IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2011
On the nose it’s wonderful yeasty, with roasted notes and honey. Pours a fairly dark brown, and has a good amount of carbonation unlike a lot of other Bell’s brews. Head is slightly off-white. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Taste is mind blowing, plenty of earthy roasty notes, almost like they grew their own. Some caramel notes along with coffee. A good amount of bright scotch ale notes. Finishes dry and not bitter, a tough combination. Excellent brew. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Not too much to say that hasn’t been said already, but definitely is interesting and a very solid effort. Bought a case and will save many to mellow. Yummm. DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Poured into a snifter from a tap at the iTap House (Chesterfield) during their Bell’s Batch 10,000 Event for their 2 Year Anniversary Party.
Appearance- There was absolutely no head except a cream layer on top. Almost a pitch black color with a hint of the darkest brown you can find.
Smell- The aroma has definite roasted notes with a great amount of malt included.. Not sure what else I smell because of the strong alcohol present.
Taste- Roasted malts and almost a straight coffee or chocolate stout copy. Impressed with how strong the flavor is. Awesome!
Mouthfeel- Hits the palate with a whiskey/bourbon taste. Full Bodied and loving every minute of it.
Drinkability- Wonderful ale but not something I could have many of. It took almost an hour to finish the snifter of this Batch 10,000. I would recommend anyone to try it if available on tap.
drpimento (3641) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2016
This is a very rich complex beer. Aroma is a bit on the mild side. Flavor’s where it really gets going - plenty of malts, the right hops & yeast to complement. Good drinking beer. Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Smells like roasted malt, lots of chocolate. Taste is very bizarre. Starts off like a stout, finishes extremely hoppy. Seems to get more hoppy. Very confusing and weird. I’m interested to see how this will age.
blackflag321 (689) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle pour into tulip. I bought a six-pack and drank all but one when they were fresh. I just finished the last one and wish I had drank one fresh and saved the rest. Batch 10,000 is a smooth, flavorful, enjoyable delivery system for 12 ounces of 9.2% ABV. flatmatt (1576) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 12 oz bottle. Pours red brown with a light tan head. Aroma is of abundant hops with substantial dark malts: pine, spicy, and floral hoppiness against milk chocolate and molasses, with a candy strawberry aroma also turning up. Flavor leads with pine, floral, and grassy hops against a dark malty base of cocoa, roastiness, and molasses with touches of smoke, dark fruit, and cream and a bit of alcohol. Initially finishes on a strong dark malt note, but the citrus and pine hops build up very quickly on the tongue. Very black IPA-esque to me, and very good.Lowe1983 (1594) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Update: I can tell by the rate I’m drinking this that it deserves a bit more than the 4.1 I initially gave it. I’m upping it to a 4.3.
Pours a brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of chocolate malts right away with some light coffee, slight hint of some citrus hops, and some sweet fruitiness. Flavor is pretty similar. Very unique beer, so much involved with this one. Flavor is more malty then I was expecting with plenty of the chocolate and roasted malts. A hint of some smokiness on this one as well. Alcohol is covered up well. Trying to grab as many bottles as I can to try and age some. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2010
12oz bottle. 18 dollar 6pack. Deep brown-black, with a soapy, lacy beige head. The aroma is quite mild for a beer of it’s strength...mild licorice, chocolate, nuttiness, toffee. The mouthfeel is refreshingly mild, lots of malt tones. Awesomely complex, there is almost oak flavor happening with all the combinations. Sad to think of all the aging beer geeks will do to this beer, as the hops are really subtle now, and I imagine they’ll fade out with aging. jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Dark brown/mahogany, with a slight hazy, nice dark tan head, on the smaller size, excellent lacing, looks somewhat viscous.. Fragrant aroma, very complex, with notes of dark and citrus fruits, alcohol, roast, choc, some coffee... Complex flavors but a touch more muddled than the aroma, Choc, coffee, roast, citrus, cherry, and a decent amount of smoke... not very lively, medium to medium full bodied, a touch dry in the finish... Finishes with a nice amount of smokiness.. Lightly creamy... Outstanding...