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

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 58
Gots: 348 | 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:
Beer added by: Spica66 on 11-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Strong Brown Ale"
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Photo of youradhere
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours murky mahogany reddish, head is amply fluffy tan that falls after a time. Smell is subdued, alcohol, vanilla, smoke, malt, very light aroma. Taste is bitter fruit, coffee, chocolate, some barrel twang. Mouthfeel is light and astringent, lighter than this beer needs to be for the flavor. If it was thicker this brew would be a 10. Decent, but nothing wild.

Photo of Chincino
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this beer as a mix-a-six at the Foodery in Philadelphia when I was there in December.

I just had this beer tonight and it poured a medium to dark brown with little off white head.

This beer is filled with rich aromas of sweetness-mailt, caramel, and toffee.

Medium-bodied, full of flavor. I would not say this is a session beer. Smooth and easy to drink.


Photo of heebes
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Batch 10,000.

Pours a deep dark brown with a finger foamy light tan head. Some light lacing sticks at the top of the glass. Nose is slightly hoppy, slightly bready, all sorts of malt auromas mingling. Sweet, biscuity notes, cocoa and light fruits. Taste is a complex blend of the 100 different malts and 60 hop varieties used in the beer; nutty, roasted flavour that at times almost drinks like a stout yet the hops keep this in check and round out a stellar American Strong Ale. A medium bodied mouthfeel that feels a little dry. Barely noticeable ABV makes this a truely unique beer from Bell's. Furthering my believe they are one of the top craft breweries in America, I am quite pleased with this beer. Great experiment and wonderful job on a landmark release.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, $3.10 from Pints O Plenty.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown into the snifter and as a clear dark garnet (light almost passes all the way through) when held to the light. Nice off white head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Good looking beer!

Smell: A real mess of aromas. Herbal and floral hops notes and toasty and chocolatey malts. A medicinal and band-aid phenolic smell is intrusive.

Taste: There's sweetness from the malts and toasty flavors. Cocoa and caramel. Again herbal and some citrus hops flavors and pronounced, but not excessive bitterness. Doesn't taste as much like band-aid as it smells, but a little.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full mouthfeel with very nice carbonation that feels slightly creamy in the mouth. Hops leave a sticky, resin coating on the tongue. This is a big feeling beer. Warming too.

Drinkability: This thing falls somewhere between an India brown ale and a black IPA. Overall, its a decent beer, but kind of all over the place. I'm glad I only bought 2. The other will go in the cellar.

Photo of adamette
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I bought from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $3.01 into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style gold rimmed goblet. "The last of the "Batch" series. Thanks to all of the consumers that got us this far."

A Very dark body that shows the slightest hue of mahogany in front of direct light under a light brown creamy head that satisfyingly sticks around for a few minutes, eventually dissipating into a thin layer of creamy head. Good look. 4.0

S Peppery, malty, some dark roast malt. Smells big and interesting. 4.0

T Tastes flows right from the smell. This is a big beer with equal parts dark roast malt, peppery kick, some hops. I find myself reminded of Goose Island Pepe Nero although this beer is stronger. Big, complex, interesting, challenging. Very good beer. 4.5

M Big, as mentioned with an abrasive feel along with that peppery taste and dark roast malt. 4.0

D Not that good given all of this bigness, difficulty in finding the beer and elevated ABV. All of that being said, it was enjoyable to drink this beer. 3.0

Notes: A fitting tribute to Bell's 10,000th batch. Congratulations!

Photo of kzoobrew
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Moderate pour produces massive 4 finger malted milk colored head. Deep mahogany body with amber hues throughout. The head remains perched atop for an impressive amount of time. Thick sheet of moth eaten lacing coats the glass.

This beer has really evolved since the last time I had one shortly after the release. Fairly prominent smoked malt is noticed immediately. Bready brown malt and a sweet maple syrup fall in just behind. Citrus and grassy hops aromas blend quite well. The strong grassy dry hop smells have definitely subsided.

The flavor has also improved but not nearly as much as the aroma. It may take a little longer for the flavors to sync up. There is a lot going on here. Smoked malt meets bitter chocolate meets sweet Amber Ale meets grassy hops.
The grassy flavor is what is causing me the most problems, it seems to clash a bit. The malt bill does not concern me, I feel that these flavors can work together with less of a contrasting hop bite. Subtle citrus flavors waxes and wanes with each sip. The flavor still has a bit too much going on at the moment, I will have to reassess in a couple months.

Full bodied beer with low but adequate carbonation. The texture is smooth across the tongue. Long but pleasant finish.

Decent drinkability despite the slight clashing of flavors. I am not going to sit and drink several but it is no chore to enjoy one. I look forward to seeing how this one turns out. I am slightly disappointed at the product at the moment but feel this one has the potential to end up quite tasty.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, stout like, nearly ebony, loaded head, nice lacing

smell: chocolate backed up with some hops

taste: interesting... complex, lots going on with the multi mixed ingreidents. Dark malt flavoers with tons of hop presence. coffee, chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, toffee etc...

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: Despite some spotty reviews. I dig this beer. If you had to classify it it would be closest to an Imperial Black Ale. an off aftertase kept this from being an A+

Photo of robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served cold from the tap and poured to a standard pint a deep amber brown with a thin off white short lasting head with nice retention and lace to the rim.

aroma of mild hops and big malts. interesing balance.

wow. great big beer. big piney hops readily evident - but quickly followed by thick roasty chocolate malts. difficult to pick out the varied flavors given the balanced blend.

smooth, creamy, big bodied, bitter hops forward followed by sweet-ish malts.

drinkable - yes, but only if you plan to stay put awhile.

Photo of Lolli1315
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
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
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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
1.54/5  rDev -59.8%
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
2.36/5  rDev -38.4%
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
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.