Bell’s Batch 10,000

Bell’s Batch 10,000

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. – Comstock, MI


Information: Site – “The last of a series, Batch 10,000 Ale looks back to our roots, symbolizing the end of the home-brewing season with a creative take on “cleaning out the brewing supplies closet”. ¬†After combing through the catalogs of many malt and hop suppliers, our brewers used over 100 different malts, grains, and other fermentables, and followed them up with a blend of ¬†60 different hop varietals between the kettle additions and dry-hopping. The resulting beer presents a deep, chocolate brown hue and offers roasted and caramel notes from the malts mixed with an assertive hop character. Sharply bitter, the beer possesses a full mouthfeel without being heavy.”

APV – 9.2%

One of the greatest things about craft-brews is that you are absolutely guaranteed ‘experimental’ batches, and our local Bell’s is no exception. Just last month I did a review on the amazing Batch 9000, and now Bell’s has once again released a batch -it’s final in the series it seems- for a limited time, and since Bell’s numbers its specialties by the thousands… here we have 10,000. I could not be more excited.

Dark brown hue at the pour with a slight head that hangs on as a lilting white cap. It has a subtle nose of wild berries and deep, rich hops. Undertones of crisp grapefruit rind and coriander flow forth with each swirl. There’s no doubt right now that we have a borderline IPA here, and so begins the tasting…

Very, very bitter… in a very fine way, indeed. This is like tasting the scent of a Douglas Fir; incredibly piney and full on roasted, nutty caramel notes. A bit sweet, but not cloyingly so. It has a mild astringent quality -obviously from the over abundant hops- but it’s not a taste that’s at all off-putting. There’ s a hint of maltiness going on here that one will surely discover after a few sips, but there’s no mistaking that this is meant to be a full on hoppy mouth experience with little remorse. And it is very good, indeed. This is one of those beers that you need to knock back a notch with something either salty (roast meat and gravy) or something very sweet (cheese cake comes to mind). It’s a reckless beer meant to remain memorable, there is no two ways about that. Awesome.

Rating: * * * * 1/2
So much going on in this beer, you almost have to wonder what ingredients were left over.