Bell's Batch 10000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.86/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured into a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: The beer pours out a dark brown with a bit of deep red undertone. The light tan head is thin but persistent. Even several minutes into the beer there is a ring of foam around the glass and islands of thinner and thicker foam in patches on the surface. Sipping leaves a pattern of streaks and patches of lacing on the sides that cling to the glass with very little slide back to the liquid.
Smell: The aroma contains lots of chocolate backed up by caramel/toffee. By 3 years of age however there is little or no effect showing from the hops.
Taste: The flavors are complex but, as predicted from the nose, dominated by dark chocolate, some caramel/toffe and a touch of bitterness. Some effect of the hops shows but it is pretty well hidden by the malts at this age. The alcohol is well concealed until the warming effects begin.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with gentle carbonation. The finish is long and smooth as all the flavors start with some dark malt sweeness just gradually disappear. Long after the other things going on here end there is a hint of bitterness and dryness in the after taste.
Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a very easy sipper and one that fits nicely with a cold evening that is a lead into winger. On the whole I enjoy this beer but don’t think at the end of the day it is outstanding enough to be worth all the time, ingredients and labor that Bell’s put into it.
11-24-2013 01:57:48 | More by drtth
4.06/5 rDev +6%
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 -4.4%
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 -2.1%
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
Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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