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Bells Batch 7000 Ale

 (RETIRED)
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99
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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
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RATINGS: 640   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Batch 7000 is part of our commemorative series celebrating our progress with special brews. Our 7000th batch is a special recipe to be brewed only once.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2685) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours oily pitch black with a creamy dark chocolate brown head that leaves some trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, leather, salty liquorice, charred wood, moist soil, prunes, raisins, dates, alcohol, lemon zest, black currant jam, dark bread, marmalade, tar, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate and pine. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour and malty with roasted malts, lemon peal, resinous wood, prunes, raisins, alcohol, dates, black currants, leather, dark roast coffee, lemon zest, bitter chocolate, salty liquorice candy and moist mineral rich soil. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, creamy, very tiny fruity tart, very tiny boozy and full bodied, finish is tiny sweet, bitter and tiny sour with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, lemon zest, raisins, prunes, charred wood, pine, leather, bitter chocolate and hints of burnt caramel. Great stuff! Past it’s prime but still very good. Very happy to get the chance to try this!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maneliquor (3056) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle. Very happy to get my hands on this one. Poured a muddy brown with a small, dense brown head. Lots of lacing with a yellow gloss left around the glass. Looks heavy. Nose is sweet vanilla and short black. Lots of coffee which was surprising. Heavy fruit cake comes through as well. Nice stuff. Taste shows the dark fruits and heavy, bitter coffee. Light chocolate with a big amount of molasses and sweet vanilla. Rather balanced for such a sweet brew. Creamy mouth feel and lingers for a long time. Very nice stuff

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigBeer45 (1247) - Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle, this beer had a viscous black pour with ruby at the edges of the glass, and gave a half finger tan colored head, this beer was too dark to see any carbonation, but I saw bubbles flowing up the sides of the glass, this imperial stout left lots of rings and spots of lacing on the sides of the glass, and it coated the sides of the glass with an oily film when swirled, I found a good layer of dark sediment in the bottle, the aromas were chocolate and dark bitter chocolate, chocolate cake, roasted malt, dark candy and dark candy sweetness, dark fruit, strong molasses, whiffs of whiskey alcohol, brownies, dark brown sugar sweetness with a little caramel sweetness in the background, and faint licorice, this beer had flavors of bitter dark chocolate, dry chocolate, dark brown sugar and molasses sweetness, a little roasted malt bitterness, cooked dark fruit in the background, I noticed a little dark fruit after the ale reached room temperature, the finish has dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors trailing with a little roasted malt bitterness, the alcohol was hidden well, the mouth feel was full feeling but very smooth and nice an creamy on the palate, just a hint of alcohol warmth, this beer had a big chocolate nose with chocolate sweetness and roasted malt in the background, this was a wonderful brew, a smooth Impy with a touch of bitterness at the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (2443) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! A: Opaque. Black with a thick beige head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing. S: Bountiful rich, roasted malt. Alcohol presence is very muted. Smells promising. T: Fabulous! One of the best imperial stouts I have tasted. Age has worked wonders on this beer. Incredibly smooth with a subtle bitterness, this is a delicious brew to sip slowly. M: Silky smooth with alcohol extremely well hidden. Again, the aging process has greatly enhanced this beer. D: A really delicious brew. Highly recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14669) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
16th December 2009
Opaque black beer. Airy chocolate malt nose. Airy light palate. Rich soft dark malt with unsweet dark chocolate and a shot of espresso coffee bitterness. These flavours surrounded by the creamy smoothness and softness of the palate. There is a faint something fruity underneath, well buried. Finishes smooth and dry with minerals. Bitterish aftertaste. Good but falls short of the best.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Black, small tan head, light lacing... burntish earthy very very dark fruity aroma raisin prune fig and the like... licoroce smoke burnt very earthy a little dirty tasting dark fruits... full bodied quite lively...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReggieDunlap (3042) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
Pours black with ruby hues and a medium mocha head. Aroma is a bit boozy and has dark fruits, candied fruits, fig, raisin, and some sweet coffee. Flavor has a distinct dusty taste...almost mushroomy...and also espresso and nice burnt notes to go with dark fruits...tobacco...now that jeff mentions it i get some licorice. Mouthfeel is full and the finish lingers and warms with dark fruit and coffee...lt tobacco.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1836) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2012
UPDATED: APR 22, 2012 Date: April 21, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: footbalm Description: Pour was opaque black with some head that faded quickly and lacing. Aroma is wood, alcohol, red wine, caramel, roasted malt and vanilla. Taste is relatively consistent with aroma, but the wood and alcohol were most prevalent. Palate was thick and very smooth. Still holding up well after all these years. Thanks to Eric for this tasty brew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3468) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma is smokey malt and roast. Thin mouthfeel with a chocolate roast and smokey finish. A very good Imperial stout from Bells.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (10728) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
The pour is just about black in color with no head and very minimal carbonation. Strong notes of soy sauce and licorice. There is definitely some booziness to it and lots of roasted malt, maybe some dark chocolate. Quite oxidized. Things don’t change much on the palate. Heavy on the soy sauce with a strong sweetness. Licorice, roasted malt, and a hint of toast. Really just oxidized and old.


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