Bell's Batch 10000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.06/5 rDev +6.3%
Advertised as some sort of "brown ale," the American Strong ale categorization is definitely proper here, as I recall. Memories may not be fresh, but my notes are.
A thinnish froth of wispy but long-prevailing off-white head rides a thick and ruddy red-brown brew. Lacing is left in a modicum of patching with some spotting.
This smells like a strong spirit with some strong as well as unusual notes. It's definitely toasty with lots of caramel, vanilla and an almost melon-like soft sweetness. It's very malt-forward but with floral and citrus notes from hops. With an earthy and almost bubble gum-like note, I almost wonder if Belgian yeast is used, though I doubt it. More toast pulls out along with molasses, toffee and brown sugar, but somehow it's not too sweet.
With all of the big, rich complexity and the sweetness, it definitely is a sipper. It takes a lot to unwrap, and a boozy heat sits underneath the whole way. The transition is basically creamy/sugary-sweet->toasty (with some caramel)/bready (crust),->dry/citrus/leafy/grassy hops. I'm actually impressed with the level of hops flavor in this beer and that it's firm enough to strike a balance with the huge malts.
While the feel almost starts off sticky, it turns away after a moment as the dryness comes out right up front in this beer's big body. It finishes semi-dry with a lignering bitterness.
09-17-2013 18:54:50 | More by Brenden
3.66/5 rDev -4.2%
Appearance: Dark rich brown with some copper and brick red when held to direct light. Minimal espresso cream colored head drops to a tiny collar with minimal lacing. No carbonation to speak of.
Smell: Super sweet. Bourbon, vanilla, some oak, toffee, alcohol, and deeply cooked and caramelized malts. Slightly roasted. All malt, no hops. A bit damp with some licorice and earth. Some musty wood and a soft earthy component. Deeply complex and layered with malt depth.
Taste: A very slight smokiness. Almost spruce-like thing going on. Nice roasted character coupled with a solid caramel malt sweetness. Some vanilla, nice backing oak, almost chocolatey. Woodsy and earthy with a slight smoky bitterness. Loses a little malt depth promised by the nose. Some spicy alcohol esters.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft with a medium body. Minimal carbonation. Surprisingly clean.
Overall: Power levels building...
A little less complex than 9000, but easier to drink. Odd smoky woody thing going on and it's novel.
09-14-2013 00:06:42 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this
Appearance: Pours a medium brown, with some light brown and some clarity around the edges - small, off-white head that fades to a borderline nonexistent
Smell: Rich caramel and cooked malts - has some aromas similar to other big beers from Bells - big, rich malts brown bread - very earthy and woody - some leather and dark fruits - syrupy and kind of medicinal (not in a phenolic way) - actually smells more alcoholic than 9%
Taste: Big brown malts, caramel, and wood - cooked, caramelized malts, bread, syrupy caramel - lots of wood, earthy, with some oxidized notes reminiscent of an old ale - some leafy notes that seem reminiscent of hops - alcohol is strangely obvious - finishes kind of earthy/dirty
Mouthfeel: Borderline full body, nicely smooth, low carbonation, good to sip
Overall: IT'S OVER 9000!
I can't handle the power level of this beer! Oddly enough, this is actually better than Bell's Batch 9000. It's big and malty, and it's not a mess. It's not great, but it's not bad. It seems like a fitting way to end the "Bell's Batch" series.
09-14-2013 00:06:40 | More by angrybabboon
3.71/5 rDev -2.9%
12oz bottle from Todd. Thanks!
A: Very dark mahogany with a thin cappuccino head that fades out. Has some legs.
N: Chocolate and espresso. There’s still a significant amount of bitterness to this with some soap, pine, and herb. Licorice in here as well.
T: Very, very smokey with some heavy bitterness and a base of dark chocolate sweetness. There’s some green apple in here and plenty more of the licorice. Starting to oxidize at this point. Some saltiness, but it adds a nice dimension to this.
M: Medium bodied and moderately sticky. Seems to have the strong ale part down on it.
O: A much better beer than the 9000 by a longshot. Pretty nice complexity on this, though it is starting to show its age, so it’s worth drinking soon if you have one.
08-05-2013 22:34:32 | More by writerLJBerg
Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.