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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (5570) - 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 don’t 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (961) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to beechner224. Pours a murky brown color. Huge boozy aroma, lots of toffee, dark fruits, caramel, spices. Big thick chewy mouthfeel. Lots of toffee, caramel, melanoidans, booze, fairly sweet dark fruity finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lb4lb (2581) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Black pour. Smell is oxidized chocolate and booze. Taste raisin chocolate, smooth oxidized. Decent but past is prime for me. Thanks Ken!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (981) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle in trade. Pours a dark brown with really no head. Aroma of dark fruit and raisins. Lots of sweet malts. Taste is mellow compared to the aroma. Its sugary sweet, with no much roast. Imperial stout? I think not, more like a barley wine. Its really sweet, but no alcohol burning, so thats good. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Ar: Raisins and molasses - booze - currant and soy sauce. Ap: Deep brown, opaque - tiny light mocha head, leaves a thin ring and slight web. T: Sweet, soy sauce - light charcoal, lots of raisins and booze - coconut and currants, a bit peppery - medium-high bitterness - tingling alcohol lingers into the finish, with pepper and burnt sugar. P: Full body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium. O: There is a lot of complexity in this ale, some really interesting flavors - but, the sweet soy flavor and higher alcohol flavors just dominate to the point where they become distracting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark black with a small khaki head. big molasses dark fruit and a bit of raisin taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (1025) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2015 As boozy at is black, Batch 9000 is something of an enigma. She has the shade and malt backbone of an imperial stout. Yet, she has the dark fruit character and brown sugar sweetness of a strong ale. Ah, to hell with it. This ale is rock solid, regardless of what it style it is. The brew is complex but easy on the palate. You’ll find yourself tasting it often - with different results each time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (1278) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2014
(Thanks Jay "GodOfThunder") Bottle. A- Molasses, dark fruits, chocolate, spices, raisins. A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head. T- Molasses, caramel, coffee, soy, cocoa, plums, raisins, licorice, malty, smokey, charred. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, robust finish. O- A solid stout. I bet this only get’s better with age. Very robust flavors that would go nicely with a grilled steak. Deep and rich and very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1867) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (4497) - 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.

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