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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

728 Ratings
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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 59
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Strong Brown Ale"

(Beer added by: Spica66 on 11-29-2010)
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Photo of bs870621345
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Picked up a few of these on vacation, wish I got more.

Pours brown with deep amber highlights when held up to the light. Minimal head but leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell of coffee, citrus, caramel, tobacco, plums.

Taste is citrusy with strong roasty and caramel malt. There is alcohol appearant and fruits mixed in.

Mouthfeel is nice, well carbonated yet still full tasting.

Drinkability is lowered because of the alcohol burn on the end.

Its a good beer, going to wait a while to get some real malt flavors out and smoothed over. Right now it drinks like a black IPA- not my favorite style.

bs870621345, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of ZAP
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

I was excited to try this as it contains just about every type of malt and hop known to mankind apparently. I expected enormous bursts of flavor and a big lush body. It is far from that.

On first pour a strong pleasant hoppy aroma seeps from the glass. Piney and floral...The malt gives off a bit of a dark fruit impression on the nose (black cherries, dates).

The taste leans more hoppy than malty...earthy feel to this...dark fruits are again evident...a little charred molasses....and of course the nice piney hop kick on the finish. Hops are not abrasive but outweigh the malt load slightly.

Body is high side of medium or low side of full...

All in all this is OK but not close to as good as some of the Batches names 6000 and 8000. A lot of things in this but the multitude of dimensions never really appeared as I hoped

ZAP, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of trbergman
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Ample three fingers of mocha foam. Lots of sticky lace.

S - Busy blend of coffee, cocoa, raisin, earth, tobacco, smoke/char, pine, and citrus pith.

T - Roasty and bitter, with enough malty sweetness for a good balance. Along with the coffee, there are some milk chocolate and nutty undertones. Bits of dried fruit and smoke. Hop bitterness is relatively high and complements the roast barley quite well.

M - Full and velvet smooth.

D - I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this kitchen sink beer from Bell's, but it drinks like a black DIPA/barleywine, and a rather good one to boot. Alcohol is almost completely hidden, and there's enough balance and flavor to keep me coming back for more.

trbergman, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on November 16, 2010.

(A)- Pours almost a pitch black color; has some blood red highlights. Produced a huge fluffy tan head with great retention behind it and plenty of lacing as it took awhile to subside.

(S)- A rich rustic nutty aroma. Hints of dry raisin, molasses, licorice, and cocoa. Some subtle roasted burnt caramel in the far background.

(T)- Backwards from the smell. A big burnt & roasted malty molasses, licorice, coca, and caramel. Much more robust in its roasted aspect than what the smell led me to believe, but a pleasant surprise.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very heavy on the roasted profile, but has nice and complex malt characteristics. A tad too bitter.

(D)- Certainly a robust strong ale. It is good, but has the stuffing to age for years. I look forward to see what some time does to this one; this fresh, is a little disjointed.

sweemzander, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of bonkers
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass, deep brown pour, decent head. The aroma is sweet with ripe fruit notes. The beer is on the sweet side, lots of ripe, dark fruit. The beer has a lingering sweet finish. The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and a decent sipper. A decent beer, would not seek it out.

bonkers, Jan 05, 2011
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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 05, 2011
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.

Spider889, Jan 04, 2011
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 03, 2011
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.

Brent, Jan 03, 2011
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.

david131, Jan 03, 2011
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.

TCgoalie, Jan 03, 2011
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.

EricCioe, Jan 02, 2011
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.

GRPunk, Jan 02, 2011
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.

BARFLYB, Jan 02, 2011
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.

birchstick, Jan 02, 2011
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.

bamadog, Jan 02, 2011
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.

glazeman, Jan 02, 2011
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.

samie85, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Jan 01, 2011
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

SeaUrchin, Jan 01, 2011
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

beerman207, Jan 01, 2011
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.

Vonerichs, Dec 31, 2010
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.

techfed87, Dec 31, 2010
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.

smakawhat, Dec 30, 2010
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.

katan, Dec 30, 2010
Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.