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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: 621   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 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. It’s a shame they just did one batch. This is really fantastic stuff.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (5615) - 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.

   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, I’d like to cellar a few.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (478) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1255) - 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

   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.

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