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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered.
A commemorative brew.
Malt beverage brewed with molasses and brewer’s 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1581) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Sampled at DLD 2013. Black with a small khaki head. Aroma of roast, caramel, bitter hops, resin, booze, and pine. Flavor is sweeter - pine, grass, chocolate syrup, burnt caramel, booze. Heavy alcohol in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (3204) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Tap at Michigan Winter Beer Festival - 22-Feb-2014. Near black. Big and boozy. Very malty and complex. It’s definitely rounded out a bit with age. Quite smooth for such a big beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11260) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 Odense catch-up from the cellar. Black with a small off-white head. Slightly oxidized aroma of licorice, dark chocolate, coconut and Danish "brun lakridskonfekt". Sweet licorice and dark sugar flavour with a touch of chocolate

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2684) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2014
It poured a clear dark brown color with a beige head. The aroma was of raisins, dried fruits, caramel, coffee and alcohol with a hint of vanilla. The taste was sweet maltiness, coffee, alcohol and molasses. The backbone was of raisins, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1679) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Clear brown pour. Shared by Greg (I think) @ Armin’s - malty nose with lots if dark fruits. Taste is nice - tons of dark fruit, malt and slightly sweet. Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1047) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle to tulip Molasses, licorice, caramel, plum, candied fruit. Dark opaque brown with a tan to brownish head. Rum, raisins, soy, malt, and licorice. This is so rich and and balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4758) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle - Molasses, soy, dark fruit and a slight sourness. Jet black with a thin white head. Soy, molasses, dark fruit and anise. Really nice that has held up really well to age. Well balanced and rich.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours very dark with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, boozy bourbon, caramel and licorice. Taste has a slight cherry to it, along with the bourbon, licorice and malt. Pretty carbonated which enhances its nice aroma as well. Great beer!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drsordr (1209) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Vertical tasting provided by alexsdad06, 8000, 9000, 10000, and goes to 11. Bottle pours dark brown ruby. Nose some soy sauce, molasses, some stone fruit. Taste very sweet, some soy sauce. Trying to get some roast and molasses from underlying beer. Probably much better fresh.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
I know what people are saying about this beer so I thought I would pull one from the cellar. i’m here to say fuck all you people. Nose is coconut, molasses, licorice, sweet fruits, plums, raisins, spicey, fruity. Flavor is fruity, strong molasses, sticky sugars, licorice, bready malts, sweet sticky caramels, light roast. Sweet flavor and sweet finish. This beer can still go longer. No oxidaton and it is what it is. Great beer. This a little more like an old ale or barley wine than an imperial stout but hey.


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