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

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
787
Reviews:
403
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
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54
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348
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Photo of TCgoalie
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wschmit
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Goose Island tasting nonic.

A: Nice, frothy, tan head sits on top of a fairly clear, dark ruby/brown body. The head retains pretty nicely, with plenty of webbing left behind.

S: Hops, booze, raisins, and oddly a hint of melon. It's an interesting nose, for sure--I can't think of much like it offhand. There's a light, lemony sweetness to it that I can't pin down, but enjoy.

T: Chocolate, dark malt balanced with some nice hopping both up front and lingering through the dry finish. Really nicely done--balance of hops and malt, booze.

M: Medium mouthfeel, a little bit of chew and a nice mouth-coating sensation. Not too hot at all--just barely noticeable.

D: Overall, pretty high. Balanced bitterness from malt and hops, and not at all too sweet as many American interpretations of the style can be, at least while young. Really well done.

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Photo of heebes
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Batch 10,000.

Pours a deep dark brown with a finger foamy light tan head. Some light lacing sticks at the top of the glass. Nose is slightly hoppy, slightly bready, all sorts of malt auromas mingling. Sweet, biscuity notes, cocoa and light fruits. Taste is a complex blend of the 100 different malts and 60 hop varieties used in the beer; nutty, roasted flavour that at times almost drinks like a stout yet the hops keep this in check and round out a stellar American Strong Ale. A medium bodied mouthfeel that feels a little dry. Barely noticeable ABV makes this a truely unique beer from Bell's. Furthering my believe they are one of the top craft breweries in America, I am quite pleased with this beer. Great experiment and wonderful job on a landmark release.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this brew while watching the 2011 NFC championship game. Pours a deep amber color with no particulates. Creamy light tan head.

Nose: Malt, molasses, booze, dried plum, slightly savory, slight roast, and a bit of smoke.

Taste: Smoke, booze, honey, malt, bread, dark fruit. Bold and well-rounded flavor profile while being very drinkable. High alcohol is rather well concealed.

Overall an interesting and approachable brew that presents a simple yet well-rounded flavor profile. Booze is noticeable, but I would not have pegged it as more than 9% ABV. Would drink again and am curious to see how it tastes in a year or two.

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Photo of optimistictour
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one I've been excitedly waiting for. I'd hope to be blown away. Instead I was (still pleasantly) impressed. Although stated to have 100 malts and over 60 hops, the taste is not nearly as wild as its predecessor, the 12.5% abv american strong ale Batch 9000.

Smells of fruits and alcohol. It's not like wine, but it's certainly leaning in that direction. Nothing too sweet or hot about it though.

Tastes like.. well quite unified for supposedly having so many ingredients. This one is an extremely solid barleywine, some sweetness at its core, but never cloying (or "gross" as I call that aspect) and always balanced by a smoky bitterness.

It's filling and full, an invigorating and interesting splash across the palette. This one is dark and even a bit heavy without coating the tongue in a thick glaze or feeling much of any stickiness on the lips.

It goes down.. pretty awesomely. I put away three of these and enjoyed every last drop - something which cannot be said for the elegantly heavy handed Batch 9000 which knocked me on my ass halfway through the second bottle. The bitter feeling may be too intense upfront for some, but it settles in and completes the balancing act this brew attempts. A solid and well rounded ending to the thousand series.

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this with some great pizza from Orso an served in a Duvel tulip.

Pours dark amber brown with a perfect finger of head that lingers throughout the drink with excellent lacing. Nose has a great balance of brown sugary notes and a smoky grain.

Taste is full of malt, but with a nice balance of hops that for me hits just the right tone. This is what I see as an American Ale - its got the dichotomy of flavors (malts, smoke, sugar, hops) and the heavy ABV. Nice medium body, but with the heavy ABV and the tinge of carbonation, its the only weakness of the drink.

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Photo of duceswild
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bcostner1
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from surlytwinsfan. Thanks Marc!

A: Dark, deep brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Pours beautifully. Just about the right amount of carbonation apparent.

S: Malt, molasses, a little bit of rye maybe. Mild boozy quality in the nose. Overall the smell is good, I just wish there were a little more of it.

T: I love the way this one tastes. Reminds me a lot of He'Brew Vertical Jewbelation which is one of my all time fav beers. I find this one to be very complex. I get: malt and molasses primarily along with heavy, rich, decadent caramel; hints of vanilla; very mild spicy/peppery characteristic; maybe some dark fruit/date characteristics too; ends with a very very mild woody/rye whiskey-ish quality to me. I am enjoying it quite a bit.

M: Very smooth and silky. Easy to drink. Can hardly detect any alcohol. It is deceptive at 9.2%.

Overall, I'm a big fan. I wish I had access to more of this...I would for sure buy it up and save some.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra but I can't who it came from.

It pours a pitch black; I held my glass to the light and couldn't see any light or hints of red or...

There's a nice 1 finger head of off white foam and it has oodles of lacing.

It has an overall sweet smell to it. I'm guessing a fruity sweetness, dark pitted? mixed in with caramel malt. It's very pleasant.

My first sip and I do not taste anything fruit like at all. I find some grain and caramel malt, a bitterness that is dark chocolate insinuating, toffee, perhaps figs....a pretty good tasting brew except, I'd say, the goodish flavours there aren't really vibrant. I don't know when this originally came out but I reckon it's a good drinker now so no worries on my part.

The carbonation is on the light side with a more than ample body. Some alcohol that I can feel more than I can taste and that's always a good thing. Yep. I'm liking this Batch 10,000.

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Photo of DOCRW
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice little chocolate head that remains throughout.

Smells of anise, toffee, coffee, raisins, chocolate, and everything else you would find in a dark beer are present. Given what was put into this beer, it would be surprising if there was a smell assocated with dark beers not present in this one.

bourbon up front with vanilla, anise, raisins, oak, and a grassy hop presence dominate. The finish is caramel, mocha, and chocolate with a bit more grass.

Nice velvety feel, not syrupy, but not perfect.

Overall, this was a fine brew. I'm looking forward to what the rest of my bottles will taste like with some more age on them.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is OK, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, licorice, pine and citrusy hops, leather, chocolate, and molasses. The first sip is sweet and hoppy. After that it tastes like citrusy and pine hops, chocolate, smoked malt, dark fruit, molasses and an earthy/herbal taste I really can't describe well. I guess that's to be expected with all the different kinds of hops and malt in this brew. There's also a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with decent carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I certainly didn't have any problems finishing this one. It's quite a unique beer, but I liked it. It'll be interesting to see how this one ages.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Heff316 for this generous offering

Look: Dark brown with a 1/4 inch tan head and good retention with some great spotty lacing

Smell: Dark fruits a bit of chocolate caramel and a kiss of alcohol

Taste: Some caramel malt makes up the foreground while dark fruits especially figs make up the mid palate and the beer finishes with some great coffee notes

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body and medium to mild carbonation

Overall: Really good example of the style. Highly recommended

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

And with the heavy advertisment of 100 different malts and 60 different hops, what does that translate into flavor, or aroma, or the oveall impression of the beer over a half-hour session with it?

The pour brings a very froathy, heady pour of deep russet brown color with crimson highlights. A tan-stained head sits atop with a froathy/foamy structure. Very simialar to many Strong Ales that I've had, like Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Strong aromas of brown sugar and citrus/pine scented hops swirl in the nose, also with a kick of alcohol that makes it very brandy-like. There's probably a lot of estery fruitiness and spice comming from the yeast but with that malt and hop influence, who's to know?

Flavors definately preference the malts early on wtih the rich flavors of molasass, brown sugar, and toffee. There's definately a lot of specialty malt sweetenss, complexity, and depth working here. The flavors of malt have a brief but not sudden way of transering taste to a malty-dry toasty taste that commands the mid palate. After that, there's a good jolt of resinty, citrus hops that give the sensation of white grapefruit, pine, and fresh cut grass. But in the end, all of that malty-sugary, toasty, zesty citrus character swirl together in a melting pot of taste- leading into a complex, if not congregated aftertaste.

All of these flavors invite the notion of thickness or heaviness. But the mouthfeeel reveals a malty-dry sensation after the sweeter, stickier early palate. A moderate tone is stricken when the molasass sweet feel frees up with the toasty dryness, and then carries into the piney dry hoppiness and the alcoholic evaporation. The beer does a 180 in mouthfeel from the second it hits the palate 'til 3 seconds later when it hits the aftertaste.

Undoubtedly a very rich and complex beer. But with the onset of sweet and a long development to semi-dry, lingering resiny character, and green alcohols, I'll say that the jury is out until this beer cellars for a year or eight.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/17/2010. Pours very hazy/cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, citrus zest, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, brown bread, herbal, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, citrus/earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, citrus zest, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown bread, herbal, floral, grass, pine, and toast/grassy earthiness. Fair amount pine/herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, citrus zest, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown bread, brown sugar, herbal, floral, grass, pine, and toast/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, citrus/earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and fairly bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, citrus/earthy hops, and yeast ester fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from my second go at this one.

Active, chestnut brown, decent clarity revealed by back light, a finger of tan head, some retention and spotty lacing.

Woody, fruity, and floral with some mild roast. Lots of subtle inputs that are hard to put a finger on. Maybe the 100 malts and hops, or whatever the count was, have something to do with this?

Light hop bitterness lies underneath throughout. Malty sweet and woody with floral and fruity hops. Fairly complex and smooth. Very unique.

Plenty of carbonation, rich medium/full body, medium viscosity, and just a touch of bitterness in the finish.

Very original and enjoyable. Could been really sloppy, but to me, it comes together well. I find it smooth, flavorful and balanced.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 9 July 2011.

A: Nice creamy head; off-white. Susceptible to light, but not translucent. Red-brown edges with a dark core.

S: Vanilla. Oak. Quite nice. Old ale style yeast.

T: Weird, but good. Quite strong and kind of funky. Malty -- caramelly sweet -- with an odd drying sourness. I really like it, but maybe it's not for everyone.

M: Smooth, sweet, and a tad dry-tart. Real nice.

O: Great beer. An oddity, but very worthwhile. Will have again. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown pour settling nearly black in the glass. Pretty much as black as brown can get without actully being black. A finger high frothy foam of dark beige lifts briefly before fading to a skinny skimming and some thin stringy and flecked about lacing.

Indecipherable aroma that has a complexing tang that seems roasty and nutty with a blackened core of scorched citrus peels. Some tannin merges lightly with a wamrth of ethonalic noting as it sits while losing a bit of its tang and becoming more like a big Brown ale.

Taste has a unique complexity to it. Lots of little things going on in here. Has a slight black and burnt, roasted center. Tends to surround itself with citric-like nuances of lemon and bright orange while keeping an interesting old coffee delay late dusted with cocoa. The flavors are of a good portion, nothing huge here. Just a delicate array of fun tangy roast and mixing nutty tones with citrus and some bits of earthy spice.

Solid medium body, semi soft, leans pretty well to the tangy side of things with a solid spicing of burntness. Creamy, lofty, slightly drying cocoa finish with a late turn into a burnt residue of blackened malt.

Its no 6000 or 9000, but it's quite good and super drinkable. Perhaps not quite worth the price tag, but this should age well. I think its changed already from last month when I first tried it to now. So 'ill keep some around and try it out from time to time to see what Larry was really up to with this one. Happy 10,000 Bell's!

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a HotD brewery tulip on 6/16/11.

Pours a very dark brown, looks like a soda with a light colored cream head the dissipates leaving moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malts and dark fruits. I can smell some raisins. Nicely balanced sweet smell.

Taste is is much like the aroma. Lots of dark fruit bittersweetness with some roasted malt character. The taste is a nice balance and it covers up a lot of the booze flavor but I would have like just a little more sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a slight bitterness and the resin that leaves some dark fruit sweetness on the palate.

Overall this is a great beer. I would like to see some more sweetness on this on and maybe a little more carbonation but a great beer none the less.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/dark copper color with 2 fingers of tan head that slowly recedes and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is grassy hops, roasted malts, brown sugar, hints of lemon and grapefruit, and some caramel.

Taste is hop bitterness, sweet grass, light roastiness, brown sugar, hints of clove and spice, caramel undertones and a hoppy finish with a nice bitterness and some floral hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium/low carbonation.

Overall an intriguing beer with some unexpected twists as far as strength, hops and roastiness combined. I enjoyed drinking this.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Every pour of every bottle I've had of this one always results in a gorgeous, gorgeous beer (yep, so gorgeous I had to say it twice). The two-finger head is white dirtied (or made prettier) by a golden-tan shade, and the liquid is a flat black abyss. Only the darkest of ruby hues is seen when held to light. Broken chains of lace cling to the glass, and lots of them. My my my...

Aroma is mineral, burnt grains, smoke and a hint of vanilla, with a prominent dose of hoppy greenness and a juicy/vinous character. In a blind smell taste, I might be led to thinking "Cascadian black ale."

This is an interesting and complex beer. What I took as a wayward mess a few weeks ago I now understand as a truly unique brew. Super juicy grape and charred grains mingle nicely, there's a dab of anise and something like a musty maltiness that you might find in an old ale. Mineral/metallic essence, yet where these are usually negatives, they're so subtle as to only add another layer or two onto the overall flavor. Raisins, vanilla, sherry...all while the 9.2% alcohol remains a mere flare of brightness underneath all that. What is this (besides very good)? Somewhere between an old ale and a brown ale maybe? Yet with the pronounced burnt popcorn flavor and near-acrid green hop notes in the finish, it again makes me think Cascadian black ale. So, yeah, there's that word "complex" again...

Feels is just how a like a strong ale to be: smooth, round, creamy, silky, with just enough carbonation to keep it lively.

Took awhile to get my head around this beer. This is the sixth of a six-pack (not in one sitting, c'mon now...) and each one revealed more to me. I went from being disappointed with it--despite not really knowing what to expect--to understanding how unique and flavorful it really is. Batch 10,000 made me think and wonder and really exercise those taste buds, without hampering the pure enjoyability factor. Now that the six pack is gone, I can only wonder how this would fare in a year, because I think it will age brilliantly. A fine time to ponder that one, man...

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I don't even know how to describe this one. Barleywine? No. This one is an American Strong ale by my standards. The beer pours a deep mahogany to dark brown with a thin cream colored head that settles quickly. Retention is average, and a thin froth remains on the surface. Lacing is excellent.

The smell is a bit faint. Mostly malt, with dried fruit, caramel, and toast. Hops are faint on the nose, but express floral character.

Taste is almost mind-blowing. Citrusy and grassy, with malt notes of caramel, honey, baked bread and dark fruit. Hops are clearly abundant, with more floral and fruity notes, leading to a long, dry finish.

Overall, Bell's did an awesome job with the final "Batch" brew. It wasn't my favorite, but still worth buying. This beer has some longevity, as it will likely mellow and develop some serious flavors in the long run. Get it while you can!

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so this one had been out there for about a year by the time of this review, my first sampling:

a: served in a tall tulip glass, batch 10000 is a deep brown in color with some dark ruby hues, sporting a tan head with low retention

s: fermented dark fruit syrups - raisin and date, maybe some plum, alcoholic liqueur as it warms, warm brown sugars, loads of piney hops with undertones of earth, buried aromas of tobacco, wood, and cocoa, pleasantly and subtly complex - and really seems to come around as it warms

m: carbonation light-moderate, with a body on the heavier side of the medium range, some malty weight but fairly even keeled

t: covers a range of malt flavors (no surprise there - 100 fermentables) - toasty, caramel, tobacco, woody, biscuit, sweet dark sugars on one side and roasted notes on the other, with a lighter malt center keeping things balanced out, loaded hop flavors tend towards earth and pine with a full, growing bitterness, finish dries completely with lingering acids, pine, and roast flavors

o: an interesting beer at least, the smorgasbord effect lead to there being a little of everything here, and it balances out to an enjoyable beer, but one without any standout feature, I'm cool with it - one more to cellar for the ages

4/45/4/4/4

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of TheSarge
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a few sixers at my local store. Didn't realize this was that rare of a find, but damn expensive!

Creates a decent amount of khaki colored cranium, I'd say a finger thick. The body of this brew is about like a black tea like appearance, with maybe a mild amount of haze.

The aroma is peppery, piny, and a slight hint of cocoa.

Taste wise i'm getting a red wine like quality, and some spruce.

This feels nicely carbonated and very dry, with a finish full of booze.

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Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.8 out of 5 based on 787 ratings.
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