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Bells Batch 7000 Ale

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


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RATINGS: 641   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.

ksurkin's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
finally. 12oz bottle, batch 7000, courtesy of the one-and-only motortoddhead. thanks so much, todd! pours thick, rich, and oily like a real imperial stout should and sits black in the glass with a thick, dense, dark mocha head that leaves oily sheets of lace. aroma is absolutely wonderful with huge notes of devilís food cake, dark roasted malts, spent coffee grinds, licorice candy, and pralines backed by dried figs, raisins, and plum skins with hints of warming, spirited Ouzo. flavor is incredible as well with notes of fresh baked brownie edges, pecans, brown sugar, pralines, and hazelnut coffee backed by deep, dark roast, winter spices, dried figs, black cherries, and subtle notes of amaretto with licorice, earth, and smoke on the back end. palate is full bodied, rich and decadent, with smooth carbonation and not a trace of oxidation with a massive finish of roast, dark chocolate, and spices. overall, i was a bit aprehensive with this one given the age but iím happy to say this one has aged with the utmost grace and truly is one of the best beers iíve had in the last 6 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5805) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"Definitely showed some signs of age, but has a lot of pleasant qualities as well. Bitter chocolate, slight licorice and coffee, and a charred smokiness in the aroma and flavor. Still pretty smooth, though the alcohol shows. Bitter hops and raisins in the finish. Long time wish list surprise."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle shared with my wife. Pours thick, nearly black, mocha head with a few chunks in the latter half. Aroma: surprisingly muted. Thereís cardboard and dark fruit. Chocolate covered caramels that have sat in the box too long. Taste: cola; warmth; chocolate; age; molasses; hint of baking spice. Palate: Full- body; oily texture. Overall: this is intense, hard to drink fast, but surprisingly good for such an old beer. Can only imagine what it would have been like a few years ago. But, I didnít have a bottle a few years ago, and if the dude I got it from had drunk it I wouldnít have it now, and Iím glad to have this so I can muse about what it would have been in its day.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
crossovert (7561) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
355ml bottle. Just such an old small bottle. Oxidized to all hell, minty mouthwash, cardboard, sat there for 3 min with a few oz of this beer. ITs finished never trade for it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11105) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle. Still-black. A-dk malt-ashy/molasses, some earthy. T-dk malt-ashy/molasses, 2nd earthy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Tasted at RBSG grand tasting. 12oz bottle. Very dark brown, near black color. Thin ring of khaki head. Ring of light brown head. Dots of lace. Dark fruit, some dark chocolate, musty light oxidation notes in the nose. Light spice in the flavor, some tobacco. Soy sauce. Bigger bitter taste, moderate sweet, light alcohol warmth. Bigger body, light slick. Smooth, kind of lighter carbonation. Roasty malt, heavier roast. Pretty cool, impressive fun stuff to try. Glad to have found this!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. Slightly oxidized nose, a mix of paper and dried fruit and sherry. Pours a nearly flat dark brown to black with ruby highlights. Taste is a very sweet chocolate and booze. Also oxidized in the taste. Weird vanilla and barrel character to it. Not much stout character at all. Ok.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2043) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle, thanks for sharing Pailhead! Never thought Iíd get to try this since itís over 8 years old now. Pours ink black with no head. Aroma is molasses, bourbon and soy sauce with a touch of roasted malt. Taste is interesting. Soy, nuts, licorice, roast, light sherry oxidation, and some dark fruit. Thin to medium body. Very oily mouthfeel, coats the palate big time. Itís a tad harsh to drink, probably from the oxidation. But itís still very good and I loved the mouthfeel. Really happy I was able to try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vikinghick (1) - - DEC 26, 2013 does not count
Nearly no carbonation at all. Thick and syrupy such that I can almost chew it. Soy sauce in the aroma and taste overwhelm distant hints of mocha. I have a feeling this beer has passed its prime or the bottle I traded for was not well-stored.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1532) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Taster. Nice big chocolate nose. Taste is holding up well with soy and mocha tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2007) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle: thanks, Jeff! Dark as hell; black with a creamy mocha head that dissipates in a short amount of time. Aroma is heavy molasses, brown sugar, some licorice, light roasty malts & caramel, and a bit of dark prunes in the back. Sweet and robust. Taste is sweet; caramelized brown sugar, sweet molasses, a twinge if cream & coffee, a small touch of black licorice and prunes, and a nice finish of dark chocolate. Caramel-y finish... Sweet but not too over the top. Very, very mild oxidation... But it's nearly 8 years old. Awesome.

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