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

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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 57
Gots: 347 | 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:
Beer added by: Spica66 on 11-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Strong Brown Ale"
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Ratings: 758 | Reviews: 404
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Poured into a HotD brewery tulip on 6/16/11.

Pours a very dark brown, looks like a soda with a light colored cream head the dissipates leaving moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malts and dark fruits. I can smell some raisins. Nicely balanced sweet smell.

Taste is is much like the aroma. Lots of dark fruit bittersweetness with some roasted malt character. The taste is a nice balance and it covers up a lot of the booze flavor but I would have like just a little more sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a slight bitterness and the resin that leaves some dark fruit sweetness on the palate.

Overall this is a great beer. I would like to see some more sweetness on this on and maybe a little more carbonation but a great beer none the less.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured deep black-brown with a full two fingers of dark nut brown fizzy head. Head diminished to respectable skim within a few minutes.

S: This thing is a farmhouse: I get hints of smoke, hay, wet barley, earth and an undertone of sweet maltiness. Leather coming out now.

T: A little bitter upfront, more than expected. Strong sweet earthy malts are upfront with burnt butterscotch and sugar. The mid swig is is caramel and roasted malt. Ends with more bitterness and the persistent undertone of alcohol lingers with a pleasant burn. Somewhere in near the end is a bit of sour sweet. Almost soy sauce. This thing must be well hopped because it has a strong backbone against the malt and is very earthy.

M: Seems perfect to me for the beer. More than medium.

O: Very drinkable for a high octane beer. I have had it three times and the first and third were truly great. Good balance of everything a strong ale should be. I really torn on whether this is a good or great beer.

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4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Goose Island tasting nonic.

A: Nice, frothy, tan head sits on top of a fairly clear, dark ruby/brown body. The head retains pretty nicely, with plenty of webbing left behind.

S: Hops, booze, raisins, and oddly a hint of melon. It's an interesting nose, for sure--I can't think of much like it offhand. There's a light, lemony sweetness to it that I can't pin down, but enjoy.

T: Chocolate, dark malt balanced with some nice hopping both up front and lingering through the dry finish. Really nicely done--balance of hops and malt, booze.

M: Medium mouthfeel, a little bit of chew and a nice mouth-coating sensation. Not too hot at all--just barely noticeable.

D: Overall, pretty high. Balanced bitterness from malt and hops, and not at all too sweet as many American interpretations of the style can be, at least while young. Really well done.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep mahogany with a finger of tan foam atop.

S - Bready malts come right out as well as a hit of thick vegetative hops. Slight hint of roast?

T - Oh yeah, definitely roast. And hops and fruits and smoke and quite a bit of booze. This is all over the place, a 'strong' ale for sure!

M - Medium with quite a bit of carbonation. A lively brew.

O - Reminds me a bit of Dark Horse's Special Reserve Black Bier except there's a whole lot more going on here. I imagine if this stuff was bourbon barreled then beer-geek's eyes would melt in their sockets as this is that powerful of a beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours into glass a surpassingly dark black-brown, no light was getting through this one. Nice tan head, some lacing.

Smell: a rich aroma of sweet camelish malts and tasty hops.

Taste: a strong complex ale, slightly smoky with a strong hop presence.

Mouthfeel: medium to full, very nice.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, I found it hard to put the glass down.

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3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours out a nice amber brown color and almost looks like a cola during the pour. The pour produces a slow growing brown head that hangs around for a while and has nice lacing.

Not a lot happening with the nose. Caramel malts are the most noticeable with pine hops also hanging around.

Thank goodness the taste has more going on. Caramel and chocolate malts are easy to pick up immediately. Molasses, pine hops, roasted and possibly even smokey malts make an appearance.

The brew is decently thick, medium to thick bodied with low carbonation.

Overall this is a decent brew. Not one I think is worth the price, but I'm not disappointed I tried it.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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1.84/5  rDev -52%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of prg1976
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a dark, dark brown...like a porter. off white head sticks to the glass and hangs around on top of the beer.

Smells of carmel and slightly of alcohol.

Taste is carmel, chocolatey bread.

Decent mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Don't know if I could drink any more than one of these due to the bready taste. Otherwise, it's a solid strong ale.

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2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown with a slight red tint, a half finger off white head appears and slowly dissipates to a ring, solid resilient lacing

S- hops hit the nose first, kind of earthy, roasted malt and bready malts, the alcohol becomes noticeable on the tail end, not really impressed

T- woah the flavor of this beer escalates quickly and not in a good way, it starts with bready malt and immediately transitions to a sharp biting amount of roasted malt, the maltiness disappears and you are hit with lots of bitter hops, you really notice the alcohol after a couple of sips, there is a lot going on here and it doesnt bode well with my palate

M- medium body with a creamy texture, decent carbonation, coats the mouth pretty well

D- this was a mess of a beer, there was entirely too much going on, my palate was overwhelmed and the flavors were in constant competition with each other, glad i only picked up a single of this one

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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch...10000. No surprises there.

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head.

S: Lots of floral and citrus hops here.

T: Still strong on the floral and citrus hops with a bit of roastiness and coffee flavor. The malt has some brown sugar sweetness along with molasses. Finishes with a bit of chocolate in the after taste.

M: Moderate. The carbonation feels right here as well.

D: Medium. High enough abv to cause some trouble.

I was surprised at the hop presence here. I'd expected a much maltier beer but it is still a very good one.

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