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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

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


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RATINGS: 621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Bottle: Unfiltered.
A commemorative brew.
Malt beverage brewed with molasses and brewerís 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - 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 wasnít sure exactly how to rate this beauty. According to BP, the style was an Imperial Stout???! Really? I really didnít 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 itíd 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 Iíve had in awhile. But the complexity...this will go down as one of the better beers Iíve ever had. Thank you to kinger for sending me this world class beer. If itís 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 (1821) - 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 (7878) - 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 (91) - 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 (5227) - Coxís 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 (9464) - 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 (1050) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Kevin L. Pours opaque dark brown with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, and whiskey-soaked raisins. Taste: sweet, but balanced by roasty bitterness. In addition to the flavors in the aroma, thereís also brown sugar, marshmallow, and soy. Palate: full body, slick, oily texture. Lasting sweet, roasty, almost smoky, warming alcohol finish. Overall: surprisingly lively and potent, not without itís charm. A nice, slow sipping, sweet and rich imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (5194) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle thanks to deyholla! Pours opaque black with a small brown head that fades fairly quickly leaving nice residual and lacing. Lots of molasses in the aroma, date, roasted malts, a bit of coffee, toffee. Flavor is medium sweet, lots and lots of molasses, and here is the black licorice as well, lots of dark dried fruits, chocolate, more licorice. You know, I donít like licorice, but it actually works well here. Light bitterness lingering to the finish. Full rich creamy mouthfeel, almost tongue coating. Only a mild hint of the whopping huge ABV. This is a pretty nice offering.

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