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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Ratings: 790 |  Reviews: 403
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a tiny white head, and lace drops on the side. Barleywinish aroma. The taste starts sweet, and I think it's an old ale. Then after a few sips, the hops build up and its very hoppy. So its a strong ale, leaving a tingle on the tongue in the end. Unique, decent drinkability.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque and murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, and some subdued citrus zest. Taste is of toasted malt, brown sugar, molasses, and citrus zest. There is a burnt/roast flavor that comes out as the beer warms. A mild citrus zest bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good that reminds me very much of a barleywine. I am glad I got to try one of these.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer isn't exactly has intense has I expected. The appearance of this beer is a dark brown color with a yellowish head. The aromas are interesting, it's sweet smelling like a typical barley wine, it's got some herbs in there too. The flavor is hoppy to start and sweet and dry in the finish. This beer isn't as complex as the 9,000 in my opinion. I like the mouthfeel, it's slighty heavy but it's smooth and pretty drinkable. This beer is good but I feel the 9,000 was much better.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

This beer pours a clear dark ruby red hue, with one finger foamy of beige head, which leaves a nice broken sprectral lace paint job around the glass as it settles. It smells of faint caramel malt, pine sol, yeast, and earthy hops. The taste is edgy, somewhat medicinal caramel malt, a moderately smoky, salty, peaty character, and bitter leafy hops. The carbonation is average, if a bit zippy, the body medium weight, and mildly assaulted. It finishes bitter, smoky, and a bit uplifted and airy.

It took a while to figure this one out - smoked beer, really. Ok, then, not too shabby but still rather challenging.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2010: 3.33
Dark crimson in the meniscus, fading upwards into darkness. Thick lid of sticky foam, etching itself onto the inside of the glass. Lasts a good while, garnering an attractive appearance score.

Aroma of overripe fruit, cantaloupe, melon, raisin and bready malts. Initial whiff of faint wildness manifesting as notes of horsehair and leather. Call me crazy.

Tastes ok, but muddy and indistinct. Pretty hoppy, pretty malty, what is it? Long residual pine aftertaste from the hops used, big caramel/specialty malt body, but ultimately uninteresting. Generic "Strong Ale" profile, not burly and rich as a Barleywine might be. Even carbonation, feels a bit light for the ABV, but i'm apprehensive about cellaring. Big "meh" for 10,000, Bells is capable of greater things.

2016: time has mellowed it significantly. Smooth malt bomb with notes of dark rye bread crusts and a background floral hop bitterness. Overall it's more enjoyable than fresh, would give it a 3.75.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a blinded 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a very dark brown color with a half finger of tan head. The head sticks around throughout the pour, and leaves some lacing on the glass. 4.5

Smell: I'm getting some hops up front with a strong dark fruit sweetness in the background. Lots of malt, but the hops still stand out. The sweetness is way less than bottle #1. 4

Taste: Like bottle #1, there is a strong sweet malt presence, but here there is a hop bitterness throughout each sip. I'm getting some caramel/molasses along with a mild smokey note. The finish is quite bitter from grassy hops. 4

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick and syrupy side of medium, but not nearly as thick as bottle #1. Lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish. 4

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, but not quite as much as bottle #1. The bitterness could have been a bit smoother. I would definitely have another one in the future. I'm going to guess this is a fresh, non barrel aged version of the beer in bottle #1, but who knows. 4

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After a vigorous pour, I was able to rouse a finger's worth of head on this ice tea brown-colored beer; leaves surprisingly good lacing, too

Smell: Really piney, though underneath there is a minty, herbal element

Taste: While there is a hint of smokey, caramel malt, up front, the piney hops take over, right away, bringing the minty, herbal element along with them by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter, brown sugared malt aspect (which was always there - I just hadn't noticed right away) begins to emerge and lingers, just underneath, right through to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a slumgullion of a beer, with all the malts and hops that were indiscriminately added; it is interesting to see what the combination produces, but I don't quite think I would be interested in trying it again - the flavors just are all over the place

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a very small, tan head of foam. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled smoky with a roasted malt aroma. It had mild floral notes, too.

T - Boozy first sip with a good deal of smoke. The smoke does mellow out and leave behind a roasted malt flavor with chocolate, toffee and a subtle hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

D - This was a constantly evolving beer. Each sip was different than the previous.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.23/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a medium murky brown color ale with an average size foamy head with light retention. Aroma of fusel alcohol, caramelized malt with a bunch of other characteristics that are hard to describe. Taste has lots going on with notes of fusel alcohol, caramelized malt, light smoke, some paint and astringent finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some apparent alcohol. I guess this is what happened when you throw everything in the kettle.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light creamy head, dark molasses brown color.

N: Dark brown malts, brown sugar, molasses, dark malts, nutty malts, light creamy malts, light earthy hops, light chocolate.

T: Dark malts, earthy hops, chewy brown malts, toasty, brown sugar, bitter earthy hops, light caramel and molasses, light chocolate malts, bit nutty.

M: Med to heavier bodied, decent carbonation.

O: good, dark malts, earthy hops, balanced and tasty, hides the booze pretty well too.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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 olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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