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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Nice legs. Poured a very deep brown color with a small tan head and legs with each swirl. Nice complexity to the aroma. Chocolate, smoke, sweet roasted malt, hops, cola and alcohol. The flavor was sweet with plenty of roasted malt, chocolate, maple syrup and licorice. Hoppy finish with a medoium to full body. Very warming in the chest but hides the alochol flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2010
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown/black with a small tan ring. Aroma is very sweet, with black licorice, molasses, brown sugar. Taste is sweet, with a bit of balancing hops. Oily and rich mouthfeel, with mild carbonation. A bit boozy in the finish. Overall a very rich and sweet impy stout, will probably be quite good with some age on it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
12oz bottle at Woodshop 5.0, courtesy of ryan and company. Thanks, guys! Pours a very dark brown sugar color with oily yellow edges; heavy and oily and viscous; mostly headless. Huge amounts of boozy brown sugar, caramel, fruit leather, and warming vinous alcohol; too sweet and boozy for my tastes. Medium-to-full body: lots of viscous, heavy brown sugar and dried dark fruits; incredibly sweet and seemingly underattenuated, approaching the mouthfeel and tooth decay of Dark Lord. Long finish of bitter chocolate, charred malts and hints of licorice; best part of the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Good that I was able to score a 6 pack. This stuff was pretty limited and in high demand. Strong licorice presence in the aroma. Little to no head. Some Dark Lord characteristics, though not nearly as hoppy. This is borderline cloying sweet, but not to the point of offputting. Definitely strong in ABV, although the sweetness covers this somewhat. Maybe a bit too much for me, though I don’t reject this beer by any means. Interesting concoction. I would prefer Bells Batch 7000 to this one. As the next Batch beer, I’d like to see an amped up coffee stout. Take Java Stout to the next level

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
12oz bottle, batch #9000, from grape & gourmet. pours a deep, dark brown but sits black in the glass with hints of ruby and a thin, beige head with a sliver of lace. aroma is excellent and quite unique with loads of roast, dark chocolate, and boozy molasses with a spicy hint of licorice, a touch of peat smoke, and lovely dark fruit notes of black cherry and plum. flavor is a feast of decadent flavors beginning with huge, sweet molasses, brown sugar, and candied figs up front with licorice, dark red fruits, and bitter chocolate through the middle and finishes with sweet, roasted malts, light coffee, and caramel. palate is full bodied with light carbonation and is definitely sweet but i don’t find it the least bit cloying with the sweetness balanced by the complexity and the boozy warmth. overall, and delicious brew and i’ll need to pick up a few more to age.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Draft: Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black with no head to speak of...I really question the categorization of this brew, but oh well. Nose is heavy on the raisin, plum, dark brown sugar and molasses angle with little else to note other than a hint of pipe tobacco. Super thick and oily mouthfeel...flavors start off ridiculously sweet and fruity and quickly meld in to the brown sugar and molasses bomb that seems to be the backbone of this brew. The licorice that’s mentioned on the label does make its presence felt but not to the point that it can trump the other characteristics. Good brew...though hard to drink a full glass.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Hazy brown pour with small brown head. Aroma is boozy, molasses, caramel, syrup, maple and a bit of cherries. Flavor is cherry, maple, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, pretty hot. This beer will be pretty solid in a year or so.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2340) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a deep chestnut color. Nose is hoisen suace, sap, and crystalized ginger. taste is similar with additional sweet soy. Interesting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
This beer was brewed for me. When they were imagining a beer and the receipe for it, they said, "what would really appeal to Nuffield’s preferences?" And so they created this. Though perhaps not as dark as it might be--very dark but not pitch--the overwhelmingly sweet profile, the effect of the molasses, the moderate but noticeable alcohol driving the flavor throughout my mouth, the coating palate...it’s just so captivating. Great beer.


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