stop,except the hard fact that I didn't buy 2 bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 15:17:07 | More by rembrant
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one great beer. Has a brownish, tanish color to head with some heading. Smells of lemon and grapefruit, taste of strong alcohol and grapefruit . Good mouthful and drinkablity, but the down side is its alcohol content, otherwise a great beer to enjoy for a special occaison

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 03:11:50 | More by yuenglingfan101
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juik99

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a Affligem Noel goblet.
A - poured deep dark brown, 1/2 a finger head. Head cleared after a few minutes leaving a nice chocolate colored film with thick edges.

S - Significant malt presence, hint of chocolate, a little smoke and at the top citrus hops.

T - A bit confusing for me. Maybe allergies inhibiting my senses. First sip revealed a faint smokiness that I cannot find in subsequent tastes. Second bottle providing the same experience. Net net significant malts and hops married together happily while the malts are a little more assertive. Well balanced. Alcohol is very well hidden but comes through towards the end.

M - Incredibly light given the anticipation of all the ingriedients that went into this beer. For such a big beer it is very light on the tongue. 180 from 9,000. Good carbonation.

D - Very drinkable at 9.2%.

Sad to see the Batch series going away...what will replace it?

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 04:06:49 | More by juik99
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigBlacke for supplying this one at a tasting!

A-dark chestnut brown with a cream colored head

S-strong citrusy hops with a bit of caramel to it. wow this one smells great! has a great strength to it

T-a good thick caramel flavor with some citrusy hops and ends with a good bitterness and creaminess. has a great citrusy and bitter after-taste. hands down, the best i've had from Bells yet.

M-a good medium carbonation with a good creamy finish

D-wow this is a great beer! i could have many bottles of this. i just wish it weren't so expensive or else I'd have a lot of this in my fridge right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 05:27:05 | More by AdamBear
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tapman

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby-violet highlights and a large 2 finger + head of toasted oatmeal complexion. Head is substantial and makes a great lacing that is thick and sticky.

Pineapple, mint, bubblegum, aromatic caramel candy and hazelnuts make the nose of this beer for me, which earns it an outstanding!

Smoky! A pleasant surprise. Also prunes, dark chocolate, BBQ (grilled meat w/ no sauce), and a little pine. More smokey than I had anticipated, but still pretty fantastic.

Chewy and viscous; velvety with a slight carbonation bite.

Pretty damn complex. Not a train wreck like I had anticipated. I'm not usually one for smoked beers, but the smoke in this one didn't translate into the nose at all and took me completely unaware. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 04:21:33 | More by tapman
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice dark black color with a two finger tan head on it that holds some nice retention and lacing.

S= Smells like pineapple to me... Then I smell a lot of tobacco... leather? smoke? chocolate? dark fruit notes come through as well. This baby is all over the place. The hops take a back seat a little bit to some degree. Tons of interesting notes coming from here. If I waited long enough I think I could do a little bit of everything.

T= The taste is just like the smell. Smokey is the first thing that comes to mind here. Then leather and tobacco. Pineapple is in there as well. Pretty interesting how these notes all hit you at seperate times though. There's chocolate and coffee in there. Wow. A little orange to it. I'm telling you for a kitchen sink beer this one has a lot of seperate notes coming through rather than just a mess of them.

M= Smooth as velvet. This is one of the things I liked most about this beer. Smooth and clean mouth.

D= As I mentioned before this is a kitchen sink beer... With that said I had low expectations but this is one of the most complex beers I've ever drank. If you go into it with an open mind it will take you places.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 23:24:28 | More by jjanega08
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours dark. Decent carbonation. Thin head and decent lacing.

S- Pine hops predominantly. A decent bitterness to the nose.

T- Good character of malt. Solid hop base as well. Sort of hard to analyze. There's noticably a lot of ingredients in it. Comes somewhere between a DIPA's hoppiness, and a barleywines character. I have to disagree with the comment saying that it doesn't seem like a good mix of all the ingredients. I felt that it was very tastefully done.

M- Full body. Good carbonation. Slightly dry. Just very slight stickiness.

D- Easily drinkable. Good amount of character. It's a shame that it's the end of the series. There's a lot of balance in this one and tons of great malt and hop flavors. I felt that this was a great brew, and a really cool unique creation.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:05:42 | More by BBP
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, stout like, nearly ebony, loaded head, nice lacing

smell: chocolate backed up with some hops

taste: interesting... complex, lots going on with the multi mixed ingreidents. Dark malt flavoers with tons of hop presence. coffee, chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, toffee etc...

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: Despite some spotty reviews. I dig this beer. If you had to classify it it would be closest to an Imperial Black Ale. an off aftertase kept this from being an A+

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 00:34:25 | More by CampusCrew
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DCon

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a tap at the iTap House (Chesterfield) during their Bell's Batch 10,000 Event for their 2 Year Anniversary Party.

Appearance- There was absolutely no head except a cream layer on top. Almost a pitch black color with a hint of the darkest brown you can find.

Smell- The aroma has definite roasted notes with a great amount of malt included.. Not sure what else I smell because of the strong alcohol present.

Taste- Roasted malts and almost a straight coffee or chocolate stout copy. Impressed with how strong the flavor is. Awesome!

Mouthfeel- Hits the palate with a whiskey/bourbon taste. Full Bodied and loving every minute of it.

Drinkability- Wonderful ale but not something I could have many of. It took almost an hour to finish the snifter of this Batch 10,000. I would recommend anyone to try it if available on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 21:37:51 | More by DCon
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mosrite

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Boom. 1st review. Take that, posterity!

Look is dark brown, not black.

Smell is interesting. I like that school lunchroom trash-bin remark a previous reviewer made. It gets better.

Taste is great & complex. After tasting & enjoying the other beers that I would deem similar (Founders Nemesis '10, Sierra Nevada 30th Jack & Ken's Black Barleywine, ST Iniquity, Widmer W'10. et al...), I would have to say this is one hell of a fine beverage. Nice & smooth. But then again, I'm a raging alcoholic. Take that for what it's worth. Now & forever. Amen.

Feel is awesome. Someone said it stays there. Yep. Because I want it to. stay. there.

Dinkability is off the chart. Taking it all into account as the nurse (she's a new one, cute - nice purse) administers my IV, I am glad I purchased more than one 6'er.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 22:24:46 | More by mosrite
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SirRuss

California

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rhettroactive East Coast series continues...

A - Muddy puddle midnight sky, skimmed with an espresso crema head, elegant and enduring. Lacing is good, but not outstanding.

S - Log fire roasted chestnuts, ground coffee, milk chocolate, and an evasive herbaceousness swirl in a compelling pool of dark confusion brushed by a menthol breeze.

T - Sweet milk chocolate and spice lure the forepalate to slip into the mainstage where those seductive chocolate whispers extrapolate into a broodingly dark cacao and espresso climax. Roasted toasty charcoal penumbras bellow softly across the silty bottom of bready pudding malts and warm cinnamon swirls. Glimmers of sage and herbal freshness shine through the shadowy recesses, and the finish adds a slight leguminous resonance reminiscent of sleepy earth-laden vegetables plucked from the beds of a winter garden.

M - Creamy, full, and vibrant. Balanced, self-sustaining, and satisfying.

O - Superb.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 07:36:24 | More by SirRuss
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ChimRichels

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - Hazy burgundy. Barely any light getting through. Moderate head dissipates slowly and leaves no lacing

S - Very interesting... I smell raisins immediately, followed by berry/grapefruit from the hops. Deeper digging reveals sweet chocolate and almost a clovey smell? maybe it's all the Belgians getting to my head...

T - A lot maltier than the smell led on. Hops taste a lot more woody than fruity as the smell led on. Toffee, caramel and coffee notes are all present. Very rich flavor. Hops are fairly muted, but their pine flavors show up more prominently in the aftertaste. Very multi-dimensional flavor profile.

M - Very viscous. Smooth and creamy.

O - Quite good. I wish I had more than one bottle...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 00:57:52 | More by ChimRichels
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tsatem

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ColdPoncho for this 12 oz. bottle. Served in a tulip, from notes.

A: Tan-ish egg white one finger head. Almost black, rich mahogany and ruby colored around the edges.

S: Very barleywine-like in its sweetness. Tons of dark fruit - figs, candied cranberries. Spicy cinnamon like the hard christmas candy. Smells very "green" and vegetal. Earthy/root-like hops as it warms. Incredibly intricate.

T: Confusing, there's an awful lot going on. Spices, coriander and anise. Some smoke and smoked meats. Tanned leather, sweet cinnamon again. Walnuts, figs, earthy hops.

M: Thick and creamy, milkshake like. Nice carbonation. Dry and smoky at the finish.

O: Very nice. Lots to explore. Kind of amazingly well balanced for everything that went into it. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 23:11:26 | More by tsatem
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- maroon dark with a bit of head that hangs out for a whiiile

Aroma- all malt. So much for those 60 hops ;) chocolate roastyness and some dark fruit flavors

Taste- remarkbly well balanced for having so much going on. Tastes of dark fruit, mild hops, a bit of sweet chocolate and roasted flavor

Drinkability- Very drinkable for such a big beer... Definitely something that will Change a lot from year to year

Mouthfeel- smooth, very nice

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:10:50 | More by Urbancaver
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baseballrock

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This awsome beer is dark brown and almost black. The head is a tan color and disappears rather quickly.

S - The smell is very livily. It smells big and delightful. The aroma reflects the malts and makes me eager to take a sip.

T - This beer is unique and unlike many other big beers that I have had. I had not done any research of this beer prior to tasting, but i was expecting way more hops. Thats okay, becasue the toasty malts taste of sweet caramel.

M - Complex and sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Whats not to like?

I cracked this beer on the first cool night of the year, and I really injoyed drinking a big beer with a 9.2% abv. I don't drink many big beers during summer in Texas, that is probably why I enjoyed this beer so much. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 02:43:14 | More by baseballrock
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this brew at Capone's Bottle Shop in East Norriton

The pour on this brew was a nice dark black/brown color with a nice 1/2 cap head. It was supper creamy and had some very nice retention to it. It had some nice lacing throughout the brew leaving small webs down the glass.

Aroma on this brew is out of this world. I wasn't expecting so much from such a brew. The front of the brew is sweet, I am detecting a bit of pineapple. Then I am hit with a bit of smokey, caramelness. It also has a nice touch of some dark fruits as well. You can also sense a bit of hoppiness to the brew, but its not the forefront of this brew.

The flavor of this brew is much the smell. It has a nice smokey/roasted malt flavor at the front of this brew. Its quite pleasent. It then leads to what I can only explain to a pineablle like flavor. There is also hints of coffee/toffee and some chocolate as well. There is also a nice hint of citrus and some dark fruits at the end. This is one power house of flavor that gives up each flavor at different times. It is well balanced, allowing the change of each to work very well together.

This is a great medium-bodied brew. It is super smooth and very clean. Its got a nice dry finish just a touch of syrupy stickiness.

This is a great brew. Wasn't sure how it was going to be when I picked it up, but this is a beer I would certianly pick up again. Its a little pricey, but worth every cent.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 15:06:31 | More by mattgreger
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and other dark malts with some dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, pine and earthy hops, vanilla, and some booze.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate and other dark malts with some raisin, prune, and other dark fruits, molasses, and a bit of citrus hops. Through the middle, some pine hop comes through with a touch of bitterness, brown sugar, more caramel malts, and a touch of vanilla sweetness. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts with some brown sugar, citrus hops, dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice complex malt profile with enough body and other flavors to balance out really nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 04:40:59 | More by ngeunit1
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Batch #10000 (haha).

Very dark crimson brown body. An inch of thick, whipped, creamy, light khaki head. Great lacing. Smells like the combined aromas of 100 fermentables and approximately 60 hops. Okay, not really. Funky hop nose over substantial sugary maltiness. Hop notes of resin, mandarin orange, and spruce bough. Sugary caramel and cookie malts blend with candied pear and pineapple.

Herbal, resinous hop bitterness up front. Caramel and fruit malts fight through the hops, providing a nice balance. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate weave between sweetish tropical fruit notes. Becomes more toasted and chocolaty near the finish. I'm also picking up some tobacco and smoke. As this beer warms up, there are more and more layers exposed. Slightly boozy, but pleasantly so. Grassy, herbal hop mixture in the bittersweet finish. Medium-full body, with a creamy feel. I guess this beer just goes to show you that even with 150+ ingredients you can make a good beer. Happy 10000 Bells! Sad to see this series go though...

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 03:17:28 | More by alexgash
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.99 for a 12 oz single @ BevCo.

"The last of a series, Batch 10,000 Ale looks back to our roots, symbolizing the end of the home-brewing season with a creative take on "cleaning out the brewing supplies closet". After combing through the catalogs of many malt and hop suppliers, our brewers used over 100 different malts, grains, and other fermentables, and followed them up with a blend of 60 different hop varietals between the kettle additions and dry-hopping. The resulting beer presents a deep, chocolate brown hue and offers roasted and caramel notes from the malts mixed with an assertive hop character. Sharply bitter, the beer possesses a full mouthfeel without being heavy and will withstand aging in your cellar, if you prefer.."

OG=1.086, 9.2% ABV

Having been drinking bells since 1992, I've had pretty much all of them, though I haven't reviewed them all here. Here's to the end of the series!

Appears filtered, no yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Pours out to a clear very dark walnut, forming a tall soapy and creamy light tan head with superior retention and excellent lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma of green leafy piney resinous hops, a clean ferment, a touch of peppery alcohol, distant carob. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a dense body. Very interesting flavors going on here. Up front, it opens with the green resinous hops, then is followed by a hint of higher alcohols, which is quickly replaced by a big amber malt body, fruity esters, some interesting wintergreen from the hops in the finish, and a medium strong herbal bitterness. When swished the alcohol is a little boozy with fusels, but not so much so that it is obtrusive. As it warms, it opens up and the subtle fusels lessen. Reminds me of Stone's Old Guardian Barley Wine with a touch of smoke and a little darker. Herbs are interesting. I wonder what other non-fermentables they threw in here.

Overall, A nice beer. I would buy it again, although it's a bit cost-prohibitive. It would be interesting to cellar this guy.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 05:25:16 | More by Mitchster
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle served in a Bell's Tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery during my 'beercation'.

My 500th review and Bell's 10,000th batch. One beer, two milestones :)

A- Pours a deep mahogany reddish brown color with a huge frothy light brown head. A bit of light can be seen shining through the edges. Nice sticky lace clings to the glass with very nice retention.

S- Very strong caramelized sugar and slightly floral hop aroma. Toasted grains and a touch of chocolate malt coming through.

T- Rich malty flavor with some toasted grains and caramel dominating most of the other more subtle characteristics. Quite sweet initially with a good dose of citrus/floral hops in the finish to balance nicely. Toffee, caramel, chocolate malt, crystal, tobacco, walnuts, smoke, and dark candy sugar all make themselves noticed as it warms.

M- Smooth and sweet with nice carbonation. Full bodied with some alcohol heat in the finish.

O- Overall a really tasty brew. It seemed appropriate too drink this one for my 500th review and I'm glad that I did. I have a 6pk and I'm curious to see what some age will do. Cheers to Bell's for their 10,000th batch!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 00:28:27 | More by projectflam86
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler; Yet another beer mail review!

Appearance - Very dark brown with a slight brightness of brown on the bottom. Head pours around brown 2 finger width with lots of lacing on the sides

Smell - Very strong caramel and rum raisin notes, arguably some of the strongest I've smelled so far in terms of caramel. There's a pretty strong malty backbone to be had here as well, but the strongest smell are the caramel and fruit notes. Even while observing the look, I could smell the rum raisin and caramel from over 2 feet away.

Taste - Burnt Malts, Rum Raisin, and Caramel hit the palette (in that order) with a very sugar-like quality to it. There's also a very slight spiciness to it. There's quite a bit of flavor going on here and it seems to come together pretty well! Even more impressive is that even at 9.2% ABV, it doesn't feel that strong.

Mouthfeel - It's a bit on the heavier side in terms of body and it's got a slight thickness to it. It's also got a decent amount of carbonation, but it's feels fresh to the palette when drinking

Overall - This is a beer that you really have to still down and appreciate. It's got a really complex and rich flavor and tastes fresh. It's a shame that this was only brewed once because I am seriously craving some more!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 06:36:49 | More by NuclearDolphin
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Nibbley

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Thick foamy khaki colored head. Dark red body, almost looks black in the glass. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell: Smoke, hops, alcohol, and licorice. Definitely some rich aromas at play.

Taste: It's like they blended one of their stronger flavored stouts with an IPA. Smokey, roasty, and some licorice at first. Piney and citric hops. Sweet dark chocolate.

I'm loving the hell out of this beer right now.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 05:33:53 | More by BierFan
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Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.