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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Bottle: Unfiltered.
A commemorative brew.
Malt beverage brewed with molasses and brewers licorice.
Batch 9,000 Ale offers up aromas ranging from the sweet caramel & molasses of dark rum to fruits such as raisins and plums. Brewed with the idea of pushing boundaries in mind, Batch 9,000 Ale is a unique, one-time-only recipe. Well suited for vintage aging, this limited release will continue to develop in flavor & complexity over the years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1407) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a shortlasting light brown head. Aroma is raisins, dates, slight fruity coffee, caramel malts, molasses, some bitter chocolate. Taste is slight spices, caramel sweetness, molasses, some bitter coffee, slight chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Just opened in 2014. A fun little experiment...poured midnight black with no head. Oily, syrupy and sweet. Lots of deep brown sugar/molasses notes still present. Caramel is here too. Not as much fruit present but some raisin/fig does poke through. Great beer that held up well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16006) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle shared on the hotel patio in SD, 14/11/14, thanks to GT2 for hitting me up with this one in an IP. Pitch black with a dirty tan covering. Nose is earthy, dark fruits, bitter roast, dates, spice, leather, tar, burnt sugars, light charr. Taste comprises bitter roast, toffee, spice, molasses, toasted brown sugar, figs. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close full of roasted notes and dark fruits tempered with sweet licks. Decent enough impy, still holding up pretty well if a little sweet in places.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 4, 2014
12oz bottle - I wasnt sure exactly how to rate this beauty. According to BP, the style was an Imperial Stout???! Really? I really didnt get any imperial stout characteristics, but did get a TON of barleywine-ish/dopplebock-like aromas/flavors. This beer was truly outstanding in nearly every phase that a beer can be outstanding. Aroma brings waves and waves of leather, raisins, madeira/brandy, melted vanilla ice cream with some not so subtle chocolate. The flavor in this beer is so incredibly complex, it was very difficult for me at least to really nail down flavors because it kept changing through the 12oz. Some sips there were caramelized walnuts coated with semi-dark chocolate. Other flavors it was liquid leather and pipe tobacco. Other times itd take on dark, overripe dried fruits like figs and raisins soaked in brandy or madeira....rich and deep. A sweet beer...one of the sweeter beers Ive had in awhile. But the complexity...this will go down as one of the better beers Ive ever had. Thank you to kinger for sending me this world class beer. If its not on your "must have" list...better put it on there!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle. Poured almost black brown with ring of head. Aroma boozy licorice dark fruit. Light carb med bod. Tons o dark fruityness light bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9225) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"a little hot...definitely a sipper. kinda like a World Wide Jr. molasses, smoke, licorice, sweet malt, chocolate, alcohol, etc...in the aroma and flavor. a little much at the start, i really liked it by the end as it reached room temp. "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joes (92) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2014
(old rating: 05/2012) Black beer, brown medium head. Heavy roasted aroma, molasses, chocolate/coffee, alcohol, wood. Same in the taste, with a little chicory sourness, and more red fruit (cherry, resins in alchohol). Silky mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (5723) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle: Deep, dark brown with a small, dark tan head. Aroma is smoky, chocolate and molasses. Taste is incredibly rich...molasses, chocolate malt, smoke, licorice. Substantial alcohol warmth and thick, dried, dark fruit tones....raisiny..... Big and chewy..Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10029) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle. Intense licorice, raisin, molasses, chocolate malt and herbal aroma. Dark black-brown with small head. Sweet raisin, molasses, chocolate malt, and moderately strong bitter herbal licorice flavor. Unique and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (1100) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Draft at HopCat GR - pours a murky brownish color . Aromas of dark fruit and molasses . Taste has some black licorice and lots of sweet molasses . Surprisingly still pretty boozy . Tasty . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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