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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

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


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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2373) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3732) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
12 oz. bottle shared by goldtwins. Pours about the same color as prune juice with a rich brown head. Strong aroma of molasses and malt with noticeable licorice in the nose as well. The flavor is similar with again a strong dose of molasses and malt with mild licorice. The licorice really emerges in the aftertaste. Nice dense chewy mouthfeel which is totally appropriate for this beer. Very, very enjoyable. Thanks, Larry!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
argo0 (11818) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2010
12oz bottle. Small tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, anise, roast, some milk chocolate, light cherry. Taste is sweet, boozy/vinous, anise, some chocolate. Sticky full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
screigh (481) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Originally poured with a think chocolaty head. It went away quick and it could easily be mistaken for a cola in my glass. I can smell the alcohol in it. It has a slight astringent smell too. A hint of chocolate and malt. First sip and wow is this thing in your face! It does feel a little wattery in the mouth for how aggressive it tastes. I do get some licorice and it has bitterness in the finish. Alcohol in the taste. Sweetness of the malt come through too. My initial reaction was that this tasted like on year of Dark Lord before it mellowed. This is really great and for those that can’t get Dark Lord, get this. I think it is very close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
pours dark brown with a fleeting thin head. aroma is roasted malt, some smoke, and a little sweet n tartness. mouthful has big flavors that are all over the map.... tart, smoke, roast, dried fruit, touch of anise... this has huge flavor, but could use some time to mellow... find direction. nice now... potential for greatness...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3891) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle big thanks to blutt59. Dark ruby pour. Slight ring of white head. Smell has a heavy malt aroma with darker roasted notes. Flavor is explosive! Large sweet malts with caramel, brown sugar and solid chocolate. Sharp notes provide an attractive edge. Finishes smooth and chocolatey. Damn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (1955) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2010
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA. Ink black colour, active carbonation and a thin dense head clinging to the glass. Licorice, bourbon and coffee on the nose. Sweet and syrupy, very mellow for the strength, with a nice alcohol pinch at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (824) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Pours black with brown highlights and a medium tan head. Aroma of molassas, roasted malt and a bit of licorice. Taste is roughly te same with the molasses hiting up front and the licorice coming on in the end. Alchohol is present. Medium mouthfeel. Nice

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