Batch 10,000
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Batch 10,000Batch 10,000
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American Strong Ale
3.87 | pDev: 12.92%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Batch 10,000Batch 10,000
Notes: "Strong Brown Ale"
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Photo of FreshHawk
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very deep cherry mahogany with deep ruby hues. A slightly above average sized, creamy, frothy, beige colored head. Good retention finally settling into a nice creamy, smooth lace.

S - Really interesting aroma. Both malt and hops are strong. Roasted malt that is reminiscent of a stout with tobacco and coffee. Some earthiness as well. Hops also quite strong with floral, earthy, and pine hops being strongest. Really intriguing aroma.

T - Like the aroma, the flavor is very complex. Hops and malt both very strong with them trading off with what wins out. Brown, earthy, tobacco, and hints of coffee. Hops I think slightly over power the malts, especially mid sip. Earthy, piney, floral, and herbal hops quite strong as well. Pretty bitter with hops coming out well.

M - Medium body with a bit above average carbonation. Quite smooth.

D - Very strong beer but also very smooth at the same time. Alcohol is very well hidden. Wanted to keep drinking just to find more flavors.

Notes: Very interesting beer with the combination of malt and hops. I enjoyed this beers, especially given the massive diversity of malt and hops. Really excited to see how this ages. Great beer to drink with amazing diversity of flavors. Definitely could be better for a final batch, but a good showing.

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Photo of juik99
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a Affligem Noel goblet.
A - poured deep dark brown, 1/2 a finger head. Head cleared after a few minutes leaving a nice chocolate colored film with thick edges.

S - Significant malt presence, hint of chocolate, a little smoke and at the top citrus hops.

T - A bit confusing for me. Maybe allergies inhibiting my senses. First sip revealed a faint smokiness that I cannot find in subsequent tastes. Second bottle providing the same experience. Net net significant malts and hops married together happily while the malts are a little more assertive. Well balanced. Alcohol is very well hidden but comes through towards the end.

M - Incredibly light given the anticipation of all the ingriedients that went into this beer. For such a big beer it is very light on the tongue. 180 from 9,000. Good carbonation.

D - Very drinkable at 9.2%.

Sad to see the Batch series going away...what will replace it?

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Photo of PileOwnz
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

120z Bottle into tulip

A - Color is very dark brown, red highlights around the edge of the glass. Almost opaque, but some light does get through. Poured with a two finger tan head that has excellent retention. As it recedes a there is some lacing, but not too much.

S - Very malty, with a hop strong backbone. There's so much going on with this that it almost blends together too well in a good bouquet of floral, earth, piny, brown sugary delight.

T - The taste is very similar to the smell, except it seemed as though the hops are very muted against the malt compared to what the nose would lead you to believe. Lots of brown malt, very solid strong ale that is a lot like a barleywine with the malt characteristic. The hops show through, but don't shine as much as I was hoping from the scent. Very well balanced though, nothing is overwhelming. And for the malt bill on this, I'm impressed. But, I still wanted a bit more hops bite to this.

M - Solid carbonation with a body that is medium to full. It lingers a bit, but it's a pleasant linger.

D - For a 9.2%, this is extremely drinkable. After two or three in a sitting, you'll be doing just fine.


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Photo of beveritt
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Picked this up today after receiving an e-mail from my local that it was in. After reading the ingredient list, I admittedly have little to no idea what to expect. Label is simple, "Batch 10,000 Ale." Batch number 10,000. Poured into a medium snifter.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of medium tan head. This settles quickly to a spotty layer of foam. The beer itself is a muddy opaque brown.

Smell: Strong, dominating aroma of hops; all kinds. Piney and resiny. Citrus and spice. Herbaceous and grassy. Some underlying almost cinnamon malt.

Taste: Wow, there are so many flavors here assaulting your tongue, I almost don't know where to begin. As with the smell, hop flavors abound. Bitter and herbaceous upfront, with the tangy piney bite of dry hopping. A solid and well laid backbone of caramel toffee malt supports this. Bitterness remains throughout and lingers well past the sip. Lingers longer than anything I have ever had.

Mouthfeel: Despite its alcohol and malt bill, this beer seems very light and spritzy, exploding into bubbles when you take a sip. Extremely high carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Well, it certainly is interesting. And not a bad sipper. The intense and long lingering flavor are impressive. I am interested to see how it is with some age.

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Photo of SteveLyman
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A - A deep brown appearance with dark orangish-red lines. Pours a half inch, white beige head.

S - What an amazing smell. I can't begin to say which malts I smell because of the many different ingredients used. Smells of nice roasted malts and then drop kicked with a tidal wave of hops.

T - Near the same as the smell. Nice brown roasted malts then citrus and floral bitter hops.

M - Good carbonation with a medium body.

D - An excellent bodied beer with a good malt to carbonation ratio. The alcohol is very hidden until the very finish when your throat warms.

Bell's out did themselves, once again...

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Photo of Spica66
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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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