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Bells Batch 7000 Ale

Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 649   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rallison (116) - USA - JUL 9, 2008
Huge thanks to northernbrews for this extra! A: Thick, thick black with a 1/2 finger tan color head that just warns you that this is going to be a big beer. S: Tons and tons of dark fruits. Sweet dark fruit infused chocolate. Light molasses and carob notes. So far, very nice. T: The dark fruits are still very much at play - more so than many imperial stouts I have had. I would guess the age has brought them out to the forefront as often happens with imperial stouts. The taste is actually reminiscent of blackberry infused dark chocolate - I know there is no blackberry in this, but the similarity is there. Carob and lightly roasted malts give a wonderful interplay with the dark fruits. Some rich espresso plays in the background as well. Incredible. Complex, balanced and utterly tasty. The mouthfeel is decadently rich with moderately low carbonation yet never borders on the syrupy side. Drinkability is phenomenal for a beer of this strength. Highly recommended. This is up there among my favorite imperial stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - SEP 27, 2010
Head dies fast. very nice taste of dark roasted malt. a little soya taste. some ageing notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Nice lingering deep tan head and lace that sticks like a snail trail. So black you can’t see through. Sweet roasty malts, slight mint, chocolate and slight alcohol on the nose. Rich and thick mouthfeel, bitter chocolate upfront, roasted malts and a little smokeyness. Long lingering finish, lips stick together from its sweetness but is definatly balanced with just the right amount of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Opened 5/’06. Aged well. Poured black and thick. (thought it was expedition) Aroma of raisins,dates.coffe,caramel and figs. Started earthy sweet withraisins ,dark chocalate,sweet rum,coffe and burnt caramel. Slight tart finish with malty backbone. nice mild hop balance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 coccocrisp old ass bottle, found a 6pack. no disappointment... creamy rich & smooth like an old man with ca$h. Im tripping through the darkness of your legnat layer, plush leather couches cigars ...class. i could swirl your sweet legs all night. some mtetle at the end.jayZ should rap bout you jigga... Re-rate 1/2/08 -Not bad.... not as great as i remembered soo much wine, bring down the overall (from 18 to 16) and the flavor (from 9 to 8) a bit

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Okay, this is the first beer that I have ever needed a glass of water to help go down. It makes the Expedition Stout seem refreshing! Really quite an experience, but all of the overall points are going to the extremely good aging potential that lies beneath this beer. I bought a case, drank one bottle, and won’t touch the remainders for at least a year or two. This will be an excellent beer in 2012-2017.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Smokey, strong, toasty and full of chocolate! Thanks daknole for nearly every dope beer I’ve had. Caracurtis, thanks for the rest!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
I horded a few singles out of the store for a private stock. This beer pours a deep brown/black with an orange head that settles to a tan/pumpkin color with good, solid lacing. The smell is nutty with a slightly acrid tone, but in a good way that gives it a slight bite. I get nuts, chocalate, coffee, english bitter toffee, deep malts, and molassis in the nose. The taste is abso-fuckin-lutely awesome. Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee latte cream, and a buttered finish. The mouthfeel is great; good punch off the start with a slight end. A must have if you can find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - APR 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 The initial pour hit me with a sound that poped and crackled as soon as it came out the bottle. Pours a dark muddy black color with a thick chocolate milkshake look to it, has a smell of nuts, and almonds. The first taste bites the palate with a strong expresso taste that is a bit bitter and chewy. The alchohol is noticable and you get sort of a woody, dry smoked flavor that would make this a great beer for 12%. Some cocoa and dry cranberries seem to swirl into your mouth but the dont last as long as the first taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Pours black with lots of thick brown head. Great aroma of chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla sweetness. Very complex tastes. Some chocolate, vanilla, fruits, malts, and hint of alcohol. Wow, this is a great beer.

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