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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

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

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RATINGS: 616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered.
A commemorative brew.
Malt beverage brewed with molasses and brewerís 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3902) - 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 isnít 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 donít 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. Iím 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 wasnít expecting to like this this much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (8064) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap. Whoa - black pour, tan head. Vinegar on the nose, fairly heavy mouthfeel. Taste is coffee and acidity. A beauty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 Bottle. Pours a rich black with a thin lingering tan head. Aroma is very sweet with dark chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, and roasted malts standing out, notes of sweet malts, candied sugar, and licorice come out. It almost has a cough syrup type aroma to it. On the palate, it is thick and chewy. The flavor is a little too sweet, but a coffee flavor comes out (the coffee bitterness kinda balances out the sweetness). Very well done beer, I think with a year or two of aging, this has the potential to be one of the best stouts.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Definitely one of the worst "batch series" i have had. Way too sweet. Way too much licorice and molasses. Maybe will get better with age. But because it is Bells, and Kalamazoo rocks, and west coast Michigan rocks, it gets high points in my book. Glad I didnít pick up the case I ordered. Sorry Ari.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a dark, murky brown with a very nice tan head. Aroma is very spicy, sweet, fruity, burnt caramel and some brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, spicy, malty, dark roast and burnt caramel. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, this is a very tasty stout, I very much enjoyed and want another!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Pours almost black with a red tint. Aroma is amazing with hints of licorice, molasses, cherry, chocolate, raisins, and alcohol. Taste is just as complex with an aftertast of alcohol and molasses. Warms as it goes down. Itís a shame they just did one batch. This is really fantastic stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Pours hazy reddish brown with a fully receding off white head. Notes of plum, raisins, tofffee, vanilla, leather, smoke and dark fruits. Full to heavy bodied and alcoholic with soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (5383) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Wow, this is some heavy stuff! This poured very dark brown, but not pitch black like I would expect, with basically no head at all. Aroma was off dark fruits, molasses, some peanut butter, soy sauce, and chocolate. Flavor was extremely sweet, lots of chocolate, dark fruites, cherries specifically, molasses and alcohol. very complex brew, and much like most other reviews, i think this one will be more incredible with some age.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of Dakine. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is distinct with raisins, molasses and anise. The flavor centers on those aromas, add to that a great deal of brown sugar and some earthy hops. There is also something in there that gives this overtly sweet concoction a bit of tang. The palate is full, syrupy and smooth. The finish is long and sweet. Overall: I very much liked this, Iíd like to cellar a few.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Woodshop 5.0 tasting. This pours black with flavors of molasses, some soy with a tanginess.


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