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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: 596   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1716) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 [Bottle / 3.5 years old] Thanks, Jeff! Deep, dark brown with just a little light allowed through. Fine bubbled, dark tan head foams up and settles rather quickly to a small, bubbly skin. Aroma is huge, melted brown sugar, mild woodsiness, milky & creamy cocoa drifting in and out... The high level of sweetness is very apparent from the aroma alone. Taste is super sweet. Brown sugar, thick molasses, milky and sweet cocoa nibs. A touch of that woodsy note in the finish, too. Finish is heavy with dying malt sweetness, more molasses and toffee, and plenty of brown sugar. Syrupy, thick mouth feel. Good beer, would be great if it were much less sweet. Four to six ounces of this one is plenty.

[Bottle / 4 years old] Tried another bottle, again thanks to Jeff. Sweetness still apparent but much more tame. I’m liking this beer more with time.... I think it will still continue to get better.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (641) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Pours brown black with only a touch of tan head bubbles. Scent has molasses, licorice, raisin. Taste is complex, with flavors of raisin, soy, dark fruit, licorice, wood, some earthiness. Smooth. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Good, but not at its prime. Wish I got to it sooner.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Deep dark brown color. Roasted malt, dried fruit and licorice smell. Sweet, maple syrup, roasted malt. Sweet and heavy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Rated on 02-16-2010 at 800 Degrees Pizza (Fort Wayne, IN) Bells Batch 9000 Firkin Event - This beer pours a small smooth beige head with a good retention, opaque body, and has a good amount of lacing. The Aroma is malty, roasty, alcohol, caramel, hops, molasses, raisins, pine, and grassy. The Taste mimics the Aroma and taste a bit boozy. The Palate is smooth as silk and this beer is medium-full bodied. Overall, this beer has a lot going on in the Aroma and Taste. This is a sipping beer and also a nice cold weather beer. It is worth trying and a beer I would drink again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
El_Jefe (62) - - AUG 22, 2013
Super dark with caramel colored head. Pungent aroma like caramel and rum. Taste is very complex with cherries, maple syrup, chocolate and crazy alcohol ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle thanks to KHoff (thanks Kyle). Aroma was rich and dark with great licorice notes, chocolate and molasses. Pours dark brown with a nice swirly film. Taste is equally rewarding with the mollasses and caramel taking center stage and the licorice as the encore. Sweet and rich and delicious. Can’t wait to try the BA version.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielCoor (63) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Creamy malt goodness with creamy notes. Very good. Worth drinking. Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
Sarlacc83 (711) - Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 12oz from MotoToddHead. THANKS! A: Oily thick black with a fading mocha head. There are zero legs on this. Not even a stain.N: All sorts of raisins, plums, black licorice, chocolate, caramel and molasses. Very, very sweet, but not as cloying as it was fresh. Some soy sauce. T: Good god, taste is still bitter and sweet and awful. Everything clashes like someone burned a branch and then dropped it in the kettle. M: Surprisingly light for an RIS, though it?s still oily and thick. O: What do you say about this beer? Really? It?s just a complete disaster from front to back. when it gets to the lips, though I admit it smells pretty good. I really want to try the bourbon barrel version of this because it gets so highly rated and I am absolutely convinced it can?t be any good. Drainpour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3705) - 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 (64) - 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.


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