Bell's Batch 10000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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1.53/5 rDev -59.9%
12 ounce bottle, Duvel tulip. It pours out a mysterious murky combination of what seems to be several shades of brown and mahogany. Good retention from the beige head, but little in the way of lacing.
The nose is somewhat of a cluster, in no small part due to a persistent wave of alcohol. It's not boozy; there's simply a lot of odd solvent alcohol here. Nuts, smoke, burnt rubber. What the hell? There are some familiar beerlike aromas of chocolate and roasted malt in there as well.
Tastes marginally better, but we're talking degrees of displeasure here. It starts out OK, roast and chocolate with a nice smokiness, but alcohol and an odd tangy/minty/tobacco combo that wears out its welcome long before it continues to linger in the finish. Rather reminiscent of menthol cigarettes, actually.
Overall impression: Drainpoured halfway thru the bottle. Majorly disappointing offering from a normally excellent brewery.
01-20-2011 01:51:27 | More by PDXHops
1.78/5 rDev -53.4%
A: Looks pretty good, nice warm dark brown with a soft tan head, with tiny flecks of lace left behind.
S: Smells weird. Quite medicinal, with notes of herbs/anise/licorice, light/fake smoke, and cereal grain. Tree bark. Figs. Overall, it's pretty weak in strength and character.
T: There are so many flavors competing it's like being screamed at by an entire room full of people. Lots of transitions, kind of variable from sip to sip, so I guess you can call it complex, and it all seems to come full circle by the end of the glass. I pick out German hops and Simcoe (or some other catty hop), pretty balanced against the 986,000 different malts. But mostly I'm noticing some evil combination that tastes like headache medicine, menthol, soap and ham, and glue on the finish. Some things just weren't meant to be.
M: Dry and astringent, light/medium bodied.
D: I won't finish this glass.
If this beer was made by anyone but Bell's I don't think anyone would notice it.
12-17-2010 00:28:51 | More by 7ways
2.03/5 rDev -46.9%
A- This is a dark beer with slightly odd tints of reds, purples and browns. The color visible around the edges takes me back to being a kid and mixing every crayon in the box. The result is a muddled, busy brown. The head is nice, if only for a moment. It left me one ring of lace before it faded to a skin.
S- The smell is weak but it has a lot going on. Dare I say too much going on? Who would have guessed that a beer with 100 fermentables and 60 hops would get a bit clucterfucked? Some of the few scents that I can describe include peppermint, salted chips, licorice rope, burnt rubber, pencil erasers, and barber shop (which is a melange in it of itself). It smells like a trashcan in an elementary school lunch room.
T- The major tastes include months of anticipation, dozens of reposted threads, hearsay with a touch of speculation, and most notably, disappointment.
This beer doesnt know what to be. It starts out malty with a bittersweet cocoa dryness a long with some roast. The maltiness is never big, luxurious or robust. But just as you think the maltiness up front is getting all over the place the hoppiness comes in. And like a kick to the temple, anything nice that the malts bring are plunged into amnesia. There is a little bit of every kind of flavor here. Spiciness is big, pine, citrus, aspirin, tylenol, as well as ibuprophen. Its like my spice rack and medicine cabinet were both emptied to yield ingredients for this beer, oh, and the whole concoction was stirred using a burnt piece of timber, still soaked in gasoline.
M- There is nothing gross about how this beer feels, persay. Indeed the cocoa powdery dryness is quite nice. However, the body isnt anywhere near what one would expect from a beer with so many ingredients.
I figured this beer would be so thick that they would have to package it in squeeze bottles but its not that way at all. Carbonation is dialed back nicely but the most annoying flavors of all are the ones that linger, and linger. The finish is looong and stuck with aspirin, charcoal and gasoline.
D- This beer will make a good extra but only because of its label.
I can only hope that this beer marks the end of the "everything but the kitchen sink" mentality, and most importantly, the end of a lackluster year from Bell's.
12-08-2010 00:28:47 | More by MbpBugeye
2.1/5 rDev -45%
In the wake of nuclear holocaust, when no malts or hops are labeled properly, and ingredients are scarce and limited to what can be foraged from stale Mr. Beer kits and the wild outside, this is the beer that results. No wonder John Connor sent his father back in time to stop Judgment Day...
Review from notes on 12/07/2010.
Thanks to MbpBugeye for the bottle. I likely would have never tried this otherwise, as the price tag was way too high for a beer I had serious doubts about. Once again my homebrew proves useful! :-)
This beer pours well enough, lending a tall khaki head in my glass. The color is a tad on the odd side though. A dark murky brown, the color of maple syrup and sun-burnt grass (with the earth clods still attached to the roots. The consistency was about that of thin maple syrup as well. In the light the beer takes on an orange hue. Lace is very spotted.
A dark beer that smells light, almost like a bad black IPA. Green hop pellets - nothing fresh-smelling about the hops in this one. There are so many competing hops that the profile is largely indistinguishable. Lots of leafy grasses, earthy aromas, and oddly sweet. An almost bourbony aroma filters in and out as the beer warms - some faint vanilla and maple sweetness. The hops still dominate throughout, this smells like it will be a bitter beer.
To be frank, on a normal basis it's a good sign when you can detect a large number of aromas or components in a beer. But when they are competing and as varied as in this beer, it's a bad thing. Sweet maple/bourbon and strong grassy hops make for a strange muddled mess that is unappealing.
The flavor is very heavy. There's certainly a very strong hop presence. Not as bitter as I first feared, but instead it is an amalgamated mess of pine, earthy, and citrus hops competing to be dominant. I can almost smell the dead hop carcasses as they kill one another off in this civil-war style chaotic battle of ingredients.
Very high carbonation and an unpleasant initial alcohol twinge at the tip of the tongue. The beer is barleywine-ish with the strong alcohol. Malts are HUGE in this beer, and do even more damage to each other than the hops do. In short, it's just a freaking mess. Flavors become muddled and unpleasant. The beer finishes sweet, with bitter grapefruit, earthy moss, scotch, and sweet ginger notes. I am left with the taste of freshly mowed grass.
The mouthfeel is flat-tasting and sticky on the palate, leaving a dry finish. Looong after the swallow the bitterness grows ever stronger, and ever out of place.
The beer is not undrinkable, but it is entirely undesirable. I am so happy i did not have to pay for this bottle. Most Bell's beer is overpriced, but in its defense, most of their beer is good. This one was like a home brewer's mistake.
My final notes proclaim: "Not undrinkable, but not enjoyable either. Strange - no real style. Too dry."
This was a kitchen sink disaster for Bell's. I can't even give 'em points for being 'original' or 'innovative' or 'experimental.' No one in their right mind could have thought so many ingredients could work well together. If they did, in fact, believe that, well... they were wrong.
01-04-2011 20:52:52 | More by Spider889
2.13/5 rDev -44.2%
Bottle: Poured a medium murky brown color ale with an average size foamy head with light retention. Aroma of fusel alcohol, caramelized malt with a bunch of other characteristics that are hard to describe. Taste has lots going on with notes of fusel alcohol, caramelized malt, light smoke, some paint and astringent finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some apparent alcohol. I guess this is what happened when you throw everything in the kettle.
10-26-2011 19:48:01 | More by Phyl21ca
2.33/5 rDev -39%
Poured into a large red wine glass after a meal of rosemary venison. Dark red and brown, minimal head, huge hops in the nose. Some citrus but mostly herbal hoppiness comes across, kind of pleasingly smoky as well.
Taste though, is harsh. Boozy yet sweet, the peat malt is freekishly forward, not pleasing when compared to the herbal hops. Mouthfeel is fine, about what should be expected.
Overall, not a beer I want to drink.
Bells- I love you anyways.
01-20-2011 01:12:21 | More by olympuszymurgus
2.35/5 rDev -38.5%
Very dark reddish brown, but still shy of black. Half finger of tan head with very little retention.
First whiffs are sweet, raisiny, and bready. Figs, prunes, sniffs of chocolate, roast, and hops come up with a couple of swirls. Some alcohol and traces of everything from citrus to rye and smoke are in there too.
Confusing. Definitely get some smoke, sweetness, and hops. A wide range of hop flavors; spice, herbal, citrus. The smoke sticks around. The dry spiciness I associate with rye is there, as is the breadiness that goes with wheat. There are only hints of the darker malts. A lot of the stickier dark fruits that you get in barleywines are there as well. As it warms, things smooth out a tad, but the breadiness takes over from the sweet dried fruits. Just disjointed as a whole.
Pretty heavy, medium carbonation, as expected at its strength.
Well, after 8 or 9 months, it still hasn't come together. I think this might be one that I just have to forget about for 5 years or so. Hate to give it a lowish (for the site) score, because I'm sure it will come together with time.
10-19-2011 04:27:17 | More by MrOH
2.38/5 rDev -37.7%
12oz bottle of Bell's Batch 10,000. Thanks Regen for this one. Poured into an O'so snifter today, 2/6/2014.
App- Dark brown body, very similar to Batch 9,000. One finger brown head, better retention than 9000, no lacing
Smell- Smells quite oxidized but hard to get much of anything in the nose even as it warms. A bit of dark fruit, sherry.
Flavour- Very uninteresting and frankly, not good. Dark fruit, sherry mixed in with a sugary sweetness would normally sound good but the flavours here are so incredibly muted.
Mouthfeel- Thin-medium bodied, not particularly thick, ok carbonation, basically zero aftertaste
Overall- This was like drinking extremely watered down Batch 9,000. I don't think this is what Bell's intended, but this simply was just not very good at all.
02-07-2014 04:43:23 | More by Stevedore
2.4/5 rDev -37.2%
Pours a dark brown with some reddish and deep purple hues. On the pour there is a very thin (not even one finger thick) of head lingering around my glass. When I hold it up to the light there this baby is opaque with no yeast chunks floating around. Upon swirling my glass I notice the viscosity is pretty decent.
Right off the start I am getting chocolate, heat alcohol and something rubbery. As my glass warms up a little bit I am finding plastic notes followed by band aids and cough medicine. Maybe some grapes ? There is absolutely no hop presence and in the finish some dates and licorice.
Again, rubber and cough medicine are taking front stage here followed by some caramel notes. There really seems to be a hodgepodge of hop flavors that contradict themselves becuase it goes from earthy, spicy, to citrus. Very astringent almost like sucking on a tea bag that has been smoked.
Not bad actually, but for a barley wine I'd like just a little bit more on the palate.
I was rather let down by this one, I feel like they made this recipe by cleaning out the grain room and the hop storage cooler. There were flavors all over the place and I just couldn't get into it. Oh well, Bells still makes other great ales that I am generally very pleased with.
12-14-2010 22:43:30 | More by Bmoyer0301
2.43/5 rDev -36.4%
Acquired via trade
Clear and dark brown pour with some burnt auburn and amber edges. Thin white head. Not a lot of lacing.
A very sweet and sticky type of aroma, like a syrup, along with a bit of smokiness, and perhaps some citrus. Seems all over the place without being particularly interesting--though it certainly is unique.
The flavors don't combine well, in my opinion. This seems like a bad "Suicide" (remember being a kid at the soda fountain and pouring in all 12 soda options into your all-you-can-drink paper cup?). It's overly sweet, with a touch of alcohol, some strange smoke or char flavor along with some wood. It's unique--just not very good.
Somewhat thick and syrupy.
Not one of my favorites. This beer seems like an experiment gone wholly wrong.
07-19-2011 19:37:52 | More by ehammond1
2.45/5 rDev -35.9%
Huh, thought I'd already judged this one. To the docket!
Dark brown with a solid sheet of tan toppage. Smells of dark crystal malts, some tea, some vitamins, some nougat and sweet toasted sugar. Tastes like vinyl, bitterness, some molasses, some toasted malts, mostly difficult for me to get past the vinyl character. Medium bodied with tight carb and a semi dry finish. This beer is not even close to what I remember.
11-14-2012 06:04:27 | More by harrymel
2.53/5 rDev -33.8%
Batch 10000, I have been waiting for you.
A: Rosewood red/brown. A decent light brown head.Looks dark and wonderful!
S: At first smell, you get a nice dose of citrusy hops with a background smell of smoke, plum, burnt chocolate and other dark fruits. Really smells like a good Barleywine.
T: First thing that hits you is a HUGE smoked malts/smoke flavor. Transitions into a gamut of hops...first you get the piney resinous hops, and on the back you get the citrusy hops. Not a huge alcohol presence. When it warms, you get a SERIOUS cough syrup (robotussin) finish. Very unappealing in that sense. This beer is all over the place.
M: Good mouthfeel. It's not a huge "sticky" beer and is pretty smooth. No real "burn" This is the best aspect of the beer IMO.
D: After 3 of them in the past week or so, giving it every chance I possibly could... I won't be having another.The last one, I really almost didn't want to finish it. As I stated before, when it warms even a little..it starts to become fairly unenjoyable.
As a huge fan of Bells beer, this came as a massive dissapointment. When I heard the specs of the beer, I was hoping this wasn't how it would turn out...a huge mess. A beer that tries to be everything, and ends up going nowhere. Maybe I will try one a year from now if the opportunity presents itself, just to see how it ages and to compare, but that's it.
12-13-2010 02:44:59 | More by japetus
2.55/5 rDev -33.2%
A- Dark brown character with ruby highlights with a resilient ivory to light tan head made of medium sized bubbles. Head still keeps put as there is noticeable lacing that is clinging to the sides of the glass.
S- Hops jump out almost immediately with a piney and earthy character to them. Limited amounts of roasted and bready malt. Noticeable alcohol character emerges and fills out the smell.
T- Beginning of the beer starts with a quick malt undertone that quickly escalates into a large roasty spike that seems slightly unwarranted with a cluster of hops that is slightly harsh. The taste develops into an increasingly harsh alcohol character that feels as if it is continually raising. Some chocolate begins to develop more as the beer warms.
M- Medium body with an almost creamy feel to the mouth, but with a noticeable carbonation bite on the tongue.
D- There just seems to be way too much going on in this beer. I know that the point of this beer was to resemble a homebrewer who is just pulling together left over ingredients, but this is a mess in my opinion. Nice thought, but I think that it should be more important to put together a solid beer rather than throwing together a bunch of mismatching ingredients.
01-25-2011 02:48:06 | More by Lolli1315
2.58/5 rDev -32.5%
Dark brown, almost black. Not much head and only fine lacing.
Smell is very IPA-like, strongly hopped but with roasted caramel malts, coffee, chocolate, and smoky notes. Alcohol noticeable for sure.
Tastes more porter or RIS-like, but way over-hopped. Alcohol is very noticeable. Perhaps this one should be aged? Very strong and not all that stupendous. Multitasking to the extreme, this leathery tasting drink has excess hops, too much smoked and roasted malts, and too much alcohol. Coffee and chocolate flavors are noticeable in the taste over the cacophony of "too damn much" going on here, but don't really add much.
Feels slick, not very carbonated, and heavy. Alcohol warming is powerfully strong.
Lacks balance and drinkability. One bottle is all I'll ever want of this stuff, and that was just to say I had it.
As much like a RIS this one is, complete with inky blackness and excessively overblown flavors, I'm surprised BA posters aren't swooning all over it like it's some kind of playboy model waltzing naked on the boardwalk in the summertime.
01-03-2011 19:50:42 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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