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

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743 Ratings
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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 60
Gots: 346 | FT: 15
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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Photo of schoolboy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I made a mistake - not in buying this but in opening it. I just busted it right open, wanting to see what wonderfulness Bell's had for me here. I took a sip or two only knowing what was written on the bottle, which give no hint of the style.

Immediately, it was too heavy for what I wanted. Then I read that it is a barleywine. Duh, it probably should sit a while longer.

But I will say that for a relatively green barleywine (I usually let them sit in my basement for a year), it is drinkable. But that doesn't make it great, just better than most barleywines that haven't had some of my basement conditioning.

schoolboy, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of kayrex
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

kayrex, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

seeswo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of quilty
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

quilty, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of TriageStat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

TriageStat, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by the other Matt last night. Thanks! I have been meaning to find some of this stuff to try it.

Beer is dark black, seems hazy, off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, apparent low carbonation. Interesting.

Beer has a mildly sweet with a hint of smoke in the nose.

Beer is medium in body, a little sweet, like weak molasses and the finish is a little smoky. Not overly so just a little bit. It isn't very impressive but I did drink it, I'd cautiously have it again as well.

drabmuh, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- One finger off white head, dissapates quickly, nice carbonation, attractive lacing, dark dark brown color, orange hues.
S- Big malts upfront, hints of cocoa, dark fruits (raiskins, plums), slight alcohol presence, brown sugar, caramel.
T- Taste is what you smell, slight cocoa presence, oaky, big roasted malts flavors, hints of dark fruits, big bite; alcohol is present, there’s a nice roastiness to this brew.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, alcohol is present but not too overwhelming, slight bitterness, malts take over this brew.
O- Decent beer, with big malt flavors, glad I was able to try it once, but it’s not a beer I would feel bad about not drinking again.

Chriscrundwell12, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Brad7132
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Brad7132, Dec 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mrn1ceguy, Nov 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

s1ckboy, Sep 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

DirtyKurt, Feb 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Fitzmke, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

KAF, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

savagepm, Jun 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

MatthewBair, Oct 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

RKing44, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

NvMyBeer, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Etan
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared by Ravot. Thanks!

A: Pours a reddish brown with a small tan head.

S: Slight maple, smoke, light dry fruitiness. A bit of an unpleasant burnt smell on the end.

T: Old cidery hops, molasses, heavy smoked malt, plum flesh, chocolate, char.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, but the sheer amount of malt and hop varieties get lost in a muddle.

Etan, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of HosP
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this a while ago and found in the fridge. Poured 12 oz into snifter.

A- Pours dark amber, dull brown. Nice head with decent lacing.

S- Get a lot of caramel malts. Candied sugars dotted throughout the nose. Maybe some coffee, toffee notes towards the end.

T- Interesting flavors here. Taste comes through a little burnt. Caramel malts hold up the flavors nice. Maybe some small hints of hop bitterness at the end.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O- Get a lot of flavors here that make for an interesting drink. Nicely blended. Good drink, but still on the fence about it with just a few sips left. Wish I would have drank one right when I got them to compare. Still a decent drink.

HosP, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep mahogany, producing just a bit of light brown head. This slowly fades to some nice lacing.

There is an interesting balance of malt and hops in the nose. I seem to pick up a bit of citrus and pine, but also some bread, raisin, caramel, and a hint of roastiness.

As with the smell, a bit of hops comes through at first, but then is overcome by a swirl of malts. Deep, bitter roastiness is the dominant flavor, with dark fruit, and bitter chocolate coming through as well.

This beer is smooth, with some nice carbonation.

The drinkability is somewhat hampered by the intensity of flavor and hints of booziness.

At this point, this is another one of those "I'm glad I tried it, but..." beers. It's not bad, but seems a little messy overall, like it doesn't really know what it wants to be. I'll sit on the rest of my bottles for a while, and see what some age does to it.

Pellinore1, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of SupaCelt
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a dried blood colour with a spitty, bubbly, cola tan head with little retention.

The nose is hop heavy after the cap is cracked and early out of the bottle, but muddles into a grainy malt and vegetable scent as the ingredient hodgepdoge whirls together.

The taste is malt heavy and sweet, on par with barleywine characteristics, but with a very pronounced dry finish that is not the usual for the style. Some toasty and earthy elements are present along with the pleasing sweetness, but the dryness is profound.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with the illusion of ligher body coming by way of the dryness of the finish.

Drinkability is average. It is difficult to think of this as a barleywine with the sheer stiffness of the 60 hops character running amuck. A strong ale tag would likely better represent the nuances of this beer, but it would also make this release redundant in the batch cavalcade as yet another strong ale. This is highly hopped for a barleywine, and this makes it slightly more laborious to drink as well. Perhaps the batch series is best left to rest after this release as it seems the big beer idea pool is drying up.

To Mr. Bell: Not that you care or will see this, but now that this series is officially over it would be great to see the batch series rereleased starting back at 1000 so those of us who missed some of the earlier creations could experience the delight of trying them for the first time or be delighted again to see some of our favorites of the batch series cycle through again.

SupaCelt, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of ahking
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Saw the ingredient list for this beer on Bell's website. I've got to say I'm impressed but I wouldn't want this to become a trend. Pretty complex flavor based on all of the various dark and roasted malts in the grain bill.

Malt is the main player here, but there is a nice resiny hops backbone tying it all together.

Pours a dark mahogany with a tint of garnet red when held to the light.

I taste a lot of smoke, candied apple, burnt caramel, and a tinge of piney resin. The is a roasted ancho chili in the finish.

This one you have to sip and savor to really appreciate. It wasn't until I opened the third one that I "got it."

Taking a couple down to the basement to age right now.

ahking, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of KidsDoc
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled poured into a snifter.

A: mahogany/brown with thin off white head

S: too much alcohol in the aroma. Once beyond that it had a pleasantly strong pine hops early then giving way to a dominant sweet malt. tobacco/leather on the back end.

T: also a bit too much heat early on that fortunately subdued with time. Hops were blended and very subtle in the taste for me. I got mostly a robust light, caramel malt that builds with bready yeast.

M: Very nice - rich, creamy and very smooth. sticky from the sweetness not hops. carbonation seemed right on

O: Enjoyable due to the background of the commemorative brew but not great from a beer tasting perspective. Alcohol too strong across the board.

KidsDoc, May 01, 2011
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby brown with a great head and nice lacing.

S: sweet caramel, candied ginger, toffee, and some burnt sugar

T: It is very hard to describe, but I get some earthy hop bitterness with a lot of burnt sugar, toffee, and some slight caramel.

M: It has a smooth creaminess and little carbonation

O: Overall, this beer is very interesting and complex. I get a lot of burnt sugar out of it, but also there are other lighter background notes that have a hard time coming through because of the burnt sugar. I have to say it was definitely great getting to try for a first time, but I dont know if I would drink this again.

PaulStoneAnchor, Sep 13, 2011
Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.