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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

715 Ratings
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Ratings: 715
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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BogusOwnz

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip figure it's about a year old now.

A. This beer pours a very dark brown with half a finger head.

S. if there was a generic hop smell this would be it. A tiny bit of chocolate comes through but nothing much. I can smell alcohol in this beer as well

T. The taste is bitter, hint of chocolate and a tiny bit dried fruit character but not enough to really be present. The finish is a bit solventy.

M. It is a very chewy beer it drinks like some 10%+ beers.

O. This beer was a good beer a year ago and good but not great beer six months ago. Age does not do this beer well as it doesn't seem to know what it wants to be when it grows up. This isn't a drain pour but drinking this while waiting from some fresh stone ipa to cool down in the freezer is turning into a regret.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:40:48 | More by BogusOwnz
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to N. Ketchum for pulling a bottle of this out of the cellar. I was going to sit on it for a bit, but I couldn't resist.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter.

A) Pours out dark brown. Held to light, this has some nice red highlights. There was really no head. No lacing. It looked nice, just swirling around the snifter.

S) Very nice aroma. Malt sweetness, mainly caramel. A real pleasant fruit aroma, not just dark fruits or tropical, but like a fruit punch. There was a hint of alcohol.

T) This had a lot going on, maybe too much. Starts with the malt, dark roast. It's some candy raisin and a drop of coffee. The finish is hop bitterness, not a lot of citrus, and a good jolt of booze.

M) This had a medium body, with about the same for carbonation. It was pretty smooth, not really chewy, but sticky. It was all over my gums and teeth. I was not a fan of the aftertaste.

O) This was quite a beer experiment. I wasn't sure what to expect, so I can't say this didn't live up to expectations. I can say, it's not a beer I would desire to drink on a regular basis. I suppose given the fact it will never be brewed again, this is not much of a dilemma.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:04:37 | More by RoamingGnome
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this bottle

This beer pours a dark dark ruby with not a lot of head. The smell is interesting to say the least. There is a strong note of fake grape like that found in Dimeatap. There is hints of smoke in the background of the nose. There are lots of sugary malts on the nose. This beer tastes too complex...I never thought I'd say that. The combined number of malts. There is a really sugary taste to this beer, the fake grape and almost a root beer flavor. Odd things that you'd never guess to taste in a beer. This beer may need time, but I don't know how well this beer will age. It's an intense experience to say the least. I can't honestly say that I enjoyed this beer, but it was interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 02:32:05 | More by Vdubb86
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boomer31

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Paours a dark brownish copper with hints of red around the edges. Huge tanthick head, looks almost soapy with the large bubbles.

S - This is odd...kind of a jumbled mix of smoke, leather and figs. I was hoping for more hops but this is very malt forward

T - Similar to the nose; smoke and fig but there is a hint of hop bitterness way in the back. This is an interesting barely wine, very enjoyable if you like smoked beers. The more I drink this the more it reminded me of HotD Adam.

M - Rich, malty and nice low carb. Not overly sticky

D - No hint of alcohol here just a nice smokey barley wine. If you like smoke you'll like this.

Overall pretty nice, too much smoke for me but I don't like smokey beers. I'm sure this will age very well and I'm excited to hold onto one for a while...farewell batch (insert number here) series.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:12:37 | More by boomer31
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty dark roasty coffee, translucent. Thin lacing with little head.

S- Charred dark fruits, fig, hay, bing cherries.

T- Tastes like liquid tobacco if that makes sense. Nothing special here. Probably pretty standard for a dark ale, which is why I don't seek them out.

M- Pretty thin, but normal for the style. I am used to RIS, so I am spoiled on the M

O- Pretty well done. I have not had a bad beer from Bells.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:10:53 | More by gueuzedreg
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark walnut color, nearly mahogany, with a 2 cm. fluffy tan head. Not really much retention here, and just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Raisins, figs, and some other dark fruits. Sweet dark malts, some pepper, and some herbal funk.

Taste: Starts out with some molasses-like sweetness and a smooth variety of darker malts. Some roasted malt here, but honestly the malt flavors really blend together. On average, it has a dark and roasted character. Some pine and herbal bitterness emerge from the plethora of hop varieties. Finishes bitter with a touch of sweetness and a dash of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: I like the overall creamy feel here, but it actually finishes a bit watery. The lack of strong carbonation may contribute to that. Slightly sticky, smooth, and a warming alcohol sensation in the stomach.

Drinkability: This was an interesting concept with the huge bill of various ingredients, but I just don't get into it. The flavor just does not blend that well. I expect more from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 04:11:10 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. 2010.
A: A nice looking ale, with a creamy head that sinks into a fine layer, atop a deep brown body. Lacing left in vertical patches.
S: A lower intensity aroma, which I had to search hard for this one. A bland and chalky note, with a grainy undertone. Very light aroma for the overall taste.
T/M: Nice up front character with a good level of complex malt complexions to a fine hoppy finish. The body is a bit thin, but the lingering taste is very prolonged. Nice figgy after notes.
D: I find this to be a very drinkable barleywine, one goes down easy, we will see what a couple more years does to them.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 07:36:48 | More by GDBEERMAN
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was initially elusive around the Twin Cities & now I see it regularly...that's happened with a couple of 'limited' releases lately. But my conspiracy theories, I'll save them for another time.

Pours one thin mint shy of black. For the kajillion alleged ingredients, the smell is subtle, roast, hop bitterness.

Bell's Batch 10,000 has been dragged through a forest felled by a hot fire. Pan-seared ash, well beyond roast, flares in the mouth. Hops rise out of the char for a moment, there's a few hides of leather, sliver of chocolate. Big drying on the end, but the five-alarm takes over again in the end.

All charred roast, all the time, all the way through. Good beer, but one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 04:31:19 | More by maximum12
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frenchblood21

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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,

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

This beer pours a clear dark ruby red hue, with one finger foamy of beige head, which leaves a nice broken sprectral lace paint job around the glass as it settles. It smells of faint caramel malt, pine sol, yeast, and earthy hops. The taste is edgy, somewhat medicinal caramel malt, a moderately smoky, salty, peaty character, and bitter leafy hops. The carbonation is average, if a bit zippy, the body medium weight, and mildly assaulted. It finishes bitter, smoky, and a bit uplifted and airy.

It took a while to figure this one out - smoked beer, really. Ok, then, not too shabby but still rather challenging.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 04:53:36 | More by biboergosum
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cokes

Wisconsin

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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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing quite like a drunken tick of a kitchen sink beer.

Very dark brown with a dense, light brown head that recedes to disk, leaving some nice lacework. The nose is pure kitchen sink, but in a good way. Rich, complex, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, and cocoa. Resiny hops are present as well, with citrus and pine sap.

The palate isn't as impressive. Quite a bit of hop character, there's pine and citrus peel with a moderate bitterness. The malt bill is complex and aspects of it actually work. The blend of cocoa, caramel and hops brings to mind a good Black IPA. However, this is, by design, poorly constructed. I've enjoyed kitchen sink beers in the past (like the Smuttynose Big A IPA 2009). The mid-palate is moderately fruity and a little leather, expressing the dichotomy I feel about this beer. The sweetness does clash with the hops, I'm not the biggest fan. Sweet and hoppy on the finish, there's a moderate resiny hop character on the finish. Medium in body with a finish with cocoa, burnt sugar and hops, this beer is lightly carbonated. Not particularly enjoyable, I think I'll pour out what's left and get back to drinking Hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:48:10 | More by DefenCorps
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bell's batch 10k has a translucent brown body with ruby highlights. The off-white head is small yet solid looking. IT manages some decent retention, but doesn't leave behind any lacing.

The aroma is mostly hops with a hint of malt in the background. Sharp pine notes, some grapefruit and a little bit of an herbal or floral character.

The taste is both strong and interesting, leaning heavily on hops. Pine and resinous flavors are the most powerful in this beer, and they are rather sharp in flavor with a biting bitterness. Hints of citrus peak through, but really more orange than grapefruit, which was my evaluation of the aroma. The malt base is a tad darker than the average strong ale, and certainly darker than a normal IPA. What you good is understated caramel and toffee flavors that are a bit richer than more. More interestingly, however, is the interaction between the hops and the malt. When mixed with the malt, the hops, especially the pine flavors, produce an almost minty flavor, with perhaps some jasmine in there. This is the herbal scent I noticed. I'm not sure that I dig this part of the flavor profile, but it is there and it is interesting. The finish has a strong warming presence with perhaps a touch of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is perhaps a tad light, but nothing too bad.

I could see someone else loving this beer. It is an interesting and fairly unique strong ale, but I don't think I would want another one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 14:48:38 | More by Hojaminbag
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neorunner

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kirk (Florida9) for sending me this beer in Round #5 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Blind Beer #5
Dark / High / Snifter

Dense dark brown in color with a dense tan head.

Aroma is full of dark fruits like plum an raisins. Smoke an alcohol are present as well. Some earthy dirt tones and cascade.

Dark bitter malts and strong hops throughout this one. Caramel and toffee with a grapefruit pine tree mix that tastes like simcoe.

Guessing this is a sub 10% beer.

Style wise going with a fairly fresh American barleywine or a high power DIPA.

Reveal shows us it's Bell's Batch 10000. While enjoyable we both agree that it could probably benefit from a some more cellaring, which is good news as I recently located a 6 pack of the stuff lingering in the unmentionables section of my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 17:38:30 | More by neorunner
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bound4er

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Dark brown appearance with a fluffy, two finger tan head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. Nice looking stuff.

S. The first thing that comes to mind when I take a big whiff is barleywine. There is nuttiness here along with notes of figs and dates.

T. Not a whole lot of flavor interest on the initial attack - some dark caramel and raisin. It then moves quickly to a coffee infused bitterness on the back end that lingers for quite a long time.

M. Nice overall feel and adequate carbonation.

O. This beer is very average in taste. It looks nice and smells decent but just leaves a bit too much lingering bitterness for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:28:17 | More by bound4er
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Moderate pour produces massive 4 finger malted milk colored head. Deep mahogany body with amber hues throughout. The head remains perched atop for an impressive amount of time. Thick sheet of moth eaten lacing coats the glass.

This beer has really evolved since the last time I had one shortly after the release. Fairly prominent smoked malt is noticed immediately. Bready brown malt and a sweet maple syrup fall in just behind. Citrus and grassy hops aromas blend quite well. The strong grassy dry hop smells have definitely subsided.

The flavor has also improved but not nearly as much as the aroma. It may take a little longer for the flavors to sync up. There is a lot going on here. Smoked malt meets bitter chocolate meets sweet Amber Ale meets grassy hops.
The grassy flavor is what is causing me the most problems, it seems to clash a bit. The malt bill does not concern me, I feel that these flavors can work together with less of a contrasting hop bite. Subtle citrus flavors waxes and wanes with each sip. The flavor still has a bit too much going on at the moment, I will have to reassess in a couple months.

Full bodied beer with low but adequate carbonation. The texture is smooth across the tongue. Long but pleasant finish.

Decent drinkability despite the slight clashing of flavors. I am not going to sit and drink several but it is no chore to enjoy one. I look forward to seeing how this one turns out. I am slightly disappointed at the product at the moment but feel this one has the potential to end up quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 02:17:30 | More by kzoobrew
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jsh420

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark brown with some red and a 1+ finger head that left some lacing

smell - strange mix but i do pick up 2hearted in the background
some chocolate some smoke

taste much like the nose - what i taste is a smoked chocolate 2 hearted with belgian yeast??

mouthfeel is light medium with decent carbonation

drinkability - glad i tried one fresh and i will do an updated review every year or so to see how this ages

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 04:57:45 | More by jsh420
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this years ago, but my buddy Aw Yeh kept ten or so in his cellar and brought one over for me. Poured into a Maudite Tulip glass.

Appearance - A stunted half chocolate/vanilla head that fades in a flash. This beer leaves no retention at the surface at all. The lacing reminds me of an ant farm. This beer is a caramel-like dark brown that appears black under certain light.

Smell - Strong notes of oats and barley. Extremely earthy. Nutty for sure, just like Planter's peanuts right out of the tin. Flat hop profile with some other aromas that I can't quite pinpoint. A bit of an alcoholic burn.

Taste - This things packs a whole bunch of nuts, and a whole lot of alcohol. A smooth, creamy concoction of toffee and butterscotch. The aftertaste is a lesser nutty butty. A tad smoky in the finish with some hop bitterness as well. Extremely unique and aggressively complex.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Medium-bodied, though some may consider it heavy. A smooth burn with a creamy body; like getting a lady of the night. (Alright, I'm getting a little drunk.) This beer must be partnered with Planter's peanuts and Werther's hard candies, because that's about what sums up the body. This is definitely a slow sipper that one should not expect to finish in less than a half an hour.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:51:07 | More by Jesse13713
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beagle75

Iowa

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with a parchment-tinted membrane of foam that develops some relief around the edges. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fairly heavy roasted barley dominates the smell, suggesting freshly ground coffee. Some caramel is also detected, but alcohol is not.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark roasted grain, moderate acidity, and rising charcoal into the middle. Grain stays assertive in the middle, turning more spirituous. Other flavors lean to the medicinal, with a short-lived whiff of fermented fruit detected. The finish is moderately bitter and astringent, with mild wood smoke appearing late. Roast connects all stages of the flavor, unwavering throughout.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, balance tips toward acidity which becomes aggressive on the palate toward the end, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Judging by reputation alone, this may seem like the ultimate in kitchen-sink brewing. Unfortunately its multiple personalities show its heritage all too transparently, with a few nice facets tucked in amidst a barrage of acidity and other chaos. One-off status is appropriate here, though not for the reasons Bell's brewed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 01:30:45 | More by beagle75
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vapodge

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A - not pitch black, but pretty darn close, good head, very good-looking brew, great lacing

S - sweet, toffee

T - smoky, not as smoky as Left Hand Fade to Black Vol 2 (which I just hand recently) -- much more sweet than that, lots of warming alcohol as the glass empties

M - super creamy; coats the tongue

D - too smoky for me to truly love -- glad I tried it (thanks aepb1); be good for a slow-sipping after dinner drink as it's rich and potent; bet it'll age well

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 03:03:12 | More by vapodge
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark brownish ruby red color. A big three fingered light tan head on top is leaving nice lacing.

S: Initial aromas are roasted chocolate, coffee, rye and pumpernickle. A touch of floral.

T: Interesting flavor profile. Lots of smoke that I wasn't expecting. Followed by chocolate notes, coffee, pumpernickle, charcol and some floral notes.

M: Pretty thick and viscous on the tongue. Coats the entire mouth and lips. Good carbonation.

Overall: Im not sure how I rate this beer yet. It has some good qualities. I like the smokiness and coffee flavors but the mouthfeels a bit thick. It's pretty enjoyable but nothing crazy.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 23:46:01 | More by BigMike
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JayAre46

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep root beer color with sharp ruby highlights around the edges and 1 finger of off white head sits on top, minimal retention.

A - roasted caramel, light hops, lightly toasted malt as well. touches of cocoa.

T - toasted malt, roasty characteristics, nutty, burnt caramelized sugars, hops are almost gone, more of the cocoa, different spin on things. raisins, more dark fruits, this beer is the opposite of delicate very boozy and warming, the hops have faded so not sure if it would have played a strong affect anyway although still a good bitterness in the end. hot

M - decent medium body, moderate carbonation that keeps it from being creamy. harsh on the palate and a alcohol numbing affect on the toungue.

O - its alright, i like the cocoa part, less the toasted characters want more of the roasted and burnt caramel. not bad but kind of hot and a mess. not sure if fresh neccessarily means better.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 02:43:32 | More by JayAre46
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emerge077

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark crimson in the meniscus, fading upwards into darkness. Thick lid of sticky foam, etching itself onto the inside of the glass. Lasts a good while, garnering an attractive appearance score.

Aroma of overripe fruit, cantaloupe, melon, raisin and bready malts. Initial whiff of faint wildness manifesting as notes of horsehair and leather. Call me crazy.

Tastes ok, but muddy and indistinct. Pretty hoppy, pretty malty, what is it? Long residual pine aftertaste from the hops used, big caramel/specialty malt body, but ultimately uninteresting. Generic "Strong Ale" profile, not burly and rich as a Barleywine might be. Even carbonation, feels a bit light for the ABV, but i'm apprehensive about cellaring. Big "meh" for 10,000, Bells is capable of greater things.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 03:24:21 | More by emerge077
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

RR 'tion glass.

Pours a very dark coffee color, two fingers of tan head with really good retention and minimal lacing. Smells like caramel, burnt brown sugar, roasted malts, some hop freshness. Taste is caramel upfront, some maltiness, with a moderately bitter, slightly harsh hop finish. Really dries the mouth. Not much complexity here, kind of a single note. Carbonation is on the higher end, medium-full body. Overall, this tastes like an American barleywine which doesn't quite come together. Perhaps a little more time on this is necessary to mellow out some of the less pleasant hop elements.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 03:58:48 | More by pmarlowe
Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.