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

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747 Ratings
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 60
Gots: 345 | 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 SurlyMe
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter

A - Pours a deep translucent brown with slight light penetration once in the glass. An average speed pour yields a 1 finger light khaki colored head which thins down to a light cap leaving some spotty lacing as you drink.

S - Reminiscent of some bourbon barrel aged beers I have had recently; light chocolate, carmamel and vanilla notes, roasted malt scent, tiny bit of booze (more as it warms). Scents of smoke also come through as the beer warms.

T - Very interesting, not what I was expecting. The first thing I noticed was an abundance of smoke. The smoke flavor gives way to some spice, caramel/nut, and roasted maltiness. Some sips have hits of citrus hops (orange/lemon) and other sips taste like an imperial stout. The finish consists of light vanilla, light chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Very nice complex taste but not too overpowering in any way.

M - Medium body, good carbonation level which releases the scents and flavors nicely, slightly dry finish

D - Not hard to drink but I don't think I'd want any more than a couple bottles/pints in one sitting.

Overall, this beer is definately worth experiencing, there's a lot going on here. It's fun just trying to figure it out.

Photo of JLeege
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10,000 ~ The beer with 10,000 ingrediants.
Poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Pours brown with some ruby amber highlights. A creamy two finger head is produced with pretty good retention. Very nice lace is left behind.

Smell- Hops are dominating the nose, mostly citrus, with some underlying sweet brown sugar and caramel malt.

Taste- Creamy malts are the first things noticed. Notes of caramel again. Chocolate and some light roasty coffee flavors along with some smoke. Even picking up a light wheaty twang. The hops shine on the finish. Not as much citrus as the nose would suggest, but they have more of an earthy and pine feel to them. The lingering taste is nice blend of dark chocolate and light hopping.

Mouthfeel- creamy and smooth, though I was expecting this to be a bit thicker and more sticky. Abv's go unnoticed. So no complaints here.

Overall- For a beer with so much shit (delicous hops/malts/random fermentables) in it, this comes together very nicely. Every sip is like a new adventure, but it works. I am very impressed, time to stock up if I can still find some more!

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.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (Batch 10000 of course) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slow pour to ensure little sediment came along yielded a very dark red to black beer when held up to the light. The color could be described as a dark ruby red or maybe a dark garnet color. Due to the slow pour the head was just a thin tan head initially, but as I drank it down, the head actually grew a bit at the edges and got much thicker. Lacing was in sheets, think fine strands, and tiny islands.

Smell: Toasted malts, some caramel/toffee like sweetness and maybe just a hint of complex citrus hops (lemon and orange mostly) at the end. With a good swirl of the glass the hops come out more - definitely lemon and orange with some piney hop smells thrown in there. Quite complex to the point that nothing really stands out, but it's all in there, just muted a bit.

Taste: Equally complex in taste as it was in smell. Roasted malts are the front followed quickly with some hints of bitter coffee-like flavors which then move quickly into an end which is part sweeter malt and part citrus hop. There are sips that remind me of a Russian Imperial Stout, and others that remind me of a malty American India Pale Ale. As it warms up the bitter coffee-like taste starts to dominate the other flavors making it harder to tease out everything that is in this beer. I can tell more flavors are trying to come out as the beer warms up, but I can't find them over that bitterness. Enjoyable, just a lot going on here. Alcohol taste is very well hidden. Every now and then I think I get a hint of it.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation along with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Very well done balance between the two I think.

Drinkability: Despite my comment about the alcohol being well hidden in the taste, I could start to feel it coming on about halfway through the glass, despite slow sipping and having this with a hearty meal (Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes). This is definitely just a sipping beer, and one is more than enough. While the taste is definitely interesting and enjoyable, I think this beer could be described as too much in one glass. There is mastery in what Bell's does, but I think you'd have to be a tasting expert to get it all out of here. All that being said I enjoyed this one and wish Bell's another 10000 batches!

Photo of BeerLover99
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep chestnut brown, hue of crimson. big fluffy oatmeal 2 finger head, spectacular lacing exhibition.

S: smoked, malt, grain, earthy pine.

T: What a feast of insane flavors! I love it. it's like a wee heavy, porter, strong ale, and mild brown ale. smoke, then bread, and then finishes off with a hint of bitter.

M: med/heavy body, slightly chewy, solid carbonation.

D: WOW! Of course with this being a limited (one time release) kind of difficult to get a ton of these. I was initially nervous that all the flavors would be an assault on the senses, but it seems to work. Careful, this IS a sipper.

Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from my second go at this one.

Active, chestnut brown, decent clarity revealed by back light, a finger of tan head, some retention and spotty lacing.

Woody, fruity, and floral with some mild roast. Lots of subtle inputs that are hard to put a finger on. Maybe the 100 malts and hops, or whatever the count was, have something to do with this?

Light hop bitterness lies underneath throughout. Malty sweet and woody with floral and fruity hops. Fairly complex and smooth. Very unique.

Plenty of carbonation, rich medium/full body, medium viscosity, and just a touch of bitterness in the finish.

Very original and enjoyable. Could been really sloppy, but to me, it comes together well. I find it smooth, flavorful and balanced.

Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass.

A: dark raisin color, an aggressive pour produced a nice espresso foam-colored head, the cap fades away to a few splotchy remnants, and the lacing is excellent.

S: toasted oak/vanilla, a smoky/burnt note, some farmer's cheese aroma, coffee, toffee, caramel, a bright citrus note floats on top, dark fruit sweetness, earthiness, the hops are alternately floral, piny, and herbal.

T: smokey/burnt wood, burnt caramel, vanilla up front, the middle is boozy, with some honey, fruit, and citrus, the finish is very woody, spicy, grassy, and smoky.

M: medium-bodied, silky, low carbonation, drying.

D: A solid effort, though I am finicky when it comes to overly smoky beers. This one was good, but it didn't wow me.

Photo of Chaney
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark, dark, dark, dark red (maybe reddish-brown)? Yep.... that was the color. When I held it up to the light, I got a bit of ruby around the edges, as if there was a giant Tootsie Roll dropped into a vat of acidic red sludge. The beige head was about one finger and clung to the glass like a bastard.

S: Hmmmm... I smelled rust first, follow by booze, then came the dark fruit such as raisons, dates, and figs. I got more than a hint of chocolate on the finish.

T: What the hell was the brew supposed to be anyway? Booze galore, with tons of unsweetened baker's chocolate style bitterness. Usually I like the sort of aspriny quality in a beer and think it adds to its refreshing nature... it didn't work here though. The finish was very dry due to the rubbing alcohol.

M: The lacing was ridiculous and the bitterness transcended the adjective. The sweetness was cut down to size by the alcohol, which wasn't saying much.

D: What happened? I loved Batch 9000! I bought a sixer of this stuff so I have five left... now what?

Photo of hardy008
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with raisin highlights. An aggressive pour gives a 2 finger tan head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma is all over the place. It has Sweet malts, pine hops, earthiness, and dark fruit.

The taste reveals some of what is in the aroma, and a few new flavors also. Sweet malt, bitter grapefruit, pine hops, roasted malt, anise, earthiness, alcohol, and some dark fruit. No one or two ingredients really take control of this beer. It is all over the place, and is disappointing.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, and surprisingly smooth. This was an interesting idea, but not as well executed as I would have expected from Bell's.

Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown pour settling nearly black in the glass. Pretty much as black as brown can get without actully being black. A finger high frothy foam of dark beige lifts briefly before fading to a skinny skimming and some thin stringy and flecked about lacing.

Indecipherable aroma that has a complexing tang that seems roasty and nutty with a blackened core of scorched citrus peels. Some tannin merges lightly with a wamrth of ethonalic noting as it sits while losing a bit of its tang and becoming more like a big Brown ale.

Taste has a unique complexity to it. Lots of little things going on in here. Has a slight black and burnt, roasted center. Tends to surround itself with citric-like nuances of lemon and bright orange while keeping an interesting old coffee delay late dusted with cocoa. The flavors are of a good portion, nothing huge here. Just a delicate array of fun tangy roast and mixing nutty tones with citrus and some bits of earthy spice.

Solid medium body, semi soft, leans pretty well to the tangy side of things with a solid spicing of burntness. Creamy, lofty, slightly drying cocoa finish with a late turn into a burnt residue of blackened malt.

Its no 6000 or 9000, but it's quite good and super drinkable. Perhaps not quite worth the price tag, but this should age well. I think its changed already from last month when I first tried it to now. So 'ill keep some around and try it out from time to time to see what Larry was really up to with this one. Happy 10,000 Bell's!

Photo of birderbeerer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a three finger, off-white head. Lace stuck on the glass.

Smells of hops. Fruity and big hops. That's all I'm getting.

First taste is all hops but then a big malty follow through. Each sip brings slight variations on the flavor. Very hop forward, followed by malt sweetness and roast and finished with a sticky remnant of hop flavor.

Very interesting. IPA, brown ale, stout, IPA. Kind of doesn't know what it is, which might take away from the beer for some. It's a fun beer to drink because each sip is a little different from the one before.

Drinks easy but it is filling by the end. Very smooth. Seems like it would be rich but for the hops. Very good and unique beer.

Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a light off white head and a long lasting soap ring.

The smell is very hoppy and citrusy with nice bready malts sneaking through.

The flavor follows the smell nicely with big bready malts and fresh strong citrus hops, almost like drinking an imperial amber ale. Balanced and full flavored.

The mouthfeel is nice with good carbonation and a solid body to it.

Very drinkable, maybe the most drinkable I have had of the Batch series, but also sort of a let down as my expectations for this beer are so high based on some of the previous editions. Still good none the less.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a crisp off-white head and globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is grainy, malty base with mild fruit notes. Lightly nutty and earthy. Then a good bit of resinous citrus hop and brandy-like alcohol warmth.

Taste is far more mild than the intense nose lead me to expect. Chewy caramel malt, and hints of brown sugar up front. Good bit of woody, cedar dryness and a hint of nut. Then the earthy bitterness takes over. Finishes smooth and mild with a light fruit quality and lingering alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

A very flavorful and surprisingly balanced brew. Very easy to drink considering the high ABV.

Photo of johnkale
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into stemless wine glass (Packers themed)

A - dark, murky brown, generous two finger head to start, very creamy, tan in color, really nice lacing on this one

S - stone fruit, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate predominate, slight breadiness, and toffee notes, some floral/pine hops also show up

T - chocolate, dark dark malt, plum, caramel and brown sugar too. a hint of anise, some nice hop bitterness in the finish. NFLMVP said this was hot, booze is noticeable but considering all the barrel aged beers I've been drinking, seems pretty minimal

M - seems just a tad watery, considering the ABV was hoping for something just a little thicker

D - goes down pretty smooth but still boozy, still filling

Was this worth the price? Probably not. Was it good, yes, and the last four will stick around for a while, so we'll see what some aging will do for it.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a transparent black color with red edges, tons of a light brown dense head with a strong lacing left on the glass.

S-the nose is somewhat light especially for all the ingredients. Hops seem to dominate with an oily citrus aroma and light notes of pine. there is some burnt coffee towards the back and some roasted malts but they play a minor role.

T-the roasted malt character comes in more so in the flavor. roasty malts, light notes of bitter coffee and chocolate with a touch of vanilla. the hops come through strong towards the back and are very oily in flavor with citrus aspects of tangerine and oranges.

M-very smooth and creamy feel to it on a relatively full body. silky on the back of the throat with ample carbonation and an easy drinking finish.

D-this is not bad, very interesting brew as the hop character seems to have the most to say and it keeps it very oily in flavor and feel. the malt characteristics are muted but the flavors are subtle and well balanced.

Photo of TheSarge
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a few sixers at my local store. Didn't realize this was that rare of a find, but damn expensive!

Creates a decent amount of khaki colored cranium, I'd say a finger thick. The body of this brew is about like a black tea like appearance, with maybe a mild amount of haze.

The aroma is peppery, piny, and a slight hint of cocoa.

Taste wise i'm getting a red wine like quality, and some spruce.

This feels nicely carbonated and very dry, with a finish full of booze.

Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep opaque black with a nice light tan head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is nice subtle amount of dark malts and burnt caramel. The taste is a nice kick of dark malts and bitter cocoa that gives way to a very interesting bitter hop finish. The beer is medium bodied with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable, well balanced beer, I was glad I got to try it since NC didn't get bottles of it.

Photo of Bighuge
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is a murky mess of dark malts, roast, sweetness, ethanol and fruity esters. Flavor is a little more rounded. Brown malts. Not overly roasty or bitter or alcholic. Pretty even keeled really for all that is in this thing. Fairly tasty and quite easy drinking for the strength.

I like it when breweries do these special releases and get creative, but here's one vote to bring back one of these batch beers as a seasonal....Batch 6000. Batch 6000 was one of the greatest beers I've ever had. Just had one in November and it was incredible. The tiniest little sip packed a tremendous amount of flavor.

Photo of Buebie
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an oversized snifter, hard pour. Producing about an inch of off white frothy head. Receding rapidly and leaving a generous collar with skim across the top.
Color is a dark brown, non transparent.
Aroma is extra boozy, bordering hot. Some black treacle aroma with brewers licorice, dark malts and dark fruit, small amount of malty burnt sugars as well as vanilla and maple brown sugar. This one resembling more of an old ale.
Taste is a bit more barley wine, but containing more burnt grains and sugars. Taste is dark and bitter upfront with roasted chocolate grains, mild vanilla and burnt caramel, plenty of malt here. Heat is much less noticeable then expected. Aroma heat was high.
A touch of oaty protein flavor.
Mouthfeel is slick but light in feel with an abundance of carbonation tickle.
Its a sipper, this is no sessioner, but with that said, drinkability is still high.
Interesting beer. Cant wait to put a few years on it and try it again down the road.

Photo of bs870621345
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a few of these on vacation, wish I got more.

Pours brown with deep amber highlights when held up to the light. Minimal head but leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell of coffee, citrus, caramel, tobacco, plums.

Taste is citrusy with strong roasty and caramel malt. There is alcohol appearant and fruits mixed in.

Mouthfeel is nice, well carbonated yet still full tasting.

Drinkability is lowered because of the alcohol burn on the end.

Its a good beer, going to wait a while to get some real malt flavors out and smoothed over. Right now it drinks like a black IPA- not my favorite style.

Photo of ZAP
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this as it contains just about every type of malt and hop known to mankind apparently. I expected enormous bursts of flavor and a big lush body. It is far from that.

On first pour a strong pleasant hoppy aroma seeps from the glass. Piney and floral...The malt gives off a bit of a dark fruit impression on the nose (black cherries, dates).

The taste leans more hoppy than malty...earthy feel to this...dark fruits are again evident...a little charred molasses....and of course the nice piney hop kick on the finish. Hops are not abrasive but outweigh the malt load slightly.

Body is high side of medium or low side of full...

All in all this is OK but not close to as good as some of the Batches names 6000 and 8000. A lot of things in this but the multitude of dimensions never really appeared as I hoped

Photo of trbergman
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Ample three fingers of mocha foam. Lots of sticky lace.

S - Busy blend of coffee, cocoa, raisin, earth, tobacco, smoke/char, pine, and citrus pith.

T - Roasty and bitter, with enough malty sweetness for a good balance. Along with the coffee, there are some milk chocolate and nutty undertones. Bits of dried fruit and smoke. Hop bitterness is relatively high and complements the roast barley quite well.

M - Full and velvet smooth.

D - I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this kitchen sink beer from Bell's, but it drinks like a black DIPA/barleywine, and a rather good one to boot. Alcohol is almost completely hidden, and there's enough balance and flavor to keep me coming back for more.

Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on November 16, 2010.

(A)- Pours almost a pitch black color; has some blood red highlights. Produced a huge fluffy tan head with great retention behind it and plenty of lacing as it took awhile to subside.

(S)- A rich rustic nutty aroma. Hints of dry raisin, molasses, licorice, and cocoa. Some subtle roasted burnt caramel in the far background.

(T)- Backwards from the smell. A big burnt & roasted malty molasses, licorice, coca, and caramel. Much more robust in its roasted aspect than what the smell led me to believe, but a pleasant surprise.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very heavy on the roasted profile, but has nice and complex malt characteristics. A tad too bitter.

(D)- Certainly a robust strong ale. It is good, but has the stuffing to age for years. I look forward to see what some time does to this one; this fresh, is a little disjointed.

Photo of bonkers
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass, deep brown pour, decent head. The aroma is sweet with ripe fruit notes. The beer is on the sweet side, lots of ripe, dark fruit. The beer has a lingering sweet finish. The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and a decent sipper. A decent beer, would not seek it out.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap. A dark brown in color with a short livid head. Aroma of roasted malt and a sweet fruity note. In the taste, some roasted malts making me think this is almost a stout. Mild cherry and fruity tones attributed to the yeast. Malt body is formidable with roasted, caramel and brown sugar flavors. Overall, a nice roasty barleywine, or a damn fine American strong ale.

Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.