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

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very good

747 Ratings
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 60
Gots: 345 | FT: 15
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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2.38/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle of Bell's Batch 10,000. Thanks Regen for this one. Poured into an O'so snifter today, 2/6/2014.

App- Dark brown body, very similar to Batch 9,000. One finger brown head, better retention than 9000, no lacing

Smell- Smells quite oxidized but hard to get much of anything in the nose even as it warms. A bit of dark fruit, sherry.

Flavour- Very uninteresting and frankly, not good. Dark fruit, sherry mixed in with a sugary sweetness would normally sound good but the flavours here are so incredibly muted.

Mouthfeel- Thin-medium bodied, not particularly thick, ok carbonation, basically zero aftertaste

Overall- This was like drinking extremely watered down Batch 9,000. I don't think this is what Bell's intended, but this simply was just not very good at all.

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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty dark roasty coffee, translucent. Thin lacing with little head.

S- Charred dark fruits, fig, hay, bing cherries.

T- Tastes like liquid tobacco if that makes sense. Nothing special here. Probably pretty standard for a dark ale, which is why I don't seek them out.

M- Pretty thin, but normal for the style. I am used to RIS, so I am spoiled on the M

O- Pretty well done. I have not had a bad beer from Bells.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Hopping Frog tulip.

A- As brown as a liquid can get before becoming black. Beautiful 3/4 inch light brown head that recedes by half and then just sticks around.

S- Prunes and figs right up front, that is followed by vanilla and bourbon. Strangely enough, fresh ripe strawberries too!

T- Bitter dark chocolate and sweet/salty caramel...tobacco and leather at the finish.

MF- Thick like an imperial IPA. I get the resiny hoppy leftover, which is fine by me. Taste great on the back end like fresh fruit.

O- Really well put together beer. I would buy a six pack if I saw it on the shelf. But, alas, it is retired. To be honest, I like it a lot, but it is not a beer I would trade for. I will enjoy the last half, because I will never find this beer again,

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Why waste the time of you guys reading this review! this is a damn good beer. i mean it it outstanding on every aspect that beeradvocate.com has to give you. This is one of those things you have to try it in order to love it or hate it. it is up to the consumer and what they really like. it has a great color, smell, excellent mouthfeel! Hell just buy it if you see it!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.