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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

 (RETIRED)
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98
77
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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Snifter

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on tap
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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3503) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Brown in color with a small offf-white head. Aroma is of alcohol, caramel, oak and rich toffee. Tast is of raisins, dates, and caramel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pcstuck (60) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2013
12oz bottle. 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. Wish I could go buy more.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Boozy sweet and complex. A fun beer to drink. I only wish I bought more when I had the chance...

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NeoHippie2 (797) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Black as night pour with a small tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, molasses, dried fruits, and licorice. Taste is much the same, with a beautiful sweet finish. The abv is well hidden too. This was a really wonderful beer, one of the best imperial stouts Ive ever had. Its a shame they dont make this anymore.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iheartmnbeer (7) - Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2013 does not count
Served on tap @ Pracna on Main. 5oz. pour. Lots going on in this brew. Heavy bourbon aroma in this pitch black concoction. Has tastes of chocolate, molasses, caramels, and the smokey deliciousness of the bourbon barrels. Drinks very smooth and the ABVs are well hidden. Easily one of my all time favorites.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
salishan1969 (16) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2013
Very deep color with thick carmel color head. Aroma let’s on to the molasses and licorice with some hint of alcohol. Tastes of chocolate and again the licorice/anise flavor comes through. A slightly bitter at the end and the finish is a little shorter than I would have expected. Kind of oily texture with a good bit of carbonation given the age. A very serious ale, it’s good, but not really my bag. I have a couple of bottles left if someone wants to hit me up with a trade.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2105) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2013
Not quite black in the bottle, not much of a head either. Nose reminds me a lot of Abyss with the licorice and molasses. Nice honey presence. Sweet, spicy and bitter all at once, very sweet finish, nice bitterness and peppery spice, raisins and booziness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
delamie6 (20) - - MAR 31, 2013
Batch 9,000 I tried as a tasting. It smells like licorice and cherries. It is very high in alcohol percentage and reminds me a bit like rum.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rustyham (1711) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Lots of licorice, black cherry, sasparilla, caramel, molasses, surprisingly no aftertaste- just ends.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
4thAgeChris (66) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2013
This is absolutely fantastic, caramel, fruit, and beet notes. Very smooth, alittle alcohol.


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