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%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
348
For Trade:
18
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010... Drank in October 2014

Appearance: pours a leathery mahogany color with a small tannish head that almost refuses to go away and leaves some lacing behind. Completely opaque with cloudiness and sediment.

Smell: peat, caramel. toffee, slight roasted malt, molasses, scotch and more alcohol. certainly smells oxidized but that adds to the overall earthy leathery aspects.

Taste: opens with caramelized grains, sweet notes of molasses, toffee and maybe some chocolate. middle is full of earthiness, leatheriness, slightly smoky and peaty. the end comes in with alcohol in a quite scotch like form. some dark fruit notes hinting towards a sherry. has a slight earthy bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: heavy, slick, earthy bitterness, leathery and chewy

Overall: Yes this beer is oxidized but that only plays into the good tastes of it. very complex and full of new flavors with every sip. I wish i knew what it was like fresh, but I am certainly glad I got to try it at all. Time has done well up to this point but I am not sure where it will go from here.

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Aged several tears in poor conditions. The beer pours a tan and creamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a lot of lacing. The beer itself is an opaque purplish black color with a little bit of brown. The beer has a strong malt smell that resembles gingerbread. Essentially, the smelly is very bready and sugary. Despite having been aged several years, the beer still retains some strong hop notes and some dark fruit notes. The fruit notes tend to revolve around figs and raisin. The hops are bitter. The beer taste is completely and utterly divine and much more richer and complex than the smell. The taste mainly consists of various malt notes and dark fruit notes. The malts come out with caramel, ginger bread, slightly toasty, and lightly roasted notes. The hop notes come off citrusy and a little bit grapefruitish. Given how long it's been aging, there also appears to be a slight alcohol feel. The mouthfeel is very smooth with decent carbonation that makes it even smoother. The beer clearly has a full, heavy body. Overall, a fantastic beer and one I am glad to have picked up when I had the opportunity. It's a shame this was only brewed once.

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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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