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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: 616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbuskirk (697) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2014
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 (982) - 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 (1721) - 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 (4189) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11805) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3192) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2282) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1286) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (8103) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1581) - 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!

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