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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: 616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
argo0 (12277) - 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 (513) - 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 canít 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 (4043) - 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 (2027) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - 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 (855) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
I made a homebrew exactly like this once, and thought it was an utter flop! This has WAY too much molasses and licorice flavor... after the first sip i was done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickrazum (8) - Geneva, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2010 does not count
Itís a dark beer, good aroma, little bit of chocolate and maybe molasses on the nose. Creamy with a good mouth feel. Alcohol is not as strong as I thought it would be. I plan on aging these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 Bottle. So, this one has been a long time coming. Has it been worth the wait? Simply put, no it has not. Black? More like dark brown. Dense? Donít know about that. Rich? Flavor, and aroma especially, are pretty weak. I mean, Iím not calling it bland.... And there is some nice roastiness in the finish, Iíll give it that. But the alcohol is ever present, and fairly unpleasant. Mouth feel is less than amazing. I donít want to call it thin because itís not, but it doesnít have that velvet texture I wanted it to. I sampled this next to an Expedition, and I have to tell you the Expedition utterly blew the 9000 out of the water. It was no contest in every category. Right now, nothing special AT ALL. I wouldnít call this a drain pour, but itís not something Iíd purchase again if it were a regular offering. Iíll save my other bottles for a couple years and revisit to see if itís improved. Perhaps on draft itís got more creamy, rich, fullness. Really disappointed. I expected more from one of my favorite breweries. Iím probably being generous giving this a 2.8 rating.

Update Feb 2011. Iíll admit itís improved. Nothing Iíd buy on a regular basis. Itís less hot, more creamy than I recall it being a year ago. So, Iíll bump the score up a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5600) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
On tap at Bigeloís Bistro. Perhaps the most rich and creamy beer I have ever had. Not a big nose. Black with a medium sized brown head. Flavor is full of molasses which made for a sweet beer. Dark fruit came later. Alcohol throughout. Vanilla and chocolate. A delicious beer that felt decadent.

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