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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
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Reviews:
403
Ratings:
788
pDev:
13.05%
Bros Score:
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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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Photo of bamadog
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review is from notes taken on 1/1/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard deep dark brown/near black; starts with a firm 1/4 finger light tan, frothy head that fades fairly quickly a thin, creamy and uneven skim on the surface; body is dark and nearly opaque;

Smell: Very hoppy -- lots of grassy and some bitter citric hops that are reminiscent of lemon peel; definite presence of a boozy and isopropyl-like alcoholic vapor; a saccharine sweet malt bill hides beneath the hops and alcohol; it's not bad overall, but it comes across as a bit muddled and "confused."

Taste: There's really a lot going on here, perhaps too much (?) -- lots of the grassy and bitter hops are right up front, but interestingly enough, there is a bittersweet baker's chocolate maltiness and a bit of a burnt roastiness as well; the saccharine sweetness is there beneath these more dominant flavors and it blends with potent blast of alcohol that makes it come across as a bit medicinal; it's interesting, and I'll be curious what time does to this beer and how the flavors continue to develop and blend...

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight; carbonation is fairly strong and it keeps the body very lively and interesting without becoming sharp and obtrusive; a thick, sticky and semi-dry coating is left all over the mouth and it really holds the strong and bitter flavors for a lingering aftertaste; belly is left quite warm from the 9.2% ABV.

Drinkability: It's interesting, as stated above, and fun to say that I've tried it, but I think I'm more interested in the six that I'll be putting away to see how it does with some more time on it. It really is a bit muddled and has a bit too much going on for me to pin it down, which isn't necessarily bad, but it's kind of hard to get behind because it's a little schizophrenic. Also, the ABV is a bit high for too much, and it's a bit heavy too.

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Photo of glazeman
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a new snifter that was a Christmas present.

A: The pour yields a dark, dark brown (to the point of opacity) beer that had a 2 finger very light tan head that had excellent retention and lacing.

S: I get a whole bouquet of smells that are very diverse. There are apples and candy canes up front. A little deeper there's some earthiness and saw dust. Finally I get some roasty notes as well as some vanilla.

T: A very rich tasting beer to say the least. Actually this is quite different than anything I've had before. There's a lot more hops in the flavor profile than the smell would have led me to believe. There's a mix of some piney hops, roastiness, and some apple cider. The flavors are not all the cohesive though. This tastes like a hopped porter to me.

M: This beer had a fairly creamy mouthfeel despite the moderately high level of carbonation. It sits on the palate well and has a great aftertaste.

D: I had one of these a few days after it was released and wasn't all that impressed. For some reason, I felt this one was much better. Still, the overall flavor makes it something I would not want to drink a whole lot of.

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Photo of samie85
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brown with two fingers of glistening, white head.

S-Smells of dank grapefruit, mango, and papaya at first that transitions into chocolate malt with some roast and hints of smoked malt with some alcohol.

T-Rich chocolate and roasted malt upfront with some grapefruit and pineappple and finishes with some hints of alcohol and dry, dark chocolate.

M-Pretty rich and luxurious with a moderately thick body with medium carbonation.

D-Definitely an interesting beer that I'm glad I got to try. It is a little all over the place and a little hot, but I'm wondering how some aging will treat this one. I can't wait to find out.

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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 SeaUrchin
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a bottle into a tulip, no laser etching

appearance - poured a dark brown with very little light allowed through it, a decent head that stayed throughout the drink, and left lacing, light carbonation

smell - up front is a strong hoppy scent with a nice sweet malt coming in after with a bit of smokiness, followed by some caramel and a slight fruity scent, hard to pick out what fruit is in the nose

taste - as the drink went on more and more was present, first there was a nice sweet malt with a nice bitter hops, then it evolved more into more of a smokey malt with a nice sweet fruitiness, maybe some raisin and noticeable chocolate, then it finished with a nice hoppy bitterness, and near the end of the glass it had a slight citrus note, alcohol is present near the end but a welcome addition to the flavor, very pleased with this compared to my first taste of 9000, also i should not i expected this to be a cluster fuck of flavor due to all the ingredients but it seems to be somewhat thought out, with some age i feel it will meld together nciely and make a more complete flavor

moughtfeel - a little thick, almost milky but very pleasant in my opinion, the light carbonation helped to lighten the beer in my mouth

drinkability - easy to drink but a sipper, something i could have a few of but considering i want to see how it ages ill lay off them for a while, a great way to start off my new years eve festivities

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Photo of beerman207
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Needed some good beer for new years eve. Haven't had this so I guess it will do!

A; Pours a deep mahogony with a fair amount of head.

S: Smell is of licorice? - reminds me of batch 9000. Chocolate, malt, and some hops

T: Taste is of brewer's licorice, some bitter chocolate, and maybe even some soy?

M: Medium carbonation - smooth

D: Could go for another but it's not overwhelming. Not as good as last year's IMO

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

Dark brown with one finger of tan head.

Earthy and pine hops with a light smokey scent.

The taste is bitter up front with the aforementioned hops, and the smokey scent translates more into a charred carmalized sugar. It's interesting, to say the least.

Mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter.

The 9.2% abv is known, but overall is pretty easy to drink. It's a unique beer that I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of techfed87
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tiny, compact head. Color is very dark brown, almost impossible to see through.

Smell is quite citrus like in its hoppiness. Also present are some pretty strong alcohol vapors that I didn't expect.

First sip is quite bitter. Really, really powerful flavor presence that lasts longer after you've taken a sip. Very dark, very caramelized, very dense.

At 9.2%, I would expect this beer to be one of the bigger ones out there, but in terms of sheer intensity, this really does blow the competition out of the water. A very powerful batch this is, worthy of being Bell's 10,000th.

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

Pours a nice one and a half finger head that is clean looking with walnut colored body and dark red cherry hues. There is not much lacing apparanent either.

Smell is a faint roast and a surprising faint berry that is hard to pick up since it is such a closed nose. I could not identify that fruit berry unfortunately. There is also a faint very nice pan gravy that isn't burnt smelling either, but it is really tiny.

Taste is a big expansive air bomb oonsisting of luckily a perfect roast gravy reduction and wood tanins on the finish. VERY nice in that play between taste and finish even masking the alcohol somewhat as well. Drinkability is about all right.

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

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color with some amber highlights. Light mocha head formation, just a few bubbles that immediately breaks down to a film.

S - A light smelling beer. A bit of 2-row sweetness, caramel, raisins and a bit of yeast esters. I would say the yeast is the stronger attribute.

T - Starts with a boatload of malt. Lots of complexity, toffee, raisins, prunes, and a decent amount of burnt wood. Reminds me of the roast on a burnt hot dog on a fire. Grapefruit hops and some yeast esters that seem to be belgian in origin. Some grainy malts are there, perhaps rye. The greatest amount of hopping and bitterness shows up in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate beer body and a fairly potent carbonation. A strongly retained mouthfeel of sugar and some bitter textures. Phenolic hotness is strong.

D - Moderate drinkability. ABV is pretty strong. A very complex flavor that takes over the palette. Moderately filling.

This beer needs some age I think. Just a hair edgy at the moment. I will rereview down the road.

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Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #2000.
Quite dark but still transparent, sort of a chestnut hue. Creamy dark beige head, about half an inch after a careful pour, that settled very slowly and left solid sheets of fine bubbles clinging to the glass. Up front, the aroma is all hops - citrus, grapefruit, earthy, a bit powdery - but there's a lot of malt sweetness present as well, mostly caramel, notes of raisins and cocoa. Light smokey aroma as it warms. Solid bitterness with a lot of hop flavour, piney and resinous. Caramel and toffee, plenty of sweetness, bready and roasted. Lingering bitterness with a bit of alcohol. Nice texture, really chewy and rich, creamy from lowish carbonation, mild alcohol warmth. Pretty enjoyable, slightly brash, would probably age well.

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Photo of drink1121
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark burgundy with little to no head. The longer it sits, the head dissipates completely.

S- Caramel and dark fruit, but not like in Belgian style beers. Port wine sweetness, heavy hops right away, but the seem to fade as it warms. Sherry booziness in the background.

T- The booze is pretty dominate here, which I lie, but its too much. I cant really pick out much else besides that.

M- Pretty hot stuff here. Not very thick for the high alcohol.

D- I didnt give this a great grade, but I do still like it and its worth checking out.
The taste is killed by the booze, but the smell has ebough going on, which leads me to believe that this beer with some time can be really good.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last in the series... Glad I got to sample this one...

Pours out much much darker than I was expecting with a deep deep brown almost black appearance... Lots of thick creamy head and good solid lacing as well... Very very solid and I'm surprised at the persistence of the head here...

Loads of pineapple and chocolate with a strong citrusy presence. However, the hops don't dominate here.. There's a solid malt backbone that at times overwhelms.. Interesting brew for sure...

A little boozy but the strong deep cocoa malts and pineapple/orange hops do a good job of battling through... This is still fairly young but its still a solid brew... I enjoyed this...

A good solid brew that I think will only get better once everything sort of blends together a bit more.

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Photo of plfahey
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep mahogany brown with faint ruby highlights. Seems to be relatively clear though is nearly opaque. Moderate tan head with good retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Citrusy, catty, piney, American hops are forefront in the nose. Some light caramel and dark, biscuity malt aromas are secondary. As the beer warms, some light smoke and roast (coffee?) characteristics show through.

Flavor-Flavor is very different from what I expected based on the nose-big malt flavors up front-smoky, charcoal, toast, roast, light chocolate and coffee, and hints of caramel. Hop flavors are a bit more subdued here-pine and citrus-but hop bitterness is moderately high in the finish, and there is a light resiny hop flavor as the malt dissipates. Slightly sweet up front but finishes quite dry due to the high hop presence. As the beer warms, some alcohol becomes apparent in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium light which is a little surprising for a beer of this strength. Hops are quite drying, but there is no astringency-it's quite smooth. No harsh or hot alcohol, though there is some definite alcohol warming.

The 100 malt and 40 hop thing seemed a little bit gimmicky to me, but this certainly does have some serious malt complexity. Definitely interesting, and pretty good, but not superb.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to gr8134. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a good head and some spotty lacing. The nose is semi-sweet with a bit of anise. There is a light hoppy character there as well with some lighter pine and floral notes.

The taste has a bit of light woody and earthy character along with some mild anise seed and molasses. Earthy and piney hops there as well. Some pretty good bitterness in the mid-palate and finish. Finish is definitely dry, and it's surprisingly crisp for how heavy the beer is otherwise. Drinkability is pretty good. Interested to see where this goes.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 12/8/10

Thanks to MbpBugeye, I think...

The color is dull matte-brown; not quite as dark as cola. Settles much darker with highlights of ruby & plum at the edges of the glass. A tight cap of foam rose to one finger's worth before slowly dissipating to a bubbly skim. Pretty good lace at the onset; none by the end.

Right after opening the bottle I took a whiff whereupon I noticed aromas of pine, muddled citric zest, dirt, charcoal & GUBNA. Yikes. Once in the glass, the nose proper is no better, though it is different. Malts are more appreciable with an underlying breadiness. Notes of marshmallow, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, musty attic, yeast, burning tires, over-stretched rubber bands, rotten lemon zest, Pine-sol, raisins, moldy figs, a certain garage on South Rich St, cocoa, bubblegum, solvent, warm cherries & mild booze. It isn't particularly bold, considering. At least it isn't too sweet. Afterward, the empty glass surrenders aromas of damp forest & dried manure. The empty bottle smells of vanilla cherry coke & cough drops.

While the nose seemed unstable & wont for expressive change, the taste simply doesn't have sufficient wiggle room for any of that jive. If the aroma is an allegorical Detroit-style wanderlust of a wasteland, the taste has an NYC-approved-density that simply cannot allow the vast majority of clustered ingredients to do anything other than jack up the retail price of this beer. Let's be real about what's going on here: we have a backdrop that displays some pilsner malt, toasted bread & grains, roasted cocoa, caramel & some other stray sugars that support a very dry hop profile (one that doesn't display much bitterness, either) comprised primarily of subdued pine sap with an earthy bent & undertones of disheveled citrus.

Full bodied with a languid, plodding feel wrought with a slow rolling grittiness. Carbonation is respectably low, giving each grit a soft kick to keep it lallygagging onward. The feel smooths over time; by the end of the glass carbonation is all but gone. Finishes quickly with lingering nips of an ashtray, dirty coffee beans, roasted cocoa & a modest, dry bitterness.

With a dubious sense of dignity & self-worth such as this, Batch 10,000 might as well be called Cuvee de GUBNA & Nemesis 2010. It could be worse, but I don't get it; it's Seinfeld to me. Regardless, I had no problems finishing the bottle; quite honestly, I'd drink more, if only to spur more descriptors. Drink a bottle. Tell me I'm wrong. Hype it. I'll stick to Expedition for the same price. I don't factor cost into my reviews but, as a side note, this is a rip-off.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-10-2010 03:23:08

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On-tap review; lost during the consolidation of serving styles.

L: 4
S: 2.5
T: 3
M: 3
D: 2.5

On tap in a pint glass at Barley's Smokehouse on 12/27/10

Dark plum/brown color with highlights the color of grape juice. Poured 1/4th inch head that takes it's time in dissipating to bubbly, foamy swaths. Retention is thin but good. Impressive wall of lace.

The aroma is over-saturated with malt & hops. Some pine, peppery citric zest of various & sundry ilk, toasted malt, pilsner malt, granular sugar, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maybe a little rye, dark bread, faint nail polish remover in the back. With warmth, candy hints & subtle dark fruits emerge.

The taste is a vapid, dry wasteland of fermentable detritus. Simply put, too much is going on here; far too much. Hops are earthy, piney & have a penchant for solvency. The solvent-like aspects aren't scathing but they are definitely noticeable. Some astringent bitterness is appreciable; bummer. The malt bill is equally boisterous. Toasted grains, pilsner malt, multi-grain bread, caramel, cocoa & other residual sugars. The sugars really start to pick up as it warms.

Basically full bodied. Carbonation is well-proportioned. Neither attributes are such that I can complain. The finish is another story. There is a chalky feel that is smeared all over the latter half of the beer. Interestingly enough, the whole of the flavors culminate with a charcoal like flavor lingering on (I prefer burnt/charcoal notes in imperial stouts but I can deal with this). Hmm, as it warms & the sugars become more potent, it begins to have a coating, medicinal feel.

Drinkability is ok. I like it better than from the bottle but, after it was implied that I had a "bad" bottle (I simply don't think that was the case), I figured it reasonable to give BTK a fair shake on draft. I maintain the gimmick overshoots the capabilities of the beer. This still isn't a barleywine, by the by. Batch, please.

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Photo of mellowmark
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle to Imperial Pint Glass. Batch number 10000, according to Bell's Batch Finder it was packaged on 11-16-10. $3.99 a bottle.

Appearance: Dark dark brown with a large rocky tan/light brown head, good retention. Thick clumpy lacing. Very little light penetrates this one.

Smell: Not a very prominent nose. Smells of citrus hops and slight wood smoke. I'm really having a hard time picking up anything specific here. The nose is very muddled, yet not off-putting. Just muddled.

Taste: Malt sweetness at the beginning, hop bitterness comes through at the end and lingers. Alcohol is pretty prominent especially after each sip, it kind of burns the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Fairly coarse on the way down due to carbonation. Semi-chalky powdery texture.

Drinkability: Medium

My least favorite offering from Bells so far. It's drinkable, but nothing special. Might get better with age.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.
Pours a really dark brown with faint rubby highlights, and big 2 finger tan head that leaves thin lace all down the glass.
Aroma has alot going on, with dark ripe fruits,and a citrus/piney backround.
Taste is also very complex.Big malt up front then the hops comes in big.
Nice carbonation and silky mouthfeel.
Really complex and delicious.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark opaque black with a thin tan head. Some lacing down the sides of the glass and a little bit of carbonation can be seen as well.

S - Smells of toasted malt and burned wood, charcoal. There is a slight yeast funk way in the background and it has an old ale type aroma.

T - Dry wood, lots of smokiness, and some faint hops. There is good use of roasted malt and a faint hint of residual sweetness.

M/D - Low carbonation, medium body, and the ABV is not present at all. Has an aged tartness to it in the aftertaste.

Not as complex as expected, but not simple either. Goes to show great beer doesn't need a gazillion ingredients to be brewed.

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

A. pours a dark brown with tan head that maintains good retention, and has nice lacing on the side of my beer mug. Carbonation is also decent on this one.
S. Citrus, Pine, Chocolate and hops come through nicely and makes me want to drink it.
T. The taste is of chocolate, coffee, toffee right away followed by some citrus and hops in the middle along with some alcohol taste and the taste finishes with the chocolate malts.
M. The mouthfeel is creamy, but yet dry and a little chalky.
D. It is drinkable for what it is which is a medium to full body ale that leaves a dryness to the mouth.
While this beer may seem expensive at $2.99 for 12oz. bottle it is worth your time to buy and enjoy a good brew.

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Photo of claminat420
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured an extremely dark amber/brown with a tannish colored head. pretty good lacing.

S- can't really smell much of anything. maybe just a slight malt and alcohol scent.

T- it's kind of a braveheart clash between the malts and hops. you can't really pin-point what is really going on. you can detect the alcohol taste but it's not that intense.

M- heavily bodied. good carbonation.

D- wish i bought a couple 6's but for 18 bucks a six i only got one.

Overall- this brew is truely a rarity. i tip my hat off to bell's for this one. if you get a chance to get this brew i would say pick it up.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark brown color. Half finger tan head that dies down rather quickly. Some light whisps on the top of the beer. Medium streaks of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Smoked malts seem to come through when this beer warms up. For me though there was just a lot going on in the aroma. Roasted malts, chocoalte malts, and some light bready notes here and there. Piney and citrus hops with a touch of alcohol. Tons of different things going on in the nose but these are the dominate aromas.

T- This beer I drank once it warmed. The roasted malts, chocoalte malts, and some other darker style malts come in with a nice piney hop bite in the front end of the beer. There is some light coffee notes toward the middle but these seem to phase out bringing back the roasted malts. A light citrus bite in the back gets covered buy a larger bitter piney bite in the ending. The alcohol comes in toward the middle of the ending. There are a lot of flavors going on in this beer but these are the top.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Lots of malts left on the palate with some alcohol and roasted malts with bitter piney hops left in the aftertaste. Flavors were well balanced for everything that was thrown in it. Medium heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol. Clean tasting overall with no off flavors.

D- This was a good tasting beer. I was surprised because I didn't know what to expect. The ABV showed through from the middle to ending of the beer. Bell's made a soild beer once again when they created this one. I had I think 3 of them before I moved onto something else. Not a beer I would drink a sixer of but the 3 10oz pours did it for me.

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Photo of stimulus
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (6 pack) into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby edges and a light tan head that disappears within a minute or so.
S: Caramel malts and some aromatic hops.
T: Hops dominate the initial taste, with a strong, yet indistinguishable malt backbone. Taste of alcoholic medicine on the finish.
M: Well carbonated, medium bodied, and has smooth finish.
D: This unpleasant mixture was a good idea in theory, but did not work out too well in practice. It is simply a smorgasbord of flavors, although it is clear that the brewer aimed to create a complex beer.

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Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Review from notes on 12/25

A: Dark crimson brown with a small of white head that diminishes quickly. No lacing.

S: Lots of different smells, but everything is a bit muted, especially for a beer like this. All scents of hops (pine, resinous, floral, citrus), dark fruits and toasted malt.

T: Lots of flavors fighting for domination. Again, lots of hops of all sorts and dark fruits, raisins and dates. A bit of maltiness as well.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth.

D: Its okay, lots of different flavors that don't mesh to well together. You can tell its got some fire in it.

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Bell's Batch 10000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 788 ratings
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