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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: 625   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Very dark brown pour with almost zero head. Aroma of caramel, molasses, dark fruit. Thick sweet flavor. Dark fruit, caramel, molasses, touch of chocolate, licorice. Have to let it warm up a little bit, but this is very good stuff. Worth the wait? I think so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Tried from bottle at Woodshop 5.0. Black color. sweet. Dark brown color. Buttery barrel aged goodness even though it is not barrel aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Black pour with a small, loose, tan head. The aroma is molasses and dark fruit with a little smoke, vegetables, black pepper, and pine. The flavor is bitter black strap molasses with hints of licorice, black coffee, sugary dates, pine needles, and a hint of bakers chocolate. The body is creamy and full with lots of carbonation and some alcohol bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle, thanks Brad. Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is molasses, malt, licorice, and caramel. Flavor is molasses, licorice, malt, caramel, hops, and alcohol. Sweet and fairly heavy. A decadent sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Black pour - rich,cloudy,oily molasses,licorice, sweet candy ,syrupy,thick .Drink slow

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 [Rerated 2/10/13 - Originally rated 2/24/10: The soy is still pretty prevalent, but exactly the kind of impy stout I like. Soppy Sweet, malty and delicious. WAY to drunk at this point to acurately rate anything, but again... just plaint good... minus the soy.] Bottle sample at work... Wow... the soy in the nose is so unatractive, but the beer is great! Full bodied, sweet and creamy, full of malty character. What made me really enjoy this, however, was a pervasive hoppiness in the nose and from start to finish in the taste. While it was a bit unexpected, it was certaintly welcome by the end of the glass when the beer was beginning to become cloying. Not much to say... if you want it, go out and get it... and save some for a friend!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wellestone (33) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at Happy Gnome for Bells Big Ale night. Pours dark and thick with nice head and beautiful lacing. Nose is roasty chocolate with some hops but no discernible alcohol. Taste is again choc and hops but also with some coffee and caramel toffee notes. Very smooth with a nice light heavy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nash7624 (18) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Pour from bottle. Deep, dark brown with smaller light brown head. Malty, nutty, molasses, and some piney hops big in the nose. Also some raisin, licorice, and faint alcohol. Big, big flavor perfectly complex. Full body with lasting finish leaving bliss and more to contemplate. Another wonderful commemorative batch from Bell’s.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Rating #79 for this beer. LARRY BELL HIMSELF has stated that this is NOT an Imperial Stout. http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/2582044#2600349 So whatever. All I know is that I was dying to get my hands on this ASAP and hold on to some for comparison down the road. A - Licorice and molasses, indeed. Dark fruit, wine-like tart notes. Port. Berries. Slight sugary roast sweetness. Candy. Light light smoke. Something here says Dark Lord. Coffee undertone. Very complex. I could sit and sniff this for quite awhile. A - Not very thick or opaque on pour. Kind of dull into glass. Kicks up a small, stoutish head. Pretty dark, but clear brown-red around the edges. F - Sweet. Fruity. Sugary raisins. Dark fruit. Coffee. Roast. Hops. Not as much coffee as DL, but definitely similar to it, and Worldwide. Burnt, tarry notes. Nice big bitter. Amazed. P - Semi-syrupy. Sugary sweet palate. Coffee and molasses linger. Expedition caliber hoppiness. Sneezable. Quite heavy. Oily slick. 12.5% covered up by sweetness and coffee, but is somewhat apparent, and warming. Drinks nicely with dinner. O - In the end. This is nothing like Dark Lord. This is nothing like Expedition. Nothing like Worldwide. Or D’extra. This is very unique in itself. And deserves some credit. GOD BLESS LARRY BELL. $17.94/6pk or $2.99 a single. When he could easily charge $12+/bomber or $8 an 11.2 oz for this. So many other beers do just THAT. I am going to grab another one, maybe for tasting alongside Double Cream, Expedition, and Kalamazoo Stouts. Seems like an excellent idea. GET THIS BEER. NOW!!! I wish I could lay a case down for some time. Larry, this still screams Imperial Stout to me. Whatever took so long to brew, we’ll never know, but thanks for not scrapping it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2010
12oz bottle, released a few weeks ago. pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. the aroma is sweet, tons of port wine, raisins, a faint smokiness, licorice and molasses. big sweet dark fruit flavors, juicy plums and raisins, earthy licorice and molasses, with a long sweet caramel and brown sugar finish. the body isn’t huge but the mouth feel is full and with a long finish that has some piney hop notes balancing the sweetness out just enough. the alcohol is extremely well hidden. I normally don’t like sweet sugary imperial stouts but this is actually very drinkable and the sugar is checked by some good hoppage. this reminds of fresh dark lord, world wide stout, and meph stout except that it is actually balanced and drinkable. I’m not sure how age will really help this, it already has tons of port notes, alc is hidden, and i love the hops balancing it out. man I wasn’t expecting to like this this much.

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