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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: 607   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1462) - 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 (1237) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (3831) - - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle thanks to wes. Molasses and licorice aroma with dark fruits. Roasty nutty black licorice flavors. Very robust. Full bodied. Aged well. If you like black licorice this beer is the tits.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1746) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Having an aged bottle at Eulogy. Clear black copper. Head disappeared quickly. Rich dark beer. Raisins. Molasses. Prunes. Body is complex but a bit thin (likely due to its age.) Still great stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7014) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a a thin chocolate brown head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has notes of molasses with dark fruits and some underlying roasted malts. Flavor starts with molasses and sweet dark grains that mellow to let some dark fruits, dark chocolate and booze.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Given the recent hubub over the BA version, thought I’d revisit this one. Pours black with little indication of carb save a tiny central dome and rimming. Smells of molasses, booze, dark roasted malts, some malt syrup and a bit of raisin/date character. Taste is sweet and molasses with some prune and licorice and plenty of burnt sugar. Really sweet - gonna make my ass stank tomorrow. Quite empty bodied but sticky with sharp and easy carb finished semi dry. Time has changed the beer, but the body fell out of the center and the flavor just made all the manly flavors go sugar, making it sticky - a relative disappointment. It’s still a fine beer, but not as profound as once before. 3.5/3.5/4/4/4-3.88 Original review 27JAN11 A: Dark, molasses ale pours to globe with little carbonation on impact, but subsequently develops a sheet of latte foam. Light flickers through ale with little slices of golden rays pierce through the beer. S: Malt, licorice, molasses, and nougat overlay this beer. Smells a bit boozy. Definitely on the sweet side. Small hints of astringency. Intrigued as to how this one will taste. T: Coffee, chocolate, prunes, figs, dates, licorice, molasses, and malty goodness all spend nearly equal time playing in the mouth and highlighting my palate. Maybe dominated by the fig and coffee flavors, I am very, very happy with this. Getting some raisin flavor in here too. M: Low carbonation, fine in influence. The beer is heavy, and yet feels so light and velvety. Reminds of a really well done porter. Warms the palate with the ABV, but tastefully. D: This is very nice. I could drink a few of these. Serving type: bottle 11-06-2012

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle thanks to Homer321!!!!!!! Poured into a goblet. Nice dark pour with a slight tan head. moderate lacing. Aroma is dark roasted coffe, licorice, chocolate. taste is chocolate, dark fruits, coffe, licorice, spices. no apparent oxidation. real good. nice and warming.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kwd1996 (23) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Great strong ale. Well balanced, nice flavor. High alcohol but it doesn’t destroy your palate. Maybe a bit on the sweet side.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Black pour with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries with lots of extra booze. Brown sugar and raisins. The flavor is sweet and alcoholic. imperial stout with a shot of Cognac. I got this in trade a year or so back. it could have aged on and on.


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