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

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Strong Brown Ale"

Added by Spica66 on 11-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Spica66:
Photo of Spica66
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Bell's General Store. Poured from bottle into Tulip.

A: Deep dark black appearance with extremely dark red edges. Excellent head formation and retention. Good carbonation.

S: Mountains of brown malt, with uncountable subtle flavors, tremendous hops. Really, really something that has to be experienced to fully understand. It's like trying to describe the Northern Lights to someone - you really have to see them for yourself to understand.

T: The malt taste reminds me immediately of Best Brown Ale kicked up a couple of notches. Paired with, and followed up by, an extreme amount of hops. Think Stone Double Bastard.

M: Full-bodied, perfect carbonation. Couldn't be better!

D: The 9.2% only shows a little on the finish, which is just the way I like it. If you like a full-bodied brown, this one is for you!

Price was $65 a case with a one case limit.

The category for this beer is Strong Ale per Bell's own listing on their chalkboard at the Eccentric Cafe.

Here is the list of ingredients:

Malts & Fermentables (101)

Best barley smoked
Briess barley 2 row brewers
Briess barley 6 row brewers
Briess barley aromatic
Briess barley ashburne
Briess barley black
Briess barley black barley
Briess barley Blackprinz
Briess barley bonlander
Briess barley C-10
Briess barley C-120
Briess barley C-20
Briess barley C-40
Briess barley C-60
Briess barley C-80
Briess barley C-90
Briess barley carabrown
Briess barley Caramunich
Briess barley carapils 2row
Briess barley Caravienne
Briess barley CBW - amber
Briess barley CBW - dark
Briess barley chocolate
Briess barley dark chocolate
Briess barley extra special
Briess barley flaked barley
Briess barley M-10
Briess barley MI-120
Briess barley MI-flakes
Briess barley pale ale
Briess barley pilsen
Briess barley roast barley
Briess barley smoked
Briess barley special roast
Briess barley victory
Briess barley vienna
Briess oats flaked oats
Briess rice flaked rice
Briess rye flaked rye
Briess rye rye
Briess wheat caracrystal wheat
Briess wheat CBW - wheat
Briess wheat midnight wheat
Briess wheat MI-wheat
Briess wheat red wheat
Briess wheat torrefied wheat
Briess wheat white wheat
Bunge corn flaked corn
Castle barley biscuit
Castle barley black
Castle barley special B
CMC barley distillers
Crisp barley dark munich
Crisp barley dextrin malt
Crisp barley pale chocolate
Dingemans barley aromatic
Dingemans barley biscuit
Dingemans barley cara 20
Dingemans barley cara 8
Durst barley turbo pils
Gambrinus barley ESB
Gambrinus barley Honey (Bruehmalz)
Gilbertson buckwheat torrefied buckwheat
Global barley Koelsch
Grain Millers wheat flaked wheat
Maltexco barley crystal
Muntons barley mile ale
Simpsons barley 50/60
Simpsons barley all star
Simpsons barley coffee malt
Simpsons barley crystal extra dark
Simpsons barley golden promise
Simpsons barley heritage crystal
Simpsons barley peated
Simpsons oats naked oats
Simpsons rye crystal rye
Simpsons wheat roasted coffee wheat
Thomas Fawcett barley amber
Thomas Fawcett barley brown
Thomas Fawcett barley chocolate
Thomas Fawcett barley dark crystal
Thomas Fawcett barley halcyon
Thomas Fawcett barley Maris O????er
Thomas Fawcett barley optic
Thomas Fawcett barley pearl
Thomas Fawcett oats oat malt
Weyermann barley abbey malt
Weyermann barley acidulated
Weyermann barley bohemian floor malt
Weyermann barley caraamber
Weyermann barley caraaroma
Weyermann barley carabelge
Weyermann barley carabohemian
Weyermann barley carafa 1
Weyermann barley carared
Weyermann barley melanoidin malt
Weyermann barley smoked
Weyermann rye chocolate rye
Weyermann wheat carawheat
Weyermann wheat chocolate wheat
Weyermann wheat diastatic

Kettle Hopping (58)

Brewers Gold
CZ Saaz
German Magnum
GR Hersbrucker
MI Hops
Mt. Hood
Mt. Ranier
N Brewer
NZ Motueka
Sorachi Ace
Styrian Aurora
Styrian Bobek
Styrian Goldings
Super Galena
UK Challenger
UK E Kent Goldings
UK Sovereign

Dry Hopping (32)

Magnum US
Mt Hood
Mt. Rainier
NZ MotuekaPalisade
Styrian Aurora
Styrian Bobek
Styrian Golding
UK E Kent Goldings

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tectactoe
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a deep-ass ruby-red color, completely opaque in the middle, shiny with mahogany hints when held up to the light. Tan colored head, thick and puffy, exceptional lacing left all around the glass. Aroma is that of smoked wood, smoke logs, and campfire. Some deep, dark fruits are hidden in the background; bitter raisins and plums so over-ripe they fall apart in your hand. Some perfume-like florals are floating around, tying everything together.

The taste is the heaviest in the smoke department. Smoked grains tend to be very strong, even if they are used sparingly in the grain bill. Smoke is definitely the most prominent flavor here, but it's not a heavy, nasty smoke - it's very smooth and acceptable. Wood chips, oak notes, booze-soaked tree bark comes to mind. Very deep in the finish I can find some chocolate hints, but more of a bitter, pure, sugarless cocoa-bean and not so much like a candy bar. It's actual quite enjoyable when picked up on. Mouth is very creamy with a medium-thick body. The finish is slightly bitter, ending with some noticeable hops; floral, ashy, and somewhat dry.

Reminds me of a more robust, slightly sweeter Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier. Not quite as drinkable, though. Some more woody notes and tones are present here as well. Overall, pretty enjoyable. Booze is noticeable but certainly doesn't feel like 9.20% ABV.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MadScientist
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of frenchblood21
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Hopping Frog tulip.

A- As brown as a liquid can get before becoming black. Beautiful 3/4 inch light brown head that recedes by half and then just sticks around.

S- Prunes and figs right up front, that is followed by vanilla and bourbon. Strangely enough, fresh ripe strawberries too!

T- Bitter dark chocolate and sweet/salty caramel...tobacco and leather at the finish.

MF- Thick like an imperial IPA. I get the resiny hoppy leftover, which is fine by me. Taste great on the back end like fresh fruit.

O- Really well put together beer. I would buy a six pack if I saw it on the shelf. But, alas, it is retired. To be honest, I like it a lot, but it is not a beer I would trade for. I will enjoy the last half, because I will never find this beer again,

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Photo of sm0key
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of sculls65
4.33/5  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 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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Very dark wood-like brown with almost a purplish cast to it. Not much head or lacing, but has some nice wispy tendrils.

Smell: Strong citrus and pine hops battle a surprising peat smokiness. Some underlying Barleywine-like sweetness.

Taste: Initial impression is bitter and smoky. There is an undercurrent of caramel and toffee malts, but a strong peat taste pushes this almost closer to a Scotch Ale than a Barleywine. The hops are impressively bitter with some citrus and pine, but not quite as much hop flavor as I expected from the aroma.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation. Smooth body that, while full, is less than expected for a Barleywine/Strong Ale. Very dry finish that is also very warming.

Drinkability: I know a lot of people think this is a mess, but I am pleasantly surprised. I think the Scotch Ale / Barleywine mix works, and the dry American bitterness is just an added bonus.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ehammond1
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Clear and dark brown pour with some burnt auburn and amber edges. Thin white head. Not a lot of lacing.

A very sweet and sticky type of aroma, like a syrup, along with a bit of smokiness, and perhaps some citrus. Seems all over the place without being particularly interesting--though it certainly is unique.

The flavors don't combine well, in my opinion. This seems like a bad "Suicide" (remember being a kid at the soda fountain and pouring in all 12 soda options into your all-you-can-drink paper cup?). It's overly sweet, with a touch of alcohol, some strange smoke or char flavor along with some wood. It's unique--just not very good.

Somewhat thick and syrupy.

Not one of my favorites. This beer seems like an experiment gone wholly wrong.

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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks to jh1982 for breaking this out at a baseball game tailgate a few months back. Poured an ugly brown with tan head. Alcohol in the nose, brown sugar, caramel, raisins.

Real thick and sticky taste to it, more of the brown sugar and raisins, tasted a little more stouty at this point, mild roast, ample smoke presentation. Toffee and nuts. Kind of some middle ground between a stout and an English barleywine at times, even a quad, has the viscosity of a stout, but not really the body. Hopping is moderate, doesn't come across as either piney or citrus.

There's probably room to dispute whether this is complex, or simply has a bunch of shit (not deameaning, maybe 'stuff' is a better term than shit) in it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of jmrybak
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%

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