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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: 646   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottles from Kevin and Styles
Pours a deep brown with a head that forms after the fact. Aroma is a strong strawberry and alcohol scent. Flavor is a bit of orange/grapefruit, followed by bitter roasted malt. A bit of pine seems to be poking its head out as well. A lingering sweetness is evident in the finish. Palate satifsfies. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Oily and slick, yet highly fizzy, with a shit-ton of licorice and overwhelming dark fruit, dark chocolate and a strong shot of salt and soy sauce. Intensely flavorful and sticky-rich, but the soy sauce and licorice are really getting to me...ew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours a deep black with just a trace of brown highlights and a dense layer of fine burnt orange head. First sniff, quite a bit of grapefruit, second sniff, very good chocolate, third sniff they have blended together nicely and added coffee, cognac and maybe just a touch of oak. Plum wine shows up after a little more warming. Alas. This was all going so well until I tasted it. Very present alcohol. Kind of hot, and by far the most prominent flavor. Not jet fuel harsh--more like somebody spiked it with a shot of bourbon. Chocolate liqueur, a lingering dark chocolate bitterness that transitions into grapefruit rind. A little cough medicine taste left on my lips. I can see how this could turn into something truly amazing, and Iím kind of kicking myself for not waiting a few years to try this. It does get a little less hot and green in the second half of the bottle. Or maybe it just toasted my palate. Thanks so much Hezron, for the bottle! Iíve been hunting this for a long time, and Iím inspired now to find another one to lay down for a few years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of biscuits, licorice, juniper, some mellow hops. Taste is chocolatey with a fair amount of roasted malt present.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Poured an oily black with no apparent carbonation. Aroma was a little weaker than expected: A little vanilla and sweetness, then nothing. The flavor is a little more robust with medium coffee, chocolate, and dark malt. Not overwhelming in flavor. Oily, greasy mouthfeel. Overall, good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Thin black body. Flavor and taste is very much like would think after pouring. A true stout with a lot going on. Carmel, grapefuit, and others but most of all you are lef with esspresso/coffee wich is just not my personal preferance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
As dark as stouts come really, but this one has a decent sized head on it, for a stout that is. Aroma is first off sweet. Then coffee, then roast, then chocolate. Flavor comes off....well, odd at first. I somewhat expect a usualt craft beer flavor from Bells, but this is unique. Brown sugar maybe? Too much left over roast flavor. It is not too hoppy, but if it were it would be overshadowed by the sheer size of this beer. Seeing that this is just a tad more alcoholic than the Expedition Stout, I expected just a slightly stronger brew. That was not the case to my taste. This sadly is to much in the wrong direction I say.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Looks great. Smells great. Feels great, but with a bitter mollassas aftertaste that I couldnít stomach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Strong Alcoholic aroma with hints of sweetness. Dark brown with redish hues and a light tan head. Taste of alcohol is predominent with some sourness. Thin bodied with lots of carbonation and again a strong alcoholic presence. Too much of an alochol taste hides most of the other flavors, which would have made this more enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21768) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2006
Bottled. Very black, dark brown head. Spicy licorice aroma. Tastes like cask strength whiskey with loads of licorice added. Sweet with somewhat raw and inky mouthfeel. Plenty of tar. Lingering finish with enormuos licorice character. Powerful, but nowhere near balanced.

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