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

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723 Ratings
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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 57
Gots: 349 | FT: 16
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 Stinkypuss


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured ontap. A dark brown in color with a short livid head. Aroma of roasted malt and a sweet fruity note. In the taste, some roasted malts making me think this is almost a stout. Mild cherry and fruity tones attributed to the yeast. Malt body is formidable with roasted, caramel and brown sugar flavors. Overall, a nice roasty barleywine, or a damn fine American strong ale.

01-05-2011 06:26:25 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Spider889


2.1/5  rDev -45.2%

In the wake of nuclear holocaust, when no malts or hops are labeled properly, and ingredients are scarce and limited to what can be foraged from stale Mr. Beer kits and the wild outside, this is the beer that results. No wonder John Connor sent his father back in time to stop Judgment Day...

Review from notes on 12/07/2010.

Thanks to MbpBugeye for the bottle. I likely would have never tried this otherwise, as the price tag was way too high for a beer I had serious doubts about. Once again my homebrew proves useful! :-)

This beer pours well enough, lending a tall khaki head in my glass. The color is a tad on the odd side though. A dark murky brown, the color of maple syrup and sun-burnt grass (with the earth clods still attached to the roots. The consistency was about that of thin maple syrup as well. In the light the beer takes on an orange hue. Lace is very spotted.

A dark beer that smells light, almost like a bad black IPA. Green hop pellets - nothing fresh-smelling about the hops in this one. There are so many competing hops that the profile is largely indistinguishable. Lots of leafy grasses, earthy aromas, and oddly sweet. An almost bourbony aroma filters in and out as the beer warms - some faint vanilla and maple sweetness. The hops still dominate throughout, this smells like it will be a bitter beer.

To be frank, on a normal basis it's a good sign when you can detect a large number of aromas or components in a beer. But when they are competing and as varied as in this beer, it's a bad thing. Sweet maple/bourbon and strong grassy hops make for a strange muddled mess that is unappealing.

The flavor is very heavy. There's certainly a very strong hop presence. Not as bitter as I first feared, but instead it is an amalgamated mess of pine, earthy, and citrus hops competing to be dominant. I can almost smell the dead hop carcasses as they kill one another off in this civil-war style chaotic battle of ingredients.

Very high carbonation and an unpleasant initial alcohol twinge at the tip of the tongue. The beer is barleywine-ish with the strong alcohol. Malts are HUGE in this beer, and do even more damage to each other than the hops do. In short, it's just a freaking mess. Flavors become muddled and unpleasant. The beer finishes sweet, with bitter grapefruit, earthy moss, scotch, and sweet ginger notes. I am left with the taste of freshly mowed grass.

The mouthfeel is flat-tasting and sticky on the palate, leaving a dry finish. Looong after the swallow the bitterness grows ever stronger, and ever out of place.

The beer is not undrinkable, but it is entirely undesirable. I am so happy i did not have to pay for this bottle. Most Bell's beer is overpriced, but in its defense, most of their beer is good. This one was like a home brewer's mistake.

My final notes proclaim: "Not undrinkable, but not enjoyable either. Strange - no real style. Too dry."

This was a kitchen sink disaster for Bell's. I can't even give 'em points for being 'original' or 'innovative' or 'experimental.' No one in their right mind could have thought so many ingredients could work well together. If they did, in fact, believe that, well... they were wrong.

01-04-2011 20:52:52 | More by Spider889
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


2.58/5  rDev -32.6%

Dark brown, almost black. Not much head and only fine lacing.

Smell is very IPA-like, strongly hopped but with roasted caramel malts, coffee, chocolate, and smoky notes. Alcohol noticeable for sure.

Tastes more porter or RIS-like, but way over-hopped. Alcohol is very noticeable. Perhaps this one should be aged? Very strong and not all that stupendous. Multitasking to the extreme, this leathery tasting drink has excess hops, too much smoked and roasted malts, and too much alcohol. Coffee and chocolate flavors are noticeable in the taste over the cacophony of "too damn much" going on here, but don't really add much.

Feels slick, not very carbonated, and heavy. Alcohol warming is powerfully strong.

Lacks balance and drinkability. One bottle is all I'll ever want of this stuff, and that was just to say I had it.

As much like a RIS this one is, complete with inky blackness and excessively overblown flavors, I'm surprised BA posters aren't swooning all over it like it's some kind of playboy model waltzing naked on the boardwalk in the summertime.

01-03-2011 19:50:42 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Brent


2.93/5  rDev -23.5%

The idea of throwing everything but the kitchen sink into this beer was an interesting concept, but, unfortunately, the result was simply a muddled mess. Assaulting flavors of brown sugar, oak tannin, maple syrup, hops climbing over the top of other hops - all pushing their way to the forefront like a rowdy crowd trying to get out of the stadium after a losing game.

01-03-2011 15:06:08 | More by Brent
Photo of david131


3.6/5  rDev -6%

A- A very deep, dark leathery brown liquid with some ruby highlights when held to a light. The light brown head is thin and creamy and has some pretty good retention. A quick swirl brings forth a thick head that has some serious hang time.

S- A little on the faint side. I get some smoke, caramel, fruitiness, a touch of coffee and some hoppiness. Decent, but not particularly intriguing.

T- Sweet malt with some smokiness, alcohol, and bitter hops. Like the aroma, the flavors seem a bit muddled and subdued.

M- Well rounded carbonation leaves a nice finish. There is a lasting bitterness.

D- The somewhat apparent alcohol keeps this as a bit of a sipper. Seems kind of like an imperial brown ale to me. Overall, I appreciate what they were going for, but will not go down as one of the memorable beers in the Batch xxxx releases.

01-03-2011 03:09:30 | More by david131
Photo of TCgoalie


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Thanks to Kyle for this one!

Served at 54 degrees in a large snifter.

Pours dark brown with some light shining through the corners of the glass. An off white head emerges upon pouring but recedes to a halo head. Lacing is blotchy and random.

The smell is very interesting...let me list what I detect: Brown sugar, new carpet smell, a bourbon like liquor, pine, melon, and pear. It seems each smell is something different.

With rich tones and balanced bitterness, I am liking this. The main players in the taste seem to be brown sugar and piney/citrus bitterness. I am also finding some mild grapefruit, burnt flavors, barley, and plenty of malts.

The mouthfeel is medium with a mild drying in the end. The carbonation has been subdued which is a nice contrast to the intense flavors.

I was surprised to see that the BA average for this beer is so low. Perhaps it is a result of expectations? Either way, I think this is solid and worthy of a better score than what it is showing right now.

01-03-2011 02:56:26 | More by TCgoalie
Photo of EricCioe


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

This pours a deep brown with a khaki head and decent lacing. On the nose the predominant note is pungent pine but underneath that there is a musty, yeasty level. A truly enjoyable nose, among my favorites. On the tongue it tastes brown, like a caramelish, dying pine tree, with a long sweet finish that's almost too much. In the mouth it's a bit cloying with maybe a hint of alcohol, not a bad one. It's drinkable but I wouldn't go back to back on this due to the intensity of the flavors. It's more like a beer to go with a gorgonzola covered steak ... which is incidentally how I'm consuming this one.

01-02-2011 23:46:18 | More by EricCioe
Photo of GRPunk


4.1/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev -6%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

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

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


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

12-29-2010 03:29:43 | More by plfahey
Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.