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

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715 Ratings
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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 56
Gots: 346 | 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 stimulus

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (6 pack) into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby edges and a light tan head that disappears within a minute or so.
S: Caramel malts and some aromatic hops.
T: Hops dominate the initial taste, with a strong, yet indistinguishable malt backbone. Taste of alcoholic medicine on the finish.
M: Well carbonated, medium bodied, and has smooth finish.
D: This unpleasant mixture was a good idea in theory, but did not work out too well in practice. It is simply a smorgasbord of flavors, although it is clear that the brewer aimed to create a complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 03:34:12 | More by stimulus
Photo of herman77


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

*Review from notes on 12/25

A: Dark crimson brown with a small of white head that diminishes quickly. No lacing.

S: Lots of different smells, but everything is a bit muted, especially for a beer like this. All scents of hops (pine, resinous, floral, citrus), dark fruits and toasted malt.

T: Lots of flavors fighting for domination. Again, lots of hops of all sorts and dark fruits, raisins and dates. A bit of maltiness as well.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth.

D: Its okay, lots of different flavors that don't mesh to well together. You can tell its got some fire in it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 22:17:31 | More by herman77
Photo of BZero007


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

Glad I picked up this brew my self. It is extremely interesting how the flavors come together in this brew.

Pours a very dark amber with a good head formation for the brew. Head does not last long but is not expected to. The aroma is sweet and roasty of malts and so on. Smell is a bit weak and not over powering which is good and bad. The taste of this particular brew threw me for a loop. Now currently I am on a porter kick for the winter, which could be why on the lower end it reminded me of it. First taste thoughts where Barleywine/ and a roasty porter. There is a strong sweet malty taste to it which is closely reminded of a Barleywine. The undertone..well not actually even an undertone as the roasty flavors are pretty are almost are par with the sweet flavors. The balance is interesting and I am very intrigued to see how this beer will age. Drinkability is high as the flavors masked the Alcohol a great deal, but not too much.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 17:53:06 | More by BZero007
Photo of daledeee


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I almost drank this six pack and forgot to review this beer. It is once and done.

Poured this and got a very nice head and lacing. Brown in color that I could get light through but it was very dark. Beautiful lacing and a medium tan head.

Some malt in the nose with a good dose of alcohol but not a very strong smelling beer.

Taste is definitely on the American angle. There is a blend of stout and barleywine. The taste at first is bitter with malt. Hints of coffee and quite a bit of hops. Not as sweet as others I have had and not a real strong flavored beer.

Mouth feel is really good with a nice creaminess from the head. Alcohol is hidden well and the beer is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 02:47:09 | More by daledeee
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Served in snifter. Rich, dark brown body. About an inch of beige head.

S - The initial aroma is grapefruit with some pine. I pick up a little roasted malt.

T - Grapefruit start and finish with some roasted malt in the middle. The malt becomes more apparent as it warms.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel. Tongue feels chalky.

D - Very reminiscent of a black IPA. It is an interesting beer. The flavor profile continues to change as the beer warms. My biggest knock is the chalky mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 19:22:32 | More by buschbeer
Photo of RunForYourBeer


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch...10000. No surprises there.

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head.

S: Lots of floral and citrus hops here.

T: Still strong on the floral and citrus hops with a bit of roastiness and coffee flavor. The malt has some brown sugar sweetness along with molasses. Finishes with a bit of chocolate in the after taste.

M: Moderate. The carbonation feels right here as well.

D: Medium. High enough abv to cause some trouble.

I was surprised at the hop presence here. I'd expected a much maltier beer but it is still a very good one.

To another 10000 from Bell's

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 03:58:38 | More by RunForYourBeer
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright the famous brew made with 1,000 ingredients!

A - Deep dark amber hues with an inch of fluffy cocoa head. Looks good.

S - From the bottleneck I smell nutmeg and slight spice. Maybe a bit of hops. From the glass it smells kind of like a sweet barley wine. Slight caramel, hops, a bit of booze, and Molasses?

T - MMM not as heavy as some reviewed here. Tastes kind of hoppy but ABV is well masked with no burn. Tastes of nutmeg, bit of cinnamon, caramel, toffee, and molasses. Bready yeast backbone is well subdued. Very weird brew...

M - Comes off medium/heavy. As it warms the hops makes itself know which is good.

D - Well it was quite good. Really didn't love it but would pick up another bottle to see what craziness could occur with this beer with age. Overall it was a good "strong brown ale" nice commemorative ale Bells!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 03:21:24 | More by DrDemento456
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3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH Signature Glass

Looks like a typical Strong Ale or Barleywine. Dark chocolate brown with ruby highlights in the light. Thick cream colored head that settled into a solid cap.
Nothing stands out in the nose. Tobacco, caramel malts, and alcohol infused earthy hops is the best I can make out. I think the sheer volume of malts and hops used has stunted any one thing from shining through.
A flash of sweet, yet, indistinct malts up front followed by tobacco like flavor. The finish is dry and packs quite a bit of pine-aholic bitterness.
The carbonation seems a bit low and the body a hair thin.
Having had to split my only bottle with my wife I couldnt get a good feel for how the beer does over a 45 minute time period. I will likely update when the beer is available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 02:50:38 | More by abar22
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New York

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

A-poured a beautiful deep purple into my oversized snifter with a thick 2 finger white frothy head & pretty sticky lacing.

S-spicey dark fruit...but spicey in a festive way. Not peppery, more cinamon like but not really cinamonish if that makes sense. More nutmegish.

T-taste follows the nose but better. Nutmeg and alcohol. It is a good brew, maybe a bit hot.

M/D-pretty smooth has a soft kick, interwsting brew, glad I tried it, not necessarily something I'd want a 6'er of.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 21:54:54 | More by cosmicevan
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really distinct beer from Bell's. Hard to pinpoint the taste, but something like molasses and pine. A little bit of bite to it, almost sour. Really enjoyed having one, but probably wouldn't have too many of these at a time... One of Bell's heavier and more unique beers, I want to see more like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 07:53:10 | More by petacutlasaurus
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with red highlights. A very thick, light tan head dissipates over the course of a few minutes to a thin film.

S: A bit of bread and sugar, but the primary scent is of mango and pineapple.

T: Molasses, bread, and a bit fruity. Definitely more malty than hoppy, but a bit of flowery hops come through. A bit sweet.

M: Slightly grainy and a bit of carbonation.

D: Alcohol is very well-hidden and it goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 03:51:23 | More by TheKtulu7
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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours out a nice amber brown color and almost looks like a cola during the pour. The pour produces a slow growing brown head that hangs around for a while and has nice lacing.

Not a lot happening with the nose. Caramel malts are the most noticeable with pine hops also hanging around.

Thank goodness the taste has more going on. Caramel and chocolate malts are easy to pick up immediately. Molasses, pine hops, roasted and possibly even smokey malts make an appearance.

The brew is decently thick, medium to thick bodied with low carbonation.

Overall this is a decent brew. Not one I think is worth the price, but I'm not disappointed I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 20:09:27 | More by TheBear11D
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown color that gives up some dark ruby highlights when held up to a bright light source. The head is a medium tan color and fades all too quickly, leaving pretty nice lace.

The aroma is not at all what I had expected. Very hoppy with some noticeable grapefruit, pine and mint. I also detect a bit of roasted malt, brown sugar and plenty of chocolate notes. It has a definite sweetness to it and a bit of a boozy quality. As I dig deeper I get a little bit of a fruity character and some earthiness.

The flavor is quite similar to the nose, but it seems like the malts take a bit more of the spotlight. There is a ton of chocolate flavor in this beer. In fact, I would say that chocolate is the number one flavor component that I am picking up. I also get a pretty decent kick of coffee like roasted malt, and more of the citrusy hop kick. There is a good amount of caramel as well and a spicy earthiness and even some smoke. This beer is impressive in its balance given all the different ingredients. It could easily be too crazy, but that balance really improves the overall flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller end of the medium spectrum. Carbonation is subdued and it has a bit of smoothness to it that is a good foil to the sharp hoppy dryness. The finish is a bit on the tacky side, but not too offending.

This is one crazy ass beer that is really hard to pin down. It is so many things all at the same time, yet it does not seem overly muddled. The one thing that I can pin down is that it does taste pretty good and it is a fun beer to drink. Congrats to Bell's for 10,000 batches, and here's to 10,000 more!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 14:19:37 | More by zoso1967
Photo of garymuchow


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Saddened to hear this series will be ending. I enjoyed the one's I was able to partake. However, knowing this brewery they will continue to provide interesting options.
Pouring into SN tulip. Been sitting at about 55 degrees and threw into fridge for a couple of minutes.
Pours looking like a cola. Similar color and almost same consistency. Nice solid dense head with a tannish hue.
Complex malt aroma with hints of several things. Touch of roast, a little sweetness, bit of alcohol, a little toast, all with a mild background of hops - a little soft spice, touch of green, a little fruit. I'm curious how this may develop over time.
Flavor holds a similar complexity, although the alcohol is warmer and hoppy bitterness rather prominent and very extended. Hop flavor intermingles with the malt. There is a strange deadness at the beginning of the drink. It's followed by a long trail of subtle and evolving flavors that finishes with long extended bitterness and hop flavor. As it opens up I'm getting a nice sweetness up front (like an IPA).
The body and carbonation are done very well. Smooth and a really nice soft creaminess to the bubbles that is really quite exceptional. Heavy enough to match the carbonation, but not too big.
Drinks dangerously easily for size of beer. The bitterness is not so big to inhibit the next drink and neither is the alcohol or richness.
I'm intrigued by what this may have to offer over time. Which malt flavors will develop as the hops and bitterness subside. Almost too complex for its own good at this time, but not muddy or messy as others have claimed. I'd say just not yet refined. I look forward to the others...all in good time.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:30:04 | More by garymuchow
Photo of sculls65


4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into 13 oz tulip. Nice tan head cresting the top of the glass. Looks like a dark brown but after further review its a deep deep red when held against the light. Smell is a tad complex but i get fruity hops and carmelized dark fruits ..cherry being predominate. Taste is as complex with citrus and pine hops, toffee..a touch of chocolate and fruit all dueling for supremacy...at this early stage i believe the hops win, but the sweet finish leaves me wanting more. A nice mouthfeel coats the tongue, not overly carbonated. I think its drinkable now and will continue to be a nice 1 to return to in the future. I drank it for what it is...a nice big beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 01:39:49 | More by sculls65
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty brown/plum. Bubbly light tan head.

Bitter and citrus aromas. Lightly roasted coffee and spices.

Very complex. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, grapefruit and citrus peels. Mixed spices with a touch of black pepper. Undertones of cinnamon, smoke and dark fruits. Roasted nuts and a dirty root like flavor as well. A bit of a food fight going on here, but surprisingly works well enough.

Medium/thick with proper carbonation to match the style.

Despite the identity crisis, it was still a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 00:41:45 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of Tronix


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from Bottle into a pint glass. Dark, Coppery, Misty Brown with a thin caramel colored head. About one finger tall with spotty lacing around the glass, Nice thick legs.

Smell: There are a lot of smells here, but overall I get a waft of Sweet Citrus Caramel. Very Hoppy.

Taste: On the first touch to the tongue its almost bitter but then it evens out. It has a rich Toffee, Caramel blend.. Reminds me almost of a Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel: Dry, Medium body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: More of a a sipper than a drinker.

Overall: The 9.2% ABV is covered nicely with a plethora of tastes. It's apparent that Bell's threw pretty much every flavor they could into this to see what would happen. I Really Like this beer. It's a good Brew, but probably wouldn't make it as a Mainstream Bell's release. I would only drink maybe 2 of these. Any more and you'll be hurtin'.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 20:37:23 | More by Tronix
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is tobacco, leather, roasted malt and grassy hops. The flavor is more complex, but I am not sure how good it is. I get a lot of roasted malt, smoke, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, licorice and quite a bit of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very interesting beer with a complex recipe, but the variety of flavors and aromas don't seem to meld too well. Maybe this will improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 06:13:29 | More by Mora2000
Photo of glid02


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

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts with large amounts of pine and earthy hops. Also present are slight hints of roasted malts that fade as the beer warms.

Tastes slightly more complex than it smells. Dark, roasted, and chocolate malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by pine hop flavors. Slight hints of coffee flavors make a brief appearance midway through the sip before fading out, allowing the light roasted malt and pine hops to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a more complex beer than most I've had with a huge number of ingredients. Still, the complexity didn't seem refined. A nice enough beer but one not worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:16:50 | More by glid02
Photo of enfield249


3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very nice looking strong ale. Dark red in color, off white head that fades to a thin mist of foam.

S - Slightly grainy malt aroma. Not much else.

T - First thing I get is some hop flavor, resin maybe? Then a strong flavor of dark fruit, very sweet. Plums or figs perhaps. Then it fades to a slight roast.

M - Medium to full. Middeling amount of CO2.

D - I gotta say, I was expecting a lot from this beer for bells 10k batch, and it let me down. What is this? Nothing bad, but certainly nothing to write home about. A very pedestrian strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 02:39:56 | More by enfield249
Photo of waltonc


2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to kzoobrew for hooking me up with this as well as several other great Michigan brews.

A: Pours dark brown, and ruby when held to light, with ample tan head.

S: Smell is a blend of chocolate, caramel malt, hops, and a cacophony of other notes.

T: I find both the smell and taste very nondescript, which I assume is because this contains the kitchen sink of ingredients. Lots of malt, lots of bitter hops, fairly strong booze quality, chocolate, coffee, etc.

M: Body is medium, with medium/high carbonation.

D: Overall, not a beer to have more than one bottle of in one sitting, and not a memorable way to end the Batch series. But I am glad to have the opportunity to try this and share with friends. It will be interesting to see what some age does to this brew and whether it rounds it out much. I will miss the Bell's Batch series beers and hopefully they will come up with some new interesting brews in the future, especially with the recent brewery expansion. And hopefully Bell's will stick with 12 ounce bottles. Something I have always appreciated about their beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 00:37:44 | More by waltonc
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West Virginia

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

Picked this up at D's six pack tonight while bringing the kids and my brother and sister to eat some Chicago Dogs. 10,000 batch for Bell's and 2,200 review for me. Pours a deep dark ruby caramel edged deep brown bodied hue for me, chunky large bubbled deep khaki tan head forms thick rising well above the edge of the glass. Aroma hints of smoked malt not quite as strong as an ashtray but definitely getting there. Dark chocolate roasted malt characteristics with herbal mint green notes coming through. The smoke definitely overpowers the nose initially let's see how things progress throughout the experience. Flavors bring out rich alcohol and deep malted barley layers of smoked meat, sweet syrup, and dark roasted coffee/dark chocoalte notes with hints of acidity. Remember when you were a kid and if you mixed every color from the crayon box it ended up looking like a dark poop brown color. This is the same thing, I'm not sure how strategically they blended all of these ingredients in this beer but they're definitely not making it out in the flavor profile. A blend of dark roasts, well hidden hops a bit of pine and earthiness finish my thoughts on this beer. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied mellow carbonation, big chewy texture. Drinkability a take it easy sipper for colder winter months.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 10:41:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Paours a dark brownish copper with hints of red around the edges. Huge tanthick head, looks almost soapy with the large bubbles.

S - This is odd...kind of a jumbled mix of smoke, leather and figs. I was hoping for more hops but this is very malt forward

T - Similar to the nose; smoke and fig but there is a hint of hop bitterness way in the back. This is an interesting barely wine, very enjoyable if you like smoked beers. The more I drink this the more it reminded me of HotD Adam.

M - Rich, malty and nice low carb. Not overly sticky

D - No hint of alcohol here just a nice smokey barley wine. If you like smoke you'll like this.

Overall pretty nice, too much smoke for me but I don't like smokey beers. I'm sure this will age very well and I'm excited to hold onto one for a while...farewell batch (insert number here) series.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:12:37 | More by boomer31
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 12-8-10.

Into a snifter, 10 grand pours dark brown with a golden-ruby tint. There is almost no head after a medium hard decanting, but what is there is a medium khaki/brown hue. A haze remains on top of the body and from what I can see, lots of little carbonation bubbles scoot swiftly upward. The lacing is understated and nicely sticky.

Threre seems to be a fairly even balance of caramel and brown sugar malt aromas with pine and citrus hop scents. If any advantage is attained between the two, I would say that the hops win the smell battle by just a hair. Accompanying the massive malt and hop war is a hint of a metallic smell, like tap water with a lot of iron in it.

Citric hop bitterness and hop oils yank at the bitter points of my palate and marry pretty well with the sweet malts when I take the beer into my mouth. I get a lot of brown sugar and caramel from the maltbill, as well as some acidic coffee and milk chocolate notes. The finish has a very stout-like quality with a roasty and acidic nip on my palate.

The mouthfeel is a compromise between medium-bodied creaminess and a biting hop presence. There is a lot going on in this beer, which makes it feel muddled at times, but it also serves to make the feel very interesting and varied, which I like. It makes me think more about what I am drinking.

For a kitchen sink-style experimental brew, I think it turned out pretty darned well and was certainly interesting to drink. I generally prefer style beers done exceptionally well, but this is a fun, unique beer that I will have again in an attempt to decipher its secrets.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:09:11 | More by TCHopCraver
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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Saw the ingredient list for this beer on Bell's website. I've got to say I'm impressed but I wouldn't want this to become a trend. Pretty complex flavor based on all of the various dark and roasted malts in the grain bill.

Malt is the main player here, but there is a nice resiny hops backbone tying it all together.

Pours a dark mahogany with a tint of garnet red when held to the light.

I taste a lot of smoke, candied apple, burnt caramel, and a tinge of piney resin. The is a roasted ancho chili in the finish.

This one you have to sip and savor to really appreciate. It wasn't until I opened the third one that I "got it."

Taking a couple down to the basement to age right now.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 20:27:12 | More by ahking
Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.