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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

716 Ratings
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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 56
Gots: 346 | FT: 16
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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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GRPunk

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (uh, #10,000), poured into a Lion tulip.

A- A normal pour left 1-1/2 finger tan head that settles in at 1/2 finger before eventually developing into a full film. The body was a deep brown with ruby tones at the edges. Moderate-light carbonation was apparent. Wide rings were left on the glass.

S- It came across as a balanced mix from the beginning. There was an initial rush of woodsy hops (pine and resin) with sweet, caramel malts. There was an almost pineapple-like sweetness early in the drink. Nice, leathery and tobacco aromas develop and create a "sit back and relax" sort of vibe. A little warmth brings out roasty qualities and a bit of brown sugar.

T- More balance. Malts bring caramel and toasted grains at first. Hopping is earthy and a touch grapefruit-like. As soon as you think it's going to be too sweet, the hops kick in to bring balance and clean the finish. Some warmth brings out the tobacco and leather mentioned in the aroma. There's a lot going on, but it doesn't get muddled up. The flavor actually seems to evolve throughout the session.

M- It's full-bodied as it's quite viscus and has a slight coating quality. The dry finish helps to ensure that it's not overdone. There's a pleasant bite from substantial hopping, light-moderate carbonation, and a touch of alcohol. There's just enough warmth as it goes down to be pleasant.

D- It's definitely a complex sipper and a great compliment to a cold, winter day. Something you can sit down and contemplate or pair with a good book. I have 1 to age, though I think it's pretty good at a young age. Something I would buy again as a winter/nightcap beer if it were available.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 20:47:55 | More by GRPunk
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Bell's glass.

Batch 10,000 comes out of the bottle looking dark brown/ maroonish with some with black interjected. Not the darkest beer and a little lighter than batch 9,000. Nice clumpy islands of foam off white looking, sheets of lace. 10,000 smells strong, being in the strong ale category is spot on cause I can't determine a particular style. If I had to guess in the the black IPA territory with barleywine features. Alot of malt (over 40 of em I believe) and a strong odor of hop resin. Ten thousand is interesting in that it is what it is. With such a exuberant amount of ingredients I don't think a particular style was thought out. What we have here is roasty/toasty malt mix with some chocolate and licorice hiding beneath a wall of hop taste that is neither citrusy or earthy, it's just strong, reminding me of a very light Devil Dancer flavor, except that this one tastes good. Some candi cane and I sense dark fruit that will only come out with time in the bottle, it's not very noticable now, this is a young bottle. Feel is a big medium with power and grace, a bit warm but not oozing in alcohol. Carb is adaquate. This is not a palate crusher and remains drinkable although I think this has some legs on it, if I had the willpower to cellar one Id do it, this may go the distance.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 17:58:13 | More by BARFLYB
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birchstick

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kellehers in Peoria

Pours a s dark cola looking color with a creamy head. Smells of burnt malts and some pine and grapefruit malts. Taste starts with some chocolate and a touch of burnt malt that is balanced with some piney and grapefruit hops.ends with a piney bitterness. Not uber complex, but is definitely cellar worthy. I wish I had some bottles of this to see how it develops.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 03:46:08 | More by birchstick
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review is from notes taken on 1/1/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard deep dark brown/near black; starts with a firm 1/4 finger light tan, frothy head that fades fairly quickly a thin, creamy and uneven skim on the surface; body is dark and nearly opaque;

Smell: Very hoppy -- lots of grassy and some bitter citric hops that are reminiscent of lemon peel; definite presence of a boozy and isopropyl-like alcoholic vapor; a saccharine sweet malt bill hides beneath the hops and alcohol; it's not bad overall, but it comes across as a bit muddled and "confused."

Taste: There's really a lot going on here, perhaps too much (?) -- lots of the grassy and bitter hops are right up front, but interestingly enough, there is a bittersweet baker's chocolate maltiness and a bit of a burnt roastiness as well; the saccharine sweetness is there beneath these more dominant flavors and it blends with potent blast of alcohol that makes it come across as a bit medicinal; it's interesting, and I'll be curious what time does to this beer and how the flavors continue to develop and blend...

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight; carbonation is fairly strong and it keeps the body very lively and interesting without becoming sharp and obtrusive; a thick, sticky and semi-dry coating is left all over the mouth and it really holds the strong and bitter flavors for a lingering aftertaste; belly is left quite warm from the 9.2% ABV.

Drinkability: It's interesting, as stated above, and fun to say that I've tried it, but I think I'm more interested in the six that I'll be putting away to see how it does with some more time on it. It really is a bit muddled and has a bit too much going on for me to pin it down, which isn't necessarily bad, but it's kind of hard to get behind because it's a little schizophrenic. Also, the ABV is a bit high for too much, and it's a bit heavy too.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 03:05:34 | More by bamadog
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a new snifter that was a Christmas present.

A: The pour yields a dark, dark brown (to the point of opacity) beer that had a 2 finger very light tan head that had excellent retention and lacing.

S: I get a whole bouquet of smells that are very diverse. There are apples and candy canes up front. A little deeper there's some earthiness and saw dust. Finally I get some roasty notes as well as some vanilla.

T: A very rich tasting beer to say the least. Actually this is quite different than anything I've had before. There's a lot more hops in the flavor profile than the smell would have led me to believe. There's a mix of some piney hops, roastiness, and some apple cider. The flavors are not all the cohesive though. This tastes like a hopped porter to me.

M: This beer had a fairly creamy mouthfeel despite the moderately high level of carbonation. It sits on the palate well and has a great aftertaste.

D: I had one of these a few days after it was released and wasn't all that impressed. For some reason, I felt this one was much better. Still, the overall flavor makes it something I would not want to drink a whole lot of.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 01:29:24 | More by glazeman
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samie85

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brown with two fingers of glistening, white head.

S-Smells of dank grapefruit, mango, and papaya at first that transitions into chocolate malt with some roast and hints of smoked malt with some alcohol.

T-Rich chocolate and roasted malt upfront with some grapefruit and pineappple and finishes with some hints of alcohol and dry, dark chocolate.

M-Pretty rich and luxurious with a moderately thick body with medium carbonation.

D-Definitely an interesting beer that I'm glad I got to try. It is a little all over the place and a little hot, but I'm wondering how some aging will treat this one. I can't wait to find out.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 01:02:00 | More by samie85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a twelve ounce glass a deep mahogany color with well formed one finger tannish colored head.Bitter chocolate and deep dark fruit aromas,the malt really stands out and is complex,there is a light pine note in back as well.Dark fruit and leather stood out most to me on the palate,there is a resiny hop quality underneath but sweet malt dominates.Good flavor but it can get a bit sweet after a bit,still a nice sipper from K-zoo.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 14:35:26 | More by oberon
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SeaUrchin

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a bottle into a tulip, no laser etching

appearance - poured a dark brown with very little light allowed through it, a decent head that stayed throughout the drink, and left lacing, light carbonation

smell - up front is a strong hoppy scent with a nice sweet malt coming in after with a bit of smokiness, followed by some caramel and a slight fruity scent, hard to pick out what fruit is in the nose

taste - as the drink went on more and more was present, first there was a nice sweet malt with a nice bitter hops, then it evolved more into more of a smokey malt with a nice sweet fruitiness, maybe some raisin and noticeable chocolate, then it finished with a nice hoppy bitterness, and near the end of the glass it had a slight citrus note, alcohol is present near the end but a welcome addition to the flavor, very pleased with this compared to my first taste of 9000, also i should not i expected this to be a cluster fuck of flavor due to all the ingredients but it seems to be somewhat thought out, with some age i feel it will meld together nciely and make a more complete flavor

moughtfeel - a little thick, almost milky but very pleasant in my opinion, the light carbonation helped to lighten the beer in my mouth

drinkability - easy to drink but a sipper, something i could have a few of but considering i want to see how it ages ill lay off them for a while, a great way to start off my new years eve festivities

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 01:40:10 | More by SeaUrchin
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beerman207

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Needed some good beer for new years eve. Haven't had this so I guess it will do!

A; Pours a deep mahogony with a fair amount of head.

S: Smell is of licorice? - reminds me of batch 9000. Chocolate, malt, and some hops

T: Taste is of brewer's licorice, some bitter chocolate, and maybe even some soy?

M: Medium carbonation - smooth

D: Could go for another but it's not overwhelming. Not as good as last year's IMO

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 01:09:20 | More by beerman207
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with one finger of tan head.

Earthy and pine hops with a light smokey scent.

The taste is bitter up front with the aforementioned hops, and the smokey scent translates more into a charred carmalized sugar. It's interesting, to say the least.

Mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter.

The 9.2% abv is known, but overall is pretty easy to drink. It's a unique beer that I'm glad I tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:00:29 | More by Vonerichs
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techfed87

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tiny, compact head. Color is very dark brown, almost impossible to see through.

Smell is quite citrus like in its hoppiness. Also present are some pretty strong alcohol vapors that I didn't expect.

First sip is quite bitter. Really, really powerful flavor presence that lasts longer after you've taken a sip. Very dark, very caramelized, very dense.

At 9.2%, I would expect this beer to be one of the bigger ones out there, but in terms of sheer intensity, this really does blow the competition out of the water. A very powerful batch this is, worthy of being Bell's 10,000th.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 00:47:53 | More by techfed87
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice one and a half finger head that is clean looking with walnut colored body and dark red cherry hues. There is not much lacing apparanent either.

Smell is a faint roast and a surprising faint berry that is hard to pick up since it is such a closed nose. I could not identify that fruit berry unfortunately. There is also a faint very nice pan gravy that isn't burnt smelling either, but it is really tiny.

Taste is a big expansive air bomb oonsisting of luckily a perfect roast gravy reduction and wood tanins on the finish. VERY nice in that play between taste and finish even masking the alcohol somewhat as well. Drinkability is about all right.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 18:40:42 | More by smakawhat
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katan

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color with some amber highlights. Light mocha head formation, just a few bubbles that immediately breaks down to a film.

S - A light smelling beer. A bit of 2-row sweetness, caramel, raisins and a bit of yeast esters. I would say the yeast is the stronger attribute.

T - Starts with a boatload of malt. Lots of complexity, toffee, raisins, prunes, and a decent amount of burnt wood. Reminds me of the roast on a burnt hot dog on a fire. Grapefruit hops and some yeast esters that seem to be belgian in origin. Some grainy malts are there, perhaps rye. The greatest amount of hopping and bitterness shows up in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate beer body and a fairly potent carbonation. A strongly retained mouthfeel of sugar and some bitter textures. Phenolic hotness is strong.

D - Moderate drinkability. ABV is pretty strong. A very complex flavor that takes over the palette. Moderately filling.

This beer needs some age I think. Just a hair edgy at the moment. I will rereview down the road.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 04:07:16 | More by katan
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of thick, frothy, bubbly head. Dense curtains of lacing coat my glass throughout my drinking experience, and by the end, my glass is totally coated.

S: Smell is all over the place; to my untrained nose there is, most notably, some kind of dried fruit sweetness (raisins? plums?), caramel, toffee, and pine hops.

T: Flavor is quite similar; every sip I take reveals something else (I guess with so many malt and hop varieties that's to be expected). A robust fruitiness, roasted malts, and light pine bitterness prevail.

M: Medium body and soft/average carbonation, with an oily, creamy texture, and slightly sweet finish.

D: Decent; the variety of flavors kept my interest, but this batch is a bit too sweet to be guzzled, and I don't think I'll want another glass for a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:35:38 | More by AwYeh
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #2000.
Quite dark but still transparent, sort of a chestnut hue. Creamy dark beige head, about half an inch after a careful pour, that settled very slowly and left solid sheets of fine bubbles clinging to the glass. Up front, the aroma is all hops - citrus, grapefruit, earthy, a bit powdery - but there's a lot of malt sweetness present as well, mostly caramel, notes of raisins and cocoa. Light smokey aroma as it warms. Solid bitterness with a lot of hop flavour, piney and resinous. Caramel and toffee, plenty of sweetness, bready and roasted. Lingering bitterness with a bit of alcohol. Nice texture, really chewy and rich, creamy from lowish carbonation, mild alcohol warmth. Pretty enjoyable, slightly brash, would probably age well.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:11:49 | More by DrJay
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drink1121

California

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark burgundy with little to no head. The longer it sits, the head dissipates completely.

S- Caramel and dark fruit, but not like in Belgian style beers. Port wine sweetness, heavy hops right away, but the seem to fade as it warms. Sherry booziness in the background.

T- The booze is pretty dominate here, which I lie, but its too much. I cant really pick out much else besides that.

M- Pretty hot stuff here. Not very thick for the high alcohol.

D- I didnt give this a great grade, but I do still like it and its worth checking out.
The taste is killed by the booze, but the smell has ebough going on, which leads me to believe that this beer with some time can be really good.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:53:11 | More by drink1121
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last in the series... Glad I got to sample this one...

Pours out much much darker than I was expecting with a deep deep brown almost black appearance... Lots of thick creamy head and good solid lacing as well... Very very solid and I'm surprised at the persistence of the head here...

Loads of pineapple and chocolate with a strong citrusy presence. However, the hops don't dominate here.. There's a solid malt backbone that at times overwhelms.. Interesting brew for sure...

A little boozy but the strong deep cocoa malts and pineapple/orange hops do a good job of battling through... This is still fairly young but its still a solid brew... I enjoyed this...

A good solid brew that I think will only get better once everything sort of blends together a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 16:55:43 | More by Tilley4
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plfahey

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep mahogany brown with faint ruby highlights. Seems to be relatively clear though is nearly opaque. Moderate tan head with good retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Citrusy, catty, piney, American hops are forefront in the nose. Some light caramel and dark, biscuity malt aromas are secondary. As the beer warms, some light smoke and roast (coffee?) characteristics show through.

Flavor-Flavor is very different from what I expected based on the nose-big malt flavors up front-smoky, charcoal, toast, roast, light chocolate and coffee, and hints of caramel. Hop flavors are a bit more subdued here-pine and citrus-but hop bitterness is moderately high in the finish, and there is a light resiny hop flavor as the malt dissipates. Slightly sweet up front but finishes quite dry due to the high hop presence. As the beer warms, some alcohol becomes apparent in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium light which is a little surprising for a beer of this strength. Hops are quite drying, but there is no astringency-it's quite smooth. No harsh or hot alcohol, though there is some definite alcohol warming.

The 100 malt and 40 hop thing seemed a little bit gimmicky to me, but this certainly does have some serious malt complexity. Definitely interesting, and pretty good, but not superb.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:29:43 | More by plfahey
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to gr8134. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a good head and some spotty lacing. The nose is semi-sweet with a bit of anise. There is a light hoppy character there as well with some lighter pine and floral notes.

The taste has a bit of light woody and earthy character along with some mild anise seed and molasses. Earthy and piney hops there as well. Some pretty good bitterness in the mid-palate and finish. Finish is definitely dry, and it's surprisingly crisp for how heavy the beer is otherwise. Drinkability is pretty good. Interested to see where this goes.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:12:27 | More by Thorpe429
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a pint glass at Barley's Smokehouse on 12/27/10

Dark plum/brown color with highlights the color of grape juice. Poured 1/4th inch head that takes it's time in dissipating to bubbly, foamy swaths. Retention is thin but good. Impressive wall of lace.

The aroma is over-saturated with malt & hops. Some pine, peppery citric zest of various & sundry ilk, toasted malt, pilsner malt, granular sugar, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maybe a little rye, dark bread, faint nail polish remover in the back. With warmth, candy hints & subtle dark fruits emerge.

The taste is a vapid, dry wasteland of fermentable detritus. Simply put, too much is going on here; far too much. Hops are earthy, piney & have a penchant for solvency. The solvent-like aspects aren't scathing but they are definitely noticeable. Some astringent bitterness is appreciable; bummer. The malt bill is equally boisterous. Toasted grains, pilsner malt, multi-grain bread, caramel, cocoa & other residual sugars. The sugars really start to pick up as it warms.

Basically full bodied. Carbonation is well-proportioned. Neither attributes are such that I can complain. The finish is another story. There is a chalky feel that is smeared all over the latter half of the beer. Interestingly enough, the whole of the flavors culminate with a charcoal like flavor lingering on (I prefer burnt/charcoal notes in imperial stouts but I can deal with this). Hmm, as it warms & the sugars become more potent, it begins to have a coating, medicinal feel.

Drinkability is ok. I like it better than from the bottle but, after it was implied that I had a "bad" bottle (I simply don't think that was the case), I figured it reasonable to give BTK a fair shake on draft. I maintain the gimmick overshoots the capabilities of the beer. This still isn't a barleywine, by the by. Batch, please.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 02:25:52 | More by Ryan011235
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mellowmark

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle to Imperial Pint Glass. Batch number 10000, according to Bell's Batch Finder it was packaged on 11-16-10. $3.99 a bottle.

Appearance: Dark dark brown with a large rocky tan/light brown head, good retention. Thick clumpy lacing. Very little light penetrates this one.

Smell: Not a very prominent nose. Smells of citrus hops and slight wood smoke. I'm really having a hard time picking up anything specific here. The nose is very muddled, yet not off-putting. Just muddled.

Taste: Malt sweetness at the beginning, hop bitterness comes through at the end and lingers. Alcohol is pretty prominent especially after each sip, it kind of burns the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Fairly coarse on the way down due to carbonation. Semi-chalky powdery texture.

Drinkability: Medium

My least favorite offering from Bells so far. It's drinkable, but nothing special. Might get better with age.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 01:39:43 | More by mellowmark
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Nibbley

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.
Pours a really dark brown with faint rubby highlights, and big 2 finger tan head that leaves thin lace all down the glass.
Aroma has alot going on, with dark ripe fruits,and a citrus/piney backround.
Taste is also very complex.Big malt up front then the hops comes in big.
Nice carbonation and silky mouthfeel.
Really complex and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 21:21:31 | More by Nibbley
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VaTechHopHead


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark opaque black with a thin tan head. Some lacing down the sides of the glass and a little bit of carbonation can be seen as well.

S - Smells of toasted malt and burned wood, charcoal. There is a slight yeast funk way in the background and it has an old ale type aroma.

T - Dry wood, lots of smokiness, and some faint hops. There is good use of roasted malt and a faint hint of residual sweetness.

M/D - Low carbonation, medium body, and the ABV is not present at all. Has an aged tartness to it in the aftertaste.

Not as complex as expected, but not simple either. Goes to show great beer doesn't need a gazillion ingredients to be brewed.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 16:48:41 | More by VaTechHopHead
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DannyDan

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. pours a dark brown with tan head that maintains good retention, and has nice lacing on the side of my beer mug. Carbonation is also decent on this one.
S. Citrus, Pine, Chocolate and hops come through nicely and makes me want to drink it.
T. The taste is of chocolate, coffee, toffee right away followed by some citrus and hops in the middle along with some alcohol taste and the taste finishes with the chocolate malts.
M. The mouthfeel is creamy, but yet dry and a little chalky.
D. It is drinkable for what it is which is a medium to full body ale that leaves a dryness to the mouth.
While this beer may seem expensive at $2.99 for 12oz. bottle it is worth your time to buy and enjoy a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 08:29:44 | More by DannyDan
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claminat420

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured an extremely dark amber/brown with a tannish colored head. pretty good lacing.

S- can't really smell much of anything. maybe just a slight malt and alcohol scent.

T- it's kind of a braveheart clash between the malts and hops. you can't really pin-point what is really going on. you can detect the alcohol taste but it's not that intense.

M- heavily bodied. good carbonation.

D- wish i bought a couple 6's but for 18 bucks a six i only got one.

Overall- this brew is truely a rarity. i tip my hat off to bell's for this one. if you get a chance to get this brew i would say pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 08:27:08 | More by claminat420
Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.