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Bells Batch 7000 Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
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RATINGS: 639   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.


mdi's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 17, 2006
12oz bottle, I stole it from Kevin! I figured this would be a barleywine...but I was pleasantly surprised! Pours oil black with a solid brown head...I can smell liquorice before Iím done pouring my glass. Strong aromatics...some sort of doughy roastiness...a bit chalky or musty. Chocolate too, with a little earth tinge. The massive thick sweet body is certainly there on this beast. Some coffee lingering. Mouthfeel is a bit odd as it jumps from huge sweetness into dry, warming tannins w/ coffee like bitterness hanging around for minutes after each sip. I donít particularily enjoy that long lingering. Maybe Iím just jaded, but I donít think this is wonderful. Massice...yes...delicious...Iím gulping it down instead of sipping it...but wonderful Iíll reserve for a beer that has a little more utility than this beast. The malt really does show up the more I drink it. But because of the relatively few times I could drink a beer this thick, sweet and strong, I canít give it a lofty status, and I need to go back and reconsider many of my earlier ratings on beers like this. My growing feeling for Imperial Stouts is somewhat akin to how I feel about long classic rock or blues guitar solos...they soar on & on & on...and so many people think they are inspired...but to me, they are nothing more than guitar masturbation...theyíre doing just because they can, not because it makes any sense...must be done in small, tasteful doses!


1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
crossovert (7019) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6033) - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (1809) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1865) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1499) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Taster. Nice big chocolate nose. Taste is holding up well with soy and mocha tastes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1527) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5261) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Paul, shared with Max, Andy and Pearl. Pours a rich black body with thin lacing. No head. Aroma is rich, chocolate fudge brownie and protein bar. Mouthfeel is full with lots of fudgy, brownie character dominating. Some warming in the chest towards the finish, but overall still very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6045) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a silky jet black a la motor oil with tiny ring of light brown head. Nose brings out deep dark fruits (plums particularly), some chocolate covered raisins, vanilla and caramel. Flavour is remarkably complex, with loads of sherry liqueur, dark fruits (plum and cherries), a little vanilla and heaps of caramel. Dominated particularly by the liqueur and dark fruits, without being very sweet. There is a noticeable alcohol kick, but itís well-situated. A big syrupy, semi-boozy sipper that is as intense as it is elegant. Wonderful stuff. Has stood the test of time (7 years) very well.


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