I started chatting up the beer department manager at my local Binny’s and asked him about a few hard to find beers. Somehow we started talking about Bell’s and he told me he had a few bottles of batch 10,000 in the back that were sent by mistake. He asked me if I wanted a couple and I said, “hell yeah.” I had thought that I missed out on Batch 10,000 so I was pretty pumped. It was a nice ending to a really long day. I mean how often do you get to try a brew with 100 different fermentables and 60 (yes 60!) hop additions?
Batch 10,000 is dark and hearty. It’s muddy complexion is a murky brown that registers just a shade lighter than black and it has almost no carbonation. The khaki head dissipated in a hurry as well. The aroma is like taking a roman candle to the face, with a pyrotechnic blast of roasted malt and sweet molasses. This brew definitely has serious attitude.
If I had to describe Bell’s Batch 10,000 in a one word I would say: complex. This American strong ale has a little something for everyone. There are hints of chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, leather, smoke, wood and of course alcohol. The hops add a touch of pine and citrus. I have to salute this beer for offering such a “full” flavor. Also, I really respect its background story, which reads as follows, “The last in our Batch series is being packaged today and tomorrow. While we are excited to free up some brewing space for other creative projects, the end of the Batch series marks a major milestone for us, and is a little bittersweet being the end of an era. Batch 10,000 reflects our homebrewing roots and was inspired by the the last homebrew of the season. Our owner Larry Bell remembers going through his brewing supplies and making the last homebrew out of whatever malts and hops were left from his brewing months. With this being the motivation behind our last commemorative batch series beer, we combed through the catalogs of many malt and hop suppliers to source 100 different malts, grains, and other fermentables. This is balanced by the addition of 60 different hop varietals between the kettle 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. Feel free to drink it fresh, or vintage age it as you please.”
It is a shame that this is the last of the “batch” series. However, that fact does not cause even a slight wane in my enthusiasm for next 10,000. Thanks guys.
Consumed: Pint Glass
Verdict: Buy A Case!