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: 787 |  Reviews: 403
Photo of hardy008
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with raisin highlights. An aggressive pour gives a 2 finger tan head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma is all over the place. It has Sweet malts, pine hops, earthiness, and dark fruit.

The taste reveals some of what is in the aroma, and a few new flavors also. Sweet malt, bitter grapefruit, pine hops, roasted malt, anise, earthiness, alcohol, and some dark fruit. No one or two ingredients really take control of this beer. It is all over the place, and is disappointing.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, and surprisingly smooth. This was an interesting idea, but not as well executed as I would have expected from Bell's.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 birderbeerer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a three finger, off-white head. Lace stuck on the glass.

Smells of hops. Fruity and big hops. That's all I'm getting.

First taste is all hops but then a big malty follow through. Each sip brings slight variations on the flavor. Very hop forward, followed by malt sweetness and roast and finished with a sticky remnant of hop flavor.

Very interesting. IPA, brown ale, stout, IPA. Kind of doesn't know what it is, which might take away from the beer for some. It's a fun beer to drink because each sip is a little different from the one before.

Drinks easy but it is filling by the end. Very smooth. Seems like it would be rich but for the hops. Very good and unique beer.

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Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a light off white head and a long lasting soap ring.

The smell is very hoppy and citrusy with nice bready malts sneaking through.

The flavor follows the smell nicely with big bready malts and fresh strong citrus hops, almost like drinking an imperial amber ale. Balanced and full flavored.

The mouthfeel is nice with good carbonation and a solid body to it.

Very drinkable, maybe the most drinkable I have had of the Batch series, but also sort of a let down as my expectations for this beer are so high based on some of the previous editions. Still good none the less.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a crisp off-white head and globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is grainy, malty base with mild fruit notes. Lightly nutty and earthy. Then a good bit of resinous citrus hop and brandy-like alcohol warmth.

Taste is far more mild than the intense nose lead me to expect. Chewy caramel malt, and hints of brown sugar up front. Good bit of woody, cedar dryness and a hint of nut. Then the earthy bitterness takes over. Finishes smooth and mild with a light fruit quality and lingering alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

A very flavorful and surprisingly balanced brew. Very easy to drink considering the high ABV.

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Photo of johnkale
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into stemless wine glass (Packers themed)

A - dark, murky brown, generous two finger head to start, very creamy, tan in color, really nice lacing on this one

S - stone fruit, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate predominate, slight breadiness, and toffee notes, some floral/pine hops also show up

T - chocolate, dark dark malt, plum, caramel and brown sugar too. a hint of anise, some nice hop bitterness in the finish. NFLMVP said this was hot, booze is noticeable but considering all the barrel aged beers I've been drinking, seems pretty minimal

M - seems just a tad watery, considering the ABV was hoping for something just a little thicker

D - goes down pretty smooth but still boozy, still filling

Was this worth the price? Probably not. Was it good, yes, and the last four will stick around for a while, so we'll see what some aging will do for it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a transparent black color with red edges, tons of a light brown dense head with a strong lacing left on the glass.

S-the nose is somewhat light especially for all the ingredients. Hops seem to dominate with an oily citrus aroma and light notes of pine. there is some burnt coffee towards the back and some roasted malts but they play a minor role.

T-the roasted malt character comes in more so in the flavor. roasty malts, light notes of bitter coffee and chocolate with a touch of vanilla. the hops come through strong towards the back and are very oily in flavor with citrus aspects of tangerine and oranges.

M-very smooth and creamy feel to it on a relatively full body. silky on the back of the throat with ample carbonation and an easy drinking finish.

D-this is not bad, very interesting brew as the hop character seems to have the most to say and it keeps it very oily in flavor and feel. the malt characteristics are muted but the flavors are subtle and well balanced.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of atsprings
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep opaque black with a nice light tan head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is nice subtle amount of dark malts and burnt caramel. The taste is a nice kick of dark malts and bitter cocoa that gives way to a very interesting bitter hop finish. The beer is medium bodied with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable, well balanced beer, I was glad I got to try it since NC didn't get bottles of it.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is a murky mess of dark malts, roast, sweetness, ethanol and fruity esters. Flavor is a little more rounded. Brown malts. Not overly roasty or bitter or alcholic. Pretty even keeled really for all that is in this thing. Fairly tasty and quite easy drinking for the strength.

I like it when breweries do these special releases and get creative, but here's one vote to bring back one of these batch beers as a seasonal....Batch 6000. Batch 6000 was one of the greatest beers I've ever had. Just had one in November and it was incredible. The tiniest little sip packed a tremendous amount of flavor.

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Photo of Buebie
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an oversized snifter, hard pour. Producing about an inch of off white frothy head. Receding rapidly and leaving a generous collar with skim across the top.
Color is a dark brown, non transparent.
Aroma is extra boozy, bordering hot. Some black treacle aroma with brewers licorice, dark malts and dark fruit, small amount of malty burnt sugars as well as vanilla and maple brown sugar. This one resembling more of an old ale.
Taste is a bit more barley wine, but containing more burnt grains and sugars. Taste is dark and bitter upfront with roasted chocolate grains, mild vanilla and burnt caramel, plenty of malt here. Heat is much less noticeable then expected. Aroma heat was high.
A touch of oaty protein flavor.
Mouthfeel is slick but light in feel with an abundance of carbonation tickle.
Its a sipper, this is no sessioner, but with that said, drinkability is still high.
Interesting beer. Cant wait to put a few years on it and try it again down the road.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a few of these on vacation, wish I got more.

Pours brown with deep amber highlights when held up to the light. Minimal head but leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell of coffee, citrus, caramel, tobacco, plums.

Taste is citrusy with strong roasty and caramel malt. There is alcohol appearant and fruits mixed in.

Mouthfeel is nice, well carbonated yet still full tasting.

Drinkability is lowered because of the alcohol burn on the end.

Its a good beer, going to wait a while to get some real malt flavors out and smoothed over. Right now it drinks like a black IPA- not my favorite style.

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

I was excited to try this as it contains just about every type of malt and hop known to mankind apparently. I expected enormous bursts of flavor and a big lush body. It is far from that.

On first pour a strong pleasant hoppy aroma seeps from the glass. Piney and floral...The malt gives off a bit of a dark fruit impression on the nose (black cherries, dates).

The taste leans more hoppy than malty...earthy feel to this...dark fruits are again evident...a little charred molasses....and of course the nice piney hop kick on the finish. Hops are not abrasive but outweigh the malt load slightly.

Body is high side of medium or low side of full...

All in all this is OK but not close to as good as some of the Batches names 6000 and 8000. A lot of things in this but the multitude of dimensions never really appeared as I hoped

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Photo of trbergman
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Ample three fingers of mocha foam. Lots of sticky lace.

S - Busy blend of coffee, cocoa, raisin, earth, tobacco, smoke/char, pine, and citrus pith.

T - Roasty and bitter, with enough malty sweetness for a good balance. Along with the coffee, there are some milk chocolate and nutty undertones. Bits of dried fruit and smoke. Hop bitterness is relatively high and complements the roast barley quite well.

M - Full and velvet smooth.

D - I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this kitchen sink beer from Bell's, but it drinks like a black DIPA/barleywine, and a rather good one to boot. Alcohol is almost completely hidden, and there's enough balance and flavor to keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on November 16, 2010.

(A)- Pours almost a pitch black color; has some blood red highlights. Produced a huge fluffy tan head with great retention behind it and plenty of lacing as it took awhile to subside.

(S)- A rich rustic nutty aroma. Hints of dry raisin, molasses, licorice, and cocoa. Some subtle roasted burnt caramel in the far background.

(T)- Backwards from the smell. A big burnt & roasted malty molasses, licorice, coca, and caramel. Much more robust in its roasted aspect than what the smell led me to believe, but a pleasant surprise.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very heavy on the roasted profile, but has nice and complex malt characteristics. A tad too bitter.

(D)- Certainly a robust strong ale. It is good, but has the stuffing to age for years. I look forward to see what some time does to this one; this fresh, is a little disjointed.

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Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass, deep brown pour, decent head. The aroma is sweet with ripe fruit notes. The beer is on the sweet side, lots of ripe, dark fruit. The beer has a lingering sweet finish. The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and a decent sipper. A decent beer, would not seek it out.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap. A dark brown in color with a short livid head. Aroma of roasted malt and a sweet fruity note. In the taste, some roasted malts making me think this is almost a stout. Mild cherry and fruity tones attributed to the yeast. Malt body is formidable with roasted, caramel and brown sugar flavors. Overall, a nice roasty barleywine, or a damn fine American strong ale.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Dark brown, almost black. Not much head and only fine lacing.

Smell is very IPA-like, strongly hopped but with roasted caramel malts, coffee, chocolate, and smoky notes. Alcohol noticeable for sure.

Tastes more porter or RIS-like, but way over-hopped. Alcohol is very noticeable. Perhaps this one should be aged? Very strong and not all that stupendous. Multitasking to the extreme, this leathery tasting drink has excess hops, too much smoked and roasted malts, and too much alcohol. Coffee and chocolate flavors are noticeable in the taste over the cacophony of "too damn much" going on here, but don't really add much.

Feels slick, not very carbonated, and heavy. Alcohol warming is powerfully strong.

Lacks balance and drinkability. One bottle is all I'll ever want of this stuff, and that was just to say I had it.

As much like a RIS this one is, complete with inky blackness and excessively overblown flavors, I'm surprised BA posters aren't swooning all over it like it's some kind of playboy model waltzing naked on the boardwalk in the summertime.

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Photo of Brent
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The idea of throwing everything but the kitchen sink into this beer was an interesting concept, but, unfortunately, the result was simply a muddled mess. Assaulting flavors of brown sugar, oak tannin, maple syrup, hops climbing over the top of other hops - all pushing their way to the forefront like a rowdy crowd trying to get out of the stadium after a losing game.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A very deep, dark leathery brown liquid with some ruby highlights when held to a light. The light brown head is thin and creamy and has some pretty good retention. A quick swirl brings forth a thick head that has some serious hang time.

S- A little on the faint side. I get some smoke, caramel, fruitiness, a touch of coffee and some hoppiness. Decent, but not particularly intriguing.

T- Sweet malt with some smokiness, alcohol, and bitter hops. Like the aroma, the flavors seem a bit muddled and subdued.

M- Well rounded carbonation leaves a nice finish. There is a lasting bitterness.

D- The somewhat apparent alcohol keeps this as a bit of a sipper. Seems kind of like an imperial brown ale to me. Overall, I appreciate what they were going for, but will not go down as one of the memorable beers in the Batch xxxx releases.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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 EricCioe
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours a deep brown with a khaki head and decent lacing. On the nose the predominant note is pungent pine but underneath that there is a musty, yeasty level. A truly enjoyable nose, among my favorites. On the tongue it tastes brown, like a caramelish, dying pine tree, with a long sweet finish that's almost too much. In the mouth it's a bit cloying with maybe a hint of alcohol, not a bad one. It's drinkable but I wouldn't go back to back on this due to the intensity of the flavors. It's more like a beer to go with a gorgonzola covered steak ... which is incidentally how I'm consuming this one.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (uh, #10,000), poured into a Lion tulip.

A- A normal pour left 1-1/2 finger tan head that settles in at 1/2 finger before eventually developing into a full film. The body was a deep brown with ruby tones at the edges. Moderate-light carbonation was apparent. Wide rings were left on the glass.

S- It came across as a balanced mix from the beginning. There was an initial rush of woodsy hops (pine and resin) with sweet, caramel malts. There was an almost pineapple-like sweetness early in the drink. Nice, leathery and tobacco aromas develop and create a "sit back and relax" sort of vibe. A little warmth brings out roasty qualities and a bit of brown sugar.

T- More balance. Malts bring caramel and toasted grains at first. Hopping is earthy and a touch grapefruit-like. As soon as you think it's going to be too sweet, the hops kick in to bring balance and clean the finish. Some warmth brings out the tobacco and leather mentioned in the aroma. There's a lot going on, but it doesn't get muddled up. The flavor actually seems to evolve throughout the session.

M- It's full-bodied as it's quite viscus and has a slight coating quality. The dry finish helps to ensure that it's not overdone. There's a pleasant bite from substantial hopping, light-moderate carbonation, and a touch of alcohol. There's just enough warmth as it goes down to be pleasant.

D- It's definitely a complex sipper and a great compliment to a cold, winter day. Something you can sit down and contemplate or pair with a good book. I have 1 to age, though I think it's pretty good at a young age. Something I would buy again as a winter/nightcap beer if it were available.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Bell's glass.

Batch 10,000 comes out of the bottle looking dark brown/ maroonish with some with black interjected. Not the darkest beer and a little lighter than batch 9,000. Nice clumpy islands of foam off white looking, sheets of lace. 10,000 smells strong, being in the strong ale category is spot on cause I can't determine a particular style. If I had to guess in the the black IPA territory with barleywine features. Alot of malt (over 40 of em I believe) and a strong odor of hop resin. Ten thousand is interesting in that it is what it is. With such a exuberant amount of ingredients I don't think a particular style was thought out. What we have here is roasty/toasty malt mix with some chocolate and licorice hiding beneath a wall of hop taste that is neither citrusy or earthy, it's just strong, reminding me of a very light Devil Dancer flavor, except that this one tastes good. Some candi cane and I sense dark fruit that will only come out with time in the bottle, it's not very noticable now, this is a young bottle. Feel is a big medium with power and grace, a bit warm but not oozing in alcohol. Carb is adaquate. This is not a palate crusher and remains drinkable although I think this has some legs on it, if I had the willpower to cellar one Id do it, this may go the distance.

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Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kellehers in Peoria

Pours a s dark cola looking color with a creamy head. Smells of burnt malts and some pine and grapefruit malts. Taste starts with some chocolate and a touch of burnt malt that is balanced with some piney and grapefruit hops.ends with a piney bitterness. Not uber complex, but is definitely cellar worthy. I wish I had some bottles of this to see how it develops.

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Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 70.4% out of 100 with 787 ratings
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