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

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699 Ratings
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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%

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 Alieniloquium


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Bottled 11/16/2010.

Appearance - Deep chocolate brown body with a nice khaki head. Fills the remainder of the glass. Good bit clings to the glass, too. Nice.

Smell - Nutty malts and a generic hop aroma. Maybe some booze. Not the most interesting nose.

Taste - Pretty nice. Imposing malt flavor right at the start. Nutty malts that very on chocolatey. Thick and creamy throughout until it has a bitter finish. Herbal and grassy finish. Not unpleasant. Keeps it from feeling like a weak stout.

Mouthfeel - Again, interesting. Thick and viscous until the finish, where it dries out. Keeps it drinkable, although the only flavor remaining on the palate is the herbal bitterness.

Overall - This is pretty nice. Quality beer. Maybe a bit boozy, but nice flavors all around. Better than the 25th Anniversary I had yesterday.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 22:29:51 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Dope


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

A: A very dark brown pour with a big dense darker tan head. Fades slowly, leaving very nice lacing behind.

S: Lots of toasted malt. A bit nutty. Brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Touch of fig.

T: Toasted malt up front and throughout. A little but of nuts but then lots of brown sugar and finally toffee. Nutty/toffee/smoky finish. Some lingering creamy coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Slight hints of raisin and fig everywhere.

M: Somewhat thick and a little creamy. A bit drying from the bitter finish.

O: Definitely an imperial brown ale if there ever was one. Tasty and sharp flavors, I bet it would be even better with a little time to mellow it out. I really enjoyed it fresh, regardless.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 05:06:12 | More by Dope
Photo of WankelEngine


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown opaque color with a foamy light tan head of 2 fingers. There is decent retention with some spotty lacing.

S: Dark fruity sweet flavors. Notes of fig and raisin are prominent. Very malty with aromas of toffee and a little bit of caramel. Some earthy oak smell as well.

T: Fairly sweet with an emphasis on malts. Dark fruit flavors meld with candy sugar and molasses. Again, toffee and caramel. There is a good bit of hops which add an earthy and grassy tone. Similar in many ways to an old ale. There are also some alcohol and oak flavors. A bit of bitterness in the finish.

M: Relatively thick. Mild soft carbonation.

O: Interesting execution with 60 different types of hops and 100 fermentables. Malty and earthy with a bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 04:11:00 | More by WankelEngine
Photo of AgentMunky


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

Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 9 July 2011.

A: Nice creamy head; off-white. Susceptible to light, but not translucent. Red-brown edges with a dark core.

S: Vanilla. Oak. Quite nice. Old ale style yeast.

T: Weird, but good. Quite strong and kind of funky. Malty -- caramelly sweet -- with an odd drying sourness. I really like it, but maybe it's not for everyone.

M: Smooth, sweet, and a tad dry-tart. Real nice.

O: Great beer. An oddity, but very worthwhile. Will have again. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 03:06:43 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with ruby hues, a one finger tan head.

S - Dark fruit sweetness, toffee, a touch of spice. Lightly hopped.

T - Sweet as can be with a bit of alcohol heat. Slightly spiced and has a bit of hop bitterness. Reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale but with a great deal less spice and little yeast flavor. Chocolatey raisin finish. Very satisfying, if slightly puzzling.

M - Medium to full body, slightly cloying. Smooth.

O - A fine beer overall, but not mind-blowing. This would make a great addition to the regular Bell's lineup, but as a special release it leaves me wanting more. I'd drink this on occasion if it were an option.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:22:49 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of morimech


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with noticeable yeast sediment coming out of the bottle. One finger of head forms and hangs around for quite awhile before settling to a thick cap. Sheets of lacing is left behind on the glass during consumption.

Aroma of sweet malt, mostly caramel and toffee notes. Hops add a touch of citrus and earthiness. Also pick up some wood and nuts. Alcohol is detectable but mostly hidden.

Interesting flavor. I get sweet malt adding notes of brown sugar and caramel. A little too sweet. Hops come through a lot more in the flavor than the aroma with a citrus burst. Notes of smoke, anise, and earth as well. Alcohol adds some warmth but not much detectable flavor.

Solid body and good carbonation. Nice smooth texture. Feels like a 9% ABV beer.

Overall an enjoyable beer from a hodgepodge of ingredients. Did not come together as successfully as past efforts but maybe it gets better with age.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 18:33:15 | More by morimech
Photo of GbVDave


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark rye bread brown with a slim dark brown layer of foam on top. Retention was decent but the beer just kinda lays there, all ugly like.

S: Nice aromas of dark fruit, burnt grains, booze, rye, and tobacco.

T: First flavors were of a stale, stinky cigar butt. As it warms, things improve slightly but this seems pretty unpolished.

M: Plenty sticky and smooth with a nice spicy layer at the end.

O: I'm glad they stopped the Batch Series here. The last two entries were downers. Not sure the "kitchen sink" approach was the right thing for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 16:18:56 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Zachtheporter


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Estrellla glass.

A- Pours a very deep dark brown that gives off a reddish almost magenta Hugh when held up to the light. Has a thick tan head that dissipates down into a thin lacing and a ring around the edges of the glass.

S- Dark fruits, sweet molasses cookies, sugary grape jam, graham crackers, rich bread, Overly milky cocoa, burnt sugar, cherries, and light rum.

T- somewhat bitter sweet. Rich sweet breadiness gives off the taste of jelly covered tarts slight hazelnut hints like nutella spread over 7-grain bread. there are also notes of dates and sour grapes as well. Slight nutty toastiness meshes well with the sweet taste of dark fruits for the finish.

M- Rich strong feel to it with a crispness from the carbonation. I realized after I wrote this that it truely dose feel "strong" which is very fitting for the style.

O- A very delicious and a very rich Strong ale. The emphasis in this one seems to be a bit more on toastiness and breadiness rather than the fruitiness observed in quite a few American strong ales. Really wish I was able to get my hands on more of this stuff at a cheaper price.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:16:17 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of Ungertaker


4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A- deep black with a 1/16" white head. Light penetration reveals a reddish brown hue. The head retains throughout and leaves a slow-receding lacing.

S- dark fruit, caramel, toasted raisin bread

T- Raisins and sugar cookies start it off. They quickly transition to a bitterness that is similar to coca nibs, along with a tobacco. A strong black licorice and a light alcohol burn finish this brew off.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium. The carbonation level is above average.

O- This beer is starting to come around. The last time I had it (right after release), it was much less blended. I think more time will do this even better.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:23:36 | More by Ungertaker
Photo of BogusOwnz


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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
Photo of claaark13


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz Bell's tulip. Consumed at time of review.

A - Very dark brown with a fairly thick head. Retention is very good.

S - Dark malts, smokiness in the background. There is almost a hoppy aroma coming through that confuses me.

T - Dark malts, slightly sweet middle that turns into a mild, malty and roast finish. Licorice/raisin comes out in the middle as well. There is a slight chocolate that comes out.

M - On the lighter side of medium. This could improve.

O - I don't think the flavors have come together quite yet. I think this is at an odd stage where the malts are coming through the hops, similar to a 2yr old Barleywine. I am excited to see what happens to this in another 2 years or so. Things could get very interesting. But, as it stands, I would highly suggest cellaring this beer for some more time.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 02:50:37 | More by claaark13
Photo of syrupjoe


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this brew while watching the 2011 NFC championship game. Pours a deep amber color with no particulates. Creamy light tan head.

Nose: Malt, molasses, booze, dried plum, slightly savory, slight roast, and a bit of smoke.

Taste: Smoke, booze, honey, malt, bread, dark fruit. Bold and well-rounded flavor profile while being very drinkable. High alcohol is rather well concealed.

Overall an interesting and approachable brew that presents a simple yet well-rounded flavor profile. Booze is noticeable, but I would not have pegged it as more than 9% ABV. Would drink again and am curious to see how it tastes in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:41:51 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of bound4er


3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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
Photo of DarthKostrizer


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Heff316 for this generous offering

Look: Dark brown with a 1/4 inch tan head and good retention with some great spotty lacing

Smell: Dark fruits a bit of chocolate caramel and a kiss of alcohol

Taste: Some caramel malt makes up the foreground while dark fruits especially figs make up the mid palate and the beer finishes with some great coffee notes

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body and medium to mild carbonation

Overall: Really good example of the style. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 05:35:50 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of ChrisPro


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

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #6

Beer #11: 12 oz poured into a Victory tulip

A - Gorgeous dark mahogany with a cratered two finger head that recedes slowly. The lacing is an evermoving work of art. 5.0

S - Leather, molasses, caramel; Some earthy grass notes (possibly a dry hopped english barleywin?) -- I think fuggles. Also a little lemon and earl grey tea. Possibly an Old ale here as this really reminds me of Adam, Matt and Batch 9000. Anxious to see if i get any barrel as it warms up...Hmm a hint of apple leads me to apple brandy = Matt...After more time, it does get fruitier, but it's more dark fruit notes, making me think this is just great oxidation - port and sherry notes. Tons going on here. 4.5

T - Touch of smoke and chocolate. Wow, big huge smokey finish. This is much more bitter and ashy than I got from the aroma. I just keep thinking Adam on this beer. Color works and my mind just keeps going back to HOTD. There's just a hint of cardboard oxidation that is coming out as it warms. Still great, but possibly just peaked. 4.0

M - Nearly perfect carbonation. Medium body and just a hint of heat. It's a double digit beer for sure, but I can't taste it...This beer is NOT fresh. Slightly dryer than I want on the finish. 4.0

O - Super complex beer. Lovely balance of sweet, smokey and bitter and something I love. Adam is one of my all time favorite beers and if this is not that beer, then this is up there with me. I'm not 100% convinced it's Adam, but I'd be mad if I didn't guess it and recognize it. 4.0

Final guess: I've gotta go HOTD Adam, but guessing it's fairly old.

The reveal: Bell's batch 10000

Wow, this beer has come a LONG way from fresh. It also oxidized very quickly. I was not a fan of this beer fresh, but I would happily drink it again. Also funny because in a previous BIF I thought Batch 9000 was Matt. Thanks, Scott!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:20:43 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of sholland119


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a medium brown with a thin off white head.

S-Moderately boozy, caramel malt, dates and figs.

T-A bit hot with caramel, raisins and dates. Sweet with some nice flavors.

M-Medium bodied, briskly carbonated.

O-Pretty good. A little lacking in depth but pretty flavorful.


Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:16:23 | More by sholland119
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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
Photo of bennetj17


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of HopHead1982.
Very dark brown color, almost black. The carbonation appears faint, and not much of a head develops during the pour. Malty, barleywine like nose with a tinge of alcohol fume. Definitely a caramel sweetness in there and some ripened fruit character. Not super hoppy, but there is a grassiness to the mix, and overall it smells interesting.

Semi-sweet, toffee malt flavor up front, with a dry complexity. Goes down smoothly with a pleasant bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden, and though I've never had this beer before, I feel like I must be trying it with the right amount of aging. The coffee and dark fruit qualities nearly approach a chocolate character, and with an herbal bite. It's not too heavy/chewy for a strong beer, but robust enough to do the job. The carbonation is nicely done.

Overall a pretty solid finish for this series. It exceeded my expectations. Now just trying to decide whether any further aging could possibly benefit this beer. I'm thinking not.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:11:31 | More by bennetj17
Photo of sidetracked


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a substantial light brown head that lingers nicely.

Smell is roasted malts, sweet brown sugar, and molasses. Little dark fruitiness.

Upfront taste is bitter roasted malts mixed with a little sweet molasses. Little fruitiness. Increased bitterness at the finish with roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate flavors. Lingering bitter roastiness.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Bit syrupy.

Taste is one-dimensional and kind of boring. Nothing really shines about this beer. Average, but not bad.


Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 22:15:34 | More by sidetracked
Photo of phishsihq


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

Bell's Brewery based out of Kalamazoo, MI has brewing up great beers for, well, 10,000 batches. This brew is the last installment of the 1,000 series, and owner Larry Bell takes a trip back down memory lane as a home brewer that once threw everything he had left into the kettle. 10,000 Batch is reminiscent of that home brew, featuring over 100 different malts, grains, and other fermentables, and is balanced by the addition of 60 different hop varietals between the kettle and dry hopping. Labeled an American Strong Ale, 10,000 Batch strolls in at 9.2% and pours a dark, opaque brown with a thin beige head a light lacing that sticks around. The nose is definitely sweet and malty, with hints of candied sugars, dark fruits and a little hops. A VERY complex taste from all the ingredients, and I would run out of space before I listed everything, however dark flavors such as figs and raisins, and a little chocolate stick out. A full mouth on this big beer and carbonation seems to be low to medium. A rare and interesting brew from Bell's, great to share this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 22:40:22 | More by phishsihq
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes from stout tasting.

A- dark caramel with a off-white head.

S- very sweet malts, citrus fruits.

T- sweet malts, smoke, rye, citrus.

M- medium body, slightly syrupy with dry finish.

O- decent beer. Hard to pick out a lot from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 06:30:24 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of NuclearDolphin


4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler; Yet another beer mail review!

Appearance - Very dark brown with a slight brightness of brown on the bottom. Head pours around brown 2 finger width with lots of lacing on the sides

Smell - Very strong caramel and rum raisin notes, arguably some of the strongest I've smelled so far in terms of caramel. There's a pretty strong malty backbone to be had here as well, but the strongest smell are the caramel and fruit notes. Even while observing the look, I could smell the rum raisin and caramel from over 2 feet away.

Taste - Burnt Malts, Rum Raisin, and Caramel hit the palette (in that order) with a very sugar-like quality to it. There's also a very slight spiciness to it. There's quite a bit of flavor going on here and it seems to come together pretty well! Even more impressive is that even at 9.2% ABV, it doesn't feel that strong.

Mouthfeel - It's a bit on the heavier side in terms of body and it's got a slight thickness to it. It's also got a decent amount of carbonation, but it's feels fresh to the palette when drinking

Overall - This is a beer that you really have to still down and appreciate. It's got a really complex and rich flavor and tastes fresh. It's a shame that this was only brewed once because I am seriously craving some more!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 06:36:49 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of doughanson78


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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark murky brown. 1 1.2 finger head great ret and lacin

S; Very hoppy aroma. Floral and citrus, mostly pineapple juice. Sweet malts.

T: Some chocolate upfront. Big pineapple juice with a touch of grapefruit bitterness. Finishing with slight coffee.

M: medium body. Medium high carbonation. A touch oily.

O: very different, but pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 04:08:39 | More by doughanson78
Photo of HosP


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this a while ago and found in the fridge. Poured 12 oz into snifter.

A- Pours dark amber, dull brown. Nice head with decent lacing.

S- Get a lot of caramel malts. Candied sugars dotted throughout the nose. Maybe some coffee, toffee notes towards the end.

T- Interesting flavors here. Taste comes through a little burnt. Caramel malts hold up the flavors nice. Maybe some small hints of hop bitterness at the end.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O- Get a lot of flavors here that make for an interesting drink. Nicely blended. Good drink, but still on the fence about it with just a few sips left. Wish I would have drank one right when I got them to compare. Still a decent drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 04:26:24 | More by HosP
Photo of Auracom


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

On-tap at Bavarian Lodge on November 26th, 2011. 9-10 oz. served in a snifter.

A - Very dark brown coloring with a touch of deep red around the edges of the snifter. Good lacing. Little retention of a light brown head.

S - Overt malt grains. Roasted almonds, cashews, nuts, light caramel, and plentiful dark fruits. I need a 3.75 rating.

T - Again, malts reign supreme here. Dates, figs, burnt raisins, a touch of rye bread, and slightly astringent, overripe plums. Short waves of milk chocolate as the drink warms to room temperature.

M - Medium body, good carbonation. Not particularly creamy. Average-length finish with a roasted aftertaste.

D - This is about what I expected. Still, I think this is well-done as a melting pot for malts and I would love to check out the older batches to see where age can take this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 20:06:29 | More by Auracom
Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.