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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
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 640   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 12oz bottle. Dang, I forgot to write down the batch number on the back label (he he). Pours pitch black with a huge tan head. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is pretty much the same, with the alcohol presence being just a tad too much. Surprising, seeing as this stuff was bottled in í05. Wonder what another year or so might do. Still an amazing beer. Update - Usually not my style to update ratings, but I had this one again at the Hopsnobbery Collective stout tasting on 1.16.09 and it was the best of the night up against some of the big boys. Did not seem as astringent as the last bottle and that really brought out the other flavors, so I have bump the flavor up to 10. Aroma got bumped to 9, bringing overall to 19.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
12 oz bottle via trade with Adrian910ss. Thanks man! This is my 700 overall rating and 100 imperial stout rating. Thanks Andy for pointing out the crossing milestones. It was hard to find the last few impys but I managed. Wish I could have shared this one with you Andy! I havenít though about it till now but itís pretty crazy that 1 out of 7 beers Iíve rated was an Imperial Stout. After the past 2 weeks of not being able to find any unrated ones locally I guess that makes sense. Pours a rich velvety ruby toned black with a small disappearing burnt brown head. Body is very dense and free flowing as one. Nose is mouth watering to say the least. It teases with a rich darker chocolate aroma, fresh espresso, vanilla, a touch of bourbon, and a hint of plums/prunes. Flavors do not disappoint the tease of the nose. High quality dark Belgium chocolate, richly roasted malts that are pushed just to the edge of being bunt, a peppery wooden note begins to come to the party. Also on the list are some raisin. plum, and fig notes that get accented by a smoky almost cigar after taste. Flavors of roasted coffee beans as well. All of these wonderful flavors real ride along this deep roasted on the edge of burnt driving force. Mouth is perfectly smooth and slick with a slight almost bitterness on the sides. A ever slight alcoholic after taste. Wonderfully done beer and aged perfectly. If you have more please send my way!!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Pours pitch black, completely opaque. Little chunks coming out as it pours from the bottle. Smells like sweet licorice, roasty chocolate. Just enough bite in the nose to balance out the sweetness, the best RIS iíve ever smelled. Taste starts off like a smooth, creamy chocolate, fading into a delicious roasty coffee and raisin finish, leaving a great bitter feel coating my mouth. This stuff has peaked, if you have a bottle NOW is the time to be drinking it.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2011
700th rating! Bottle from 2005. Aroma has notes of chocolate, caramel, espresso, wood, red wine and dark dried fruits. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass. Small light brown creamy head that mostly diminished and left speckled lace. Flavor is very sweet and med bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Just an incredible beer. Very chocolaty with great mouth feel and looks. The aroma and taste are just incredible. This beer has aged very well. It was an honor.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 rerate Bottled sometime in August 2005. Pours a thick black with a two finger tan head that eventually fades to a really thick head, a little lace clinging to the sides. Aroma of roasted malts, soy, light dark chocolate, piney hops, tar, a small amount of char, a little alcohol, dark fruits, and some light spiciness. Roasted malts, dark fruits, anise, some alcohol, the pine is mostly gone. This is definitely a sipper. Chocolatey char dry finish with some roasty bitterness (5 out of 10). Very complex--I donít think Iím getting half of the flavors going on. Full thick body with light carbonation--I daresay I enjoy the mouthfeel more on this than the Expedition (though they have the same rating). The alcohol is ever apparent, but not apparent enough for me to think itís 12%. Damn this is a good beer, and glad I finally got back to rerating this fool. I think it was an error that I rated the aroma a 6 earlier. Old rating follows12 oz bottle. Pours a dark tan head, dark, dark brown (almost black) body. Smells somewhat like a few barleywines Iíve drank, though I canít pick out the scents. Taste of coffee, alcohol, nice amount of bitter hopping--heavy, syrupy beer. Warms the belly nicely.6-5-8-4-16--3.9. I think it was an error that I rated the aroma a 6 earlier.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
I have let this sit in the cellar long enough almost 2 months. poured black with a brown head that left some good lacing, as it was going into the glass could see deep mahogany. aroma roasted malts, dark sweet cherries, molasses, coffee, hops, dark fruits. flavor fantastic, cherries came out 1st than got bitter sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a nice bitterness and the alcohol comes out real nice when it warmsand a real nice sweetness. thank you Bells

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Bottle poured black as oil with a huge, thick, creamy, chocolate head and heavy lacing that lasted throughout the entire beer. Rich roasty chocolate malt and molasses aroma. Flavor is rich and thick, chocolate, coffee, burnt malts with a nice heavy body. Alcohol is very well hidden with just a taste in the finish. Good shit maynard!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2001) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 Poured very dark, and very thick. Minimal brown head formed on top. Aroma was chocolate with raspberries and cherries, also hit with alcohol. Drinks like a meal with chocolate, alcohol, fruit and hops. I had picked up only one, but I think I’ll have to go get another to keep around for a while.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Balck, with modest, dense brown head. Roasty, burnt malt, bittersweet dark chocolate, dark vinous fruits, mocha, light dose of bitter and resinous hops, subtle anise and vanilla. Full, chewy body. Excellent.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 12 oz bottle via Clarkvv(thanks!). Pours a fairly thick pitch black with an average size tan head. Nose has notes of licorice, anise, mocha and alcohol. Wow, this is tastey and complex. We have roasty chocolate, espresso, licorice, vanilla, and more chocolate. Very nice bittersweet aftertaste. Very hoppy though.


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