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

Bell's Batch 10000Bell's Batch 10000
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Bell's Batch 10000Bell's Batch 10000

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #10,000 (Nov. 16, 2010)

A - The clear pecan brown brew becomes almost black as it passes from the bottle into the snifter. An ivory head reaches almost two fingers before lowering, rather quickly, to a loose bubbly pile. Great lace covers half the glass.

S - A waft of smoke aroma pulls through the incredibly faint toasted malt nose. An earthy hop aroma akin to Willamet features dry leaves and grass clippings. Faint mineral finish.

T - Nutty toasted malts make much more of an appearance in the flavor than the nose. Earthy, dirty, resin-rich American-like hop blend with notes of the grass clippings and dry leaves the nose has. Rustic flavor.

M - Medium-bodied and sharp on the tongue from bitterness and rustic earthy flavors. Slightly dry with a light bitter and medium carbonation finish.

D - A fairly decent brew but kind of a let-down for the final installment of the batch series. I thought it would be a good follow-up to 9000 but it's much, much less of a beer all the way around. Despite no real alcohol presence throughout, we'll see what age does to this brew.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pOured into my great lakes sniffer.

A-dark brown, almost black. Very little head
S-get some hops coming out initally. Maltiness follows
T-strong malts as it warms up. Coffee present. Very interesting.
M-full bodied and goes down smooth
D-very drinkable, suprised by abv

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Photo of PDXHops
1.54/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle, Duvel tulip. It pours out a mysterious murky combination of what seems to be several shades of brown and mahogany. Good retention from the beige head, but little in the way of lacing.

The nose is somewhat of a cluster, in no small part due to a persistent wave of alcohol. It's not boozy; there's simply a lot of odd solvent alcohol here. Nuts, smoke, burnt rubber. What the hell? There are some familiar beerlike aromas of chocolate and roasted malt in there as well.

Tastes marginally better, but we're talking degrees of displeasure here. It starts out OK, roast and chocolate with a nice smokiness, but alcohol and an odd tangy/minty/tobacco combo that wears out its welcome long before it continues to linger in the finish. Rather reminiscent of menthol cigarettes, actually.

Overall impression: Drainpoured halfway thru the bottle. Majorly disappointing offering from a normally excellent brewery.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.36/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a large red wine glass after a meal of rosemary venison. Dark red and brown, minimal head, huge hops in the nose. Some citrus but mostly herbal hoppiness comes across, kind of pleasingly smoky as well.

Taste though, is harsh. Boozy yet sweet, the peat malt is freekishly forward, not pleasing when compared to the herbal hops. Mouthfeel is fine, about what should be expected.

Overall, not a beer I want to drink.

Bells- I love you anyways.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a Duvel Tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a deep reddish brown with two fingers of rocky tan head. Aroma of citrus hops and a faint whiff of smoke. Lots of malt. Medium to full bodied. Dark malts, a little fruit and plenty of hop bitterness. Also another hint of smoke. For some reason the 1/100th of smoked malt really jumped out at me. Interesting beer to drink, but a bit of a cluster. Not particularly drinkable.

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Photo of BigMike
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark brownish ruby red color. A big three fingered light tan head on top is leaving nice lacing.

S: Initial aromas are roasted chocolate, coffee, rye and pumpernickle. A touch of floral.

T: Interesting flavor profile. Lots of smoke that I wasn't expecting. Followed by chocolate notes, coffee, pumpernickle, charcol and some floral notes.

M: Pretty thick and viscous on the tongue. Coats the entire mouth and lips. Good carbonation.

Overall: Im not sure how I rate this beer yet. It has some good qualities. I like the smokiness and coffee flavors but the mouthfeels a bit thick. It's pretty enjoyable but nothing crazy.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear nonic pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dull sawdusty cedar with thin collar of big-bubbled off-white soapy-looking head with no real lacing.

S: Maltiness is pretty thick but seems muddied although chocolate, roasted malt, and rye come through with more sugary raisin. Hoppiness is evident as an orange and tobacco presence.

T: Falls a bit dull with the malts giving a light chocolate and raisin hint but really coming out a little on this side of cardboardy. Hops are pretty bright with orange, floral, and light earthy tobacco notes as well. Alcohol hits the back end with some spice.

M: Easy to drink due to the low carbonation overall but the heft has a really nice, silky feel.

D: Batch 10000 is a pretty good beer that doesn't really hold a candle to the last several Bell's even batch series.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had Bell's Batch 9,000 back to back with this. 9,000 was a solid strong ale. Very good. Let's give this one a go. 12oz bottle...

A: Same as 9,000 a deep dark very dark ruby red with big 1+ inch tan head that fades very, very slowly. Good.

S: I get some citrus hops blended with some sugary malt upfront. Very different than 9,000. A lot more aggressive on the hops than 9,000. I get hints of caramel in the middle and faint raisin / chocolate on the backend. Ok.

T: My first thought, mild black IPA with a light smoked stout. I get a smoky bitterness upfront with some earthy citrus buried in the middle. Some vanilla on the backend. Not as good as 9,000 here IMO.

M: Medum body with a great carbonation. A bitter / dry finish. Good.

D: Good, but not as good as hoped.

All in all, 9,000 is much better than this. 10,000 is sort of a let down on the end of the series. 9,000 is more like a barleywine / old ale / strong ale whereas 10,000 is more of a Smoked IPA. Kind of strange flavors here. Definitely try if you enjoy the series, but otherwise, not worth your time.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bells Tap Takeover at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a nonic.

Appearance: Arrives a dark though transparent amber sepia, with the difference between the surface and the rim of the glass suggesting an initial one finger or so of tan lace, though nothing remained by the time this one was delivered to the table. The surface lacing is consistent, at least, replenished by steady carbonation, and there sits atop the surface a bubbly, frothy collar of foam, though there's no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Toasty malts dominate, relatively dry and inoffensive though relatively uncomplex. It's amazing that something made with so many different grains and malts can smell so straightforward. Hints of rye do begin to emerge as this one warms, but other than that it's just slight dark fruits (raisins), toffee, and spicy notes, suggesting cinnamon raisin toast at points, though that perhaps does it too much justice.

Taste: Rye is a little stronger here than in the nose, mingling well with spicy moderate to slightly-south-of-high hoppy bitterness, leafy tobacco notes, oranges (chocolate oranges), raisins, leather, and figs. The malt base is still largely toasty, though there are flashes of lighter roasts, toffee and molasses mainly. Faint alcohol brings up the rear, a little stronger than I'd like or that I think it should be at 9.2%.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of lift in this one, but the body has enough thickness and heft to it that the end result is bright, but not eruptive or distracting.

Drinkability: Lacking somewhat. As I expressed above, it seems that what's good for soup or a casserole or salad is good for beer: careful layering of a few intelligently selected and complimentary ingredients (even if they're not your favorite) can produce a result vastly superior to tossing the kitchen sink in to a brew kettle (or wok, or salad bowl, or whatever the case may be). I'm not a fan of syrupy thick sweetness or anise, but I preferred Batch 9000 (brewed with both brewer's licorice and molasses) to this one. As it stands, this one isn't a bad beer, but it is slightly unfortunate to see the "Batch X000" series - a series that brought such outstanding winners as Batch 6000 and Batch 7000 and less superior but still fantastic brews such as Batch 8000 - go out with a whimper, rather than bang.

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

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is one inch in height, light tan in color, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of quite malty with a lot of caramel, and toffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with an alcohol presence that sticks out in a bad way. The mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this beer doesn't impress my the way 7000, 8000, and 9000 did, but it isn't bad. Congratulations to Bell's for making it this far, and here's to 10000 more batches.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i thought i had missed the boat on this, and the the liquor store guy sold me a couple of unclaimed (yet reserved) singles for around $3.30 each. drank out of my samuel adams perfect pint glass. im not going to lie...after reading about this and what went into it im expecting an overly sweet mess of a beer. ill try to review with an open mind.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a dark brown colored body that is hard to see through with a solid finger and a half of khaki colored head. the head lasts for a very long time and leaves behind a neat wall of lacing. very nice.

S- despite the very dark colored body, my initial whiff of this has me thinking hops. lots of citrus and pine here. some floral and grassy too. after that i do get some sweet caramel and toffee malts. a little bit of chocolate, and some coffee in the finish. very complex. im not sure my nose is doing this one justice.

T- the taste starts out with plenty of caramel and toffee malts. i think i taste a little bread in here too. in the middle theres some brief chocolate and coffee. after that it quickly moves onto the hops. lots of grapefruit and pine. the alcohol shows a little bit on the finish.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. the carbonation is at the right level. there is a moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- this one exceeded my expectations. i assumed it was going to be very malt forward, hot, and an overly sweet mess. it wasnt. if anything, this is a hop forward beer. its in the right catch-all category of strong ale, as there isnt really a way to describe this. im curious to see how the cellar treats this one. using everything in the suppliers catalog is a fitting end to a series that has gone in so many different ways.

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Photo of politiker
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of this beer on a lark. I've enjoy Bell's oberon and two hearted brews, and I hoped that this commemorative brew would be as enjoyable.

I enjoy the light sweetness from the caramel malt and the oaky bitterness on the back end of the palette. A few of my friends didn't enjoy the bittersweet combination, which is their loss.

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Photo of BierFan
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Thick foamy khaki colored head. Dark red body, almost looks black in the glass. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell: Smoke, hops, alcohol, and licorice. Definitely some rich aromas at play.

Taste: It's like they blended one of their stronger flavored stouts with an IPA. Smokey, roasty, and some licorice at first. Piney and citric hops. Sweet dark chocolate.

I'm loving the hell out of this beer right now.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 DefenCorps
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing quite like a drunken tick of a kitchen sink beer.

Very dark brown with a dense, light brown head that recedes to disk, leaving some nice lacework. The nose is pure kitchen sink, but in a good way. Rich, complex, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, and cocoa. Resiny hops are present as well, with citrus and pine sap.

The palate isn't as impressive. Quite a bit of hop character, there's pine and citrus peel with a moderate bitterness. The malt bill is complex and aspects of it actually work. The blend of cocoa, caramel and hops brings to mind a good Black IPA. However, this is, by design, poorly constructed. I've enjoyed kitchen sink beers in the past (like the Smuttynose Big A IPA 2009). The mid-palate is moderately fruity and a little leather, expressing the dichotomy I feel about this beer. The sweetness does clash with the hops, I'm not the biggest fan. Sweet and hoppy on the finish, there's a moderate resiny hop character on the finish. Medium in body with a finish with cocoa, burnt sugar and hops, this beer is lightly carbonated. Not particularly enjoyable, I think I'll pour out what's left and get back to drinking Hopslam.

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Photo of bradleyp
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tastetester for the hook-up. Packaged on 11/16/10.

A: Super dark brown, almost black. Can't see through the glass at all. Nice lacing throughout the glass.

S: The malts and hops mix very well together. I could also smell some chocolate in the mix.

T: This beer taste like a total spice bomb. so many in here, I could not distinct all of them. Very hoppy, but the hop flavor seems to disappear right away.

M: Not a big fan of very hoppy beers.

D: I have one more of these, which I will def. drink, but i'll have to split it with someone else, since Bell's does not distribute to the west coast.

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Photo of prg1976
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a dark, dark a porter. off white head sticks to the glass and hangs around on top of the beer.

Smells of carmel and slightly of alcohol.

Taste is carmel, chocolatey bread.

Decent mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Don't know if I could drink any more than one of these due to the bready taste. Otherwise, it's a solid strong ale.

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Photo of SurlyMe
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter

A - Pours a deep translucent brown with slight light penetration once in the glass. An average speed pour yields a 1 finger light khaki colored head which thins down to a light cap leaving some spotty lacing as you drink.

S - Reminiscent of some bourbon barrel aged beers I have had recently; light chocolate, carmamel and vanilla notes, roasted malt scent, tiny bit of booze (more as it warms). Scents of smoke also come through as the beer warms.

T - Very interesting, not what I was expecting. The first thing I noticed was an abundance of smoke. The smoke flavor gives way to some spice, caramel/nut, and roasted maltiness. Some sips have hits of citrus hops (orange/lemon) and other sips taste like an imperial stout. The finish consists of light vanilla, light chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Very nice complex taste but not too overpowering in any way.

M - Medium body, good carbonation level which releases the scents and flavors nicely, slightly dry finish

D - Not hard to drink but I don't think I'd want any more than a couple bottles/pints in one sitting.

Overall, this beer is definately worth experiencing, there's a lot going on here. It's fun just trying to figure it out.

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Photo of JLeege
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10,000 ~ The beer with 10,000 ingrediants.
Poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Pours brown with some ruby amber highlights. A creamy two finger head is produced with pretty good retention. Very nice lace is left behind.

Smell- Hops are dominating the nose, mostly citrus, with some underlying sweet brown sugar and caramel malt.

Taste- Creamy malts are the first things noticed. Notes of caramel again. Chocolate and some light roasty coffee flavors along with some smoke. Even picking up a light wheaty twang. The hops shine on the finish. Not as much citrus as the nose would suggest, but they have more of an earthy and pine feel to them. The lingering taste is nice blend of dark chocolate and light hopping.

Mouthfeel- creamy and smooth, though I was expecting this to be a bit thicker and more sticky. Abv's go unnoticed. So no complaints here.

Overall- For a beer with so much shit (delicous hops/malts/random fermentables) in it, this comes together very nicely. Every sip is like a new adventure, but it works. I am very impressed, time to stock up if I can still find some more!

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep mahogany, producing just a bit of light brown head. This slowly fades to some nice lacing.

There is an interesting balance of malt and hops in the nose. I seem to pick up a bit of citrus and pine, but also some bread, raisin, caramel, and a hint of roastiness.

As with the smell, a bit of hops comes through at first, but then is overcome by a swirl of malts. Deep, bitter roastiness is the dominant flavor, with dark fruit, and bitter chocolate coming through as well.

This beer is smooth, with some nice carbonation.

The drinkability is somewhat hampered by the intensity of flavor and hints of booziness.

At this point, this is another one of those "I'm glad I tried it, but..." beers. It's not bad, but seems a little messy overall, like it doesn't really know what it wants to be. I'll sit on the rest of my bottles for a while, and see what some age does to it.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (Batch 10000 of course) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slow pour to ensure little sediment came along yielded a very dark red to black beer when held up to the light. The color could be described as a dark ruby red or maybe a dark garnet color. Due to the slow pour the head was just a thin tan head initially, but as I drank it down, the head actually grew a bit at the edges and got much thicker. Lacing was in sheets, think fine strands, and tiny islands.

Smell: Toasted malts, some caramel/toffee like sweetness and maybe just a hint of complex citrus hops (lemon and orange mostly) at the end. With a good swirl of the glass the hops come out more - definitely lemon and orange with some piney hop smells thrown in there. Quite complex to the point that nothing really stands out, but it's all in there, just muted a bit.

Taste: Equally complex in taste as it was in smell. Roasted malts are the front followed quickly with some hints of bitter coffee-like flavors which then move quickly into an end which is part sweeter malt and part citrus hop. There are sips that remind me of a Russian Imperial Stout, and others that remind me of a malty American India Pale Ale. As it warms up the bitter coffee-like taste starts to dominate the other flavors making it harder to tease out everything that is in this beer. I can tell more flavors are trying to come out as the beer warms up, but I can't find them over that bitterness. Enjoyable, just a lot going on here. Alcohol taste is very well hidden. Every now and then I think I get a hint of it.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation along with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Very well done balance between the two I think.

Drinkability: Despite my comment about the alcohol being well hidden in the taste, I could start to feel it coming on about halfway through the glass, despite slow sipping and having this with a hearty meal (Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes). This is definitely just a sipping beer, and one is more than enough. While the taste is definitely interesting and enjoyable, I think this beer could be described as too much in one glass. There is mastery in what Bell's does, but I think you'd have to be a tasting expert to get it all out of here. All that being said I enjoyed this one and wish Bell's another 10000 batches!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep chestnut brown, hue of crimson. big fluffy oatmeal 2 finger head, spectacular lacing exhibition.

S: smoked, malt, grain, earthy pine.

T: What a feast of insane flavors! I love it. it's like a wee heavy, porter, strong ale, and mild brown ale. smoke, then bread, and then finishes off with a hint of bitter.

M: med/heavy body, slightly chewy, solid carbonation.

D: WOW! Of course with this being a limited (one time release) kind of difficult to get a ton of these. I was initially nervous that all the flavors would be an assault on the senses, but it seems to work. Careful, this IS a sipper.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 Erish
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass.

A: dark raisin color, an aggressive pour produced a nice espresso foam-colored head, the cap fades away to a few splotchy remnants, and the lacing is excellent.

S: toasted oak/vanilla, a smoky/burnt note, some farmer's cheese aroma, coffee, toffee, caramel, a bright citrus note floats on top, dark fruit sweetness, earthiness, the hops are alternately floral, piny, and herbal.

T: smokey/burnt wood, burnt caramel, vanilla up front, the middle is boozy, with some honey, fruit, and citrus, the finish is very woody, spicy, grassy, and smoky.

M: medium-bodied, silky, low carbonation, drying.

D: A solid effort, though I am finicky when it comes to overly smoky beers. This one was good, but it didn't wow me.

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Photo of Chaney
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark, dark, dark, dark red (maybe reddish-brown)? Yep.... that was the color. When I held it up to the light, I got a bit of ruby around the edges, as if there was a giant Tootsie Roll dropped into a vat of acidic red sludge. The beige head was about one finger and clung to the glass like a bastard.

S: Hmmmm... I smelled rust first, follow by booze, then came the dark fruit such as raisons, dates, and figs. I got more than a hint of chocolate on the finish.

T: What the hell was the brew supposed to be anyway? Booze galore, with tons of unsweetened baker's chocolate style bitterness. Usually I like the sort of aspriny quality in a beer and think it adds to its refreshing nature... it didn't work here though. The finish was very dry due to the rubbing alcohol.

M: The lacing was ridiculous and the bitterness transcended the adjective. The sweetness was cut down to size by the alcohol, which wasn't saying much.

D: What happened? I loved Batch 9000! I bought a sixer of this stuff so I have five left... now what?

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Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 787 ratings
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