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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a tiny white head, and lace drops on the side. Barleywinish aroma. The taste starts sweet, and I think it's an old ale. Then after a few sips, the hops build up and its very hoppy. So its a strong ale, leaving a tingle on the tongue in the end. Unique, decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 03:55:24 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

08-21-2012 23:59:16 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque and murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, and some subdued citrus zest. Taste is of toasted malt, brown sugar, molasses, and citrus zest. There is a burnt/roast flavor that comes out as the beer warms. A mild citrus zest bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good that reminds me very much of a barleywine. I am glad I got to try one of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:19:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Bottle thanks to gr8134. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a good head and some spotty lacing. The nose is semi-sweet with a bit of anise. There is a light hoppy character there as well with some lighter pine and floral notes.

The taste has a bit of light woody and earthy character along with some mild anise seed and molasses. Earthy and piney hops there as well. Some pretty good bitterness in the mid-palate and finish. Finish is definitely dry, and it's surprisingly crisp for how heavy the beer is otherwise. Drinkability is pretty good. Interested to see where this goes.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:12:27 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After a vigorous pour, I was able to rouse a finger's worth of head on this ice tea brown-colored beer; leaves surprisingly good lacing, too

Smell: Really piney, though underneath there is a minty, herbal element

Taste: While there is a hint of smokey, caramel malt, up front, the piney hops take over, right away, bringing the minty, herbal element along with them by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter, brown sugared malt aspect (which was always there - I just hadn't noticed right away) begins to emerge and lingers, just underneath, right through to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a slumgullion of a beer, with all the malts and hops that were indiscriminately added; it is interesting to see what the combination produces, but I don't quite think I would be interested in trying it again - the flavors just are all over the place

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 00:39:59 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-09-2011 23:30:11 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured ]maybe a half inch head on top. This faded quickly leaving nothing but some residual lace on the side of the glass.

Alot of alcohol mixed in with an oak) and alot of sweet smells. Some caramel and a touch of some hosp perhaps. Very intresting smell, almost had a syrup like aroma.

Decent hoppy finish, with a big malt back. Lots of sweet tones, again had a syrup like taste, lots of earthy flavors, and a nice maple and vanilla tone. Vanilla became more pronounced as it warmed, but was never bothersome.

really nicely done, i wish i had more to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:43:33 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 19:48:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

And with the heavy advertisment of 100 different malts and 60 different hops, what does that translate into flavor, or aroma, or the oveall impression of the beer over a half-hour session with it?

The pour brings a very froathy, heady pour of deep russet brown color with crimson highlights. A tan-stained head sits atop with a froathy/foamy structure. Very simialar to many Strong Ales that I've had, like Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Strong aromas of brown sugar and citrus/pine scented hops swirl in the nose, also with a kick of alcohol that makes it very brandy-like. There's probably a lot of estery fruitiness and spice comming from the yeast but with that malt and hop influence, who's to know?

Flavors definately preference the malts early on wtih the rich flavors of molasass, brown sugar, and toffee. There's definately a lot of specialty malt sweetenss, complexity, and depth working here. The flavors of malt have a brief but not sudden way of transering taste to a malty-dry toasty taste that commands the mid palate. After that, there's a good jolt of resinty, citrus hops that give the sensation of white grapefruit, pine, and fresh cut grass. But in the end, all of that malty-sugary, toasty, zesty citrus character swirl together in a melting pot of taste- leading into a complex, if not congregated aftertaste.

All of these flavors invite the notion of thickness or heaviness. But the mouthfeeel reveals a malty-dry sensation after the sweeter, stickier early palate. A moderate tone is stricken when the molasass sweet feel frees up with the toasty dryness, and then carries into the piney dry hoppiness and the alcoholic evaporation. The beer does a 180 in mouthfeel from the second it hits the palate 'til 3 seconds later when it hits the aftertaste.

Undoubtedly a very rich and complex beer. But with the onset of sweet and a long development to semi-dry, lingering resiny character, and green alcohols, I'll say that the jury is out until this beer cellars for a year or eight.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 08:27:56 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-18-2013 00:45:51 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Derek for sending me a couple bottles of this.

A: The pour is a clear dark amber color with a soapy off-white head.

S: Smells kind of like what I expected: a clusterfuck of hops and malts. Despite what is likely a very small percentage of the grain bill, the smoke/peat malts are quite strong. There's a bit of a citrus aroma, which is nice enough. Some mild coffee, toffee, and molasses.

T: Weirdly sweet right on the front but the smoke comes on quite strongly after that. A moderate hop bitterness, especially on the finish. Strong molasses flavor and some burnt sugar and very toasty. There's a strangely rubber-like flavor to this beer, too.

M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Just way too smokey and oddly rubbery. Not really a fan of this one. I'll try to age this one and see if it changes at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 06:32:53 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, near black body with a tall, foaming beige-colored head with some shimmering elements to the bubbles, like on a parking lot oil slick.

Smell: An aromatic deployment of variably roasted grains, pithy citrus peelings, additional dark fruits, bitter chocolate chunks, and a bit of alcohol used to remove a sticky pine resin stain.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, then painfully, almost cruelly burnt bread crusts with a quick bit of caramel and a spoonful of store-brand coffee ice cream. Next up is char, then some more char, and then some earthy pine bark and anise. Roasty and moderately bitter. An acrid pinch here and there. Various fruity tastes, including citrus flavors try to come forward, but they're spackled over by the charriness. Bittersweet, charry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some chewiness in the mouthfeel.

Overall: It's fine. I suppose a kitchen sink amalgamation approach is a fitting way to close out the Bell's Batch series. For me, it comes across as being in the vicinity of a Black IPA or even that Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 17:06:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-18-2013 03:10:50 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a twelve ounce glass a deep mahogany color with well formed one finger tannish colored head.Bitter chocolate and deep dark fruit aromas,the malt really stands out and is complex,there is a light pine note in back as well.Dark fruit and leather stood out most to me on the palate,there is a resiny hop quality underneath but sweet malt dominates.Good flavor but it can get a bit sweet after a bit,still a nice sipper from K-zoo.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 14:35:26 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer isn't exactly has intense has I expected. The appearance of this beer is a dark brown color with a yellowish head. The aromas are interesting, it's sweet smelling like a typical barley wine, it's got some herbs in there too. The flavor is hoppy to start and sweet and dry in the finish. This beer isn't as complex as the 9,000 in my opinion. I like the mouthfeel, it's slighty heavy but it's smooth and pretty drinkable. This beer is good but I feel the 9,000 was much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 23:21:46 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

It was an added surprise to find singles o' this when I showed up to grab my bottle of Rare BCS. It pours an almost opaque maroon topped by a half-finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises watermelon bubblegum, toffee, light vinyl, and lavender. Okay, I have no idea what to expect from this aroma: It's not really good, but it's also not repulsive. It is, though, very intriguing. The taste holds notes of rubber, tobacco, smoky toffee, mandarin oranges, and a light whiff of menthol. Again, things are all over the place, confusing the judgment center of my brain. The body is a straight medium (I have no idea how), with a light moderate carbonation and an almost chewy feel. Overall, this may be the most confusing and confused beer I've ever imbibed. And, frankly, I can't say much more than that until my mind is restored to normal working order. I'll get back to you in a few weeks...

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 09:32:22 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a very small, tan head of foam. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled smoky with a roasted malt aroma. It had mild floral notes, too.

T - Boozy first sip with a good deal of smoke. The smoke does mellow out and leave behind a roasted malt flavor with chocolate, toffee and a subtle hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

D - This was a constantly evolving beer. Each sip was different than the previous.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:50:32 | More by zeff80
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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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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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Well, I say that this has a scent like grape kool-aid. Yes. I did say that. Perhaps I've had enough brews today that at any point, some oversized walking pitcher of abnormally colored beverage is going to come crashing through the wall. Or maybe I know what I'm talking about.

Nice hearty flavor profile on there. Seem to be black ale tones evident and the very slightest hint of a Belgian ale on there too. Sure, it's nice. Happy 10,000th batch Bells.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 13:48:09 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark appearance, kind of a plummy brown, small, cocoa-tinged head, slim, but staying.

Aroma: chocolate at first, raisin and plum, dark malty goodness. Richness aplenty, but not too sweet. Wonderfully balanced. Delightful.

Taste: easy entry on the palate, with a charge of cocoa, dark, sweet, caramel and chocolate malt behind. Some vanilla and oak hints emerge, some bourbon tints, flaked chocolate, Sweetness is rising. At first it tastes like a stout, even an Imperial Stout, and now the flavors of a barley-wine, or old ale come rushing in. We're getting more prune, now, some date, some raisin, and more sourness, and higher alcohol feeling.

This is clearly a hybrid between a strong stout and an old ale, with no one side taking over. I kind of like that. No. wait…I really like it.

A little licorice, some char, deep woodiness, dark malt….the 5 months it's aged have mellowed it well. Mmmm, it's nice.

I'm finishing it up right now. Mmmm. Yes. Oh, wait, one more word: ahhh…..

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 08:05:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up at Discount Liquor. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam with superb retention, and glass-coating lace. It eventually settles to a thick chunky cap. The body is an opaque very dark brown color, with some bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass. For what is described as a "strong brown ale", this is about as good as it gets.

S - It's a nice mix of cocoa, floral hops, some dark roasted and earthy grains, maybe a faint whiff of citrus. As it warms there's some spicy estery alcohol and anise that comes out. I think I liked it better cold.

T - Taste is booze-soaked fruits, anise, some dark chocolate, and some smoky roasted grains. I don't like this quite as much as the nose, but not enough to give it a lower score. Finishes with some herbaceous bitterness.

M - Very chewy, sticky, medium-full body, low carbonation, a little bit of alcohol warmth. Finishes with mouth-coating residual sugars.

D - It took me a while to work through a 12oz bottle, and I probably won't re-visit this one for a few years (if at all). Better than 8000, but not up to the quality level set by 6000 and 7000. You can actually perceive some of the kitchen-sink approach used for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 00:14:11 | More by MasterSki
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at D's six pack tonight while bringing the kids and my brother and sister to eat some Chicago Dogs. 10,000 batch for Bell's and 2,200 review for me. Pours a deep dark ruby caramel edged deep brown bodied hue for me, chunky large bubbled deep khaki tan head forms thick rising well above the edge of the glass. Aroma hints of smoked malt not quite as strong as an ashtray but definitely getting there. Dark chocolate roasted malt characteristics with herbal mint green notes coming through. The smoke definitely overpowers the nose initially let's see how things progress throughout the experience. Flavors bring out rich alcohol and deep malted barley layers of smoked meat, sweet syrup, and dark roasted coffee/dark chocoalte notes with hints of acidity. Remember when you were a kid and if you mixed every color from the crayon box it ended up looking like a dark poop brown color. This is the same thing, I'm not sure how strategically they blended all of these ingredients in this beer but they're definitely not making it out in the flavor profile. A blend of dark roasts, well hidden hops a bit of pine and earthiness finish my thoughts on this beer. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied mellow carbonation, big chewy texture. Drinkability a take it easy sipper for colder winter months.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 10:41:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 19:53:16 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden poured cool into a goblet.

The ale is dark medium brown with ecru cap which is about 3/4 inch thick the retention is very good and the bead is tiny. the lace sticks well and the clarity is murky. Aromas of earthy, fragrant hops with slight floral attributes are apparent. the smell of rich toasty malt with gentle toffee-like sweet notes are present as well. The yeast accents the sweet and mild spicy malt elements well. I notice a slight bright slightly fruity tinge from the hops and the alcohol is low in the aroma. I consider the mouthfeel to be balanced with the hops and malt working together with smooth sweetness and moderately carbonated texture. The bitterness supports the malt body well and there is a light spice from the hops with gentle dry edge of malt emerging toward the finish. The feel is clean overall with yeast accentuating the malt and alcohol is warming after the swallow.

I like the balance in the flavor which is layered between the mild hop which is piney and slight herbal tinged. There is moderate caramel and fruit in the malt w/ subtle toasted taste and a mild graininess. The hop flavor seems more fruity than citrus to me with a bitterness that becomes more noticeable as it increases in temperature. A slight woody accent in the flavor which is smooth with a mild graham cracker type of flavor from the malts leads to an alcohol which comes out as the beer nears cellar temp w/ light toffee-like dark sugar in the taste. There is mild spice and nuttiness which seems to come from the malt addign complexity.


I didn't know what to expect really from this other than lots of malt and hops based on Bell's description and it is really a pretty decent strong brown. It fits how the brewer intended to make use of as many ingredients as possible -like a homebrewer's hodge-podge recipe, however it works well for me. I found the hops to not conflict at all and even though you don't get individual flavors from the malts or hops you are aware while tasting it is a serious blend of an array of ingredients. The ale is pretty easy to enjoy and I would drink it again, this is a tasty brew that I think works and has very little in the way of glaring errors. It could have been a mess, but I don't think of it that way. I liked this better than 9,000th batch-to me it was a good way to end the series.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 14:14:13 | More by Slatetank
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Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.