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

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 59
Gots: 346 | 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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Photo of Lolli1315
2.55/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Dark brown character with ruby highlights with a resilient ivory to light tan head made of medium sized bubbles. Head still keeps put as there is noticeable lacing that is clinging to the sides of the glass.

S- Hops jump out almost immediately with a piney and earthy character to them. Limited amounts of roasted and bready malt. Noticeable alcohol character emerges and fills out the smell.

T- Beginning of the beer starts with a quick malt undertone that quickly escalates into a large roasty spike that seems slightly unwarranted with a cluster of hops that is slightly harsh. The taste develops into an increasingly harsh alcohol character that feels as if it is continually raising. Some chocolate begins to develop more as the beer warms.

M- Medium body with an almost creamy feel to the mouth, but with a noticeable carbonation bite on the tongue.

D- There just seems to be way too much going on in this beer. I know that the point of this beer was to resemble a homebrewer who is just pulling together left over ingredients, but this is a mess in my opinion. Nice thought, but I think that it should be more important to put together a solid beer rather than throwing together a bunch of mismatching ingredients.

Photo of steevo
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy black-brown. Tan head.

S: Pine, citrus, soil, and burnt sugar.

T: Sweetness, then bitterness kicks the door open. The hops linger for a little while. A fruity sweetness at the end.

M: Well-carbonated. Hop resins hang on nicely.

D: There's a lot going on with this one, which is typical of Bell's. As I'm not craving another right now, I think one is just enough.

Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up at Discount Liquor. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam with superb retention, and glass-coating lace. It eventually settles to a thick chunky cap. The body is an opaque very dark brown color, with some bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass. For what is described as a "strong brown ale", this is about as good as it gets.

S - It's a nice mix of cocoa, floral hops, some dark roasted and earthy grains, maybe a faint whiff of citrus. As it warms there's some spicy estery alcohol and anise that comes out. I think I liked it better cold.

T - Taste is booze-soaked fruits, anise, some dark chocolate, and some smoky roasted grains. I don't like this quite as much as the nose, but not enough to give it a lower score. Finishes with some herbaceous bitterness.

M - Very chewy, sticky, medium-full body, low carbonation, a little bit of alcohol warmth. Finishes with mouth-coating residual sugars.

D - It took me a while to work through a 12oz bottle, and I probably won't re-visit this one for a few years (if at all). Better than 8000, but not up to the quality level set by 6000 and 7000. You can actually perceive some of the kitchen-sink approach used for this one.

Photo of pzrhsau
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice rich deep brown color, opaque, with a touch of coffee colored head.
S: Nice blend of hops and sweet malt that mix to create a very earth aroma that really tickles the nostrils.
T: Nice dry spiciness. Very earth and flavorful with an eclectic blend of malt that creates a lot of different flavors that I can pick out. Very good strong ale.
D/M: Fantastic beer, clearly made with a blend of top top notch ingredients. It really has a sugary weight to it which lends itself to cellar aging. I did this with the batch 9000 (which i still have 3 bottles of) and have not been disappointed.

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

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden poured cool into a goblet.

The ale is dark medium brown with ecru cap which is about 3/4 inch thick the retention is very good and the bead is tiny. the lace sticks well and the clarity is murky. Aromas of earthy, fragrant hops with slight floral attributes are apparent. the smell of rich toasty malt with gentle toffee-like sweet notes are present as well. The yeast accents the sweet and mild spicy malt elements well. I notice a slight bright slightly fruity tinge from the hops and the alcohol is low in the aroma. I consider the mouthfeel to be balanced with the hops and malt working together with smooth sweetness and moderately carbonated texture. The bitterness supports the malt body well and there is a light spice from the hops with gentle dry edge of malt emerging toward the finish. The feel is clean overall with yeast accentuating the malt and alcohol is warming after the swallow.

I like the balance in the flavor which is layered between the mild hop which is piney and slight herbal tinged. There is moderate caramel and fruit in the malt w/ subtle toasted taste and a mild graininess. The hop flavor seems more fruity than citrus to me with a bitterness that becomes more noticeable as it increases in temperature. A slight woody accent in the flavor which is smooth with a mild graham cracker type of flavor from the malts leads to an alcohol which comes out as the beer nears cellar temp w/ light toffee-like dark sugar in the taste. There is mild spice and nuttiness which seems to come from the malt addign complexity.

I didn't know what to expect really from this other than lots of malt and hops based on Bell's description and it is really a pretty decent strong brown. It fits how the brewer intended to make use of as many ingredients as possible -like a homebrewer's hodge-podge recipe, however it works well for me. I found the hops to not conflict at all and even though you don't get individual flavors from the malts or hops you are aware while tasting it is a serious blend of an array of ingredients. The ale is pretty easy to enjoy and I would drink it again, this is a tasty brew that I think works and has very little in the way of glaring errors. It could have been a mess, but I don't think of it that way. I liked this better than 9,000th batch-to me it was a good way to end the series.

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

A: Pours a thick opaque brown color with a creamy khaki head. Retention is ok

S: Lots of dark fruit, toffee, caramel, raisin, earthy hops. Touch of lactose, caramel malts. Kind of boozy

T: Similar to the nose. Lots of dark chocolate/ bittersweet chocolate. Bitterness from the hops. Toffee, caramel, rum soaked raisins, and a little booze

MF/D: viscous, kind of dry, bitter sum soaked raisin finish

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

Date: 21 January 2011
Glass: Standard 10oz snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Temperature is 55 deg F, poured easy, 2-finger head that reduces to thin film with a bubbly center, extremely even and rather sticky lacing. Color is a deep clear black, with crimson hue when held up to the light. Aroma of brewer's licorice, heavily roasted coffee, slight bittersweet chocolate, obviously dark malts, and lots of smoked malts. Taste is described exactly the same. Slight bittering hops detected. You must construct additional pylons. Mouthfeel is bitter like black coffee -- my preference! Not very boozy. Fairly drinkable. Carbonation is less than normal. I have 2 bottles ready to sit on for many years to come.

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass - thanks to pmoore311

Pours a deep, dark brown which borderlines black. A beige head over one finger high retains nicely with a thick film, leaving patches and streaks of lacing all over the glass.

A complex nose with some roasted dark malts, pine hops, a hint of smoke and a possible touch of sweetness and chocolate. Overall, kind of confusing.

Plenty of malt up front, with roasted warm qualities. Some nuttiness with light tones of espresso. Dark chocolate adds in sweetness along with a bit of syrupy molasses and smoke. Pine hops add in some bitterness coupled with citrusy fruit such as grapefruit. Some boozy warmth rides out the flavor wave until the end.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, a little chewy and sticky on the palate. It's pretty warm right now, although nowhere near as over the top as batch 9k was when it first came out. This is flavorful but it just feels like there's so many things going on my taste buds became confused.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AlCaponeJunior for opportunity to try this.

A: Dark ruby red. One finger of tan head that dissapates quickly. Has a lace that coats the side of the glass.

S: Smells pretty sweet. Malty, raisins, alcohol is present.

T: Toasted malts, dark fruits, earthy...hop bitterness. Has somewhat of a mineral type finish. Pretty good.

M: Creamy, but dry. Not sure if that makes sense.

D: The alcohol is present, but not distracting. This is a definate sipper.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #10,000 (Nov. 16, 2010)

A - The clear pecan brown brew becomes almost black as it passes from the bottle into the snifter. An ivory head reaches almost two fingers before lowering, rather quickly, to a loose bubbly pile. Great lace covers half the glass.

S - A waft of smoke aroma pulls through the incredibly faint toasted malt nose. An earthy hop aroma akin to Willamet features dry leaves and grass clippings. Faint mineral finish.

T - Nutty toasted malts make much more of an appearance in the flavor than the nose. Earthy, dirty, resin-rich American-like hop blend with notes of the grass clippings and dry leaves the nose has. Rustic flavor.

M - Medium-bodied and sharp on the tongue from bitterness and rustic earthy flavors. Slightly dry with a light bitter and medium carbonation finish.

D - A fairly decent brew but kind of a let-down for the final installment of the batch series. I thought it would be a good follow-up to 9000 but it's much, much less of a beer all the way around. Despite no real alcohol presence throughout, we'll see what age does to this brew.

Photo of brew3crew
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pOured into my great lakes sniffer.

A-dark brown, almost black. Very little head
S-get some hops coming out initally. Maltiness follows
T-strong malts as it warms up. Coffee present. Very interesting.
M-full bodied and goes down smooth
D-very drinkable, suprised by abv

Photo of PDXHops
1.53/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle, Duvel tulip. It pours out a mysterious murky combination of what seems to be several shades of brown and mahogany. Good retention from the beige head, but little in the way of lacing.

The nose is somewhat of a cluster, in no small part due to a persistent wave of alcohol. It's not boozy; there's simply a lot of odd solvent alcohol here. Nuts, smoke, burnt rubber. What the hell? There are some familiar beerlike aromas of chocolate and roasted malt in there as well.

Tastes marginally better, but we're talking degrees of displeasure here. It starts out OK, roast and chocolate with a nice smokiness, but alcohol and an odd tangy/minty/tobacco combo that wears out its welcome long before it continues to linger in the finish. Rather reminiscent of menthol cigarettes, actually.

Overall impression: Drainpoured halfway thru the bottle. Majorly disappointing offering from a normally excellent brewery.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a large red wine glass after a meal of rosemary venison. Dark red and brown, minimal head, huge hops in the nose. Some citrus but mostly herbal hoppiness comes across, kind of pleasingly smoky as well.

Taste though, is harsh. Boozy yet sweet, the peat malt is freekishly forward, not pleasing when compared to the herbal hops. Mouthfeel is fine, about what should be expected.

Overall, not a beer I want to drink.

Bells- I love you anyways.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a Duvel Tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a deep reddish brown with two fingers of rocky tan head. Aroma of citrus hops and a faint whiff of smoke. Lots of malt. Medium to full bodied. Dark malts, a little fruit and plenty of hop bitterness. Also another hint of smoke. For some reason the 1/100th of smoked malt really jumped out at me. Interesting beer to drink, but a bit of a cluster. Not particularly drinkable.

Photo of BigMike
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark brownish ruby red color. A big three fingered light tan head on top is leaving nice lacing.

S: Initial aromas are roasted chocolate, coffee, rye and pumpernickle. A touch of floral.

T: Interesting flavor profile. Lots of smoke that I wasn't expecting. Followed by chocolate notes, coffee, pumpernickle, charcol and some floral notes.

M: Pretty thick and viscous on the tongue. Coats the entire mouth and lips. Good carbonation.

Overall: Im not sure how I rate this beer yet. It has some good qualities. I like the smokiness and coffee flavors but the mouthfeels a bit thick. It's pretty enjoyable but nothing crazy.

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear nonic pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dull sawdusty cedar with thin collar of big-bubbled off-white soapy-looking head with no real lacing.

S: Maltiness is pretty thick but seems muddied although chocolate, roasted malt, and rye come through with more sugary raisin. Hoppiness is evident as an orange and tobacco presence.

T: Falls a bit dull with the malts giving a light chocolate and raisin hint but really coming out a little on this side of cardboardy. Hops are pretty bright with orange, floral, and light earthy tobacco notes as well. Alcohol hits the back end with some spice.

M: Easy to drink due to the low carbonation overall but the heft has a really nice, silky feel.

D: Batch 10000 is a pretty good beer that doesn't really hold a candle to the last several Bell's even batch series.

Photo of steve8robin
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had Bell's Batch 9,000 back to back with this. 9,000 was a solid strong ale. Very good. Let's give this one a go. 12oz bottle...

A: Same as 9,000 a deep dark very dark ruby red with big 1+ inch tan head that fades very, very slowly. Good.

S: I get some citrus hops blended with some sugary malt upfront. Very different than 9,000. A lot more aggressive on the hops than 9,000. I get hints of caramel in the middle and faint raisin / chocolate on the backend. Ok.

T: My first thought, mild black IPA with a light smoked stout. I get a smoky bitterness upfront with some earthy citrus buried in the middle. Some vanilla on the backend. Not as good as 9,000 here IMO.

M: Medum body with a great carbonation. A bitter / dry finish. Good.

D: Good, but not as good as hoped.

All in all, 9,000 is much better than this. 10,000 is sort of a let down on the end of the series. 9,000 is more like a barleywine / old ale / strong ale whereas 10,000 is more of a Smoked IPA. Kind of strange flavors here. Definitely try if you enjoy the series, but otherwise, not worth your time.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bells Tap Takeover at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a nonic.

Appearance: Arrives a dark though transparent amber sepia, with the difference between the surface and the rim of the glass suggesting an initial one finger or so of tan lace, though nothing remained by the time this one was delivered to the table. The surface lacing is consistent, at least, replenished by steady carbonation, and there sits atop the surface a bubbly, frothy collar of foam, though there's no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Toasty malts dominate, relatively dry and inoffensive though relatively uncomplex. It's amazing that something made with so many different grains and malts can smell so straightforward. Hints of rye do begin to emerge as this one warms, but other than that it's just slight dark fruits (raisins), toffee, and spicy notes, suggesting cinnamon raisin toast at points, though that perhaps does it too much justice.

Taste: Rye is a little stronger here than in the nose, mingling well with spicy moderate to slightly-south-of-high hoppy bitterness, leafy tobacco notes, oranges (chocolate oranges), raisins, leather, and figs. The malt base is still largely toasty, though there are flashes of lighter roasts, toffee and molasses mainly. Faint alcohol brings up the rear, a little stronger than I'd like or that I think it should be at 9.2%.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of lift in this one, but the body has enough thickness and heft to it that the end result is bright, but not eruptive or distracting.

Drinkability: Lacking somewhat. As I expressed above, it seems that what's good for soup or a casserole or salad is good for beer: careful layering of a few intelligently selected and complimentary ingredients (even if they're not your favorite) can produce a result vastly superior to tossing the kitchen sink in to a brew kettle (or wok, or salad bowl, or whatever the case may be). I'm not a fan of syrupy thick sweetness or anise, but I preferred Batch 9000 (brewed with both brewer's licorice and molasses) to this one. As it stands, this one isn't a bad beer, but it is slightly unfortunate to see the "Batch X000" series - a series that brought such outstanding winners as Batch 6000 and Batch 7000 and less superior but still fantastic brews such as Batch 8000 - go out with a whimper, rather than bang.

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

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is one inch in height, light tan in color, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of quite malty with a lot of caramel, and toffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with an alcohol presence that sticks out in a bad way. The mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this beer doesn't impress my the way 7000, 8000, and 9000 did, but it isn't bad. Congratulations to Bell's for making it this far, and here's to 10000 more batches.

Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i thought i had missed the boat on this, and the the liquor store guy sold me a couple of unclaimed (yet reserved) singles for around $3.30 each. drank out of my samuel adams perfect pint glass. im not going to lie...after reading about this and what went into it im expecting an overly sweet mess of a beer. ill try to review with an open mind.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a dark brown colored body that is hard to see through with a solid finger and a half of khaki colored head. the head lasts for a very long time and leaves behind a neat wall of lacing. very nice.

S- despite the very dark colored body, my initial whiff of this has me thinking hops. lots of citrus and pine here. some floral and grassy too. after that i do get some sweet caramel and toffee malts. a little bit of chocolate, and some coffee in the finish. very complex. im not sure my nose is doing this one justice.

T- the taste starts out with plenty of caramel and toffee malts. i think i taste a little bread in here too. in the middle theres some brief chocolate and coffee. after that it quickly moves onto the hops. lots of grapefruit and pine. the alcohol shows a little bit on the finish.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. the carbonation is at the right level. there is a moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- this one exceeded my expectations. i assumed it was going to be very malt forward, hot, and an overly sweet mess. it wasnt. if anything, this is a hop forward beer. its in the right catch-all category of strong ale, as there isnt really a way to describe this. im curious to see how the cellar treats this one. using everything in the suppliers catalog is a fitting end to a series that has gone in so many different ways.

Photo of politiker
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of this beer on a lark. I've enjoy Bell's oberon and two hearted brews, and I hoped that this commemorative brew would be as enjoyable.

I enjoy the light sweetness from the caramel malt and the oaky bitterness on the back end of the palette. A few of my friends didn't enjoy the bittersweet combination, which is their loss.

Photo of BierFan
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Thick foamy khaki colored head. Dark red body, almost looks black in the glass. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell: Smoke, hops, alcohol, and licorice. Definitely some rich aromas at play.

Taste: It's like they blended one of their stronger flavored stouts with an IPA. Smokey, roasty, and some licorice at first. Piney and citric hops. Sweet dark chocolate.

I'm loving the hell out of this beer right now.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/dark copper color with 2 fingers of tan head that slowly recedes and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is grassy hops, roasted malts, brown sugar, hints of lemon and grapefruit, and some caramel.

Taste is hop bitterness, sweet grass, light roastiness, brown sugar, hints of clove and spice, caramel undertones and a hoppy finish with a nice bitterness and some floral hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium/low carbonation.

Overall an intriguing beer with some unexpected twists as far as strength, hops and roastiness combined. I enjoyed drinking this.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing quite like a drunken tick of a kitchen sink beer.

Very dark brown with a dense, light brown head that recedes to disk, leaving some nice lacework. The nose is pure kitchen sink, but in a good way. Rich, complex, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, and cocoa. Resiny hops are present as well, with citrus and pine sap.

The palate isn't as impressive. Quite a bit of hop character, there's pine and citrus peel with a moderate bitterness. The malt bill is complex and aspects of it actually work. The blend of cocoa, caramel and hops brings to mind a good Black IPA. However, this is, by design, poorly constructed. I've enjoyed kitchen sink beers in the past (like the Smuttynose Big A IPA 2009). The mid-palate is moderately fruity and a little leather, expressing the dichotomy I feel about this beer. The sweetness does clash with the hops, I'm not the biggest fan. Sweet and hoppy on the finish, there's a moderate resiny hop character on the finish. Medium in body with a finish with cocoa, burnt sugar and hops, this beer is lightly carbonated. Not particularly enjoyable, I think I'll pour out what's left and get back to drinking Hopslam.

Photo of bradleyp
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tastetester for the hook-up. Packaged on 11/16/10.

A: Super dark brown, almost black. Can't see through the glass at all. Nice lacing throughout the glass.

S: The malts and hops mix very well together. I could also smell some chocolate in the mix.

T: This beer taste like a total spice bomb. so many in here, I could not distinct all of them. Very hoppy, but the hop flavor seems to disappear right away.

M: Not a big fan of very hoppy beers.

D: I have one more of these, which I will def. drink, but i'll have to split it with someone else, since Bell's does not distribute to the west coast.

Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.